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Whittingham hails gritty Pompey

Portsmouth boss Guy Whittingham admits his squad is beginning to run on empty after they battled to a 1-1 draw at Preston.

Last Updated: 29/03/13 at 20:44

Guy Whittingham: Pleased with the solitary point

Guy Whittingham: Pleased with the solitary point

Teenage forward Jed Wallace bagged his third goal in three matches after three minutes to put Pompey ahead but Keith Keane's stunning volley after 77 minutes levelled for Preston.

Portsmouth rode their luck at times - Jack King headed against the bar and Joe Garner hit a post before North End eventually equalised - but they have now lost just once in seven matches.

They remain in the relegation zone, however, but Whittingham is adamant his weary troops will battle to the end against Tranmere on Easter Monday.

"It's a point gained really, considering the performance. I think on the other side of things it shows how far this group of players has come," said Whittingham.

"I thought we battled against everything Preston threw against us and it took a good goal to beat our goalkeeper.

"I think everybody could see we weren't playing at our best but I think we were dogged and we had a couple of strokes of luck where they hit the bar and the post.

"The goal gave us something to keep hold of but we didn't play at our best like our fans want to see. It was a dogged performance and they dug in.

"Before the game we didn't think they were tired. We are where we are in terms of a small squad but the players that have come in have put in a good shift and put in some good work for the fans."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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