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Ferguson happy with Portsmouth point

4 February 2018

Darren Ferguson was happy to see his side grind out a point as they drew 2-2 on the road at Portsmouth.

Rovers took the lead twice at Fratton Park, with James Coppinger’s effort being pegged back by Anton Walkes, before John Marquis’ header was cancelled out by Brett Pitman, but Ferguson was pleased with the way his side earned their point.

“It was a strange sort of game, but any time you come here it’s always going to be tough, there’s no two ways about it, and if you can leave here without being beat then it’s always a good result,” he said.

“We were outstanding early on, Copps got an early goal and we were dominant, but when they got their goal we couldn’t get a foothold in the game, in the second half we were resilient and defended them a lot better.”

Rovers went back ahead through John Marquis, but the Rovers boss felt a draw was a fair result as his players could not recreate the fluency of their dominating opening spell.

“John got us back in the lead, but we couldn’t find a way to play like we did in the opening 20 minutes, we couldn’t get control though and the last period of the game where they’re down to nine men meant it would be difficult,” he added.

“Any game in Portsmouth you have to dig in, they penned us in a lot and we conceded a lot of corners, but for Tom Anderson and Andy Boyle to come straight into the side, they did very well, and they’ve settled in quite comfortably.”

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