Portsmouth 1 Millwall 1: Cotterill irritated by dropped points

Steve Cotterill looking annoyed.

By Simon Peach, Press Association Sport

Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill believes his side should have beaten Millwall after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at Fratton Park.

Liam Trotter handed the Londoners the lead midway through the first half and they were unfortunate not to increase their advantage before the break.

However, Portsmouth were resurgent after the restart and deservedly equalised through David Nugent, albeit in fortuitous circumstances as he turned in Liam Lawrence’s mishit shot.

Pompey continued to press after levelling and Cotterill admitted he was frustrated his side failed to net a winner.

“I don’t think it was a fair result,” he said. “I think we’ve shaded it. I might be a bit biased mightn’t I but I think we’ve done enough.

“We started the game brightly. I felt in the first 10 to 15 minutes we could have scored three goals before they scored.

“We didn’t take our chances and one thing you don’t want to do is go 1-0 down to Millwall.

“I’ve watched three games of theirs this week and when they get a goal up two banks of four normally sit in. This time, though, it was a bank of four and a bank of five and they were breaking with Trotter off [Steve] Morison.

“I think we created enough chances today to win that game. I do.

“I think if we had got the first goal, more of our chances would have gone in. When they went 1-0 up all of a sudden we started snatching at a few things.

“We’ve skied a few on the edge of the box that are normally lashed in during the week. It was a tough game.”

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett, though, admitted he could have no complaints about the result, despite seeing his side throw away the chance of only a second victory at Fratton Park in 18 attempts.

“I did think it was about a fair result,” he said after the game. “We had the first half, Portsmouth had the second. That is how I see it.

“While we could make a case for saying we should have built on the first half and had more opportunities, et cetera, et cetera, they did come back at us strongly.

“It was just about a fair result.

“I talked to the players and asked them whether they could impose themselves, play around them in the second half like they did in the first,” he continued.

“Maybe that’s a tall order with the type of crowd – a very, very passionate crowd. It was a good Boxing Day crowd and the flow of the game went for them.

“But that has to be our aspiration in looking to always improve.”

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