Regan Poole insists Pompey have no need to be depressed after their winning streak came to an end at Cambridge
And the Blues defender emphasized that his team is still the one to beat as they increased their lead at the top of League One to four points.
The 0-0 tie against the strugglers halted the seven-game unbeaten run, but extended the club’s unbeaten run to 25 League One games.
Pompey took control of the game in the first half, but were unable to turn the screw after the interval as the game dragged on. However, Poole maintained that there was no dissatisfaction with the outcome in the Blues dressing room.
He stated, “No need to feel disheartened about this. We’re still maintaining an undefeated record and currently hold the top position in the league. There’s no sense of despondency in the locker room; we’re already focused on the upcoming Saturday match.”
He also acknowledged the challenging nature of the match and expressed confidence in the opposing team’s ability to secure points this season. Poole emphasized that the outcome could have been worse had they lost, but they didn’t, so they are looking forward to Saturday with optimism.
While they would have preferred a six-point lead at the top, Poole recognized that it’s not always possible to win every game in a season. He mentioned that despite the feeling that they should have won, they’re not dwelling on disappointment and are eagerly anticipating the next match.
Despite his effort to put the result in perspective, Poole acknowledged that Portsmouth needed to be more clinical in front of the goal, considering they only managed two shots on target despite dominating possession with 62 percent.
Furthermore, he commented on the positive aspects of the game, highlighting their altered tactical approach, especially in the first half. He mentioned that their outside center-halves were more attacking, but the overall feeling was one of disappointment.
As the game progressed and lost its intensity, it played into the hands of their opponents. Poole believed that if they had converted their first-half chances into goals, the game would have been more favorable. However, he emphasized the need for a killer instinct in finishing games and the importance of scoring when opportunities arise.
While Poole credited the opposing team’s solid defense, he pointed out that the game’s dynamics would have favored them if they had scored in the first half. He acknowledged the challenge of breaking down defensively-oriented teams, regardless of the opponent.
In summary, Poole remained optimistic about their position and performance despite the draw, acknowledging room for improvement in front of the goal and a need for more ruthlessness to secure victories.