On another home draw...
"I think we had some disappointing draws here at the beginning of the season. But today I cannot even say it was a disappointing draw because I get out of the game with a lot of credit to the team, a lot of quality, a lot of character. For me the team is taking off. We were punished today by dropping two points. I feel first of all that Portsmouth started better than us but we were a bit unlucky to be 2-0 down in fairness. We had the best chances, even if in the first half we didn't find our flow."

on going two behind...
"In the first half we were unlucky to be 1-0 down, then 2-0 straight away after half time. Then we have shown great character, great response, played well and created chance after chance. It's the kind of draw you have to accept happening in the season. But of course with the number of points we have already dropped it is much more difficult to take. Today I cannot complain about the way we played. We had problems to start, but when you look at the number of games these boys play, it is not surprising that sometimes it takes a few minutes to get going - or one half to get going."

on bringing Adebayor on earlier...
"Well, I'm not completely sure he would have stopped the goals we conceded. I cannot disagree with you that you can think - with the impact he made in the second half - that you would have loved him to have been on in the first half. But I still feel that in the first half we gave them too much room, we were not aggressive enough, and that's more a mental problem than a one-player problem. In the second half we would have shown a response, with or without Adebayor. It was his fifth game in 12 days today. He has played 35 minutes and he has a groin problem."

on the injury to Ljungberg...
"He had a hamstring [injury]. He will miss the Christmas period."

on his half-time team-talk...
"We had to up the tempo of the game and put them much more under pressure, and give them less room and let them settle so much on the ball, and push the team higher up because we played too deep, and I feel they've shown an admirable response. "

on his team's development...
"You know I am an admirer of this team because they have great character. What they give at the moment is unbelievable because we have played Wednesday in Porto, we played Sunday in Chelsea, Wednesday night in Wigan - today again, 2-0 down. I do not know, I've had a few teams in my life and I do not know many teams who would have responded like that."

 

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