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'Players are gutted with point'

25 November 2012

City defender Richard Wood talks about late mistake that let Pompey grab a point at the Ricoh

Coventry City must put Portsmouth’s late equaliser behind them and continue moving forward according to defender Richard Wood.

The Sky Blues looked to be heading for a third win in a week as they entered five minutes of stoppage time with a 1-0 advantage thanks to Gary McSheffrey’s well-taken first half strike.

But with just two minutes to go Izale McLeod nipped in between Wood and keeper Joe Murphy to stab home a diagonal ball from Adam Webster and snatch a point for Pompey.

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Wood and his City team-mates were suitably dejected at the final whistle but the defender insists that they can only look forward.

“We have got to move on, get it out of our heads and look ahead to the cup game,” he said.

“We played really well in the first half, passed the ball and created chances.

“We just need to make sure that we win next week and get that momentum, it doesn’t matter whether it is in the league or the cup, it is all about momentum and consistency for us.”

City dominated for large portions of the game and had numerous chances to put the game out of reach.

They looked to have sealed the points when David McGoldrick tapped home from close-range in the 88th minute after Carl Baker had struck the post.

But his goal was ruled out and Pompey made the most of their second life to equalise late on with a goal that Wood feels should have been avoided.

He added: “We are frustrated and disappointed because we should have won that game. Everybody is gutted in the dressing room.

“We have created chances but it is a mistake at the end that has let them in to get a goal and that’s the reason we have drawn.

“It should have been dealt with. That’s just something that I have got to look at and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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