Chris Powell was full of praise for his Blues players who came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with promotion-chasing Portsmouth at Roots Hall.
Goals from Bryn Morris, Ben Close and Oli Hawkins looked to have given Pompey a first win in five matches before a Simon Cox hat-trick completed a remarkable comeback to grab a point.
And after the dust had settled on a pulsating game of football, the Blues boss spoke to the press about an afternoon to remember in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
On a vital point…
It’s a huge point. Before the game, you’re looking to win and you’re looking to play your part in a game where you come out victorious, but after half an hour I’m thinking this is one of the most difficult situations we’ve been in in a long time.
It was poor defending, school-boy goals, but as we all know how it’s ended and the players showed great courage, great determination, great character; all those words that people use all the time but it’s not often you’re 3-0 down at home and you come back and resurrect yourselves from an almost impossible situation to get a point from it.
It’s a great feeling for everyone, especially our supporters. The first half an hour was tough for everyone, so as manager I have to stand there and say this is my team, they just weren’t playing like my team. But for them to bounce back, for them to play through all the noise and negativity, that is great for players that they can come back from anything.
On the comeback…
At 3-1, I’m sure everyone’s thinking he’s got to have a go at the team at half-time but you’ve got to give them belief. I spoke to them but tried to give them belief that they can come back.
It was about keeping yourselves in the game and we certainly did that, and the crowd helped. It’s very easy to be negative, so I said to the players the fans stayed with you because you showed application, you showed courage to pass the ball.
I felt we gradually got control, got the goal and then second-half was all about doing our best to keep it locked. Nathan Bishop made a save just after half-time, I think a lot of people forgotten about that, and then it was all about trying to edge ourselves back in the game.
Michael Kightly wins a pen then it’s can we get back in it and what a great move, great reverse pass from Timothee Dieng and finish by Cox. He’s been great, Simon has taken on the mantle of needing to score the goals for the team and lead by example, he certainly did that today.