Pompey 0 Yeovil 0: Sturrock gameplan based on respect

Paul Sturrock. Picture: Barry Zee
Paul Sturrock. Picture: Barry Zee

Paul Sturrock revealed his Yeovil tactical set-up was based on his ‘respect’ for Pompey.

The Yeovil boss packed the midfield and set his team up to be difficult to break down as they sealed a point in the 0-0 draw at Fratton Park.

But he still believes Pompey will be in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season.

Sturrock said: ‘I think they will be up there this season.

‘I think a lot of teams will give them the respect that they deserve. We certainly did.

‘They will invest in the window again and strengthen certain areas that need to be strengthened.

‘They play the game in the proper way. Their build-up was a bit slow in the first half but I thought they penetrated very well in the second half and got a lot of crosses in.

‘I’m sure they will be there or thereabouts.

‘We’ve got a lot of injuries and have been losing games by the odd goal.

‘We should have had a couple of goals in the first half but we went for an organised, defensive system and it worked.’

Sturrock’s men arguably had the two best chances of the game in the first half before a disciplined defensive effort after the break.

He said: ‘It would have been smash and grab if we had won the game, but we played a very solid and organised system and everyone did their jobs.

‘The first half was pretty even and the second half was difficult, but who wouldn’t be spurred on playing in front of that crowd?

‘To be fair, when you look at it, our goalkeeper had one long distance shot to save.

‘We chucked bodies in to save the day a couple of times.

‘Not many teams will come here and get a point this season. It was a difficult game for us because they were a wounded beast after their defeat midweek. I knew they would have long spells of possession and I thought it might have been the demise of us, but we held out.’