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More "Magic" Required Admits Hughes

13 February 2013

John Hughes felt that his side lacked the creative spark that was needed to turn one point in to three against Portsmouth at Victoria Park.

The Pools boss insisted he was happy with the way his players performed for the majority of the game but conceded that they must try to find a sharper cutting edge in the coming weeks. 

"I thought we started the game really well and passed it around quite well for most of the first half," he told Pools Player

"What we were missing was that bit of magic for someone to unlock the door, be that a wee bit of skill on the edge of the box, a killer pass or the ball breaking for us but it didn't quite come. 

"In the last twenty minutes they camped in a bit but were a bit predictable - in terms of spirit, worth ethic, commitment and willingness to go and win a game it was all evident but all I'm saying was there just wasn't enough magic. 

"I'm disappointed because it was a great chance for us to go and get ourselves off the bottom of the table, but it keeps the unbeaten run going and we've also kept a clean sheet which is positive. 

"They know what's at stake, they're fighting for their lives and we have to make sure we're ready to go again on Saturday." 

Deep in stoppage time there were strong appeals for a penalty when Neil Austin's cross appeared to strike Pompey defender Sam Sodje on the arm, only for the officials to wave away the protests. 

Hughes took a pragmatic view on the incident having reviewed the footage and admitted that although he would have loved the referee to have pointed to the spot he could see why it wasn't given. 

"It's definitely hit the boy's hand, that's clear," he commented. 

"I'm wanting a penalty because we might have won the match but if that was given against me I would be very disappointed. 

"His hands were possibly in a neutral position down by his sides and he saw the ball late - I've seen them given but it's clutching at straws really looking at that, we needed to be more creative overall." 

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