GW: Confidence is building

Everton manager David Moyes was left to rue conceding a goal

deep into added time in their FA Cup fifth round draw with Oldham

at Boundary Park.

The Premier League side looked to be heading through to the

quarter-finals as goals from Victor Anichebe and Phil Jagielka put

them in front after Jordan Obita had fired Oldham ahead early

on.

But substitute Matt Smith headed home a corner in a packed

penalty box to secure a 2-2 draw and a replay at Goodison Park.

Moyes was gracious enough to admit that the League One side were

good value for a share of the spoils, but felt goalkeeper Tim

Howard was impeded in the dramatic closing stages.

The Scot told Sky Sports: “It is a tough place to come and

Oldham made it difficult. I think they deserved to get the

replay.

“But we had great chances to wrap it up when it was 2-1. We

missed a couple of big chances to make it 3-1.

“I think there is a foul on the goalkeeper on the first corner

that comes in.

“In most other games in the Premier League that would have been

given as a free-kick and it wasn’t.

“Most of the players have been brought up through this level and

we warned them and told them – we have played quite a few games

like this, and we have lost quite a few games like this.

“So there has to be a bit of credit for how we stuck at it and

did the job.

“Other teams have come and it has not happened that way. We did

and we’ll have a second chance to try to get through.”

Rory Loy put the Cumbrians ahead after 51 minutes before a Liam

Walker penalty rescued Pompey a point with 12 minutes left,

although the south-coast outfit have now gone 21 games without a

victory.

Abbott said: “Portsmouth are playing in emotion country at the

moment and that’s probably what got them the point.

“They’ll think they deserved it and we’re aggrieved we didn’t

get three. But I’m not complaining too much.

“Rory is kicking himself he didn’t get a couple more goals or

maybe even a hat-trick.

“That’s the difference between winning and losing games. We feel

aggrieved we haven’t got the three points, but that’s football. You

have to get that second goal – it cements victories. We didn’t get

it.

“We had five proper chances to score and our goal didn’t come

under that much threat.”

Rory Loy put the visitors ahead after 51 minutes before a Liam

Walker penalty rescued Pompey a point with 12 minutes left.

The Blues have now gone 21 games without a victory but

Whittingham believes Pompey’s first win since October 20 is within

reach, despite watching his side sink to the bottom of the League

One table.

He said: “Confidence is the biggest thing for any footballer. If

they’re confident in their ability and confident when they go out

there with their team-mates week in and week out, they’ll play

better. It’s improving.

“I think the players feel themselves that things are changing

slightly. It’s not going to be a quick turnaround when you’re

coming off the back of the run we’ve had and you’re in the run

we’re in.

“It’s a point and it’s probably one we might have lost a few

weeks ago and heads might have gone down after we went a goal down.

So that shows there is a spirit building there.”