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9 January 2016

Tommy Oar hopes to push on after completing his first 90 minutes of 2016, but admits disappointment at being held to a draw with Portsmouth

Tommy Oar insists that Town will go again despite being held to a 2-2 draw in their third round FA Cup tie against Portsmouth.

The Aussie opened his Blues account against Paul Cook’s side in his first full match since the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, when he put his side in front ten minutes into the second half. Tommy’s goal, however, didn’t prove to be decisive as Pompey rallied to equalise, and then go in front, before Ryan Fraser levelled with minutes to go, setting up a replay at Fratton Park next week.

"I think we did a lot better in the second half than we did in the first. The substitutes that came on gave us a lot more energy so it’s a bit disappointing but we’ll go there next week and hopefully get a good result," he told Ipswich Player HD.

“It's been a shaky start for me with injuries and other things so it was important to go and get the full 90 minutes to make sure I'm ready for whatever role they [coaching staff] wan't me to play.

"My last 90 minutes was a long time ago and I’ve made a few appearances off the bench, but starting games is completely different so it was very important for me to get the full game under my belt and hopefully I can use that as a foundation to grow from.

“Obviously it’s a busy period and we’ve now got another fixture which isn’t ideal but it is what it is so we have to make the most of it. We want to go to Portsmouth now and get the win to advance into the next round of the cup.”


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