Poortvliet doubted Saints' spirit

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Southampton manager Jan Poortvliet was happy to settle for a point after his side held Ipswich 2-2 at St Mary's.

Czech youngster Tomas Pekhart, on loan from Tottenham, rescued the Saints with his first goal in English football to help his team climb from the foot of the Championship.

"I have to be happy that we gained a point," said Poortvliet.

"I cannot understand it in many ways because we started so well, but as soon as Ipswich equalised we lost our belief and confidence. At one stage I thought the spirit had gone and we needed a lift. That is why I made three substitutions early in the second half.

"Pekhart worked hard for his goal and I am happy for him. His goal gave us some confidence and we were able to go on and get a draw, which we have needed.

"But only three days ago we had a tough game at Queens Park Rangers and had to play for an hour with only 10 men. Maybe the damage was done there because we could not keep our confidence."

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