Awfs’ men edged a thrilling 5 goal contest to all but seal their Football League safety. A huge win at Fratton seen by 2 shy of 18,000 began well, and ended well, with the result making it 4 wins in a row for Pompey.
Carson; Webster, N’Gala, Whatmough, Shorey (c); McCabe (Ertl), Hollands; Holmes, Wallace, Drennan (Fogden); Taylor (Agyemang)
A relatively quiet opening 10 in terms of gameplay, however a great atmosphere generated by both Pompey and Rovers.
Pompey took the lead after a quarter of an hour as Adam Webster fired home for his second goal in as many games. The ball bounced over to him and with his weaker left foot, he slotted home beautifully to give Pompey the lead and provoke a huge roar.
POMPEY 1-0 Bristol
Rovers retaliated however and took control of the game, and they rewarded with an equaliser 10 minutes after Pompey went ahead. A huge deflection off Bondz N’Gala sent ‘keeper Trevor Carson the wrong way and sent the Rovers fans into delirium.
Pompey 1-1 ROVERS
The away side continued to look more likely to go ahead, however it was the Blues who took the lead again, 4 minutes before half time:
A set piece routine from a corner saw Ricky Holmes play it back to Danny Hollands who made up around 30 yards to meet the ball first time and hammer it at goal, and his shot was deflected by Ryan Taylor to see it end up in the back of the net.
POMPEY 2-1 Bristol
An immediate response from Rovers however, and they were back on level terms just a minute after Pompey took the lead for a second time. Pompey switched off at the back and a header flicked on saw it loop into the corner of Pompey’s net. A huge goal for Rovers.
Pompey 2-2 BRISTOL
HT: POMPEY 2-2 BRISTOL
Rovers looked the better side for the opening 10 minutes of the second period however Pompey kept chipping away and soon gained control. A much improved performance from the likes of Holmes and Hollands saw Pompey begin to come out on top and their fight was rewarded with what would be the wonder 20 minutes from time.
A ball swung over from Holmes was knocked back across goal by Ryan Taylor and substitute Wes Fogden was on hand to bundle the ball home. A massive goal for Pompey, and the place exploded. Trevor Carson leading the celebrations, emphasising his wish to return to Fratton next season.
POMPEY 3-2 Bristol
Pompey continued to dominate, keeping out Rovers well. Holmes began running the Bristol right back ragged, and was creating more chances that Pompey nearly turned home. The Blues did see the full 90 minutes plus 4 added time though, and supremely eased the relegation fears.
FT: POMPEY 3-2 BRISTOL
12 points out of 12 see Pompey sit all the way up in 14th, 7 points from the drop zone. A point at Northampton on Monday will see safety secured as they are the ones who need to beat us to catch us. A hugely important game coming up then, however this victory seems to be the one that Pompey fans are viewing as the one that really seals our FL status.
Awfs has done a marvellous job since taking over from Richie Barker. He’s sparked 4 wins out of 4 for the first time since that fab run in the Championship a few years ago and has caused many to view him as the Manager of the Month already this month. He clearly gave the players a kick up the backside following the under par first half performance, and it saw Pompey take all three points.
ANDY AWFORD’S BLUE-WHITE ARMY!