Again, and to be fair as it ‘usually’ will be, it was not always pleasing on the eye but Pompey finally secured that first league win of the season at Fratton on Saturday afternoon when we beat Scunthorpe 2-1.
Appy admitted it was ‘scrappy’ at times in the 2nd half, which it was, but also thought if we kept a ‘cleansheet’ in that half we would go onto win, as we did: ‘the game got a bit scrappy in the second half, but that’s the way I wanted it because at times we`ve been too open and too fluid.
‘We knew that we had to keep a clean sheet in the second half and that if we did we’d win the game.
‘We knew we’d get opportunities, especially attacking the Fratton End where the fans will suck the ball into the net.’
Indeed that ball was sucked into the net at the last!
A win is a win though, scrappy, maybe even slightly (arguably) fortunately but we have one and now we have to make this ‘a habit’ again…
Defeat has become the habit, now if we can make the winning a habit we can secure our place in this league: ‘I said to the players after the game that they have to remember the feeling after a win, compared to a loss.
‘It has to become a habit – you have to want it over and over again.
‘It’s a start. We’ve got an important game in a few days and we have to build on our good work.’
Yeovil certainly is a big game, by no means one that we should ‘assume’ we will get something from but based on the fact they have been in pretty poor form – even worse than us! – collecting a point must be the least of our aims…
In all honesty, whilst we did not really test the keeper(s) enough, nowhere near enough from the point of a home side, we did finish the game fairly strongly and probably strong enough to just about justify the win.
When you take into account that we hit both the bar and the post – the latter should have definitely been a goal! – like I say I think, taking into account that Scunthorpe did not test our keeper that much really, we just about deserved the win that we got.
As 1st halves go, in particular this season, this was ok, the 2nd half not so much and even though – if I am honest – the ’emotional attachment’ that comes with the outcome of any game anymore is not there for me these days, it made a change for us to collect 3pts and we have to enjoy that for a while!
Stringing together a run of unbeaten games is needed now, Yeovil gives us this chance to avoid defeat again but MK Dons next weekend will be very tough, especially as it is away but lets take it a game at a time eh and focus on The Glovers first though…
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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