Date: 26th November 2017 at 8:45pm
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Yes, Pompey did hold on somewhat in the end, I would say mainly due to the fact we dropped far too deep in the final 20 minutes, but there was little doubt victory over Plymouth was deserved on Saturday.

Kal Naismith’s first half winner, as he capitalised on a mistake from Plymouth goalkeeper Remi Matthews, proved enough in the 1-0 win at Fratton Park but there were several clear cut chances that went amiss too, so to say it could have been three, four or maybe even five wouldn’t be over exaggerating, would it?

In the end Plymouth had a few decent chances of their own, thankfully they didn’t take them.

Kenny Jackett conceded we had come under some pressure as the game wore on with the resolute defensive showing pleasing him.

Commenting post-match he was quoted by the News: ‘Halfway through the second period the game changed and Plymouth put a lot of pressure on us. We did very well to defend our box with a number of long ball and throws into our box.’

Adding: ‘We defended resolutely to hold on to our one-goal lead. We certainly earned it and I’m pleased with my team as they showed both sides of the game to get the victory.’

Without looking to play down the pressure Plymouth did put us under in the end, if we hadn’t dropped so deep and almost invited it these chances wouldn’t have come. Better sides would have punished us but the main thing was we won – we cannot keep doing this in games that’s for sure.

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2 Replies to “Blues hold firm for deserved win over Argyle”

  • When you’re down to one central defender then you almost have to droop deep to crowd the penalty area to prevent your opponents making runs; when Hawkins had to go off I feared the worst, but the team coped really well.

  • I get the point you make, but still think we invited too much pressure on ourselves and that could have cost us, fortunately it didn’t as we stood firm by defending well enough.

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