Striker delighted with his role in trophy triumph
Pompey lacked creativity for the first hour at the Kassam Stadium.
But then Patrick Agyemang came off the bench and turned the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie on its hard.
Oxford had dominated up until the point, but had nothing to show for their efforts.
And Agyemang made them pay when he cut inside from the right and curled home a sumptuous finish with the outside of his boot.
John Marquis then increased the Blues’ lead before James Constable struck a late consolation for the hosts.
“I’m delighted with the victory,” said Agyemang. “It’s the first time we’ve won two on the bounce this season and hopefully we carry that form on.
“We couldn’t really get going in the first half and Oxford made things difficult for us.
“But I could see from the bench that I might be able to come on and change things and thankfully I did.
“I got the ball and saw a gap between two players. I got through, tried the shot with the outside of my foot and thankfully it went in. It’s certainly up there with the better goals I’ve scored.
“We’ve got to try to push on now. Our squad’s looking strong and there’s competition for places which is important.”
Agyemang was full of praise for strike partner Marquis, who led the line by himself for the first hour against Oxford.
He said: “John’s a young lad and it’s hard to be up there by yourself. I’ve got more experience and when I came on we were able to share the load.
“He’s done really well and is able to get into the right place at the right time. He’s unlucky not to have a few more goals.
“In every single game he’s played, he’s created chances and he keeps going if he misses one of them.”