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Ferry: Defending Paid Dividends

14 September 2013

Midfielder pleased with solid performance at Burton

Pompey have been an attacking force on their travels this term.

But Simon Ferry was pleased to see them match that with a solid defensive display at Burton.

After three successive away league draws, the Blues finally tasted victory at the Pirelli Stadium.

Ferry scored in the second half after Ricky Holmes had broken the deadlock before the break.

And the Scottish midfielder was relieved that Pompey have learnt their lesson from recent results.

He said: “It’s a great win for us – a fantastic result that we needed after the last couple of weeks.

“You’re not going to throw people forward when you’re away from home. But we’ve been working all week on how to defend when other teams do just that and I think it paid dividends.

“We’ve been playing well – the performances certainly haven’t been bad. We do play good football for this league.

“It’s just some stupid mistakes that have stopped us from winning games and if we can cut them out then I’m sure we can go on to win more.

“If we keep things tight at the back then we’ve got guys like Barchy, Holmes, Pat and Jed who are going to create chances.

“We’ve played four away games without losing which is fantastic and haven’t been beaten this season when we’ve had 11 men on the pitch.”

Ferry was pleased to open his goalscoring account for Pompey, scrambling home the loose ball after Burton keeper Jordan Pickford had failed to hold Holmes’ shot.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “It wasn’t the best, but I’ll take it whatever way it comes and hopefully I can get a few more this season.

“Ricky probably should have scored with the first shot, but I just followed up on the goalkeeper’s mistake and got a tap-in.”

Ferry is also enjoying playing alongside skipper Johnny Ertl in the heart of Pompey’s midfield.

He said: “It’s been a bit stop-start because Johnny got suspended and I had a little niggle in my toe, but hopefully we can now form a decent partnership.”

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