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23 August 2014

Second half turnaround pleases skipper

Pompey’s skipper said: “We’re very happy about the way we dug in for that result.

And Chorley was pleased with the character displayed to turn the game on its head after the interval.

But the visitors learnt their lesson and Craig Westcarr’s late goal secured a third successive three-point haul.

The Blues were perhaps fortunate not to find themselves behind at the break when Danny Hylton was denied by both Paul Jones and the woodwork in the dying seconds.

Ben Chorley was not happy with Pompey’s first half performance at Oxford.

“Successful teams have to be resolute and be horrible when that’s required and that’s what we were.

“We’re under no illusions – we started poorly and they started very well. But we grew into the game.

“A few of the senior boys said some things at half-time because every one of us – except for Paul Jones – wasn’t good enough.

Pompey have now conceded just twice in their five competitive matches this season, despite a rotation of personnel at the back.

“But I thought that in the second half we controlled the game and played the way we should be playing.”

Chorley said: “As a team the defending has been good so far, although we had to stand up and be counted against Oxford. It’s been relatively comfortable in the other games. ”“But it starts with Paul Jones and I thought he was outstanding. It’s not just about the saves, but also the way he comes for crosses.

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