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Diagouraga Enjoys Fratton Bow

26 February 2014

Midfielder helps secure vital victory

It was a debut to forget for Toumani Diagouraga.

But after the nightmare of a 5-1 defeat at Scunthorpe, his home bow was a much more pleasant experience.

The on-loan Brentford midfielder played a key role as Pompey beat fellow strugglers Accrington.

Jake Jervis scored the only goal of the game early in the second half with a low drive into the bottom corner.

And Diagouraga enjoyed his first experience of playing for the Fratton faithful.

He said: “To get three points in front of the incredible home fans here was a great experience.

“I knew the crowd here were very good, but to play in front of them was unbelievable.

“I’ve been at a few clubs now and everyone has a bad day at the office sometimes like we did on Saturday.

“We just had to put it behind us and make sure produced a good performance in our next game – and that’s what we did.

“We were on top for most of the game. We sat back a bit more for the final 10 minutes, but that’s understandable when you’re trying to protect the win and I thought we were the better side.”

Diagouraga also revealed that he turned down higher-placed sides to move to Pompey earlier this month.

He said: “I had a few options, but after chatting with the manager I decided to come here. I could have stayed in League One, but Pompey are bigger than a lot of clubs in that division.

“It was frustrating to drop out of the side at Brentford and when they win a lot of games in a row it’s hard to get back in.

“But that’s football and I want to play as many games as I can here and help the team collect as many points as possible.”

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