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ROBERTS: FANS WERE FIRST CLASS

16 August 2015

Midfielder delighted with maiden Blues goal

After back-to-back home triumphs, Pompey were presented with a new challenge.

So Gary Roberts was delighted to see them take their fine Fratton form into the first away match at Plymouth.

The midfielder won and converted a second half penalty after Matt Tubbs had earlier also been successful from the spot.

A late strike from Gregg Wylde proved to be nothing more than a consolation for the hosts.

And Roberts was delighted to open his Blues account before more than 1,700 passionate travelling supporters.

The summer signing said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to get my first goal in front of all our fans who had made the trip in significant numbers.

“We could hear them throughout the game and they were absolutely first class yet again.

“I spoke with Tubbsy before the game about penalties and he told me where he was going to go.

“But then he’d left the pitch for the second one, so I stepped up, tried a few mind games and put it in the net.

“I got the penalty by facing up to the defender because the gaffer likes us to be positive. Once I was in the box it makes it difficult for him to make any kind of challenge.

“It was Plymouth’s first home league game with a new manager, so there was a bit of a carnival atmosphere.

“They’re not a bad side and I certainly think they’ll be up there at the end of the season.

“So to come to a big club for this level, pass the ball as we did and get the result we did is massive.

“The goal we conceded put a bit of a damper on things, but overall we were very solid and it was a good performance.”

Despite a 100 per cent start to the campaign, Roberts is adamant that Pompey can get even better.

He said: “We’re still getting to know each other’s game and each other’s personalities, so there’s plenty of room for improvement.”

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