Richardson revels in festive triumph
The 900-plus travelling fans certainly left Sixfields Stadium with plenty of Christmas cheer.
They had just witnessed Conor Chaplin grab a late winner to ensure Pompey took all three points against league leaders Northampton.
It completed an impressive fightback after Gareth Evans had earlier cancelled out Ryan Cresswell’s opener.
The result cut the gap between the Blues and the automatic promotion spots to just a single point.
And Leam Richardson was delighted with the way they performed against such difficult opposition.
Pompey’s assistant manager said: “We always knew it was going to be tough coming to Northampton and they certainly posed a threat throughout the game.
“But to see the belief running through our lads – especially after we’d fallen behind – was fantastic.
“The lads stuck to the task very well and managed to pick themselves up after the disappointment of conceding.
“Gareth made some bright runs before he scored and almost got on the end of some more crosses.
“The goals get shared around and with the way we set up, you expect those front four players to contribute – long may that continue.
“Matt Clarke came into the side at the other end and started and finished the game so strongly, which was also pleasing.
“It’s another three points, but we’ll keep our heads down and look forward to Leyton Orient on Boxing Day.”
Chaplin was well-placed to slot home the winner after fellow substitute Ben Tollitt’s shot had been parried clear.
Richardson said: “Great credit to the young lads, who keep pushing the manager to put them out on the pitch.
“Ben is full of energy and pace, while little Conor never disappoints you when he comes on.”
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