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THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

5 December 2015

Richardson delighted to see Pompey in third round

Pompey have not enjoyed a great deal of success in the FA Cup since reaching the final in 2010.

They had not won a game in the competition for five years before finally seeing off Macclesfield last month.

But now the 2008 winners can look forward to the third round draw after seeing off Accrington at Fratton Park.

Adam McGurk scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half to secure the Blues’ progress.

And Leam Richardson was delighted with their performance against a Stanley side sitting fourth in League Two.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “We were up against a very good Accrington team who play free-flowing football.

“So to win the game, get through to the third round and keep a clean sheet is very pleasing for all of us.

“Accrington threw their centre-halves and keeper up towards the end, but we stayed strong and saw the game out.

“The only disappointing thing is that we didn’t manage to get a second goal because we were working tirelessly to do that.

“The conditions dictated the kind of match everyone saw, but we stuck at it to get the result we wanted.

“We were told quite early on that this club hadn’t progressed through to the third round in quite some time.

“It’s up to us to keep ticking these boxes and thankfully the boys are working very hard to help us achieve that.

“The big clubs come in at the next stage and it means a lot to the supporters – you could hear them get louder and louder as the game went on.”

There was an unfortunate casualty late in the game, with referee Kevin Johnson limping off injured to be replaced by linesman Brett Huxtable.

“He needs to go to the gym and get fitter,” Richardson joked. “I think he pulled a calf muscle, but the officials conducted themselves well.

“It was a bit of a feisty affair at times and they’ve managed to keep everyone on the pitch.”

Attention now turns to Monday evening’s third round draw to see who Pompey will be up against after Christmas.

Richardson said: “Personally I’d like a game against Leeds because they’re my hometown club.

“I know the manager would like to draw Liverpool and all the players will have their own thoughts about who they want.

“But any tie in the third round of the FA Cup is special and we’ll look forward to playing whoever we get.”

Watch the thoughts of Richardson below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for interviews with Adam McGurk and Gareth Evans.


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