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WHATMOUGH: WE WERE SOLID

7 February 2015

Clean sheet delights defender

He was part of a defence that prevented Hartlepool from registering a single shot on target.

And Jack Whatmough was delighted to celebrate a first Pompey victory since Morecambe were vanquished in November.

Matt Tubbs converted a Ryan Taylor cross in the second half to secure the points for Andy Awford’s side.

But it was the Blues’ strength at the back that Whatmough was particularly pleased with.

The teenage centre-back said: “It’s a great feeling to go back in that dressing room afterwards with three points and a clean sheet.

“It has been a bit of a struggle recently, but we got a good point at Wycombe last week and then a fantastic win against Hartlepool.

“We kept a clean sheet in both of those games and that gives us a platform to build on when we go to Dagenham on Tuesday.

“I thought we looked strong at the back throughout – just as we did last week – and they didn’t look like breaking us down.

“We’ve been working hard in training on our defensive shape and I think that’s starting to pay off.

“We weren’t frustrated at half-time because we knew we’d break them down with the amount of chances we were creating.

“There was always confidence that it would go our way if we continued like that and thankfully Tubbs has got the goal.

“He’s a born finisher, so it was great for him to score and we all know that he’ll now build on that.”

Whatmough now wants Pompey to register back-to-back triumphs when they visit Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night.

He said: “We have to give everything like we always do because we want to go there and take all three points.

“Everyone’s confident that we can visit Dagenham and pick up another positive result.”

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