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AWFORD: HARD WORK PAYS OFF

14 March 2015

Boss happy with attack and defence

Pompey were at their clinical best to see off Luton and move to within eight points of the top seven.

Matt Tubbs and Ryan Taylor both finished with aplomb in a 2-0 victory over the promotion-chasing Hatters at Fratton Park.

But they did not have it all their own way and defended resolutely to deny the visitors many clear-cut openings.

It all left Andy Awford feeling very happy about his side’s efforts at both ends of the pitch.

The Blues boss said: “We defended very well as a unit once again and that’s now six clean sheets from the last 10 games, which is fantastic.

“If you don’t concede goals then you increase your chances of winning football matches – it’s as simple as that.

“A lot of hard work goes in on the training pitch, so it was nice to see that pay off.

“Luton applied a bit of pressure in the second half, but we dealt with that and went up the other end to score a second.

“It was another great goal from Ryan, who’s in a rich vein of form at the moment. I’ve been saying for a long time what a good asset he is.

“Now he’s getting the goals to match those clever runs and hold-up play that perhaps some people don’t see.”

Pompey did receive a blow when Paul Robinson was forced to go off in the second half after bravely throwing himself in the path of a shot.

Awford said: “It was proper defending – but that’s what Robbo is all about.

“It looks like he’s fractured his cheekbone and could be out for a bit, but I thought he was fantastic before he had to come off.”

Awford was also full of praise for the Fratton crowd, with 17,149 turning up to watch the clash.

He said: “The atmosphere was electric and the supporters – both sets of them – were absolutely unbelievable.

“They got behind us right from the start and we responded to that by getting the early goal and going on to win.”

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