Goalscorer delighted by recent form
There was a sense of deep frustration as Pompey’s players trooped off at The Hive following defeat to Barnet.
But fast forward two weeks and the mood has shifted significantly on the south coast.
Since then, the Blues have collected 10 points from a possible 12 to rejoin the race for automatic promotion.
They climbed up to fourth in the League Two table following a commanding 3-1 victory at Accrington.
Kyle Bennett opened the scoring at the Wham Stadium and is delighted at Pompey’s upturn in form.
He said: “Two weeks earlier we had our backs against the wall at Barnet, so it just shows how quickly football can change.
“We’ve played three games since then – winning three of them and drawing the other one. That’s a great return and the table now looks a lot better.
“The performance at Accrington was very pleasing. We played with confidence and that’s something we’ve been striving for.
“The first half was one of our best 45 minute displays of the season and everything just seemed to come together.
“Everyone was really happy after the final whistle – the fans, the players and the manager. It’s great to be a part of that.
“It was a long journey for the supporters up to Accrington and I’m sure they went home with smiles on their faces.”
Bennett scored with a neat strike that went in off the post, but that was surpassed by Michael Doyle’s stunning volley just before the break.
The winger said: “I tried to get involved in the build-up and the ball just fell for me. I saw some of the players going towards one post, so I thought I’d hit it towards the other one.
“It was my first league goal since the first game, but all that matters is that we’re winning and climbing the table.
“It was great to score, but Michael’s finish was a fantastic one that capped a great half for us.”