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ROBERTS: SOLID BASE THE KEY

8 October 2016

Midfielder delighted with Orient display

Pompey secured their second away victory of the season by seeing off Leyton Orient.

And Gary Roberts believes that the performance showed they had learned their lessons from recent league losses.

Christian Burgess converted a Carl Baker corner in the second half to secure all three points at Brisbane Road.

And Roberts was delighted with the stinginess of the Blues back-line, which allowed the creative players more freedom to impress.

He said: “In the last couple of games we managed to beat ourselves. We know where we went wrong, but I thought we looked really solid this time.

“The two boys at the back were terrific and Burge got his reward with the goal. They gave us a solid base to build on.

“If you want to be successful in any walk of life then you have to work hard, so it’s a given for us.

“And there was plenty of that from us, as well as lots of ability, so I think we deserved the three points.

“We knew there was going to be a good tempo with the new Orient manager in charge, but they didn’t really put us under too much pressure.

“They all wanted to impress him, so it was important to match them and that’s exactly what we did.

“We did enough in the first half to have a lead, so it was vital that we came out and kept going after the break.

“We created a number of chances and it probably should have been a bit more comfortable for us by the end.

“I thought we could have put it to bed, but you have to take it when you win 1-0 away from home.”

It was a second goal of the season for Burgess and helped Pompey climb up to fourth in the League Two table.

Roberts said: “I was surprised to see him running away to celebrate because he normally ducks out of them – he doesn’t like messing his hair up!”

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