Assistant manager delights in Wycombe win
The Fratton faithful have been treated to plenty of goals over the past few days.
A 3-0 victory over Crawley last week was as comfortable as they come, with the game wrapped up by half-time.
It was not quite so simple against Wycombe, but Pompey were still ultimately able to romp to a 4-2 triumph.
They had come from behind, though, with Paul Hayes’ finish doing as much to dampen proceedings as the constant showers.
But the hosts did not wilt, with Christian Burgess’ close-range header and a Gary Roberts penalty turning the match on its head.
Hayes levelled, but that was as good as it got for the Chairboys, as Conor Chaplin netted a fine individual effort before Carl Baker wrapped things up after the break.
And Leam Richardson was delighted to see the Blues shake off their indifferent start to claim all three points.
Pompey’s assistant manager said: “It had everything for the neutral – goals, penalties, tackles. There was plenty of open football in the end.
“Wycombe came here with a game-plan to frustrate us and try to nick a goal. They did that, so I’m pleased with how the lads dug in and showed plenty of resilience.
“We weren’t at it defensively in the first half, but we addressed that at the break and I have to give the lads credit for how they responded.
“It’s great to see the work that we’re doing on the training pitch paying off and long may that continue.
“Conor’s goal was as cheeky as it gets and Carl worked hard to get in the box and convert at the back stick.
“The lads have put plenty of effort in throughout the week and they deserve that outcome, so well done to them.”
Chaplin came on midway through the first half after Curtis Main collided with Aaron Pierre in a challenge for the ball.
Richardson said: “When you’re a forward and you’re prepared to put your head in where it hurts, you will get a few whacks.
“It was worse than it initially appeared with the cut going near his eye and he’s had a few stitches, but he’ll be okay.”
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