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KAL CONTINUES GOAL GLUT

1 April 2017

Top scorer enjoys win at Hartlepool

Pompey have found form at exactly the right stage of the season.

And Kal Naismith shone once more as they won 2-0 at Hartlepool to take another step nearer to automatic promotion.

He converted Enda Stevens’ cross for an 11th goal of the campaign before teeing-up substitute Gary Roberts to secure the victory.

Naismith is enjoying his prolific spell in the side and was happy with the Blues’ performance at both ends of the pitch.

He said: “When you’re in a good run of form those things just seem to drop for you.

“Enda got down the left as he does in every game and I managed to be in the right place at the right time.

“The ball skidded in a bit, so it’s important to just keep your concentration and thankfully I got a good contact.

“The boys have been brilliant, but Hartlepool also played really well, so we’re really happy with the result and the clean sheet.

“It’s never going to be easy for the full 90 minutes, although I don’t think David Forde had too much to do because of the way we defended as a team.”

An injury to Noel Hunt meant that Naismith led the line for Pompey for the majority of the second half.

“I wasn’t surprised and I have played up there before,” he said. “When my role is just off the striker then I’m usually up there most of the time anyway.

“The gaffer doesn’t want you dropping back too much because we’re a team that likes to play on the front foot, so it wasn’t too much of a change.

“I’ve never really had a set position and I seem to play everywhere, but I’m happy to go wherever I’m needed.”

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