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Hawkins 'Buzzing' With Blues Brace

Striker helps Pompey see off Northampton

30 December 2017

Oliver Hawkins celebrates scoring for Pompey against Northampton Town at Fratton Park

He has proven to be surprisingly adept as a centre-back this season.

But Oli Hawkins excelled in his more natural position as Pompey brought 2017 to a close with a 3-1 victory over Northampton.

Leading the line at Fratton Park, he bagged a brace to help the Blues move into the League One play-off spots.

His first goal was a superb header from the edge of the box to convert a deep Christian Burgess cross, while the striker then nodded in a Dion Donohue delivery after the break.

And Hawkins was delighted to make such a positive contribution in his first start for more than a month.

He said: “It’s a very good way to end the year and I’m buzzing at the moment.

“I was back in the starting line-up, playing up front and I got two goals to help us win the game – I couldn’t really ask for more.

"I’ve scored similar goals like that in my career previously and thought I’d try it – luckily the ball flew in."

Oliver Hawkins

“There was a lot of pace on the ball in from Burge and there wasn’t really anyone around me, so the only thing I could really do was go for it.

“I’ve scored similar goals like that in my career previously and thought I’d try it – luckily the ball flew in. I was happy with it.

“For the second one I was expecting a higher cross, but I read the ball a bit quicker than the defender and was able to nip in ahead of him.

“I managed to get a good contact on the ball, although I wasn’t sure that it had gone in until I heard the cheering.

“After my little injury I didn’t know when or where I was going to come back into the team, but the manager had faith in me and I’m happy to score goals.”

It was a pleasing way to close 2017 for Hawkins, who signed for Pompey on transfer deadline day in August.

He said: “It’s been a good year for me after a positive end to last season with Dagenham and then moving to Pompey.

“I’ve hopefully proved that I can be a League One player and it’s pleasing to contribute both with goals and clean sheets.”

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