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O'Keefe: Support Was Amazing

Midfielder happy to claim Charlton winner

9 December 2017

Pompey midfielder Stuart O

It went down as an own-goal and the record books are unlikely to be changed.

But Stuart O’Keefe is still more than happy to stake a claim for Pompey’s League One winner at Charlton.

He was certainly nearby when Gareth Evans’ free-kick was diverted over the line early in the second half.

More important than who earns the credit, however, was the fact that almost 3,900 travelling fans went home full of festive cheer.

O’Keefe said: “It was great ball in by Gaz and I was just waiting there for it at the back post.

“It brushed across my chest and it was a combination of both of us that managed to get it over the line.

"I’ll definitely take the plaudits because I don’t get too many goals."

Stuart O'Keefe

“So I’ll definitely take the plaudits because I don’t get too many goals. If it does go to me then that’s brilliant.

“We always like shooting towards our own fans because they continuously provide us with fantastic support.

“That does make a difference. When you come out of the tunnel away from home and see that number of supporters, it’s amazing.

“You know you’ll always have a chance with them behind you and scoring in front of them was brilliant for us.

“Charlton started the game well, but we weathered the storm and grew in confidence. We relaxed a bit and created quite a few chances.”

Pompey had not beaten any of the sides above them in the League One standings before heading to The Valley.

O’Keefe said: “I think it’s a little bit of a statement because we haven’t got a great record against sides in the top six.

“So to come somewhere like this and get not just the result, but also a clean sheet, does say that we’re a team to be watched.

“A few more performances like that and these boys will keep growing. Hopefully we can maintain this momentum going and break into the top six.”

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