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COOK SAVOURS ‘CRUNCH’ VICTORY

25 February 2017

Boss wants to build on Carlisle victory

It was a result that saw Pompey re-establish themselves as serious contenders in the automatic promotion hunt.

A trip to Brunton Park to face third-placed Carlisle would provide stern questions of their credentials.

But they aced the test with flying colours, thanks to a superb second half showing that left their hosts stunned.

After switching to a 3-5-2 system, Paul Cook’s side immediately took the lead thanks to a fine solo effort from Gary Roberts.

Amine Linganzi and Jack Whatmouth then both opened their accounts for the club to send a large travelling army home in jubilant mood.

Cook certainly enjoyed the victory, although he knows there is still plenty more work to be done.

The Blues boss said: “I’m in a good mood and am delighted with the result, but you won’t see me get too carried away.

“We’ve got two home games coming up now and if we can stamp our authority on them then imagine where we could be next Saturday night.

“It means so much to our fans, so let’s enjoy the win and they’ll have a good trip home, but now our focus turns to Tuesday night.

“The substitutes had a big impact, while Eoin Doyle had some great chances and Fordey made some agile saves.

“The way we set up to play means the first goal is huge because teams then have to come out more.

“We’re strong at the back and we can change formations to see games out. But Jack was supposed to be concentrating on keeping a clean sheet, not scoring goals!

“That’s one of the best days we’ve had as a club for a long time. It’s about time we won a really big crunch game.

“But there’s such a long way to go, so let’s keep going and let’s all just keep believing.”

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