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WHATMOUGH’S GOAL GLEE

25 February 2017

But defender admits his celebration needs work

It was the perfect way to cap an excellent afternoon for Pompey.

Leading promotion rivals Carlisle by two goals on their own patch was enough cause for celebration.

But popular academy graduate Jack Whatmough completed a memorable victory with his first goal for the club in stoppage-time.

It was a moment to treasure for the centre-back, even if the resulting celebration did not quite work out as planned.

Whatmough said: “I don’t know what to say about that – it was just dreadful.

“I tried to do a knee-slide, but two-footed the ground instead. It’s something I’ve definitely got to work on!

“But it was my first goal for the club and something I’ve waited a long time for. It means a lot to me.

“I saw that there was a gap to run into and knew that we were safe at the back, so I just went for it.

“Conor was there as well and I thought that he was more likely to score, but it fell to me and so I hit it as hard as I could.

“The manager just asked me to keep a clean sheet and thankfully we were able to do that.

“But I was able to get one myself and we also got another two, so it was a really good day overall for this club.

“I thought that we controlled the game pretty well and to come to a place like this and get three goals is impressive.

“We’ve got massive spirit in this squad and it’s nice to see the bench going mad whenever we score.

“We were clinical in what we did and were able to get a massive result to help close the gap on the top three. It’s a step closer to where we want to be.”

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