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NAISMITH: WIN ALL THAT MATTERS

15 January 2017

But winger says Blues can be more clinical

The margin of victory should arguably have been greater.

But Kal Naismith knows that claiming all three points against Leyton Orient was the most important factor in the battle for promotion.

A brace from Conor Chaplin – who had earlier seen a penalty saved – secured a 2-1 victory for Pompey at Fratton Park.

Naismith was full of praise for his teenage team-mate, although he concedes that the Blues do have room for improvement.

The winger said: “We were the better team and had a lot chances. We could have been three up at half-time and then it would have been a better game for us.

“But their lad has scored a great goal right in the top corner and there’s not much you can do about that.

“So it was important that we regrouped and were ready to go again in the second half, with another one from Conor getting us the three points.

“I’m delighted for him because he’s a special talent and you always sense that he’s going to score.

“We just have to be a bit more clinical and I had a few opportunities myself, with some crosses that I perhaps should have got on the end of.

“I suppose we were a bit unlucky in that aspect, but the important is that we won the game and the lads are all feeling good.”

The win helped heal the scars of defeat at Doncaster in Pompey’s last outing and Naismith hopes it will signal the arrival of plenty more points.

He said: “It felt a long time since the last game and although the rest was useful, we’d have liked to go into that on the back of a victory.

“But that game’s gone now and we want to forget about it. We went on a good run before it and hopefully we can now go on another one.

“We want to be ruthless and pick up as many points as we can, so we’ll just turn our focus to the next match.”

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