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14 March 2017

Goalscorer delighted with Grimsby victory

Three games. Nine Points. Ten goals scored and none conceded.

It is a record that has seen Pompey move six points clear of the chasing pack in the race for automatic promotion.

Carl Baker netted the third goal in a 4-0 rout of Grimsby at Fratton Park, with Kyle Bennett, Danny Rose and Kal Naismith also on target.

And the midfielder is delighted with the improvement since a disappointing defeat to Crewe at the start of the month.

He said: “We scored the goals at very good times. To get the fourth right at the start of the second half was a big relief because it was virtually game over.

“For the last 40 minutes we just felt in control, so we just kept possession and made sure the ball stayed moving. It was nice to play in.

“Grimsby started the game well and their lad hit the post with an unbelievable strike. If that goes in it could have been different.

“We haven’t had much luck all season, so it was definitely due when we then got a couple of deflected goals.

“The lads are feeling really confident at the moment and it’s been a big difference from the Crewe game when we got a bit of stick from the fans.

“We needed a reaction from that and we’ve got one in the past few games. We’ve been bang at it and everyone’s feeling great.

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves, though, because there are still a lot of points to play for this season.”

Baker was on target for the first time in four months and was pleased to hit the goal-trail again.

He said: “It was nice to see the ball go in the back of the net from a personal point of view because I hadn’t scored for a few weeks. That was in the back of my mind and it was a big relief.

“There have been games when I’ve felt good, but not got a goal or an assist and, in the position I play, you always leave the field disappointed if that’s the case.

“I feel like a weight’s been lifted off my shoulders now and it does make a big difference to your confidence.”

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