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BENNETT STRIKES AGAIN

25 March 2017

Goal hero delighted with Newport win

This time last month, Kyle Bennett had only hit the net once for Pompey this season.

But fast forward to the present day and the flying winger has blossomed into a Blues goal machine.

His neat finish in a 2-1 home victory over Newport meant that the 26-year-old has now found the target in four successive appearances.

But rather than bask in personal glory, Bennett was happier that the result strengthened Pompey’s automatic promotion hopes.

He said: “You have to take the plaudits when they come and when it’s not your turn, you need to be behind everyone else.

“I’m the same person whether it’s going well for me or not and that’s never going to change. If the chips are down then I try to pick everyone else up.

“I’ve just had my second baby and maybe the sleepless nights are helping me! But everything’s great on and off the pitch at the moment.

“It’s an old cliché, but it’s honestly not about me. We’re closer to our target and we just want to reach that as soon as possible.

“The gap’s up to six points and we have a better goal difference as well, so it’s just on to the next game.

“We tick this one off and are always careful not to get too high when things are going well.”

Kal Naismith added to the opener to leave Pompey cruising, only for Alex Samuel’s reply to ensure a tense finale.

Bennett said: “I think the players, the crowd and the lads on the pitch all got a bit nervy at the end, but that’s understandable.

“Newport are fighting for their lives and desperately want to stay up, so they had nothing to lose and tried to throw the kitchen sink at us.

“We came away with the three points and ultimately that’s the only thing that really matters for us.

“I thought that we controlled the game for the first 75 minutes and we thoroughly deserved the victory.”

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