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27 March 2017

But midfielder more concerned with Pompey's form

It was a good afternoon all round for Pompey fans on Saturday.

The main cause of joy, of course, were the goals from Kyle Bennett and Kal Naismith that secured a 2-1 victory over Newport.

But with promotion rivals Stevenage and Luton both dropping points, the Blues were able to strengthen their position inside the top three.

Danny Rose admitted that it is impossible to ignore what happens elsewhere, but his main focus is helping Pompey continue their good form.

The midfielder said: “I think most people would be lying if they said that they didn’t look at results to see how other teams are getting on.

“That’s especially true when you’re in the thick of a promotion challenge like we are or battling to stay up.

“They seemed to go for us this weekend, but the important thing is that we keep picking up results.

“It’s nice having a cushion and we want to collect as many points as we can until the end of the season. We can enjoy ourselves once we get over the line.

“For anyone who has never experienced promotion, it’s by far the best feeling. It’s the reason why we’re all in the game.”

Pompey were cruising to victory against Newport until Alex Samuel’s header set-up a nervy end to the game.

Rose said: “We did make life difficult for ourselves by conceding, but the most important thing is that we collected all three points.

“Before that point we looked quite comfortable and were moving the ball around really well at times.

“David Forde didn’t have to make too many saves, but they were always going to throw caution to the wind after scoring because they had nothing to lose.

“But then we had to dig deep and Jack Whatmough came on because we needed a bit of help at the back.”

Rose spent four years at Newport earlier in his career and hopes the struggling Welsh side can beat the drop.

He said: “I joined them when I was at a crossroads in my career. They’re a club close to my heart and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for them.”

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