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Hawkins: A Solid Unit

Striker impressed with Pompey's form on the road

15 October 2018

Oli Hawkins
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Top the table and holding an away record that is not bettered in the professional English game.

Pompey are certainly in an encouraging position after the opening 13 games of the League One campaign.

A 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon was their latest success on the road, courtesy of goals from Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans.

Oli Hawkins led the line for the Blues at a blustery Kingsmeadow and felt the result was thoroughly deserved.

The striker said: “We look very strong away from home – that’s six wins from seven for us now.

“The performance on Saturday showed that again, even if we did come under a bit more pressure in the last 20 minutes.

"We try to be a solid unit all over the pitch, not making mistakes and trying to capitalise when our opponents do."

Oli Hawkins

“With the conditions as they were, it really helped that when the ball came up, I was able to flick it on for Jamal to run on to. You could see it was working.

“We had a few chances. I had several and it was the same for most of our players, so that’s a real positive.

“Of course we could have been three or four goals up if we had been a bit more clinical, but I thought we did well overall.

“It was a good defensive display after the break to hold on for the win because we were always going to drop back a bit when they scored.

“We try to be a solid unit all over the pitch, not making mistakes and trying to capitalise when our opponents do.”

Pompey were left waiting to start the second half, with their opponents taking an age to return to the pitch.

Hawkins said: “I was a bit confused and didn’t know what was happening. Maybe it was a tactic and you could say it worked because they got the goal.”


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