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Gallen: Too Early To Celebrate Top Spot

Assistant manager urges caution after victory at Posh

15 September 2018

Joe Gallen
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

A 2-1 victory at Peterborough saw Pompey leapfrog their opponents into League One’s top spot.

But you will not find Joe Gallen shouting about that achievement from the rooftops after just eight matches of the season.

Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe both struck in the second half to ensure that the Blues are the only third tier side remaining with an unbeaten record.

And while Gallen was pleased with the way they dealt with Posh’s direct style, he knows that there is still a long way to go.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “It was a big game, although it’s probably too early to say just how big it is.

“I’d love to be talking about being top in May – that’s the key. It doesn’t really mean much at this stage of the season.

“We’re only eight matches in, but to emerge as the winners against another side that had yet to lose is pleasing.

"It was a big game, although it’s probably too early to say just how big it is."

Joe Gallen

“Peterborough have a very direct style of play and the ball was going from back to front an awful lot, so it was important to win a lot of first headers.

“We felt that if we did that, it would take their threat away because they have some very good finishers and the ball can end up in the back of your net extremely quickly.

“I thought our back four and goalkeeper were outstanding, as well as Tom Naylor just in front of them.

“You prepare for that in training during the week, although we do an awful lot of work with the ball as well.”

Hawkins has provided plenty of assists for Pompey this season, but Gallen was pleased to see the striker score a goal of his own.

He said: “Ronan’s been creating and scoring, and did very well for our opener – which is always so important.

“It was a great cross and Oli has come in to finish it well. He hasn’t received quite as many plaudits, so I’m really pleased for him.

“As much as he’s impressed for us and held the ball up well, when you’re the number nine you want to put it in the back of the net.”

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