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Hawkins Helps Pompey Soar

Goalscorer discusses latest victory for the Blues

13 April 2019

Oli Hawkins celebrates scoring for Pompey against Rochdale

It was Oli Hawkins who got the ball rolling in Pompey’s 4-1 victory over Rochdale at Fratton Park.

The striker nodded in Jamal Lowe’s cross midway through the first half, as the Blues boosted their automatic promotion hopes.

Brett Pitman added a second from the penalty spot, with Gareth Evans and Lowe completing the scoring after the break.

Hawkins was delighted to play a pivotal role in a sixth successive win and was quick to praise the man who teed him up.

He said: “It’s great to be back at Fratton Park after a few weeks without a home game and we topped it off with a 4-1 win.

“Jamal’s a great player and has got so many tricks, so you never know when he’s going to cross the ball.

"The pace was on the ball, so I just needed to direct it as much as I could towards the target."

Oli Hawkins

“But I anticipated that he would send it in at the right time and I was able to get in front of my man to glance home the header.

“The pace was on the ball, so I just needed to direct it as much as I could towards the target. Luckily enough, I was able to do that.

“Another game for Jamal and another goal, as well as a couple of assists – he can go all the way to the top.

“I’m ready when called upon and all I want to do is put in good performances and try to score. I want to continue that in the final five matches.”

Kenny Jackett revealed earlier in the season that he was unsure if Hawkins and Brett Pitman could forge a partnership, but the duo linked up well against Dale.

Pompey’s number nine said: “We’ve always felt we could play together and he’s such a great goalscorer, as well as being an intelligent player.

“Then with me as that focal point, it can cause teams really problems. It’s been good in the past couple of games.”

There was good news elsewhere, as former Blues striker Conor Chaplin scored the winner against a Sunderland side also chasing the top two.

Hawkins said: “Every Pompey fan wanted him to score and he did, so I’m sure he’ll be getting a lot of ‘thank you’ tweets from them.”

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