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Naylor: Winning All That Matters

Midfielder reflects on successful Easter

23 April 2019

Tom Naylor celebrates scoring for Pompey against Coventry
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey certainly did not have it all their own way over the Easter period.

But a maximum haul of points – courtesy of victories over Burton and Coventry – keeps them right in the automatic promotion hunt.

They required late winners in both matches, with Brett Pitman’s decisive strike enough to beat the Sky Blues on Monday.

Tom Naylor had earlier headed home the hosts’ equaliser in that fixture and is happy with substance over style.

The midfielder: “We’ve taken six points from the two games and we knew in advance that we would need exactly that.

“It doesn’t really matter how we managed to do that – the important thing is that we’ve won them both.

"We’ve taken six points from the two games and we knew in advance that we would need exactly that."

Tom Naylor

“We just had to get the equaliser against Coventry and then everyone would believe we could get the second.

“I was unmarked, so I had a free header and was able to smash the ball in. It’s nice for me to score another goal. It got us back into the game and then Pits completed the job.

“We’ve just to keep our heads down and believe that we can do this. We’ll certainly be working our hardest.”

Pompey now travel to promotion rivals Sunderland – who could only manage a draw at Peterborough in their last outing – on Saturday.

Naylor said: “When the fixtures came out last summer, you knew that it was probably going to be a really big game.

“It’s massive and we have to go there and win. I’ve got every confidence in the ability of this team to do just that.”

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