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Naylor: Plenty Of Positives

Goalscorer happy with Pompey's performance at both ends of the pitch

10 August 2019

Tom Naylor celebrates scoring for Pompey against Tranmere
Photos: Joe Pepler/PinPep

A big part of Tom Naylor’s job for Pompey is to make sure goals stay out of the net.

But the midfield enforcer also made a big impact at the other end of the pitch in a 2-0 victory over Tranmere.

He rifled the ball into the Rovers net after Paul Downing’s second half header had been cleared off the line.

That wrapped up all three points following a sumptuous long-range strike from Ben Close before the break.

And Naylor was pleased to see the Blues succeed at both ends of the pitch in front of a packed house at Fratton Park.

He said: “My job is to sit in front of the back four and clean things up, but it’s nice to chip in with the odd goal now and again.

“Downs had a good header that was cleared off the line and it’s just fallen for me, so I hit it into the roof of the net.

"My job is to sit in front of the back four and clean things up, but it’s nice to chip in with the odd goal now and again."

Tom Naylor

“It was an unbelievable goal from Closey and I thought Andy Cannon did particularly well in midfield as well.

“We could have got hold of the game a bit better, but our shape was excellent and we worked hard to keep a clean sheet.

“There were lots of positives and we created plenty of chances – and we have to take more of them – so we could have won by three or four.

“Tranmere did well and looked a good side – I think they’ll do well this season if they keep playing like that.

“But it was all about us and the important thing was to come away with all three points in the first home league game of the season.”


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