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Close: We're In A Good Place

Goal hero revels in win over Wycombe

26 December 2019

Ben Close celebrates scoring for Pompey against Wycombe
Photo: Graham Hunt

It was a moment of calm when others presented with the same situation might have panicked.

Ben Close collected the ball after Ellis Harrison’s shot had come back off the post, took a touch to deceive an onrushing defender and fired the ball into the net.

That goal – his fifth of the season – saw Pompey take the lead at Fratton Park against a stubborn Wycombe side who sit at the League One summit.

Ronan Curtis scored again to wrap things up and Close was delighted that he was able to make a big impact.

The midfielder said: “I thought Ellis’ shot was going in from where I was standing, but thankfully the ball fell perfectly for me.

“You see other people score goals like that and think you’re never going to get that sort of chance and luckily I did.

“I saw the defender out of the corner of my eye, so took a touch in the opposite direction and gave myself an open net.

"You see other people score goals like that and think you’re never going to get that sort of chance."

Ben Close

“I was really happy to make a contribution and it’s just about making sure you get into those positions.

“We had the right mix of quality, hard work, resolute defending and being clinical in the final third when needed.

“The lads were buzzing with that result in the dressing room and it puts us in a really good place in the table.”

Pompey are now just one point outside the play-off places and only three adrift of the second automatic promotion spot.

Close said: “It’s an open division and we’re on a really good run. It’s really tight, but the top two are there for anyone to take.

“Every team will have bad results like we did at Accrington, but it’s all about how you react – and we couldn’t have reacted much better.”

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