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Harrison: It Gave Us A Boost

Striker discusses key moment in latest win

21 December 2019

Ellis Harrison in action for Pompey against Ipswich
Photo: Graham Hunt

Ronan Curtis’ fierce strike was the moment that most people inside Fratton Park will have gone home talking about.

The winger’s rocket early in the second half settled a League One contest with promotion-chasing Ipswich on a wet south coast.

But Ellis Harrison singled out a moment from Pompey’s skipper that typified the application displayed by the hosts throughout.

A thunderous challenge from Tom Naylor showed just how much they wanted to collect all three points.

Harrison knew that was especially key following the dreadful 4-1 loss at Accrington just seven days earlier.

And the striker – who excelled up front against his former club – was delighted the Blues were able to quickly return to winning ways.

He said: “We needed to bounce back following the defeat the previous week – and that’s exactly what we did.

"He’s our captain and our leader, so it gave us a real boost, while it’s the kind of thing the fans buzz off."

Ellis Harrison

“It was important to show that the Accrington result was just a blip and there was real togetherness from the boys.

“You could see that heart from all over the pitch, like when Tom Naylor went straight through their guy and got the ball.

“He’s our captain and our leader, so it gave us a real boost, while it’s the kind of thing the fans buzz off.

“That helps you to find that extra bit of fight, which is exactly what we needed with about 20 minutes to go.

“It certainly lifted me and I thought that if he’s able to do that, then we’ve all got to give it a real good go.”


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