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Dion's Delight At Cup Progress

Donohue's assist helps Pompey see off Norwich

6 January 2019

Dion Donohue in action for Pompey at Norwich
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Dion Donohue was understandably tired as Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Norwich entered the fourth minute of stoppage-time.

The versatile 25-year-old was making his first appearance in more than two months after recovering from a hamstring injury.

But he had enough strength in his legs to ping a perfect cross-field pass to Andre Green, who went on to score.

That proved enough to beat the 10-man Canaries – who had Grant Hanley sent off early on – and Donohue was delighted with the Blues’ progress to the fourth round.

He said: “It’s unbelievable. It was a tough game and they had the ball for long periods, so we had to deal with it.

“People think it’s a lot easier when the opposition go down to 10 men, but it can make it more difficult because their concentration levels rise.

"I just thought that I can’t run any more, but looked up and saw Andre running, so thought I’d give it a go."

Dion Donoh

“Norwich have class all over the pitch – that’s why they are where they are in the Championship table.

“But we showed that we can mix it with them and to get the winner so late in the match was a fantastic feeling.

“I just thought that I can’t run any more, but looked up and saw Andre running, so thought I’d give it a go. Luckily the ball landed at his feet and he put it away.

“It was great to be able to go and celebrate with our fans because they really were great from minute one.”

Donohue has made just five appearances – with Pompey unbeaten in all of them – in what has been an injury-hit campaign for the Welshman.

He said: “It has been very tough at times. I’d got back in the team and was looking to establish myself, only for it to happen again.

“But these are the moments that you work so hard to get back for and it was great to repay the manager and the club for sticking with me through the injuries.

“Hopefully I can now stay fit for the rest of the season and help the lads get to the Championship – that’s where we want to be.”

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