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Naylor: We Could Have Scored More

Midfielder reflects on thumping win over Bradford

4 March 2019

Tom Naylor celebrates after scoring for Pompey against Bradford
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinP

Pompey fans might finally be starting to catch their breath following an eventful contest at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Six goals being scored in a clash with Bradford – five of them for the hosts – would have been enough to sate the demands of even the most demanding viewer.

But with a drone briefly stopping play and four Blues players going off injured, there was even more to take in.

Tom Naylor – who previously had a loan spell with the Bantams – was one of those to find the target.

It was the midfielder’s first goal on home soil and ensured Pompey returned to winning ways in League One following five successive stalemates.

He said: “It’s always great getting into the dressing room at the end and knowing you’ve taken all three points.

“I thought the result was thoroughly deserved and we had chances to score even more goals – we were continuously looking to get forward.

"It’s a great result and to score five goals at home is massive for us – I think it’s been coming for a while."

Tom Naylor

“Getting my first goal at Fratton Park was fantastic and I just reacted quickest when Ronan hit the bar.

“I was at Bradford for a few months, so it was a pretty short-term thing and I was only focusing on doing well for Pompey.

“The drone flying overhead was a new one for me and it was only a small thing, while there were a few more stoppages for injuries after that.

“There were a few cuts and bruises, but thankfully no muscle injuries and none of them seem too serious.

“It’s a great result and to score five goals at home is massive for us – I think it’s been coming for a while.”

With the Checkatrade Trophy final coming at the end of March, Naylor knows that he has to fight to keep his spot in the side.

He said: “Everyone’s excited about Wembley and striving to get a place in the team when we play there in a few weeks.

“Obviously we’ve got some league games to concentrate on first, but once it comes around our focus will be fully on the final.”

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