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Jack's Perfect Day

Defender delighted to score at the Fratton End

5 December 2020

Jack Whatmough celebrates scoring for Pompey against Peterborough at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Jack Whatmough’s baby daughter will not remember too much about her first trip to Fratton Park.

But it is safe to say that a deserved 2-0 victory against Peterborough is going to live long in the memory of the man himself.

He found the net at the Fratton End for the first time – on the same day that a limited number of fans were allowed back into the ground.

That wore down the Posh resistance before Tom Naylor made sure of the points with a stunning long-range strike.

And Whatmough was delighted that he could help provide a happy homecoming for those lucky supporters in attendance.

The defender said: “It’s a whirlwind of emotions. It was my daughter’s first game and then scoring my first goal at the Fratton End topped things off.

“She won’t have a clue what was happening and will probably soon be screaming the house down for her bottle!

"It was my daughter’s first game and then scoring my first goal at the Fratton End topped things off."

Jack Whatmough

“The main thing was the three points and then the clean sheet, but to score as well made it the perfect day.

“It happened in a flash and you don’t really get time to think about it, although it looked like the ball was hitting the post at first.

“I had one against Stevenage when Paul Cook was the manager and it struck the woodwork, so I thought it was going to be the same again.

“But when the ball went in, I had a little check to make sure the linesman didn’t put his flag up and then did a knee-slide in the corner.

“It wasn’t great, although it was better than the one I did at Carlisle. I got a bit caught in the moment because the fans were back.

“That’s something we’ve definitely missed here and although there were only 2,000, it felt more like 16,000.

“It does give you an extra boost, particularly in the last 10 minutes when you expect a bit more pressure to come on you. They needed to be back and watching their team again.”

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