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Job Done

Gallen delighted with Pompey's victory over Shrewsbury

15 February 2020

Pompey celebrate their victory over Shrewsbury
Photo: Jason Brown

Storm Dennis was always going to make playing attractive football a tricky task.

So Joe Gallen was simply delighted to see Pompey return to winning ways with a 2-0 defeat of Shrewsbury at Fratton Park.

Both goals were scored after the break, with Ellis Harrison heading home the opener before John Marquis wrapped up the points.

And Gallen was always confident that the Blues would eventually be able to break down their stubborn opponents.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “I think ‘job done’ is a good way of putting it because it was always going to be a tough game with the conditions.

“The rain doesn’t really affect things too much, but the wind does. It made it difficult against a Shrewsbury side with a defensive set-up and a big back five.

"The tempo builds and the energy builds and it’s almost like the fans can suck the ball into the net for you."

Joe Gallen

“We had to really work at it in order to break them down, but you got the feeling we’d move the ball a bit quicker when we were shooting towards the Fratton End in the second half.

“The tempo builds and the energy builds and it’s almost like the fans can suck the ball into the net for you, which is great.

“We’d asked for crosses to come into the box a bit earlier and we wanted more runners in there to be able to get the final touch.

“But we also had to maintain our concentration at the other end because of the size and power of the Shrewsbury team.

“Things aren’t always pretty when you’re involved in such a hectic schedule, so the ability to grind out wins is something you need if you want to be successful.”

Blues boss Kenny Jackett brought on Ross McCrorie and Marquis after the break, with the former providing the assist for the opener before the latter found the target.

Gallen said: “The manager got things right with the substitutions and Ross coming on gives us a little bit more offensive play down the right flank.

“He put in a fantastic cross to the back post for the opening goal and then John’s finish helped us get over the line.

“We’ve got a very good squad of players and, luckily for us, nearly every one of them is fit at the moment. Hopefully it can stay that way.”

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