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Tunnicliffe’s Goal-Den Start

Midfielder adds winning strike to his slew of assists

17 August 2021

Ryan Tunnicliffe
Photo: Jason Brown

He had assisted all three of Pompey’s League One goals in their opening two matches against Fleetwood and Crewe.

And summer signing Ryan Tunnicliffe followed that up by netting the winner against Shrewsbury at Fratton Park.

He confidently slotted home with just 120 seconds on the clock after exchanging passes with Marcus Harness.

The visitors certainly played their part in the contest, though, and Tunnicliffe admitted it was a close encounter.

He said: “It was great to score early on in front of a big crowd at the first game under the lights here for a while.

“I’ve got to be pleased because I’ve had a hand in all the goals we’ve scored – I probably wouldn’t have expected it, but I’m playing with confidence.

“Shrewsbury were quite direct and their front men were a real handful for us. They’d lost their first two, but are a better team than that record suggested.

"I’ve got to be pleased because I’ve had a hand in all the goals we’ve scored – I probably wouldn’t have expected it."

Ryan Tunnicliffe

“Sometimes you have to win ugly and you can’t always play how we did against Crewe at the weekend.

“So to show those levels of grit and determination to come away with the 1-0 victory is brilliant for us.

“We were hanging on a little bit at the end, but Sean Raggett was superb and was winning all the headers.

“It was a real team effort there and Ellis Harrison came on right at the end and was able to flick one away.

“You’ve got to be together and we tried to keep a high line, but the momentum was all with them and we didn’t want to concede.

“So you’ve got to dig in, put your head where it hurts, give that last bit of energy and hopefully get some luck as well.”


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