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Tunnicliffe: What A Shift

Goalscorer reacts to win over Accrington

5 March 2022

Ryan Tunnicliffe celebrates scoring for Pompey against Accrington Stanley at Fratton Park
Photo: Nigel Keene

Ryan Tunnicliffe felt that Pompey’s latest victory was as much down to hard graft as footballing finesse.

They thrashed Accrington 4-0 on home soil, despite being reduced to 10 men midway through the first half.

George Hirst had already opened the scoring by the time Marcus Harness was dismissed and he added another after Sean Raggett had doubled the Blues’ advantage.

Ryan Tunnicliffe then fired home the fourth to wrap things up and was delighted with a fine all-round team performance.

The midfielder said: “You look at the scoreline and the fact we were down to 10 men and I think we can be really proud of our efforts.

“It was tough against a direct team, so we had to really dig in and defend well, but I thought we were great value for the clean sheet.

"You look at the scoreline and the fact we were down to 10 men and I think we can be really proud of our efforts."

Ryan Tunnicliffe

“We were 4-0 up towards the end of game and the boys were still throwing their bodies in front of the ball.

“That shows you how much it means to us, while we’re also free-flowing at the moment and scoring a lot of goals at Fratton Park.

“It was a really good shift and there were a few tired legs afterwards. We got our just rewards and it was comfortable in the end.”

Pompey have now taken 16 points from the last 18 available to raise hopes of a late push for the play-offs.

Tunnicliffe said: “It's clicked for some reason and we’ve got on a roll, which is often the hardest thing to do.

“When you’re playing with confidence, though, it’s much easier to maintain and that’s what we’re doing now.

“I’m delighted to be back helping the boys and am feeling fitter all the time. It’s great to be contributing.”

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