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Bishop: Win Showed Squad Depth

Striker's goals saw Pompey beat Port Vale

8 October 2023

Colby Bishop
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Successful teams are able to find a way to win football matches even when they are not playing at their best.

That was the case for the Blues on Saturday after they shrugged off a laboured first half display to beat Port Vale 2-0 at Fratton Park.

Colby Bishop grabbed both goals shortly after the break to take his personal tally to eight for the campaign.

And with several players missing through injury and suspension, he felt the result showed the depth of Pompey’s squad.

The striker said: “The first half was disappointing and we just couldn’t get going, but sometimes you get games like that.

“We knew that those moments would come for us after the break and that we just needed to make the most of them.

“Luckily, we had a window where we managed to score two goals and then saw the rest of the match out.

"We’re winning games and are top of the league, so we just want to keep going and the mood is great right now."

Colby Bishop

“Port Vale are a good team and you just have to be able to find a way to beat these sides – which is exactly what we did.

“A big shout-out to Raggs and Ben Stevenson, who came into the side. We were missing some big players, but others are filling in.

“It’s brilliant that we’ve got that depth in the squad and it’s what we’re going to need throughout the season.

“We’re winning games and are top of the league, so we just want to keep going and the mood is great right now.”

Bishop turned home a Joe Rafferty’s cross-shot to break the deadlock before wrapping things up from the penalty spot.

He said: “For the first one, Raffs shanked it on his birthday! I had a feeling he was going to do that and just had to tap it in.

“He tried to say that it was going in, but I’m not sure he was watching the same game. I just anticipated it and luckily the ball came to me.”

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