Sense of sta­bil­ity sets in at Pom­pey

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Andrew Brook To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

CARE­TAKER man­ager seems in­creas­ingly like a tem­po­rary ti­tle for Andy Aw­ford and Portsmouth’s stay in the Foot­ball League looks a lit­tle more cer­tain as well.

Michael Dren­nan scored twice as Pom­pey claimed their third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory to move five points clear of the drop zone.

Danny Hol­lands opened the scor­ing and Jed Wal­lace had the fi­nal word as Abu Ogogo’s header for Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge failed to spark any sort of come­back.

It main­tains Aw­ford’s flaw­less man­age­rial reign while the re­sound­ing score­line did lit­tle to flat­ter the im­pact the care­taker has made.

Aw­ford said: “That was some per­for­mance. They keep rais­ing the bar, they’ve been ab­so­lutely su­perb.

“We are not quite there yet, but it is an­other big step al­though the gap is still five points.We will take some stop­ping.

A year af­ter they took con­trol of the club in the High Court the Portsmouth Sup­port­ers’ Trust have a big de­ci­sion to make re­gard­ing Aw­ford’s fu­ture but the man him­self re­fused to be drawn. He said:“I don’t know what the Board are go­ing to do. All I’m do­ing is con­cen­trat­ing on this sea­son. We’ll fret about to­mor­row an­other day.”

Pom­pey went ahead in­side three min­utes as from a cor­ner on-loan Hol­lands pow­ered Jack What­mough’s knock down in from close range.

Hol­lands had al­ready hit the post from an­other cor­ner a minute ear­lier and the tor­ment rarely re­ceded there­after.

They dou­bled the lead when Wal­lace beat goal­keeper Chris Lew­ing­ton to Luke Wilkin­son’s headed back pass and poked the ball to Dren­nan, also on loan, who con­verted a sim­ple tap in at the back posts.

Al­though Pom­pey faded a lit­tle to­wards the first-half’s close, when Ogogo turned in a re­bound af­ter Trevor Carson had saved Medy El­ito’s ef­fort and Brian Saah hit the post, and their mo­men­tum re­turned af­ter the break.

Dren­nan scored the cru­cial third goal turn­ing in Wal­lace’s through ball with a fine fin­ish from the edge of the box. Wal­lace scored a late fourth af­ter Rhys McCabe dis­pos­sessed Wilkin­son near the cor­ner flag.

Da­gen­ham man­ager Wayne Bur­nett said: “They were bet­ter than us in ev­ery depart­ment. They thor­oughly de­served the win.

“When you give teams a goal start it is very dif­fi­cult but I have no com­plaints. I can’t em­pha­sise how much bet­ter than us they were. It could have been more than four goals, but if we’d got it back to 2-2 be­fore half­time it might have been a dif­fer­ent game.”


CE Portsm


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