Hollands hat-trick is handy for Andy
ANDY Awford was only taking the positives despite seeing his Portsmouth side squander the lead on three separate occasions in their draw with Plymouth.
Danny Hollands’ 14minute hat-trick was not enough to beat Argyle who levelled through Reuben Reid and Conor Hourihane twice.
Awford admitted that he would love to sign the Charlton loanee permanently and confirmed preparations for next season start as soon as Monday.
“I might have to do a Harry Redknapp and kidnap him like Amdy Faye,” said Awford.
“He was terrific and fully deserved his hat-trick but it wasn’t just that, his overall performance was very good.
“Obviously we will try to do something with Danny so we will start those negotiations and see where it goes.
“I thought as a team though we played really well and it was just a rollercoaster of a game.
“At 3-2 we could have scored one or two more so that is something we will work on for next season.”
The home side started the game in the free flowing fashion that League Two’s manger of the month Awford has received plaudits for.
And a sensational nine minutes in the first half saw Pompey take the lead twice, though they were pegged back on both occasions. Hollands opened the scoring after 32 minutes when he met Ryan Taylor’s cross to head in his third goal since joining the club.
Plymouth’s Reid fired in his 21st of the season to equalise before Hollands scrambled in Ricky Holmes’ low cross.
Former Sunderland youngster Hourihane then levelled again with a curling free-kick after Reid had been fouled by Ben Chorley 25 yards out.
Just a minute after the restart and Hollands had completed his hat-trick when he headed home. Holmes’ pace and direct dribbling caused Plymouth problems and he supplied another teasing delivery moments later but Wallace scooped over.
Plymouth’s third came after Pompey failed to clear Hourihane’s corner and when the ball fell to him to again, his powerful drive flew in.
“We need to improve and I need players on the pitch who are vocal,” said Plymouth boss John Sheridan .
“I need to make decisions and bring people in who are going to make us better in order to break into the playoffs next season. It’s my budget and I have to just get on with it. It’s not an excuse and they’re a lot of players who will be available so I will work hard to get them.”
STAR MAN DANNY HOLLAN