Hol­lands hat-trick is handy for Andy

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ash­ley Birch

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.”


DS Portsm


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