Wallace wins it after his penalty miss
ANDY Awford lauded Jed Wallace’s resolve after the Portsmouth midfielder bagged a last-minute winner to beat Exeter.
Wallace had missed a penalty on 71 minutes as his effort ballooned into the stands, but followed up by curling a late finish past Christy Pym.
Awford said:“I've had Jed for four years and that’s what we come to expect of him. He’s a confident lad.
“He’ll want to take the next penalty, he’s that type of player.
“We’d all back him to score that and fair play to him and credit to his courage to keep going – he tucked away a great finish.
“He’s a young lad and if you take away the passion from him then you lose the player – that’s part of who he is.
“We deserved to win, I have to say.We’ve hit the bar twice and had plenty of entries in the final third to score more than just the one we ended up with.”
Josh Passley had the best chance of the first half, crashing his left-footed effort onto the woodwork.
Tom Nichols then tested Paul Jones at the other end with a fierce strike just one minute later.
Wallace sent Matt Tubbs through on goal after 71 minutes and was hauled down by Christian Ribeiro, only for Wallace to balloon the resulting penalty high into the stands. But Exeter boss Paul Tisdale refused to blame referee Patrick Miller for awarding the throw, which led to Wallace’s late strike, to Pompey rather than his side.
He said:“I think it should have gone our way but you can’t blame the referee.
“He’s got a job to do and he has done it. He’s in the best place to make calls.
“Full credit to the players – they’re disappointed, absolutely disappointed.
“I think the fair result would have been a draw but that’s football.
“We’ll pick ourselves up and we’ll move on to the next one, that’s all we can do.
“Maybe we were lacking that final ten per cent late on as we play to our full for the duration. “We play that way and, on another day, we would have won, I’ve no doubts about that.”
David Wheeler’s fine strike on 81 minutes stung the palms of Jones, with Arron Davies unleashing a thunderbolt onto the bar just four minutes later.
However,Wallace atoned for his earlier mistake.
The impressive winger picked the ball up from around 20 yards out and rounded two defenders before slotting low past the despairing Pym to seal a vital victory.
JED’S JOY: Portsmouth celebrate Jed Wallace’s late winner
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