Wal­lace wins it af­ter his penalty miss

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Brett

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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