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The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Latham

THEY say ev­ery cloud has a sil­ver lin­ing and Portsmouth first team coach Ian Foster now un­der­stands the phrase a lit­tle bet­ter af­ter Jay­den Stock­ley’s win­ning goal.

Stock­ley ex­pected to be among the Pom­pey sub­sti­tutes and was only pro­moted to the start­ing line-up when Adam McGurk suf­fered an an­kle in­jury in the warm-up.

But the striker made the most of his chance and capped a strong per­for­mance by stretch­ing to volley home a 71st-minute cross from Ben Davies.

It gave Portsmouth a de­served win, which took them top of League Two.

Man­ager Paul Cook did not at­tend the post-match press con­fer­ence so it was left to Foster to ex­plain the late team change.

He said: “Adam rolled an an­kle dur­ing a pos­ses­sion game in the warm-up and it has swollen up, so he is leav­ing with a boot on to pro­tect it and walk­ing with crutches.

“It was very un­for­tu­nate for him be­cause he has worked hard and was in good form.

“But Jay­den only lost his place be­cause he had a week­end off when his part­ner gave birth to a baby, so it was not through any fault of his.

“Football can be a funny old game and some­times op­por­tu­ni­ties come when you least ex­pect them.


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