The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Wal­dron

PORTSMOUTH man­ager Paul Cook agreed he would sit back and en­joy his side’s thump­ing vic­tory at Colch­ester United, which con­sol­i­dated their po­si­tion in the League Two au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places.

Goals from Eoin Doyle, Kyle Ben­nett, Danny Rose and Michael Doyle se­cured a big away win at the play-off chas­ing U’s.

The three points keeps Pompey in third and ten points off lead­ers Don­caster Rovers.

Cook said: “As a club, we must en­joy these days.

“The painful ones are there for us all and as man­agers, we’ll get crit­i­cised – that’s the na­ture of the game we’re in.

“But I’m the same man­ager as I was last Satur­day after get­ting beaten and I have great faith in my play­ers.

“We’ve had a smash­ing day and it was a good win.

“It was a great away day for us as a club and with ten games to go, we’re do­ing OK and we just keep go­ing.

“We’ll keep be­liev­ing in what we’re do­ing and at the end of the sea­son, that’s the time that we can all say for good or bad.”

Colch­ester head coach John McGreal ad­mit­ted it was a dif­fi­cult day for his side.

McGreal said: “It was a tough day for a young team, even against a team that’s been fly­ing away from home. We’ll look back and take the pos­i­tives if we can and if there were any.

“We’ll look back on the tape but I’ve been con­fi­dent through­out the sea­son and I’ll stay like that and keep push­ing this team on.

“I thought that we started it quite brightly but they showed a lot of brav­ery at the right times and we showed a lot of naivety and took a back­ward step, re­ally.

“Their brav­ery showed more and that’s what dic­tated the game.”

Colch­ester keeper Sam Walker de­nied Kai Nai­smith and Enda Stevens early on, while home de­fender Ge­orge Elokobi had to clear from near his own goal-line when his team­mate Matt Briggs had headed Nai­smith’s cross to­wards his own goal.

But Portsmouth went ahead mid­way through the first half. After Nai­smith had de­liv­ered the ball into the area, Eoin Doyle dived to head home from close range.

And Pompey dou­bled their lead in the open­ing minute of the sec­ond half when Ben­nett fired in from Nai­smith’s pass.

After Stevens had gone close with a de­flected ef­fort, Portsmouth went fur­ther ahead on the hour through Rose, who net­ted at the sec­ond at­tempt after ini­tially be­ing de­nied by Walker fol­low­ing Eoin Doyle’s through pass.

And Pompey wrapped up their com­pre­hen­sive tri­umph with 17 min­utes re­main­ing through Michael Doyle, who was re­leased by the im­pres­sive Nai­smith and fol­lowed up his ef­fort which was saved by Walker.


SNAP­SHOT: Danny Rose sees his shot saved but re­acts quick­est to score Portsmouth’s third JUMP­ING FOR JOY: Danny Rose cel­e­brates his strike with his teammates STAR MAN KYLE BEN­NETT Portsmouth

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