POM­PEY’S CHARGE IS FIRMLY ON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

PORTSMOUTH re­main on course for pro­mo­tion to League One af­ter a com­fort­able win over strug­gling Yeovil, their sixth vic­tory in seven games

Pom­pey now have an eight­point cush­ion over the chas­ing pack and know that eight points from their re­main­ing five games will seal it.

The home side took an early lead from a Gareth Evans penalty against Yeovil, only to see the vis­i­tors draw level af­ter the break through Fran­cois Zoko.

But Portsmouth’s ex­tra qual­ity told in the clos­ing stages as goals from Kal Nai­smith and Ja­mal Lowe sealed a de­served three points ahead of their Dock­yard Derby clash with sec­ond-placed Ply­mouth on Good Fri­day.

Pom­pey boss Paul Cook said: “I’m pleased with the re­sult and it’s about what we do. The onus is on other teams now be­cause we are ahead of them and they have to catch up.

“The lads de­serve great credit for bounc­ing back from con­ced­ing an equaliser against the run of play and then go­ing on the dom­i­nate the game and de­servedly get­ting the win.

“We can en­joy this, en­joy get­ting the win and then we can look for­ward to a big game against Ply­mouth on Fri­day.

“We must stay fo­cused now and re­alise what we can achieve as a foot­ball club if we keep win­ning matches.”

Yeovil are now just seven points above the League Two rel­e­ga­tion zone – and head to sec­ond-bot­tom New­port on Good Fri­day.

Boss Darren Way said: “You can see the qual­ity that Portsmouth have got on the pitch and what a big club they are with the sup­port they re­ceive.

“I was con­scious of how my younger play­ers would han­dle the pres­sure and up un­til the penalty they were do­ing ok.

“We bat­tled well to come back from that blow to equalise but af­ter that I was dis­ap­pointed with the two goals we con­ceded to lose the game.

“It’s im­por­tant not to be too crit­i­cal and we have to make sure we stick to­gether and re­main strong ahead of our game with New­port on Fri­day.”

Af­ter Tom Eaves missed an early chance for Yeovil, Pom­pey were given the chance to open the scor­ing when Be­vis Mu­gabi tripped Gary Roberts.

Evans stepped up to con­fi­dently beat Town keeper Ar­tur Krysiak.

Af­ter the break the Glovers lev­elled when Zoko put Enda Stevens un­der pres­sure and got a toe to the ball to send it loop­ing over David Forde.

But on 68 min­utes the hosts re­stored their lead as Stevens got clear down the left and crossed for Nai­smith. And with 12 min­utes left they se­cured vic­tory as sub Lowe scored his first goal for the club, net­ting from a tight an­gle af­ter cut­ting in from the right flank.

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/Adam Rivers

HAVE THAT: Pom­pey cheer MR COOL: Portsmouth mid­fielder Gareth Evans fires home from the spot and, inset, cel­e­brates

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