Team ethic is the key for Pompey

Pompey's Dave Kitson
Pompey's Dave Kitson
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The biggest compliment I can give to the boys on Saturday is they looked like a team.

Leicester had a team with good individuals but we looked like a good team.

The key to the win was the desire, determination and teamwork the players showed.

The call to ‘get around them’ is one that you hear from Sunday leagues upwards.

But the need to close down players is one required at the highest level, too.

It’s about who does it better. Would you have pictured Leicester working as hard as a team to close down Pompey? I don’t think so.

Leicester felt they deserved a draw from the possession they had.

But for all the ball they had, they didn’t really carve out a host of chances.

Jamie Ashdown made one or two good saves and there were some decent balls into the box from an impressive Kyle Naughton.

There was never the feeling, though, that Leicester were about to score because they were on top.

I was so impressed by the qualities Pompey displayed to ensure that was the case.

Ricardo Rocha was again magnificent at the back and his reading of the game was crucial.

And Dave Kitson was hugely impressive with his performance up front and the work-rate he showed.

There were probably six or seven occasions where he lunged in and blocked the ball.

It was a Pompey striker’s performance ala Steve Claridge, Paul Walsh, Guy Whittingham or Benjani.

That translates to the rest of the team because when they see their striker doing that they know there are no excuses for them.

I thought Hayden Mullins broke up the play impressively too, and deserved credit for that.

David Nugent showed great composure to score the only goal of the game.

It was good to see Greg Halford’s throw used so effectively.

It was clear the fact Ricardo was such a small keeper was focused on and they wanted to put him under pressure.

The wins creeps us close to the play-offs and importantly keeps the season alive.

We are in 13th place, though, and those from 12th to seventh will be thinking the same thing as we are.

More performances like that over the run-in will ensure more wins, though.

That’s for sure.