Appleton hails battling heroes for ignoring woes

Erik Huseklepp is mobbed after netting Pompey's opener in the 3-0 win at Peterborough

Erik Huseklepp is mobbed after netting Pompey's opener in the 3-0 win at Peterborough

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Michael Appleton paid tribute to his troops for ignoring Pompey’s off the field issues and demolishing Peterborough today.

Pompey cruised to a 3-0 win at London Road with a Erik Huseklepp double and Jason Pearce header doing the damage.

Appleton was insistent his men were good value for a three goal victory.

He said: ‘I couldn’t see them scoring today unless it was a spectacular goal. I told the lads that.

‘We played very well, especially with the rubbish going on off the field at the moment.’

Huseklepp grabbed a poacher’s first goal after five minutes before delivering a classy second 10 minutes from time.

He was utilised in a withdrawn role behind Marko Futacs - and wreaked havoc there.

Appleton said: ‘We played Erik in a different role today and he scored two goals.

‘We need him to do that more often. He’s got the capability.’

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