Awford: Fans deserved Cambridge thumping

Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal with Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal with Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andy Awford dedicated Pompey’s ruthless demolition of Cambridge United to the long-suffering visiting faithful.

On Saturday the Blues recorded their first away victory in the league since Oxford United on August 23 – 14 matches ago.

Matt Tubbs grabbed a hat-trick in the 6-2 hammering of the U’s to lift Awford’s men into 14th spot.

Not since October 1963 have Pompey scored six goals away from home in the league – that success arriving at Leyton Orient.

Ron Saunders (three), Micky Lill (two) and Albie McCann netted as the Blues came back from 3-0 down at Brisbane Road to win 6-3.

Awford’s men were cheered on by 1,433 of their supporters for the weekend Abbey Stadium triumph.

And Pompey’s boss was delighted their persistence in travelling the country to back their club was finally rewarded.

He said: ‘It is expensive to keep coming to football and I am sure we would all have settled for a few more points on the board, with scrappy performances like the Dagenham game for instance.

‘I am really pleased for the fans because they have stuck with us through thick and thin, not just this season but through the troubles we have had.

‘To come away from home and score six is great and to see them chanting at the end gives you a good feeling for them because they deserve it.

‘I don’t take their support for granted, I never have done and never will do.

‘I know what they mean to the football club and Saturday was a small repayment – not a full one obviously.

‘It was lovely for them to be able to come away and do that.

‘I think they appreciate the effort, since Cheltenham the away performances have improved – on Saturday we got the goals with it.

‘We have been solid and working very hard on the training ground to put things right.

‘Saturday and other performances have shown we are not too far away, we look a good side when we do things right.’

Tubbs’ hat-trick was Pompey’s first since Danny Hollands netted a treble against Plymouth Argyle on the final day of last season.

There were also goals for Jed Wallace, Paul Robinson and Ryan Taylor in an outstanding team display.

Awford added: ‘I was really pleased with the performance, from the opening whistle to the last we were professional, difficult to play against again and had the attacking threat we have had in previous games.

‘At Dagenham we didn’t create too much, that game apart I think we have been okay.

‘It’s great to come away from home and score six goals.

‘We’re not going to do that every week but I am really pleased for the players because they have worked really hard and fully deserve it.

‘Jed gets in and a great finish sets you up nicely early on, then we had the setback of conceding but we went again and ran out comfortable winners in the end.

‘After going so long without conceding it was a bit of a surprise we let in such a sloppy goal but the spirit and the character is there, they certainly didn’t wilt, putting in a really good performance.’