Four-midable Pompey reaping rewards of training-ground graft

Pompey celebrate Marc McNulty's goal in the 4-0 defeat of Hartlepool. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey celebrate Marc McNulty's goal in the 4-0 defeat of Hartlepool. Picture: Joe Pepler

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It’s great to see Pompey’s hard work on the training ground coming to Fratton fruition.

That’s the view of Leam Richardson following the Blues’ impressive attacking display against Hartlepool.

We see Monday to Friday how hard they work and what they are trying to process in their game. It is great to see now and again on a Saturday when it comes off

Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson

The hosts outpassed and outclassed their opponents to move up to fourth in the League Two table with an emphatic 4-0 victory.

And for assistant manager Richardson, it was a win made all the more enjoyable because it was a culmination of things practised behind closed doors Monday to Friday.

He said: ‘It was a good win, very workmanlike.

‘Hartlepool are no mugs, they handle the ball well and are trying to do the right things all through the game.

‘We had to earn everything we got on Saturday.

‘But when you have got the goals on the pitch and the quality of player we have, that is what you are capable of.

‘We see Monday to Friday how hard they work and what they are trying to process in their game.

‘It is great to see now and again on a Saturday when it comes off.’

Caolan Lavery opened the scoring for the hosts on 33 minutes with a sublime strike from the edge of the box.

And Pompey’s lead was doubled four minutes later when Pools defender Adam Jackson miscued Ben Davies’ low cross past his own goalkeeper – former Blues stopper Trevor Carson.

Two further goals followed after the interval with Gareth Evans the first to react after the lively Marc McNulty had been expertly thwarted by Carson.

And it was that man McNulty who rounded off the scoring a minute before full-time to complete a second emphatic LeagueTwo home win in succession, following the 6-0 thrashing of York City last time out.

Richardson said: ‘Caolan’s goal was a great bit of play that comes from defending on the edge of our box.

‘Kyle Bennett has gone up for a header and won a free-kick.

‘It’s quickly taken and we are right behind it when it leaves Lavs’ foot. We knew it was in as soon as he hit it. It was a great finish.

‘I then thought the passage of 
play before the own goal was fantastic.

‘If it had been one of our strikers who got the final touch, it would have gone down as a very good goal.

‘Sadly for the centre half it was an own goal – but we’ll take it!

‘Again our third goal is a great passage of play, this time coming down the left.

‘Enda (Stevens) cut it back and it was great feet from Sparky (McNulty) to bring out a great save.

‘But Gareth Evans makes great box entries every single time he plays.

‘When you do that time and time again then you will get lucky and get the bounce of a ball – and like you saw on Saturday he put that in.’

McNulty’s clinical late strike was one that particularly pleased Richardson, following a typically hard-working display from the Sheffield United loanee.

He added: ‘I was pleased for Marc because he worked hard.

‘He had a couple of assists but for strikers it is always nice to see them score.’

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