Goal-hero Agyemang heaps praise on victorious team-mates

Patrick Agyemang is congratulated by his team-mates after opening the scoring at Gresty Road Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang is congratulated by his team-mates after opening the scoring at Gresty Road Picture: Joe Pepler
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Goal hero Patrick Agyemang shrugged off the plaudits to lavish praise on the ‘magnificent’ team-mates who finally chalked up a Pompey victory.

The on-loan striker turned in a sensational first-half display to lay the foundations for the Blues’ first win in four months and 11 days.

He broke the deadlock on six minutes when, with his back to goal, he cleverly turned Mark Ellis inside the box and fired the ball home.

He followed that up in the 29th minute with a surging run down the left-hand channel and cross from the byline which was steered home by David Connolly at the far post.

The 32-year-old’s role was altered in the second half, when he was effectively a lone striker, as the visitors came under pressure from a Crewe side who began to dominate possession.

The damage had already been inflicted, though, by the Stevenage man in his finest display since arriving at Fratton Park last month.

Yet after a first win in 24 matches, he was quick to praise his playing colleagues for their parts in an emotional occasion.

He said: ‘The fans have had a long, long time to wait for this and I am happy for them and I am happy to be a part of it.

‘When I came off, Crewe were putting a bit of pressure on us. Then they put four minutes up and it was 10 minutes – that’s what it felt like!

‘I was hoping we would hold on. There were some great saves in there, some great blocks, a lot of the displays were magnificent.

‘Johnny Ertl was superb. He put his body on the line for everything. Dan Butler at left-back was outstanding as well. Eastie in goal made a great save just to keep us in the game.

‘I know I scored the goal and set up the other one but it was a big, big team performance and there was a lot of players that deserved credit, not just me.

‘There are a few walking wounded at the moment and I’ve picked up a knock on my foot, but hopefully we can recover ahead of next week’s game and repeat this performance.’

It was Agyemang’s maiden goal in six Pompey appearances.

The strike also represented his first since netting in a 6-0 win at Yeovil – 323 days earlier.

And his all-round display provided more evidence of a blossoming strike partnership with Connolly.

He added: ‘Before the game David (Connolly) said “Come on, let’s do this, you get a goal and I’ll get a goal”.

‘For my first I controlled it and was just waiting to lay it off to someone because I was open.

‘But then I thought I would just turn and shoot and it has gone in. The keeper was not really ready for it.

‘For the second goal, that was down to Guy, who told me to drive at them before the game.

‘We watched videos of them before the game and there were other attackers driving at them and they were just backing off, backing off in defence and I thought “do you know what, don’t be scared to get on the ball and show what people have got”.

‘That’s what I did down the left channel and put the ball in for David. In the second half I was up there on my own but I don’t really mind that – we got the win.’