KELVIN ETUHU credited Pompey manager Michael Appleton with inspiring last night’s epic comeback.
Midfielder Etuhu scored a screamer, just four minutes after coming off the bench, as Pompey slaughtered Birmingham 4-1.
Confidence visibly returned to the Blues players in bucket loads as they tore apart the visitors.
And Etuhu felt the unwavering support and encouragement from the manager was the key ingredient.
He said: ‘The manager keeps giving us enthusiasm and belief.
‘He keeps saying “Keep going, keep going”.
‘He’s really critical to the way we turned it around, second half.
‘I think we needed the win, we needed the lift for the fans and for us, to give us a little bit of hope that we are not dead and buried.
‘We are definitely not out of the race.
‘The win is going to build up a bit of momentum and, hopefully, we can string a few wins together, so it will be good for the feeling around the club.’
Etuhu’s goal, the third on the night for the Blues, was one of the high points of a cracking match.
He took a measured pass from Chris Maguire, sped forward, composed himself, and struck a superb shot high into the far corner.
And it was Maguire’s involvement which drew praise from Etuhu.
‘Chris Maguire is a clever player,’ added the former Manchester City man.
‘He’s got a lot of vision. He’s a good signing for us.
‘Thanks for a good pass from Chris and everything went well from then on.’