Guy savours another Fratton shut-out by defence

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Guy Whittingham lauded Pompey’s defensive strength after another impressive rear-guard display.

David Connolly’s 53rd-minute strike settled yesterday’s clash with Tranmere.

Simon Eastwood punches the ball away in Pompey's 1-0 win over Tranmere   Picture: Barry Zee

Simon Eastwood punches the ball away in Pompey's 1-0 win over Tranmere Picture: Barry Zee

The 1-0 victory was a fourth clean sheet in the past 11 matches for the Blues, a run which has seen them ship just seven goals.

Sam Sodje stepped in for Ricardo Rocha, who was nursing a slight strain, and helped maintain that new-found resilience.

And Whittingham was delighted with another superb display for his back four and goalkeeper.

The caretaker boss said: ‘That defensive performance was very pleasing, especially for Sam (Sodje).

‘He has been out for a while, he’s had itchy feet, he’s found himself out of the side, but came back and performed where he left off.

‘I would like to think whoever has come into that back four recently has kept that stability.

‘Coops (Shaun Cooper) draws on all his experience, Dan Butler did fantastically well before then and that is what you build the performances on.

‘I also thought Simon (Eastwood) came and punched a few when we needed him to. That’s good for your defenders to realise that if you are under pressure there is a keeper who is brave and be a bit more commanding, which is what Simon is doing now.’

Encouragingly, Pompey have now also not conceded in their past three Fratton Park matches.

Yesterday’s win against Tranmere followed on from home triumphs over Bury and Coventry.

– NEIL ALLEN