Hardyman praise for hat-trick striker

Paul McCallum, right, netted a hat-trick for Pompey reserves in their 3-1 win over Leyton Orient    Picture: Malcolm Wells
Paul McCallum, right, netted a hat-trick for Pompey reserves in their 3-1 win over Leyton Orient Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Paul Hardyman saluted the finishing of Paul McCallum after the striker bagged a reserve-team hat-trick.

The 21-year-old was the stand-out performer as Pompey defeated Leyton Orient 3-1 at Furze Lane yesterday afternoon.

He has done what goalscorers do, hung around the penalty box and when things have dropped for him stuck them in

Paul Hardyman

McCallum netted a fourth-minute penalty and followed it up with a diving header from Josh Passley’s cross in the 41st minute.

He then wrapped up his treble by tapping home from close range after substitute Calvin Davies’ shot had been saved.

The on-loan forward is attempting to impress having served a seven-match suspension.

And reserve-team boss Hardyman was delighted with his performance.

He said: ‘I am really pleased for Paul, obviously he has come back from suspension but also had a little niggle in that time.

‘So he has been out for seven weeks, then played 45 minutes against Gillingham and yesterday picked up another 90 minutes in addition to a hat-trick.

‘He has done what goalscorers do, hung around the penalty box and when things have dropped for him stuck them in.

‘His link-up play was good and was a threat in lots of ways.

‘The balls up to him were good, we played to his strengths a little bit at times as well so he could flick things on or get hold of it.

‘His decision-making on those was also good.’

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