Persistence pays for Pompey

Pompey defender Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defender Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Paul Robinson has warned Pompey may need all of their persistence once again as they aim for their best run of the season tomorrow.

The Blues skipper was outstanding once again in the famous 3-2 win over Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday as he epitomised the spirit within the squad to battle back for victory from a seemingly lost cause.

But the former Millwall man knows tomorrow’s opponents Oxford will present another stern test as Pompey bid to make it four wins on the bounce for the first time in League Two this season.

Robinson said: ‘The more we play well and get good results, the more teams might look to come here and frustrate us.

‘I’m sure we will need more of that patience and that belief against Oxford.

‘Sometimes a few people might get carried away and think the wins will just come along.

‘It doesn’t work like that. It’s about having that patience and the confidence to keep believing.

‘We’ve got a good little unbeaten run and we need to keep it going now.’

Robinson understands the importance of sticking to the task when things are not going to plan and he now believes there is more mental strength about Pompey.

He said: ‘Earlier on in the season it was a bit like that where a few heads might have gone down and things went flat when we went behind.

‘But it’s a really good sign we are keeping at it, we are staying in games and we are getting these results.

‘It was a brilliant feeling and the place was rocking at the end.

‘It’s what we want on a more regular basis at Fratton Park.

‘I think we have shown the fans we will be driving on until the final whistle trying to get results and no team will get an easy ride here.’

Robinson also paid tribute to the players who made an impact from the bench against Tranmere, with Andy Barcham and Craig Westcarr, in particular, showing they are ready to step into the 
side.

Credit to the lads who came off the bench the other night,’ added the defender.

‘You want that from your 
squad.

‘When players come off the bench, they need to be hungry to prove they should be in the starting line-up.

‘Craig Westcarr came on and started the turnaround so I’m pleased for him.

‘He gave us that spark when we needed a goal.

‘Those players showed they are ready to make a difference.’

– STEVE WILSON