Pompey earn crucial win over Pools

Pompey's Wes Fogden battles for the ball with Hartlepool midfielder Christian Burgess in the Blues' 1-0 win at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey's Wes Fogden battles for the ball with Hartlepool midfielder Christian Burgess in the Blues' 1-0 win at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey grabbed a crucial survival victory with a 1-0 success over Hartlepool today.

Adam Webster got the only goal of the game after 80 seconds at a vibrant Fratton Park.

Andy Awford asked for a ‘wall of noise’ before the game – and he got that in spades from the 15,273 crowd.

And it means Pompey record back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since March last year.

The victory means the Blues go up to 19th in the table – but it’s still five points from the drop zone.

The players responded to a rocking ground with a ferocious opening which yielded the opening goal.

It was Ryan Taylor who headed goalwards from Ricky Holmes’ free-kick and, although Andy Rafferty made a decent stop, Webster was on hand to bundle the ball home.

Pompey should have had a second moments later when Wes Fogden was pulled down in the box, but Taylor saw his penalty saved by Rafferty – and Holmes blazed the follow up over.

The Blues had a string of chances before the interval through Taylor, Danny Hollands and Bondz N’Gala, but couldn’t add to their lead before the break.

Trevor Carson had to save smartly from Luke James three minutes after the restart.

Webster then had a shot saved from an angled drive from 30 yards.

Wallace delivered a superb run which saw the impressive Rafferty make another stop after 71 minutes.

And then it was a case of holding on through a nervy six minutes of stoppage-time.

But with ‘Andy Awford’s blue and white army’ reverberating around the ground, Pompey saw it out for a big, big win.

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