Whittingham delighted with all-round show

Steven Henderson came to Pompey's rescue with this stunning save from close range to deny Robbie Findley in the second half
Steven Henderson came to Pompey's rescue with this stunning save from close range to deny Robbie Findley in the second half
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Guy Whittingham was quick to share the praise among the Pompey troops as he and Stuart Gray recorded their third straight home win in caretaker charge.

While Pompey have played better and lost at times this season, Whittingham was delighted with the 3-0 scoreline in what would appear to be his final game at the helm.

Whittingham said: ‘There was nothing in it in the first half. We started okay and they came into it but then it evened out.

‘I would have thought it was a pretty dour game to watch in the first half.

‘But you sometimes get that and when you do, it’s so important to keep a clean sheet.

‘Was it a 3-0 game? I’m not so sure it was really, but we’re delighted with the win.’

While he was pleased with Erik Huseklepp’s excellent brace and Dave Kitson’s header, Whittingham was also impressed with the defensive display.

He said: ‘Erik’s first one was a good one but I enjoyed his second one because it was a scrappy one where he was in the right area to get something on it.

‘He does the first one in training a lot.

‘He was working on it on Friday and we see it all the time. It was a great strike.

‘It’s nice to see somebody who does that get the chance to do it in the game.

‘It came off the back of a tremendous effort from Hayden Mullins.

‘I thought Dave (Kitson) was tremendous and he’s done that for us since he came back into the team. It’s all credit to him.

‘As a striker, you sometimes feel like you may not have had a good game if you don’t score but you have to put a shift in.

‘I know that the crowd here appreciate people who put that sort of shift in and he also got his goal.

‘I think the turning point was Stephen Henderson’s save.

‘I thought it was fantastic and it would have been so much harder for us if it had been 1-1 at that point.

‘It’s all about finding that balance between how much you defend and how much you attack.

‘There were times in the first half when we looked like we lost a bit of shape at the back but to be fair to the lads, they kept it together.’