Pompey cruised to an outstanding 3-0 victory over Rochdale today.
Guy Whittingham’s men delivered a driven and classy display at Fratton Park to bury the ghost of last weekend’s York nightmare.
Another super Jed Wallace strike and two second-half Bondz N’Gala headers did the damage.
It could have been more for Whittingham’s side as they produced a performance full of positives.
It was a bright start for Pompey, and it took four minutes for Wallace to fizz a shot across the face the goal – but no blue shirt could reach it.
John Marquis had a great chance three minutes later, but dragged his left-footed shot wide.
The Blues got the breakthrough their positivity warranted after 23 minutes,
It was Wallace who did it again as he advanced and ripped home a cracking left-footed 25-yarder.
N’Gala headed over 13 minutes before the break, before debutant Trevor Carson tipped Matty Done’s effort over the top – Dale’s first chance six minutes before the break.
Pompey were warmly clapped off at the break and started the second half in the same vein as the first ended – on the front foot.
And they put daylight between the sides six minutes after the restart, thanks to N’Gala.
It was the big defender who rose highest to head home Ricky Holmes’ corner in front of the Fratton End.
Marquis then missed a sitter two minutes later, firing wide from eight yards out following Wallace’s cross.
But that mattered little when N’Gala got his second of the game on 66 minutes.
It was a carbon copy of his second goal, too, as he ended a two-year goal drought with a double.
That made the remainder of the game a comfortable one as Pompey cruised to vital three points.
And there was even time for a world-class double stop from Carson on the whistle to crown a perfect day for Pompey.