Norris: We stayed calm and showed our class

David Norris believes Pompey have rediscovered their attacking skills after putting Watford to the sword yesterday.

Tuesday, 3rd January 2012, 5:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:12 pm

The 2-0 triumph was a comfortable one for the Blues.

And the winning margin could have been even greater, as Hornets keeper Scott Loach was called upon to make a string of good stops.

Regardless, after struggling to create chances in recent matches, Norris was delighted with their attacking play.

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He said: ‘The overriding thing was three points.

‘We had to get that after the last couple of results but we also created chances and that’s important.

‘We are capable of doing that and we showed it against Watford.

‘We all had chances. I had a chance, Joe (Mattock) had a shot, Liam (Lawrence) had a goal disallowed, Marko (Futacs) hit the bar.

‘Then, of course, Hayden (Mullins) got a good finish away and Marko scored with a good header.

‘In the first half Erik (Huseklepp) had three or four shots which were blocked or deflected wide.

‘We’ve got players who can do things going forward.

‘So as long as we work on things on the training ground, we will create chances.

‘We’ve got some good players and we proved it against Watford.

‘It was a good win, we created chances, played nice football and looked solid.’

An improved second-half showing was the cornerstone of Pompey’s victory.

Appleton’s men raised their game considerably after a tight first period.

And Norris was quick to acknowledge the crucial improvement after the break.

He added: ‘There was a slight lull maybe in the middle of the first half but we know now not to panic.

‘The crowd didn’t get on our backs, they stayed with us and gave us great support and we came good again like we have done at Fratton Park a lot this season.

‘We came out strong in the second half – we’ve done that quite a few times this season.

‘We just took the game to them. We knew they would tire and we are a fit team.

‘We knew we could overthrow them eventually and it was proven right.’