Awford delighted with second-half response from Pompey

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Andy Awford praised Pompey’s decisive second-half showing as they defeated play-off hopefuls Plymouth Argyle.

Jed Wallace’s 16th goal of the season and a header from Ryan Taylor sealed a 2-1 victory for the hosts at Fratton Park this afternoon.

Wes Fogden climbs highest. Picture: Joe Pepler

Wes Fogden climbs highest. Picture: Joe Pepler

Both goals arrived in the second half as Awford’s men stepped up their game to defeat the Pilgrims, who had substitute Olly Lee pull one back.

Following a lacklustre opening 45 minutes, Pompey’s boss was delighted with the winning response of his team after the interval.

He said: ‘I think both teams struggled in the first half and we gave the ball away too cheaply, I could see that, I was frustrated with it, the players were frustrated, the fans were frustrated.

‘But we came good.

‘The three that played behind Ryan didn’t play in straight lines, we needed more movement, we needed more creativity.

‘We needed a spark and obviously scoring after a minute (of the second half) gave everybody a lift.

‘We needed to be more of an attacking threat so asked Wallace, Fogden and Tubbs to be a bit more off the cuff really.

‘I didn’t see Jed coming off the line in the first half, Tubbsy the same and I wanted Foggy to get beyond Taylor and open them up a little bit and cause them more problems - thankfully in the second half we managed to do that.’