Andy Awford was full of praise for his Pompey battlers after they claimed a hard-earned 3-1 win at Yeovil in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern section first round.
The Blues bounced back from a 1-0 defeat to Newport County in League Two on Saturday to deservedly advance to the second round at the expense of their League One opponents.
Jed Wallace grabbed a superb quick-fire second-half double before Craig Westcarr coolly lobbed the keeper to put the game beyond doubt at Huish Park.
The hosts pulled a goal back with six minutes left on the clock through Nathan Ralph, but by then it was too little too late as Awford’s side cruised into the second round.
Awford said: ‘I’ve just said to the players that is the attitude and mentality that we have to have going into league games, cup games and every game.
‘We have got to make sure that we earn the right to play football.
‘We dug in first-half. We matched them and went toe-to-toe with them - we didn’t get bullied, we didn’t get outmuscled.
‘We had a lot of young players out there and it was really important that we stood up to them and we did.
‘And then the quality showed through with Westcarr, Wallace, (Miles) Storey and the more flair players.’