Richie Barker paid tribute to Pompey’s mental strength as they claimed a vital League Two win over AFC Wimbledon.
Ryan Taylor’s header was the difference between the sides but as the visitors pummelled the Pompey goal with a late onslaught and looked certain to find an equaliser, the Blues defence stood firm to hang on to three points that has given them an extra buffer between themselves and the drop zone.
The Blues boss said: ‘To be fair to the players, they have done everything we asked them to do.
‘I don’t think anyone can question their winning mentality after that performance.
‘But we won’t be getting too carried away until we get over 50 points.
‘I’ve always been like that. If we lose the game, we are not relegated and if we win the game, we are not safe.
‘Obviously, it’s important and I will probably enjoy looking at the league table a bit more this week.
‘But we are well aware we have still got a long way to go.
‘We defended well but we had players all over the pitch throwing themselves in front of things.
‘They showed that desire at the end - every one of them - and that was fantastic to see.
‘It was desire, workrate and mental strength that got the win.’