Eastwood happy for a quiet night’s work

Simon Eastwood denies Izale McLeod. Picture: Barry Zee
Simon Eastwood denies Izale McLeod. Picture: Barry Zee
The Fratton faithful. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Simon Eastwood reflected on a quiet night in goal for Pompey and joked: It makes a change!

Eastwood helped his side to a 1-1 draw against MK Dons last night at Fratton Park.

The keeper had little to do as his side picked up their third draw in four League One fixtures.

Eastwood had no chance with the MK Dons leveller as Shaun Williams cancelled out David Connolly’s opener.

The 23-year-old hardly had a save to make all night, though, as caretaker boss Guy Whittingham saw his side defend fairly resolutely.

Pompey have let in three goals in their last four games – a vast improvement on the 19 strikes conceded in the previous five matches.

Eastwood said: ‘We have been playing better as a unit at the back.

‘I didn’t have a lot to do.

‘It made a nice change!

‘We are defending a lot better as team.

‘That is good – and if we can create chances like we did in the first half we’ll put them away.’

Eastwood believes Pompey executed a pressing game to put pressure on the MK Dons defence perfectly in the first half.

They hassled their opponents into mistakes which should have brought a greater reward than just one goal.

Eastwood said: ‘We needed to put pressure on them and capitalise on it.

‘We pressed them high and got one goal but could have had two or three at least.

‘That was the message and it worked really well for us.

‘They tried to play the ball out and we had three or four players pressing them.

‘They were panicking and it worked for us.’