Gary Waddock’s passing principles have been praised after his maiden Pompey win.
Waddock picked up his first success as Blues caretaker manager with a 2-1 win at Mansfield on Saturday.
I’m so happy for Gary because he is a tremendous chap.Johnny Ertl
It was also just a third win on the road for Pompey in the league this season.
That depressing statistic ensures the side have one of the worst records on the road in the Football League.
But Waddock helped improve that standing as his side carved out a victory which created some end-of-season optimism.
Pompey played some decent football after the Stags were reduced to 10 men early on.
Skipper Johnny Ertl explained the players were delivering an approach impressed on them by the man who arrived at the club in December.
And Ertl was delighted that approach saw Waddock rewarded with his first three points since filling the void created by Andy Awford’s departure.
Ertl said: ‘I’m so happy for Gary because he is a tremendous chap.
‘His coaching sessions are fantastic and I really enjoy them.
‘He a great character and you can see that everyone reacts to him.
‘You can see how he wants to play and everyone enjoys it.
‘I think people could see that – especially in the first half.
‘We want to play no matter what the situation is.
‘The conditions were a bit bumpy but we still want to play that way.
‘We stuck to our principles – and you can see what those principles were.
‘There was a good spirit and the supporters were happy.
‘It’s a long way. It took us six hours to get to the game.
‘I think we deserved the win and now we have to finish the season with one more good result.’
Ertl came into the side for his first start since the defeat at Newport County back in January.
He was pleased to put in a typically honest and combative display in the middle of defence.
The Austrian explained both he and the rest of the team were aware the supporters were owed a positive result after a season of disappointment.
Ertl said: ‘I’m really, really happy.
‘We said on the way to the game we know we owe the supporters something.
‘We knew we owed them a win.
‘Their support was tremendous.
‘I was pleased how I played and we played.
‘We kept the ball nicely and it was a good performance. overall.’