Naylor hails massive Portsmouth win at AFC Wimbledon 

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Goal-hero Tom Naylor hailed Pompey’s ‘massive’ AFC Wimbledon triumph.

It was swiftly back to winning ways for the League One leaders following the previous weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Gillingham.

Tom Naylor embraces Jack Whatmough after his opening goal in Pompeys 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler

Tom Naylor embraces Jack Whatmough after his opening goal in Pompeys 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler

After a maiden loss of the league campaign, the Blues registered a 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory at Crawley on Tuesday night.

For Naylor, though, the league response for the Kingsmeadow trip was always going to be telling.

And the two-time promotion winner with Burton was delighted to see a 2-1 outcome to maintain Pompey’s placing at the top of the table.

Naylor said: ‘That was a massive result for us.

‘It was a terrible first half against Gillingham, we were loads better in the second half but just left it too late.

‘So it's always important to bounce back the following week with three points.

‘We are bound to lose games, that’s just the way it is, but I’ve always said don’t lose two on the bounce. We didn’t, we got our win on Saturday.

‘Losing is part and parcel of football, you can’t win every game. It’s how you react when you do lose a game.

‘We won on Tuesday night, which was a confidence boost, and we won again on Saturday.

‘We just need to keep working hard, continue going and to get over that line.’

Naylor opened the scoring against AFC Wimbledon on 23 minutes, heading home Dion Donohue’s right-wing corner.

It represented his maiden Pompey goal in 15 appearances since a summer move from Burton.

Gareth Evans doubled the Blues’ advantage on 31 minutes, converting Lee Brown’s left-wing cross.

If anything, that didn’t reflect the superiority of Kenny Jackett’s men.

And when substitute James Hanson pulled one back of 63 minutes, the visitors had to dig in to see out victory.

Naylor added: ‘The game should have been game over at half-time. We had more chances for it to be 4-0 at half-time.

‘After that, Wimbledon were always going to make it hard for us.

‘At half-time it should have been game over – and 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline.

‘When Matt Clarke had that header cleared off the line, it would have been game over at 3-0, but they got the goal back, got some confidence and put a lot of pressure on us.

‘We’ve got to stick together, every game we have to stick together. If we are under the cosh we have to come out as a team – and we did that.’

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