Pompey blunt Blades to equal post-war record

Hermann Hreidarsson scores the decisive goal
Hermann Hreidarsson scores the decisive goal
Brett Pitman celebrates scoring the opening goal in Pompey's win against Southend

Stats prove Pompey depend on opening goal

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Pompey picked up a record-equalling sixth clean sheet on the way to a 1-0 success over Sheffield United today.

But the Blues had to withstand a second-half battering from the strugglers to equal the post-war league record for shut outs.

Steve Cotterill’s men also set the new benchmark for clean sheets by a Championship side this season, as Hermann Hreidarsson grabbed the only goal of the game.

That ensured Pompey kept up their unlikely charge towards the play-offs. They are now in 11th place - seven points off the top six.

The Blues were good value for their first-half lead as Hreidarsson slammed in a loose ball from a corner after 24 minutes.

But the longer the game went on the more nervous they became, as Sheffield United belied their lowly position.

The home side’s new-found resilience saw them hold on, though, to get a great win.

It’s now 596 minutes since Ashdown has conceded, with the run equalling Peter Mellor’s six game league record back in 1978-79.