Pompey hero dedicates away win to fans

BURNLEY_PFC_10/12/11''Burnley V Portsmouth at Turf Moor, Burnley. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
BURNLEY_PFC_10/12/11''Burnley V Portsmouth at Turf Moor, Burnley. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
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David Norris buried the Blues’ away-day pain and told supporters: That was for you.

The match-winner believes Pompey’s first win on the road this season can now provide a launchpad for his team under Michael Appleton.

The midfielder netted an injury-time strike at Burnley to hand Pompey a 1-0 success over the Clarets.

It was the team’s first win on the road since March and ended the worst away record in the Football League.

Norris paid tribute to the all-round quality of the team’s display with Appleton’s men good value for the win.

And the 30-year-old insisted the win was for the club’s long-suffering fans who have loyally followed the team on the road.

He said: ‘We needed that. We owed the fans big time.

‘They travel long distances all the time. It’s always an absolute mission for them.

‘We are relieved and overjoyed but we are pleased for the fans.

‘To get the win is brilliant but to get the winner like that is 10 times the feeling because you know the game is pretty much over for them.

‘It possibly was my most important goal of the season because it was a winning goal.

‘There were great peformances out there. No-one let us down. Everyone played really well.

‘Defensively we were brilliant and Kits (Dave Kitson) was a different class up front.

‘There are always things to improve on.

‘But in general I thought we were solid and dangerous on the counter.’

The hope for Norris is the weekend success over an in-form Burnley side can be the catalyst for a run of form for Pompey.

He insisted no-one is getting carried away by back-to-back victories, however.

But Pompey now have impetus going into the south-coast showdown with fierce rivals Southampton.

Norris promised the team are fully focused on delivering for their fans in the Fratton Park bearpit.

He said: ‘It is easier said than done but we hope this is the start of better things for us.

‘It’s been a tough season for us. It’s been very up and down.

‘It’s a good win but we aren’t getting too carried away.

‘The manager said we are going to be straight back on the training ground and working hard this week for what is quite a big game!

‘We enjoyed the weekend but now it’s back to work for Southampton.’