PERRY NORTHEAST praised his players for handling the pressure superbly at Privett Park on Sunday.
With a big Pompey Ladies following flocking to Gosport in the hope of seeing their team crowned champions it could have been a nervous occasion.
But the players kept their cool and carried out the game plan to perfection.
Three first-half goals proved enough to ensure a calm second 45 minutes.
Sarah Kempson netted a penalty to put Pompey ahead on 18 minutes.
Jess Frampton then crashed home a superb goal to make it 2-0 in the 27th minute.
Gemma Hillier added the third on 37 minutes before West Ham pulled one goal back to ensure the Blues couldn’t completely relax in the second period.
But Northeast was delighted with the way his side went about their task to wrap up the FA Women’s Premier League southern division title.
He said: ‘There was a certain game plan on Sunday.
‘I felt a bit sorry for some of the crowd because we didn’t play our usual fluent passing.
‘We had to go a bit more direct. I watched West Ham on Wednesday and I felt that was the way we could win a game of football simply.
‘It worked because we did play slightly longer and put them under sustained pressure. The goals came from it.
‘The players did really well. If there is ever a day when maybe your plan doesn’t come off because of nerves, it would be that day.
‘But they didn’t let it impact on them.
‘They went 3-0 up, deservedly so, and we had two more disallowed goals.
‘Because they trained so well they were already fairly relaxed.
‘They were focused. They had a plan and it worked.’
The Blues are now set to take on Sheffield in a winner-takes-all clash on Sunday, May 24 for a place in the FA Women’s Super League.
Northeast is confident the club will meet the FA’s off-the-field requirements they also need to satisfy.
See Saturday’s Sports Mail for more celebration pictures from Pompey’s title success.