Pompey star’s pride in historic milestone

Pompey's number one Jamie Ashdown
Pompey's number one Jamie Ashdown
Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey youngster earns Thompson praise

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Jamie Ashdown revealed his pride after his record-equalling clean sheet.

Now the keeper is gunning to write his name in the Pompey history books by claiming it for himself at Bristol City tomorrow.

The 30-year-old picked up a sixth successive shut out as Steve Cotterill’s men beat Sheffield United 1-0 on Saturday.

Hermann Hreidarsson grabbed the only goal of the game as a sixth win in a row lifted Pompey into 11th spot – just seven points from a play-off place.

And the Blues are now just one match away from equalling the seven straight league wins achieved by the promotion-winning squad of 2002-03.

For Ashdown, another clean sheet means he has now levelled the post-war tally set by Peter Mellor back in 1978.

And he is relishing the opportunity of shattering that record at Ashton Gate tomorrow night.

He said: ‘I have had people in my ear every five minutes asking me about this record, which was a bit annoying.

‘I think everyone knows about it. They have all been asking me, pretty much everyone at the club.

‘The boss has been saying “if you keep another clean sheet you’ll break the record”.

‘It was important we got that one on Saturday, there’s no point going to five and not doing anything about it.

‘I didn’t really enjoy the last 15 minutes against Sheffield United.

‘I enjoyed the first half, I enjoyed the challenge. In the second half it gets a bit nerve-wracking when you are trying to break a record.

‘Personally, while clean sheets are something you obviously look for, at the start of the season I wasn’t looking to break a record like that.

‘It’s not something you are thinking about.

‘It’s fantastic, it’s a great record, and now we just want to keep going and see if we can get it tomorrow night.’

It is now 596 minutes since Pompey last conceded a goal.

Suddenly the defence which couldn’t stop leaking goals for more than 30 matches is looking impregnable.

Ashdown has played all 39 of the Blues’ matches this season in all competitions.

Now he finally has a defence in front of him providing excellent cover.

And he has been quick to pay tribute to them during this outstanding run.

He added: ‘It has been a good achievement and a great team effort. We’ve got to try to keep it going now.

‘We are stubborn at the moment, we are resilient and everyone is putting their head in and looking after each other.

‘If someone makes a mistake we’ll back them up. That’s what we are about.

‘I had a busier first half on Saturday than in the second, but that’s what a team game is about. You are not going to make a clean sheet if you are making six or seven decisions in a game.

‘To do that you have to have your team behind you.’