Relief after united Blues triumph on road

Jason Pearce makes a clearance. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Jason Pearce makes a clearance. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Jason Pearce spoke of the relief in the Pompey dressing room at banishing their bleak away form.

Michael Appleton’s men picked up their first win on the road since March at Burnley.

That saw the Blues rid themselves of the worst away record in the Football League.

The Clarets were looking for their fourth win on the bounce for the first time since 2005.

But that never looked on the cards as Pompey delivered a composed and effective performance.

Pearce felt it was one of the best displays of the campaign and admitted it was a big boost to get the first away maximum.

He said: ‘It was one of the best performances of the season.

‘All of the lads showed brilliant determination and stuck together.

‘To get the win was brilliant.

‘We were all delighted in the dressing room afterwards.

‘We wanted to get that monkey off our backs – not winning away all season.

‘To do that was a great feeling and now we can kick on.

‘You don’t think about the away form on the pitch but it’s natural it’s on your mind beforehand.

‘It’s not a good stat to have and we know we are better than that.

‘But we delivered a performance which showed we are all together.

‘As a group it was a good performance.’

Pearce explained the players were acutely aware of the fact Pompey fans have had to wait nine months for good news on the road.

On top of that, they have felt the pain of more uncertainty surrounding their club’s future after owners Convers Sports Initiatives went into administration.

Pearce was delighted they could give the travelling faithful something to shout about, as they forgot about concerns off the field.

He said: ‘As players we can’t do anything about the off-the-pitch stuff.

‘We can only influence things on the pitch and in the last few weeks we’ve done that.

‘We got a draw and two wins now, so we can kick on from that and hope the off-the-field stuff gets sorted out.

‘The fans travel a long way and it’s about time we gave them something to cheer about.

‘Hopefully we sent them home happy on Saturday.’