Seven up for Portsmouth’s fearsome foursome

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Pompey’s fearsome foursome are in seventh heaven as the goals continue to flow.

Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis fired the Blues to a 2-0 success over Walsall at Fratton Park last night.

Oli Hawkins celebrates his seventh of the season - making him Pompey's joint-top scorer. Picture: Joe Pepler

Oli Hawkins celebrates his seventh of the season - making him Pompey's joint-top scorer. Picture: Joe Pepler

The League One leaders’ latest triumph keeps them four points clear heading into December.

The scoreline also took the tallies of Hawkins and Curtis to seven goals each this season.

That establishes them as joint-top scorers, along with Jamal Lowe and Gareth Evans.

And it’s an attacking quartet which continue to impress Kenny Jackett.

He said: ‘We try to work goals from everywhere.

‘The front-four positions have nice totals and ones they should be proud of and looking to build on.

‘They all have to get into goal-scoring positions and I think a feature for us is we have countered quickly and our finishing has been very good.

‘Sides near the top of any division need to be clinical in their finishing and to take your chances when they come. We have taken them and taken them at key times, which has been a feature for us.

‘Where do our players compare to others in this division? It’s a tough one but, as much looking at individuals, it’s always about a unit working efficiently for the team.

‘They all have seven and it would be great if they were all on nine or 10, you have to try to push.

‘But the most important thing is you look forward, the games which have gone you get confidence from and an understanding.’

Yet while the four continue to bask among the goals, Jackett has belief in those on the bench to also contribute.

He added: ‘As a manager, you are always looking behind that.

‘We have Wheeler, Pitman, Green and Dennis who can come in as the season goes on and supplement that.’