Portuguese man-of-war Rocha dedicates victory to fans

Ricardo Rocha told Pompey's long-suffering fans: That was for you.

Rocha delivered a man-of-the-match performance as Pompey booked their place in the FA Cup final against Spurs yesterday.

The defender helped the Blues to a crucial clean sheet as his side picked up a 2-0 win at Wembley.

Rocha was quick to dedicate the victory to Pompey's supporters, who have been tested by the incessant problems engulfing their club this season.

The Portuguese man felt many of his team-mates showed character to play while injured.

He said: 'We wanted to give this win to the fans and they deserve it.

'It's been difficult for the players and the fans but we are just trying to prove that we go out on the pitch and try to do our best.

'The fans are amazing – each and every game they are there and back us but that atmosphere was really something.

'It was difficult game and Tottenham are a fantastic team.

'We did our best. We had to work a lot but we got our goals in the end.

'We had to be careful against a team with the strikers they had. Everyone wanted to play this game and get on the pitch for it.

'They worked hard despite some problems and that was a big thing for us.'

Rocha reserved praise for central-defensive partner Aaron Mokoena, who delivered a robust performance to shut out Spurs.

They have played the past two games together, with Pompey keeping clean sheets in both.

Rocha said: 'Me and Aaron have played the last two games together.

'We just try to talk a lot and that is important.

'We are experienced players.

'It was important not to concede, so we were pleased.'

Rocha hailed manager Avram Grant and the role he played in helping deliver victory.

He feels Grant has also reinvigorated his fortunes since moving to Pompey in January.

Rocha said: 'Avram is the guy in front of us.

'He is always talking to us and gives us a belief that we can do anything.

'I came back to England to play again and I think that I have been playing well. He has helped me.

'He wants to do things his way but he has been proving in every game what he can do and he has us playing good football.'