Pompey Win Away Again

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 18 October 2015

Matt Tubbs scored the only goal of the game during first half stoppage time at Rodney Parade to confirm yet another win away from Fratton Park.

Kyle Bennett produced an excellent pass to beat three players and the Pompey striker made no mistake in burying the ball in the back of the net in what was a scrappy game that Paul Cook's men won despite never getting out of second gear.

Christian Burgess can consider himself lucky, however, after his mistake lead to Newport scoring only for the goal to be ruled out for a supposed foul on the Pompey defender. It was a soft decision, to say the least.

Still, when Pompey can win away from home without playing particularly well (albeit against a poor side) and get lucky whilst doing so (as with the Cambridge game) then that can only bode well for the future.

A special mention should go out to Adam Webster too who came in for Matt Clarke and was impervious. He's bound to get a run in the side now and we'll all see just how far he has come in recent months under a manager who knows how to get the best out of him.

A shout out also goes to Pompey fan Mike Hurdle who, as a qualified referee, had to replace the fourth official yesterday after the original fourth official replaced referee James Adcock who was injured.

Yesterday's win means Pompey are still second in the table with 26 points from 13 games. To put that into perspective Andy Awford's Portsmouth had 17 points at the same stage last season and Guy Whittingham's side which had the same total at the same stage two seasons ago.

Furthermore, five wins and two draws from seven matches means that Pompey have the best away record in the entire Football League. That is perverse. Who would have thought that a club like Portsmouth, notorious for its terrible form on the road, would have this accolade attributed to them?

Now if only the home form were as good...

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