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Pompey's players showed at Yeovil they know what the club's fans demand of them - hard work. So said Izale McLeod after his goal put Pompey on the way to their second win in four days.
The former Barnet forward scored his fourth of the season before Gabor Gyepes got a second-half winner at Huish Park, lifting the Blues to 14th place and putting them in good spirits ahead of the trip to MK Dons on Saturday.
After the win McLeod, who is gradually silencing his critics in the stand by scoring an average of a goal every other game: ‘We worked hard and put them under a lot pressure. We executed the game plan really well. Me and Wes (Thomas) linked up quite well and we’re only going to get better. Any manager will tell you your forwards need to work hard.
‘Me and Wes did run our socks off and have got a few bruises with it. It’s all worth it, though. That’s why we are at a big club like Portsmouth. That’s what the fans want to see here – that’s the minimum requirement.’
McLeod says Pompey are delighted to finally get some momentum in their league campaign after a stuttering start. He said: ‘It’s two wins on the spin. It sends out a message to the rest of the league that we’re serious.’
Manager Michael Appleton said he now wanted to see McLeod and his fellow forwards kill teams off when chances came their way.
He told The News: 'I would like to see us be a little bit more clinical with our attacking players in the team. I want to make sure we finish the game off, so we don’t have to rely on the lads like Gabor to get us the points we thoroughly deserved. The strikers were fantastic in the first half.
‘They worked together, they linked up together, they showed touches of class at times. More importantly for me, they had an honesty to really work for the team. And the first people who were congratulated at half-time on their work rate were the front two. My only gripe at half-time was we weren’t clinical enough and hadn’t finished the game off by that stage.'
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