Leam Richardson’s delight at ruthless Pompey attitude

Conor Chaplin celebrates Ben Tollitt's goal . Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin celebrates Ben Tollitt's goal . Picture: Joe Pepler

Firstly there was Barnet trampled over, now Pompey have capitalised on their numerical supremacy against York City.

And this time, for Leam Richardson, the Fratton Park result was even more devastating.

I do think if you have good habits, have a good work ethic and you feel you are doing the right thing you will get the right results

Leam Richardson

Paul Cook’s side romped to a 6-0 success last night after the League Two strugglers had been reduced to 10 men.

Jonathan Greening’s dismissal shortly before half-time following an elbow on Michael Doyle, preceded six goals arriving in the second half.

Marc McNulty netted a hat-trick in only his fourth Pompey appearance, while Ben Davies, Ben Tollitt and Conor Chaplin also got on the scoresheet.

The Blues’ previous Fratton Park league victory was in mid-September when they defeated 10-man Barnet 3-1.

And assistant boss Richardson was impressed with the mentality and ruthless nature of Pompey in such circumstances once again.

He said: ‘I cannot remember the last time I saw six goals in a half from a side.

‘What pleased me was how we kept going, habits were good, we kept being thorough in what we did and kept pressing at five and six nil.

‘As a side we don’t want to come away from what we believe – and the players showed that.

‘If you move the ball correctly and have the right personnel in the correct areas you can win football matches.

‘We are trying to add a certain type of player at the club and hopefully can add another couple in our time here to get better in the system we like to play.

‘I do think if you have good habits, have a good work ethic and you feel you are doing the right thing you will get the right results.’

The triumph represented a first league win in Pompey’s last six fixtures, of which five had been draws.

That’s enough to lift Cook’s side into fourth spot, six points behind leaders Plymouth Argyle, who last night drew at home to Leyton Orient.

Next up is Saturday’s trip to Wycombe, who currently sit ninth in the table.

In the meantime, Richardson believes the players have every reason to be proud of their exploits against struggling York.

Having failed to score in the previous two Fratton Park league matches, it was a clinical and ruthless showing by Pompey.

And following recent frustration, it was a fixture for players, managers and supporters to revel in.

He added: ‘We have come off a couple of decent performances and the lads have stuck at it.

‘I said it at half-time – and said the same on Saturday. I told them if they weren’t going to score in the second half then I don’t know much about football.

‘Thankfully I have proved to myself that I am alright. They scored two Saturday and then six in the second half last night!

‘Even though they have had a tinge of disappointment, which has been undeserved in my opinion, last night was one of those nights they could put their chests out and be proud.’