Wallace dedicates win to Pompey boss

Jed Wallace and Andy Awford celebrate the victory over Morecambe. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace and Andy Awford celebrate the victory over Morecambe. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace fired Pompey to victory – then dedicated the triumph to Andy Awford.

The Blues players produced an impressive response to the FA Cup humiliation at Aldershot Town by cruising to a 3-0 success over Morecambe in League Two on Saturday.

Wallace hit two second-half goals to take his tally for the campaign to 10, while Craig Westcarr also netted.

It was the Fratton Park reaction Awford craved from a side which included debutants Marcus Bean and Matt Fish.

And it alleviated some of the pressure building up on Pompey’s boss after a week which had yielded televised defeats at Plymouth Argyle and then the Shots.

Wallace said: ‘It has been a low week, as everybody knows, but all you can do when things are going against you is stand up and be counted.

‘And I think all the players out there, those that came on, the manager and staff have really done that.

‘Without being horrible or cringy, the boys all respect the manager.

‘He has stuck by us and we have got to stick by him.

‘On Saturday we showed how important he is to the group and he takes much credit for picking the right team.

‘The manager took me off a park field so I am always going to give everything for him.

‘I don’t tend to read the papers and all that stuff, for me I just go out and do everything I can every week for the manager.

‘He is experienced enough and been in football long enough to know it is a ruthless sport and things happen.

‘But we, as players, reacted Saturday and that is what’s important.

‘We owed it to ourselves as a group, the manager included, Paul Hardyman, Kev the kitman, Barry Harris, everyone in the group.

‘The man has been at the club for probably 25 years on and off and the one thing people know is this absolutely means everything to him and that will never change for him.

‘He would do anything for the club, as he has done.

‘He has the desire there – as we have as a group – and we showed the passion he displays on the sidelines and got a good win.’

Pompey moved into 10th spot in the table with a third successive league home win.

The margin of victory could have been even more emphatic with Ryan Taylor, in particular, missing several chances.

But once again, Awford’s men proved their might on home turf.

Wallace added: ‘Our reaction was very positive but we don’t want to keep reacting.

‘We want to find that consistency on the road and be difficult to beat, while our home record speaks for itself.

‘We played very well, we had a lot of chances and could have had six or seven on another day.

‘At home we have found if we get the early goal then we usually win.’