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Pompey boss dedicates win to fans

21 April 2013

Guy Whittingham thanked Portsmouth's long-suffering fans for their support after watching his side romp to a 3-0 win over Sheffield United at Fratton Park.

Pompey, who on Friday night became British football's largest fan-owned club after the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust took control, were dominant throughout and won courtesy of goals from Shaun Cooper, David Connolly and Jed Wallace.

And buoyed by the news the club will be docked 10 points for exiting administration this year and not, as feared, next season, Whittingham backed his side to end the campaign strongly and start next season - and a new era - in style.

He said: "It was a solid football performance from us. We did a good job and we were professional. We made sure we were solid and hard to beat and then we started to play football.

"We applied ourselves, we looked at Sheffield United's weaknesses and we tired to exploit them. We created chances and I'm obviously very pleased.

"We've got a group on the pitch now that people want to see back here next season. We've got one more game to go and we'll be looking to win that to build momentum for next season.

"But this win is our 'thank you' to the fans, plain and simple. They have stuck with us through thick and thin. The fans have never, ever stopped. This is for them."

The Blades are certain of a place in the play-offs but saw their hopes for automatic promotion end with the defeat.

Boss Chris Morgan said: "It's disappointing but the result doesn't worry me. Sometimes you have games like that. We've not done a great deal wrong."

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