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Pompey boss hails Connolly influence

10 March 2013

Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham praised striker David Connolly after his brace secured Pompey their second win in as many games, beating relegation rivals Bury 2-0 at Fratton Park.

Connolly's second-half double to take his tally to four goals in three matches helped lift battling Pompey off the bottom of the table at the Shakers' expense.

Whittingham said: "The quality he brings he had been a great addition for us. The goals he brings, the quality you need sometimes in a league one match. People can learn off him the desire to win, his attitude. He spoke at half-time and demanded improvement and he showed his experience with the goals."

Whittingham also revealed a half-time rollicking helped turn the relegation encounter in Portsmouth's favour.

He said: "It was the stereotypical game of two halves. Bury were the better team in the first half but we played well after that.

"We just had to remind the players what we had to do. To start with we allowed Bury to get at us instead of us getting at them"

The defeat leaves Bury rock bottom and assistant coach Peter Shirtliff knows they face a grim battle for survival.

He said: "We have to win five or six of our last games but the players have to show they want it and they didn't.

"The annoying thing is we dominated this game in the first half and if we had won here it would set us up for three homes games on the trot.

"I thought in the second half we were appalling, on par with our worst this season. There are still 30 points to play for so we will not give up."

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