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Andy Awford delighted with 'big step' for Portsmouth

12 April 2014

Andy Awford hailed Portsmouth's 4-1 win at Dagenham and Redbridge as a 'big step' towards League 2 survival.

Goals from Danny Hollands, Jed Wallace and a double from Michael Drennan secured Pompey a third successive victory.

"That's the best we've played by a street, that was some performance," Awford said.

"I asked them after the Newport game to maintain their levels and could they nudge it higher and we did that last week against Hartlepool, and I challenged them again to do the same.

"That standard now has gone even higher and they keep raising the bar for me. They've been absolutely superb for me, each and every one of them, not just the 11 and the three we put on; every single body in the club, they've been absolutely superb to work with.

"It's a great result, we're not quite there yet, but it's another big step. I've just seen the results and it's another big step towards safety and a great performance."

It took the visitors just four minutes to take the lead, Hollands firing home after Jack Whatmough's initial header hit the post.

It was 2-0 in the 21st minute when Drennan headed into an empty net from close range following Wallace's chip over the on-rushing Dagenham goalkeeper, before hehis tally for the afternoon in the 57th minute with a superb 25 yard half volley.

Daggers captain Abu Ogogo grabbed a consolation against the run of play for the hosts in the 34th minute, heading over Trevor Carson after Medy Elito's initial shot was superbly saved by the goalkeeper.

Wallace put the icing on the cake, tapping home with three minutes remaining following a woefully short back pass from Luke Wilkinson.

The despondent Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett took full responsibility for his side's defeat.

"They were better than us in every department Portsmouth were better than us and they thoroughly deserved to win, and I will be held fully responsible because I picked the wrong team as well but they were better than us," he said.

"When you give teams goal starts, it's very very difficult to come back from. That's what we did, and I've got no complaints. I can't emphasise enough how much better than us they were in every department, so I've got no complaints.

"Do I feel that my players think it's the end of the season? I don't actually think they do, no, I just think they were better than us."

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