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Andy Awford hails hero Danny Hollands

3 May 2014

Portsmouth boss Andy Awford is ready to "kidnap" hat-trick hero Danny Hollands if it means keeping him at Fratton Park next season after he scored all three in a 3-3 draw against Plymouth.

Hollands nodded in Ryan Taylor's cross in the 31st minute, only for Reuben Reid to snatch an equaliser for Argyle four minutes later.

Pompey went back in front when Hollands stabbed home the all-action Ricky Holmes' square ball two minutes later, but Conor Hourihane's free-kick put the visitors level at the break.

Hollands headed his side back in front, before sloppy defending allowed the Devon outfit to rescue a point through Hourihane two minutes from the end.

Awford was delighted with Hollands' heroics and is clearly willing to do whatever it takes to keep him in Pompey blue next season.

He said: "I might have to kidnap him for the night! He was terrific. He deserved his hat-trick and it wasn't just the goals; his all-round game was very good. We'll try and do something with Danny. We'll start those negotiations and see how it goes."

Reflecting on a dramatic game, which brought the curtain down on a turbulent season, Awford wasn't too disappointed to surrender what would have been a sixth win in seven matches.

He said: "Overall I'm pleased. I'm not going to criticise our players for drawing a game after all they've done in the last seven. They have been absolutely terrific.

"I'd have snatched your hand off for seven games unbeaten, so that's a nice record to have. Just staying up was the main goal and getting more points than two other teams.

"Thankfully, we managed that with a few games to spare and this was a wonderful occasion to finish that off."

Plymouth manager John Sheridan admits he is keen to give his side a voice for next season as he bids to build on 10th place.

He said: "We want to finish higher so I need to improve on what we've got. I need people on the pitch who are vocal. We are very, very quiet as a team and that is a problem for us. I need people who are vocal and not frightened to say things on the pitch."

Sheridan praised Plymouth's character against Pompey. He added: "It was good entertainment. I was pleased we came back from conceding goals three times. That shows a bit of character and we put a lot of effort in. I'm pleased for the supporters that we got something out of it.

"We could have just come here and had a nice day. We didn't play well, but we put a lot of heart into the game, showed a lot of will to win and got something out of it."


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