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Andy Awford hails Portsmouth hero Ryan Taylor

25 February 2015

Andy Awford hailed two-goal hero Ryan Taylor after Portsmouth overturned a two-nil deficit to beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2.

Taylor struck twice in three minutes to help rejuvenated Pompey extend their unbeaten run to six games and claim a third win in a row.

Tranmere were cruising to victory thanks to a strike from Jennison Myrie-Williams and an own goal from Portsmouth goalkeeper Paul Jones.

Substitute Craig Westcarr reduced the deficit before Taylor took centre stage.

Portsmouth boss Awford said: "Ryan has been excellent since I first became manager. He gives you something a classic number nine gives you and is so important when he is out there.

"For him to get two goals I am delighted. It is just deserves for all his endeavour, creative player and the hard work he puts in."

Myrie-Williams had given Tranmere a 28th-minute lead with neat left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area.

The visitors looked to have sealed the points five minutes after half time when Joe Devera's attempted clearance from under his own crossbar struck goalkeeper Jones on the back and rebounded into the net.

Westcarr gave Pompey hope four minutes after coming in, heading home Matt Tubbs' pin-point cross.

Taylor levelled from close range with eight minutes remaining before nodding in Dan Butler's 85th-minute corner at the far post.

Pompey have taken 14 points out a possible 18 since Awford was saved from the sack by the Pompey board last month.

Awford said: "That is nine points out of nine and three successive wins. We showed great spirit.

"The first goal was the important one and once we got to 2-2 I wanted us to go for it. I thought they were there for the taking.

"I am delighted for the players because they worked really hard to get back into the game.

"We have always had good spirit but now we have belief and confidence as well."

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