Awford: First goal was key in Pompey triumph

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Andy Awford pinpointed netting the first goal as the crucial moment behind the end of their league losing streak.

James Dunne’s thunderous 40th-minute effort broke the deadlock and put the Blues on the road to a 3-0 victory.

James Dunne scored Pompey's opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge. Picture: Joe Pepler

James Dunne scored Pompey's opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge. Picture: Joe Pepler

It divided the sides in an evenly-matched first half of little goalmouth action.

After the break, the sending off of Andre Boucaud helped the hosts to further goals through a Jed Wallace penalty and substitute Andy Barcham.

And following three successive league defeats, Awford believes getting the breakthrough first was vital.

He said: ‘It was comfortable in the end.

‘Until we scored the first goal it was pretty even, there wasn’t too much in the game, a bit like Saturday.

‘We got a massive confidence boost in the goal and then with them getting a man sent off a little bit goes our way.

‘In the second half we rode the 15 minutes we thought they may have and saw that out well.

‘Jonesie wasn’t troubled too much apart from the strike which hit the bar.

‘The first goal to unlock the door was either going to be a silly mistake when the lad nearly scored the own goal or a moment of magic.

‘Dunney produced that moment of magic which gave us the confidence we needed.

‘And once the second goes in it could have been anything at the end.’