ANDY AWFORD believes ‘no-nonsense’ Nyron Nosworthy is beginning to demonstrate his Pompey worth.
The veteran defender turned in a man-of-the-match display in the Bank Holiday Monday 2-1 triumph over Plymouth Argyle.
In Nyron I knew I was signing a good characterAndy Awford
Despite being pitted against Reuben Reid, his central-defensive partnership with Joe Devera impressively silenced the ever-dangerous 19-goal striker.
Nosworthy had been recalled to the side following a back injury to skipper Ben Chorley.
And in his fourth appearance following his loan arrival from Blackpool, Awford praised it as the 34-year-old’s finest yet.
‘I thought Nyron has had his best game since being here, without a shadow of a doubt,’ said the Blues boss.
‘I said he would improve and we saw that on Monday.
‘In the Wimbledon game it was a poor team performance. It is difficult when that happens in your first game, as it was for Nyron.
‘Against Shrewsbury we bumped into a very good side, while I chose not to start him against Carlisle as we were going to a back four.
‘On Monday, he stepped back into the side and that was his best game. He showed what a no-nonsense defender he can be.
‘The emergency loan window in March is a difficult window because all the players are playing in their team, while some haven’t played for a while.
‘You are taking a bit of a gamble on them at times – but in Nyron I knew I was signing a good character.
‘We saw that against Plymouth. He stood up to be counted in a solid team performance.
‘There were a couple of bits you are always going to get. Yet, in the main, they (the team) defended well, with Joe Devera also solid again.’
Chorley has joined Jack Whatmough and Paul Robinson on the sidelines as injuries continue to strike in the centre of defence.
The 32-year-old went off at half-time against Carlisle with a back problem to maintain his stuttering Fratton Park career.
Paul McCallum, Andy Barcham and Danny East are also missing at present – and Awford admitted finalising his side to face the Pilgrims came late.
He added: ‘Ben Chorley is still not fit.
‘We had three or four needing fitness tests on the morning of the game – I won’t say who they were.
‘I didn’t know the team until 11.30am because we were waiting to find out whether they would be fit or not.
‘Nicky Shorey came in on the bench. I just thought it was the right thing to do. We needed his experience and I knew he could do a job if required.
‘There were some young lads on the pitch and also a lot of youth on the bench like Conor Chaplin, Ben Close and Adam Webster, so you need to get your balance right.’