Chorley: Blues worked hard to earn bit of good fortune

Ben Chorley was pleased with his Pompey debut. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Chorley was pleased with his Pompey debut. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ben Chorley admitted he was at a loss to explain how Pompey survived a monumental goalmouth scramble in their battling 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers.

A frantic episode in the Blues box, just beyond the hour mark, saw defenders strewn around the pitch.

The ball somehow stayed out of Trevor Carson’s goal as it hit the inside of the post and then dribbled across the line.

In a scene reminiscent of Sylvain Distin’s remarkable clearance against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final success in 2008, it seemed inevitable Wycombe would have their equaliser.

But somehow the ball stayed out as Pompey went on to claim a first win in six attempts.

Chorley said: ‘I have no idea how that happened.

‘I remember heading it and then my face was in the dirt.

‘I turned around and I saw it hit the post and go across the goal.

‘I was screaming and shouting for someone to get rid of it.

‘There were bodies everywhere, it went through Trev’s legs and then Nicky Shorey was calmness personified and dribbled it out.

‘It was a bit of a break for us. We haven’t had a lot of luck lately, by all accounts.

‘But I think we worked hard for it and we deserved that win. It was a great effort from everyone.’

Blues boss Richie Barker handed the former Stevenage centre-back a debut at the expense of Sonny Bradley and also gave him the captaincy.

The defender admitted he took time to get going.

But he showed enough to suggest he will quickly become a fans’ favourite.

He put in a brave and wholehearted display.

Chorley said: ‘Personally, I didn’t feel I started the game that well.

‘It took me a bit of time to get going but I grew into it and got a bit sharper.

‘But it was tremendous to get the win and the clean sheet in my first game.

‘It was a great honour to be asked to captain the side and it gave me some butterflies in my stomach.

‘I certainly wasn’t expecting it but I can only thank the manager for giving me the job.’

Chorley was impressed by another excellent away following of around 1,000 Blues fans.

He is now eager to taste the Fratton Park atmosphere as a Pompey player.

He said: ‘We need to back this win up at Fratton Park on Saturday now.

‘I have played there before and it’s not very nice to have that many people against you and making all that noise.

‘So we need to make sure we use that in our favour because we saw what the travelling fans did for us in this game.

‘I knew they were noisy but not that noisy – I thought they were brilliant.’

Chorley was also impressed with the way the team dug in to get the victory.

He felt it was a good sign with the Blues looking to climb the table and away from the relegation scrap.

The defender knows more of the same will be needed for the upcoming battles.

‘I thought we showed a lot of character as a team,’ he said.

‘We needed to do that because we are down there fighting.

‘But we can’t get ahead of ourselves. This has to be just the start of it.’