Nosworthy: That defending is what I’m all about

Nyron Nosworthy. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nyron Nosworthy. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Defender grabs first win as Pompey player
  • Nosworthy picks up man-of-the-match plaudits
  • Loanee insists gutsy display is typical of his game

Nyron Nosworthy delivered a gutsy man-of-the-match performance and promised: That’s what I’m all about.

Nosworthy celebrated his first win as a Pompey player in the 2-1 success over Plymouth at Fratton Park yesterday.

That’s the level of performance I expect of myself

Nyron Nosworthy

The 34-year-old put his body on the line as the Pilgrims pushed for a leveller late on, after sub Olly Lee’s 78th-minute goal set the game up for a grandstand finale.

Andy Awford’s side held out, however, to end a run of four games without a win.

Nosworthy played with his head bandaged after needing stitches following a collision with team-mate Joe Devera in the 2-2 draw at Carlisle.

Unlike the game at Brunton Park, Pompey held on through stoppage time as the visitors pushed forward.

Nosworthy’s no-nonsense approach was key as he produced a number of clearances, headers, blocks and tackles.

The Blackpool loanee believes that is what his game is all about.

And he reckons that was the first time Pompey fans got a true glimpse of what he can bring to the table.

Nosworthy said: ‘That is my type of game.

‘It’s physical and it’s asking a lot of players. I’ve been there loads of times before.

‘It’s like muscle memory – or memory foam for me!

‘It’s about getting that commitment and getting everyone on board with it.

‘When you have those moments where you do a block or tackle someone, it sets the tone.

‘You can only lead by example if you are doing things correctly on the pitch.

‘If you want to have a shout to get people going, you can only do that if you are setting the right example.

‘That’s what I try to do. I’m happy.

‘There are still things to brush up on, but that is a bit more what I’m used to doing.

‘That’s the level of performance I expect of myself.’

Nosworthy admitted Pompey were lacklustre in the first 45 minutes against Plymouth.

The play-off chasers had chances to make the breakthrough but neither team could get a foothold in the game.

The first real piece of quality from Awford’s side told when Jed Wallace made the breakthrough less than a minute after the restart.

Nosworthy felt Pompey were guilty of affording the visitors too much respect – but punished them when they didn’t take advantage.

He said: ‘We weren’t great in the first-half.

‘It was frustrating at times, to be honest, because there are players here who have ability.

‘I guess we gave them a bit too much respect and let them get through on goal a bit too easily at times.

‘They didn’t take their chances and we punished them.’

Nosworthy was the one change in Awford’s starting 11 from the Carlisle game.

But he explained he had to amend his game as he played with stitches in his head and bandaging.

He said: ‘I had to deal with the pain. Either that or head the ball on the other side of my head. That didn’t work!

‘I got on with it and it was okay in the end.’