Four wins, clean sheets on spin - Schumacher reaction

RYAN HARDIE courtesyPAFC Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher was delighted with his side as they soared to fifth in League One by beating south coast and play-off rivals Portsmouth 1-0.

Schumacher said: “It was a great night, great atmosphere and great result!”

Plymouth top scorer Ryan Hardie (pictured) took his tally to 18 goals with the 65th minute winner, which enabled Argyle to claim their fourth clean sheet win on the spin and end Portsmouth’s eight match unbeaten run.

Schumacher said: “It was a good game between two good teams, playing some good football and it was tight.

“We said to the players at half time it’s a really close game and we have to concentrate and stick to the gameplan.

“Thankfully we did do that and we went on and got the win.

“The goal came from our press and thanks to our organisation and our shape.

“The two boys recognised their player didn’t quite know what was around him and went and pressed him.

“Jordan Houghton made the first tackle and Panutche (Camara) and showed some great composure to put Ryan in and it was an equally composed finish in front of the Devonport End and the place went wild.

“Adam Randell nearly got a great goal from his own half at the end of the game. It would have been a great goal and it was on his left foot as well. It didn’t go in but thankfully we hung on really well and defended well and saw out the game.

“It’s good form, we can’t hide behind it and four clean sheets on the spin is brilliant, impressive and it just goes to show how hard everyone is working. The players on the pitch are giving us absolutely everything they’ve got at the moment.”

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