Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton 'delighted' by Ward goal

Michael Appleton
Appleton's side are on a four-match unbeaten run

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has praised Joel Ward after his goal ensured Pompey took a share of the spoils in the south coast derby.

The 22-year-old scored a late equaliser after Rickie Lambert had put the Saints ahead at Fratton Park.

"I'm delighted for Joel. He's very versatile and I've asked him to play in a different position that's new to him," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"At the minute he seems to be enjoying himself, he's got a new lease of life."

Appleton pleased with Pompey resilience

He continued: "I've promised him that come next season he'll be competing for one position, I'm just not sure what position that will be yet."

The Pompey boss admitted that the quality of the game - the first meeting between the two side in the league in six years - failed to live up to expectations.

"I think it was probably a fair result," the former West Brom coach added.

"It wasn't a particularly great game, there wasn't a lot of football played. It wasn't much of a spectacle.

"The goals aside I can only think of one other real chance, that says a lot about the game I think.

"Having said that it was a fantastic atmosphere and I'm pleased with how we held on after we score."

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