Portsmouth determined to use Hull momentum

Portsmouth's Chris Maguire (left) and Scott Allan.
Portsmouth's Chris Maguire (left) and Scott Allan celebrate victory over Hull City.

Portsmouth can use the momentum from the midweek win over Hull to achieve league safety, according to goalscorers Chris Maguire and Joel Ward.

The 2-0 victory lifted Pompey off the bottom of the Championship and gave supporters hope that relegation can be avoided, despite the 10-point penalty imposed for going into administration.

"If we keep performing like that we won't be far away," said Maguire.

"It's a massive boost to be off the bottom," said midfielder Ward.

Portsmouth face Burnley at home on Saturday and Maguire said it was vital to take the confidence and verve they showed against the Tigers into that match.

"We made a good start against Hull but throughout the game we looked good," said the 23-year-old striker, whose goal against City was his second in five games since arriving on loan from Derby County until the end of the season.

"We know we let the manager, the supporters and ourselves down in losing at Coventry the previous weekend and it was important to show everyone the fighting spirit is there.

"The club is still in a tough situation but we have a great opportunity to keep picking up points."

And Ward said the dressing room atmosphere was full of optimism.

"It was a game in hand so we had to make sure we got the points, and we played at our pace and made it hard for Hull," said the 22-year-old.

"Now we have to keep pushing forward. We've had the belief we can stay up from the word go, and if we keep going out and playing with freedom we can do it."

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