Pompey forward enouraged by new strike partnership

Portsmouth striker Ollie Hawkins is looking to the future as his partnership Jamal Lowe develops.

The former Dagenham man was brought back into the fold this weekend as Pompey switched to a strike duo, with former Hemel man Jamal Lowe brought into the centre from out wide.

The new-look duo caused AFC Wimbledon plenty of problems, with Pompey taking a two-goal lead. They were pegged back in the second but still went on to win the game and retain their grip on the top spot.

Hawkins was delighted with the changes after being recalled over Brett Pitman.

‘It was a very good team performance, responding from defeat in our last game to coming away with three points,” he told local press. “We played to the conditions, went two up front and knew if we could get the ball in behind or up to myself and work second balls then it would cause Wimbledon problems. It worked.”

‘For the first half I felt I did well, in tough conditions I held the ball up and I was able to free Jamal to run behind when he needed to. Then when the ball was cleared, I could hold it for other players.”

Hawkins is seen as a target man, a towering presence who can hold the ball up, flick it on and where needed, take a bit of a battering. Lowe is the pacy one, looking to get in behind.

Our View

Brett Pitman’s fall from grace has been spectacular, but it hasn’t dented the Pompey resolve to get back into the Championship.

They’ve looked good value for their number one spot so far this season and although there’s lots of football still to play, they’ll be confident of a top two finish come May.

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