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Awford joy at Webster gamble

Portsmouth caretaker boss Andy Awford was pleased to see his selection gamble pay off after Adam Webster's goal sank Hartlepool 1-0.

Webster was a surprise inclusion at right-back having been secretly recalled from a loan spell with Aldershot just 48 hours earlier.

"I'm delighted for Adam. I think a lot of him and just felt he was the right person to play in that position," said Awford.

"Danny Alfei picked up a knock in training on Thursday, so were a bit light in that area.

"We decided to recall Adam and we thank Aldershot for keeping it under their hat. We wanted to keep it under wraps so Hartlepool wouldn't hear about it.

"He got the goal and was terrific, although understandably he tired a bit towards the end."