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WATFORD IN AWFORD TROUBLE.

PORTSMOUTH fullback Andy Awford scored his first goal for 150 games to help condemn Watford to almost certain relegation.

Colleague Alan McLoughlin joked: "At half-time Andy had a nose bleed - because that's the first time he's been over the halfway line!"

McLoughlin set up Awford for his 28th-minute goal and then scored the winner himself with a 62nd-minute volley following a corner.

Pompey striker Martin Allen admitted: "The victory puts us nearer survival, but we need at least four more points before we're safe."

The only disappointing note for Portsmouth was the 19th-minute dismissal of John Durnin for head-butting Watford skipper Andy Hessenthaler.

Watford fullback Dominic Ludden said: "Fans have no idea how sick the players feel after a performance like that. We are absolutely gutted."

And Watford coach Luther Blissett added: "The fans must feel justifiably cheated after seeing a performance like that.

"There was nothing to take from it to be positive about."

Pompey now have some leeway in their attempt to avoid the drop, while the only bright spot for Watford was Tommy Mooney's 41st-minute penalty.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 8, 1996
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