Hart refuses to get carried away

21 March 2009 04:00
Paul Hart kept his feet on the ground after his Portsmouth battlers came from behind to see off Everton 2-1 at Fratton Park on Saturday.Leighton Baines put the Toffees ahead in just the fourth minute, but a double from man of the match Peter Crouch in the 22nd and 75th minutes turned the game around.The win lifted Pompey's Premier League survival bid and Hart told Sky Sports: "I'm more confident than I was prior to the game but it's going to be a long haul and to think that we've cracked it would be showing complacency."We've got a lot to do."Hart felt the performance showed his players had the desire to avoid relegation."The players have proved how desperate they are to stay in this division," he said. "The desire to win that game after a poor start, I thought we were excellent. We got it together, composed ourselves and started to play."Hart heaped praise on match-winner Crouch, saying: "I've seen this boy since he was 16 and I've got nothing but admiration for him."He plays at the sharp end of the team and he does a great job."Crouch added: "It was massive that we got a win. You could see at the end what it meant to the boys, to the fans, to everyone really."We've worked to get a result and thankfully it's finished up with the three points."We started badly. Thankfully we showed a lot of character to come back."We turned round a 1-0 defeat when maybe earlier in the season we would have gone under."

Source: Eurosport