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Pamarot exocet gives defender last laugh

Portsmouth defender Noe Pamarot has revealed he is no longer the butt of his team-mates' jokes after a wonder goal at Newcastle United.

Frenchman Pamarot sparked an amazing 4-1 win for Pompey at St James' Park on Saturday with a 30-yard rocket and said: 'I have scored one like that in training but the rest of the players took the mickey out of me and said I could never do it in a game - but I did.'

Pamarot, surprisingly preferred to Matt Taylor as a left-back deputy for the injured Hermann Hreidarsson, added: 'The manager told me to wait outside the area and do that.

'And Sylvain Distin was laughing at me, right in front of Harry (Redknapp).'

But Pamarot's spectacular strike turned his team-mates' smirks into broad smiles as Pompey took a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes.

Pamarot scored in successive games against Arsenal and Sheffield United last season but like his two previous goals this term - both against Leeds in the Carling Cup - both were converted from close range.

Taylor has made just three league starts this season and boss Redknapp may face problems keeping all his squad happy despite climbing to fourth in the table after a fifth consecutive away win, Pompey's first at St James' Park for 58 years.

Midfielder Richard Hughes, who has just completed a three-match suspension after being sent off in the reserves, has already admitted he may look for a move in January.

David Nugent, Pompey's £6million striker, was not even among Redknapp's substitutes at Newcastle after recovering from a groin injury while Pedro Mendes made only a brief appearance from the bench.

Redknapp said: 'It's tough getting good players into the side. The progress we've made this season is fantastic. We are twice as good as last year.'