Duo are final pieces in Pompey jigsaw

Gareth Evans, left, has hailed the impact of Caolan Lavery, right, and Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler

Gareth Evans, left, has hailed the impact of Caolan Lavery, right, and Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Gareth Evans toasted the ‘final piece’ of the Pompey jigsaw following their thumping of Hartlepool.

Caolan Lavery and Marc McNulty were once again on the scoresheet as Paul Cook’s side made it 10 goals in their last two league home games.

It is about pace and movement. They are capable of coming into the hole but also going in behind and they are both very good finishers

Gareth Evans

It was another sparkling performance from the loan duo who have now netted nine times between them for Pompey.

Evans also scored in Saturday’s 4-0 victory, while Adam Jackson’s own goal completed the scoreline.

And the midfielder was full of praise for the pair whose deals are up for renewal next month.

He said: ‘We all know what Lavs is capable of.

‘He came back into the team and is capable of producing a bit of magic.

‘That is what he did on Saturday.

‘They have given us a bit of a spark.

‘There wasn’t much wrong in terms of the personnel before they arrived and I think they have been the final piece of the jigsaw.

‘The pair of them have that spark and have brought that to us as well as the goals.

‘I think their arrival has boosted the depth of the squad and there is no denying they are two fantastic footballers and the lads are well pleased they are here.

‘It was a good ball by Enda (Stevens) again for Sparky’s goal late on and a great finish, while Lav’s goal was fantastic as well.

‘They have a few more goals in them between now and the end of the season.

‘It is about pace and movement.

‘They are capable of coming into the hole but also going in behind and they are both very good finishers, so I am surprised the two clubs have let them go out on loan.’

The goals are beginning to flow now for the Blues, who have now won their last three Fratton Park matches.

Along with victories over York and Hartlepool, there was also the FA Cup win over Accrington Stanley.

And following a frustrating period of being unable to break sides down on home turf, it appears the concern has been resolved.

Evans added: ‘We’ve been saying somebody was going to get a hiding and that is what we have done.

‘That has been achieved through a combination of the lads maintaining what they have been doing and working hard every day.

‘We are not doing anything different, it’s just a case of having a bit of a rub of the green and putting the ball into the back of the net.

‘We have seen teams set up not to concede and shown once we get the breakthrough we can go on and get three or four.

‘That is something very pleasing.’

– NEIL ALLEN

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