Evans nominated for League Two award

Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler
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GARETH EVANS has been shortlisted for League Two’s player of the month.

The Pompey wide man has been rewarded for his impressive form by being nominated for the December award.

Evans’ work-rate and industry has shone throughout the month as Paul Cook’s side picked up three wins, a draw and a single defeat.

On top of that, he has been credited with four goals from his role on the right of Pompey’s 4-2-3-1 formation.

Evans will go up against Oxford’s John Lundstram, Wycombe’s Jason McCarthy and Bristol Rovers’ Matty Taylor for the honour.

The 27-year-old got off the mark for the month as he followed up Marc McNulty’s shot with a left-footed finish against Hartlepool.

McNulty was then the provider as Evans bagged an impressive header in the 2-1 win at Northampton, who led the table at that stage.

Evans has been credited with two goals in the 3-2 loss at Leyton Orient.

The opener saw Bennett’s ball into the box flick off the former Fleetwood man, before going in off the head of O’s defender Connor Essam.

There was no doubt who got the other goal, however, as Evans advanced on a perfectly-timed pass from Kyle Bennett and fired home.

Evans has made 27 appearances and scored seven goals since arriving at Fratton Park.

Taylor has received his second nomination of the season with the striker scoring four goals - the 90th-minute winner against York and a hat-trick in the 3-0 success over Wycombe. He also delivered two assists against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Lundstram got one goal in December, in the 3-0 win over Exeter, and has impressed for the U’s with his midfield displays helping Michael Appleton’s side to three wins and two draws

Jason McCarthy has picked up plaudits for Wycombe, with the Southampton loanee moving from his usual right-back position to a role in the middle of defence. He grabbed the winner against Oxford.

- JORDAN CROSS