Luton 1 Pompey 2: Gaffer For A Day

Ben Davies in action at Luton Town. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ben Davies in action at Luton Town. Picture: Joe Pepler

Michael Eisner. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Pompey fan Alex Newell, 23, delivers his verdict on the triumph at Luton.

Not a bad day all told, eh?

I thought it was a weird one really.

The first 10 minutes we came out of the traps like we wanted, had them on the back foot and let them know who was boss.

Then literally the first time they got over the half-way line they won a penalty.

From there the Luton fans got excited and geed them up for half hour.

The second half both teams had a go, but they got tired.

And the longer it went on the more enthusiasm there was from our fans in the stand.

And then Matt Tubbs came along...

The changes Paul Cook were positive. When Conor Chaplin came on he got further forward with Tubbs.

That gave the attacking midfielders a split-way pass they could make.

Then Chaplin gets in, puts in a good effort and Tubbs was on hand to do what he does.

Would Jayden Stockley have been there?

We were having a laugh about that in the stands.

In the first half every time Stockley missed a chance everyone was saying: “Tubbs would have taken that”.

Then Tubbs had a good chance and scuffed it wide. I turned to someone near us and said: “Stockley would have taken that!”.

So Stockley or Tubbs?

Well, I wasn’t surprised Cook changed it.

In the first half you could see Stockley can get you out of jail by getting on the end of pass.

He gives you another dimension with the way he wins headers and holds it up.

But Tubbs is lethal. You can’t leave him out.

I’d love to find a way to get Stockley and Tubbs into the team.

Man of the match?

We were talking about that in the car on the way home.

I thought Michael Doyle was excellent for us. The way he breaks up play and covers for everyone is brilliant.

You could see the way he sits in for Enda Stevens and Ben Davies when they go forward. He knows what he’s doing.

Nigel Atangana would definitely have got it if he didn’t give away the penalty.

He looked like a world beater. He won every tackle and his passing was eye catching.

So a Luton experience to savour?

We got a nice welcome and it was interesting to walk through someone’s back garden, up their stairs and into the ground!

The stewards were good and nice to my younger cousin. We’re there to have a sing song and not cause trouble – and they respected that.

Brian Murphy 7

Ben Davies 7

Christian Burgess 8

Matt Clarke 7

Enda Stevens 8

Nigel Atangana 8

Michael Doyle 8

Gareth Evans 8

Gary Roberts 7

Kyle Bennett 6

Jayden Stockley 7

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