Paul Cook plays down Pompey’s rise to top

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Paul Cook played down Pompey’s rise to the top of the League Two table after their 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers.

His unbeaten side chalked up a deserved victory after a first-half Gareth Evans header was cancelled out early in the second half.

Jayden Stockley scored Pompey's winner at the Memorial Ground Picture: Joe Pepler

Jayden Stockley scored Pompey's winner at the Memorial Ground Picture: Joe Pepler

But Jayden Stockley netted the winner midway through the second period to maintain the momentum in the September sunshine.

Cook said: ‘I’m not getting too high about the result.

‘It’s great to be where we are after nine games but football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth.

‘We will enjoy this one and move on to the next game.

‘I thought we were excellent and it was a really good game of football.

‘Being Portsmouth manager, you are judged on game to game and that is the reality of the job.

‘But we always looked a threat going forward and I thought our two centre-halves were outstanding.

‘I thought it was two good sides having a good game and it was played in the right spirit.’

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