Pompey 1 Exeter 2: Gaffer For A Day

Enda Stevens, left, and Danny Hollands bid to dispossess an Exeter opponent in last night's 2-1 defeat    Picture: Joe Pepler
Enda Stevens, left, and Danny Hollands bid to dispossess an Exeter opponent in last night's 2-1 defeat Picture: Joe Pepler
From left to right: James Pollock, Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett, Steve McLenaghan, Mark Kelly and Cllr Ken Ellcome. Picture: Steve Hill

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Shaun Croxford, 44, from Southsea gives his considered verdit on Pompey’s 2-1 loss at home to Exeter.

The unbeaten run is over then.

It is disappointing, obviously, but I actually thought we were okay. We’ve been worse than that and won games.

There were over-hit crosses, the bounce not going our way, plenty of chances but we didn’t test their keeper enough.

On another day we could have won that match.

Exeter were neat and tidy without particularly threatening, while their keeper played well to be fair and dealt with every cross.

Who was your man of the match?

Definitely Kyle Bennett, who was the one person trying to make things happen for us.

That was his best performance for a while. He was very good and things were coming off for him.

He wanted to run at the defenders and I think we have to accept he is the sort of player who, when at it, the crowd are with him. Jed Wallace had that as well.

Bennett was very direct, really up for it, fighting for every ball and putting in lots of effort.

And when the crowd were getting frustrated over not moving the ball quickly enough, he was the one who wanted to get busy.

What did you make of the goals conceded?

Unfortunately, Danny Hollands reverted back to last year. He was too slow on the ball and easily caught out by David Wheeler for the first goal.

That was critical as Exeter hadn’t really done anything at that point and we were the better team.

For the second goal, watching from the North lower, it looked like he flapped and maybe should have tipped it over.

Mind you, we should have had a free-kick earlier for a foul on Gareth Evans.

What do you make of the home form at present?

Some say our style of play suits us more away from home, while teams are going to come here and make it difficult.

It could become a problem as some fans get frustrated.

Ratings

Aaron McCarey 6

Ben Davies 6

Christian Burgess 7

Matt Clarke 6

Enda Stevens 6

Danny Hollands 5

Adam Barton 7

Gareth Evans 6

Conor Chaplin 6

Kyle Bennett 8

Jayden Stockley 6