Pompey 3 Crawley 0: Gaffer for a day

Dave wants to see Caolan Lavery stay at Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Dave wants to see Caolan Lavery stay at Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey fan Dave Evans-Turner, 45, from Langstone, gives his verdict on the 3-0 win against Crawley.

Enjoy your Saturday afternoon out, Dave?

Yes, we played really well, passing the ball around nicely.

I think we would have beaten any team in our division during that first-team, we were superb.

There were so many good performances across the whole match, though. Danny Hollands must have read my pre-match comments as he definitely raised his game.

My mate Pete Briant was also over the moon Webbo was back in the side.

Crawley were a bit more organised after the break, but we had too much for them and fully deserved the result.

What did you make of Crawley compared to the fixture earlier this season?

They were a different side to the one we witnessed at their place in August, this time they had a go.

Sonny Bradley didn’t do too badly either, although deservedly got plenty of stick from our fans.

At first I couldn’t think why, then it clicked into place about him in that Twitter photo with Adam Lallana when with us.

I remember Liam Lawrence trying to knock one of their players out – whereas Bradley tried to cuddle one.

Lawrence can have a bed at my house at any time. Bradley is just stupid.

Which players stood out for you?

Kyle Bennett was my man of the match and it was a nice touch to hear the Fratton end singing his name for the first time.

Perhaps people are beginning to notice his quality, although there are fans who can’t watch the same game.

I went on Twitter after the final whistle and it was the biggest mistake I could have made. People like that will never turn.

Bennett could do the most amazing thing by scoring an incredible goal and they would still say it was a fluke.

When Ben Tollitt and Gary Roberts came on for Marc McNulty and Gareth Evans there were people behind me saying it was a negative substitution!

Bennett was great though, he didn’t stop running, was unfortunate not to score and put in a couple of defensive tackles as well.

So Jayden Stockley has now gone, what next for the other loanees at the club?

Stockley did well but didn’t set the place alight. Besides, I don’t think he would have got back into the team.

McNulty energises the crowd, he lifts them when he plays, and Caolan Lavery didn’t stop running against Crawley.

So let’s get them to stay, along with Matt Clarke. I would definitely take those three. Stockley never quite got going as much.