Pompey gaffer for a day: Olly Birch

It was a frustrating night for Pompey at Crawley. Picture: Joe Pepler
It was a frustrating night for Pompey at Crawley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Samantha Quayle. Picture: Jordan Hampton

Flying start for Pompey with Cardiff swept aside

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Olly Birch, age 25, from Brighton

It’s not often you see a team control a match for the entire 90 minutes, especially away from home, but that is what we saw last night.

We dominated, yet couldn’t find the final ball to get us the victory we deserved.

You certainly couldn’t fault the effort of the players.

Matt Tubbs had a great chance in the first half and then netted a goal in the second half which was ruled out for offside, but we didn’t create enough.

As for Crawley, their reaction at the end was crazy.

Those celebrations were like they had won the cup.

Were you frustrated?

No, not frustrated, that’s the wrong word, more disappointed.

I was disappointed we couldn’t see off a team who set up for a draw.

We just couldn’t break them down no matter what we did.

Among the away fans there was a mixture of those who wanted Pompey to push on even more and others who knew what was going on and appreciate good play.

Which player stood out for you?

Nigel Atangana was involved in everything, he defended, he attacked and he worked hard across the pitch.

It was from his pass that Matt Tubbs scored.

The referee ruled it out for offside but to me it looked like Tubbs was right on the shoulder.

It is great to see Atangana given the freedom this season.

He is such a strong player and when he surges forwards with the ball at his feet is Toure-esque.

I was disappointed with Kyle Bennett, though, everything bounced off him, which made it difficult to hurt them.

How big is the blow of losing Ben Davies to a hamstring injury?

I think he has been one of our best players and I am sure Paul Cook will now step up the search for a right-back.