Pompey goalkeeper praises caretaker duo

Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Stephen Henderson is full of praise for Pompey’s caretaker bosses following a second-successive Fratton triumph.

The Blues defeated Doncaster 3-1 on Saturday, as a Luke Varney double sandwiched a Dave Kitson effort.

The result was once again overseen by first-team coaches Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray.

The duo have made it clear they do not want the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

But the team has performed well during their three matches in charge, collecting six points.

Henderson hailed their contribution.

And the Pompey keeper would love them to remain when the new management eventually arrives.

He said: ‘The pair of them have been brilliant.

‘The lads all respect them, 100 per cent.

‘I’ve heard they don’t want the job but hopefully whoever comes in will do the same job they do.

‘Stuart and Guy are some of the best coaches I have come across.

‘I’m not just saying it but the sessions they put on for the lads are really good and enjoyable.

‘So they are definitely up there with the best I have worked with.

‘I know the lads have said the same as well.

‘That is no word of a lie, either – they haven’t really changed things, they have just looked at the basics.

‘Obviously Steve leaving was a massive shock but they haven’t changed anything.

‘They know they are in for just a few games and they are doing a really good job, for me.

‘It’s the same. All the fines are still there and everyone respects them too much to take the mick.

‘Obviously Stuart and Guy have done a great job but nothing has changed for me.’

Despite taking an early lead through Varney, it took an improved second-half display to take the points.

Going in at the break on level terms, there were even boos from some of the Blues support.

But the managerless hosts stepped up their game to bag two goals in five minutes and take the victory over Rovers.

Henderson added: ‘We gave them a chance to equalise, which obviously wasn’t good.

‘Stuart and Guy then gave us a good going over at half time because we didn’t perform.

‘But we came out in the second half and did the job.’