Gaffer: Portsmouth deserve to be top of the table

Gaffer for a day, Blues fan Chris Quinell, 64, from Perth, Western Australia, gives his verdict on Pompey's win at Peterborough...

Sunday, 16th September 2018, 6:07 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th September 2018, 7:13 pm
Pompey celebrate at Peterborough. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey go top League One then.

It's great isn't it, let's hope it continues.

Not that you should pay a lot of attention at being top at such an early stage of the season, but it gives the team confidence.

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We steamrollered Peterborough on Saturday and thoroughly deserved the victory, 100 per cent.

It was a tight match, though, and everybody around us breathed a sign of relief when Jamal Lowe made it 2-0, we weren't going to concede twice.

And I loved the showmanship from Ronan Curtis when we scored, he's been one of the best signings we've had for a while. Let's hope that continues.


What did you make of the London Road atmosphere?

We had tremendous support on a day which had the feeling of a big game.

You could tell there was a bit of tension among the crowd, especially in the last two or three minutes when we had to hang on a bit.

We were very slack on the wings and gave the ball away too much during that period, particularly to Siriki Dembele, and it got nervy.

It was great defending to see out the win, though, and now we're top.


Which Pompey player stood out for you?

Oli Hawkins held the ball up tremendously, taking so much pressure off the attacking players around him.

He actually took a bit of stick from their defenders, manhandling him, but he is becoming a superb player for us and I feel is underrated.

Oli has benefited from having a run in the team and will  stay there, despite Brett Pitman having more goal-scoring awareness.


So now you head back to Australia with Pompey top of the league.

Yes I fly back on Tuesday, but what a send-off!

I've had a fantastic time back in England and cannot wait to see some of my Pompey mates in Perth and have a few beers.

Normally 8-10 of us meet and then I'll go back home and watch the match on iFollow, I've missed only two games in two years.

We also have a Pompey Golf Society!