Knight: Forget Adams talk, Pompey deservedly won

I've heard Derek Adams' viewpoint on Saturday's game, but wouldn't want to get involved.

Monday, 27th November 2017, 3:10 pm
Updated Monday, 27th November 2017, 3:16 pm
Kal Naismith celebrates scoring Pompeys winner against Plymouth on Saturday following a mistake from Pilgrims keeper Remi Matthews, right

What I will say, however, is Pompey deserved the victory and that is what we got. That is all that matters.

Matches against Plymouth are always tight and tactical, they are close-fought games and often it comes down to fine margins. We’ve seen it in recent years.

Sometimes in tight encounters it is decided by a moment of brilliance or an individual mistake. At Fratton Park is was down to the latter.

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Keeper Remi Matthews got caught in no-man’s land and it was a huge error. The ball was bouncing and keepers these days think they can play it out now.

There is nothing wrong with a bit of old school booting it out to get it clear. If he had, maybe the Pilgrims man doesn’t get involved in that situation.

Instead, Kal Naismith dispossessed him to grab the only goal of the match.

Things like that happen. However, once you’ve committed a mistake of that magnitude it doesn’t matter what you do afterwards – you are relying on the boys to get the team back into the game.

You are hoping your mates dig you out of the hole, but that never looked liked happening for Adams’ men.

I don’t want to disrespect Plymouth too much, but considering we also struck the post and the keeper later made an excellent save from Gareth Evans, you have to say we deserved it.

We won the points and that is what it’s about. I know it is cliché, but that’s the honest truth.

Meanwhile, I went down to Baffins Milton Rovers on Sunday for the opening of their new £100,000 clubhouse.

The attendance was 360 – a great turn out for a club which only formed in 2011 and previously played on park pitches.

Steve Cripps and Tony Male have done a tremendous job in creating the clubhouse alongside what the club have achieved on the pitch in recent years under manager Louis Bell.

With three successive promotions, it has been quite a rise in stature for the club, and Pompey players Matt Clarke and Ben Close were also in attendance.

After the official unveiling by Mark Catlin, there was a match involving the Pompey Charity squad against a Baffins Milton Rovers XI.

As manager of the Blues, I had the likes of Patrick Agyemang, Darren Anderton, Andy Awford and Chris Burns to choose from.

Don’t ask me the score, though. I went home just after half-time!