Luton 1 Pompey 3: Match ratings
Chief sports writer Neil Allen gives his verdict on last night's triumph over Luton at Kenilworth Road.
David Forde - Towering display 8
Gareth Evans - Magnificent down right 8
Christian Burgess - Ruled the roost second half 8
Matt Clarke - Timely clearance off line 8
Enda Stevens - Walked booking tightrope well 8
Michael Doyle - Sensational in Pompey engine room 9
Danny Rose - Was absolutely everywhere 8
Carl Baker - Always a threat on the ball - 8
Gary Roberts (74 mins Kal Naismith - Stunning goal 7) - Ran himself ragged 8
Kyle Bennett (88 mins Jack Whatmough) - Gave it everything 8
Michael Smith (90 mins Noel Hunt) - A constant handful 9
Subs not used; Liam O’Brien, Milan Lalkovic, Amine Linganzi.
Christian Walton - Very confident 8
James Justin (85 mins Craig Mackail-Smith) - Faded after the break 7
Johnny Mullins - Pick of the defence 8
Glen Rea - Did okay 7
Alan Sheehan - Threat from dead balls 7
Olly Lee - So, so 6
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu - Contributed nothing positive 5
Alex Gilliead (58 mins Jordan Cook - Little impact) - Can pick a pass 7
Cameron McGeehan - Threat on the ball 7
Isaac Vassell (79 mins Jack Marriott) - Tremendous workrate 8
Danny Hylton - What a pest 8
Subs not used; Craig King, Stephen O’Donnell, Jonathan Smith, Scott Cuthbert, .
Referee; David Coote (Notts) - Picky but accurate 7
Man of the match: Michael Smith - Seized his opportunity with a stunning goal and superb all-round display in which he ran himself into the ground and posed endless problems.
We want him: Danny Hylton - The mask-wearing striker never stopped pestering the Pompey defence and was a continued threat, weighing in with a goal.
We don’t want him: Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu - Difficult to see what the midfielder contributed apart from failing to pick Pompey apart time and time again.
Magic moment: Michael Smith’s stunning finish swiftly drew Pompey level - and it was a goal to savour in its magnificent execution.
Their manager: Nathan Jones - His side contributed to an exellent game of football, particularly in the first-half, which was breathless and end-to-end.