Pompey 2 AFC Wimbledon 1: Ratings
Neil Allen dissects Pompey's Boxing Day triumph over AFC Wimbledon.
• Pompey ratings...
Luke McGee: No chance with penalty 7
Nathan Thompson: Such a reliable performer 7
Christian Burgess: Unfortunate for penalty decision 7
Matt Clarke: Powerhouse in the air 8
Brandon Haunstrup: Always willing to push forward 7
Danny Rose: Dug right in 7
Ben Close: Another excellent showing 9
Gareth Evans: Constantly driving forward 7
Conor Chaplin (Oli Hawkins, 66min: Gave different dimension 6): Given little service 6
Jamal Lowe (Matty Kennedy, 66min: Some encouraging moments 6): Very quiet 6
Brett Pitman: Back among goals 7
Subs not used: Alex Bass, Curtis Main, Dion Donohue, Kyle Bennett, Adam May
• AFC Wimbledon ratings...
George Long: Did little wrong 7
Barry Fuller: Mistake led to winner 6
Darius Charles: Steady enough 6
Deji Oshilaja: Commanding figure 7
Jon Meades: So, so 6
Liam Trotter: Really disappointing 6
Jimmy Abdou: Dogged display 8
Tom Soares (Egli Kaja, 78min): Held things together 7
Andy Barcham: Always a threat 8
Cody McDonald: Fed off scraps 6
Lyle Taylor: Comprehensive penalty 8
Subs not used: Joe McDonnell, Will Nightingale, George Francomb, Callum Kennedy, Anthony Hartigan, Alfie Egan
• Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey): Got the big decisions right 8
• Attendance: 18,644 (728 away fans)
• Man of the match: Ben Close: Maiden Fratton Park goal capped an excellent display in which he barely wasted a pass and covered every blade.
• We want him: Andy Barcham: A constant menace down the left with his energy, work-rate and direct approach. Almost netted late leveller with shot which flashed across goal.
• We don’t want him: Liam Trotter: Struggled to get involved in the contest, disappearing for large spells. Late booking merely reminded people he was actually playing.
• Magic moment: Pompey required inspiration and that arrived when Gareth Evans drove in a cross from the right and Barry Fuller fouled Brett Pitman in the box. It proved to be match-winning moment.
• Their manager: Neal Ardley: His side were hard-working, well-organised and a tough nut to crack, but finally Pompey saw them off.