Pompey midfielder sick of the smash and grabs

Gareth Evans is infuriated by those repeated Fratton Park smash and grabs.

Monday, 24th October 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 6:24 pm
Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler

Notts County were the latest opposition to venture to the south coast and be dominated, only to depart with a positive result.

John Sheridan’s side claimed a 2-1 triumph on Saturday through Adam Campbell’s double.

Poor defending contributed to the Blues’ downfall, despite rarely challenged by Magpies attacks.

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At the other end, Conor Chaplin’s first-half strike was all Paul Cook’s men had to show from a number of fine opportunities.

It meant successive Fratton Park league defeats for Pompey, who slip to fifth in League Two as a consequence.

And Evans felt the outcome was once again undeserved.

He said: ‘Every time a team has come to Fratton Park and won, I don’t believe I’ve ever come off the pitch and think we’ve been in for a game or battered.

‘We seem to dominate the match and lose and it is hard to put your finger on why it is.

‘Both goals on Saturday were against the run of play, Notts County will admit that themselves.

‘I know one or two of their lads and spoke to them after the game and they were saying “How the hell have we won that game”, that kind of thing.

‘Every time a team comes here you speak to their lads and they say the same.

‘We are dominating teams time and time again without actually getting the result we justly deserve.

‘As a professional you have got to be honest and I have been on the winning side when it has not been deserved.

‘It happens that many times to us and we need to start getting to the root of the problem.

‘We had changes but couldn’t but the ball into the back of the net in the first half. It seemed every time we went forward there was a chance and I am sure that will click.

‘I thought we were excellent in the first half, there isn’t a shortage of goals in this squad.

‘We need to start putting teams away, but if you concede sloppy goals then you are giving the opposition an advantage straight away. Cut out conceding stupid goals then we don’t need to have to score as many.

‘It is a defensive thing just as much as an attacking thing, we just need it all to click.’

Defensive frailties were once again obvious to those in the Fratton crowd.

Although Evans did feel the second should not have stood.

He added: ‘Defensively we didn’t have a whole lot to do, it’s only really the two goals, I cannot really think of too many other saves David Forde has had to make.

‘For the first, the free-kick was clipped over the top of our defence and we have not reacted quickly enough.

‘I think Campbell’s had a lucky touch but it was a decent finish to be fair to him – and another sloppy goal.

‘For the second goal, Tom Davies was pushed and Burge was held –then they have tapped it in.

‘Our bench was going mad and David Forde was booked because even he could see it from where he was – and he was 35 yards away.

‘Everyone in the ground saw it but the referee and linesman.’