Gaffer for the Day: Pompey v Plymouth verdict

Mark Chambers named Kayle Bennett his man of the match Picture: Joe Pepler
Mark Chambers named Kayle Bennett his man of the match Picture: Joe Pepler
Gareth Evans heads home against Northampton. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Saturday’s gaffer for the day, Mark Chambers, gives his verdict on Pompey’s 2-1 win at Plymouth.

Your thoughts on win number three please, Mark.

At League Two level you don’t expect to see some of the possession football we play, it’s great to watch.

The work-rate is just phenomenal, Paul Cook’s teams are so fit, well organised and fight for every ball – they were all fantastic on Saturday.

It got nervy at the end, as it does, after they got a sniff of a draw with Gregg Wylde’s 89th-minute goal, but we deserved the win.

I don’t think it was close, we won comfortably, even if it was down to two penalties.

We didn’t really look like conceding and if we keep playing like that this season looks very good, especially bearing in mind Plymouth is meant to be one of our tougher away games on the fixture list.

Who was your man of the match?

Kyle Bennett is a fantastic player at this level and a constant threat.

At every given opportunity he was running at them, causing them all sorts of problems and it was great to see.

I’ve been impressed with him in every game – as well as pre-season – and he has started to show a lot more. Hopefully he won’t become your classic winger and fade away.

I like the fact you can switch any of those three behind the striker, with Bennett popping up on the left as well as the right and down the middle

He must absolutely love having that system.

It gives him licence to attack, a bit of freedom. The opposition must find him a nightmare to play against.

What did you make of Gary Roberts?

It wasn’t happening for him but he showed he is a class act and a talisman with the way he kept going and believing in himself.

For that second penalty he showed such great feet and I was looking at where he was going to cross it when he was brought down.

In that second half he displayed a couple of pieces of great skill and vision and that is what he is capable of giving our side.

And the games keep coming.

We’ve got that first away win, I think that can now breed even more confidence.

Now for Crawley tomorrow night and then Morecambe visit on Saturday, so the games are coming thick and fast.

If we can take a minimum of four points from the next two fixtures – hopefully six – it can be just the start to the season we need.

I’m feeling more positive about things as each game goes by.

I don’t know what Crawley are like, let’s hope we can go there and get a win, while you’d like to think we can beat Morecambe at home.

Mark’s player ratings

Brian Murphy 6

Ben Davies 7

Christian Burgess 8

Matt Clarke 7

Enda Stevens 7

Michael Doyle 8

Nigel Atangana 7

Gareth Evans 7

Gary Roberts 8

Kyle Bennett 9

Matt Tubbs 6