Leyton Orient 3 Pompey 2: Gaffer for a Day

Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Tony Brooks, 42, from Fratton, gives his verdict on the defeat at Brisbane Road.

Fair to say that was action-packed?

Definitely, it has to be one of the most competitive games of football I have watched.

The spirit in the team and competitiveness was there to see and Pompey have to be given credit for that.

The problem was the sending off of Adam Webster changed the game completely because we were in control until then.

It was a suicidal ball from Danny Hollands. Who plays a ball back like that? Webster was caught in the middle and I felt sorry for him.

Pompey should appeal the red card, although whether that can happen in time for the Luton game I don’t know.

The penalty for a 50/50 challenge was harsh enough, but the sending off was over the top.

I sense you weren’t impressed with Hollands?

No – nor Brian Murphy. Both are on borrowed time and Murphy in particular needs to up his game.

The goalkeeping area is one we have got to look at, he has cost us points which could have put us at the top of the league.

He is not coming for the ball, he needs to control his area more. Someone like David James used to control his back four, Murphy doesn’t do that.

As for the central defence against Luton, Adam Barton is the only one who can go in there but I would also have Jack Whatmough on the bench.

Which Pompey players stood out for you?

Michael Doyle ran the midfield and really stepped up as a captain.

He is the complete player and from our vantage point we could see exactly what he brings to the team, he’s the midfield general.

He commands the players around him. When Paul Cook made him captain I was sceptical, but it is superb how he leads that team and his work-rate is unbelievable.

Doyle shaded it ahead of Gareth Evans, who is the goalscoring machine we have missed, while Kyle Bennett showed flashes but needs to do it more often.

What did you make of Francesco Becchetti’s post-match antics.

It was over the top, you don’t expect that from the owner of a football club.

At the time we wondered who he was, it looked like one of their fans had invaded the pitch and the stewards weren’t doing anything about it.

He also got to the stand close to us and then realised where he was and ran off.

Becchetti could easily have incited our fans and caused a lot of trouble.

As for Ollie Palmer, afterwards he admitted he was a Southampton fan so it will be interesting when they come to see us on February 6!

Tony’s ratings: Brian Murphy 4, Ben Davies 6, Adam Webster (Barton 4) 5, Matt Clarke 5, Enda Stevens 6, Michael Doyle 8, Danny Hollands 4, Gareth Evans 8, Marc McNulty 5, Kyle Bennett 6, Caolan Lavery 7