Luton 1 Pompey 3: Match ratings

Michael Doyle got a nine for his superb display in the heart of Pompey's midfield. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle got a nine for his superb display in the heart of Pompey's midfield. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Chief sports writer Neil Allen gives his verdict on last night’s triumph over Luton at Kenilworth Road.

Pompey

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.

Luton

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.