Notts County 2 Pompey 1: Gaffer For A Day

Adam McGurk, right, competes for the ball. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam McGurk, right, competes for the ball. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Petersfield’s James Conroy, 25, has his say on the defeat at Meadow Lane.

How did you view that?

It is a story we are seeing a bit too often at home, we were sucker punched on Saturday as well.

We dominated most of the first half and pretty much the second, but I remember saying to my dad I had a horrible feeling I could see it slipping.

We had plenty of possession, passed the ball beautifully and again showed we are technically better than every League Two team we have come up against.

We can sit here and say we aren’t clinical enough but I am not sure what the answer is.

We’ve got the reigning golden boot winner on the bench but is Matt Tubbs the answer? I just don’t know.

Who was your man of the match?

I would say Gareth Evans, I thought he had a very good game, especially in the first half when he showed what we are missing a bit.

He provided more of a cutting edge as we created more chances, even if we didn’t finish them.

Evans had a chance in the first half when he made a great run to receive Adam McGurk’s pass and it’s a shame more players don’t also take those diagonal lines.

McGurk also looked good, although is short of fitness at the moment, while Caolan Lavery was a threat and has a hell of a shot on him. I was watching him warming up in front of us! He does impress me!

What did you make of the sloppy goals conceded?

The second one was a long free-kick into the box which wasn’t dealt with and I did hear some fans question the goalkeeper, but that is probably a bit harsh.

Brian Murphy has come back from injury recently and not had a lot to do other than pick the ball up, but Paul Cook believes in him.

I didn’t particularly think any of the two goals were one individual’s mistake. The second one especially was a bit of a freak goal.

So there is no major pointing of the finger from me.

Finally, what did you make of the celebrations of Izale McLeod at the end?

I saw him celebrating but didn’t see him making any signs to the fans which was mentioned on Twitter.

If he did then the necessary action must be taken – at the same time he did take a fair bit of abuse during the game.

If he had scored I would fully expect him to run around in front of our fans giving it back.

Last weekend Craig Westcarr got loads with Mansfield, but he got on with it and gave a wry smile.

I actually thought McLeod played quite well, he held the ball up and was a handful.

Player ratings:

Brian Murphy 5

Ben Davies 7

Christian Burgess 6

Adam Webster 6

Enda Stevens 7

Michael Doyle 6

Danny Hollands 6

Gareth Evans 7

Adam McGurk 6

Kyle Bennett 5

Caolan Lavery 7