Pompey 0-0 Luton: Gaffer for a day

Michael Doyle tries his luck with a header Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle tries his luck with a header Picture: Joe Pepler
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Reece Hawkins gives his verdict on Pompey’s goalless draw with Luton.

What did you make of that?

Every Pompey fan wanted an improvement on Boxing Day and we bounced backed from that performance at Leyton Orient.

The players did their jobs, even if there was no real cutting edge.

When it comes down to chances and the way we went about the pitch, Pompey deserved to win it. Luton had only one shot in contrast, but it was not a one-sided game.

Who was your man of the match?

Michael Doyle controlled the midfield and was a true captain who wanted to get the ball on the ground and create something from nothing.

There was a time when I wasn’t a big fan, I felt he was another Danny Hollands who didn’t give us a lot, but I have changed my mind in the last month.

You can see the captain inside him, he wants to get the best out of players, and even though we lost at Leyton Orient, he was organising and getting his team-mates going.

What are your thoughts on Adam Barton in his new role?

I went to school with Adam Webster and spoke to him before the game and he had appealed against his red card – but failed.

So it was over to Barton and he put in a solid performance, nothing worse than any defender in the past, and I was very impressed with him.

If I had watched Pompey for the first time yesterday I would have thought it was his natural position in defence.

He and Matt Clarke worked well, he did his job. I’m not saying he will be amazing in that position for the rest of the season, but he was spot on.

And the return of Andy Awford?

I was pleased to see him back at Fratton Park and it was to Luton’s benefit.

If I am really honest, I thought it was too big a step for him with us. But although he did a bad job for us as manager, you should not forget his achievements as a player.