Pompey 2 Macclesfield 1: All-Seeing Eye

Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler
Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler
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The All-Seeing Eye has a sideways glance at Saturday’s FA Cup clash.

McNulty’s cruising...

It’s been a case of friends reunited after Marc McNulty’s arrival at Pompey.

The loan signing from Sheffield United completed his move to Fratton Park on Friday.

And that meant linking up with former Blades team-mates Ben Davies and Michael Doyle at his new club.

Both men have been in McNulty’s ear for the past few months.

That has been in an effort to convince him to move south, with Paul Cook having a long-held interest in the Scot.

Well, it appears Doyle in particular has gone beyond the call of duty to oil the move.

McNulty explained, in his first press duties on Friday, the Irishman is helping him settle into his new surrounding.

‘Doyley’s my chauffeur,’ the striker said in a light-hearted reference to the Blues skipper helping him bed in.

Doyle had his reply after Saturday’s FA Cup success.

‘I don’t mind being his chauffeur if he scores,’ he said. ‘In fact I’m already his chauffeur on the pitch...’

Guy’s got the write stuff...

Guy Whittingham was renowned for his never-say-die attitude and industrious work-rate in his playing days.

Whittingham needed all of that renowned stamina after a gruelling encounter with News chief sports writer Neil Allen on Saturday.

Allen’s Played Up Pompey book is the current must-read for Blues fans. Those with Guy’s autograph are more collectable. And there’s a fair few of those now after his marathon signing stint before the Macclesfield clash.

A poignant tribute...

Pompey are in mourning following the death of former boss Bobby Campbell, the manager who took the club to the Third Division title in 1983.

Some reflection in tribute to Campbell, as well as the war dead, took place in the form of a minute’s silence before Saturday’s game.

That was observed in impeccable fashion by both sets of fans.

The sound of a distant siren and the wind whistling around Fratton Park was all that was audible in a poignant moment.

Gallagher swagger...

Paul Cook is looking more and more like Liam Gallagher by the week.

It appears the Pompey boss is modelling himself on the Oasis front man, judging by his demeanour during Saturday’s game. Cook spent much of the game with chest puffed out and hands behind his back in the techical area, ala Gallagher.

So it was suitable Macclesfield were the opposition, with the Cheshire outfit in the shadow of where the Madchester scene emanated.

Cook-ing with gas...

Once a cultured footballer, always a cultured footballer.

It would seem that’s the case when it comes to Pompey boss Paul Cook.

Cook, of course, carved out a long and successful career as a creative player for outfits like Wolves and Burnley.

His football philosophy and desire to play the game the right way has been witnessed in his management career.

And the nice touches and pieces of quality are all part of the idealistic picture.

So no-one should have been surprised to see what unravelled in the second half of Saturday’s FA Cup clash.

Cook, of course, was in his usual place in residence in the technical area overseeing affairs when it took place.

A midfield tussle ended with the ball being smashed full pelt in the Pompey boss’s direction.

A potentially embarrassing moment of Cookie taking a whack from the errant ball was in prospect. That was until the Scouser beautifully took it out of the air with the softest of in-step touches.

A second flick up to the knee ensued before a further touch and the ball being caught.

Cook then took the acclaim of a seriously impressed home crowd. Quite right, too.