Pompey 2 Macclesfield 1: Gaffer for a day

Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Rob Cusack, 18, from Portchester, gives his verdict on Pompey’s FA Cup win over Macclesfield Town.

An FA Cup win at last then.

Yes, although the performance was a bit drab.

The whole event was flat. Before Saturday obviously it had been so long since the last win in this competition and there were the memories of Aldershot as well.

I know we got a second goal on the stroke of half time but it got a bit nervy at times, especially in the last five minutes with the realisation that if Macclesfield scored it would go to a replay.

But we won – which was a great way to celebrate my 19th birthday!

Who was your man of the match?

I’ll go for Michael Doyle, who pulled the strings and has probably been Paul Cook’s best signing along with Ben Davies.

I know Adam McGurk scored twice but Doyle was always there putting the tackles in, spraying the ball wide and continuing to be solid.

He is always consistent – and consistently good.

McGurk took both goals well, the first was a quality one even if it did maybe have a bit of a lucky bounce over the keeper.

For his second he hung back while everyone was piling forward and it fell for him. But Doyle gets my vote.

What did you make of Macclesfield’s equaliser?

I don’t know what happened. Brian Murphy should have been aware of someone closing him down.

Either it was the keeper’s fault for not noticing the striker or it was his fault for not expecting the striker to be that quick in charging him down. It 
was one of the funnier goals I have seen at Fratton Park, although Cambridge United gave us one last season when a clearance hit the defender and went in.

Saturday’s was more Murphy’s fault than anyone else’s, although he did make some good saves earlier on.

As he made those I pushed him up to a six in my ratings!

How did you assess the debut display of Marc McNulty off the bench?

I thought he looked good, very promising, definitely seems to have a bit about him.

I wasn’t at Notts County but Caolan Lavery also appears to be one who looks alright, so we have talent there.

Ideally, thought, I would 
want a bit of a target man up front.

And who do you fancy in the next round?

People have mentioned Eastleigh but that would be a bit of a banana skin.

If we lost that the humiliation would be unreal!

I would take anyone away from home as we are far better on our travels than at Fratton Park this season.

Rob’s ratings: Brian Murphy 6; Ben Davies 7; Christian Burgess 6; Adam Webster 6; Enda Stevens 6; Michael Doyle 8; Danny Hollands 6; Gareth Evans 7; Adam McGurk 8; Kyle Bennett 5; Conor Chaplin 6