'Finishing the season strongly... lovely backheel for winner' - Neil Allen's Portsmouth match ratings from 1-0 win against Bristol Rovers

Pompey gave their play-off hunt a welcome boost with a 1-0 win against now relegated Bristol Rovers.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 3:12 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 3:21 pm
Ronan Curtis celebrates with George Byers after the pair combined for Pompey's winner.

That was the standout moment of a rather dull game.

And it’s no surprise both players rank highly in Neil Allen’s match ratings as the Blues picked up their first win in five matches.

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Barely threatened, yet handling was superb.

Here's how our chief sports writer rated the players’ performance...

Slotted in at centre-half effortlessly and did well.
Couldn’t be beaten in the air and assured all game.
Solid performance and composed throughout.
(Replaced by James Bolton on 77 minutes): Always a threat and some decent balls delivered.
Excellent shield in front of the back three, doing what he does best.
(Replaced by Andy Cannon on 62 minutes): Neat and tidy as ever, but didn’t capitalise on good positions on several occasions.
(Replaced by Charlie Daniels on 77 minutes): Unfamiliar role, but always gives energy and commitment.
(Replaced by Harvey White on 69 minutes): Lovely backheel for winner and some other good touches overall.
Goals still elude but cannot fault commitment.
Finishing the season strongly as he attempts to drag Blues into play-offs.
(Replaced Ben Close on 62 minutes): Energetic but can see he’s impacted by injury.
(Replaced George Byers on 69 minutes): Snapped away and wonderful pass nearly set up Curtis for another goal.