Gaffer: I love the Cowleys. The city's buzzing, people are talking about Portsmouth again

Gaffer for a Day, Simon Brooks, aged 31 from Locks Heath, analyses Pompey’s 1-0 victory over Wigan...

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 12:18 pm
Danny Cowley's Pompey impact has been praised by Gaffer for a Day, Simon Brooks. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/

What are your thoughts on Pompey’s latest win under the Cowleys?

We were a bit sloppy, there were a lot of tired legs out there and it wasn’t the greatest of performances.

However, we won – and I will take that all day long.

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Having said that, it did remind me of a Kenny Jackett game, back to a bit of hoof ball and not at all like the football we played in the previous three games.

Tom Naylor, Ben Close and Ronan Curtis looked tired and, as a team, we gave the ball away too much.

Still, it’s four wins out of four, which is excellent.

What a goal from Andy Cannon to win it.

He’s actually my favourite Pompey player and should be in the team every week.

I’ve done a few hospitality events and met him a couple of times and, from speaking to him, you can see his commitment to the club and the fans.

Cannon will run all day long, he can pass the ball well, gets stuck in and has plenty of energy. Although I’m not quite sure his fitness can last for the full 90 minutes.

A lot of people are Ben Close fans – and he’s a good player too – but he doesn’t have the forward movement of Cannon.

Cannon should score a lot more, three goals isn’t enough since he has been at Pompey, but I can see that changing under the Cowleys.

What have you made of the Cowleys’ impact since arriving at Fratton Park?

I love them. After four wins the city is buzzing, people are talking about Pompey again.

What they’ve said about the club and things such as that miked up training session, you can see the difference they have made.

I just wish we were allowed back into Fratton Park so we can show them how much we’re behind them and the players. Imagine the Fratton roar after a couple of those wins.

This is the style of play the fans want to see, not the big ball forwards. Automatic promotion may be out of the question, but we can beat anyone in the play-offs.

I can see it being Pompey v Sunderland at Wembley again!

Which Pompey player stood out for you?

Jack Whatmough had a great game, he was so solid. Overall, it was a great performance from him.

He is so cool and calm on the ball and has that football head on him. He can read what’s coming and knows where to pass the ball.

I’ve always been a fan, I just hope he gets a new contract and stays for a couple more seasons. I don’t want him to leave, but we don’t like extending contracts too much, do we!

Jack is Pompey’s best defender. I’m not a big Sean Raggett fan, although the commitment he shows is unbelievable. He’s not as good as Jack, though.

Lee Brown also had a good game, this could be his best season for us, he has been quality.

Craig MacGillivray 8

Callum Johnson 8

Jack Whatmough 9

Sean Raggett 8

Lee Brown 8

Tom Naylor 7

Ben Close 7

Marcus Harness 8

Ryan Williams 9

Michael Jacobs 7 (Andy Cannon 9)

Ronan Curtis 8

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