Gaffer: Kenny Jackett's Portsmouth man-of-the-match award against Sunderland was a nice touch

Gaffer for a Day, Steve Reeve, aged 57 from Horndean, delivers his verdict on Pompey’s 2-0 win over Sunderland...

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 7:12 pm

Enjoy that performance?

We had to weather the storm at first, for the opening half-an-hour I’d say we were under the cosh, but I can’t think of a save Alex Bass had to make.

After that we played really well and that second half was possibly even better than the Barnsley game, it had it all.

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Ronan Curtis was the man-of-the-match choice of Saturday's Gaffer for a Day, Steve Reeve. Picture: Joe Pepler

We pretty much did what we wanted after the interval and could have easily scored more.

It was a really, really enjoyable day, although would have nice to see a few more goals for goal difference. We have to be looking at that a lot more now.

Who stood out for you?

Ronan Curtis produced amazing deliveries for both of our goals, while terrorised their right-back Luke O’Nien, with the centre-back coming across to help on a regular basis.

His game has improved, he’s not always trying to score himself, he will pass it off to someone on the overlap, and that has heightened his game massively.

Curtis gets the man of the match for me, but Andy Cannon and Christian Burgess were also fantastic, as was Ellis Harrison when he came on.

And James Bolton was outstanding in the second half, his goal was a perfectly-timed run into the box.

Did you agree with Harrison replacing John Marquis at half-time?

Definitely, I don’t even think it was a bold substitution, I saw John Marquis as the weakest link at that point.

Harrison made an instant impact, whereas a criticism I have of Marquis is that he does a lot of running but is not effective.

The number of times he chases a right-back, which is a waste of time, while the first-half miss was awful.

What really infuriated me was a situation when Ryan Williams broke through and Marquis then ran towards him instead of creating space in the middle. I’m not really a fan of his.

And Kenny Jackett getting man of the match?

I thought that was a nice thing to do by the match sponsors.

Those on social media, keyboard warriors and gobby negative people are the ones heard more than most, and unfortunately that does translate into the matches.

Football should be a long game, you need to stick with a manager, we have to keep looking at longevity.

I don't necessarily agree his brand of football is boring either. Noticeably we now don’t sit back with the lead, when in the past invited teams onto us.

Alex Bass - 7

James Bolton - 8

Christian Burgess - 9

Sean Raggett - 7

Steve Seddon - 8

Tom Naylor - 8

Cameron McGeehan - 7

Ryan Williams - 8

Andy Cannon - 9

Ronan Curtis - 9

John Marquis - 6 (Ellis Harrison - 8)