Gaffer: Portsmouth won ugly against MK Dons - the sign of a good side

Gaffer for a Day, Chris Dodd, aged 38 from Waterlooville, reflects on Pompey’s 3-1 win over MK Dons...

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 4:45 pm

What did you think?

It wasn’t pretty, but that is always the sign of a good side when you play ugly and still win.

Our midfield went missing, but then so did MK Dons, it was all a bit insipid.

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Gaffer for a Day Chris Dodd chose Alex Bass (far right) as his man of the match in last night's 3-1 win over MK Dons. Picture: Joe Pepler

They had won three out of their last five matches, but I never thought it would be as much a walkover as some felt.

Still, a win's a win and we are back in League One’s top six.

Who was your man of the match?

Alex Bass just edges it ahead of Andy Cannon, he made a few really important saves.

If not for him, the outcome could have been different – and comes at a time when there has been criticism levelled at him.

He has maybe been something of a scapegoat after a fumble against Exeter and than another at Fleetwood, but he responded well last night.

He commands his area a bit better than Craig MacGillivray and also has better kicking. One for the future.

A ninth-straight win at Fratton Park, why do you think that is?

I can’t put my finger on why we are so good, if anything the atmosphere has been so poor this season.

Last year we didn’t play particularly great at home and were better away, so it is the role reversal of that.

Winning breeds confidence, so our strength at Fratton Park is partly to do with that.

It is going to be vital to our promotion chances, specially considering the away form isn’t particularly great.

And John Marquis is now 14-goal top scorer.

He is scoring goals, but we actually aren’t playing to his strengths and haven’t done all season. Play through the middle will bring out his best.

Regardless, he seems to be in the right place at the right time – and scores goals.

Everybody had really high hopes when he arrived and 14 goals is not a bad return, you can’t knock him for that.

But, for me, Marquis isn’t strong enough, he’s not very physical.

Alex Bass 8

Ross McCrorie 7

Christian Burgess 7

Sean Raggett 7

Lee Brown 7

Ben Close 6

Tom Naylor 6

Ryan Williams 6

Andy Cannon 8

Ronan Curtis 8

John Marquis 7