Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 2 (5-4 penalties Portsmouth) – Checkatrade Trophy final: Neil Allen’s Blues ratings

Pompey needed penalties to claim Checkatrade Trophy glory at the expense of League One promotion rivals Sunderland at Wembley.

Monday, 1st April 2019, 3:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 11:22 pm
Pompey celebrate Checkatrade Trophy glory

Substitute Gareth Evans, Brett Pitman, Lee Brown, Jamal Lowe and Oli Hawkins netted from the spot as the Blues won 5-4 in the shoot-out after it finished 2-2 after extra-time.

Here’s chief sports writer Neil Allen’s Pompey player ratings

The keeper who prides himself on his penalty record made one stop and that was all it took to give Blues the advantage and win the cup - 8

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What a time to score your first Pompey goal, his late header sending the match into extra time. Recovered from a difficult opening 45 minutes to produce a typical dogged defensive display - 8
Appeared in every Checkatrade Trophy match for Pompey this season and deservedly now a winner. Put his body on the line and shone during some tough early moments for the Blues - 8
Another who helped his team somehow stagger to half-time with damage limitation, the centre-half grew stronger as the game wore on and played a pivotal role in the build-up to Thompson’s equaliser - 8
Outstanding first half and contained that display for the remainder of the match. A constant attacking outlet down the left and defensively sound throughout, ensuring few escaped down his side - 8
Marginalised in the first-half but was instrumental in Pompey’s resurrection as they dictated play from half-time onwards. What a wonderful occasion for Pompey fan who watched the 2008 FA Cup win from the stands - 8 (113 mins Anton Walkes)
Provided a magnificent shield in front of the defence, particularly during the first half when Blues were under so much intense pressure. Severely under-rated player who always stands up when his team needs him - 9
A touch of class to give Pompey the lead in extra-time from a player who became more dangerous as the game progressed. His quick feet down the right and pace made him a constant threat - and he demonstrated his finishing quality with his 14th of the season - 8
Found his feet in the second half and struck the post before the leveller finally arrived. Was his at his best following the interval, cleverly finding pockets of play and a constant threat - 8
An understandable selection, but it wasn’t the Irishman’s day upon his return from a finger injury. Gave it all, as always, and can never be accused of a lack of heart - 7 - BOOKED (56 mins Gareth Evans)
Was starved of service in the first half, through absolutely no fault of his own and struggled to find himself on the ball. He kept chasing, however, finding space in channels and challenging defenders - 7 (69 mins Oli Hawkins)
Dropped for the final in favour of the returning Curtis, but responded by becoming the catalyst when called upon from the bench. Playing the left, he added energy, drive and quality with delivery, creating Thompson’s equaliser. Pompey’s longest-serving player has claimed another trophy - BOOKED (56 mins replaced Curtis)
Not merely the player who struck the winning penalty, but he added an extra dimension upon his entrance. Holding up the ball, bringing others into play and winning plenty aerially - 8 (replaced Omar Bogle 69 mins)