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18 August 2015

Midfielder discusses Crawley stalemate

Pompey’s dominance failed to yield any goals as their 100 per cent record came to an end at Crawley.

But Gareth Evans is not overly concerned with the goalless draw in Sussex.

There were not an abundance of chances, although the best ones fell to the visitors and Matt Tubbs harshly saw a goal chalked off for offside.

And Evans believes that the Blues will claim plenty of victories this term if they continue to control games.

The midfielder said: “It was a frustrating night, but credit to Crawley for the way they set themselves up to get men behind the ball.

“We can take heart from the way we played and kept possession and look to keep going at the weekend.

“Teams are going to set up to cancel out what we’ve got to offer – that’s something we’re going to have to get used to.

“The way they played is a massive compliment to Pompey and how far the club has come recently.

“But we’ve got to keep knocking at the door and hopefully we’ll be able to unlock it and get some goals.

“We created enough chances to win the game, but we just couldn’t stick one of them in the back of the net.

“You’re going to get nights like that where it doesn’t quite happen for you and on others you’ll win by three or four goals.”

An injury to Ben Davies meant that Evans played most of the second half in an unfamiliar right-back role.

He said: “It’s not something I’ve ever had to do before to be honest, but I’ll play wherever the gaffer wants me – it’s as simple as that.

“I felt comfortable there, but with the amount of possession we had, I didn’t need to do that much defending.”

Watch Crawley reaction from Evans and Paul Cook below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for the full interviews.

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