Top spot doesn’t get boss too excited
Victory at Bristol Rovers saw Pompey climb to the League Two summit.
The Blues were able to overhaul Leyton Orient and Plymouth, who could only draw their respective fixtures.
Gareth Evans opened the scoring and then, after an unfortunate Aaron McCarey own-goal had brought the hosts level, Jayden Stockley grabbed the winner.
Paul Cook was delighted with the overall performance of his side at the Memorial Stadium.
But he is not getting carried away at the sight of Pompey looking down on the rest at this early stage of the season.
The Blues boss said: “I thought we were excellent and it was a really good game of football played in the right spirit.
“It was great passing, great movement, a great ball into the box and a great finish from Jayden for the second goal.
“We always looked a threat going forward and our two centre-halves were outstanding, even if there were a couple of individual errors.
“We’ve still got a few players who we haven’t seen much of and a couple more formations that we could try.
“Good teams have got good players and we’re lucky enough to have plenty of them.
“But I’m not going to get too high about the result, even if it is great to be where we are after nine games, because football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth.
“So we’ll just enjoy the victory and then quickly look to move on to the next match. We’ll just keep going.”
Stockley was not initially included in the starting 11, only to be handed a spot when Adam McGurk got injured in the warm-up.
Cook explained: “Adam did his ankle, so that was disappointing, while Nigel Atangana wasn’t fit enough to play either.
“So we had to make a few changes, but we’re just happy that the squad are working together.
“It’s great for lads like Danny Hollands – who have probably been a bit disappointed of late – to come in and do well.”
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