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EVANS: WE DESERVED THAT

23 November 2016

Goal hero revels in Luton triumph

He scored the goal that gave Pompey the lead on the stroke of half-time.

And Gareth Evans felt that they thoroughly deserved to leave Kenilworth Road with a maximum haul of points.

Luton took the lead through Danny Hylton, only for the Blues to turn the contest on its head and run out 3-1 winners.

Michael Smith and Kal Naismith were also on target for the Blues and Evans was delighted with the overall display.

He said: “It was an enjoyable evening and probably our best performance of the season so far.

“We’d worked on nullifying Luton’s threats in training and that was probably the foundation for what happened on the pitch.

“It’s a nice ground to play at because there are a lot of fans – and we always bring a lot. I scored here last season as well and it’s really pleasing to get another win.

“We were a bit unlucky to go behind because I was fouled right in the corner and the referee said he didn’t see it.

“But we showed character to come back into the game and I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. To a man we were excellent.

“It’s been a long time coming and we’ve let ourselves down on a few occasions away from home this season.

“When it all comes together you see what we can do and I’m sure the fans travelled home feeling really happy.”

Evans netted in first half stoppage-time after Luton failed to deal with a corner from Gary Roberts.

The right-back said: “I didn’t really know too much about it. I just ran to the front post, bundled into a few players and hit it – thankfully it went into the back of the net.

“I’ll certainly take it, though, and I’m more happy that we’ve managed to come away with all three points.

“I was unlucky not to score another – well I say that, but it was a really bad miss actually. The ball just skidded off the front of my forehead and luckily it didn’t really matter in the end.”

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