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Evans Impressed With Manager's Methods

22 July 2017

Gareth Evans in action for Pompey against AFC Bournemouth

Right-back looking forward to new campaign

There is not long to wait now before competitive football returns to Fratton Park.

In a fortnight’s time, Pompey and Rochdale players will exit the tunnel for the opening game of the League One season.

A narrow defeat to Bournemouth was the penultimate friendly, with Conor Chaplin cancelling out Lys Mousset’s opener before Benik Afobe netted the visitors’ winner.

And Gareth Evans believes the Blues are adapting well to new boss Kenny Jackett’s methods.

He said: “With just two weeks to go, it’s all about getting the team going and playing the way the gaffer wants us to play.

“Everyone has their own approach and he’s very organised and meticulous. I’ve been very impressed with him.

“The signs are good and now everyone is just really looking forward to the start of the season.

"Everyone has their own approach and he’s very organised and meticulous."

Gareth Evans

“We just had to play our own game against Bournemouth and we certainly started to do that after the first 20 minutes – and particularly in the second half.

“You can’t really think too much about where they are and the calibre of players that they have to choose from.”

Evans was converted into a right-back by Paul Cook last term and has also been used in that role by Jackett.

“I’ll just play wherever the gaffer picks me,” he said. “As long as I’m on the pitch with a Pompey shirt, then I’m not too bothered.

“I probably had my most enjoyable season ever last year and that was playing at right-back, so I can’t really complain.”

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