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Evans Back At Bradford

Midfielder looking for a win against his former club

17 April 2018

Pompey midfielder Gareth Evans

The memories will no doubt come flooding back for Gareth Evans when he steps off the coach and into Valley Parade this evening.

Pompey’s vice-captain spent a couple of campaigns with tonight’s opponents Bradford between 2009 and 2011.

He scored 14 goals in 85 appearances for the Bantams after being brought to the club from Macclesfield by Stuart McCall.

Evans admits it eventually turned sour, but is more concerned with helping the Blues continue their play-off quest then reliving the past.

He said: “I enjoyed my first year there and scored a few goals, although then there was a change of manager and budget.

“They were going through a bit of a transitional period and it wasn’t such a nice period during the second season.

“But it’s just another game that we have to try to win and we’ve got to keep picking up points if we want to make the play-offs.

"They were going through a bit of a transitional period and it wasn’t such a nice period during the second season."

Gareth Evans

“There’s not much time for us to reflect on the last game because the focus immediately turned to facing Bradford.

“The new manager has gone in there and found it hard to get them going, but that’s not to say they don’t have good players.”

Pompey picked up a point at fellow play-off chasers Plymouth on Saturday, although they had two great chances to snatch victory at the death.

So it was a surprise when Argyle boss Derek Adams claimed afterwards that his side had dominated and the Blues had come for a point.

Evans said: “We don’t really care what he’s got to say. We know we played well and perhaps he’s trying some mind games.

“Plymouth kept the ball quite nicely, but I can’t remember Luke having to make a decent save and we were pleased with our performance.”


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