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Evans Takes Comfort From Unbeaten Record

Goalscorer looks for the positive after Wycombe draw

22 September 2018

Gareth Evans
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The mood was naturally downbeat after a late penalty denied Pompey a win over Wycombe.

But Gareth Evans wants the Fratton faithful to take heart from the fact that a 2-2 draw keeps their unbeaten League One record intact.

The skipper scored to cancel out Bryn Morris’ opener and Brett Pitman came off the bench to head the Blues in front on the sodden south coast.

But Joe Jacobson’s spot-kick following a foul by Christian Burgess gave the Chairboys a point and Evans admitted it was not a pretty contest.

He said: “We’re disappointed not to win after going 2-1 up late on, although it’s obviously a positive that the unbeaten run continues.

“The conditions weren’t really conducive to good football, but it was the same for both teams and that’s not an excuse.

"The referee was giving a lot of free-kicks for minor things and some of the decisions were wrong."

Gareth Evans

“I think the fans could see that there wasn’t a lot of nice stuff played and we weren’t able to get into our attacking rhythm.

“The referee was giving a lot of free-kicks for minor things and some of the decisions were wrong, although I’d have to watch the penalty incident back again.

“A big part of Wycombe’s game is winning those petty fouls and getting the ball into the box because they’ve got physical players. It is difficult to play against and you have to adapt.

“When the game pans out like that it’s tough, but we can take our unbeaten record to Rochdale next week and hopefully get a result there.”

Evans netted for the third time this season after meeting a pinpoint cross from Jamal Lowe just before the hour mark.

He said: “When Jamal gets the ball into those areas – as he has done since signing for the club – then if you keep gambling, you’re going to get on the end of one.

“I know that if I keep getting into the box then I’ll make and score goals, but I’m always trying to improve.”

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