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Evans: That Was Infuriating

Skipper angry at failure to beat Coventry

20 August 2019

Gareth Evans
Photo: Robin Jones

Gareth Evans does not want to start apportioning blame for Pompey’s collapse against Coventry.

But the skipper knows that they have to address their performance in an extraordinary 3-3 draw at Fratton Park.

The midfielder was among the scorers as the Blues roared into a 3-1 lead and then saw their opponents go down to 10 men.

It was not enough, though, as the visitors reduced their deficit and then had another man sent off before grabbing a late leveller.

And despite a display full of attacking promise for Pompey, Evans knows they cannot afford to be so sloppy in defence.

The midfielder said: “It’s a pretty frustrated dressing room because the performance was just not good enough.

“We showed plenty of character to get ourselves back into the game after falling behind and then go 3-1 up.

"We’ve all got to calm down a little bit, review what went wrong and try to learn from it."

Gareth Evans

“They go down to 10 men and then nine men, but we seemed to take our foot off the gas for whatever reason.

“Coventry have scored two late goals and it’s so infuriating – it’s hard to put how we’re all feeling into words.

“I’m not going to start pointing fingers at anyone because we are a team and so we’re all in it together.

“So we’ve all got to calm down a little bit, review what went wrong and try to learn from it, making sure we eradicate those errors.

“I thought we were excellent going forward. We were really dangerous and I felt we could score against anyone.

“But we’re just as capable of conceding goals as we are of scoring them and that’s obviously something we need to address.

“It was nice to get a start and a goal, but as pleasing as that was, it’s been cancelled out by the fact we haven’t won against nine men.”

Pompey now have a blank weekend, with Saturday’s scheduled clash with Rotherham postponed because of Victorious Festival.

Evans said: “I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, but we’ve got an extra few days to address things and put them right.”


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