Gaffer for the Day: Pompey v Reading verdict

Pompey's Brandon Haunstrup challenges Reading counterpart Hal-Robson Kanu at Fratton Park   Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey's Brandon Haunstrup challenges Reading counterpart Hal-Robson Kanu at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler

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Last night’s gaffer for the day, Mark Harvey, gives his verdict on Pompey’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Reading.

What a goal. How he did it I don’t know! He’s a young man who is on fire.

It may have been questionable from the keeper, but it was the way he kept his head steadied himself and scored from what was a really tight angle.

Conor’s a fantastic young talent and is pushing hard for a start at Luton. He’s a young man, though, and that’s worth remembering.

A decent night, despite the loss, too.

I was disappointed we lost but thought we played really well.

There was no discredit to the team. We have played a good Championship side who stepped up in the second half.

They had class but the performances from all of our team was superb.

It was a great night. A fantastic Fratton Park night game in front of a big crowd. Everything was there except the result.

Defeat then - but the momentum remains...

The priority has to be going to Luton and getting a result.

As much as I would have liked to have gone on, how far would we have progressed?

We wouldn’t have gone more than a couple of rounds.

So I’m disappointed to go out but happy in many ways.

But it’s a performance we can take forward to Saturday.

Your man-of-the-match?

Danny Hollands ran the show in the first half.

Reading pushed forward more in the second half so he didn’t have as much space or time.

But he showed he is someone who can step in at Luton and not let anyone down.

Pretty pleased all told then.

It was a night I enjoyed.

There were a few people I haven’t seen for a while at the ground. They went to buy season tickets today, so that says quite a lot really.

Paul Jones 6

Gareth Evans 7

Adam Webster 8

Matt Clarke 7

Brandon Haunstrup 7

Ben Close 6

Danny Hollands 9

Adam McGurk 7

Conor Chaplin 7

Kyle Bennett 8

Jayden Stockley 7