Luton 1 Pompey 2: Gareth Evans looks for improvement as he settles in at Pompey

Gareth Evans on the ball. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gareth Evans on the ball. Picture: Joe Pepler

Gareth Evans admits he is revelling in his move to Pompey after playing a key part in their latest away-day success.

The former Fleetwood man hammered home from close range after a mix-up in the Luton defence to put the Blues 1-0 up early on at Kenilworth Road, only to see his striker cancelled out by Craig Mackail-Smith’s penalty seven minutes later.

But after Matt Tubbs’ late winner, it means Pompey not only maintained their unbeaten League Two record but extended a positive start to the campaign with a second away success of the season.

Evans said: ‘I’m absolutely loving it down here.

‘I’m really enjoying it and it’s just a case of keeping my head down and trying to improve with each performance.

‘I’m settled in the area now and I’m massively buying into what the gaffer is trying to do.

‘When you move club, you are unsure of what’s going to happen, especially when you move four hours away.

‘I’ve been in Manchester my whole career so it’s a big thing to move from the area.

‘But I feel a lot more settled now.

‘It’s a huge club and I love playing in front of huge crowds every week.

‘The fans were non-stop again for the duration of the game and that’s what the Pompey fans are about. The lads really appreciate it.

‘And I think we got what we deserved really.

‘We dominated the game. We just needed to keep going.

‘Luckily Tubbsy popped up and got us the winning goal.’

The former Fleetwood man has made an impressive impact since his arrival in the summer and netted his second goal for the club after scoring on the opening day.

But he admits his latest effort would not make it into his all-time favourites.

He said: ‘I can’t remember too much of how it came about but the ball came in and the Luton players hit it against each other.

‘It dropped to me and I just smashed it in.

‘It won’t go down as one of the best goals I’ve ever scored but I’ll take it.

‘The main thing was to get the three points and that’s what we’ve got.’

Evans also admitted that he was surprised that Luton opted for a containing strategy with the home side often preferring to play on the counter-attack.

He said: ‘We didn’t expect that at all really.

‘Luton have been tipped for promotion this season as well so we didn’t expect them to play that way.

‘But they did and it’s something we will have to get used to this season. We got the win and that’s all that matters.’

– STEVE WILSON