Oxford Utd 1 Pompey 1: Gaffer for a Day

Pompey's Adam McGurk celebrates his goal at Oxford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey's Adam McGurk celebrates his goal at Oxford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey fan Anthony Hesse, 58, delivers his verdict on the Blues’ 1-1 draw at Oxford United.

Your thoughts on that one then, Anthony.

I was definitely happy with a point considering the game we played. Although I slightly disagree with Paul Cook, I don’t think we deserved it.

I heard Oxford fans saying on the radio it was a missed three points for them and they were right, it wasn’t a good display from us.

Paul Jones pulled off three important saves – and I am counting the second-half one which was given as a goal-kick rather than a corner.

Having said that, I would still have Brian Murphy in the team as his distribution and speed of distribution is superior.

Who was your man of the match?

It has to be Adam McGurk. Try to pick another name out of that lot! It was a fantastic equaliser, came out of nothing and arrived at a time when I was starting to think we should go for a 3-5-2 with Jayden Stockley coming on for Gareth Evans.

McGurk played well all game – of the four attacking players he always looked the most likely to do anything.

Ben Davies and Christian Burgess did well also, while Michael Doyle was our best player in the first half. Once Doyle was sent off from that moment onwards the contest for us was over and it was about keeping the point.

Kyle Bennett’s form seems to be a much-debated topic among fans at the moment.

A lot of people are on his back but, personally, I believe we should stick with him.

The lad is a potential game-changer and I remember early in the second half he skinned a player which immediately lifted the crowded and started 10-minute chants of ‘Blue Army’.

He’s a confidence player and after joining us from Doncaster Rovers I looked on their message boards and they said he had the ability to drift in and out of matches.

At present there are people on social media saying he needs a rest and should be dropped but I disagree.

I am more concerned about Gareth Evans, who looked so much better in pre-season.

I hope that wasn’t just a case of fighting for a contract.

And Adam Barton on his league debut for Pompey?

We bossed it for the first 10-15 minutes and then lost it in midfield.

But again Cook made a bold decision.

He brought on Barton and I was impressed. He looked the most comfortable on the ball and it was his neat little pass which set McGurk away for the equaliser.

There were a couple of wayward passes from him early on but it was his first game and I thought he did well.