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Gillingham 1 v 1 Portsmouth
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Wednesday, 1st January 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Evans is back - but taking professional approach to time out of Pompey XI
Thursday, 2nd Jan 2020 21:10 by pompey-fans.com staff

Gareth Evans says he is frustrated not to have featured too much in recent weeks for Pompey. And now he will be hoping his man of the match display and goal at Gillingham will keep him in the side.

Evans put Pompey ahead before they were pegged back to 1-1 at Priestfield and he was delighted to get his chance to impress. He also went out of his way to praise Pompey's travelling support - with Blues fans there in numbers on New Year's Day and now facing the prospect of a long trip to Fleetwood on Saturday for the FA Cup tie.

Evans told the Pompey website: 'It’s been frustrating not to play much in the past couple of months, but you hope there will be an opportunity when the fixtures pile up. Lads are going to need resting at this point in the season, so it’s about remaining professional and ready to take the opportunity when it comes along.

'Thankfully, one of them came along and I was able to contribute by getting myself on the scoresheet. It’s a squad game and when you’re not in the team, you just have to support the lads, with everyone working together to get this club where they need to be.'

Evans was disappointed Pompey didn't hold on to their lead: 'It’s a difficult one to take and I wasn’t really aware of their home form in the lead-up to the game. When that’s taken into account it looks like a good point, but it’s frustrating when you’ve gone ahead.

'I initially thought Marcus was going to shoot, but I tried to make a late entry into the box and it was a lovely little ball that I just had to stick into the net. I’m in awe sometimes at the following we get on the road and we can only thank the fans for the support we receive.

'We were looking for that second goal to come after the break and unfortunately it never did, while they were able to scramble an equaliser. But it’s certainly something that we can now look to build on and try to take into our next away game.'

Pompey: Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Walkes; Naylor, Close; Harness, Evans (Hawkins 83), Curtis; Harrison (Marquis 83). Subs not used: MacGillivray, Mnoga, Downing, Cannon, Pitman

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 5,724 (1,180 Pompey fans)

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