Glad To Come Through Unscathed


It wasn’t going to be easy for Pompey but, all things considered, victory over Maidenhead was expected, which obviously happened on Saturday.

Coming through unscathed was the most important thing.

It was certainly a professional performance, wasn’t it?

We had to be patient and bide our time, also having a slight worry or two, but once Ben Thompson’s goal – the on-loan Millwall midfielders first for the club – put the Blues ahead we remained in control and didn’t look back.

Thompson’s a player Millwall are looking forward to having back next season with it unlikely we’ll be able to keep him at Fratton Park, much as some might like.

Three second-half goals, including quick-fire ones from Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe, put the result beyond doubt. QPR loanee David Wheeler rounded off the 4-0 victory, which ensured the Blues’ name went into the second round draw.

Yes, as said, a professional performance and a game I’m pleased to come through. No, not because it meant we avoided a giant-killing act, but because I’m happy to see us advance in this competition as the FA Cup remains a special competition for me.

Saturday was also a special one for Blues captain Gareth Evans as he clocked up his 150th appearance for the club.

An achievement recognised by his teammate Christian Burgess.

It certainly is a “serious achievement” to play as many games for a club in the modern era and I reckon he’s got a fair few appearances left in him as a Pompey player. So, here’s to the next 150? Ok, perhaps he’ll not make that many. Or will he?


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