WE CAN HAN­DLE THE HEAT – EVANS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

WHEN the go­ing gets tough, Portsmouth get go­ing – that’s ac­cord­ing to mid­fielder Gareth Evans.

Pom­pey be­gan the week­end fifth in League Two but, with the ta­ble so tight, just three points bet­ter off than 12th-placed Cam­bridge.

As the sea­son en­ters its nervy run-in, the pres­sure is on but Evans is adamant that’s noth­ing new for the Frat­ton Park out­fit.

“Teams and in­di­vid­ual play­ers can get af­fected by the pres­sure that comes about,” said the 27-year-old.

“Teams are af­fected by that whether it’s those try­ing to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion, go for the play-offs or stay in the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spots.

“You’ll find there are a lot of bizarre re­sults at this time of the sea­son. There’s def­i­nitely a lot to play for.

“We’ve had to play un­der pres­sure all sea­son. We’ve had to play in front of 17,000 fans ev­ery other week.

“There is pres­sure play­ing for a club like Portsmouth so, if any team in the league is pre­pared for play­ing un­der pres­sure, it should be us. Hope­fully, that’s to our ben­e­fit.”

POS­I­TIVE: Gareth Evans

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