Portsmouth 1-1 Plymouth Player Ratings: Songo’o and Stevens impress

Jervis nods in the opener – bbc.co.uk

Gary Roberts’ second half tap-in cancelled out Jake Jervis first half header, meaning a deserved 1-1 draw between Portsmouth and Plymouth at Fratton Park – but how did players on both teams rate?


David Forde – composed in possession but was not overly tested. May be disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet. 4

Gareth Evans – lost the battle with Kennedy, both in the attacking and defensive phases of play. 4
Christian Burgess – one or two rash tackles, but was arguably more inventive in possession than the two central midfielders. 6
5 Matt Clarke – pushed deep into the opposing half on occasions and played the through ball to Bennett before the equalizer. 7
Enda Stevens – Portsmouth’s best moves came down the left and he was always involved. Beaten in the air by Jervis for the opener. 8

Danny Rose – rightly showed positional caution due to the advanced position of both full-backs and moved the ball well. 7
Michael Doyle – put himself about but played one too many sideways or backwards passes, when there were chances to apply pressure. 4

Carl Baker – struggled to get into the game due to a lack of pace and left Evans isolated defensively. Forced a simple stop from McCormick with a long-range second half effort. 2
Gary Roberts – did not shy away from challenges when goalscoring opportunities presented themselves, as we saw for the equalizer. Should have converted a first half rebound. 7
Kyle Bennett – showed flashes of creativity. Always looked to switch play in the first half, then combined well with Stevens after the interval. 7

Kal Naismith – often drifted to the left in the second half to support Bennett and Stevens. One or two dangerous moments but not the focal point Pompey needed. 5

Conor Chaplin (on 66)
Jamal Lowe (on 78)

Plymouth Argyle

Luke McCormick – one or two nervy spills in the first 60 minutes and should have done better for the equalizer. Some simple catches late on. 4

Oscar Threlkeld – grew into the first half after a nervy start, but could have been quicker to halt the left-sided threat from Stevens and company. 4
Yann Songo’o – constantly alert to danger, snuffing it out quickly. A touch rash for Pompey’s goal but he was otherwise outstanding. 9
Sonny Bradley – taken off at half-time due to his early knock. Portsmouth’s reluctance to cross meant his aerial prowess was not tested as much as usual. 7
Gary Sawyer – solid performance. Put in a nice cross for Jervis’ opener, but left other first half forays on the flank to Kennedy. 7

Antoni Sarcevic – unable to exert his usual attacking influence in an unnatural holding role. Rarely touched the ball. 4
David Fox – didn’t show his usual passing ability, but did the defensive side of the game well. 6

Jake Jervis – beat Stevens in the air for the back-post opener, but otherwise contributed little. 4
Graham Carey – his accurate passes and subtle movements contributed to Plymouth’s better first half openings, but he was not involved as often as he might have liked. 5
Matthew Kennedy – lively early on and after a wriggling 35th minute run into the box, hit a shot at the side-netting. Not as influential in the second half but always worked hard to stop Evans. 6

Ryan Taylor – struggled in the lone striker role, though could have been given more support in the second half. 2

Jakub Sokolik (on 45) – operated with more positional caution than Songo’o, but was equally effective. 8
Connor Smith (on 68)
Craig Tanner (on 81)