Triallists make mark for Pompey

Gareth Evans scored against Coventry City. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gareth Evans scored against Coventry City. Picture: Joe Pepler
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PAUL COOK believes Gareth Evans can add another dimension to his Pompey side.

But the Blues boss is staying coy on the raft of triallists at the club after last night’s 2-1 victory over Coventry City.

Evans was joined by Conor Chaplin on the scoresheet at Westleigh Park, as he produced an impressive display of attacking intent.

The 27-year-old’s attributes have impressed Cook.

He said: ‘He’s everything we thought he’d be.

‘He brings that ruggedness to the team. He’s a ball carrier and a tough lad. He’s something we haven’t got.

‘But we look to do things the right way and hopefully make signings soon.’

Evans was just one of a number of faces Cook was running the rule over against Tony Mowbray’s side.

Central defender Matt Clarke started the game in the middle of defence, after arriving from Ipswich Town.

No deal has been done for the 18-year-old, who was joined in the back four by Dutch right-back Frank van der Struijk.

Striker Theo Robinson was the figurehead of Cook’s 4-2-3-1 system, with Ben Davies appearing as a second-half sub.

With rivals also after players, Cook refused to go into detail on who he wants to remain.

He said: ‘It was a really pleasing night for the younger lads who came in and so-called triallists.

‘We’ll let them know what’s happening. We’ll speak to them all individually and see where that takes us.

‘We’re working towards Dagenham and will make positive introductions to the club as and when we can.’