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Pompey boss Danny Cowley slams Gillingham’s Steve Evans after what happened post-match

Pompey boss Danny Cowley slams Gillingham’s Steve Evans after what happened post-match between the two managers on Saturday.

There were joyous scenes from the away fans that bravely travelled across the country with Storm Arwen creating havoc.

It looked as though a goalless draw was going to be the end result come full time, however Portsmouth secured a last-gasp win in Kent thanks to Jack Tucker’s own goal, turning Michael Jacobs’ cross into his own net on the third minute of second half stoppage time.

Its was a much needed win for Portsmouth who sit 9th in the League One table, with 32 points from 20 games played.

Thoughout the game, there had been disagreements on the touchline by both clubs’ members of staff, with tensions boiling over when the Cowley brothers went to shake the hands of Raynor and Evans, but they both declined.

Danny Cowley admitted to media after the game that he was very disappointed by the Gillingham management duo for not showing respect to himself and brother Nicky, before admitting it is the first time it has happened to Cowley in his managerial career.

“Steve is just quite an unreasonable man when he loses. That is the facts,” Cowley told HampshireLive.

“It is never nice. It is never nice when someone doesn’t shake your hand after. I don’t think it has happened to me before. I can’t remember it happening to me before, maybe it has.

“It is never nice but Steve’s pretty unreasonable when he loses unfortunately.

“We understand. We’re all competitive, we all want to do well. We all want to be successful. It is hard when you concede a goal as late as he did today.”

Cowley couldn’t understand why he receiving a booking when celebrating Portsmouth’s late winning goal, feeling rather surprised by the decision from ref Dean Whitestone.

“I think over celebrating,” added Cowley when asked why he was booked.

“I didn’t come out of my dugout, I didn’t do any somersaults or back flips, I was just cheering my team.

“I was pleased, we worked hard all week for that. It was just a great moment and football is about emotion and passion. I don’t know why. Was I celebrating? Yes.”

Meanwhile, Gillingham boss Steve Evans felt the Portsmouth bench also went over the top with their ‘World Cup-like’ celebrations.

Evans said: “The celebrations on the bench resembled World Cup stuff, a bit disrespectful really, it doesn’t matter when you win, you should never be disrespectful, but we will take the pain and we will go again.

“I said pre-match that Portsmouth had got their Christmas with the lack of options we have had [Gills had seven players missing and others playing unfit] and they have got their Christmas early getting three points. It doesn’t matter what they do in the rest of December, they have had their Christmas.”

Evans said: “It is a hard one to take because of the manner of it, if they come and outplay us, a lot of people were talking and no more than Cowley himself that they felt if they got an early goal what they could do with us. Yeah, man on the moon.

“They deserved to get beat. We will listen to the nonsense from him and the superstars, their nonsense, but if they are honest, which they never are, they will say they deserved to get beat.

“Second half I felt they had run out of ideas. For all of the big players and moans about who they didn’t have, they had one player missing, Sean Raggett and he is no world star is he? He is a big honest competitor in League One and a local boy to Gillingham but they have made it out as if it is a defensive crisis.

“Sean Williams (who also played in central defence) is a player I tried to bring in (at Gillingham) when Portsmouth offered treble his money, back when he came out of Millwall.

“He is a comfortable centre-back in the Championship.

“Connor played many times for me at centre-back. I moved him there for a long period of time. Poor Danny, with that big, big budget and big support, and fantastic facilities, but good luck to him.

“I give nothing but total praise and credit to my players and you have to give credit to the Portsmouth players because they never stopped, they kept going and got the goal and that is what you do when you try and grind results out.

“The one thing about the Portsmouth fans is that they are not delusional. They will know they should have lost the game but I have been there and you take that three points.”

Twitter users reacted as Pompey boss Danny Cowley slams Gillingham’s Steve Evans after what happened post-match…

@itskenzmoore: can tell why him and the owners are hated tbh

@jimwsc: Sooo bitter.

@Hilly69er: Steve Evans isn’t one to over celebrate now is he

@paul_browarg: What a bad loser Steve Evans is, just because he’s gone 9 games without a win!!!

@matt_warmington: I guess he was completely respectful when he was committing tax fraud

@davidthomson180: And of course you have never celebrated like that at an injury time winner. What a berk.

@willorwillnot88: Sour grapes by someone who sets out to play anything but football

@18_98_PFC: If Steve Evans is the answer, “What would happen if you overfed Jim Davidson?” is the question #pompey

@Paultb7Blake: Not like his celebration running up the touch line and his trousers falling down cos he’s so fat , that’s not over the top then!

@HutchyPaul: Prick, To score in 3rd minute of stoppage time to get 3 points, what did he expect them to do? The Cowleys have caught the Pompey Bug

@GamblenDarren: Says the guy who ran on the pitch celebrating while his trooosers were falling down 🤣🤣🤣🤣

@Antni_b: He would do the same if only someone could help him up in time.

@ReeceW657: Gareth Ainsworth the other week now this no one can handle the Pompey 🤣🔵💪🏻

@DawnRoberts1: It’s called pride and passion,something you’ll never have…. Drown ya sorrows with a kebab.

@PORTSMOUTHFCLEE: Nothing compared to me jumping round the front room 😂

@stewiesouledout: Steve Evans and Gareth Ainsworth make snow angels together.

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