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Portsmouth: Tom Naylor was the Unsung Hero against Gillingham

Portsmouth: Tom Naylor was the Unsung Hero against Gillingham

Portsmouth’s 0-0 draw against Gillingham was pretty underwhelming, especially when it is considered that there will have been joy it wasn’t being called off due to the international break.

Many fans have been left bemoaning the level of performance from the team, especially in the second half, with Tom Naylor sharing their sentiment.

However, the Pompey captain should be satisfied with his own level of performance on the day, as he played an important part in the team earning a clean sheet and point.

The 28-year-old put in an impressive defensive display, making 4 successful tackles, 1 clearance and 2 interceptions, as per WhoScored – with no Pompey player making more tackles or interceptions than their skipper throughout the match.

He also won 3 of his 4 aerial duels, with only WhoScored’s Man of the Match Sean Raggett winning them with more regularity, getting 83%.

While Naylor’s pass completion rate of 75% wasn’t the best, it shows how involved he was in the game that he still managed to complete 66 passes, including 1 key pass.

The point of his involvement is only accentuated by the fact that he had 11% of the game’s overall possession, which is 2.9% more than any other player on the pitch.

As a team there is certainly more that needed to be done from Pompey on the day, but while Naylor could have done more going forward, there is no doubting the defensive impact he had during the game.

Portsmouth fans, what did you make of Naylor’s performance? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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