Portsmouth manager, Kenny Jackett, has revealed midfielder Gareth Evans was unhappy after being substituted just 25 minutes after coming on at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
Evans had replaced goalscorer Marcus Harness just before half-time due to the winger picking up a thigh strain. However, he was then replaced in the 65th minute for Ellis Harrison as Pompey went in search of a winner at Blackpool.
Due to international call-ups, Saturday’s league fixture against Southend is postponed. However, the EFL Football Trophy gets back underway on Tuesday night, and Jackett has confirmed that Evans is likely to be reinstated in the starting lineup.
Talking to The Portsmouth News, Jackett said: “Gareth is likely to play (against Crawley).
“I spoke to him today, it’s a tough one to take, but it is what it is, he’s a good pro and he’ll be fine.
“He’s okay, I can’t sit here and say he enjoyed it and was happy with it, who would be? But, similarly, I thought it was necessary at the time and we needed to push them back more down that side.
“It was a tough one for him to go on as a sub and get subbed, a difficult one for him, he’s all right, but definitely not happy with the situation.
“It’s a tough one for him.”
It’s not very often that you see a player subbed twice, unless there’s been a sending off or serious injury of some sort.
Jackett has shown the leadership that he has over the squad, and that he isn’t afraid to mix things up if he doesn’t think that the Blues are on course to get the result that they’re looking for.
He went in search of a victory at Blackpool, and he can only be applauded for that. As for Evans it’s a tough one to take, but the best way of responding is by showing the manager why he shouldn’t have subbed him.