PHOTO: Gabor Gyepes celebrates scoring the winner in Pompey's 2-1 win at Yeovil
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Gabor Gyepes barely trains at present and has injections to nurse his ankle through the rigours of football. A hulking scrapper with a never-say-die attitude – and how Pompey were indebted to his indomitable spirit last night.
A poor Yeovil side had hauled themselves level through Reuben Reid’s penalty to leave those 1,297 travelling Blues fans shocked. Stunned that their side, for all their dominance, were facing just a point in a match they had led for so long.
So enter the gutsy Gyepes, the new-found goal hero who, for the second match running, dug his team out of trouble.
With 78 minutes on the clock, there appeared no danger when the Hungarian set off in pursuit of the ball as it travelled away from goal after Brian Howard’s corner had been cleared. But with the grace of any self-respecting striker, he retrieved the ball, spun round, and fired in a low shot from outside the penalty area. It arrowed through a ruck of players to enter the net – a moment which would prove decisive.
In all the excitement, the Tannoy announcement proclaimed the scorer as Johnny Ertl, a feat also matched by the BBC’s website. But it was that man Gyepes once again who was the real hero and a goalscorer for the second successive match. To think, it was his fourth goal in his previous nine competitive matches spread over the past three seasons.