Fratton Faithful Player Of The Month: August

Last updated : 31 August 2015 By Jim Bonner

August has been a very successful month for Portsmouth with eleven points out of fifteen won in an unbeaten league campaign so far as well as a victory over Championship Derby to celebrate.

So who has been the top performer so far for the month? There are certainly plenty of candidates for the accolade.

Ben Davies and Enda Stevens have been models of consistency at full back whilst Christian Burgess and Matt Clarke have been astute signings so far. If it hadn't been for an abject first half defensively against Morecambe then they would have been seriously considered for the award.

Michael Doyle has to be the most under-rated player in the Pompey side. Eyebrows were raised when Paul Cook signed the 34-year-old but he has kept James Dunne out of the side, led his team well as captain and is a solid "seven out of ten" performer on the pitch.

However, Pompey's player-of-the-month award for August should be down to two men.

Gary Roberts has shown Portsmouth fans why Cook was so eager to sign him. He is a class above the rest, always works hard, can unlock defences with his skill and already has three goals to his name. He will be the difference maker in many tight matches this season and would have been the best performer if it wasn't for a couple of matches where his passing didn't quite match his usual high standards.

Therefore, the top performer this month is someone who could have easily been sold in the eyes of many Pompey fans after a mediocre first season at Fratton Park.

But we do like a player who can turn opinions about them around for the right reasons and Nigel Atangana has certainly found his feet in Paul Cook's team by proving to be a vital cog in the Portsmouth machine.

Critics will undoubtedly point out that he was at fault for a couple of the goals against Morecambe and committed the foul that led to Luton's penalty on Saturday but he bossed the midfield that day as well as at Crawley when he twice produced a defence-splitting pass for Matt Tubbs.

He has won the vast majority of his challenges and his passing has improved tenfold. His ability to run with the ball and get it out of danger also shouldn't be underestimated.

Nige has been a class act so far this season and deserves to be named as Pompey's player of the month for August. Who will be September's top performer?