liam sayers liteEn scoring av Liam Sayers sørget for at akademiet endte sesongen med seier.

Akademiets resultater har sving veldig i vår. En av årsakene til det er at flere akademispillere har blitt flyttet opp og fått prøve seg i seniorfotballen. Da tenker vi ikke bare på Conor Chaplin, Adam May og Ben Close, men spillere som Snorre Strand Nilsen (m. fl.) fikk også sjansen utenfor ligasystemet. 

Dermed ble de gjenværende på akademilaget veldig unge og urutinerte. På vår forrige oppdatering fra akademilaget, hadde Pompey akkurat tapt hele 0-7 for Exeter, men det skulle ikke bli det siste stortapet for sesongen. Vi merker oss derimot at norske Snorre Strand Nilsen ikke var med i stortapene. Med Snorre i forsvarsrekke har akademiet vært langt tettere bak.


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Akademitrener Mikey Harris opplevde å gå fra 0-7 mot Exeter til 0-6 mot Plymouth. To forferdelige resultater, men akademitreneren har i alle fall noe av forklaringen på de stygge resultatetene. Kombinasjonen tett kampprogram og sentrale spillere ute gjorde det for vanskelig for akademiet.


Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Rwakarambwe (Davies 46), Granger, Yates (Joseph-Buadi 46), Haunstrup; Widdrington (McDowell 46), May, Scutt, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Haitham; Sayers


Akademitrener Mikey Harris: "It was just one match too many for them at this stage of the season. A lot of the lads played reserve matches on Tuesday and Thursday before getting up early on Saturday to make the long trip to Plymouth for an 11.30am kick-off. They tried their best to do the right things, but were unable to show the qualities they’ve displayed for much of the campaign.

It was a tough challenge for them and I know they were disappointed, although we’re not going to criticise them too much. We worked out that some of the boys have played almost 60 games, which is a big ask for young people who are still developing physically. We’ve also got Snorre Nilsen and Chad Field currently out on loan and doing well for Bognor, so that leaves us two guys light.
A few of our under-16s have stepped up and they actually all performed well – probably because they’re a bit fresher. I know it sounds ridiculous after a 6-0 defeat, but there were some positives to take, with some decent individual displays.”


alex bass2Etter to stortap på rad, var det stor framgang for Pompey mot Peterborough, men det endte med nok et tap. Denne gangen endte det 0-1.


Avgjørelsen kom i det 87. minutt da keeper Alex Bass laget straffespark. Peterborough var sikker fra straffemerket og scoret kampens eneste mål.


Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Rwakarambwe, Nilsen, Saidy (Yates 61), Davies; Granger, May, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Scutt 65); Joseph-Buadi, Sayers, Haitham (Bradbury 72)


Akademitrener Mikey Harris: "We had a lot of chances, particularly in the first 15 minutes of both halves. Liam Sayers, who’s in good form at the moment, went through a couple of times, as did Brandon Joseph-Buadi, but we found their goalkeeper in fine form. 

We then thought Adam May had scored after the break, but unfortunately it was ruled out for offside.

Then, right at the end, we were on the attack when Peterborough made a long cleared up the pitch.But our centre-backs Snorre Nilsen and Dory Yates both called for it at exactly the same time and almost clattered into each other. Their striker took advantage and was brought down as he tried to round Alex. The referee awarded the penalty, they scored from it and there wasn’t enough time for us to hit back. 
But it was a decent team display, especially when you consider the amount of games we’ve played recently. I can’t criticise the boys’ desire or work-rate – it’s just disappointing for them that they couldn’t collect any points.”


liam sayersI sesongens aller siste kamp for akademiet ble det seier 1-0 til Pompey. Liam Sayers scoret kampens eneste mål i seieren mot Southend. Scoringen kom i det 30. minutt etter et flott løp som han avsluttet med en iskald avslutning.


Southend var nær utligning ved et par anledninger, men Alex Bass hadde noen svært gode redninger i Pompey-målet.


Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Davies, Nilsen, Field, Haunstrup; Rwakarambwe (Yates 60), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granger (Bedford 68); Joseph-Buadi, Sayers (Woodward 72), Haitham


Akademitrener Mikey Harris: "The match was a pretty even affair, with both sides pressing high and working hard out of possession. It was extremely competitive and not like your typical end of season contest – everyone was keen to go out on a positive note. We created quite a few chances and Liam scored with a great finish, while Alex did well at the other end. In possession, though, we weren’t quite as controlled as we had been against Peterborough during the week – a match we lost 1-0.

Sometimes we took one touch when two or three would have done and sometimes it was the opposite. Our decision making could have been a lot better. The second half then turned quite scrappy, but we defended well and were able to hold on for the victory, which the lads were delighted with. Credit must go to them for the way they applied themselves – not just in this game, but throughout the season."