MacGillivray sendte Pompey videre.
Efter en defensivt miserabel første halvleg og et efterfølgende målmandsskifte i pausen, skruede vi op for tempoet i de sidste 45 minutter, fik udlignet men måtte ud i straffesparkskonkurrence for at avancere til 2. runde i Carabao Cuppen.
Kommentarer fra manager Kenny Jackett
“It was an end-to-end game and we gave ourselves some problems early on. Stevenage were a handful – particularly from set-pieces. For the first goal, it seemed like Sean had got a shout, although their second and third ones were down to us, so we’re disappointed. But we got a good one back through Ronan and could have had others before the penalty from Gareth. We knew that if we could shore things up at the back, then we’d be able to get forward and cause problems. There was more rhythm from us, we played some nice football and created a lot of chances, with a good run and finish from John. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the winner in normal time, but it was a more confident and assured performance than the first half. There were some fantastic saves from Craig in the penalty shoot-out and he really did show terrific agility”
“We have to start better than that because we gave ourselves a mountain to climb, although the fact we ultimately went through shows our character.”
“It was a tough first half for Alex, and Craig’s done very well in pre-season, which is the sign of a true professional. But Alex was terrific for us since Christmas and has shown a lot of promise. I’ve always been confident in both of them – and still am.”
Carabao Cup 1. runde, Lamex Stadium, 29. august 2020
Stevenage – Portsmouth 3-3 (3-2) (4-6 efter straffespark)
09. minut: 1-0 Elliot List
10. minut: 2-0 Charlie Carter
21. minut: 2-1 Ronan Curtis
29. minut: 3-1 Scott Cuthbert
45. minut: 3-2 Gareth Evans (straffespark)
51. minut: 3-3 John Marquis
John Marquis, Ronan Curtis og Lee Brown scorede for Pompey i straffesparkskonkurrencen.
Opstillingen (4-3-3): Bass (MacGillivray ’46); Bolton, Downing, Raggett, Brown; Evans (Cannon ’76), Naylor (anfører), Morris; Harness (Williams ’76), Marquis, Curtis
På bænken: MacGillivray, Williams, Cannon, Mnoga, Whatmough, Close og Stanley