2020-21: Cheltenham – Portsmouth 0-3 (1.runde EFL Trophy)

Det blev en meget overbevisende 0-3 sejr ude over Cheltenham og dermed er Pompey blandt de sidste 16 hold i EFL Trophy, hvor Ben Close styrede spillet fuldstændigt i kampen med en overbevisende indsats, hvor flere af fringe spillerne gjorde det godt.


 

Officiel matchreport

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jacket:

“Cheltenham had a lot of momentum and have made a strong start to the season, while they’re physically strong.

“They began quickly and sent a couple of balls under our bar, but we grew into the game and by the end I was very pleased.

“There were players out there who needed some minutes and they all showed the right attitude to challenge the starting 11.”

“We had a back three who were dominant – and they needed to be – and there were some good performances right the way through.

“There were players out there who needed some minutes and they all showed the right attitude to challenge the starting 11.

“It was a really good goal from Haji after turning back on his left foot and finished very well. I thought it was a really strong performance for him.

“We were also pleased with Jordy and he looked incredibly sharp, making some dangerous runs to get in behind. He’s fitted in well at the club.”

Ben close knew his next pass and led in that holding position just in front of the back three, picking up a lot of second balls.

“He got us passing and, I felt, was the player on the pitch who provided the most quality from both sides.”

 

EFL Trophy 1.runde, Johnny-Rocks stadium, 8. december 2020

Cheltenham – Portsmouth 0-3 (0-2)

15. min. 0-1 Haji Mnoga

29. min. 0-2 Jordy Hiwula

50. min. 0-3 Jordy Hiwula

Pompey (3-5-2): Bass; Bolton, Downing (c), Nicolaisen; Mnoga, Bell (Storey 62), Close, Morris, Pring; Stanley (Lee 77), Hiwula

Gule kort: Mnoga

Bænken: Seymour, Kavanagh, Rew, Jewitt-White, Brook, Storey, Lee