Fra 0-3 til 6-3

Akademiet startet sesongen med en imponerende opphenting.

AKADEMIET: Pompeys akademi lå under 0-2 til pause i seriestarten mot Forest Green Rovers, og da det ble 0-3 i starten på 2. omgang så det mørkt ut i bortekampen i Youth Alliance League.

Men Maxwell Hurst (2) og Connor May scoret slik at det ble 3-3, og deretter sørget en scoring av Harry Clout (bildet over) for at Pompey tok ledelsen for første gang i kampen.

Jack Fox og Jayden Keteku scoret også slik at det endte hele 6-3 til Pompey til slutt.

Pompeys neste seriekamp er hjemme mot Exeter 12. august.

LES OGSÅ: Unggutter med lærlingkontrakter


– Crazy game

Trener Sam Hudson: «It was a bit of a crazy game to welcome us back and we found ourselves three goals down, despite having started the game well. But we didn’t get any rewards for that and missed a couple of clear-cut chances, then before you know it, we concede twice from set-pieces.

We were then quite poor on the ball, whether that was in midfield or trying to play out from the back. We wouldn’t quite connect. At the break we spoke about the number of opportunities we were creating and that if we scored the next one, we backed them to turn things around.

So it was disappointing to then concede again and it was the first time in the game when we didn’t get our press right. The lads could quite easily have crumbled at the point, but we scored quickly and then didn’t look back from that point. We were totally ruthless. Michael and I made the point at half-time that we wanted one more runner to join the attack and that was Brian Quarm from the back more often than not. He complemented the 1v1 play of Koby on the right, who was fantastic right the way through the game.

The floodgates opened after we got that first and we went from missing loads of chances to being incredibly clinical. We had 23 penalty area entries in the second half and Forest Green only went into our box once, which was for their goal. There were six scored by us in the space of about 40 minutes and if you include the chances we didn’t take in the first half, we could have hit double figures.

It was also great to see Spencer Spurway back in action for the first time since recovering from different injuries. On the face of it, we’ve enjoyed a good start to the season, but there are things to work on for us going forward.”

Pompeys lag: Smith; Quarm, Spurway (Bosaka 75), Fox; Mottoh, Staight (May 46), Murray (Keteku 46), Aston, Mullins (Howard 84); Clout, Hurst

Ikke benyttede innbyttere: Glover

Koby Mottoh.