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Reserves hit for six!

Villa spanked a youthful Pompey reserve side tonight with us being mullered 6-1 at Villa Park.

Due to the 1st team squad, or most of it, being in Dubai - or at least returning - it was a very young side that Guy Whittingham fielded.

Unfortunately not for the first time in recent weeks, although that side was more experienced, our 2nd string was battered - do not take my word for it, here is the report from the Pompey Site...

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RESERVES TROUNCED AT VILLA

Aston Villa Reserves 6 Pompey Reserves 1

It was another night to forget for Pompey Reserves as they were on the receiving end of a 6-1 thrashing at Villa Park.

With the Blues' senior side still making their way back from their Dubai training camp, Jerome Thomas was the only experienced name in a young side.

After absorbing some early pressure, Pompey had some good chances with Gael Nlundulu firing narrowly over after combining well with Paris Cowan-Hall.

Thomas was then sent through on goal by Marlon Pack but both his initial shot and the follow-up were blocked.

Pompey continued to press and Stuart Taylor did well to keep out Cowan-Hall's deft effort with a fine parried save.

But it was Villa who opened the scoring on 26 minutes when a corner was only partially cleared. Dominik Hofdauer put the ball back into the danger zone for Shane Lowry to sweep past Liam O`Brien.

The Blues had a chance to level when Thomas was brought down on the edge of the area but the winger hit a disappointing effort straight into the wall.

However, Villa found themselves three goals ahead with two goals in quick succession at the end of the half.

Jonathan Hogg got the first when he lifted the ball over the advancing O'Brien, before Eric Lichaj headed home a free-kick.

Half Time: Aston Villa 3 Pompey 0

Pompey looked to find a way back into the game and they scored early in the second half when COWAN-HALL met Ryan Woodford's header to bundle home.

They came close to pulling another goal back but Taylor made a fine save to keep out James Hurst's drive.

But Andreas Weimann scored Villa's fourth on 58 minutes, heading past O'Brien after some great work by Lowry.

Hogg then added his second of the night on 73 minutes with a simple finish to convert Barry Bannan's cross.

And the rout was completed two minutes from the end when substitute Gary Gardner collected the ball from Nathan Delfouneso and swept the ball home.

Pompey: O'Brien, Hurst, Reynolds (Woodford 46), Mantyla, Blackman, Nlundulu (Navas Alors 76), Pack, Kilbey, Thomas (Ciftci 81), Mahoto, Cowan-Hall

Aston Villa: Taylor, Lichaj, Hogg, Clark, Shorey, Lowry (Blythe 85), Albrighton, Weimann (Collins 73), Bannan, Hofdauer, Delfouneso (Gardner 71)

Referee: Mr R. Madl




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 10 2009

Time: 10:28PM

Your Comments

That's basically our Academy side isn't it?! I hope it doesn't hit the lads too hard, I'm sure they put 100% in to the game. Results just don't go in your favour sometimes!
PFCGino
That's basically our Academy side isn't it?! I hope it doesn't hit the lads too hard, I'm sure they put 100% in to the game. Results just don't go in your favour sometimes!
PFCGino
reserves are more about getting some 'football experience' really arent they - all part of the learning curb and in the not to distant future i would expect the reserves to be our academy side when they step up, hopefully we will carry on having a conveyor belt so when they step up other kids take their academy roll - reserves are the next step up arent they, a spell out on loan then usually follows.
pompeyrug
reserves are more about getting some 'football experience' really arent they - all part of the learning curb and in the not to distant future i would expect the reserves to be our academy side when they step up, hopefully we will carry on having a conveyor belt so when they step up other kids take their academy roll - reserves are the next step up arent they, a spell out on loan then usually follows.
pompeyrug
Yep agree Rug it's character building geeting hammered on occassion.. Although this was our Academy side I can't say that I've heard of tooo many of the Villa team though .. Isn't there first team squad in Dubai too?
Chix
Yep agree Rug it's character building geeting hammered on occassion.. Although this was our Academy side I can't say that I've heard of tooo many of the Villa team though .. Isn't there first team squad in Dubai too?
Chix
Strength in depth, thats what it is all about!!
paultsmouth
Strength in depth, thats what it is all about!!
paultsmouth
Villa do produce a lot of top youngsters & are light years ahead of us in this & probably everything else!
storagematt
Villa do produce a lot of top youngsters & are light years ahead of us in this & probably everything else!
storagematt
A tough result indeed, although the report makes out that we could have been 3 up in the first 20 mins. I think that a few of these players have now broken into the reserve squad, as I have seen their names mentioned a few times.
sneakay
A tough result indeed, although the report makes out that we could have been 3 up in the first 20 mins. I think that a few of these players have now broken into the reserve squad, as I have seen their names mentioned a few times.
sneakay
I've still only seen pele make one apearance in the reseveres... shame.
pompeycarpet
I've still only seen pele make one apearance in the reseveres... shame.
pompeycarpet
Yeah odd innit Carps.. but I'm assuming he was part of the Dubai trip and therefore didn't feature in this fixture
Chix
Yeah odd innit Carps.. but I'm assuming he was part of the Dubai trip and therefore didn't feature in this fixture
Chix
 

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