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Pele on the score sheet as reserves draw

A stronger looking Pompey reserve side than we had seen recently, featuring several players with 1st team experience this season, picked up a point in a 2-2 draw with Fulham at Westleigh Park last night. The game also marked Jamie Ashdown's return from a long-term injury.

Among the scorers was almost 'forgotten man' Pele, who struck from 25-yards, maybe offering a timely reminder that he is still here - take note those that will not play in the 2nd string!

This is the report from the Pompey site...

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POMPEY RESERVES 2 FULHAM RESERVES 2

Two stunning Blues goals warmed up a cold night at Westleigh Park as Pompey shared the points with Fulham.

Andre Blackman and Pele scored either side of the break before a Michael Uwezu strike secured a draw for the visitors.

Blackman's goal in first-half injury time crowned an eye-catching performance.

The left-back cut inside from the flank, looked up and curled a right-footed shot into the far top corner of the net beyond Fulham keeper Neil Etheridge.

Pele's goal three minutes after the break was just as good, the midfielder receiving a pass from John Utaka and, with barely any back-lift, producing a vicious, dipping shot from 25 yards out that gave Etheridge no chance.

Pompey welcomed back Jamie Ashdown for his first taste of action this year following an ankle injury.

But the Blues keeper was powerless to stop Chris Smalling from giving Fulham the lead after 22 minutes when he rolled the ball into the net after Danny Hoesen's shot had smacked against the bar.

With Linvoy Primus strong at the back, however, Pompey regained their composure and caused Fulham's defence problems, with Paris Cowan-Hall having an effort beaten away after a move down the left involving Blackman and Pablo Navas Alors.

Fulham remained a threat even after going 2-1 down, and it took a burst of pace from Blackman to thwart Hoesen as he looked to capitalise on a ball over the top.

Ashdown's handling impressed as he denied Hoesen and Michael Uwezu.

But he was beaten midway through the second half when Uwezu controlled a ball into the box with his back to goal before volleying home.

Utaka curled a free-kick just wide, but it was Blackman who nearly won it for Pompey in injury-time, swapping passes before forcing Etheridge to make an excellent low save.

Pompey: Ashdown; Pamarot, Wilkinson, Primus, Blackman; Cowan-Hall (Bogard, 46 mins), Pele (Kilbey, 63 mins), Mvuemba, Hughes, Navas Alors (Mantyla, 67 mins); Utaka.
Subs not used: O'Brien, Pack.




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 25 2009

Time: 7:52AM

Your Comments

At least both sides are now trying, and we have Pele. Now if only we can get Matthews, Eusebio, Di Stefano and Cruyff.
pompeygray
At least both sides are now trying, and we have Pele. Now if only we can get Matthews, Eusebio, Di Stefano and Cruyff.
pompeygray
Great to see we put out a team of youth and experience. We might just see Pele yet this season.
sneakay
Great to see we put out a team of youth and experience. We might just see Pele yet this season.
sneakay
I'd really like to see this young guy Pele. Whether that's gonna happen or not remains to be seen but it's good to see him on the score sheet. Maybe if we get to be in a more comfortable league position he may get a run out from the bench... I hope so.
cornypomp
I'd really like to see this young guy Pele. Whether that's gonna happen or not remains to be seen but it's good to see him on the score sheet. Maybe if we get to be in a more comfortable league position he may get a run out from the bench... I hope so.
cornypomp
pele has at least given himself a chance hasnt he by playing in the reserves unlike a certain greek!
i still maintain my thoughts that pele must be worthy of a place on the bench if he was good enough to play for, and win a serie a title, with inter...this will help him i would suspect, as hart would have been watching.
pompeyrug
pele has at least given himself a chance hasnt he by playing in the reserves unlike a certain greek!
i still maintain my thoughts that pele must be worthy of a place on the bench if he was good enough to play for, and win a serie a title, with inter...this will help him i would suspect, as hart would have been watching.
pompeyrug
Good to see Jamie Ashdown back fit too. You never know he may be needed and an experienced back up to Jamo is vital. The truth about Gekas we must find that out.
eastneydave
Good to see Jamie Ashdown back fit too. You never know he may be needed and an experienced back up to Jamo is vital. The truth about Gekas we must find that out.
eastneydave
Glad to see ashdown back in goal for us.Pele must surely start getting in the squad he looks a good player at a young age imagine what he will be like in the future :P . That young portugese who opened the scoring looks good and that trailist from scum (bristol) city looks good
stfc ballboy
Glad to see ashdown back in goal for us.Pele must surely start getting in the squad he looks a good player at a young age imagine what he will be like in the future :P . That young portugese who opened the scoring looks good and that trailist from scum (bristol) city looks good
stfc ballboy
I very nearly went to the reserves game last night . . . but then - didn't. Good to hear Pele was playing though, wish I'd seen that now. And Linvoy played 90 minutes. Gekas still refusing to play then - surely there's a ticket available on an Easyjet flight?
tracyc
I very nearly went to the reserves game last night . . . but then - didn't. Good to hear Pele was playing though, wish I'd seen that now. And Linvoy played 90 minutes. Gekas still refusing to play then - surely there's a ticket available on an Easyjet flight?
tracyc
From my understanding he hasn't yet figured because of fitness concerns, but i believe once we are safe that he will be given his chance. I think it would have been the same story with Gekas if he wasn't refusing to play for the reserves so Hart can judge him. The best news is that it sounds like we are finally starting to get some young players up through the ranks, they may not be born and bred pompey but they will be "homegrown players" based on the UEFA rules.
pompeywa
From my understanding he hasn't yet figured because of fitness concerns, but i believe once we are safe that he will be given his chance. I think it would have been the same story with Gekas if he wasn't refusing to play for the reserves so Hart can judge him. The best news is that it sounds like we are finally starting to get some young players up through the ranks, they may not be born and bred pompey but they will be "homegrown players" based on the UEFA rules.
pompeywa
i've got to admit, I am quite looking forward to seeing some of these players come through... Pele sounds so promising, and I think he is getting fitter too...
pompeycarpet
i've got to admit, I am quite looking forward to seeing some of these players come through... Pele sounds so promising, and I think he is getting fitter too...
pompeycarpet
like i said before, by at least playing in the reserves pele gives himself more of a shot at making the 18 on a matchday... whittingham was also saying yesterday that the reserves is the next stepping stone, and more are being moved into this as they basically prepare to make the next move to the 1st team squad, good times ahead hopefully if some of these kids are as good as they seem?
pompeyrug
like i said before, by at least playing in the reserves pele gives himself more of a shot at making the 18 on a matchday... whittingham was also saying yesterday that the reserves is the next stepping stone, and more are being moved into this as they basically prepare to make the next move to the 1st team squad, good times ahead hopefully if some of these kids are as good as they seem?
pompeyrug
 

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