Late goal secures reserve win
Pompey's ressies, which included several players that also played for the academy side at the weekend and only one 1st team squad member, beat Stoke 1-0 at Westleigh Park last night thanks to a late goal from Danny Bogard.
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RESERVES STRIKE LATE TO SINK STOKE
Danny Bogard came off the bench to net the winner for Pompey Reserves against their Stoke counterparts at Westleigh Park.
Asmir Begovic was the only senior player in Guy Whittingham's youthful side, with many of the squad having featured for the academy at the weekend.
James Hurst caught Tom Harrison off-guard with a swirling free-kick that the Stoke keeper nervously parried behind on seven minutes.
Gautier Mahoto then had to receive treatment after being caught late by Ashley Page, a challenge that earned the defender a deserved booking by referee Andrew Bennett.
The resulting free-kick was cleanly struck by Marlon Pack from 30 yards but it was straight at Harrison, who comfortably saved.
Pompey should have gone ahead on 19 minutes when Gael Nlundulu sent a dangerous low cross into the box, but Ryan Gazet du Chattelier failed to make a connection as he lunged forward at the near post.
Nlundulu then played a neat one-two with Mahoto, before sending another ball in towards du Chattelier. This time Potters defender Page was on hand to block the lone striker's shot.
Stoke almost took the lead with their first attack on 23 minutes. The Blues defence failed to properly clear the ball as it pinged around the box and Nathaniel Wedderburn lashed an effort inches past the post.
But the action soon switched back to the other end and Mahoto forced a fine save from Harrison with a 25-yard free-kick.
Luke Wilkinson was then booked for a late tackle on Matthew Cohen, before he made an impression for the right reasons by heading narrowly over.
Stoke had a great opportunity to open the scoring on 33 minutes but Darren Brunt just failed to connect with Louis Moult's cross from the right.
Half Time: Pompey 0 Stoke 0
Pompey looked to attack their visitors straight after the restart but Pablo Navas Alors wanted far too much time when he received the ball in the box, giving Page the chance to make a crucial block.
Nlundulu was then just beaten to the ball by Harrison as he tried to race onto Mahoto's pass over the top of the defence.
Mahoto was given a chance to score himself on 57 minutes but, with most of the goal to aim at, he fired a tame shot straight at an opposition player.
The midfielder missed another gilt-edged opportunity soon after, heading Nlundulu's cross high and wide despite being left unmarked in the area.
He did better with his next effort though, volleying inches wide after being found on the edge of the box by Ellis Martin.
But despite a bright start to the half, the game began to drift lifelessly towards its conclusion with neither side looking likely to grab a winner.
Then, with 10 minutes remaining, Pompey twice went close. Navas Alors forced a decent save from Harrison when he met Mahoto's corner, before a corner from the other side was headed over by Marlon Pack.
Mark Smith and Bogard were thrown on towards the end and the latter grabbed the winner with his first touch.
The goal seemed to be well covered when the ball found BOGARD at the far post, but he drilled a close-range shot through the legs of Salif Diao-Jimenez and into the net.
It was the midfielder's second winning goal against Stoke in just over a month and it stretched the reserves' unbeaten run to six games.
Pompey: Begovic; Hurst, Woodford, Wilkinson, Martin (Sowah 74); Nlundulu, Mahoto, Pack (c), Cuvelier, Navas Alors (Bogard 82); du Chattelier (M.Smith 82)
Goals: Bogard 83
Subs not used: Stewart, Goddard
Stoke: Harrison; Diao-Jimenez, Page, Cohen, Connor; Brunt (Vickers 67), Wedderburn (c), Nicholls, Stockhall (Alexander 88), Urwin; Moult
Subs not used: Parton, Yilmaz
Referee: Andrew Bennett
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