An average age of around 18 was what we saw Pompey field at Plymouth in our 3-0 defeat, with all bar two I think it was making their debuts for Pompey, including assistant manager Ashley Westwood who had to go off injured.
Plymouth were never three-nil better than this spirited bunch though and they know they were given a good game by some hungry youngsters that are learning their trade, and will have to continue to learn quickly at that!
I am all for 'youth getting a chance' but not to the extreme that we are having to, but he ho needs must when the devil drives...
No doubt about it we will be relegated playing with these youngsters, and chances are better teams than Plymouth will be faced and they will tear us apart but that pride and passion they showed us last night will be repeated I am sure.
I would guess that it would be soul destroying for these youngsters to be beaten, and soundly, most weeks and might have a detrimental impact on their development - then again it might just go to making them stronger in the future?
In all honesty if you asked me to point out a player if you told me his name I would struggle to do this with many but if we are to be seeing more of them this coming season - if there is 'a coming season?! - then I think we will soon get to know them and they will be given fantastic support!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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