Blues start with win at Havant
Pompey kicked-off pre-season with a 4-0 win at Havant this afternoon, described on the Pompey Site as 'a comfortable victory' at Westleigh Park.
I could not tell you myself as I was not at the game.
Westleigh Park, as nice as it is, is a little too far to come from Devon for a pre-season friendly for me to be honest!
Although I had hoped to listen to it at least...
Pre-game, as I carried out some jobs around the house I wanted to do, I had Express FM online but, as happens for every game, you get to about 5-minutes from kick-off and you get the 'due to licensing laws this cannot be broadcast' message, which is fair enough so I thought lets just login to my PompeyPlayer account and listen that way.
Unfortunately this did not work, by all accounts there was a link for this to work but I was only aware of this after the game, hey ho...
Anyway, as much as you cannot offer up too much from listening to a game as it is, I can literally offer up nothing else but say we started with the win with all four-goals coming in the 2nd half after a 1st half said to be 'played mostly at a leisurely pace'.
Plenty of changes were made throughout the game with most the squad that was fit and will be involved this season playing, we made our first 4 changes with a little over half an hour played. A host more were made at half time with the final batch made just after the hour mark.
Wes Fogden, worryingly, is on crutches after a training ground injury - the seriousness of this is not yet know whereas David Connolly did not travel with the squad.
You would imagine it is just a matter of when, and not if, he moves on...
Coming on at half time included Craig Westcarr, and he took just 5-minutes to score. He did exactly what you want a striker, ideally a poacher, to do - 'stab home' from close range.
Another coming on at the break was former Havant loanee Ryan Bird and he added our 2nd on 65-minutes.
Included the final batch on players to come on was Ricky Holmes and he got in on the goalscoring act with our next with 8-minutes to play with Westcarr again in the right place at the right time on 86-minutes to add our fourth and final goal, following up after a fine save apparently.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Poke (Jones 46); Webster (East 46), Devera, (Chorley 46), Whatmough (Wynter 32 (Ertl 63)), Shorey (Butler 46); Atangana (c) (Hollands 46), Dunne (Awford 32 (Close 63)); Tarbuck (Bird 46), Wallace (Westcarr 46), Barcham (Maloney 32 (Holmes 63)); Agyemang (Taylor 32 (Storey 63))
Goals: Westcarr 50, 86, Bird 65, Holmes 82
Referee: Andy Laver
So, can anyone that attended - or at least heard the commentary - offer up any views on the game?
Not that you can take much from a pre-season friendly of course and in particular the opening one!
That said a win is a win though and you will take whatever you can, coming through these games is the main thing though as fitness is built up ahead of the main event...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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