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Blues start with win at Havant

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
Attendance: 2,500

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...

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Date:Saturday July 12 2014
Time: 7:50PM

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