Pompey bow out gracefully
Pompey's maiden journey ended tonight, but ended with a win.
Pompey played out the match in what felt like a pre-season tournament, both teams had only pride to play for, but Tony Adams gave a couple of fringe players some air time, and will be pleased with what he saw, especially from Marc Wilson at right-back.
Along with Wilson, Kanu, Hreidarsson and Mvuemba played ninety minutes, something they haven't had the chance to do lately, but something they did well nonetheless.
Pompey kicked off toward the Milton end, Crouch had an early effort from Traore's low cross after he had left the Dutch full-back for dead, and to be honest Crouchie should have buried the chance.
Henrique forced a sharp save out of Ashdown before Beerens smashed a post with Ashdown beaten. Not to be out done though and Crouch hit the bar when Wilson picked him out with a radar guided cross, and not for the last time either.
Crouch was getting the sort of service he craves, but was being wasteful with his open buffet, until finally he got his head on another Wilson cross to guide home. Within 2 minutes and he had another, Kanu performed his ball on a string routine, the 'keeper parried and Crouch prodded home, the scoreline had a more realistic look to it at last.
Second half and the chess moves started, Heereneven were neat enough but found chance few and far between, but when Elyounoussi found himself clean through he poked wide with only Paddy to beat. Crouch and Belhadj seemed happy enough to have running battles with a couple of Dutch defenders as the game fizzled out, but Hermann had the last say, getting in front of the 'keeper to nod home Little's free-kick in injury time, job done.
Although a regular squad member, this was his first chance to show what he could do, and he defended soundly and sent over enough crosses for Crouch to beaten Ted MacDougalls record.
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