Date:Saturday July 25 2009
Pompey showed their teeth all right, think Joe Jordan, Jocky Wilson or Shane McGowan and Jerry Dammers, you will get the picture!!
Pompey continued their pre-season warm-ups with a trip up to Basingstoke, after letting a 2 goal lead slip at Havant midweek, the long suffering fans hoped for something a bit better with more non league opposition.
Pompey started with 5 trialists once more, Audel, Bhasera, Bopp, M'bami and Pancrate all started once more, but David James was worryingly absent once more.
Basingstoke were first to show, on 5 minutes Audel was robbed of possesion, and David Pratt rattled Begovics post.
Pratt and Downes were proving lively enough for Pompey up front, and took until the 17th minute to find any attacking purpose of their own, Nugent firing wide from a decent Wilson cross when we would of hoped for better.
On the half hor Nugent was played in behind by Niko Kranjcar, but like so often last season fired straight at the 'keeper when he should really of scored.
Ashdown was the only half-time arrival, as Paul Hart decided to give his players further chance to prove their worth, but it was Downes who was denied by the woodwork for Basingstoke once more, smashing the bar once more, this did give Pompey a bit of a kick up the 'aris though, they played it straight up the other end and Kranjcar found himself in more space than Neil Armstrong, but our friendly neighbourhood Croat could only drag his shot horribly wide.
That was enough for Hart, and on the hour the usual ring of friendly changes occured, 10 in fact, another trialist in the shape of Charlton defender Moutaouakil, another of the 'gems' Hart feels he can polish up a couple of divisions.
Cowan-Hall and Subotic fared no better in the goal-scoring stakes, both shooting wide, while Basingstoke had chances to win themselves, but they tto were found wanting in front of the net.
All in all, another insipid display from Pompey, pre-season is all about finding some form, well Pompey have some serious digging to do to discover any so far.
Date:Saturday July 25 2009
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