Jul 242015
 

Woking 0 – 2 Portsmouth

Pompey secured a third successive pre-season victory with a 2-0 triumph at Woking.

Both goals arrived in the first half – and both were scored by triallists.

Gareth Evans opened the scoring with a well-taken strike, while Matt Clarke headed home a second minutes later.

There was a new face in the visitors’ side, with triallist Brian Murphy featuring between the sticks following Michael Poke’s loan switch to Eastleigh.

Gary Roberts was handed a start after recovering from a knee injury and had a couple of early chances.

First he curled a free-kick narrowly past the post after Evans had been felled and then scuffed another shot wide.

Conor Chaplin went even closer to breaking the deadlock on 11 minutes when he smashed the ball against the underside of the crossbar.

The conditions were not ideal, with heavy rain causing both sets of players to slide on the wet surface.

But it was Pompey who dealt with them better and the visitors forged ahead on 28 minutes.

Kal Naismith found EVANS with an incisive pass and the winger smashed an unstoppable shot past the grasp of Cards keeper Nick Hamann and into the net.

He almost added another moments later, only for Hamann to get down and save, with the ball hacked behind.

But the Blues did double their advantage from the resulting corner, as CLARKE rose to head home an Evans corner.

Pompey continued to dominate as the half drew to a conclusion, but Chaplin blazed wildly over to deny them a third.

Half Time: Woking 0 Pompey 2

Cook made one change at the interval, with Ben Davies replacing fellow triallist Frank van der Struijk at right-back.

The hosts had offered little going forward before the break, but substitute John Goddard threatened after the restart.

Twice he caught the ball sweetly and sent it goalwards and twice he was denied by the well-placed Murphy.

And Murphy made an even better stop to deny the midfielder on 55 minutes, getting down low to his left to palm clear an angled effort.

But the Blues then almost strengthened their advantage, with Evans charging in at the far post to meet Roberts’ pass and seeing his fierce drive just about kept out by substitute stopper Jake Cole.

It was still Woking who were creating more opportunities, although Murphy was not overly troubled by Giuseppe Sole’s strike on 79 minutes.

Pompey finished the game on the front foot, however, with Evans and Enda Stevens both failing to find the target following bright attacking moves.

But they were unable to add to the lead and Woking almost grabbed a late consolation as Scott Rendell’s effort was deflected onto the post.

Woking (3-4-1-2): Hamann (Cole 46); Yakubu, Ricketts (c) (Beckles 75), Saah; Caprice (Kouassi 59), Jones, Poku (Murtagh 46), Arthur; Smith (Goddard 46); Rendell, Banya (Sole 59)

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Murphy; van der Struijk (Davies 46), Burgess (Webster 82), Clarke, Stevens; Atangana, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Naismith (Close 73); Chaplin (Haunstrup 82)
Goals: Evans 28, Clarke 32
Subs not used: Jones, Robinson, Hollands

Referee: Charlie Breakspear

Attendance: 1,562

Portsmouth FC
Jul 212015
 

Portsmouth 2 – 1 Coventry

Pompey’s pre-season preparations stepped up a gear with a 2-1 victory over League One Coventry at Westleigh Park.

Conor Chaplin grabbed an early opener to take his goal tally to three in the space of just four days.

And triallist Gareth Evans added a second just before the break, while George Thomas pulled one back for City after it.

Evans was not the only player trying to win a contract at Fratton Park, with new faces Frank van der Struijk and Matt Clarke also on show.

The ‘home’ side did not take long to find their feet, with CHAPLIN opening the scoring after just four minutes.

The teenager was on hand to drill home after a far-post header from skipper Paul Robinson had been well saved by Lee Burge.

There was not an abundance of chances throughout the rest of the half, although it was Pompey who looked the most threatening.

Coventry’s best opportunity came on 12 minutes when a 20-yard volley from Thomas was plucked from the air by a diving Paul Jones.

At the other end, Burge comfortably dealt with a deflected Theo Robinson drive, while Chaplin curled a shot over the bar.

The Blues were dominating possession, but it looked like they would have just a one-goal advantage at the break.

However, on the stroke of half-time, Chaplin’s precise pass was seized upon by EVANS, who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Coventry 0

Coventry might not have troubled Pompey before the break, but they came charging out of the blocks after the restart.

First Jones had to be alert to beat away a shot from Thomas and then Paul Robinson made a sliding challenge to deny James Maddison.

And City reduced the deficit on 53 minutes, courtesy of a superb effort from Thomas, who expertly brought down Reda Johnson’s pass before chipping the onrushing Jones.

Pompey immediately tried to hit back and an Evans free-kick from out wide crept through a host of bodies before being nervously dealt with by Burge.

They had recovered from a shaky start and were suddenly looking the more dangerous side again.

It took a brave challenge from Jordan Willis to prevent Kal Naismith from converting an Evans pass at the far post.

The impressive Evans than had an opportunity of his own, with a fierce drive that was well saved by Burge.

A deluge of substitutions interrupted the flow of the game, with Paul Cook utilising the opportunity to look at the rest of his squad.

Poke was one of them and he denied City an equaliser by tipping Aaron Martin’s bullet header onto the crossbar.

And Pompey saw out the remaining few minutes to secure their second friendly victory in succession.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones (Poke 76); van der Struijk (Davies 69), P.Robinson (c) (Webster 58), Clarke (Burgess 74), Stevens (Haunstrup 74); Atangana (Doyle 69), Hollands (Close 68); Evans (Nilsen 82), Chaplin (Bennett 68), Naismith (Field 89); T.Robinson (Stockley 64)
Goals: Chaplin 4, Evans 45
Sub not used: Tubbs

Coventry (4-2-3-1): Burge; Willis (Devon Kelly-Evans 74), Ricketts (Finch 80), Johnson (Martin 56), Dion Kelly-Evans; Vincelot (Lawton 68), Fleck (c) (Harries 80); Maddison (Swanson 56), Tudgay (Lameiras 46), O’Brien (Stevenson 68); Thomas
Goals: Thomas 53
Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Sambou, Shipley

Portsmouth FC