Let's Get Friendly

Last updated : 14 July 2007 By Jim Bonner
Pompey strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win at Huish Park today to get off to a winning start in pre-season. Lomana LuaLua and a trialist by the name of "Giovanni" grabbed a goal each in each half.

A total of 21 Pompey players took part in the match with Yeovil although there were a few notable absentees as Jamie Ashdown is injured as is Linvoy Primus, Gary O'Neil and Richard Hughes. John Utaka couldn't feature because he doesn't have a work permit yet whilst Benjani did not take part in the match at all.

In the first half Harry fielded a side that contained James in goal, a back four of Cranie, Distin, Campbell and Traore and a midfield of Lauren, Mendes, Davis and Kranjcar who were supporting LuaLua and Giovanni up front.

Listening to the game on the radio, it seemed like we were the better side in what was your usual pre-season affair with Kranjcar hitting the post with a header before a ball through the Glovers' defence by Giovanni allowed LuaLua a one-on-one chance with 'keeper Steve Mildenhall which he duly took to put Pompey ahead at half time.

Harry rung the changes in the second half by replacing the entire back four with Pamarot, O'Brien, Stefanovic and Hriedarsson and the entire midfield were also changed with Songo'o, Mvuemba, Muntari and Taylor coming on. There was one change up front as David Nugent joined Giovanni up front.

Giovanni doubled Pompey's lead after a great ball from Muntari was met by Pamarot who slid the ball across to the trialist for an easy tap-in. We were in cruise control after that goal as Jamo only had one decent save to make all game but most importantly of all, no Pompey players were injured!

According to the radio commentary Nugent hardly got a sniff of the ball whilst Sylvain Distin was accepted as the best performer on the pitch. It was also reported by the team from The Quay that the building of the Milton End roof had begun and that is part of the reason why we don't have a home friendly this year because of the various renovations being done on Fratton Park. This confirms that the first game at Fratton Park this campaign will be against the Champions.

So a good days work in Somerset then, and we can all look forward to the next friendly against Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday.