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Kick off 15:00

1-2
29 July 2017 Venue Broadfield Stadium Attendance 1,603 Referee Carl Brook

Kick off 15:00

Crawley Town
1 - 2
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Portsmouth

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5-4-1
  • 1
    Glenn Morris
    GK
  • 2
    Lewis Young
    DF
  • 22
    Josh Lelan
    DF
  • 15
    Josh Yorwerth
    DF
  • 6
    Mark Connolly
    DF
  • 19
    Cedric Evina
    DF
  • 7
    Enzio Boldewijn
    MF
  • 25
    Mark Randall
    MF
  • 21
    Dannie Bulman (C)
    MF
  • 11
    Jordan Roberts
    MF
  • 23
    Thomas Verheydt
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Yusuf Mersin
    SUB
  • 3
    Chris Arthur
    SUB
  • 4
    Josh Payne
    SUB
  • 9
    Matt Harrold
    SUB
  • 10
    Dean Cox
    SUB
  • 14
    Andre Blackman
    SUB
  • 17
    Kaby Djalo
    SUB
  • 18
    Billy Clifford
    SUB
  • 20
    Aryan Tajbaskash
    SUB
  • 27
    Moussa Sanoh
    SUB
  • 28
    Panutche Camara
    SUB
  • 24
    Dennon Lewis
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Harry Kewell

4-4-1-1
  • 1
    Luke McGee
    GK
  • 3
    Gareth Evans
    DF
  • 5
    Tom Davies
    DF
  • 16
    Jack Whatmough
    DF
  • 2
    Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
    DF
  • 22
    Kal Naismith
    MF
  • 7
    Carl Baker
    MF
  • 4
    Danny Rose
    MF
  • 23
    Kyle Bennett
    MF
  • 9
    Brett Pitman (C)
    FW
  • 19
    Conor Chaplin
    FW

Substitutes

  • 35
    Alex Bass
    SUB
  • 12
    Drew Talbot
    SUB
  • 11
    Brandon Haunstrup
    SUB
  • 8
    Adam May
    SUB
  • 17
    Ben Close
    SUB
  • 10
    Milan Lalkovic
    SUB
  • 18
    Jamal Lowe
    SUB
  • 14
    Curtis Main
    SUB
  • 15
    Nicke Kabamba
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kenny Jackett

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Crawley 1 Pompey 2

29 July 2017

Pompey in action at Crawley Town
Photo: Neil Marshall

Pitman bags brace as Blues end pre-season with victory

Pompey go into the new campaign on a high after ending their pre-season programme with victory at Crawley.

But they had to come from behind, with Thomas Verheydt giving the hosts an early lead at a wet Broadfield Stadium.

Skipper Brett Pitman led the turnaround, levelling with a fine second half free-kick before snatching the winner.

It was the League Two side who were quickest from the blocks and Josh Lelan headed narrowly wide from Mark Randall’s corner.

And the hosts did break the deadlock from another flag-kick just seconds later, with Verheydt converting Randall’s delivery.

There was not too much else to excite the Sussex crowd in a drab first half played out in unseasonable conditions.

Kyle Bennett and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis were the two Blues players to impress going forward and a teasing low cross from the former had to be cleared behind by Josh Yorwerth.

A skewed clearance from Tom Davies at the other end led to Randall firing wide with Luke McGee off his line.

Bennett then had one shot comfortably saved by Glenn Morris, while another was blocked following some fancy footwork.

Crawley were creating the better openings, however, and Enzio Boldewijn flashed a shot narrowly over after cutting inside from the right.

Then, after Jordan Roberts had just about beaten McGee to the ball, Holmes-Dennis made a superb clearance from the line.

And, from the resulting corner, McGee was forced to claw away another Verheydt effort that was heading for the net.

Pompey started to look more threatening as the interval beckoned and with Pitman lurking at the far post, Mark Connolly had to intercept Holmes-Dennis’ low cross.

Bennett’s incisive pass then picked out Conor Chaplin in the box, but the striker could not get the ball untangled from his feet.

Half Time: Crawley 1 Pompey 0

Chaplin thought he should have been awarded a penalty early in the second half when his surge into the area was abruptly halted, but referee Carl Brook was not interested.

But the Blues were level on 55 minutes after Pitman had been crudely challenged by Connolly in a central position outside the box.

It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the free-kick and curl a fantastic effort right into the top corner of the net.

The striker was then involved in a clash with Yorwerth on the edge of the Crawley area, but perhaps with the fact it was a friendly in mind, Brook just gave the pair a stern telling off.

It was otherwise typical friendly fare on the pitch, with the game starting to lag as the second half progressed.

Kal Naismith angled a shot into the side netting for Pompey, while Boldewijn fired wide at the other end.

But the Blues found themselves ahead on 75 minutes, as PITMAN collected a neat pass from substitute Milan Lalkovic and coolly lifted the ball over Morris.

The lead should have been strengthened further, only for Naismith to slot wide when it seemed far easier to score.

And the Blues comfortably passed the ball around among themselves to see out the final few minutes and secure the win.

Crawley (5-4-1): Morris; Young, Lelan, Yorwerth, Connolly, Evina; Boldewijn, Bulman (c), Randall (Payne 68), Roberts (Lewis 80); Verheydt (Harrold 70)
Goals: Verheydt 3
Subs not used: Mersin, Arthur, Cox, Blackman, Djalo, Clifford, Tajbakash, Sanoh, Camara

Pompey (4-4-1-1): McGee; Evans, Davies, Whatmough, Holmes-Dennis; Naismith, Baker, Rose, Bennett; Pitman (c); Chaplin (Lalkovic 62)
Goals: Pitman 55, 75
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Haunstrup, Close, May, Lowe, Main, Kabamba

Referee: Carl Brook

Attendance: 1,603 (778 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Crawley Ticket Update

24 July 2017

Fans encouraged to buy in advance

Crawley are encouraging Pompey fans to buy tickets for Saturday’s friendly in advance.

Supporters are able to purchase them online here or by calling the Red Devils on 01293 410000.

Tickets can then be collected at Broadfield Stadium’s ticket office on Saturday, although fans are advised to do this as early as possible to avoid long queues.

They will also be available to buy from Crawley’s ticket office on the day of the game, priced £10 for adults, £5 for seniors (65+) and young persons (under 21), and £1 for juniors (under 18).

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