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Progress Pleases Boss

6 August 2013

Guy happy with improved display at Bournemouth

Defeat at Bournemouth means Pompey have lost both of their opening two games of the season.

But Guy Whittingham felt that it was a much improved performance at the Goldsands Stadium.

The Blues opened their League Two campaign with a 4-1 defeat against Oxford at the weekend.

And their Capital One Cup adventure is over after Eunan O’Kane’s second half strike settled the first round tie.

Whittingham, however, was pleased with the discipline his side showed against higher league opposition.

The Blues boss said: “We gave a good account of ourselves, but we’re out of the cup and that’s disappointing.

“We knew that we had to be very compact and disciplined and I’m pleased that the lads have been able to do that.

“Bournemouth were restricted to just a few chances, although they had a few more later in the second half.

“But it was always going to be a tough game against a Championship side and we’re pleased with how we approached the game.”

Whittingham made six changes from the side that played Oxford and was impressed with the performances of Bondz N’Gala and Romain Padovani.

He said: “Bondz did what was asked of him and defended stoutly. He got his body in the way of things and headed the ball when it was needed.

“I was really pleased with Romain. He’s still getting to know English football, but he looked after and distributed the ball well. He didn’t give the ball away too many times.”

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