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ACADEMY SUFFER LATE HEARTACHE

24 August 2014

Plymouth snatch last-gasp winner



Pompey were unable to convert a dominant display into any points as they were beaten by a last-gasp Plymouth goal at Furze Lane.

“Lewis Gill was unlucky not to add to his goalscoring tally and worked extremely hard up front, while a couple of under-16 players stepped up and did well.

“There were plenty of positives for us to take. Conor was a constant threat, while Kaleem Haitham showcased plenty of trickery.

“They’ll be disappointed not to win the game, although results aren’t everything at this level – it’s more about developing players to eventually get into Andy’s first team.

“But we didn’t take any of them and it’s a big learning curve for the lads. They’ve found out that football can be a cruel game if you don’t make the most of those opportunities.

“We created a phenomenal amount of chances and probably should have been four or five goals ahead at the break. : Academy coach Mikey Harris said

But the Pilgrims levelled when a corner was converted before securing all three points through a superb volley in the dying seconds.

The hosts took the lead early in the second half when Conor Chaplin (pictured) drove at the defence and saw his shot squirm through the goalkeeper. Bass (George 60); Widdrington (Haitham 31), Granger, Nilsen, McDowell; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rwakarambwe; Joseph-Buadi (Sayers 60), May, Chaplin; GillPompey:

“Our inexperienced defence are improving with every game and starting to settle into their roles within the side.”


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