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STEVENS: A GAME OF TWO HALVES

24 July 2015

Defender discusses win at Woking

Enda Stevens wants to see more consistency from Pompey.

The full-back played the full 90 minutes of the 2-0 victory against non-league Woking at Kingfield Stadium.

Goals from triallists Gareth Evans and Matt Clarke ensured the damage was done by the interval.

But Stevens was unhappy that the Blues let their standards slip in the second half.

The defender said: “The pitch was a bit boggy and conditions weren’t the best, but it was a decent test for us.

“It was a good performance for us in the first half, but we were a bit sloppy in the second.

“They got the better of us after the restart and we struggled to get out of our own half at times.

“We created a lot of chances and had a lot of possession in the first half, but we want to do that for the whole game.

“So there are definitely some improvements needed and there’s plenty for us to work on in training.

“But these games are also about reaching maximum fitness and making sure we’re ready for the season.

“We’re starting to form partnerships, but we’ll also get to know each more the more times we play together.”

Pompey travel to Gillingham next Saturday in their final friendly before the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

Stevens said: “We’ve got one more test before the season begins and now we’re looking forward to that first league game.

“We went down to the ground the other day and the pitch was looking well. I can’t wait to get started.”

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