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ACADEMY DRAW WITH PLYMOUTH

26 March 2016

Harris upset by penalty decisions

Pompey Academy fought from behind to draw 1-1 with Plymouth in a controversial encounter at Furze Lane.

The visitors were awarded two extremely debateable penalties, but Nick Hall saved the second of them.

And that allowed the Blues to secure a point, as a fine passing move ended with Tommy Scutt heading home Liam Sayers’ cross.

Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “It was a very competitive game between two good sides and Plymouth had a very strong team out.

“We started well, but a couple of crazy refereeing decisions cost us midway through the first half.

“First the official awarded an indirect free-kick because he said Nick had held on to the ball for too long – this was about 25 minutes in, so we weren’t exactly looking to waste time.

“Theo Widdrington charged down the free-kick and it hit him in the stomach, but the referee decided it was a penalty for handball.

“Plymouth scored from the spot and it was frustrating to be behind after two of the most ridiculous decisions I have ever seen.

“Adam May had a couple of good chances to level, but we went in behind at the break, despite a positive display.

“The boys started the second half strongly and we levelled due to a fine team goal, with Tommy getting the finishing touch.

“We tried to get another and Liam had a few decent shots, while their keeper made some good saves.

“Then we conceded another penalty when Ousman went shoulder to shoulder with their player and the referee harshly adjudged that it was a foul, but Nick made a great save low down to his right.

“We pushed forward in search of a winner and Jez Bedford lobbed the keeper, only for the ball to fly inches wide.

“Dan Smith also missed a good opportunity late on, but overall it was a very positive display and Mark Kelly and I are pleased with how the boys are playing at the moment.”

Pompey: Hall; Widdrington, Saidy, Wakley, McDowell; May, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Bedford (Smith 84), Scutt, Haitham; Sayers
Subs not used: Collins, Chandler, Mayes, Brooks

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