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ACADEMY WIN AT GILLINGHAM

6 March 2016

Oxlade-Chamberlain nets the winner

Pompey Academy returned to winning ways with a 1-0 Merit League One victory at Gillingham.

The only goal of the game arrived midway through the first half after the visitors had stolen possession and launched a quick counter-attack.

Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain (above) picked up the ball, drove forward and steered a shot into the top corner.

Harvey Bradbury was then sent off for the Blues after the final whistle following an altercation with an opposition player.

Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “It was a very competitive game, so we’re pleased that we were able to come out on top.

“The goal we scored came from a good move after we had pressed well to win the ball and it was a nice finish from Christian.

“We created plenty of other chances throughout the game, with Harvey, Jez Bedford, Brandon Joseph-Buadi and Kaleem Haitham all going close.

“But Gillingham also asked a lot of questions of us and we had to deal with set-pieces and balls into the box.

“After a disappointing performance and result the previous week, we had spoken to the boys about concentration and commitment.

“It was important that we approached the match in the proper manner, so I was pleased with the overall team display.

“The only downside was Harvey’s red card, which means he’ll now miss three games. He made a mistake and now he has to learn from that.”

Pompey: Hall; McDowell, Wakley, Saidy, Widdrington; May, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Joseph-Buadi, Scutt (Bedford 54), Haitham; Bradbury

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