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ACADEMY BEATEN AT CHELTENHAM

23 April 2017

Young Blues unable to take their chances

Pompey Academy were unable to turn possession into goals as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Cheltenham.

Dan Smith missed a good early chance for the visitors when he turned and hit a low shot straight at the keeper.

And Joe Hance then fired the Robins ahead from the penalty spot after skipper Eddie Wakley had been penalised for a foul in the box.

The Blues continued to push forward, with Jez Bedford and Theo Widdrington both spurning opportunities either side of the interval.

But Cheltenham extended their advantage against the run of play, courtesy of Ben Hailwood’s shot into the corner.

They then put the result beyond doubt when George Lloyd met a delivery from the left and volleyed past Jack Collins

Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “We controlled the game for long spells, but were unfortunately unable to take the chances that we created.

“Cheltenham did exactly that, however, which was ultimately the difference between the two teams.

“I thought that we used the ball well at times and were able to showcase some attractive passing football.

“But we just didn’t have that ruthlessness and clinical edge that is required in both boxes and that was disappointing.”

Pompey: Collins; Dandy (Lethbridge 74), Wakley (c), Casey; Chandler, Scutt (Johnston 85), Widdrington, Bedford, McDowell; Smith (Brooks 66), Mayes
Subs not used: Hancott, Read

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