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Kelly: We Complicated Things

Academy boss reflects on FA Youth Cup victory

10 November 2017

Pompey Academy in FA Youth Cup action against Lewes at Fratton Park

It was a case of job done for Pompey Academy as they booked their place in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

But Mark Kelly believes there is plenty more to come from his young charges following a 3-1 victory over Lewes at Fratton Park.

Josh Flint’s opener was cancelled out early in the second half before goals from Bradley Lethbridge and Matt Mayes finally saw off the plucky visitors.

And while Kelly accepted that the Blues deserved to progress, he would have liked to see a more complete performance.

Pompey’s academy manager said: “It was a potential banana skin and we did complicate things at times. We made it hard for ourselves.

“We didn’t have the control we would have liked, but found a rhythm as the game went on and came out with the win.

"We set standards for ourselves and certain elements could have been better."

Mark Kelly

“Lewes were going to come here and work hard for their manager, although we set standards for ourselves and certain elements could have been better.

“We managed to open the game up a bit more across the whole 90 minutes and also use the pitch a bit more.

“We’ve done enough to get through and with the quality we’ve got on the pitch, we expect to get results.

“The fans made some noise and got behind the lads, so we really appreciate them turning out to watch us.”

Pompey will have to be at their best in the next round, with Leicester set to visit the south coast for a tie that must be played by December 16.

Kelly said: “We’ve drawn big clubs for the past few years and it will be good for the boys to test themselves against a Premier League side.

“I’m sure they will enjoy that step up in quality and it is certainly going to be a challenge for us.”

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