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Blues Beat Swindon In Friendly

Close, Wheeler and Smith on target in 3-1 victory

28 August 2018

Pompey in friendly action against Swindon Town

David Wheeler was among the scorers as Pompey beat Swindon 3-1 in a training ground friendly at Copnor Road.

Ben Close and Dan Smith were also on target, as the Blues gave minutes to some of the players who have been on the first team fringes in recent weeks.

And there were a couple of familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with James Dunne and Toumani Diagouraga both appearing against their former club.

It was the hosts who made the brighter start, with Louis Dennis twice creating openings that Smith was not quite able to capitalise on.

The deadlock was finally broken on 34 minutes after Brandon Haunstrup stole possession, burst forward and teed-up CLOSE to hammer home.

And it was WHEELER who doubled the advantage moments later, bundling the ball into the net from close range when Nathan Thompson's effort cannoned back off the post.

A prolific few minutes for Pompey was then capped by SMITH firing a third past Luke McCormick in the Robins goal.

But the visitors almost pulled one back just before the break, with Jak McCourt sending the ball against the woodwork.

McCourt was Swindon’s most dangerous player and he did reduce their deficit on 50 minutes, while another attempt was cleared from the line by Matt Casey.

It was the Blues looking more dangerous in the closing stages, however, and Wheeler sent a shot narrowly wide, before McCormick made a fine double save late on.

Pompey: McGee; N.Thompson (Kavanagh 66), Dandy, Casey, Haunstrup; May, Rose; Wheeler, Close, Dennis; Smith

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