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Kelly: A Good Blend

Youth and experience combine well at Gosport

17 July 2018

Mark Kelly

There was mixture of youth and experience on show from the visitors at Privett Park.

A Pompey XI including the likes of Luke McGee, Christian Burgess and Danny Rose took on Southern League side Gosport.

And they emerged 3-0 winners thanks to a second half brace from summer signing Louis Dennis and Oscar Johnston’s late strike.

Academy manager Mark Kelly was in charge for the friendly and was pleased with how the first team players blended with his young hopefuls.

He said: “The senior guys needed the minutes – everyone does during pre-season – and it’s brilliant for the kids to play alongside them.

“It adds to their development to be with the people they watch all the time in training and are dreaming to be.

"He finds those little pockets and when he’s got the ball at his feet you can see how agile he is."

Mark Kelly

“I thought the way that the first team boys applied themselves was brilliant. They worked extremely hard.

“We had to be patient and Gosport really did give us a workout, but we had a lot of control throughout the game.

“It was just elements in the final third during the first half that we needed to tidy up and we told them at half-time to maintain their tempo.

“Louis is great on the ball. I watched him a couple of times myself last season and know he can really play.

“He finds those little pockets and when he’s got the ball at his feet you can see how agile he is. I was really pleased because he looks dangerous.

“There was some intelligent football and we scored some good goals, so we want to build on that momentum.”


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