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Academy Ease To Newport Victory

Blues hit four unanswered goals in Wales

21 October 2018

Leon Maloney in action for Pompey Academy
Photo: Keith Woodland

Pompey Academy returned to winning ways in convincing fashion with a 4-0 victory over Newport at Lliswerry School.

They broke the deadlock after just seven minutes, as Leon Maloney (pictured) collected a pass over the top and bent a neat finish around the keeper.

The other goals all arrived in the final half-hour, with Stan Bridgman smashing the ball home following good work from Josh Flint.

Alfie Stanley stole possession, embarked on a driving run to the edge of the box and found the top corner to extend the Blues’ advantage further.

And a profitable trip to Wales was completed in the closing stages when Freddie Read fired a free-kick into the net.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “It was lot better from us. We’d spoken to the boys about producing a more solid performance and that’s exactly what we saw.

“Some of our defending recently had been particularly poor and we want to ensure that if goals are scored against us, it should be down to good play rather than our mistakes.

"It’s about bringing the two things together and we were excellent going forward, while keeping a clean sheet at the back."

Mark Kelly

“It was something we’d worked hard on all week to get right and the back four dealt with everything, winning tackles and headers.

“We didn’t give Newport any room to breathe and it was a lot more resilient, which was pleasing to see.

“When we’re on the ball we know that we can cause teams problems – that’s clear from the number of goals we’ve scored this season.

“But it’s about bringing the two things together and we were excellent going forward, while keeping a clean sheet at the back.

“I thought we were spot on from the first whistle until the last and our opponents only had one shot during the whole game.”

Pompey: Pitman; Kavanagh, Mnoga, Robb, Hancott (Kelly 60); Bridgman, Read, Whiting; Maloney (Bruce 81), Stanley, Flint


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