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Cowley: Vital Minutes For Players

Boss reflects on friendly win at Bournemouth

3 August 2021

George Hirst in action for Pompey at Bournemouth
Photo: Colin Farmery

Danny Cowley was pleased to see Pompey wrap up their pre-season programme with a win.

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild was on target with a fine finish to settle a contest with a young Bournemouth side at their Canford Arena base.

Michael Jacobs, Callum Johnson and new arrivals Connor Ogilvie and George Hirst were the only other first teamers to feature.

And Cowley was pleased to see them get vital minutes under their belts with the new League One campaign just days away.

The Blues boss said: “It was a good exercise for us and an important match at this stage of the season.

“There was a group of players who all probably had different objectives and we like to have this kind of ‘mop-up’ game.

"There wasn’t always the intensity and aggression we were looking for, but it was a nice goal from Reeco to settle things."

Danny Cowley

“You’ve got guys who are a little bit short of the 400 minutes we like to get into their legs during pre-season.

“We faced a decent Bournemouth side and I did feel that we were a little bit soft against the ball at times.

“There wasn’t always the intensity and aggression we were looking for, but it was a nice goal from Reeco to settle things.

“I think he’s done really well during pre-season and looked positive – it was a strike that was worthy of winning any game.”

Loan striker Hirst came off at the break after a hamstring injury at Rotherham towards the end of last season delayed his start to pre-season.

Cowley said: “It was great to see him get 45 minutes – which was always the plan – and he showed some really neat link-up play."


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