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Mousinho Full Of Praise For Youngsters

Boss pleased with academy players' contribution at Gosport

14 July 2023

Destiny Ojo celebrates scoring for Pompey at Gosport Borough
Fixture News

Mousinho Full Of Praise For Youngsters

Boss pleased with academy players' contribution at Gosport

14 July 2023

John Mousinho hailed Pompey’s young players after a dramatic pre-season victory at Gosport Borough.

There were 10 members of the academy involved at a wet and windy Privett Park, with the majority coming on for the final 30 minutes.

It was 1-1 at that point, with Wales international Joe Morrell cancelling out Rafa Ramos’ opener before the interval.

But Harry Jewitt-White bundled home a Harvey Laidlaw corner late on, while Destiny Ojo then wrapped things up in stoppage-time.

And even though results mean little in July, Mousinho was delighted that the teenage hopefuls were able to celebrate.

The Blues boss said: “The gale force winds and rain were coming in – it wasn’t really like any pre-season game I’d seen before!

“It was a different challenge for the lads and quite dramatic at the end, with the young lads coming on and doing as well as they did.

“Results aren’t particularly important in pre-season, but I was thrilled for them to have that experience after coming into the first team.

"It was a different challenge for the lads and quite dramatic at the end, with the young lads coming on and doing as well as they did."

John Mousinho

“Destiny was excellent and I thought that Dan Murray caught the eye in the middle of the park, while Harvey did well on the left.

“Gosport had chances and hit the post twice early in the second half, while Will Norris made a couple of good saves.

“They were excellent and caused us some problems, which gives us plenty to work on in training next week.”

Pompey did receive a blow early in the second half, when young professional Josh Dockerill had to be stretchered off.

Mousinho said: “We’re not entirely sure what he’s done, although it looked painful, so he’ll have a scan on Monday and we’ll see how it us.

“We looked quite thin on the ground, but that’s more precautionary than anything else and a few of them would have played if this was a league game.

“It’s not worth risking anyone on these surfaces at this time of year, while Kusini Yengi just felt his ankle and he’ll have a scan, so it might be a week or two for him.

“I know that’s disappointing because fans want to see him out on the pitch and Gavin Whyte has just been ill.”


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