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Academy Beaten At Plymouth

Young Blues play most of the game with just 10 players

24 September 2023

Pompey Academy
Academy

Academy Beaten At Plymouth

Young Blues play most of the game with just 10 players

24 September 2023

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Pompey Academy were beaten 2-0 at Plymouth in their latest Youth Alliance League fixture.

It was always going to be an uphill struggle when Sam Folarin got injured in the opening stages and, moments later, Jack Fox was sent off for bringing down Fin Wilkes.

The hosts made their numerical advantage count after the break, with Cole Gibbings converting a corner before Freddie Issaka also found the target.

Lead professional development phase coach Sam Hudson said: “We made a strong start and were competing really well against tough opponents.

“But Sam was unfortunately injured early on and had to go off, which meant we lacked a focal point in attack.

“We didn’t have that target man to compete against Plymouth’s two very physical centre-backs and missed his presence.

“Jack was then sent off soon after for a challenge as the last man. Seeing it at the time and having watched the incident back, it’s probably the right decision.

"That period of a few minutes in the early stages, with the injury and red card, dictated how the game went, but there were still some good individual performances from us."

Sam Hudson

“So it was always going to be a challenging afternoon for us, having to defend for such a long time with just 10 players.

“But we were extremely solid at the back for the remainder of the first half, with the back five and two screeners in front of them.

“Unfortunately, there were some roles that weren’t performed properly shortly after the break and we conceded from a set-piece. That was disappointing.

“It’s quite unlikely at that point that you’re going to get something from the game and we opened up a little bit more, but Plymouth then got a second.

“We dropped a little bit deeper and that just invited more pressure than we would have liked, with no outlet to get up the pitch.

“That period of a few minutes in the early stages, with the injury and red card, dictated how the game went, but there were still some good individual performances from us.

“Kevin Bosaka was probably the best defender on the pitch and played in all the three central roles. He was fantastic.”

Pompey: Smith; Bosaka, Spurway (Staight 59), Fox; Quarm (Howard 71), Murray, Aston, Mullins; Clout, Keteku; Folarin (May 18 (Whitelock 78))


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