Date: 23rd July 2017 at 2:18pm
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Pompey suffered a first pre-season defeat when Bournemouth left Fratton Park with a win. However, football was put in perspective when a Blues fan sadly lost their life on Saturday.

RIP to the Pompey fan who would have gone to Fratton with dreams for the season ahead but, which shouldn’t ever be the case when you leave for a game of football, they didn’t return home…

A statement on portsmouthfc.co.uk read:

‘Portsmouth Football Club are sad to announce that a Pompey fan has passed away after falling ill at today’s match.

‘The incident occurred during the half-time break and the start of the second half was delayed while he received treatment.

‘Despite valiant attempts by medical staff – who were quickly on hand to administer CPR – and following transportation to QA Hospital, he was unable to be revived.

‘Next of kin have been notified and our thoughts are with them at this time.’

? as for the game, Bournemouth had gone ahead through Lys Mousset in the first half before the second half was delayed following the incident with the fan.

Conor Chaplin had drawn Pompey level early in the second half with Bournemouth ahead soon after through Benik Afobe and 2-1 is how it finished as the Cherries became the first club to beat the Blues under Kenny Jackett.

Pompey: McGee; Evans, Davies, Burgess, Holmes-Dennis; Bennett, Baker, Rose, Naismith (Lalkovic 69); Pitman; Chaplin
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Whatmough, Haunstrup, May, Close, Lowe, Main, Kabamba

Bournemouth: Begovic (Federici 59); Francis (c), S.Cook (Worthington 46), Cargill (Ake 59), Mings (Daniels 46); Surman (L.Cook 59), Arter (Gosling 59); Fraser (Ibe 59), Mousset (King 59), Gradel (Pugh 59); Afobe (Defoe 59)
Subs not used: Mahoney, Simpson, Whitfield

Referee: Andy Davies
Attendance: 7,182 (988 away fans)

Jackett told portsmouthfc.co.uk there were ‘encouraging signs’ as Pompey recovered from a poor start as the Premier League side were ‘worked hard.’

‘There were encouraging signs for us and I was pleased with the performance of our players. We made a poor start and didn’t defend our box as well from corners and wide free-kicks as I would like us to. But we came through that and as the game wore on, there were good things for us in and out of possession.’

Adding: ‘My team selection is working towards the Rochdale game and playing full games is something you can’t replicate in training. We’ve worked them hard and I was pleased with both their fitness levels and their application on the pitch.’

Chaplin’s goal came from a connection with captain, former Bournemouth forward, Brett Pitman and Jackett was also impressed by the early signs of link up play between the two with Pitman backed to get the best out of 20 year old Chaplin.

‘We’re looking for that link up between them. It’s still early days in their partnership, but I’m encouraged with what I’m seeing. Conor’s only 20, so he’ll need someone experienced like Brett to help him develop into the player we want him to be.’

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