Date: 10th November 2008 at 10:16pm
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Dave Nugent – making his latest comeback attempt from injury – was among plenty of 1st team players who featured in a behind closed doors reserve friendly with Liverpool, which we lost 4-1.

This is the report from the Pompey Site

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NUGENT BACK IN ACTION AGAINST LIVERPOOL

A fit-again David Nugent could not prevent a Pompey reserve side losing 4-1 to Liverpool in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

The striker played 45 minutes in the match at the club’s Eastleigh training ground – his first action since being sidelined by groin surgery.

And he made an immediate impression, winning a 19th-minute penalty which Arnold Mvuemba stroked home.

But that was as good as it got for a strong Blues side containing Kanu, John Utaka and Younes Kaboul.

A handball by Kaboul gifted Liverpool an equaliser on 25 minutes, Vitor Flora sending Jamie Ashdown the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick.]

The Blues went behind four minutes later when Mikil San Jose sidefooted home a corner.

Utaka fired narrowly over as the Blues tried to find a response. But it was Liverpool who scored again, midfielder Steve Irwin turning in a cross to make it 3-1.

Pompey twice came close to pulling one back in a game played in torrential rain, with Kanu shooting narrowly wide and Kaboul having a shot cleared off the line.

But Liverpool had the final say when substitute Jordy Brouwer completed the scoring with 10 minutes left, finishing a cross from close range.

Pompey: Ashdown; Lauren, Kaboul, Wilson, D.Traore; Nugent (Duffy 46), Mvuemba, Hughes, Utaka; Kanu, Sahar.

Liverpool: Bouzanis; Mendy, Ayala, San Jose, Kelly; Crowther, Spearing, Irwin, Weijl; Pacheco, Flora.

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