Date: 10th March 2009 at 10:29pm
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Villa spanked a youthful Pompey reserve side tonight with us being mullered 6-1 at Villa Park.

Due to the 1st team squad, or most of it, being in Dubai – or at least returning – it was a very young side that Guy Whittingham fielded.

Unfortunately not for the first time in recent weeks, although that side was more experienced, our 2nd string was battered – do not take my word for it, here is the report from the Pompey Site

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RESERVES TROUNCED AT VILLA

Aston Villa Reserves 6 Pompey Reserves 1

It was another night to forget for Pompey Reserves as they were on the receiving end of a 6-1 thrashing at Villa Park.

With the Blues’ senior side still making their way back from their Dubai training camp, Jerome Thomas was the only experienced name in a young side.

After absorbing some early pressure, Pompey had some good chances with Gael Nlundulu firing narrowly over after combining well with Paris Cowan-Hall.

Thomas was then sent through on goal by Marlon Pack but both his initial shot and the follow-up were blocked.

Pompey continued to press and Stuart Taylor did well to keep out Cowan-Hall’s deft effort with a fine parried save.

But it was Villa who opened the scoring on 26 minutes when a corner was only partially cleared. Dominik Hofdauer put the ball back into the danger zone for Shane Lowry to sweep past Liam O`Brien.

The Blues had a chance to level when Thomas was brought down on the edge of the area but the winger hit a disappointing effort straight into the wall.

However, Villa found themselves three goals ahead with two goals in quick succession at the end of the half.

Jonathan Hogg got the first when he lifted the ball over the advancing O’Brien, before Eric Lichaj headed home a free-kick.

Half Time: Aston Villa 3 Pompey 0

Pompey looked to find a way back into the game and they scored early in the second half when COWAN-HALL met Ryan Woodford’s header to bundle home.

They came close to pulling another goal back but Taylor made a fine save to keep out James Hurst’s drive.

But Andreas Weimann scored Villa’s fourth on 58 minutes, heading past O’Brien after some great work by Lowry.

Hogg then added his second of the night on 73 minutes with a simple finish to convert Barry Bannan’s cross.

And the rout was completed two minutes from the end when substitute Gary Gardner collected the ball from Nathan Delfouneso and swept the ball home.

Pompey: O’Brien, Hurst, Reynolds (Woodford 46), Mantyla, Blackman, Nlundulu (Navas Alors 76), Pack, Kilbey, Thomas (Ciftci 81), Mahoto, Cowan-Hall

Aston Villa: Taylor, Lichaj, Hogg, Clark, Shorey, Lowry (Blythe 85), Albrighton, Weimann (Collins 73), Bannan, Hofdauer, Delfouneso (Gardner 71)

Referee: Mr R. Madl