Date: 18th July 2008 at 11:06pm
Written by: sneakay

In tonight’s second friendly fixture of the Pompey pre-season warm up the blues went up the M4 to play Swindon who they have not faced since 1999 at the County Ground.

Pompey started with a changed team of James, Lauren, Campbell, Pamarot, Hreidarsson, Mvuemba, Mendes, Diop, Hughes, Defoe and trialist OJ again.

For the first 35 minutes Swindon dominated the game and took the lead after Cox got very dubiously brought down in the box after 7. He took the penalty and scored past James.

On 35 minutes some lovely work from Herman and OJ put Herman through to deftly lift it over the keeper. OJ gets awarded his second penalty in two games after the keeper brings him down on 41 minutes. Defoe steps up and calmly puts it away.

Halftime Swindon 1 – 2 Portsmouth

The second half was rather dull, the only couple bits of excitement were that Crouch came on to make his debut partnering Sahar upfront, and the injury time goal for Pompey scored by Subotic after a great cross from Sahar.

Fulltime Swindon 1 – 3 Portsmouth

Positive notes: OJ looked very good again as did Sahar

Not so positive: A touch more sloppy defending, Crouch and Defoe both fairly quiet. Pamarot and Cranie both beaten far too easily.


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