Sean Raggett nets Pompey's first against Fulham Under-21s in the EFL Trophy. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages
Sean Raggett grabbed two – the second a stunner – while Terry Devlin also netted, but they should have been well out of sight against the 10-man Fulham Under-21s.
The brilliance of goalkeeper Alex Borto and poor finishing prevented them bagging many more, nonetheless it was still a highly-encouraging attacking display.
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Will be tremendously disappointed by Fulham’s second goal after failing to deal with Stevenson’s backpass and question marks also over the third. However, he produced one fine reaction save early in the second half and another when rushing off his line. Also made the winning penalty save in the shoot-out. (Photo: Jason Brown) Maintains Pompey’s penchant for assist-making right-backs when his first-half cross was headed home by Devlin. Another good display from the youngster who continues to mature well. (Photo: Jason Brown) The Blues’ skipper popped up at the far post to net the Blues’ first of the night from Sparkes’ corner. Then, in the 51st minute, he let fly with one from 30-yards into the top corner for a wonder goal. Should have had a hat-trick too, when he missed another with his left foot. He may be a sub these days, but write him off at your peril. (Photo: Jason Brown) Back in the side and, as ever, looked comfortable on the ball, while defended solidly. Can be pleased with showing. (Photo: Jason Brown) A strong attacking display from left-back to really put pressure on Connor Ogilvie. His first-half corner was netted by Raggett and overall dead-ball delivery was very good. Growing into life at Pompey encouragingly. (Photo: Jason Brown) Zak Swanson delivers a cross from the right against Fulham Under-21s. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages Kept the ball and passed it to his team-mates, fulfilling his role impressively, albeit not always eye-catching. During one rare venture forward, forced the keeper into a second with a second-half shot. (Photo: Jason Brown) What an introduction to Fratton Park. Capped his maiden competitive outing at home with a bullet header for Pompey’s second goal and an overall encouraging display. Hard-working, full of energy and box-to-box, it was a great chance to see the summer signing in action after one previous Blues outing. (Photo: Jason Brown) Handed the number 10 role and could easily have claimed a hat-trick had it not been for poor finishing in excellent areas. Still movement and energy was encouraging and can take plenty from his performance. (Photo: Jason Brown) Started strongly and in the opening 20 minutes headed over and then sent a right-footed shot at the keeper. Operating on the left flank, the youngster didn’t look overawed and was also a threat with his pace and directness. (Photo: Jason Brown) (Replaced by Anthony Scully on 62 minutes) Have to feel for him as he searches for his maiden Pompey goal. Headed one against the bar and another appeared destined for the net until taking the slightest of deflections wide. Still, another powerful performance as he continues to impress. (Replaced by Alex Robertson on 62 minutes) First start of the season following injury and very lively, particularly in the first half. Offered plenty of threat from the right flank and perhaps should also have helped himself to a goal. Debutant Koby Mottoh fires in a first-half shot against Fulham Under-21s. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages (Replaced Christian Saydee on 62 minutes) One wild volley over the bar as he became another of Pompey’s players who couldn’t finish off the plucky Cottagers. (Replaced Paddy Lane on 62 minutes) Was left scratching his head that he didn't score after Fulham's keeper kept him out. And when Robertson did beat him, he struck the post. Paddy Lane made his first Pompey start of the season in the EFL Trophy against Fulham Under-21s. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages