Pompey Too Hot For Trotters

04 August 2012 06:05
Portsmouth 3 Bolton Wanderers 0

Pompey's upturn in pre-season form continued with an easy 3-0 win over Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

Keiron Djlali opened the scoring after just six minutes after tapping in Izale McLeod's cut back and then Liam Lawrence doubled the score with a sublime free kick on twelve minutes.

A dominant Pompey could have had a third if Matt Mills hadn't been on the line to clear Brian Howard's effort but wen into the break comfortable.

The second half continued much in the same way and the hosts had a third as Lawrence supplied a cross for substitute Ashley Harris who produced a powerful diving header that Adam Bogdan could do nothing about.

The 4,193 fans that bothered to turn up would have left Fratton Park very pleased with such a performance. We'll now be hoping that the Football League will grant Michael Appleton permission to sign some of these players permanently sharpish before other clubs swoop in for them.

There has also been rumours from the grapevine that Lawrence, who performed so well today, is prepared to take a pay cut in return for an extended contract so he can stay at Pompey.

He would surely be an asset in League One but I still expect him to leave along with Ben-Haim before Friday's liquidation deadline.

Fans can be confident that Portsmouth Football Club will still exist as the start of the season draws near. Let's hope for more good news before Wednesday's friendly at Wimbledon.


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