Portsmouth manager Andy Awford saw his side lose 3-2 in their pre season friendly against Championship side Bournemouth but admitted that his Portsmouth side will learn from their mistakes before the 2014/15 League Two campaign gets under way on the 9th August.
The first half started badly for Portsmouth by conceding a goal in just 3 minutes. Toketo Rantie hit a volley through the legs of Pompey keeper Paul Jones, a mistake by the goalkeeper.
The second goal came from a well-taken header by Pitman who doubled Bournemouth’s lead to make it 2-0 with twenty-one minutes played. Bournemouth’s third goal came from a Pompey mistake in midfield by former Cherries man Danny Hollands leaving Harry Arter to punish Pompey to make it 3-0 at half time. It was an impressive first half for Eddie Howe’s side, but a sloppy half from Portsmouth’s point of view.
But it was a much improved second half for Pompey and it proved to be a game of two halves. Manager, Andy Awford, made nine changes before his team went back out for the second half, with only Pompey youngsters Jed Wallace and Adam Webster staying on the pitch.
The changes made a difference and Pompey put that sloppy first half behind them, and scored two goals to give Bournemouth a run for their money. The goal of the game came in the seventy-fourth minute by James Dunne, a summer recruit by Awford, who hit a stunning 25 yard volley that smashed in to the net via the post. Nine minutes later Jack Maloney was brought down in the penalty area and Jed Wallace converted the penalty to make it 3-2. However Pompey couldn’t find that equalising goal, and Bournemouth left as winners at Fratton Park.
“Pre season friendlies are all about learning and there are things for us to work on.” said Awford.
Speaking about Dunne’s strike, Awford said “If he gets another one of those in his career, let alone the season then he’ll be delighted. It was a fantastic strike and I thought his overall performance was very good.”
Both the first goal and the third goal conceded by Pompey were down to individual errors by goalkeeper Paul Jones and Danny Hollands. “Every body makes mistakes – that’s football. It’s how you react to those that’s important.”
Portsmouth have their final pre season fixture on Saturday against another championship side, Charlton Athletic before starting the season with an away trip to Exeter on the 9th August.