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How 21-y/o will be feeling with intense Portsmouth squad battle in the offing

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Portsmouth keeper Alex Bass is supposedly back-up at Fratton Park, however put in a display against Ipswich Town in the Leasing.com trophy that would be the envy of experienced ‘keepers up and down the country.

The 21 year-old keeper made 11 saves throughout the game, as well as stopping one penalty in the resulting shootout, and his display was applauded by Portsmouth supporters as Bass threw himself in front of everything to put himself firmly in the mind of Pompey manager Kenny Jackett.

With first-choice goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray on international duty this week, it was now or never against Ipswich for Bass to try and stake a claim to start ahead of former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Luke McGee in the EFL League One clash against Gillingham this coming Saturday.

Bass’ tremendous performance may have been enough to give him a shot at making his eighth appearances in the past four seasons for Portsmouth after progressing through the ranks at Fratton Park, and the young goalkeeper will be taking into account his past experiences in first-team football preparing him for this moment.

Previous loan spells with Salisbury FC and Torquay United in the last couple of seasons as well as his minimal outings with Portsmouth has given Bass all the experience that he needs at a young age to prove he may be good enough to compete for that goalkeeper shirt at Fratton Park.

Bass has already made 61 appearances in first-team football and had a taste of different experiences in football especially when it comes to his Non-League loan career, having made 46 apperances as Salisbury finished as playoff finalists in 2016-2017 and then made eight appearances for Torquay last season as they won the National League South.

Bass will be feeling that his performance against Ipswich was more than enough for the Pompey manager Jackett to take a chance on the youngster this Saturday with a possible first league appearances since  May 2018 very much coming up. If Bass does end up getting the nod ahead of McGee, then he will be feeling the pressure as he looks to cement his position as permanent second choice keeper at his boyhood club.

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