Pompey secured their first victory of pre-season last night with a 1-0 victory over Aldershot. Izale Mcleod scored the only goal of the game after just six minutes.
Aldershot’s decision to open up the whole of the South Stand in addition to the usual visiting section of the EBB Stadium proved to be the correct decision as the Pompey fans made up more than half of the total attendance.
There were plenty of new faces for Pompey fans to ponder, with Glenn Morris, Ago Sallaj, Kieron Djilahi, Josh Thompson and Jack Crompton joining the other trailists who were on the pre-season trip to Spain.
However, surprisingly, Liam Lawrence & Tal Ben-Haim were both in the starting line-up. Dave Kitson was not involved though, but he did watch from the stands.
The game got underway and Tal Ben-Haim’s first touch was greeted by boos by the fans in the terraces behind the goal, followed by many nasty songs which I cannot repeat!
Mcleod’s goal came after a good through ball by Luke Rodgers. He than calmly dinked the ball over the advancing Shots keeper Jamie Young.
As normal practise in pre-season games, there wasn’t much more action in the opening half. Glenn Morris in the Pompey goal dropped a couple of easy crosses – he reminded me a little bit of Jamo.
The half time interval didn’t help matters as the second half didn’t see much of an improvement due to the fact there was lots of stoppages for substitutions.
All of the entertainment was provided by the Pompey fans. I think there was a record set for the most men
(and a baseball bat) who went to kill a scummer! – I counted 25!
The closest either side came to scoring was when Tal Ben-Haim’s poor back pass was intercepted by an Aldershot attacker, who had a free shot on goal, but Morris made a good block.
The closing stages of the game petered out as Pompey eased to victory and recorded their first victory of pre-season.
The game won’t be remembered for the events that took place on the pitch, but, for the fantastic support from the Pompey fans. The Attendance was announced at 2,094 but 1,053 of them being ours, who sang for the entire game, with about 200 to 300 staying behind afterwards too. (see picture below).