Foster delight at successive Pompey victories

Brian Murphy. Picture: Joe Pepler
Brian Murphy. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ian Foster oversaw another victory as Pompey’s reserves impressed against Cardiff City.

The Championship side’s development group visited the Blues’ training ground for a behind-closed-doors friendly yesterday afternoon.

I don’t think anyone would have had any complaints if we were four or five up after 45 minutes. We were excellent

Ian Foster

Yet it was to be Pompey who emerged victorious in a 2-1 win more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

Goals from Conor Chaplin and Kal Naismith in the first half put the hosts on the road to a second successive triumph.

Dylan Rees pulled one back in the dying seconds but it was too late for the Welsh visitors.

The fixture also saw Brian Murphy make his injury return, while Caolan Lavery featured as a 61st-minute substitute.

And Foster was delighted with the performance.

Pompey’s first-team coach said: ‘I thought it was a really good display.

‘The first 45 minutes, in particular, the boys were terrific.

‘They played at such a high tempo and were really, really positive in everything they did.

‘I thought the combination play in the front four was fabulous, they really troubled Cardiff.

‘Cardiff changed it at half-time and adopted a back three to try to stop us penetrating as often as we did.

‘I don’t think anyone would have had any complaints if we were four or five up after 45 minutes. We were excellent.

‘Cardiff scored a 91st-minute goal but we had made six changes in the second half which obviously has a bearing on the fluidity of the team and the passing.

‘It’s not about the result, though, it’s about match minutes for senior players, while youngsters get an understanding of the structure of the team and roles in and out of possession.’