Craig Westcarr and Ben Chorley were praised after responding to their first-team exclusion by helping the reserves to a 6-1 triumph.
The duo were left out of Andy Awford’s 18-man squad on Tuesday night for the 2-2 draw with Cheltenham.
I was really pleased with how Ben and Craig responded and that is the attitude we are looking for, not that it should ever be doubted.Paul Hardyman
They were in action yesterday, however, and were named in the starting line-up for the hammering of Gillingham.
Westcarr scored from the penalty spot, while Conor Chaplin (two), Paul McCallum, Adam May and Bradley Tarbuck also netted in the rout at the Gills’ Beechings Cross training ground.
And first-team coach Paul Hardyman was delighted with the attitude of the experienced pair for the Final Third Development League fixture.
He said: ‘I couldn’t fault anything from the side, the performance level was very, very good.
‘The scoreline was fully deserved. In fact, if you added up all the chances it could have been more, while Gillingham may have had a couple.
‘We dominated the game for long periods, moved the ball well and looked a good outfit.
‘I was really pleased with how Ben and Craig responded and that is the attitude we are looking for – not that it should ever be doubted.
‘They got on with what was asked of them and, as I told them, there have been a few injuries this week so you never know when they will be needed.
‘That response was actually what I, as coach and reserve-team manager, wanted to see.
‘In addition, Conor was bright and creative in that Jed Wallace role, winning a penalty and scoring twice, Bradley got a good one and Adam scored from a corner.’
Pompey: Bass, May, Field, Chorley, Tarbuck, Close (76 mins Oxlade-Chamberlain), Shorey (71 mins Davies), Haunstrup, Chaplin, McCallum (46 mins Joseph-Buadi), Westcarr