Appy has reasons to be positive

Pompey boss Michael Appleton
Pompey boss Michael Appleton
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Michael Appleton was satisfied with his Pompey side after picking up a maiden pre-season victory.

Izale McLeod’s seventh-minute goal secured a 1-0 victory at Aldershot’s Recreation Ground last night in front of 1,053 away fans.

Pompey’s previous two friendlies ended in defeats to Gibraltar and Brighton respectively, while a fixture against the Hawks was washed out without a ball being kicked.

And for Appleton, there was plenty to take out of the triumph over the League Two side other than the result.

He said: ‘I thought it was a decent performance and we passed the ball well at times.

‘It was a real workman-like performance and I did say to them before the game we wanted this type of game because that is more like what we are going to face when we start the league.

‘The one on Saturday (Bolton) is a bit of a luxury but it’s a good test.

‘The atmosphere was also special and reminded me of some of the decent away days we had at the back end of the season.’

Meanwhile, Appleton revealed triallist Mustapha Dumbuya’s absence last night was down to a back problem.

The former Doncaster Rovers defender was expected to line up against the Shots after impressing on the Blues’ pre-season tour of Spain and Gibraltar.

He added: ‘Mustapha has had a sore back over the past couple of days.

‘He is very much in my plans, though, if I can do things.’