Paul Cook was delighted with Pompey’s ‘bravery’ as they brought the curtain down on their pre-season schedule.
The Blues secured a goalless draw at Bristol City this afternoon at the rebuilt Ashton Gate.
Yet it was keeper Richard O’Donnell who was far busier than Pompey debutant David Forde.
Carl Baker and Michael Doyle were both brilliantly denied, while substitute Luke Ayling had to clear a Gary Roberts shot off the line.
After eight summer friendlies, Cook’s men can now focus on the League Two opener against Carlisle next weekend.
And Pompey’s boss was impressed with his side’s showing against today’s Championship opposition.
He said: ‘Our lads acquitted themselves very well, probably disappointed we never nicked a goal or two, but I like to think we carry that threat.
‘To come away from a team like Bristol City and genuinely try to play the football we do has a bravery about it which should stand us in good stead for the season and was great to see.
‘I think the Pompey fans who travelled will have gone home happy, but we all know next week is the big occasion and we look forward to it.
‘These keepers we bring in now can bring some calmness to us as a club and David Forde will make some mistakes like every goalkeeper in the country.
‘But you could see the positivity in his play coming for corners, punching corners and I am pleased with him.’