Double joy for Kyle Bennett after breaking FA Cup duck

Pompey winger Kyle Bennett, left    Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey winger Kyle Bennett, left Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey midfielder Carl Baker Picture: Joe Pepler

What we learnt from Pompey’s draw with Walsall

  • Bennett has scored three goals in 30 appearances for Pompey
  • Conor Chaplin netted for a fifth time this season from the bench
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Kyle Bennett toasted breaking his FA Cup duck.

And the 25-year-old is targeting many more appearances on the Pompey scoresheet before the season is out.

I don’t think you can be disappointed with the draw because we were playing against a great Championship side who are in the play-offs

Kyle Bennett

Pompey and Ipswich will fight it out another day after Saturday’s FA Cup clash finished 2-2.

All four goals arrived in the second half at Portman Road, although it will be the hosts more happy to have secured a second encounter.

Still, Bennett had calmly stroked home an angled 55th-minute leveller following good build-up play from Gary Roberts and Marc McNulty.

It represented the winger’s first goal since the opening day of the campaign against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Ultimately, substitute Conor Chaplin scored four minutes from time, teed up by Bennett, before Ryan Fraser’s free-kick secured a late draw for the Tractor Boys.

As for Bennett, he was delighted to finally get on the scoresheet – and a first in the FA Cup in his 10th career appearance.

He said: ‘It’s nice to get a goal, but with it also being my first in the FA Cup makes it special.

‘Obviously I want to score goals, I am in this team to score goals and get assists and I have not scored as many as I thought I would have done this season.

‘So hopefully now it will give me the confidence to kick on and get a few more.

‘Saturday’s was a great team move. Roberts picked it up and put it into McNulty and he has given me a great pass, I’ve seen the goal and took it early and luckily it went in.

‘I decided to take it early – their keeper probably expected me to take a touch because it was slightly behind me, so it took him off guard.

‘It was a good goal, a team move coming from a counter attack. We had worked on that in training being a solid base and then countering.

‘But the overall team performance was fantastic. Conor has come on and I thought we had won it to be honest but they showed their strength and what they are about with the equaliser.

‘I don’t think you can be disappointed with the draw because we were playing against a great Championship side who are in the play-offs, but ultimately we dominated the game and created enough chances to win it.

‘You could say we should have come away with a win, but obviously it never happened.’

Pompey’s previous encounters against Championship sides this season were a victory over Derby and then a 2-1 defeat to Reading in the Capital One Cup.

And they again made light of the two-tier gap against Ipswich.

Bennett added: ‘I cannot put my finger on why we do well against them.

‘I have played in the Championship myself and I do feel the players give you a little bit more respect. They probably stand off you a little bit more than League Two teams.

‘That is until you get around the box and that is when it becomes more intricate and smarter.

‘You saw Conor Chaplin getting offside at the end a few times because they stepped up.

‘Some might say it is because we are up for the match because it is a big game – but I wouldn’t.’