Futacs and Halford goals give Pompey charity win

112202-776_WEST_HAM_SR_10/9/11'Action from  West Ham United vs Pompey at Upton Park.'Marko Futacs in action Pompey.''Picture:Steve Reid 112202-776
112202-776_WEST_HAM_SR_10/9/11'Action from West Ham United vs Pompey at Upton Park.'Marko Futacs in action Pompey.''Picture:Steve Reid 112202-776
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Marko Futacs impressed as Pompey beat FC Rostov in their Fratton Park charity fixture.

The Hungarian striker and Greg Halford scored late on to give Steve Cotterill’s men a 2-0 success over the Russian outfit.

A crowd of 4,348 turned out for the fundraiser in aid of the families of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team who died in a plane crash last month.

They witnessed an entertaining first half in which Pompey were denied by the excellent Anton Kochenkov in the Rostov goal.

Luke Varney, Ryan Williams and Futacs all went close in an encouraging opening period.

At the other end, midfielder Bragan Blatnjak had Rostov’s best moment in the first half, striking the bar with a thunderous 37th-minute free-kick.

After the break, the Blues did not quite have the same attacking impetus.

Although, they finally broke the deadlock in the 74th minute when Futacs charged down a clearance and the ball entered the net.

In the 80th minute, Kochenkov missed a corner and Halford was left with the simplest of headers into an empty net.

The night also saw Spanish triallist Fernando Vega feature at left-back.

Meanwhile, Jed Wallace, a recent recruit from Lewes, came on as a substitute along with local lad Adam Webster.