Harris fuming despite Pompey Academy win

Pompey Academy coach Mikey Harris    Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey Academy coach Mikey Harris Picture: Joe Pepler
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An irate Mikey Harris insisted he took no pleasure from Pompey Academy’s 3-2 Youth Alliance League south west division win over Bristol Rovers today.

The Blues looked to be coasting to an easy victory when they were three goals ahead at the break, courtesy of Theo Widdrington, Matt Mayes and Harvey Bradbury.

But as good as they were in the opening period, the hosts were as bad in the second as Rovers dominated at Furze Lane – unfortunate to leave with nothing to show for their efforts.

And Harris, inset, was left infuriated by the way his side lost control of the game.

He said: ‘The goals, which I thought were three excellent goals, and the performance of the two under-16s lads Freddie Read and Joe Dandy aside, there were no other positives.

‘I take no pleasure out of that game of football.

‘We became ragged, lost our shape and discipline and bickered with one another like little children.

‘And this group of players has got to learn that you can’t paper over cracks just because you have won the game 3-2.

‘It doesn’t matter if we win every game between now and the end of the season – there won’t be professional contracts handed out to individuals who can’t maintain their disicpline or play within the team structure.

‘It is about trust and at the moment there are question marks over that.

‘People might be surprised because we have won 3-2 but I am fuming.’

Pompey Academy: Hall, Brooks (Dandy 56), Casey, Wakely, McDowell, Read, Widdrington, Smith, Woodward, Bradbury, Mayes