Harris: There is more to come from Blues youngsters

Pompey Academy coach Mikey Harris   Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Pompey Academy coach Mikey Harris Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Danny Rose and Oli Hawkins in action against Southend. Picture: Joe Pepler

Peterborough v Pompey: Pre-match talking points

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Mikey Harris praised Pompey Academy’s team performance after producing an impressive demolition of Plymouth in the FA Youth Cup.

In-form Conor Chaplin grabbed two, while there were first goals of the campaign for Adam May and Chad Field in the 4-0 win at Home Park last night.

Yet it was the overall display from the dominant visitors which left the Pilgrims second-best throughout, as the Blues produced one of their best showings of the season.

And Harris was full of praise for the players who made the result possible.

He said: ‘It was a real, real solid performance from the entire squad, the XI who started the game and the three who came on as substitutes all played their part.

‘It was great to see them come together as a unit and perform in a way we know they are capable of.

‘There is more to come from this group of players and we are absolutely delighted with the four goals, the clean sheet and, obviously, the ultimate thing which was to get to the next round.

‘This competition is about them, it is for them, it gives them a great opportunity to play at a fantastic club like Plymouth in a great arena and they took their chance.

‘Adam opened the scoring with his first goal of the season and I had a funny feeling yesterday morning he was going to net, God’s honest truth!

‘When we got on the bus I told him he was going to score and he said he thought so as well!

‘I said to him I couldn’t believe he didn’t come and celebrate with me when it went in but I’ll let him off with that.

‘It was a great start to the evening having been getting in some great positions this season.

‘As for Chad’s, it is a corner we work on to get him free in the box and he has obviously won the header, it has not touched anyone and gone straight in.

‘Maybe there was a little bit of confusion in their defence, but we’ll take it all day and that is his first goal of the season as well – and on his 18th birthday!’

Inevitably, Chaplin also got on the scoresheet as he made it 15 goals in 13 appearances for the Academy this season so far.

And two very different styles from the player recently awarded professional terms.

Harris added: ‘Conor’s first goal was great individual play, it’s very hard to defend against that, he has this low centre of gravity, he sucked the defender, managed to spin and showed great composure to finish it off.

‘And the second one was a real poacher’s goal, great strike from Liam Sayers to make the keeper work and Conor has reacted like he does – as sharp as a knife – and he has managed to put it away nicely.

‘He has shown once again he can score all types of goals.’

– NEIL ALLEN