Pompey depart Checkatrade Trophy

Pompey boss Paul Cook   Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Paul Cook Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Smith has not been included in this year's team photo

Striker omitted from Pompey team photo

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Pompey have tonight departed the Checkatrade Trophy.

That’s after the Blues saw their chances of progressing out of the group stage thwarted by Yeovil’s 2-0 victory over Reading under-23s.

Pompey needed the Royals youngsters to win at the Madejski Stadium to stand any chance of making it out of Southern Group A but this evening’s result means the Blues and Bristol Rovers – who they beat 1-0 last night – both exit the Trophy, with Yeovil and Reading through.

In truth, few at Fratton Park will be too concerned by Paul Cook’s side’s venture in the much-maligned competition coming to an end as Pompey now concentrate their attentions fully on League Two promotion.

Mansfield visit the south coast on Saturday with the fifth-placed Blues keen to close a three-point gap to the automatic promotion places.