Pompey’s next generation will have to bide their time for their next Fratton Park experience.
Caretaker Blues boss Guy Whittingham insists he will stick with his current first-team squad for the club’s remaining two fixtures of the season, despite some promising displays from several youngsters in the friendly with Hermann Hreidarsson’s IBV.
Whittingham remains committed to winning the final two fixtures and will resist the urge to blood anyone else outside of his current crop – even though the likes of Bradley Tarbuck and Jack Whatmough were among those who turned in impressive displays in midweek.
Whittingham said: ‘None of the second-year scholars will be involved.
‘Adam Webster, Jack Maloney and Nick Awford will be, but there won’t be any others.
‘They all did well the other night and it was a good experience for them.
‘At the time you wondered if it was the right timing for a game but it was good to play in front of a decent crowd.
‘They weren’t overawed by it. It was a good exercise all round.
‘We’ve got two games left and we want to win them. I think it’s important.
‘First and foremost, we’ve got a home game we want to win and then the away game.
‘We will pick the side we think will beat Sheffield United and then Shrewsbury.
‘It’s not about looking to the future yet. We are still working in the current.’
Whittingham also believes it is vital his men take some momentum into next season.
He said: ‘You want to finish the season winning because it makes a difference and can give you some momentum going into next season.’