Debut duo delight Portsmouth boss

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Kenny Jackett applauded Pompey’s debut duo as his shuffled pack yielded a 4-0 victory.

The Blues boss made 10 changes for last night’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Gillingham at Fratton Park.

Andre Green made his Pompey debut in the 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Gillingham. Picture: Robin Jones/Digital South

Andre Green made his Pompey debut in the 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Gillingham. Picture: Robin Jones/Digital South

In the process, he handed Andre Green his Pompey bow, while Joe Mason came off the bench for his maiden outing in a 28-minute appearance.

There were a creative influence, too, with Green winning the penalty for Brett Pitman’s goal and Mason’s 90th-minute blocked shot falling for David Wheeler to score.

Matt Clarke and Ben Close also netted in front of 2,011 fans at Fratton Park on an encouraging night for the new boys.

Jackett said: ‘Andre did well. I was pleased with him.

Joe Mason. Picture: Robin Jones/Digital South

Joe Mason. Picture: Robin Jones/Digital South

‘He’s obviously new to it, you can see that. He’s getting to know the players. He has only been here a few days.

‘He will build on that and be very pleased with himself in terms of being part of a winning team and a side which got a clean sheet.

‘He has a lot of ability. We have to keep giving him the ball. He’s quite a quiet lad but a very humble one and has fitted in very well with a good attitude.

‘With Joe, he’s not had too many minutes in terms of game-time because he’s not part of the under-23s group at Wolves and not part of the first team either.

‘Although he has been training, there have been no matches for him. People come in on loan in different circumstances, that happens.

‘We have the games now to be able to get him fit and also he is a naturally fit lad.

‘Joe can come in as either the number 10 position or number nine. He has a lot of quality, very good feet and, most importantly, can get you a goal.’

Oli Hawkins is expected to miss up to three weeks with his back injury, while Ronan Curtis is on international duty.

It ensures attacking spots are up for grabs on Saturday against Shrewsbury, with Pitman, Green, Wheeler and Mason under consideration.

Jackett added: ‘A couple of defensive injuries to Walkes and Whatmough just stretch us slightly.

‘But at some stage that will happen with the front men or, particularly, the dynamic positions, they will need a breather.

‘I don’t think there are any serious injuries.

‘I would estimate all three are out between two to three weeks.’