Midfielder pleased with professional Portsmouth showing against Arsenal

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Adam May was happy with professional Pompey as Arsenal under-21s were well beaten at Fratton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The midfielder helped Kenny Jackett’s team earn a 2-1 success.

Pompey celebrate the winner against Arsenal. Picture: Sean Ryan

Pompey celebrate the winner against Arsenal. Picture: Sean Ryan

It could have been a far greater margin of victory.

Pompey were well on top for most of the match.

They also responded superbly to getting pegged back to 1-1 in the second half.

In the final stages of the match the hosts went close numerous times before Andre Green’s 83rd-minute winner.

May himself hit the woodwork twice and he felt the approach to the match was spot on from all the Pompley players.

He said: ‘We are very pleased.

‘The aim was to put a professional performance in against a younger team and I thought the boys did that really well.

‘They play football in a completely different way, expansive football. They like to play out from the back but I thought we dealt with it really well.

‘There’s a lot of difference between under-23s and men’s football.

‘I’ve learnt that step up in my career so far, obviously going out on loan and playing in the men’s game.

‘It is completely different to the matches the Arsenal team are playing week in, week out.

‘For them it is a test, as well as it is for us, and we showed that tonight.

‘It gets nervous when you go 1-1 and a team starts to get on top of you.

‘All you can think about then is penalties. You look at it negatively.

‘But I thought the boys reacted really well to going 1-1 and we got the winner.

‘We got through and that is all that matters.’

May was back in an attacking midfield role for the Blues after returning from his Aldershot loan spell.

He was very unfortunate not to get at least one goal and was named man of the match.

His first half shot slammed against the post from 25 yards.

Then his second half effort was flicked against the crossbar by the Arsenal keeper.

But overall it was a good return.

May added: ‘The main aim tonight was to get the win, obviously to get a good team performance but individually for myself to play well and hopefully I have done that.

‘It was my first game tonight for Portsmouth in a long time and it was just good to get a win.’