Pompey beaten but late goals flatter Plymouth

Matt Clarke was named Pompey skipper for the League One clash at Fleetwood. Picture: Mark Robinson

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Pompey’s gutsy young battlers went down to a 3-0 loss to Plymouth in the Capital One Cup tonight.

Pompey ended the game with a side with an average age of 18 – after coach Ashley Westwood limped off in the first-half.

That was after handing nine full debuts to players as Balram Chainrai continues to dally over taking the club out of administration.

Pompey somehow held on until first-half stoppage-time before Johnny Gorman smashed in a peach of a goal from a tight angle.

Michael Appleton’s teenagers began brightly after the restart and sub Jack Maloney almost lobbed in a goal from the byline.

That lifted the side who took the game to the home outfit in front of a crowd of 5,318.

Adam Webster so nearly levelled for Pompey after 77 minutes as his 25 yarder whistled wide.

But two goals in a minute late on – from former Blues man Paris Cowan-Hall and Nick Chadwick – settled the game.

There was still time for Jed Wallace to have a 30-yarder superbly saved by Jake Cole as the visitors battled to the death.

The 753 travelling fans sang ‘we’re proud of you’ to their players on the whistle in an apt show of appreciation.