Pompey ease to win at Woking

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey continued their unbeaten start to life under Paul Cook with a comfortable 2-0 win at Woking tonight.

Triallists Gareth Evans and Matt Clarke struck in the first half to seal a third-successive pre-season victory as the Blues made it five games without defeat this summer.

It was impressive stuff from the visitors, who could have led in the 11th minute when Conor Chaplin, playing in the lone-striker’s role, rattled the underside of the crossbar.

The Blues did make the breakthrough in the 28th minute when Evans collected Kal Naismith’s fine pass in his stride before slamming past Cards keeper Nick Hamann.

The lively Evans, who is a free agent, then turned provider for Pompey’s second four minutes later as his corner was powerfully headed home by fellow triallist Matt Clarke – a centre-back on the verge of joining the Blues on loan from Ipswich Town.

The second half lacked the intensity of the first but it was always Cook’s side who looked the more dangerous in front of goal.

The Blues’ on-trial goalkeeper Brian Murphy, who played the entire game following the news Michael Poke had signed on loan for Eastleigh until January, was not unduly troubled until injury-time when National League Woking struck a post.

That aside, it was an extremely encouraging Pompey display at the Kingfield Stadium as man-of-the-match Evans further increased his hopes of a permanent more to Fratton Park.