Six of the best for Academy but coach Harris wants more

Harvey Bradbury, left, bagged a brace as Pompey Academy beat Newport County 6-1 earlier today   Picture: Neil Marshall
Harvey Bradbury, left, bagged a brace as Pompey Academy beat Newport County 6-1 earlier today Picture: Neil Marshall
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POMPEY ACADEMY coach Mikey Harris saw his side record an emphatic 6-1 win at Newport County in today’s Youth Alliance League South West encounter but promised: There’s more to come from us.

It was a stellar attacking display from the Blues youngsters, with Harris insistant the visitors should have returned to the south coast with a goals haul in double figures.

As it was, Harvey Bradbury grabbed a double with Adam May, Jez Bedford, Brandon Joseph-Buadi and Kaleem Haitham also on the scoresheet.

Harris, though, believes his side are capable of more.

He said: ‘In the first half we encouraged the boys to pass the ball, which we did for the first 10 minutes and scored two goals.

‘Then we started to play like individuals, which winds me up.

‘In the second half we went back to passing the ball within a team framework with everyone keeping their discipline.

‘By doing that we showed the ability we have within the team.

‘This team is all about passing and moving the ball and playing in the right way - like the first team.

‘We are still learning the shape all the time and we want to improve every week, today for me we should have hit double figures.

‘I know it sounds ridiculous but a 6-1 scoreline doesn’t necessarily mean “hallelujah” we have got all the answers.

‘That’s not the case – there’s more to come from us.

‘But the nice thing for me was that we showed in spells that the penny is starting to drop.

‘If we can kick on and do it for 90 minutes then we are going to be good.’

Pompey led after seven minutes with Bradbury on target from close range, before doubling their advantage five minutes later through May.

It stayed that way until the break, before hosts Newport reduced the arrears with a well-worked free-kick routine.

But Bedford struck on the hour mark to regain the Blues’ two-goal advantage, before the impressive Joseph-Buadi got himself on the scoresheet.

Haitham and Bradbury then completed the rout.

POMPEY ACADEMY: Bass, Davies, Wakley (Saidy, 65), Yates, Haitham, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Widdrington (Scutt,60), May, Joseph-Buadi, Bedford (McDowell, 67), Bradbury