Southsea ace didn’t look out of place on Portsmouth debut against Arsenal under-21s 

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Freddie Read didn’t look at all out of place on his Pompey debut.

That is the glowing endorsement of Joe Gallen after last night’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal under-21s.

Freddie Read in action. Picture: Sean Ryan

Freddie Read in action. Picture: Sean Ryan

Read was handed his Blues bow against the Gunners in the Checkatrade Trophy second-round tie.

And the Academy midfielder delivered an impressive performance in Kenny Jackett’s engine room.

The Southsea talent, 18, kept the ball ticking and worked tirelessly throughout the clash.

Gallen praised Read's performance and now believes he needs a loan move to a non-league side to help continue his encouraging development.

The assistant manager said: ‘Freddie is a technical player, a ball player – I don’t think that he gave the ball away.

‘He’s neat and tidy, keeps the ball rolling and moving.

‘He’s got a nice way about him and confidence-wise it will do him the world of good as well. 

‘I don’t think that he looked out of place at all. 

‘He’s got a tough personality, is a confident person and you know he’s not going to let anyone down.

‘For his development he’s now got to get out and play some men’s football on a Saturday and get among playing for points to further his career.’

Matt Casey also made his first appearance for Pompey against Arsenal.