The News’ Mark Acheson and Jeff Marshman discuss Pompey’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first-round exit at Exeter last night.
A youthful Blues side fell to a 2-0 defeat against the Grecians at St James Park.
The mood in the camp was positive, though, following the introduction of so many youngsters into the first-team environment.
In total, there were six Pompey debutants on show, including summer signings Adam Barton and Kal Naismith.
But the story of the evening was the emergence of four fresh faces from the Academy, with Calvin Davies, Brandon Joseph-Buadi, Kaleem Haitham and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain also making their Blues bows.