Whittingham: Lot for Blues youngsters to learn

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Guy Whittingham weighed up Pompey’s development squad after their return and admitted: There’s much to learn.

The Blues’ youngsters went down to a 2-1 loss at Salisbury today in their final warm-up game before the season starts at Plymouth on Tuesday.

Michael Appleton has been keen to see the gap between Academy and first team bridged with the side once again.

Whittingham was pleased with what he saw of the players in terms of fitness on a warm afternoon.

But he feels the team, which was made up of youngsters with four triallists, still have a long way to go in overall development.

He said: ‘It was interesting to see the development group play.

‘It was their first time in a game, so we found out where they are.

‘Apart from Sam Magri it was their first 90 minutes on a hot day.

‘In an ideal world we would have liked to changed them at 60 minutes, but Pompey don’t exist in an ideal world so we had to give them a full game!

‘Fitness wise they coped okay, but they have to improve their football knowledge.’