Portsmouth defeated by Premier League Brighton as they're given valuable pre-season workout

Pompey fell to a 3-0 defeat to Premier League Brighton as they were given a challenging final pre-season test.

Saturday, 22nd August 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd August 2020, 4:15 pm

The Blues found a powerful Seagulls side too strong for them in their last pre-season friendly before competitive action begins next weekend at Stevenage in the Carabao Cup.

Kenny Jackett opted to take a first-team squad to Brighton’s training ground, after fielding two separate XIs in the warm-up win over Norwich under-23s last weekend.

Graham Potter’s side showed their quality as they dominated possession and made it an exercise in defensive organisation for the Blues.

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Pompey restricted their hosts well in the first 45 minutes and went in goalless at the break, but Brighton’s use of the ball took its toll in the second half with the goals following.

Still, it’s the kind of challenge which has put some hard yards into the legs of the squad as they now turn their attention to competitive action.

With next weekend’s friendly with Bristol City being cancelled, Pompey now begin the campaign with a Carabao Cup trip to Stevenage next Saturday.

They then have a blank weekend before the home EFL Trophy match with Colchester on the week commencing September 7 - and then the League One curtain-raiser with Shrewsbury at Fratton Park on September 12.

Pompey were given a tough workout at Brighton today. Pic: Max Swatton

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