'Assured and comfortable' - how Jack Whatmough fared on his Portsmouth return at Plymouth

Jack Whatmough looked ‘assured and comfortable’ on his Pompey injury return.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 5:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 6:00 pm

Liam Daish was impressed as the centre-back stepped up his comeback in the reserves’ Central League Cup draw at Plymouth.

Whatmough made his first appearances for almost a year, after suffering knee cartilage damage against Doncaster last February.

He was named captain and completed a full 90 minutes as the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Home Park.

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The Gopsort lad's outing came on the back of being an unused substitute in Kenny Jackett's side’s 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

And Daish heaped praised on Whatmough’s display against Argyle.

Pompey’s professional development phase coach said: ‘It was a good test for Jack because Plymouth were decent and he was playing in a young team.

‘He came through it unscathed, touch wood, and he looked very assured and comfortable.

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘His fitness levels look good. How he reacts tomorrow might be different but on first showing, it’s a big plus.

‘Jack played the full game. The plan was that he was ready to play 90 minutes and he completed it.

‘His movement looked good. He had a bit of defending to do in the first half and he coped with it well.

‘It was great to see him organising people around him. It’s been a long haul for Jack but fair play to him, he’s kept his fitness levels and is a natural defender.

‘If you're a natural defender then you’ll slot back in a lot easier than those who maybe don't enjoy defending as much.’

In blustery conditions, Argyle dominated the first half but took just a one-goal lead into the interval.

With the wind behind them in the second period, Pompey were on the front foot and January signing Reeco Hackett-Fairchild equalised in the 59th minute.

The visitors continued to push for a winner but home keeper Mike Cooper made several fine saves.

Daish added: ‘In the first half, we defended well in horrendous conditions against the wind and rain.

‘To be fair, their goal was a good goal. When they had a bit of defending to do, we totally dominated and the only thing lacking was more goals.

‘We could have had three or four but I was pleased. There were some really good individual performances.

‘Their goalkeeper was excellent and that probably says a lot about our performance.’