Former Leicester, Hull, Crystal Palace and England caretaker boss watches on as Portsmouth wingers find their rhythm

He's worked with Pompey on the training ground, particularly helping the wingers hone in on certain aspects of their game.

Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 12:40 pm
Peter Taylor watched Pompey's win over Southend from the stands. Picture: Nigel Keene

And for the victory over Southend on Tuesday evening, Peter Taylor could take heart that his Blues tutorials are having a tangible impact.

The ex-Leicester and England caretaker manager was ensconced in the Roots Hall directors' box for the 3-0 win in the EFL Trophy.

Taylor arrived at the ground with Kenny Jackett and was back at one of his former stomping grounds, having made his professional debut for Southend during his playing days.

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He imparted his knowledge on Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Ryan Williams – having operated on the flank for the likes of Tottenham and Crystal Palace throughout his career – playing close attention to them receiving the ball on the outside foot.

Certainly, there was plenty of encouragement to take from Pompey's wide men’s displays in the past two games.

On his return to the starting line-up after being dropped at Burton, Curtis fired a double either side of half-time against Southend.

Williams, meanwhile ran amok and wreaked havoc on the Shrimpers' rearguard throughout the 90 minutes.

A goal would have capped off a fine performance, with the ex-Rotherham man missing a decent opportunity within two minutes.

Harness was given a well-deserved rest at Roots Hall, having plundered a sublime hat-trick in the 4-2 win at Burton in League One last Saturday.

Michael Jacobs started on the left flank at the Pirelli Stadium and he’s another that Taylor could be working with in the future.

As could Haji Mnoga and Cam Pring after Jackett surprisingly rolled out a 3-4-3 formation at Southend.

Mnoga was many fans’ man of the match as he showed superb pace and energy to get up the flank, while Pring delivered several inviting crosses in the box.

Taylor’s likely to return and work with Pompey's wingers again at some point, with Jackett often liking someone from outside his usual coaching staff to come and give a different approach to training. Stuart Pearce was another face who’d regularly help out before returning to West Ham’s coaching staff in the summer.

In the meantime, the Blues boss will be hoping for more of the same from his wingers when his side face MK Dons on Saturday.

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