Ellis Harrison gets thumbs up from Portsmouth owner Michael Eisner following Birmingham double

Ellis Harrison’s Fratton Park debut received Michael Eisner’s seal of approval.

Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 4:00 pm

The Pompey chairman heaped praise on the striker’s ‘strong showing’ in the Carabao Cup first-round win over Birmingham.

Harrison fired a double either side of half-time on his home bow as the Blues eased to a 3-0 success.

Ben Close was also on target with a superb 39th-minute volley.

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After arriving from Ipswich for a fee around £450,000 this summer, Harrison failed to hit the goal trail during pre-season.

The capture of John Marquis for £1m-plus last week meant the Welshman had to settle for a place on the bench in the League One curtain-raiser defeat at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

But with Marquis missing for the Birmingham clash – due to his partner going into labour – it gave Harrison a chance to impress.

And his display was given a thumbs up by Eisner.

The Blues owner wrote on Twitter: ‘Nice win for @Pompey and strong showing for Ellis Harrison. #PUP #CarabaoCup.’

Pompey director, Eric Eisner, added: ‘The lads played great tonight. Roll onto Saturday #PUP.’