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.

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.

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.’