Portsmouth tipped to be match for anyone as they hand out one-sided thrashing of old foes Plymouth Argyle

Pompey are a match for anyone after they dished out a 6-0 annihilation of Plymouth Argyle.

Monday, 27th April 2020, 11:50 am
Updated Monday, 27th April 2020, 11:52 am

That’s the belief of man at the helm, Christopher Proud, after he served up a first-round pasting of the Pilgrims in the EFL Football Manager Cup.

The Blues have lined up a second-round date with Mansfield on Thursday after the one-sided battering.

Paul Cook and Derek Adams struck up a fierce rivalry as relations soured between the two set-ups in the Scouser’s Fratton reign.

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Across 10 battles over four years, Plymouth beat the Blues in the play-offs before Cook’s side dramatically won the League Two title on the final day in 2017.

Now it’s Pompey who have the online bragging rights after the comprehensive first-round result.

It was a hat-trick from Ellis Harrison which did the damage along with a Ronan Curtis double and effort from sub John Marquis in the legendary manager simulation game.

The supporter known as Proudie said: ‘I couldn't fault the lads at all today, I told the team we were going to attack from the first whistle, and they've made me a proud manager.

Ronan Curtis put Plymouth to the sword in 2018 - and Pompey fan Proudie has followed suit in Football Manager

‘I think a few teams in this tournament will look at this result and start worrying about us, I'd back us against anyone.’

The EFL have partnered with the popular computer game and charity Mind to form a 54-team knockout competition over the next month – while the coronavirus crisis suspends the real-life season.

Organisers are encouraging fans to support the cause by visiting their JustGiving page.

This Thursday’s second-round clash will be available to watch on Twitch.