Portsmouth's Alex Bass revelling in return to full match action at Bognor

Alex Bass is savouring his return to match action.

Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 6:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 9:02 am
Bognor v Pompey. Pre-season friendly. Nyewood Lane. Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Picture: Tommy McMillan

The keeper registered 90 minutes for the first time this summer in Pompey XI’s 2-1 pre-season win at Bognor last night.

It was the first time Bass featured for a full game since the Blues’ reserves defeated AFC Bournemouth in April.

The academy graduate endured a frustrating 2018-19. Respective groin and knee injuries restricted him to just eight appearances while on loan at Torquay. 

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He was then called back to Fratton Park in December to play deputy to Craig MacGillivray after Luke McGee suffered a wrist setback.

Bass played the second half of the 11-0 romp over UCD last week, although he scarcely touched the ball.

The 21-year-old was plenty more involved against the Rocks, though, and he revelled being back between the posts.

Bass said: ‘I felt good and it was good to get back out there.

‘I had an injury when I was out on loan at Torquay and I didn’t get the minutes I thought I was going to get.

‘But to get 45 minutes and then 90 minutes in pre-season is good for me.

‘The UCD game was a warm-up for me. 

‘We knew Bognor would be a bigger challenge and they’re a better side so for me to be tested is always good.

‘There were one or two saves from me that were good, a couple of crosses I claimed and then kicking.

‘Just to get out there, playing again and getting that movement you can’t work on in training in a match is always good.’

Eoin Teggart and Brett Pitman gave Pompey a 2-0 half-time lead at Nyewood Lane.

Ex-Blues striker Dan Smith reduced the arrears two minutes into the second period after Bass produced a superb save to deny Jimmy Muitt.

Smith had an opportunity to equalise late on but the keeper thwarted his former team-mate’s shot.

Bass added: ‘For their goal, he had a header which just skimmed across the front post.

‘It’s always a tough one and the more games I play, the better it’s going to be.

‘Obviously, I know Smudge quite well and I just got down and made myself big.’