Ellis Harrison scored a hat-trick on his first start of the season, but it couldn’t stop the Blues going down to a loss, with emergency goalkeeper Jake Eastwood having to pick the ball out of the back of the next five times on his one and only appearance for the Fratton Park outfit.
Here’s how our chief sport writer rated the players’ individual performances…
9. Gassan Ahadme - 5
Still struggling to come to terms with first-team football.
10. George Hirst - 6
Chance to shine. Plenty of work-rate but rarely a sniff of goal.
11. Ellis Harrison - 9
Shouldn’t be written off. Magnificent hat-trick sent out powerful message.
12. Harry Jewitt-White - 5
(Replaced Louis Thompson on 70 minutes): Did okay in brief cameo.