Wigley: Ben Thompson's catching the eye for Portsmouth place

Ben Thompson is revving up for a Pompey midfield return after a second-string star showing.

Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 6:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2018, 6:45 am
Ben Thompson in action against Plymouth earlier this month. Picture: Joe Pepler

That's the verdict of Jake Wigley, after surveying the Millwall loanee's display in Monday night's 2-1 reserve victory over Oxford.

With Kenny Jackett in attendance at the PMC Stadium, eight players possessing first-team experience this season were granted match minutes.

Louis Dennis and Joe Mason were the scorers, yet it was the energetic and driving performance of Thompson which stood out.

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Now the midfielder is pushing to break back into Pompey's side for Saturday's trip to Rochdale.

First-team coach Wigley said: '˜You can't fault Ben's application, I thought he grew into the game against Oxford.

'˜He's got that little bit of pace to get past a player and can drive at the back four of teams, threading those little balls, but he also has that defensive discipline when he needs it.

'˜The first 20 minutes of the second half we lost our way a little bit, but then Ben started getting on the ball and dictating.

'˜Not just 10-20 yard passes but little five-yard passes, creating space and getting back on the ball, driving past to open up more space.

'˜He grew into it and it will be nice to see one of those shots fly in. He's not afraid to have a go and will let fly with his left foot.

'˜We've got a really good squad, a lot of depth and quality, and the manager can call on any senior players to step into the first team and they won't look out of place.

'˜It's a great problem to have for him.'