Danny Cowley’s men lined up Bournemouth’s Christain Saydee up front to fill their side’s gaping hole and the 20-year-old put in an eye-catching display.
Although the forward was off the scoresheet during his 45 minutes on the pitch, with Ryan Tunnicliffe an own goal from Josh Passley and Liam Vincent scoring a 3-0 win over the Hawks.
Nonetheless, there was much to be encouraged by the display of the mighty Saydee, who failed to score in 18 outings at Burton in the second half of last season.
He was one of five trial candidates for Danny Cowley’s men – although he was the only one to start the game.
With 11 substitutions scheduled for the second half, after the break saw the introduction of former Ipswich defender Levi Andoh, Spurs goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi, former Middlesbrough striker Rumarn Burrell and the former Liverpool and Derby right-back Andre Wisdom.
Although the Blues were missing their only new signing, Marlon Park, along with Michael Jacobs, Reeco Hackett and Denver Hume.
In the 12th minute, Ronan Curtis’ low cross from the left met an early shot from Marcus Harness from the edge of the penalty area, but Joe Newton’s brilliant sliding block thwarted a certain goal.
Trialist Saydee came to life in the 27th minute with a powerful push from the pitch from the halfway line, which saw Joe Oastler’s rugby tackle attempt against him fail.
However, his subsequent cross from the right was easily cleared by the backpedaling Hawks defense.
Then Harness kicked it with a delivery from the right, but, despite Saydee recovering the ball well, he was quickly shut down and unable to shoot.
The stalemate was broken in the 34th minute when Harness dropped the ball down the right to collect Tunnicliffe’s clever run into the box.
The fit midfielder to cross, but instead fired in a shot close to the post which deflected and wormed its way into the net.
Pompey extended their lead in the 40th minute when a huge deep cross was swung in from the right by Harness.
Curtis challenged at the far post but Passley could only bundle the ball into his own net as he tried to outsmart the Blues winger.
Saydee had grown impressively in the game and he finished half Billy Clifford off the ball to steal it, then sent a 40-yard lob just over the bar.
Cowley made 11 substitutes at the break and in the 48th minute the score became 3-0.
Vincent, at left-back Connor Ogilvie, fired in a left-footed free-kick from 25 yards out for a superb third for the Blues.
The visitors should have extended their lead in the 70th minute following a fine move that saw Harry Jewitt-White selflessly square Rumarn Burrell, but his shot was saved.
There would be no further change in the scoreline as Cowley’s men claimed a 3-0 success in their first pre-season outing.
Pompey (1st half): Bass, Freeman, Raggett, Robertson, Ogilvie, Morrell, Thompson, Tunnicliffe, Harness, Saydee, Curtis.
Pompey (2nd half): Oluwayemi, Andoh, Mnoga, Wisdom, Vincent, Mingi, Jewitt-White, Burrell, Reid, Bridgman, Gifford.
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