Clean sheet for U18s away at Pompey
AFC Bournemouth under-18s keep a clean sheet as they draw 0-0 away with Portsmouth in the Merit League.
The match came on the back of the disappointing 5-1 home loss to Stevenage the week previously, with manager Alan Connell satisfied with the progress from his side.
“I was pleased to get the clean sheet after conceding five goals last week where we were far too open defensively.
“We changed to a back three as the first team do quite often, being quite flexible between a back four and a back three. We felt it was a game well suited to the match both to help us on the ball and off the ball as well.
“We were pretty solid and limited them to two or three chances throughout the game. We had a young team out again, having only three second years out there, so it was another good experience for the first-year players.
“In the first half especially we created some good chances and their ‘keeper’s had to make a couple of really good saves. We just didn’t quite make the most out of that spell when we were on top.
“In the second half we were up against it a bit. We had to defend well and deal with balls into our box. Credit to our lads, we stayed in the game but didn’t create as much as we did in the first half.
“To go from conceding five to keeping a clean sheet was a pleasing aspect and I said to them after that it sets them up nicely for what is an exciting week to come.”