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Two out, one in will leave Pompey fans underwhelmed
Wednesday, 31st Jan 2018 22:51 by staff

Kyle Bennett's departure was the big surprise of deadline day at Pompey.

The 27-year-old left by mutual consent despite being just half a season into a three-year deal he signed last summer.

Bennett scored 13 goals in 117 appearances in two and a half years at Fratton when he became a popular figure among team-mates, staff and fans.

The BBC reported that Bennett was set to join Pompey's League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

His move followed the departure earlier in the day of another winger, Milan Lalkovic, also by mutual consent.

That exit was less of a surprise, with the Lalkovic having struggled to make a big impression at Pompey.

In the other direction it looked like a loan deal for Nottingham Forest keeper Stephen Henderson - who spent the 2011-12 Championship season at Fratton - would be the only bit of business being done by Pompey.

If you were looking for other positives, then perhaps you could point to the fact that there was no move away from Fratton for the likes of Matt Clarke, Kal Naismith or Conor Chaplin.

But reaction on social media suggested many fans were unhappy with a perceived lack of ambition shown by Pompey in a window when they had done only loan deals to try to strengthen the squad.


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