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Portsmouth 1 v 0 Crawley Town
Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 Kick-off 19:45
Gallen considers how to get a quart into a Pompey pint pot
Sunday, 15th Sep 2019 21:25 by pompey-fans.com staff

Joe Gallen said he was impressed by the way a young Pompey team went about chalking up another Football League Trophy win.

Ellis Harrison scored two thanks to assists from academy players Eoin Teggart and Josh Flint, the latter scoring Pompey's other goal as the Blues moved a step closer to qualification for the group stages. Thomas Scully came off the bench to score a consolation for Norwich.

Gallen praised the squad fringe players and non-first team regulars who took their chance to sihne. He told the club website: “It was relatively comfortable. A lot of the under-21 teams play eye-catching football in the middle of the park, but don’t create too many chances. For these Premier League clubs in the competition it’s all about development and they have a style of play to match that.

'But the idea is to score goals and we looked pretty potent in attack – I thought we were going to score more than we did. We’re in the results business, but we try to have a balance between short and long passing, and also got some nice goals.

'It was also pleasing to see Ryan Williams back out on the pitch. He’s a good personality to have around and will definitely be in the squad against Burton on Tuesday night.

'Eoin Teggart showed a lot of acceleration out on the wing and there were times when he ate up 20 or 30 yards pretty quickly. He then had the composure to deliver some accurate crosses into the box and that was pleasing because finding left-footed players with pace is very difficult.

'Leon Maloney played in the previous fixture here against Crawley and did well in that one – and it was the same again. And Josh Flint has got a good footballing brain. We were all very pleased that he capped his performance with a goal.

'We have got a lot of attacking options at the moment, especially with Ryan Williams now coming back as well. There are so many high-quality players and these young lads have to get past them, which is going to be tough, but they’re still developing and will probably get games out on loan at some point.'

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