City 1 v Portsmouth 3
This was always going to be a stern test for City, especially as Portsmouth had won all their pre-season friendlies up to Saturday. After a scare early on, when Nugent missed a sitter, Hume scored a lovely goal.
What was really surprising was the sublime pass from De Vries who a few minutes earlier had shown a bit of skill I never knew he had! Sadly the lead didn’t last long but I saw enough to give me some optimism for the coming season.
Some players stood out: Clemence played some lovely passes and Chambers looked a good buy. N’Gotty and McAuley generally looked solid at the back although there were a few occasions when they seemed to be confused as to who was doing what; twice in the second half a Portsmouth player was allowed to progress from the halfway line into the box without being challenged.
However, we found David James in cracking form and without his magnificent saves the result could have been 3-3. Stearman looked better than he did for most of last season although still hesitant on occasions, and Newton did well after he came on during the first half. Henderson didn’t have too much to do but made a few good saves, and couldn’t be faulted for the goals….