Westwood gets the Fratton End to himself

Published: 05/10/2022

John Westwood was given the entire Fratton End to himself as Pompey beat Aston Villa U23s 5-0 last night. 

Despite the club only opening the South Stand to supporters (apart from a few disabled supporters in the front row), around 15 minutes were on the clock when the cow-bell was heard. Fans looked around, only to find Westwood and one of his drummers had been allowed in the Fratton End. Alone. 

It’s unclear at this stage whether this was a decision made by the clubm or whether Westwood turned up on the day and forced his way to his “normal” seats. The club have yet to respond to our request for comment. 

On the pitch, Pompey made 10 changes to their side with only Sean Raggett remaining from the team that lost 3-2 at Portman Road. Curtis got the scoring underway after just 110 seconds, tapping into an empty net after Pigott’s shot was parried away. 

It was 2-0 soon after, as Michael Jacobs cut in from the left hand side and curled home. 

Villa managed to see out the remainder of the first half and grew into the game, but were blown away the second half. A brace for Josh Koroma, followed by a rocket from Hackett gave Pompey a 5-0 win in front of over 2,000. 

There were also appearances from Pompey’s Academy, as Adam Payce, Brian Quarm & Harvey Laidlaw made appearances from the bench. All 3 looked very comfortable and Cowley will no doubt be very pleased with their performances.