Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday September 15 2009
Get it. Barry Bannan...banning...banging. Oh I'm wasted here aren't I. Whot you mean, leave then!?
After another sterling performance for the second string last night, Barry Bannan has said there's plenty more to come from the reserves because quite frankly, they like the idea of playing in the first team.
Speaking on the official site after the 2-0 victory over Pompey, and after scoring the sublime opening goal, Barry believes the second string still have a few more gears they can move up, although he gave credit to Pompey for sticking to their game plan.
In the same fixture last season, we hammered them 6-1 yet a very inexperienced Pompey side came to B6 last night and almost managed to shut up shop.
'We've played much better than this but again it looked comfortable to the fans.
'You could see from the way Portsmouth set up, they took last year's result on board and they didn't want that happening again.'
We did have enough chances throughout the game to increase the scoreline but deadlock was only broken when Bannan had the opportunity to show his class and he skipped past 3 players before sending a screamer into the net.
Pompey battled back after going behind and had a few chances themselves. It took another moment of brilliance from Herd before we could increase our lead, and even then it took a fantastic curled shot from outside the box.
'Fair play to them, they gave us a good game but I think we were too strong in the end,' he continued.
It's clear Bannan is eyeing more than a third consequtive Premier Reserve South title though. He, like his team mates are fully focused on impressing enough to be brought back into the first team fold.
'It's not just about winning this week - we want the boys to keep moving on and getting in the first team here.'
Nothing like healthy ambition from our younger lads is there. They had the taste in the Peace Cup where they earned their spurs against Juventus, you can hardly blame them for wanting more of that kind of thrill and atmosphere.
It's that kind of ambition and winning, focused mentality that creates great players. They've a way to go yet, but the signs are more than promising from our next generation of Villans.
Date:Tuesday September 15 2009
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