Date: 12th August 2010 at 12:16pm
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Stevenage’s fisrt ever Carling Cup tie ended in defeat against Championship crisis club Portsmouth, but there were plenty of positives for Graham Westley’s men. Boro conceded two soft goals against Pompey, but battled well in front of the Sky cameras & the fans had a ball, singing non stop throughout the game and long after the final whistle.

Pompey youngster Ciftci scored the opener after 8 minutes, with a free header. He had an altercation with Scott Laird in the early stages and got the bird from the East Terrace throughout.

Boro levelled through Darren Murphy’s deflected strike, but Michael Brown gave Portsmouth the lead again before half time. There were no goals in the second half, but there was some good football played. Stevenage held their own, enjoying some periods of dominance during the 2nd period, though Portsmouth could have scored on the break away more than once, if only ‘England striker’ David Nugent wasn’t having an off night.

Byrom and Sinclair impressed in midfield, whilst Henry put Saturday’s awkward performance behind him and provded plenty of attacking support from right back, just as he did last season.

The Carling Cup campaign may be over, but Boro’s sense of enjoying their new surroundings is still in full swing. Bring on Bradford!