Portsmouth defender Whatmough praises Crawley Town

28/07/2017 (Sport)

Football: Action from the preseason friendly between Crawley Town and Portsmouth FC, Checkatrade Stadium, Winfield Way, Crawley, RH11

Pictured is: Jack Whatmough

Picture: Neil Marshall PPP-170730-105035006
28/07/2017 (Sport) Football: Action from the preseason friendly between Crawley Town and Portsmouth FC, Checkatrade Stadium, Winfield Way, Crawley, RH11 Pictured is: Jack Whatmough Picture: Neil Marshall PPP-170730-105035006

Portsmouth centre-half Jack Whatmough believes Crawley Town have the credentials to flourish in League 2 this season.

Whatmough and his Pompey team were given a tough test by Reds in both teams final pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Crawley’s Dutch forward Thomas Verheydt opened the scoring but a brace of second half strikes from Brett Pitman ensured Portsmouth came back to record a 2-1 win.

Reds were dominant in the first half and caused Pompey no end of problems. As well as Verheydt’s first Crawley goal, Jordan Roberts had an effort cleared off-the-line while Enzio Boldewijn clipped the crossbar with a thunderous left-foot strike.

The threats, particularly from Crawley’s front-three of Verheydt, Roberts and Boldewijn, was something that impressed Whatmough.

He said: “It was a tough challenge and I think they are going to do quite well this year. They’ve got a good balance, they can hit the big man or play a bit as well.

“He (Verheydt) is a big lad and uses his body really well. He will be a handful for most centre-halves in League 2 this season.

“We had to do it last season in League Two and it’s going to be another step up in using your brain more.”