A decent-strength Bolton Wanderers side went out against a Portsmouth team that listed only seven players on their entire squd sheet and was made up heavily of trialists. They came back with a 3-0 loss. Wanderers looked good from the off but a pair of Pompey goals in quick succession sent the men in white reeling and they never recovered.
With Pompey's future is still very much in doubt, the only thing that they could really do was play their hearts out on the field. Wanderers started off well early enough after David Ngog broke through the Portsmouth defense and forced a good block out the goalkeeper, Morris, in the sixth minute. Pompey immediately turned the play around and Djilali found the back of the net from McLeod's low cross on just seven minutes.
Five minutes later, Mark Davies (who has still not gotten into gear this preseason), conceded a foul in a good area for Portsmouth on former Bolton man Tal Ben Haim. The Israeli, who claims £2 million in back wages from Portsmouth and could ultimately play a major role in their survival as a club, was booed with nearly every touch he took. Liam Lawrence sent in a wonderful ball from the free kick that Adam Bogdan could not do much about, making it 2-0 to Portsmouth.
David Ngog's back problem that kept him out of the majority of preseason reappeared midway through the first half, forcing Owen Coyle to substitute Kevin Davies in his place. Benik Afobe was then introduced after the break and nearly created something upon his inclusion. Afobe pounced on a good flick from Davies but Pompey's second half goalkeeper, Simon Eastwood, did very well to stop it. The final goal was added after play was allowed to continue following what looked a sure foul on Darren Pratley. Liam Lawrence turned creator for Pompey and crossed the ball in for Harris to head at the far post.