The Fratton Park side overcame their opponents on penalties thanks to the young Pompey keeper’s heroics.
A number of Portsmouth fans have taken to Twitter to praise the efforts of Pompey goalkeeper Alex Bass as he helped Kenny Jackett’s side triumph at Oxford United in the Football League Trophy last night.
The Blues were held to a 2-2 draw at the Kassam Stadium, conceding the first of the game as they fell behind on 21 minutes, Matty Taylor slotting home after being put through by Shannon Baptiste.
Against the run of play, Portsmouth equalised in the 33rd minute when Josh Flint’s deflected shot fell to Brad Lethbridge at the far post, the 18-year-old slotting beyond opposition keeper Simon Eastwood for his first senior goal.
Anton Walkes then put Jackett’s charges ahead late on in the game, but Rob Dickie’s injury-time leveller for Oxford meant a penalty shootout, during which Bass – who had already kept his side in the game during the 90 minutes – kept out Josh Ruffles to set up sudden death, where Pompey held their nerve.
Here is some of the reaction from the Fratton Park faithful to the 6ft 3in 21-year-old’s display on social media:
Alex Bass.— Jake Till (@Pompey_Jake) October 8, 2019
Remember the name.
Bass having a bloody Blinder tonight by the sounds of it #pompey— Scott Turnbull (@scottpompey) October 8, 2019
Why hell is he even having to pull off so many saves?— David Press (@TurkTown65) October 8, 2019
Alex bass against the world. I’m ready— Peter Thurgood (@PeterThurgood1) October 8, 2019
@ExpressFM was disappointed we couldn’t hold the lead. But it was a mix of youth and experience against a very strong Oxford side. Bass was very encouraging. Roll on Saturday.— Greg. Play Up Pompey (@Walkes_This_Way) October 8, 2019
Bass on top form tonight— Nico (@Nio62487226) October 8, 2019
Take a bow Alex Bass, doesn’t get too many opportunities but very impressive for #Pompey this evening. Ready to play in the league— Andrew Moon (@mrandrewmoon) October 8, 2019
Well after last night, there is no question Alex Bass and Andy Cannon have to start vs Gillingham… #Pompey— KHooper95 (@khooper8695) October 9, 2019
Up next for Portsmouth, who now sit top of the EFL Trophy Southern Group B, is Saturday’s League One meeting with Gillingham at Fratton Park.