Portsmouth striker Joe Pigott netted a hat-trick as the Blues defeated a Chelsea XI in a behind-closed-doors friendly this afternoon (Friday).
With neither side in league action this week due to the international break, after Portsmouth's scheduled League One fixture against Bolton Wanderers was postponed because of international call-ups, a friendly match was arranged at Chelsea's Cobham training ground.
And Pompey came out on a top against a Chelsea XI, with loanee Pigott scoring three of the four goals in a 4-2 win for the Blues, who included several first team regulars in their squad, including Sean Raggett, Connor Ogilvie, Ronan Curtis, Owen Dale and Josh Koroma.
Players such as Zak Swanson, Kieron Freeman, Denver Hume and Ryan Tunnicliffe were also involved for Portsmouth.
Pigott opened the scoring midway through the first half of the game, with Ronan Curtis adding a second goal for the visitors before Chelsea pulled a goal back just before half time.
Pompey restored their two-goal advantage shortly after the break as Pigott netted his second goal of the game, having been set up by Reeco Hackett, who had netted the injury time equaliser against Plymouth Argyle at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Chelsea made it 3-2 to set up a potentially exciting finish to the game, but Pigott completed his hat-trick to seal the victory for Pompey, rounding off his treble with a long-range strike.
Understandably, Pompey boss Danny Cowley was pleased with his side's efforts and the fact that some Blues players got some much-needed game time, including Denver Hume, who played for more than an hour.
Speaking to Pompey's club website, Cowley said: "We were without a league game this weekend and so we're really grateful to Chelsea for hosting us. It is always a positive when you go out and score four goals, although I'm still disappointed when we concede.
"On the whole though, it was a worthwhile experience for us and I was happy with our performance. We took seven players who are aged 21 or under and finished the game with three boys from the academy out there, which is pleasing."