Abu Kamara scored his third goal of the season as Portsmouth won at Leyton Orient to finish top of Southern Group E in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy despite playing more than three-quarters of the game with just ten men.
The visitors recovered from Sean Raggett’s sent-off by taking the lead through Christian Saydee just before the break.
Joe Pigott came off the bench to draw the Londoners level. However, Abu Kamara grabbed the winner in the 77th minute for Portsmouth.
“The manager had a bit of a pop at me in the first half for not running, so when the ball broke for Kas – I just had to get my head down and get into a position to make up his mind.
“It was always going to be tough after going down to 10 men so early in the game, but the boys dug deep to get the result,” Abu Kamara told the club’s website.
The sending-off meant a couple of changes in shape that led Kamara to take up some unfamiliar positions.
He explained, “I got told to play as a wing-back, but they flooded bodies forward, so I was basically in a right-back role.
“The gaffer then decided to change the formation, so I played as a ‘number eight’ and switched with Harry Jewitt-White.
“It’s another new position, but you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do and put in those hard yards.”