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The defender was sent off for a challenge on Jorge Grant in the first half, despite appearing to win the ball cleanly.
It looked like the Blues would still hold on for a point, but Morgan Rogers came off the bench to grab a late winner for the visitors.
Kenny Jackett – in his 200th game in charge of Pompey – kept faith with the same side that were beaten by Hull at the weekend.
It meant that new signings George Byers and Charlie Daniels had to be content with a place among the substitutes.
The game started at an electric pace and a threaded Grant pass was just too heavy for Anthony Scully to get a vital touch on.
Ronan Curtis tried to get on the end of a teasing Callum Johnson’s delivery at the other end, but TJ Eyoma nodded clear.
Both sides were looking to launch quick attacks, although neither keeper was being particularly troubled by the end product.
That was until Craig MacGillivray had to get down to make a smart stop to deny Anthony Scully midway through the first half.
But the big talking point arrived on 29 minutes when Whatmough made a firm challenge on Grant and yet emerged with the ball.
The defender was miffed that referee Sam Purkiss blew for a foul and his look changed to one of incredulity when a red card was brandished.
Lincoln almost took immediate advantage when the free-kick was lofted forward and Conor McGrandles’ header had to be parried away by MacGillivray.
Skipper Tom Naylor had dropped back alongside Sean Raggett in defence, as Pompey fielded a 4-4-1 system.
It was, unsurprisingly, the visitors who finished the half on top and Pompey were fortunate to see McGrandles’ goal-bound header ricochet off Lee Brown’s leg and loop over.
And Tayo Edun was then inches away from breaking the deadlock just before the break, courtesy of a fizzing effort that rattled the crossbar.
Lincoln City 0
Marcus Harness was the man sacrificed to shore up the back-line after the break, as Rasmus Nicolaisen replaced him.
Purkiss continued to frustrate the home side when Scully clearly tugged down Johnson and, this time, kept his cards in his pocket.
Pompey were being forced back, as their opponents tried to find a breakthrough, but were making sure to get their bodies in between the ball and their goal.
Alex Palmer then dwelled far too long with the ball at his feet at the other end, with a sliding Curtis not quite able to make him pay.
But the keeper did better just past the hour mark to get a hand on Williams’ cross, taking the ball away from the waiting John Marquis and Curtis.
The hosts felt that a Curtis free-kick was blocked by the hand of Eyoma on 67 minutes, but their appeals were ignored by Purkiss.
MacGillivray was being well protected, but had to beat away an effort from McGrandles, with Nicolaisen hooking the loose ball over his own bar.
Marquis had worked hard up front without much reward and was replaced by the fresh legs of Ellis Harrison.
There were then penalty appeals at the other end when Rogers felt he was tripped by Nicolaisen, but again the referee was unmoved.
Williams was given a rest following his tireless display, as Michael Jacobs entered the fray on 76 minutes.
But the Blues’ resolve was finally broken on 79 minutes when McGrandles teed-up Rogers to slot the ball home.
Jackett immediately threw on Daniels and Byers for their debuts and the former almost set-up an equaliser.
He swung in a fine corner that was met by the head of Curtis, although a defender was able to head from the line.
Pompey tried their best to get men forward and find a last gap leveller, but the Imps held on to secure top spot in League One.
Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown (Daniels 81); Harness (Nicolaisen 46), Naylor (c), Cannon (Byers 81), Curtis; Williams (Jacobs 76); Marquis (Harrison 70)
Sent off: Whatmough
Booked: Harness, Raggett
Subs not used: Turnbull, White
Lincoln (4-1-4-1): Palmer; Eyoma, Jackson, Walsh, Edun (Melbourne 86); Bridcutt (c); Scully (Rogers 70), McGrandles, Grant, Johnson (Anderson 89); Hopper
Goals: Rogers 79
Booked: Edun, Jackson, McGrandles
Subs not used: Long, Montsma, Jones, Howarth
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Jack Whatmough twice put the ball in his own net, although there was little he could do to prevent the first one.
Sandwiched between was a goal for George Honeyman, while substitute Josh Magennis also found the target in stoppage-time as the Tigers strengthened their position at the League One summit.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that eased to victory over AFC Wimbledon earlier in the week.
Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench to make way for Republic of Ireland international Ronan Curtis, who started wide on the left.
Charlie Daniels – who completed his Pompey switch less an hour before kick-off – was watching from the stands, alongside fellow new arrival George Byers.
Chances were at a premium throughout the opening 45 minutes, with both sides having promising spells that usually faded once they reached the final third.
John Marquis did have the ball in the net after collecting a Curtis pass, but referee Ben Toner had already blown his whistle for a foul on Jacob Greaves.
But Hull broke the deadlock midway through the first half and after benefitting from two own-goals at the KCOM Stadium before Christmas, it seemed only fair that Pompey returned the favour.
A free-kick from Honeyman was whipped into the box, where it was met by the head of Keane Lewis-Potter.
Craig MacGillivray got down to his right to make the save, but the ball bounced against the foot of Whatmough and ricocheted into the net.
The hosts might have hit back when Marquis was the recipient of another Curtis pass, with his effort deflected behind.
Whatmough then had to stretch to meet the resulting corner at the back post and could not guide his header on target.
But there were only half-chances before Toner signalled the interval, as Hull were able to keep the Blues at bay.
Hull City 1
Jackett made a double change at the break, with Ryan Williams and Andy Cannon replaced by Ben Close and Harvey White.
But it was the Tigers who were quickest out of the blocks and Lewis-Potter had three chances to extend their lead in quick succession.
The first was a stabbed effort from a corner that lacked enough power to trouble MacGillivray, while the second flew wide.
It was the third that was the best of the bunch, though, as a free-kick from the edge of the box flashed narrowly off target.
Pompey had looked organised – if a little lacking creatively before the break, but some sloppy play allowed Hull to double their advantage just past the hour mark.
Mallik Wilks was all alone in the centre to meet Lewis-Potter’s cut-back, although Whatmough was able to dispossess the winger.
His second attempt was then blocked on the line by Sean Raggett, but Honeyman nipped in to slot home.
And they soon had another goal, as the unfortunate Whatmough again turned the ball into his own net, this time while trying to deal with Lewie Coyle’s low delivery.
Ellis Harrison immediately replaced Curtis and soon drew a smart stop from the otherwise underworked George Long.
Pompey were trying to at least salvage some pride and a White free-kick fizzed narrowly over the bar after Richie Smallwood had been booked for fouling Close.
They poured forward in the closing stages, but Hull had plenty of men back and were even able to add some icing to the cake in stoppage-time.
A spell of neat passing play ended with Magennis driving home a precise low effort from outside the box.
Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon (White 46), Curtis (Harrison 64); Williams (Close 46); Marquis
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Jacobs
Hull (4-2-3-1): Long; Coyle, Jones, Greaves, Elder; Smallwood (c), Docherty (Slater 85); Whyte (Crowley 72), Honeyman, Wilks (Magennis 72); Lewis-Potter (Chadwick 85)
Goals: Whatmough 23 (og), 63 (og), Honeyman 61, Magennis 90+1
Booked: Lewis-Potter, Smallwood
Subs not used: Ingram, Emmanuel, Burke
Referee: Ben Toner
Loan : Swansea City – Portsmouth
|George ByersPompey have signed George Byers on loan from Swansea for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.
The 24-year-old midfielder will wear the number 16 shirt during his time on the south coast.
Byers is a product of Watford’s academy, but made a single senior appearance for them before joining Swansea in the summer of 2016.
Initially featuring for their under-21 side in the EFL Trophy, he was handed his first team debut in a Carabao Cup loss to Crystal Palace in August 2018.
He was a regular for the Welsh side in the Championship last season, but missed the play-off games with Brentford through injury.
Byers – who is a former Scotland youth international – has scored eight goals in 65 outings for the Swans.
|Charlie DanielsPompey have completed the signing of Charlie Daniels on a deal until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The 34-year-old left-back recently left Shrewsbury and will wear the number 21 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
Daniels progressed through the ranks at Tottenham before making more than 150 appearances for Leyton Orient.
He signed for Bournemouth in 2011 and was part of their dramatic rise under Eddie Howe, climbing from the third tier into the Premier League.
Daniels netted 17 goals in 265 games for the Cherries, but left in the summer of 2020 and agreed a short-term deal with Shrewsbury.
He featured 16 times for them this season, finding the net in victories over Cambridge – in the FA Cup – and Hull.
It was the first Fratton fixture in more than a month and the hosts brushed off the wet conditions to seal another valuable three points in the battle for promotion.
The damage was done in the opening 45 minutes, with leading marksman John Marquis breaking the deadlock with a close-range finish.
Ryan Williams then doubled the lead in impressive fashion, while Sean Raggett headed home a third goal before the interval.
And Ben Close came off the bench to complete an enjoyable evening for the Blues with a neat effort late on.
Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that had secured victory at Fleetwood a few days earlier.
It meant that new loan signing Harvey White had to be content with a place on the bench, where he was joined by Ronan Curtis, who had completed his self-isolation period.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former Pompey midfielder Bobby Kellard, who passed away earlier in the month at the age of 77.
The game took a while to get going, with neither side helped by the heavy rain that was swirling around the ground.
It was the hosts who had the first decent chance on 15 minutes, with Sam Walker getting down to parry clear a bending Andy Cannon effort.
Craig MacGillivray was not being troubled at the other end, although a corner caused a few concerns before it was prodded wide in a packed area.
Pompey were showcasing some neat build-up play – despite the tough conditions – without finding an end product.
But that arrived on 28 minutes when Michael Jacobs slipped a pass across to Callum Johnson, who sent the ball in from the right.
It was met by a glancing Williams header that was heading for the far corner, with MARQUIS nipping in at the back post to force the ball home.
Jack Whatmough might have doubled the lead with a bullet header from a Marcus Harness cross, but the ball was directed straight at Walker.
The Blues did have a second goal soon after, though, as Marquis laid the ball off for WILLIAMS, who took a couple of touches before curling a fine left-footed strike into the net from the edge of the area.
And there was time for a third just before the interval, when Jacobs sent a dangerous free-kick into the mixer.
It was attacked by both Whatmough and RAGGETT, but the latter got there first to firmly head the ball home.
AFC Wimbledon 0
The visitors started the second half brightly and Ryan Longman’s shot was blocked by Raggett, while a dangerous corner also had to be negotiated.
And they almost reduced their deficit when Jack Rudoni rose to meet a fine Luke O’Neill cross, only to guide his header past the post.
It was soon Pompey’s turn to threaten following some good play from Marquis, who slipped a pass across to Harness, although Williams was not able to flick home the winger’s delivery.
A teasing Lee Brown corner was then not properly deal with and Marquis tried to scoop the ball into the net, but could not find the target.
Jackett made a switch just past the hour mark, with the lively Jacobs withdrawn and replaced on the left by Curtis.
Pompey were cruising, but a deflected cross from Nesta Guinness-Walker – the great-grandson of Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Alec Guinness – had to be scrambled around the post by MacGillivray.
A further double change followed, with White coming on for his debut alongside Ellis Harrison, as Cannon and Marquis made way.
The newcomer soon made a good sliding challenge that would have drawn warm applause from the Fratton faithful, had any of them been inside the ground.
Pompey then saw off a spell of Dons pressure and Harrison had two chances to extend the advantage in quick succession.
A drilled effort was parried away by Walker, while he then headed a Curtis cross down and the ball bounced over.
But it was left for substitute CLOSE to wrap things up, racing onto Curtis’ pass and neatly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon (White 70), Jacobs (Curtis 64); Williams (Close 83); Marquis (Harrison 70)
Goals: Marquis 28, Williams 36, Raggett 44, Close 89
Subs not used: Turnbull, Nicolaisen, Hiwula
AFC Wimbledon (3-5-2): Walker; O’Neill (Kalambayi 64), Nightingale (c), Czoka; Alexander, Rudoni, Woodyard, Reilly, Guinness-Walker; Pigott, Longman (Robinson 78)
Subs not used: Tzanev, McLoughlin, Oksanen, Hartigan, Chislett
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Loan : Portsmouth – Northampton Town
|Bryn MorrisBryn Morris has been loaned to Northampton for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The 24-year-old midfielder has made 18 appearances this term, most recently appearing in the Papa John's Trophy defeat at Peterborough.
Morris joined Pompey from Shrewsbury in January 2019, with his only goal arriving in the infamous 3-3 draw at Southend.
Northampton won the League Two play-offs last season and are currently sitting 20th in the third tier standings.