On This Day
Transfer : Rochdale – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed midfielder Andy Cannon from Rochdale for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at Fratton Park, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.
Cannon has featured for Rochdale in both the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy this season, so will not be able to appear for the Blues until the league match against Blackpool on January 12.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “I see Andy as an attacking midfielder and feel he will be a good addition to our squad. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Cannon is a graduate of Rochdale’s youth system who made his debut in a victory over Leyton Orient back in September 2014.
He scored six goals in 127 appearances for the Spotland outfit and came off the bench in their league and FA Cup defeats to Pompey earlier in the season.
Pompey began 2019 with victory at Fratton Park, but were made to work hard for the points by a struggling AFC Wimbledon side.
It looked like a comfortable afternoon might be on the cards for the league leaders when Jamal Lowe gave them an early lead.
But the hosts missed some decent chances to extend their lead and a stunning strike from Kwesi Appiah brought the Dons level.
That seemed to spark the Blues back into life, though, and Ronan Curtis soon headed them back in front to secure the win.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that won convincingly at Fleetwood at the weekend.
Oli Hawkins recovered from an ankle problem to replace Brett Pitman up front, while Brandon Haunstrup came in for the injured Lee Brown at left-back.
The other switch saw Ben Close make way for Gareth Evans, who was rested for the final game of 2018 at Highbury.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former Pompey and Hampshire cricket star Mike Barnard, who sadly passed away before Christmas.
It was a quiet start to the contest, both on and off the pitch – with some New Year revelries perhaps explaining the muted atmosphere in the opening stages.
But the noise levels soon grew, as the hosts took the lead with the first proper chance of the game on eight minutes.
Curtis collected a cross-field pass from Anton Walkes and fired in a low shot that was saved by Tom King.
But the keeper could not keep hold of the ball and LOWE was quick to capitalise, dinking a neat finish into the net.
Pompey were dominating possession, but there was not an abundance on clear-cut opportunities to excite a sell-out crowd.
Ben Thompson wasted a decent opening, swiping at thing air after Walkes’ ball into the box had been laid off by Evans.
A couple of other dangerous moments from the hosts were ended by an offside flag, as the Dons struggled to find a foothold in the game.
Lowe was proving a particular nuisance and after showing some nifty footwork inside the box, saw his low shot saved by King.
His clever chipped pass into the box then had to be nodded away by Terell Thomas before Thompson could capitalise.
The visitors finally threatened just before the break when former Pompey winger Andy Barcham burst clear, but a superb Jack Whatmough challenge inside the box halted his progress.
AFC Wimbledon 0
It was still a fairly sedate affair once the action restarted and a wayward header from Mitch Pinnock was not going to trouble Craig MacGillivray.
Kwesi Appiah was then perhaps fortunate to avoid a booking following a late challenge on Matt Clarke, with the Blues defender quickly back up on his feet.
But the hosts should have doubled their lead on 54 minutes, as a fine Lowe pass sent Curtis through on goal, only for the Republic of Ireland international to drag his shot wide.
Curtis was soon back to his best, however, stealing possession and cutting the ball back for Evans, whose side-footed effort was kept out by King.
Wimbledon tried to make Pompey pay for those missed chances and suddenly enjoyed a spell of pressure.
But one strike from Anthony Hartigan flew high over the crossbar, while another was straight at MacGillivray.
It was the visitors on top, though, and Jackett made a double change on 69 minutes to try to negate their threat.
Evans and Hawkins were the men to make way, with Close and Pitman adding fresh legs to the midfield and forward line respectively.
But it was Lowe who had a chance to doubled the lead, only to head a Curtis cross wide from just a few yards out.
And the hosts were made to pay for their profligacy when Appiah unleashed a superb long-range strike that left MacGillivray helpless.
Thompson had a shot blocked as Pompey went back on the attack, while an effort from Curtis was comfortably dealt with by King.
But CURTIS did restore their lead moments later, rising above his man in the box to nod home a great cross from Thompson.
The Dons threw men forward in an attempt to equalise for a second time, but Pompey saw out the closing stages to start the year on a high.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Haunstrup; B.Thompson (Burgess 90+4), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 69), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 69)
Goals: Lowe 8, Curtis 80
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, Wheeler, Green
AFC Wimbledon (4-1-4-1): King; Watson, Kalambayi, Thomas, Purrington (Garratt 83); Nightingale (c); Pinnock, Wordsworth, Hartigan (Egan 73), Barcham (Jervis 87); Appiah
Goals: Appiah 75
Subs not used: McDonnell, Sibbick, Trotter, Wood
Referee: Antony Coggins
Attendance: 18,732 (634 away fans)
Ant-Man And The Wasp
In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Well I would say this is slighlty better than the first one but not a lot. Neither are bad movies but just feel like backstory to the greater Marvel Universe.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Another film that the trailers never impressed me with but as part of the bigger Marvel Universe I felt I had to watch it. Mediocre at best.
Pompey finished 2018 on a high by thrashing Fleetwood 5-2 in a dramatic League One contest at Highbury.
Ben Thompson’s stunning strike gave them the lead, only for Paddy Madden and a Ched Evans penalty to see the hosts ahead at the break.
But Dean Marney’s red card for two bookable offences proved crucial – and the Blues took advantage.
Brett Pitman levelled with another spot-kick and a first goal of the season from Anton Walkes ensured they retook the lead.
It was left to Jamal Lowe to wrap things up with a brace that ensures Pompey will welcome in 2019 at the top of the table.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that suffered a first defeat on the road at Gillingham on Boxing Day.
Two of them were enforced, with Walkes and skipper Pitman replacing Nathan Thompson (hamstring) and Oli Hawkins (ankle) respectively.
The other switch came in the middle of the park, where former Fleetwood star Gareth Evans made way for Ben Close.
That meant a switch to a 4-3-3 system, with Lowe and Ronan Curtis flanking Pitman in the forward line.
The hosts had a great opportunity in the opening stages, but Evans’ header was held low down to his left by Craig MacGillivray.
Pompey soon started to settle and Close was unable to make a clean connection with his shot, allowing Alex Cairns to save.
But the Cod Army keeper made an even better stop soon after, keeping out a volleyed effort from Matt Clarke after the defender’s first attempt had been blocked.
The visitors then received a blow when Lee Brown went down injured and had to come off, with Brandon Haunstrup replacing him at left-back.
There was reason to celebrate for the travelling supporters on 26 minutes, however, as their side took the lead.
It was a fine finish from THOMPSON, whose fierce effort from outside the box struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down over the line.
Close might have doubled the lead, but could not get enough power on his header from a Lowe cross to trouble Cairns.
Instead it was Fleetwood who were next to score on 39 minutes, when Madden raced in to meet Lewie Coyle’s cut-back and arrow a first time shot right into the bottom corner.
And it soon got even worse for the Blues as Madden fired past the post, but went down after colliding with Clarke and, following a lengthy pause, referee Matt Donohue pointed to the spot.
It was Evans who stepped up to take the penalty, sending MacGillivray the wrong way to turn the contest on its head.
Pompey might have levelled deep into stoppage-time, only for Ross Wallace to clear behind and prevent Lowe from converting Curtis’ delivery at the back post.
Fleetwood Town 2
The Blues were quickly out of the traps following the interval, but when a corner was cleared, Haunstrup fired wildly off target.
Hopes were raised soon after, though, when Marney fouled Thompson and – having earlier been booked for a challenge on Curtis – saw red.
A cross from Haunstrup was then hacked to safety, as Walkes raced into the box to try to make contact.
Jackett soon made an attacking switch, with Evans brought on to provide more of a goal threat and Close withdrawn.
But it was two other players who provided the drama that saw the Blues score twice in as many minutes to take the lead.
Donohue pointed to the spot for the second time after Curtis was brought down by Ross Wallace and PITMAN confidently slammed home the spot-kick.
It soon got even better, though, as the Cod Army failed to deal with a Curtis cross and WALKES bent a shot into the top corner with his left foot.
The action did not stop there, however, and MacGillivray kept out Wes Burns’ free-kick, then quickly recovered to keep out James Wallace’s follow-up effort.
There was a period of calm after that, although Pompey were not content to sit back and Curtis continued to torment the home defence.
But they were lucky to still be ahead when, following a Fleetwood corner, both Madden and James Wallace struck the post.
Tom Naylor then hacked the ball clear from the line before Pompey went up the other end to wrap things up.
LOWE collected a pass from Curtis and held off two challenges, turning neatly to sneak a low shot inside the near post.
And it soon got even better for the Blues, as LOWE raced on to Thompson’s fine pass and lashed home their fifth goal of an eventful afternoon.
Andre Green came on for Curtis in the closing stages, but the visitors were unable to grant the wishes of the travelling fans, who chanted ‘we want six’.
Clarke came closest to adding another, but his header was well saved by Cairns. It mattered not, as Pompey had done more than enough to ensure they would end the year at the summit.
Fleetwood (4-4-2): Cairns; Coyle, Morgan (c), Eastham, R.Wallace; Burns (Dempsey 63), Marney, Biggins (Bolger 79), Hunter (J.Wallace 54); Madden, Evans
Goals: Madden 39, Evans 43 (pen)
Sent off: Marney (two yellow cards)
Subs not used: Jones, Sheron, Holt, McAleny,
Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown (Haunstrup 19); B.Thompson, Naylor, Close (Evans 53); Lowe, Pitman (c), Curtis (Green 90)
Goals: Thompson 26, Pitman 57 (pen), Walkes 58, Lowe 81, 84
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Wheeler, Mason
Referee: Matt Donohue
Attendance: 3,494 (853 Pompey fans)
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