Dave W

Located in Portsmouth UK

Aug 292015
 

Luton Town 1 v 2 Portsmouth

Matt Tubbs came off the bench to grab a late winner at Luton as Pompey continued their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Gareth Evans had given the Blues an early lead, only for Craig Mackail-Smith to cancel it out from the penalty spot.

It looked like the game was heading for a stalemate, until Tubbs popped up late on to send the large travelling support wild with delight.

Jayden Stockley came in as the lone striker in the Blues’ usual 4-2-3-1 system, with Tubbs dropping to the bench.

The visitors enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening stages, without being able to carve out a decent opening.

But they broke the deadlock with their first proper chance on eight minutes – although there was a slice of fortune involved.

Enda Stevens’ cross was cleared by former Pompey trainee Luke Wilkinson, but the ball ricocheted straight into his team-mate Scott Cuthbert and fell kindly for EVANS to slam home.

The lead did not last long, however, as Nigel Atangana barged into Josh McQuoid in the box and referee Peter Bankes pointed straight to the spot.

Mackail-Smith stepped up to take the penalty and confidently slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

After that frenetic opening, the game suddenly fell a bit flat, with the Blues unable to find the attacking fluidity that had been so evident in previous games.

Kyle Bennett did look dangerous when he burst down the left on 21 minutes, but Elliot Justham was quickly off his line to prevent Stockley from making a connection.

They soon received a let-off at the other end, though, when a poor touch from Christian Burgess forced Brian Murphy to exit his area and head clear.

Ryan Hall picked up the loose ball and surged into the box, only for Pompey’s keeper to make a quick recovery and smother the danger.

Bankes would then have breathed a sigh of relief on 34 minutes when he inadvertently intercepted Evans’ pass, but Cameron McGeehan fired wide to spare the official’s blushes.

The game suddenly livened up just before the break and Justham held a curling effort from Bennett before Mackail-Smith headed a Stephen O’Donnell cross wide.

Justham then did well to deny Stockley from close range, but had a simpler task in keeping out Gary Roberts’ angled shot.

Half Time: Luton 1 Pompey 1

It was the hosts who started the second half brighter, although it took until 54 minutes for them to create a serious scoring opportunity.

Pompey would have been responsible for their own downfall, however, after a mix-up between Burgess and his defensive partner Matt Clarke.

Mackail-Smith picked up the loose ball as Luton bore down on goal, but his pass for McGeehan was not quite right and the midfielder fired wide.

The Blues soon carved out a chance of their own as Stockley bent in a dangerous low cross that was just out of reach for the onrushing Evans.

Evans then met a Bennett corner with a glancing header that was heading for the bottom corner until a well-placed Olly Lee cleared it from the line.

Both sides looked capable of grabbing a winner, although it was Pompey who had the next opportunity when Evans was crudely felled by Hall.

Roberts stepped up to take the free-kick from 25 yards out and his effort struck the top of the wall and looped narrowly over the bar.

Cook made his first substitution on 73 minutes as Stockley made way for Tubbs, with Conor Chaplin replacing Bennett moments later.

Both sides continued to show plenty of attacking intent, although some resolute defending meant the goalkeepers were not being overly tested.

But there was still time for a late winner as Chaplin latched on to a long ball and held off a defender to get a shot away.

Justham stuck out an arm to palm clear the teenager’s effort, but TUBBS was on hand to convert the loose ball.

Luton (4-1-4-1): Justham; O’Donnell, Cuthbert (c), Wilkinson, Griffiths; O’Brien (Lee 46); McQuoid, McGeehan, Smith, Hall (Ruddock 82); Mackail-Smith (Marriott 71)
Goals: Mackail-Smith 15 (pen)
Booked: Smith, McGeehan, Wilkinson
Subs not used: Tyler, McNulty, McCourt, Green

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Murphy; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Atangana, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts (McGurk 82), Bennett (Chaplin 75); Stockley (Tubbs 73)
Goals: Evans 8, Tubbs 90
Subs not used: Jones, Webster, Haunstrup, Hollands

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 9,083 (1,032 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 252015
 

Portsmouth 1 v 2 Reading

Conor Chaplin’s fine finish could not keep Pompey in the Capital One Cup, as Reading fought from behind to claim a narrow second round victory.

The teenager capped an impressive first half team performance by giving the hosts a deserved interval lead.

But the Championship side were much improved after the break and Nick Blackman drew them level before substitute Garath McCleary grabbed a late winner.

Paul Cook made eight changes from the side that drew with Morecambe in the league at the weekend.

Matt Clarke, Kyle Bennett and Gareth Evans – now being deployed at right-back – were the only survivors.

Saturday’s last-gasp goal hero Jayden Stockley came in up top, while Paul Jones took his place between the sticks.

There were also starts for Brandon Haunstrup and Adam Webster at the back and Ben Close, Danny Hollands, Adam McGurk and Chaplin in midfield.

It was an open start to proceedings, with both sides looking to get forward without creating any clear-cut chances.

Simon Cox sent a couple of shots off target for the visitors – wearing their distinctive African violet away kit – while Ali Al-Habsi did well to claim a McGurk cross before it could reach Stockley at the far post.

Jones did well to stop the Royals opening the scoring midway through the half when he denied Blackman from point-blank range.

Stockley then should have put Pompey ahead on 27 minutes after Bennett had collected a neat chipped pass from Hollands.

The winger showed great skill on the left and sent in a perfect cross for Stockley, who somehow managed to fire wide from just a few yards out.

Reading then broke quickly up the other end of the pitch and Jones was quickly off his line to deny Hal Robson-Kanu.

The visitors went close again on 37 minutes when Jones palmed away Chris Gunter’s cross and Cox hooked the loose ball over.

Instead it was Pompey who forged ahead moments later – thanks to a fine finish from CHAPLIN.

Al-Habsi beat the teenager to Hollands’ long pass, but made a complete mess of his attempted clearance.

Chaplin was forced out wide, but kept his composure to find the net with a fierce finish from the tightest of angles.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Reading 0

Pompey were not content to sit back on their lead once the second half got back underway.

The hosts made some promising incursions into their opponents’ area, while Al-Habsi did well to beat Webster to a dangerous Bennett cross.

Reading did threaten with a neat passing move just past the hour mark, but it ended with Danny Williams firing harmlessly over.

And the visitors were level on 64 minutes when Blackman cut inside from the right and slotted a neat finish into the bottom corner.

It was the Royals who were now looking the more threatening side and Clarke made a good block to deny Robson-Kanu.

Cook switched things up on 79 minutes, bringing on James Dunne for his first appearance of the season in place of McGurk, with Chaplin making way for Ben Tollitt soon after.

But it was a Reading substitute who made an impact by firing the visitors ahead, as McCleary was left alone to convert at the far post following some good build-up between Robson-Kanu and Stephen Quinn.

Matt Tubbs replaced Bennett for the final few minutes, but the Blues were unable to find a leveller and it was Reading who took their place in the third round draw.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Evans, Webster, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Hollands (c); McGurk (Dunne 79), Chaplin (Tollitt 83), Bennett (Tubbs 89); Stockley
Goals: Chaplin 40
Subs not used: Murphy, Burgess, Atangana, Roberts

Reading (4-1-4-1): Al-Habsi; Gunter, Hector (c), Ferdinand, Obita; Norwood; Blackman (McShane 89), Williams (Tshibola 90+2), Quinn, Robson-Kanu; Cox (McCleary 69)
Goals: Blackman 64, McCleary 84
Booked: Robson-Kanu, Norwood, Williams
Subs not used: Moore, Stacey, Fernandez, Sa

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 18,190 (2,082 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 222015
 

Portsmouth 3 v 3 Morecombe

Jayden Stockley scored deep into stoppage-time to complete a remarkable comeback and secure a point for Pompey against Morecambe

The visitors rocked their hosts with first half goals from Tom Barkhuizen, Alan Goodall and Andy Fleming.

But a couple of fine Gary Roberts strikes either side of the interval brought the Blues right back into the game.

Enda Stevens’ dismissal for two bookable offences failed to halt their attacking intent as Pompey poured forward at every opportunity.

And their perseverance was rewarded in the fifth minute of stoppage-time when Stockley dived to head home the equaliser.

Paul Cook named an unchanged side, as he elected to use the same starting 11 for a fourth successive league match.

That meant Ben Davies – who went off at Crawley during the week – had sufficiently recovered from a hamstring injury to take his place at right-back.

Pompey looked to attack straight from kick-off and a neat move ended with Nigel Atangana firing over in the opening seconds.

Stevens then skipped into the box before Adam Dugdale came across to thwart him, before Matt Tubbs could not quite guide a corner on target.

The hosts were dominating possession yet again, but were caught with a counter-attacking sucker punch on 11 minutes.

Michael Doyle slipped and Davies’ clearance ricocheted into Barkhuizen’s path, with the wide-man smashing a shot past the helpless Brian Murphy.

The goal seemed to rock the Blues and a period of sluggish play ensued, with Cook’s men guilty of far too many misplaced passes.

However, Pompey started to move through the gears again and Roberts guided Stevens’ pass narrowly past the post.

But the Shrimps soon doubled their advantage after Christian Burgess had been booked for a foul on Aaron Wildig.

A diving Murphy was able to palm Jamie Devitt’s free-kick behind, but the Morecambe midfielder’s resulting corner was headed home by Goodall.

Wildig then tried to catch Murphy out with a neat chip that dipped onto the crossbar before the same played dragged a shot wide.

Shrimps keeper Barry Roche was booked for taking too long over a goal-kick on 36 minutes, although the visitors arguably did not need to waste time as they continued to open the Blues up on the break.

And they soon went three goals ahead when Fleming arrived at the far post to steer home Devitt’s cross.

Pompey looked all at sea, but there was a glimmer of hope late in the half when ROBERTS was brought down on the edge of the box and picked himself up to curl home an impressive free-kick.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Morecambe 3

Davies had a chance for the Blues soon after the restart, with a close-range volley that hit Dugdale in the face and flew safe.

There was then danger at the other end when Matt Clarke under-hit a pass, but the teenage centre-back recovered well to win the ball back.

And Pompey were soon back on the attack and Tubbs rose to glance Kyle Bennett’s cross inches wide, although it would not have counted as the linesman’s flag was raised.

The hosts were not having any trouble getting hold of the ball, but Roche was not being overly tested between the sticks.

They did reduce the deficit further thanks to another moments of magic from ROBERTS on 65 minutes, however.

The midfielder picked the ball up and deceived a couple of defenders with his footwork before curling a shot into the bottom corner.

Cook freshened up his front line with a substitution on 70 minutes, as Tubbs made way for aStockley.

But the Blues were soon reduced to 10 men when Stevens caught Aaron McGowan and was shown his second yellow card – and a subsequent red – by referee Roger East.

Adam Webster was brought on for Davies as Pompey switched to playing with three central defenders.

They were leaving plenty of men forward, safe in the knowledge that Morecambe were happy to sit back and soak up pressure.

Cook made his final change on 80 minutes as Adam McGurk replaced Gareth Evans and immediately received a chance to level when he rose to head Bennett’s cross narrowly wide.

Bennet then had an opportunity of his own, cutting inside and drilling in a shot that Roche did well to punch clear.

Morecambe were hanging on and Roche pushed Clarke’s header over before keeping out a Stockley drive.

And Webster missed a great opportunity after being left unchallenged in the box, only to head over.

The defender then saw his penalty claims for a handball waved away as Pompey continued to pour forward.

And just when it looked like time would run out on them, Webster delivered a perfect cross for STOCKLEY to convert with a diving header.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Murphy; Davies (Webster 74), Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Atangana, Doyle (c); Evans (McGurk 79), Roberts, Bennett; Tubbs (Stockley 70)
Goals: Roberts 42, 65, Stockley 90+5
Sent off: Stevens (two yellow cards)
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Jones, Haunstrup, Hollands, Chaplin

Morecambe (4-2-3-1): Roche; Beeley (c), Dugdale, Parrish, Wilson; Fleming, Goodall (Kenyon 47); Devitt, Wildig, Barkhuizen (Molyneux 56); Miller (McGowan 68)
Goals: Barkhuizen 11, Goodall 25, Fleming 38
Booked: Fleming, Roche, Beeley, Wildig
Subs not used: Thompson, Bailey, Ryan, Mullin

Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 16,052 (69 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 182015
 

Crawley 0 v 0 Portsmouth

Pompey dominated for long periods at Crawley, but had to settle for a point in Sussex.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut chances at either end, although Matt Tubbs, Matt Clarke and Adam McGurk had the best opportunities for the Blues.

Paul Cook named the same side for the third league match in succession.

There was a familiar face in the opposition line-up with defender Sonny Bradley named Crawley skipper.

Pompey saw plenty of the ball in the early stages – and that was a trend that continued throughout the contest.

But while the visitors were looking composed on the ball, they were struggling to find the right final pass to trouble the Reds.

They did have an opening on nine minutes when a Nigel Atangana pass threaded the opposition defence.

Tubbs raced onto it, but Freddie Woodman came off his line to save and the keeper reacted quickly to gather the loose ball.

Kyle Bennett was next to go close midway through the half, beating his man, cutting into the box and curling a shot narrowly over the crossbar.

The home fans were starting to grow restless as their side kept gifting the ball right back to the Blues.

They did have one opportunity on 33 minutes, but Brian Murphy was able to get behind Luke Rooney’s fierce long-range effort.

The action soon switched to the other end of the pitch and Rooney tugged back the advancing Bennett, earning the game’s first booking from referee Fred Graham.

Joe McNerney then had to race across the box to stop Tubbs from pouncing on a superb incisive pass from Christian Burgess.

And Clarke saw his header cleared off the line by Lee Barnard as Pompey finished the half with a flourish.

Half Time: Crawley 0 Pompey 0

Pompey started the second half as they ended the first – on the attack.

The hosts had to deal with a corner in the opening seconds before Woodman did well to gather a dangerous low cross from Roberts.

Cook made an attacking switch on 52 minutes as right-back Ben Davies made way for forward McGurk.

The Blues were still seeing most of the ball, but Crawley came close to snatching a goal on 52 minutes when Gwion Edwards fired into the side netting.

It was still Pompey looking the more threatening, however, and McGurk almost snuck a shot into the bottom corner, only for Woodman to get down and push it clear.

Tubbs did have the ball in the back of the net on 68 minutes, but he was flagged offside after collecting Atangana’s pass.

With the game starting to fall a little flat, Cook made a double substitution as Bennett and Tubbs made way for Conor Chaplin and Jayden Stockley.

That seemed to spark them back into life, although Crawley came close to netting on the break.

The dangerous Lewis Young managed to break free down the right and into the box, but could not beat Murphy at the keeper’s near post.

Pompey continued to push forward in search of a late winner, but the hosts held firm to ensure a share of the spoils.

Crawley (4-1-4-1): Woodman; Donnelly, McNerney, Ashton, Bradley (c); Walton; Young, Rooney (Bawling 77), Smith, Edwards; Barnard (Harrold 64)
Booked: Rooney, Smith
Subs not used: Preston, van den Bogaert, Fenelon, Deacon

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Murphy; Davies (McGurk 52), Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Atangana, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Bennett (Chaplin 81); Tubbs (Stockley 81)
Subs not used: Jones, Webster, Haunstrup, Hollands

Referee: Fred Graham

Attendance: 4,003 (1,706 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 152015
 
League 2
Plymouth Argyle 1 – 2 Portsmouth

 

Pompey extended their winning run to three matches thanks to a couple of penalties in Plymouth.

They looked bright early on, but did not go ahead until the stroke of half-time when Enda Stevens was fouled and Matt Tubbs scored from the spot.

Gary Roberts was then brought down late on and stepped up to open his Blues account.

Gregg Wylde immediately reduced the deficit, but the visitors held on to leave the large army of travelling supporters feeling ecstatic.

Paul Cook reverted to the side that beat Dagenham in the league the previous Saturday.

That meant Brian Murphy, Christian Burgess, Stevens, Nigel Atangana, Michael Doyle, Roberts and Tubbs all returned after the midweek Capital One Cup triumph over Derby.

Pompey looked full of confidence following their back-to-back victories and came close to taking the lead in just the second minute.

Gareth Evans burst through the centre, only to be denied first by Plymouth keeper Luke McCormick and then skipper Curtis Nelson.

Kyle Bennett tried his luck from the edge of the box soon after, although McCormick was again equal to it, sticking up a hand to palm the ball over.

It was the Blues looking the more dominant side and Roberts met Evans’ cross with a volley that was deflected over.

The hosts did begin to apply some pressure towards the end of the half, however, and it took a fine save from Murphy to keep out Graham Carey’s fierce volley.

But the action was soon back up the other end and after Tubbs had swiped at thin air when well-placed inside the area, Atangana drilled a low effort straight at McCormick.

It looked the sides would be going in level at the break – however, there was still time for some late drama.

Referee Steve Martin pointed to the spot following a challenge by Hiram Boateng on Stevens and TUBBS stepped up to emphatically smash home the penalty.

Half Time: Plymouth 0 Pompey 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

It was the Blues who were first to threaten after the interval when Evans cut inside from the right and fizzed a shot narrowly wide.

And Tubbs also had an opportunity to grab his second of the afternoon, breaking into the box and flashing an effort past the post.

But the visitors were not looking as fluent as they had been before the break and were guilty of losing possession too easily.

Cook decided to make his first switch on 69 minutes as goalscorer Tubbs made way for Jayden Stockley up top.

The striker made an immediate impact – but not in a good way, as Martin showed him a yellow card for a challenge on Nelson.

Plymouth’s captain made way after being cut above his eye and replacement Ryan Brunt almost levelled, but could only turn Carey’s corner wide.

Another Carey set-piece was swung into the Blues box on 76 minutes and it was agonisingly out of reach for several of his team-mates.

Bennett saw his shot clear the crossbar at the other end as Pompey attempted to stem Plymouth’s attacking tide.

And Stockley came close to increasing the visitors’ lead when he met Roberts’ corner and was only denied by a good low McCormick save.

Victory did seem secure on 86 minutes, however, when Roberts burst into the box and was clumsily tripped by Gary Sawyer.

Martin pointed to the spot for the second time and, with Tubbs off the pitch, ROBERTS stepped up to hammer the ball into the bottom corner.

A stunning volleyed finish from Wylde ensured a nervy finale, but the Blues held on to secure all three points.

Plymouth (4-2-3-1): McCormick; Mellor, Nelson (c) (Brunt 72), Hartley, Sawyer; McHugh, Boateng; Tanner, Carey, Wylde; Reid
Goals: Wylde 89
Booked: Boateng, Mellor, Sawyer
Subs not used: Bittner, Purrington, Cox, Simpson, Bentley, Harvey

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Murphy; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Atangana (Hollands 71), Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts (McGurk 90), Bennett; Tubbs (Stockley 69)
Goals: Tubbs 45+2 (pen), Roberts 86 (pen)
Booked: Davies, Stockley, Hollands
Subs not used: Jones, Webster, Haunstrup, Chaplin

Referee: Steve Martin

Attendance: 11,476 (1,719 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 122015
 

Portsmouth 2 – 1 Derby County

Pompey pulled off a Capital One Cup giant-killing as they dumped Derby out at the first round.

After a positive first half had yielded no goals, Adam McGurk took advantage of some unsure goalkeeping to open the scoring.

Jason Shackell headed the second tier side level before substitute Conor Chaplin sent Fratton wild with a cool finish.

Paul Cook rung the changes, with seven players making way from the side that comfortably beat Dagenham in the league at the weekend.

In came McGurk, Jayden Stockley and Brandon Haunstrup for their full debuts, while there were also starts for Paul Jones, Adam Webster, Ben Close and Danny Hollands.

Only Ben Davies, who wore the captain’s armband, Matt Clarke, Gareth Evans and Kyle Bennett retained their places in the line-up.

Pompey were certainly not over-awed against their Championship opponents and immediately looked to get at Derby.

Haunstrup was finding plenty of joy down the left and saw one cross blocked before another just failed to find Stockley.

A ball then fell invitingly to McGurk inside the box, but he dragged his angled drive wide of the post.

Bennett also failed to find the target and was then involved in a neat passing move with Close and Stockley that ended with Alex Pearce heading clear.

It was the Blues looking more threatening without really testing Rams keeper Lee Grant and Bennett saw another couple of long-range efforts fly narrowly wide.

Derby created their first opening in between, with Craig Forsyth finding Andreas Weimann and the Austrian seeing his shot deflected behind by Webster.

Grant was called in to action on 32 minutes and did well to turn behind Haunstrup’s angled strike.

Despite Pompey’s dominance, it was the visitors who had two good opportunities to open the scoring late in the half.

First they got opened up at the back and a well-placed Clarke had to clear Johnny Russell’s low cross from the line.

Jeff Hendrick then did well to burst through the centre and advance on goal, but sent his shot inches past the post.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Derby 0

It was Derby who were first to threaten after the restart and Weimann had an effort deflected into the side netting.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 49 minutes, with McGURK netting on his debut.

The goal owed a lot to the work of Stockley, who broke down the right and sent in a teasing cross for his team-mate.

McGurk met it well, but Grant should have done better, with the County stopper only able to help it into the net.

That’s was McGurk’s last meaningful contribution and he soon made way for Enda Stevens.

But that failed to blunt Pompey’s attacking verve and they almost doubled their lead on 56 minutes.

Bennett delivered the ball into the box and first Stockley and then Davies saw efforts well saved by Grant.

Chaplin then came on for Haunstrup as Cook decided to shuffle his pack once more.

However, Derby grabbed an equaliser on 74 minutes when Shackell found space at the far post to head home Russell’s corner.

But they were not level for long and Fratton erupted when Stevens sent in a low cross that CHAPLIN expertly guided past Grant’s grasp and into the net.

The breathless play continued and the visitors felt aggrieved when they were denied a spot-kick moments later.

Hollands appeared to foul Russell inside the box, but referee Paul Tierney felt otherwise and the victim’s free-kick went over.

Derby poured forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages, but the Blues held firm to book their place in Thursday’s second round draw.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies (c), Webster, Clarke, Haunstrup (Chaplin 71); Close, Hollands; Evans, Bennett (Tollitt 74), McGurk (Stevens 55); Stockley
Goals: McGurk 49, Chaplin 76
Subs not used: Murphy, Burgess, Atangana, Tubbs

Derby (4-2-3-1): Grant; Ssewankambo (Thorne 70), Pearce, Shackell, Forsyth; Hendrick, Baird (c); Russell, Dawkins (Ince 60), Weimann; Bent (Martin 60)
Goals: Shackell 74
Booked: Thorne
Subs not used: Carson, Keogh, Warnock, Hanson

Referee: Paul Tierney

Attendance: 11,573 (1,134 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 082015
 
League 2
Portsmouth 3 – 0 Dagenham & Redbridge

 

The Paul Cook era at Pompey began in spectacular fashion as three second half goals secured a comfortable victory over Dagenham.

A packed crowd saw the Blues dominate the first half without managing to open the scoring.

But that all changed after the interval when Gareth Evans headed home the opener to get the Fratton party started.

And Kyle Bennett then took over with a couple of fine strikes to ensure the home fans left the ground in buoyant mood.

Cook handed debuts to nine players, with Nigel Atanagana and Matt Tubbs the only starters to have ended last season at Fratton Park.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the opposition line-up, however, with former Pompey loanees Josh Passley and Nyron Nosworthy in the Dagenham side.

Before kick-off both sets of supporters heartily took part in a minute’s applause in memory of PST chairman Ken Malley, who sadly passed away earlier in the summer.

When the game got underway in glorious sunshine it was the hosts who immediately looked the more threatening.

A lovely chipped pass from Gary Roberts had to be cleared behind by Matt Richards, while Christian Burgess headed wide from the resulting corner.

Nosworthy then did well to intercept Tubbs’ centre following a quick break up the pitch by Bennett.

Another incisive pass from Bennett was just out of reach for Tubbs on 11 minutes, while Roberts saw his effort deflected behind moments later.

Pompey were doing all the pressing and Bennett was next to go close after being fed by skipper Michael Doyle, but saw his shot curl narrowly over.

And it took a superb save from Mark Cousins to keep the scores level on 19 minutes, with the Daggers keeper flinging out a hand to stop Tubbs’ fierce drive flying into the bottom corner.

The game started to quieten down after that frantic opening and there was a bizarre moment midway through the half when referee Carl Boyeson allowed the players a break for drinks.

Pompey started to move through the gears again afterwards and a Roberts free-kick was headed clear before Nosworthy was forced to turn a dangerous low Bennett cross behind for a corner.

The visitors finally had an opening on 36 minutes when the ball bounced around the Blues box before being hacked to safety by Atangana.

But the action was soon back up the other end of the pitch and Evans dragged a shot inches past the post.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Both sides had long-range sighters at the start of the second half, with first Bennett and then Jodi Jones narrowly missing the target.

But the Blues did break the deadlock on 51 minutes when Bennett’s corner found EVANS at the far post and he headed back into the opposite corner.

Dagenham came close to hitting back immediately, with Ashley Hemmings’ drive deflected into the side netting by Ben Davies.

At the other end, Burgess was proving an aerial threat from set-pieces and twice he headed behind after meeting corners from Bennett and Roberts.

But it was BENNETT who doubled the advantage on 62 minutes, collecting Enda Stevens’ throw, cutting inside from the left and smashing an emphatic finish off the underside of the bar.

Pompey were forced into a change on 68 minutes when the impressive Atangana limped off and was replaced by Danny Hollands.

Tubbs almost added a third goal seconds later when he met Roberts’ cross with a looping header that was clawed away by Cousins.

Instead it was BENNETT who strengthened the lead on 74 minutes with another stunning strike from 25 yards after collecting the ball from Roberts.

That was the winger’s last involvement, however, as he soon made way for Jayden Stockley in the Blues attack, receiving a standing ovation as he left the pitch.

Pompey kept pushing forward in search of more goals, with Roberts and Burgess both coming close in the final few minutes.

But the Blues – and their supporters – seemed more than satisfied with their three-goal haul when the final whistle blew.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Murphy; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Atangana (Hollands 68), Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Bennett (Stockley 76); Tubbs (Chaplin 84)
Goals: Evans 51, Bennett 62, 74
Subs not used: Jones, Webster, Haunstrup, McGurk

Dag & Red (4-4-2): Cousins; Passley, Partridge, Nosworthy, Widdowson; Jones, Boucaud (c), Richards, Hemmings; McClure (Ferdinand 46), Cureton
Subs not used: O’Brien, Connors, Hamalainen, Chambers, Doidge

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 16,948 (279 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 082015
 

Brian Murphy

Free Agent



Pompey have signed goalkeeper Brian Murphy on a deal until January.

The 32-year-old – who will wear the number 24 shirt – has been training with the Blues for the past few weeks and played in the friendly victory over Woking.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed getting sharp here and now I’m delighted that we’ve been able to get the deal over the line.

“Motivation certainly won’t be difficult here – there are not any other teams in this league that will get 17,000 for home games.

“Everyone knows where Pompey were a short while ago and where we are now, so it’s up to the players to rise to the challenge.”

The Irish stopper came through the ranks at Manchester City and moved on to play for Swansea, Bohemians, Ipswich and QPR.

Portsmouth FC

Aug 062015
 

Pompey have signed Ben Davies on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old – who has been handed the number two shirt – can play in defence or midfield.

He has spent pre-season with the Blues and featured in the friendlies against Havant & Waterlooville, Bognor, Coventry, Woking and Gillingham.

Davies said: “I spoke to a few clubs closer to home, but as soon as I knew Pompey were interested it was an easy decision to make.

“We’ve all been pretty relaxed about the deal being done, but I’m delighted it’s happened in time for the first game.

“I’ve been here for a good few weeks, so I know all about the lads, their style of play and what a big club this is.

“I like to play all over the place – at Derby I was a left-winger, right-winger and right-back, and at Sheffield United last year I played most of it at right-back. If a position comes up and is available I’ll do a good job anywhere.”

Davies came through the ranks at Walsall and later went on to play for Kidderminster, Chester, Shrewsbury, Notts County and Derby.

He moved to Sheffield United – initially on loan – in February 2014 and scored seven goals in 39 appearances during his time with the Blades.

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Matt Clarke

Loan : Ipswich Town – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Matt Clarke on loan from Championship side Ipswich until January.

The 18-year-old centre-back has already featured three times for the Blues in pre-season and scored in the 2-0 triumph at Woking.

He will wear the number 20 shirt during his time on the south coast.

Clarke said: “I’m delighted to be here. I’ve already played a few games, so it’s great to have all the paperwork signed.

“I’ve enjoyed the matches that I’ve been involved in so far and have done alright, so now I want to improve from there.

“I spent a lot of time on the bench last season and just got a few minutes here and there, so I wanted to go out and hopefully get some more regular football.”

Clarke is a graduate of Ipswich’s academy and has made five senior appearances for the Tractor Boys.

He made his senior debut at Crawley in a Capital One Cup clash last August.

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Gillingham 0 – 0 Portsmouth

Friendly finishes in stalemate

Pompey played out a goalless draw with League One side Gillingham in their final friendly before the 2015/16 campaign.

Chances were scarce throughout the Priestfield Stadium clash, although Ben Davies did strike the crossbar before the break.

Gareth Evans was handed a start wide on the right after completing his Pompey switch earlier in the week.

There were also appearances for triallists Davies and Matt Clarke in the visitors’ back-line.

Neither side created much in the opening stages, although Gillingham were forced to make an early change when Aaron Morris limped off after just four minutes.

His namesake – keeper Glenn Morris – then waited for a ball to roll into his area before claiming it and only just got there before the rampaging Evans.

There were a few half-chances, with Bradley Dack curling narrowly wide for the hosts, while Pompey’s Gary Roberts saw his free-kick punched clear by Morris.

But it took until 27 minutes for the first real moment of magic after Davies had been felled by Bradley Garmston just outside the box.

The right-back stepped up to take the free-kick himself and sent a thunderbolt smashing against the crossbar.

That failed to spark a period of goalmouth action, however, and Jake Hessenthaler’s 20-yard drive that flew over the top was as close as the Gills came to beating Paul Jones before the break.

Half Time: Gillingham 0 Pompey 0

There might not have been too much excitement in the first half, but both sides came close to scoring just after the interval.

First Roberts saw his low drilled effort kept out by a brave block from Gills centre-back Adedeji Oshilaja.

The hosts then broke straight up the other end of the pitch and Emmanuel Osadebe’s angled drive drew a smart stop from Jones.

A break in play followed after Matt Tubbs suffered a cut elbow and, despite there not being too much blood visible, the striker was forced to change both shirt and shorts on the sidelines.

When the action resumed Oshilaja came close to breaking the deadlock, but could only head over from a corner.

Paul Cook made a couple of changes just past the hour mark, as Tubbs and Kyle Bennett made way for Jayden Stockley and Conor Chaplin.

A deluge of substitutions then followed from both sides as the game began to peter towards a stalemate.

Pompey did have a chance on the break when referee Fred Graham waved play on following a foul by Osadebe on Evans.

Roberts took control of the ball, burst down the right and sent it into the box, but Stockley was unable to guide it on target and the game finished all square.

Gillingham (4-1-4-1): G.Morris (Nelson 46); Jackson, Egan (Ehmer 46), Oshilaja, Garmston; A.Morris (Hessenthaler 4); Donnelly (Williamson 68), Dack (McGlashan 76), Osadebe, Dickenson (Wright 46); Norris
Booked: Osadebe
Sub not used: Davies

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones (Bass 81); Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup (Webster 68); Atangana (Close 73), Doyle (c) (Hollands 73); Evans, Roberts (Tollitt 81), Bennett (Chaplin 62); Tubbs (Stockley 62)
Booked: Doyle

Referee: Fred Graham

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Paul Robinson has made a shock Pompey exit.

The 33-year-old central defender joined the club on loan from Millwall at the start of last season and joined the club on a permanent basis in January.

He enjoyed a fine season at the heart of the defence, despite Pompey’s inconsistency, but then missed the final two months with the fractured cheekbone he suffered in the win over Luton Town in March.

After making a full recovery, it appeared that he was set to be named club captain by boss Paul Cook for the forthcoming campaign.

But he has now been deemed surplus to requirements and has left the club by mutual consent.

There will no shortage of takers for his services with several clubs in League One and League Two having expressed an interest in him previously. And his departure will be a big surprise to many Blues fans who thought he would be a pivotal figure this season.

Robinson joined AFC Wimbledon on trial

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