Transfer : Burton Albion – Portsmouth
Transfer : Burton Albion – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed winger Marcus Harness from Burton for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.
Harness joined Burton from Coventry as a teenager and gained experience with several loan spells, most recently spending a season with Port Vale.
He made a total of 83 appearances for the Brewers and scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 victory at Rochdale last term.
Harness was part of the Burton side that were narrowly beaten by the Blues on home soil back in April.
He ended his career at the Pirelli Stadium by scoring a stunning strike against Premier League side Sheffield United in a friendly on Tuesday evening.
Goals from Eoin Teggart and Brett Pitman ensured Pompey maintained their winning start to pre-season with victory over Bognor.
Both of the visitors’ goals came in a first half they dominated, with a couple of neat finishes putting them on top at Nyewood Lane.
But they probably should have been further ahead at the break, as the Blues struck the crossbar on three separate occasions.
Former Fratton forward Dan Smith pulled one back following the restart, but the hosts could not find an equaliser.
There was a mixture of youth and experience in the Pompey line-up, with the likes of Pitman and Christian Burgess accompanied by a smattering of academy players.
It was Bognor who made the brighter start, although Burgess and centre-back partner Matt Casey protected Alex Bass’ goal.
And the visitors soon began to move through the gears, with Andy Cannon sending a fierce shot dipping against the underside of the crossbar.
The Rocks then had an opportunity of their own, with Stuart Green unable to turn home Jimmy Muitt’s cross and seeing his blushes spared by an offside flag.
Pompey took the lead from the resulting free-kick, as TEGGART cut inside from the right and curled a shot into the top corner.
And the advantage was soon doubled on 25 minutes, with Leon Maloney doing well to get into the box and find Pitman.
He managed to dig out a shot that again hit the underside of the bar and Teggart was unable to convert the loose ball.
Amazingly, the same piece of woodwork was struck for a third time before the interval, although the skipper this time hit the top of it with a dinked attempt.
But PITMAN did have a goal on 34 minutes, hitting a first-time finish into the bottom corner after being slipped in by Haji Mnoga.
The right-back might have got on the scoresheet himself before the break, but his effort was deflected into the arms of Rocks keeper Charlie Searle.
Bornor Regis Town 0
The average age of the visitors was brought down at the start of the second half, as Pitman and Bryn Morris made way for youngsters Harry Anderson and Ethan Robb.
And Bognor soon managed to pull a goal back, with Smith on hand to find the target after Bass had made a good save.
Muitt had a chance to level a few minutes later, although the forward dragged his shot wide of the post.
The Rocks were certainly enjoying more of the ball since the restart, although were too often let down by a poor final delivery.
Smith was sent through on goal on 73 minutes, but former team-mate Bass was quickly off his line to make the save.
It was bit quieter at the other end of the pitch, although a dangerous delivery from Brandon Haunstrup did lead to a corner.
Cannon was the player to send it into the mixer, with Burgess – now wearing the armband – nodding the ball narrowly past the post.
A few late substitutions disrupted the flow of the game, but Burgess still had to throw himself into the path of Liam Brady’s shot to prevent Bognor from grabbing a late leveller.
Bognor (4-3-3): Searle; Whyte (c), Crane, Wood (Bingham 82), A.Leigh (Breed 55); Read (Dunn 69), T.Leigh, Tuck (Scutt 69); Muitt (Brady 84), Smith, Green (Williamson 80)
Goals: Smith 48
Sub not used: Simmonds
Pompey XI (4-2-3-1): Bass; Mnoga, Burgess, Casey, Haunstrup; Storey (Kavanagh 68), Morris (Robb 46); Maloney, Cannon, Teggart; Pitman (c) (Anderson 46 (Stanley 80))
Goals: Teggart 21, Pitman 34
Subs not used: Durin, Dandy, Hancott
Referee: Dan Austin
Pompey secured a second pre-season friendly win in succession, but were made to work hard for their 2-1 victory at Westleigh Park.
Gareth Evans fired them ahead from the penalty spot just before half-time, only for former Blues triallist Roarie Deacon to draw the Hawks level.
It was Brett Pitman who came off the bench to grab a late winner, however, in front of a huge crowd of 3,500 sun-worshipping supporters.
There were three changes from the side that began the midweek rout of UCD in Dublin.
Ross McCrorie and James Bolton both missed out with knocks, while Jamal Lowe was also absent, as Ben Close, Anton Walkes and Evans all came in.
Anybody expecting another goal-fest was in for a disappointment, with chances at a premium during the opening stages on a warm afternoon.
A dangerous Walkes delivery was turned behind before it could reach Ronan Curtis at the back post, while an Evans free-kicvk cleared the crossbar.
The hosts were certainly not looking over-awed and an effort from Josh Taylor was deflected wide of Craig MacGillivray’s post.
Pompey’s keeper also made a regulation save to deny Andy Drury, as the game continued to drift along without much excitment.
The visitors created a fine chance on 28 minutes, however, and Ross Worner made an excellent stop to keep out Louis Dennis’ header from point-blank range.
Ellis Harrison then beat the Hawks number one to the ball, but the angle was tight for the summer signing and his cut-back was dealt with.
The striker was involved again just before the break and when he was brought down in the box by Dean Beckwith, referee Matt Russell pointed to the spot.
It was the skipper who stepped up to take the spot-kick, with EVANS slamming his effort straight down the middle to open the scoring.
There was still time for another opening before the interval, with Worner again doing well to keep out a fierce strike from Curtis.
Havant & Waterlooville 0
The second half got off to a livelier start, with Worner immediately having to get down to keep out Lee Brown’s free-kick.
A volleyed effort from Jonah Ayunga was then brilliantly dealt with by MacGillivray, as the Hawks tried to find a leveller.
But the action soon switched ends once more and Curtis almost caught Worner out at his near post after neatly stepping inside.
It was the home fans who were celebrating on 56 minutes, though, when substitute Chris Paul teed-up Deacon for a neat finish into the bottom corner.
The usual curse of the pre-season friendly soon followed, with a wave of substitutions for both sides stemming the flow of the contest.
Another brief interruption was caused by a fan who ran on to the pitch to request a selfie with Christian Burgess, who obliged, and MacGillivray, who sternly ordered him off the pitch.
It was two of Pompey’s newcomers who combined for their winner on 80 minutes, with Brandon Haunstrup doing well down the left and providing the assist for PITMAN to slot home.
Hawks (4-1-2-1-2): Worner (Latham 58); Read (Tarbuck 58), Beckwith (Cook 60), Magri, Straker; Bailey (Paul 46); Taylor (Dennett 65), Fogden (c); Drury (Walton 46); Deacon (Ridge 83), Ayunga
Goals: Deacon 56
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes (Burgess 73), Downing, Raggett, Brown (Haunstrup 70); Naylor (Morris 70), Close; Evans (c) (Hancott 84), Dennis (Cannon 70), Curtis (Pitman 70); Harrison
Goals: Evans 44 (pen), Pitman 80
Subs not used: Bass, Mnoga, Dandy, Bridgman, Teggart, Stanley
Referee: Matt Russell
Pompey kicked-off their pre-season schedule with an emphatic 11-0 victory at UCD.
Brett Pitman hit a hat-trick, while there were braces from Louis Dennis and Ronan Curtis, with Jamal Lowe, Gareth Evans, Joe Hancott and Ben Close also scoring against the top-flight Irish club.
Following almost two weeks of training at bases in Portsmouth and Dublin, the Blues returned to match action with less than a month until the start of the new League One campaign.
Pompey – with summer recruits James Bolton, Paul Downing, Sean Raggett, Ross McCrorie and Ellis Harrison all starting – looked bright from the off and opened their account after just 10 minutes.
Dennis looked electric in the opening half and he crossed from the right, with CURTIS doing just enough to force his header home.
And the lead was soon doubled following more good work from Dennis, who delivered from the opposite flank, leaving LOWE with plenty of time to slot past Conor Kearns.
The visitors almost added a third just seconds later, but Lowe’s effort was saved and the ball ricocheted against the bar.
That would be Kearns’ final contribution, with the keeper taken off injured and replaced between the sticks by Tom Murphy.
The lead was increased midway through the half, however, as DENNIS latched on to Lee Brown’s quickly taken free-kick and bent a shot around the new stopper.
CURTIS then got his second of the evening on 39 minutes when Harrison’s cross evaded its intended target of Dennis.
Instead it fell for the Republic of Ireland international, who chested the ball down and emphatically found the net.
There was an almost instant fifth goal, as DENNIS rounded off an impressive first half display by receiving Harrison’s pass, spinning past the last defender and coolly finishing.
Jackett changed his entire team at the break, but that did not stop the goals from flowing in the second half.
EVANS became the fourth different scorer of the contest, with a blocked pass bouncing back to him and a powerful shot striking the underside of the crossbar before finding the net.
PITMAN then got his first on the hour mark, capitalising on some slack defending to take a touch and find the target from close range.
He might have earlier scored in more acrobatic fashion, but a scorpion-style attempt narrowly cleared the bar.
Murphy was being continually called into action, getting down low to save first from Anton Walkes and then deny Evans at the near post.
But an eighth goal did arrive, with PITMAN picking the defence’s pocket following an Evans cross to double his personal tally.
Teenage full-back HANCOTT – playing a more advanced role – was next to score, being quickest to react when Pitman was denied by Murphy.
The travelling Blues fans wanted 10 and skipper PITMAN duly obliged by completing a 20-minute treble.
Aaron McGrath took too much time over clearing the ball, allowing the striker to steal possession and bend it around Murphy.
The scoring was finally complete six minutes from the end, with UCD unable to clear under pressure and CLOSE emphatically finishing.
Pompey’s run of friendlies continues at Westleigh Park on Saturday when they take on neighbours Havant & Waterlooville (3pm kick-off).
UCD: Kearns; Tobin, Farrell, McEvoy, McClelland; Doyle (c), Keaney; O’Farrell, Kinsella-Bishop; Dignam; Mahdy
Subs: Murphy, Griffin, Mullen, Akinsete, Daly, Ring, Ryan, Boore, Keane, Smith, McGrath
Pompey: MacGillivray (Bass 46); Bolton (Walkes 46), Downing (Burgess 46), Raggett (Casey 46), Brown (Haunstrup 46); Naylor (c) (Morris 46), McCrorie (Close 46); Lowe (Evans 46), Dennis (Cannon 46), Curtis (Hancott 46); Harrison (Pitman 46)
Goals: Curtis 10, 39, Lowe 16, Dennis 24, 41, Evans 49, Pitman 60, 76, 80, Hancott 78, Close 84
Referee: David Dunne
Loan : Rangers – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed Ross McCrorie on a season-long loan deal from Rangers.
The 21-year-old midfielder is a graduate of the Scottish side’s academy and the switch is subject to international clearance.
McCrorie had loan spells with Ayr and Dumbarton before making his senior Rangers debut in a 3-1 League Cup victory at Partick in September 2017.
The Scotland youth international has made a total of 54 appearances for the Glasgow giants and appeared in several Europa League matches last term.
McCrorie’s twin brother Robby is a Rangers goalkeeper, but it was Ross who went between the sticks against Hibs at Ibrox back in May.
The hosts saw regular stopper Allan McGregor sent off in the closing stages after all substitutions had been made, but Pompey’s latest signing helped secure a clean sheet.
Loan : Norwich City – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed defender Sean Raggett on a season-long loan from Norwich.
There is no option for the player – who had a stint at Rotherham last term – to be recalled by his parent club.
Raggett came through the ranks at Dover and made more than 100 appearances before signing for Lincoln in the summer of 2016.
He has played twice for the Canaries and appeared alongside fellow Blues newcomer Ryan Williams while on loan at Rotherham last season.
|Ryan Williams has returned to Fratton Park on a two-year deal.
The 25-year-old Australia international winger will officially join Pompey on July 1 when his Rotherham contract expires.
He previously made six senior appearances for the Blues as a teenager after progressing through the youth system.
Williams joined Pompey as a scholar in 2010 and made his debut as a substitute in a Championship draw at Middlesbrough on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign.
He featured five more times that season, including in an FA Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Williams moved to Fulham during the January transfer window and then switched to Barnsley – following a loan spell – in the summer of 2015.
Rotherham signed him two years later and he helped them secure play-off promotion to the Championship in 2017/18, making a total of 88 appearances.
Williams – whose older brother Rhys currently plays in Saudi Arabia – won his first senior cap for the Australia national team against South Korea earlier this month.
Pompey have signed defender Paul Downing on a three-year deal.
The 27-year-old – who spent time on loan at Doncaster last term- will officially become a Blues player on July 1 when his Blackburn contract expires.
Downing started his career with West Brom, but failed to make a senior appearance and moved to Walsall in 2012.
He made almost 200 appearances during four years with the Saddlers, then had a stint with MK Dons before, in the summer of 2017, signing for Blackburn.
The centre-back was part of the Rovers side that won League One promotion in 2017/18 and played 22 times while on loan with Doncaster in the second half of last season.
Transfer : Ipswich Town – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed striker Ellis Harrison from Ipswich for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old Welshman has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.
Harrison – who has represented his country up to under-21 level – began his career with Bristol Rovers.
He made more than 200 appearances during his time at the Memorial Stadium and scored at Wembley as they won the Conference Premier play-offs in 2015.
Harrison then played another crucial role the following season as Rovers secured back-to-back promotions.
He moved to Ipswich last summer, opening his account in a 1-1 Championship draw with Sheffield United.
Transfer : Portsmouth – Brighton
|Matt Clarke has left Pompey to sign for Premier League side Brighton for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old centre-back made a total of 175 appearances – scoring nine goals – during his four seasons with the Blues.
He arrived at Fratton Park on loan from Ipswich in 2015, making the switch permanent the following year in a deal that saw Adam Webster move in the opposite direction.
Clarke was an important member of the side that dramatically secured the League Two title on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.
He appeared 60 times in all competitions last term, enjoying Wembley success in the Checkatrade Trophy final.
Clarke’s fine form for Pompey saw him voted the club’s Player of the Season in each of the past two campaigns.
League One Play-Offs
Pompey’s promotion hopes are over after they suffered a narrow aggregate defeat to Sunderland in the play-offs.
Trailing by a single goal from the first game in the north-east, the Blues fought hard to try to level the tie.
They certainly created the best chances, with Jon McLaughlin making some key saves and Matt Clarke hitting the woodwork.
But they failed to find the breakthrough in what was an often ugly encounter, with the Black Cats holding on to book their spot at Wembley.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten in the first leg at the weekend
Lee Brown and Brett Pitman were injured for that Wearside clash, but were fit enough for a return to the starting line-up.
Viv Solomon-Otabor was also given a chance to impress, as Anton Walkes, Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe dropped to the bench.
There was a minute of applause before kick-off, as those inside the ground paid tribute to former Pompey defender Jon Gittens, who sadly passed away at the age of just 55.
It was a feisty contest right from the off and Gareth Evans was soon shown a yellow card for a challenge on Lee Cattermole.
Tom Naylor soon followed him into the referee’s notebook, with the midfielder throwing the ball at Chris Maguire after the pair had clashed in the corner.
The Sunderland midfielder was also guilty of some poor challenges, however, with official Peter Bankes finally losing patience and taking his name.
But despite a frantic showing from both sides, clear-cut chances were proving to be at a premium in the opening stages.
Neither keeper was not given too much to do, besides a few regulation stops, with a final ball or moment of quality lacking.
Maguire was certainly enjoying his role as pantomime villain, earning cries of derision from the Fratton faithful following weak appeals for a penalty.
The hosts grew stronger as the first half progressed, with Ben Close exchanging passes with Pitman, whose cross was just out of reach for Oli Hawkins.
Sunderland then had a decent chance at the other end after Maguire beat Craig MacGillivray to a ball over the top, only to slip and allow Christian Burgess to clear the danger.
Pompey had two great opportunities to level the tie just before the break, with McLaughlin doing well to keep out Gareth Evans’ diving header from point-blank range.
And they then went close from the resulting corner, as Clarke’s nodded the ball down into the turf and up against the crossbar.
There was another coming together following the restart, this time involving Charlie Wyke and Nathan Thompson, but the referee managed to calm things down.
Jackett then made his first change on 52 minutes, as leading marksman Lowe came on for Solomon-Otabor.
They almost scored moments later, with Hawkins meeting Lee Brown’s fine cross and seeing his header tipped over by McLaughlin.
It was still proving to be niggly affair and there was more consternation when Luke O’Nien tumbled into the North Lower.
James Vaughan replaced Hawkins on 68 minutes, as Jackett looked to add some fresh attacking impetus into his side.
And the newcomer almost grabbed an immediate goal, only to be denied by another fine McLaughlin save after Pitman had hooked the ball towards the back post.
Clarke then wanted a penalty after tangling with Alim Ozturk as he tried to reach Evans’ free-kick, but Bankes was uninterested.
Pompey kept fighting and tried their best to put the Black Cats under pressure, with their visitors fighting hard to keep them at bay.
The display of six minutes of added time gave the Fratton faithful renewed hope, but Sunderland held on to reach the final.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Evans, Pitman (c), Solomon-Otabor (Lowe 52); Hawkins (Vaughan 68)
Booked: Evans, Naylor, Pitman, Vaughan
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Morris, Curtis, Dennis
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Flanagan, Oviedo; Cattermole, Leadbitter; Honeyman (c), Power (Morgan 80), Maguire (Gooch 69); Wyke (Grigg 83)
Booked: Maguire, O’Nien
Subs not used: Ruiter, Matthews, Dunne, Watmore
Referee: Peter Bankes
Attendance: 18,077 (1,397 away fans)