Football

Sep 172019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey salvaged a dramatic point against Burton, courtesy of Brett Pitman’s stoppage-time penalty.

Joe Sbarra and Kieran Wallace – the latter with the help of a huge deflection – struck for the visitors in the opening stages.

But the Brewers had to play much of the contest with just 10 men following two quick bookings for John-Joe O’Toole.

Ronan Curtis pulled a goal back before the interval and Pitman converted from the spot right at the death following a foul on Ellis Harrison.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Blackpool in the last third tier outing at the end of August.

Pitman and summer signing Ryan Williams were both handed their first league starts, with Andy Cannon dropping to the bench and Marcus Harness out injured.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former Fratton forward Dennis Edwards, who passed away the previous week.

The hosts got off to a dreadful start and found themselves two goals down inside the opening six minutes.

Lucas Akins did well down the right and passed across the box to Wallace. His shot was blocked by Williams, but the ball fell for Sbarra to slot home.

And it soon got even worse for the Blues, with Wallace’s long-range effort taking a wicked deflection off Paul Downing’s knee to leave Craig MacGillivray wrong-footed.

Fratton Park was left stunned and the home side did not immediately look like getting back into the contest.

But there was a lifeline when O’Toole picked up two yellow cards in quick succession to leave Burton with just 10 men.

John Marquis felt it should have been a straight red after getting tugged to the turf by the defender, although referee Craig Hicks decided there was a covering defender.

Ross McCrorie then swung a cross into the box from the left and skipper Tom Naylor rose highest to head narrowly wide.

Marquis tried to wriggle his way through on goal moments later, but again O’Toole clumsily brought him down.

Hicks played the advantage and it almost paid dividends, with Pitman thundering a shot against the crossbar.

But the official then called O’Toole over to send him for an early bath, forcing Sbarra to be sacrificed for an extra defender.

The hosts tried to make their numerical advantage count and a stretching Curtis saw his header held under the crossbar by Albion keeper Kieran O’Hara.

Akins was still causing problems at the other end, though, and saw off both Naylor and MacGillivray from a long clearance, but there was nobody to meet his cut-back.

It had been a disjointed display from the Blues, but they found themselves back in the contest on 39 minutes.

Burgess’ cross caught a deflection and looped into the box, where Marquis’ header was saved by O’Hara.

But CURTIS was quickest to the loose ball and lashed it into the roof of the net to reduce Pompey’s deficit.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Burton Albion 2


There was a change of system and personnel at the start of the second half, with Gareth Evans replacing Williams and the Blues playing with three at the back.

And the newcomer almost provided an equaliser on 50 minutes, sending in a cross that was met by Curtis, forcing O’Hara to tip it over the bar.

Ben Close then had an effort blocked by Wallace after Burgess’ delivery had been turned back into the centre by Curtis.

The visitors were briefly down to nine men just past the hour mark when substitute Colin Daniel received a head injury, but the defender returned with a bandage on.

Pompey, meanwhile, were being undone by too many sloppy passes that were halting their momentum in the final third.

And when Evans did whip in a dangerous delivery, Curtis and Pitman got in each other’s way as they both tried to attack the ball.

It had been a difficult evening for McCrorie and the on-loan midfielder made way for Cannon on 70 minutes.

Pompey did start to pick up the pace, however, and when O’Hara palmed away Curtis’ shot, Brandon Haunstrup’s fierce follow-up was blocked.

And the keeper made an even better stop moments later to keep out a goal-bound Curtis header from Haunstrup’s cross.

That was the left-back’s final contribution to the cause, though, as he was withdrawn for Harrison in an attacking move.

Cannon thought he should have won a penalty after going down under Akins’ challenge and Hicks took a moment before deciding there had been no foul.

Some patient build-up play then ended with Close slipping a pass through to Marquis, who spun and fired narrowly wide.

There were four minutes of stoppage-time for the Brewers to survive and they almost held on for the win.

But when Pitman lifted the ball into the box, Harrison was bundled to the turf by Jake Buxton and Hicks pointed to the spot.

It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the penalty and kept his cool, slamming the ball into the roof of the net to rescue a point.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Burgess, Downing, Naylor (c), Haunstrup (Harrison 77); Close, McCrorie (Cannon 70); Williams (Evans 46), Pitman, Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 39, Pitman 90+5 (pen)
Booked: Downing
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Walkes, Hawkins

Burton (4-2-3-1): O’Hara, Brayford (c), O’Toole, Nartey, Wallace; Edwards, Quinn; Sarkic (Boyce 77), Sbarra (Daniel 26), Broadhead (Buxton 83); Akins
Goals: Sbarra 3, Wallace 6
Sent off: O’Toole (two yellow cards)
Booked: Boyce
Subs not used: Bywater, Hutchinson, Anderson, Fraser

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 16,610 (116 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Sep 142019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey took a giant stride towards the Leasing.com Trophy knockout stages with victory over Norwich U21s at Fratton Park.

Ellis Harrison made the most of fine passes from academy players Eoin Teggart and Josh Flint to bag a brace in the Southern Group B contest.

And it was a debut to remember for Flint, who lashed home a goal of his own in an entertaining fixture.

Thomas Scully came off the bench to reduce the Canaries’ deficit, but it was a mostly comfortable occasion for the Blues.

Kenny Jackett made six changes from the side that beat Crawley in the last group fixture 11 days earlier.

There were debuts for teenage academy players Flint and Teggart, while Joe Hancott – who became the club’s youngest player when fielded in this competition two years ago – also started.

A fit-again Oli Hawkins made his first appearance of the season in the centre of defence, with Andy Cannon and Anton Walkes the others to return.

Alex Bass, James Bolton, Sean Raggett – featuring against his parent club – Leon Maloney and Harrison kept their places in the starting line-up.

It was a bright start in the south coast sunshine, with both sides playing on the front foot and looking to attack.

But the hosts were more threatening and Ciaren Jones – under pressure from Harrison – had to turn behind Teggart’s cross.

The same duo combined again moments later and Canaries keeper Archie Mair kept out Harrison’s header from point-blank range.

So it did not exactly come as a surprise to see the duo play pivotal roles in the hosts’ opening goal on 10 minutes.

Teggart whipped in a delivery from the left that was met by Maloney at the back post. He nodded the ball into the centre, where HARRISON headed home from a couple of yards out.

A clever pass from Cannon was missed by Harrison midway through the first half, but Teggart collected the ball and Jordan Thomas made a key block.

Norwich had opportunities of their own, but were limited to long-range efforts that did not trouble Bass.

The best chance came following a surging run through the centre from Aidan Fitzpatrick, with the resulting shot flashing narrowly past the post.

Teggart was impressing down the left and Saul Milovanovic had to make a crude challenge to halt one charge, earning a yellow card from referee Brett Huxtable.

Harrison tried to double the lead before the break, spotting Mair off his line and attempting an audacious effort from the halfway line, but screwed the ball wide.

A second goal did arrive moments later, however, with Teggart again playing a key role by crossing from out wide

The ball was headed back by Harrison for FLINT and although the Waterlooville youngster saw his first effort saved, he collected the ball, turned and sent a rocket into the roof of the net.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Norwich City U21 0


There was a break in play soon after the restart when Raggett required treatment following a clash of heads, but the centre-back was able to carry on.

Another fine cross from Teggart was then just too high for the onrushing Maloney, as the Blues went in search of more goals.

And the hosts did strengthen their advantage on the hour mark, when Flint slipped a neat pass through to HARRISON.

The striker – wearing the captain’s armband for the day – took a neat first touch before slotting the ball into the net.

Pompey appeared to be cruising, but they received a jolt when Norwich pulled a goal back on 67 minutes.

Raggett took a heavy touch and the ball fell for substitute Scully, who hit a fine angled strike into the top corner.

There was a welcome introduction soon after, with Maloney making way for Ryan Williams, giving the Australian winger his second debut for the club.

Ben Close and John Marquis were also brought on for Flint and Teggart, with the youngsters all receiving warm applause as they made their way off.

Harrison should have completed a hat-trick after being left unmarked to meet Cannon’s free-kick on 77 minutes, but directed his header straight at Mair.

And Marquis almost added a fourth goal late on when he raced onto Williams’ pass, only for Mair to stick out a boot and divert the ball to safety.

Mair again used his foot to keep out a goal-bound Marquis shot in stoppage-time, moments after Cannon had flashed an effort past the post.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Hawkins, Raggett, Hancott; Walkes, Cannon; Maloney (Williams 71), Flint (Close 72), Teggart (Marquis 77); Harrison (c)
Goals: Harrison 10, 60, Flint 44
Subs not used: McGee, Downing, Burgess, Pitman

Norwich U21 (4-4-1-1): Mair; Thomas, Jones (Omobamidele 73), Famewo (c), Nizet; Fitzpatrick, McAlear, Milovanovic, Adshead; Ahadme (Scully 61); Thorvaldsson (Hondermarck 85)
Goals: Scully 67
Booked: Milovanovic
Subs not used: Johnson, Parsons

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Attendance: 2,855 (7 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Sep 032019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Leasing.com Trophy




Brett Pitman came off the bench to score his first goal of the season and ensure Pompey began their defence of the Leasing.com Trophy with a win against Crawley.

Both sides had chances, although it appeared as if the Fratton contest might be heading for a bonus-point penalty shoot-out.

But Pitman neatly converted a corner from the impressive Brandon Haunstrup to secure all three for the Blues.

Kenny Jackett made six changes from the side that drew with Blackpool in the league at the weekend.

Haunstrup, Paul Downing, Ben Close, John Marquis and skipper Tom Naylor all kept their place in the starting line-up.

Teenager Leon Maloney was given an opportunity to impress out wide, with Ellis Harrison also recalled to the forward line.

Summer signings James Bolton and Sean Raggett were in a defence protecting Alex Bass’ goal and Gareth Evans returned in midfield.

It was a rare outing of the 4-4-2 system for the hosts and although the first half was lacking in quality, there were opportunities at both ends.

Crawley were first to go close following a quick break and Bass had to get down well to push Mason Bloomfield’s effort around the post.

Their opponents were applying plenty of pressure and dominating possession, but failing to trouble keeper Michael Luyambula.

Paul Downing conceded a free-kick right on the edge of the box on 20 minutes, only for Jack Powell to shoot straight into the wall.

The Blues soon stormed up the other end of the pitch and following good work from Harrison and Marquis, a goal-bound Evans strike was blocked by Jamie Sendles-White.

Both sides were taking advantage of some sloppy passing to steal possession and counter, and Tarryn Allarakhia was forced to stop one attack by fouling Maloney and collecting a booking.

Harrison slipped a neat pass through to Evans on the half-hour mark, but the midfielder could not find the target from an acute angle.

There was then a break in play while Evans got treatment following a challenge with Sendles-White that resulted in a yellow card for the Red Devils defender.

Both sides came close to breaking the deadlock in a breathless conclusion to the opening period of the contest.

Evans whipped in a dangerous cross that was not at the ideal height for Maloney, but he managed to fire in a shot that was saved by Luyambula.

George Francomb then fizzed an effort narrowly over the bar from the edge of the box, before Ashley Nathaniel-George sent an attempt just past the post.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Crawley Town 0


Evans – who had taken a knock on the head earlier in the game – did not emerge for the second half, with Pitman replacing him.

A couple of Haunstrup corners might have caused Crawley problems just after the restart, but his team-mates were unable to take advantage.

The visitors then had a chance to score when the ball was cut back for unmarked substitute Nathan Ferguson in the box, with Bolton making a timely block.

Bass soon had to tear from his line to beat Ashley Nadesan to the ball, with the Red Devils man needing treatment after the pair collided.

Naylor played a clever pass over the defence for the onside Harrison to collect just past the hour mark, although his cut-back for Marquis was intercepted.

Then, after a quickly-taken free-kick broke down, Bolton claimed possession, cut on to his left foot and curled narrowly wide.

It looked like the opening goal would arrive on 68 minutes after Haunstrup had delivered a superb cross, but Luyambula pulled off a fine save to keep out Harrison’s header from point-blank range.

Maloney then sent in a dangerous ball of his own that was nodded back by Marquis and hacked over the bar by Sendles-White.

And it was from the resulting corner that the hosts took the lead, with another excellent Haunstrup cross hooked home by PITMAN.

The left-back’s delivery had been a particular highlight and a low centre was then met by Pitman again, although this time Crawley were able to block.

Pompey then saw out the final stages in relatively comfortable fashion to get the group stage campaign off to a successful start.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Bolton, Downing, Raggett, Haunstrup; Maloney, Naylor (c), Close, Evans (Pitman 46); Harrison, Marquis
Goals: Pitman 70
Subs not used: McGee, Casey, Burgess, Hancott, Walkes, Flint

Crawley (4-1-4-1): Luyambula; Francomb, Sendles-White, Dallison (Tunnicliffe 46), Young (c); Payne; Nadesan, Powell (Ferguson 54), Allarakhia (Galach 80), Nathaniel-George; Bloomfield
Booked: Allarakhia, Sendles-White
Subs not used: Morris, Forrest, Doherty, Camara

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 3,784 (96 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 312019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey had to settle for a share of the spoils at Blackpool, despite Marcus Harness netting his third goal for the club.

The visitors improved as the first half progressed and deservedly went ahead through the winger’s neat finish.

But the Seasiders were much better following the interval and Armand Gnaduillet’s header ensured they claimed a point.

There were chances for both sides to grab a winner after that, with Gnanduillet and John Marquis going close for their respective clubs.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at QPR in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.

It was a straight swap, as Andy Cannon replaced Gareth Evans in midfield, with Tom Naylor taking the captain’s armband.

The latter remained stationed in the centre of defence, as Christian Burgess continued in a right-back role.

It was a blustery day in the north-west and the windy conditions were clearly making life difficult for both sides.

But Blackpool started brightly and delivered plenty of early crosses that had to be dealt with by the Blues back-line.

Paul Downing conceded a foul in a dangerous position and took responsibility by heading behind the resulting free-kick.

The visitors soon started to move through the gears and Ronan Curtis had a shot blocked before sending in a ball that was just out of reach for the diving Marquis.

Some neat Harness footwork and sheer persistence from Andy Cannon then provided a chance for the latter, who prodded wide.

Blackpool threatened at the other end, with Sullay Kaikai sliding in and not quite able to meet James Husband’s pass.

But it was Pompey who broke the deadlock on 17 minutes after Marquis had done well to catch Curtis Tilt in possession.

Ryan Edwards made a good recovery challenge on the striker, only for the ball to land for HARNESS to flight home with his left foot.

The visitors looked well on top and Marquis soon had a shot deflected narrowly wide after racing through.

A cross from Ross McCrorie was then just behind Harness, who could not get enough power on his header to trouble Jak Alnwick in the Blackpool goal.

Both sides picked up a booking each, with McCrorie penalised for a foul on Kaikai, while Edwards was punished for a cynical tug on Marquis.

There was a scare for Pompey when the former collided with Tilt and fell into the advertising hoardings, but the Scottish midfielder was able to continue.

It was Harness who was replaced just before the break, however, with the winger appearing to limp off, despite not collecting any obvious injury.


Half Time

Blackpool 0

Portsmouth 1


Both sides took time to get back up to full speed following the restart, with a few loose passes halting any attacking fluidity.

Burgess had to make a key challenge inside the box on 54 minutes to prevent Gnanduillet from getting a shot away.

There were half chances at each end for Kaikai and Marquis, but neither keeper was being given much to do.

Blackpool found themselves level just before the hour mark, however, as Liam Feeney’s fine cross was converted by a firm Gnanduillet header.

And the striker almost scored a second moments later after meeting Husband’s centre, but Naylor and Craig MacGillivray combined to divert the ball behind.

Pompey were under pressure and Jackett made his second switch on 65 minutes, with earlier substitute Evans replaced by Ellis Harrison.

The hosts were causing plenty of problems and after one corner had been turned behind, a second was headed just past the post by the dangerous Gnanduillet.

It was then the Blues’ turn to go close to taking the lead on 70 minutes following good work down the left by Curtis.

He cut inside and found Cannon and after the midfielder’s blocked attempt fell for Marquis, his shot was kept out by a fine Alnwick save.

Pompey’s final change came in the centre of midfield on 76 minutes, with Anton Walkes on for McCrorie.

So it was a worrying sight to see Curtis hobbling along after picking up a knock, although the winger was fine to continue following some treatment on the pitch.

He soon collected a threaded pass from Naylor and advanced towards goal, flashing in a dangerous cross-shot that flashed past the post.

Both sides were looking capable of scoring the goal that would turn one point into three, but ultimately had to settle for a draw.

Blackpool (4-3-1-2): Alnwick; Turton, Edwards, Tilt, Husband; Feeney, Spearing (c) (Guy 81), Thompson; Kaikai (Virtue 85); Gnanduillet, Nuttall
Goals: Gnanduillet 58
Booked: Edwards, Spearing
Subs not used: Mafoumbi, Bushiri, Heneghan, Shaw, Hardie

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Burgess, Downing, Naylor (c), Haunstrup; McCrorie (Walkes 76), Close; Harness (Evans 40 (Harrison 65)), Cannon, Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Harness 17
Booked: McCrorie, Haunstrup
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Maloney, Pitman

Referee: Chris Sarginson

Attendance: 10,605 (1,816 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 282019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Carabao Cup 2




Pompey reached the third round of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2010 after scoring two second half goals at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

There was not much to separate the sides for much of a low-key contest, but the Blues finally showed a clinical touch towards the end.

John Marquis broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and Marcus Harness then wrapped things up following good work from Ross McCrorie.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that dramatically drew with Coventry eight days earlier.

Brandon Haunstrup came in for the injured Lee Brown, while Sean Raggett dropped to the bench to make way for Christian Burgess.

The latter started in an unfamiliar right-back role, as Tom Naylor stepped back into defence and McCrorie moved to midfield.

It was a largely forgettable affair in the first period, with neither keeper being particularly over-worked.

The Championship hosts were marginally on top in the early stages and their best chance to break the deadlock arrived on 11 minutes.

Jan Mlakar raced past Naylor and slipped a cross-shot towards the far post, where a sprawling Bright Osayi-Samuel could not quite make a connection.

A long-range attempt from the lively Ilias Chair was then comfortably dealt with by Craig MacGillivray.

Pompey had a couple of decent opportunities of their own midway through the half, as they began to move through the gears.

A 30-yard effort from McCrorie bounced awkwardly in front of Rangers keeper Liam Kelly and he did well to push the ball clear.

Ronan Curtis then took a poor first touch from Marquis’ pass, but spun quickly and curled a shot narrowly past the post.

Another Chair effort failed to properly trouble MacGillivray, while his team-mate Ryan Manning was booked for a late challenge on McCrorie.

It was the Blues who looked brighter just before the break, although Harness’ delivery was just too high for skipper Gareth Evans in the box.


Half Time

QPR 0

Portsmouth 0


The action did not immediately heat up once the action restarted, with the contest continuing to drift along.

But Rangers carved open a decent chance just before the hour mark after Harness and Burgess had combined to negate Osayi-Samuel’s tricky footwork.

The ball was immediately sent back into the area by Manning, however, and Marc Pugh could only direct his header straight at MacGillivray.

That came during a bright spell for the hosts, who started to cause Pompey a few problems at the back.

Jackett freshened things up by making a substitution, as Evans made way for Andy Cannon, with Naylor taking the armband.

Burgess soon had a chance to be the unlikely goalscoring hero, hitting a fierce first-time shot from the edge of the box that fizzed over the crossbar.

And the visitors did take the lead on 77 minutes after Toni Leistner tugged Marquis to the turf inside the box.

Referee Ross Joyce immediately pointed to the spot and MARQUIS sent Kelly the wrong way, coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

But it got even better for the Blues just four minutes later, as they doubled their advantage following a quick break.

Marquis laid the ball off for McCrorie, who suddenly shot forward, leaving Leistner trailing in his wake.

The Scotland under-21 international then slid a pass across the face of goal, teeing-up HARNESS for a simple finish.

Rangers should have reduced their deficit soon after, only for Mlakar to hit a tame effort straight at MacGillivray from just a few yards out.

Pompey then went close themselves in a breathless finale, with Kelly doing well to keep out a fierce close-range strike from Marquis.

The hosts thought they had given themselves a chance of taking the tie to penalties when Ebere Eze found the net in stoppage-time.

They raced back to the centre circle, but after conversing with his assistant, Joyce ruled the goal out for offside.

QPR (4-4-1-1): Kelly; Kane, Leistner (c), Barbet, Manning; Pugh (Ball 75), Owens, Smith, Osayi-Samuel (Eze 60); Chair (Wells 60); Mlakar
Booked: Manning, Wells, Kelly, Kane
Subs not used: Barnes, Masterson, Scowen, Hugill

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Burgess, Downing, Naylor, Haunstrup; Close (Walkes 90+4), McCrorie; Harness, Evans (c) (Cannon 60), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Marquis 77 (pen), Harness 81
Booked: Cannon
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Maloney, Pitman, Harrison

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 7,783 (1,874 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 202019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey threw away two points at Fratton Park after nine-man Coventry staged an incredible fightback.

They looked to be cruising to victory, having recovered from the setback of falling behind to Jordy Hiwula’s early strike.

Ronan Curtis headed the hosts back on level terms and John Marquis turned the game on its head just before the break.

The win appeared to be wrapped up when Gareth Evans raced through to score and their opponents saw Fankaty Dabo dismissed.

Matt Godden then netted a penalty as the drama continued, only for Gervane Kastaneer to also be sent off.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Michael Rose grabbed a late equaliser for the Sky Blues to leave the Fratton faithful stunned.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sunderland on Saturday.

Evans returned to skipper the side, with Ross McCrorie starting at right-back, having impressed from the bench on Wearside.

Sean Raggett also came in for his full Pompey debut, as Andy Cannon, Christian Burgess and Anton Walkes made way.

The first half was played at breakneck speed and Coventry keeper Marko Marosi was forced to parry clear Marcus Harness’ delivery, with Liam Kelly on hand to clear the loose ball.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in just the third minute after breaking quickly from a Blues corner.

Godden was sent clear down the left and he slipped a pass across for the unmarked Hiwula to lash a shot into the roof of the net.

The hosts were not behind for long, however, and when the impressive Harness intercepted a clearance, it led to the equaliser.

He received the ball back and whipped in a superb cross towards the back post, where CURTIS arrived to powerfully head home.

And Pompey felt they should have had the chance to go ahead just moments later when Marquis went down in the box.

It appeared as though he had been tripped by Rose and the striker was furious when referee Kevin Johnson awarded a corner.

McCrorie then went close with a swerving strike from the edge of the box that a diving Marosi did well to push clear.

Coventry were looking dangerous themselves, though, and Hiwula fired into the side netting after collecting Brandon Mason’s threaded pass.

The hosts were forced to make a change on 31 minutes when Lee Brown went down injured and had to be replaced by Brandon Haunstrup.

And their opponents soon had a couple of players booked, with Dabo and Kyle McFadzean having their names taken for fouls on Harness and Marquis respectively.

It seemed as though the players would be heading in all square for the interval, but a fine move ensured Pompey would be ahead.

Tom Naylor played a superb long pass up the pitch for Curtis, whose backheel was collected by the overlapping Haunstrup.

He fired in a low cross and a stretching MARQUIS was able to poke the ball into the net for his first goal since his Fratton return.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Coventry City 1


Paul Downing somehow managed to head wide an Evans free-kick once the action restarted, although his blushes were spared by the linesman’s flag.

His centre-back partner did nor fare much better when Evans cut a corner back for him, with Raggett ballooning a shot over the bar.

Coventry certainly looked capable of scoring themselves and it took a fine save by Craig MacGillivray to deny Godden when Downing’s clearance ricocheted into his path.

McCrorie then made a perfectly-timed challenge inside the box to halt the progress of the marauding Hiwula.

Both defences were looking susceptible to conceding more goals and it was a mistake from the hosts that led to Pompey’s third goal.

McFadzean was caught dithering on the ball by EVANS, who burst clear and calmly slotted into the net.

The hosts were then furious when play was stopped for Dabo’s handball, despite Curtis racing clear and finding the net.

But the Coventry right-back had already been booked and received his marching orders from Johnson.

Marosi then came close to gifting Harness a goal, fumbling his fierce shot and quickly recovering to prevent the ball from spinning over the line.

MacGillivray looked more assured at the other end, adjusting his position to push over a swerving Liam Kelly strike.

But the Sky Blues did have a lifeline on 75 minutes, as Godden stroked home from the spot after Ben Close had been penalised for upending Kelly.

Their hopes of a comeback almost immediately received a setback, however, when Kastaneer – who had only been on the pitch for 11 minutes – was dismissed.

He lunged in on Downing having already received a yellow card and despite his pleading, was shown a red card by Johnson.

But it looked as though they had equalised on 82 minutes when Rose turned the ball home at the back post, only to have his celebrations cut short by an offside flag.

Burgess replaced Evans, as Pompey tried to shore up their backline for the closing stages of the contest.

Coventry had other ideas, though, and the nine men remarkably levelled when Rose poked home from a long throw.

Brett Pitman was thrown on for the closing stages, although it was Close and Curtis who had half-chances to rescue the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; McCrorie, Raggett (Pitman 90), Downing, Brown (Haunstrup 32); Naylor, Close; Harness, Evans (c) (Burgess 85), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 10, Marquis 43, Evans 56
Booked: Naylor, Marquis
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Cannon, Harrison

Coventry (4-3-3): Marosi; Dabo, McFadzean, Rose, Mason; Shipley, Kelly (c), Westbrooke (McCallum 64); Jobello (Kastaneer 67), Godden, Hiwula (Bakayoko 80)
Goals: Hiwula 3, Godden 75 (pen), Rose 86
Sent off: Dabo (two yellow cards), Kastaneer (two yellow cards)
Booked: McFadzean
Subs not used: Wilson, Hyam, Eccles, Bapaga

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 18,748 (950 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 172019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey suffered defeat in their latest encounter with familiar foes Sunderland, despite taking the lead in the north-east.

A first goal for Marcus Harness since his summer switch from Burton broke the deadlock – and the Blues were good value for their lead.

But the Black Cats had turned things around by the interval, with Jordan Willis heading a leveller before Chris Maguire struck against his former club.

There were chances for the visitors to leave with at least a share of the spoils, but Sunderland held on for the win.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Tranmere on home soil the previous weekend.

John Marquis returned to the starting line-up to lead the line, with Ellis Harrison dropping to the bench.

Former Blues loanees Marc McNulty and Maguire both featured for the hosts, with the latter having scored the decisive goal in last season’s play-off clash.

It was Pompey who made the brighter start and a cross from Anton Walkes in the opening seconds was diverted over by Ronan Curtis.

Ben Close has netted a couple of recent stunners and tried his luck with another 30-yard effort, although this time the ball narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Then, after Marquis had done well to win a corner on the right, Lee Brown’s delivery was cleverly collected by Jon McLaughlin.

The Sunderland stopper soon had to come racing from his line to stop Marquis latching onto Close’s fine pass.

And the visitors made their dominance count by breaking the deadlock midway through the first half.

Harness played a neat one-two with Marquis and was unable to dig out a shot, with his team-mate also failing to make a clean connection at the second attempt.

But the ball fell for HARNESS and he made no mistake, sweeping home a shot to open his goalscoring account for the club.

The lead did not last long, however, as Willis charged into the box to powerfully convert a Grant Leadbitter corner.

Both sides were looking capable of adding to the scoring as the half progressed, although it was the hosts celebrating on 39 minutes.

Walkes tried to stop Aiden McGeady, but his interception ricocheted against the winger, who continued his charge

The Irishman then played a lovely pass across the face of goal, with Maguire there to slot past a helpless Craig MacGillivray.


Half Time

Sunderland 2

Portsmouth 1


The hosts did receive a blow soon after the restart, as McNulty went down injured and was unable to continue, with Charlie Wyke on to replace him.

Pompey were looking for a leveller, but Curtis could not find the target after rising to meet Walkes’ right-sided delivery.

They had a better chance when the visitors won position and Harness slipped a neat pass through to Marquis, who was unable to find the target.

And a spell of intricate short passes led to Brown finding the ball on the left, although his cross was not quite right for Harness.

Brown soon received the ball back again, though, and this time could not beat McLaughlin from a tight angle.

Luke O’Nien wanted a penalty at the other end after going down under pressure from Tom Naylor, but his appeals were immediately dismissed by referee Michael Salisbury.

And the official was equally unimpressed just moments later, when Maguire decided to theatrically hit the turf.

Jackett made a double switch just past hour mark, with Curtis and Andy Cannon making way for Harrison and Gareth Evans.

There was then a nervy moment as the ball flew around the Blues box and could not be cleared, but the danger eventually passed.

The final substitution for the visitors saw on-loan Scottish youngster Ross McCrorie replace Walkes at right-back.

And he immediately released Marquis with a great pass down the right. The striker squared for Evans, whose goal-bound effort was blocked by Alim Ozturk.

A cross from McCrorie was then diverted towards his own net by Leadbitter, but McLaughlin was able to claw the ball to safety.

Pompey continued to control possession as the seconds ticked down, although Sunderland remained resolute to see the game out.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): J.McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Willis, C.McLaughlin; Power, Leadbitter (c); Gooch, Maguire (Hume 87), McGeady (Grigg 81); McNulty (Wyke 49)
Goals: Willis 27, Maguire 39
Booked: McGeady, Maguire
Subs not used: Burge, Flanagan, Dobson, McGeouch

Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Walkes (McCrorie 73), Downing, Burgess, Brown; Close, Naylor (c), Cannon (Evans 62); Harness, Marquis, Curtis (Harrison 62)
Goals: Harness 22
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Haunstrup, Pitman

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Attendance: 29,140 (874 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 102019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Ben Close’s stunning strike set Pompey on their way to victory over Tranmere in the first Fratton league fixture of the season.

The midfielder netted with a second long-range strike in the space of just a few days and it was a finely-executed effort midway through the first half.

There were plenty more chances for the dominant Blues to extend their lead, but they had to wait until the closing stages for Tom Naylor to wrap things up.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that eased past Birmingham in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.

It meant that the returning duo of John Marquis and Ross McCrorie had to be content with a place on the bench.

Pompey also kept the same 4-3-3 system that had yielded such positive results against Championship opposition.

Michael Eisner and his family were over to watch the game – and were joined by an extremely famous face.

Hollywood favourite Will Ferrell – star of hit films like Anchorman and Elf – was sat in the directors’ box to take in the action.

When the action began, it was the hosts who quickly began to dominate and some early balls into the box had to be dealt with.

Ronan Curtis then played a neat one-two with Andy Cannon and drilled in a low shot that Scott Davies did well to get down and save.

But it was the Republic of Ireland international who was first to the loose ball and George Ray was forced to make the block.

Newly-promoted Tranmere’s best chance of the half came from a corner, with Craig MacGillivray having to claw away Manny Monthe’s powerful header.

Kieron Morris also drilled the ball narrowly past the post, but the visitors were not causing too many problems.

Pompey were looking more threatening and a couple of crosses from Marcus Harness were not far from reaching their targets.

The opening goal almost arrived from an unlikely source, with a fierce volley from Naylor well dealt with by Davies.

Rovers eventually managed to clear behind for a corner – and that did lead to the Blues forging ahead.

An initial attempt from Cannon was blocked, but the ball bounced up nicely for CLOSE, who showed excellent technique to guide it into the top corner from 30 yards.

They looked to add to their scoring and Paul Downing could not make a clean connection after diving in to meet a Curtis free-kick.

Tranmere tried to hit back before the break, but MacGillivray comfortably dealt with a Connor Jennings drive.

Anton Walkes then did well to stop Morgan Ferrier from collecting a threaded pass and advancing towards goal.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Tranmere Rovers 0


Jackett made a change at the break, with Harrison making way for John Marquis in the centre of the hosts’ attacking three.

Tom Naylor then became the first name taken by referee Scott Oldham following a clumsy challenge on Ferrier.

But the Blues might have doubled their advantage within five minutes of the restart following a display of fine footwork from Harness.

He then squared the ball for Walkes in space inside the box, but the right-back fired wildly over the crossbar.

Marquis did manage to find the net moments later, although the whistle had already been blown for a foul on David Perkins by Naylor.

Pompey were still showing plenty of attacking promise and one neat passing move ended with Lee Brown firing just past the post.

The windy conditions were making life difficult, however, and a couple of Brown crosses were blown off target.

And when the ball did land for a blue-shirted player, the woodwork managed to come to Rovers’ rescue.

Brown’s low delivery was not cut out by Davies and flew along the face of goal, with Cannon arriving at the back post to smash the ball against the post.

A Rovers corner was then glanced narrowly wide by Monthe, while Curtis soon had the ball in the net at the other end, only for the linesman’s flag to cut short any celebrations.

Brett Pitman replaced a tiring Cannon on 68 minutes, with the midfielder abiding by the new substitution rules by exiting the pitch in front of the North Stand.

His performance was recognised by the Fratton faithful, who rose to give a standing ovation as he made his way around to the dug-out.

Tranmere were suddenly looking lively and Walkes timed his challenge well to dispossess Corey Blackett-Taylor in the box, while MacGillivray kept out a low Morris shot.

But the Blues had a cushion on 75 minutes after Harness won a corner on the right that was delivered by Brown.

Downing rose to meet it and saw his header cleared from the line by Perkins, only for NAYLOR to rifle home the loose ball.

A third almost goal arrived courtesy of a fierce Pitman strike that was heading for the net, but inadvertently blocked on the line by team-mate Downing.

In a hectic finale that saw both sides on the attack, it looked like Brown had finally opened his Pompey account.

He tucked the ball home after Pitman’s initial attempt had been parried by Davies and looked utterly dejected when he spotted the offside flag.

The Rovers keeper then did well to deny Curtis after Harness had sent a teasing ball across the box following a quick break.

But the hosts had already done enough to secure the points and Fratton Park roared in appreciation when the final whistle was blown.

Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Walkes, Downing, Burgess, Brown; Cannon (Pitman 68), Naylor (c), Close; Harness, Harrison (Marquis 46), Curtis
Goals: Close 27, Naylor 75
Booked: Naylor, Downing
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Haunstrup, McCrorie, Evans

Tranmere (4-1-4-1): Davies (c); Wilson, Ray, Monthe, Ridehalgh; Potter; Morris, Banks, Perkins, Ferrier (Payne 63); Jennings (Blackett-Taylor 58)
Subs not used: Pilling, Nelson, Gilmour, Ponticelli, Mullin

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 18,575 (639 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 062019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Carabao Cup 1




Pompey eased into the second round of the Carabao Cup with a dominant display against Birmingham at Fratton Park.

Ellis Harrison headed in his first goals since arriving from Ipswich, with a fine strike from Ben Close sandwiched between.

It was a similar tale to Saturday’s League One game at Shrewsbury on Saturday in terms of the way the Blues dominated the play.

But this time they also managed to find a cutting edge, creating plenty of chances to put their higher-ranked opponents to the sword.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at New Meadow at the weekend.

Harrison made his full debut in place of fellow summer signing John Marquis, whose partner was about to give birth.

Close replaced the suspended Ross McCrorie in midfield, while Gareth Evans dropped to the bench to make way for Andy Cannon.

Pompey made a bright start against a much-changed Birmingham side and Marcus Harness’ cross had to be hacked behind by Geraldo Bajrami before it could reach Harrison.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut chances, but the hosts certainly looked the more dangerous of the two teams in the early stages.

Their opponents did have an opportunity to break the deadlock on 16 minutes, however, when Ronan Curtis attempted to clear a corner and sliced the ball straight up into the air.

It landed right in front of the goal and there was an almighty scramble before the ball was hacked to safety.

But much of the action was taking place at the opposite end of the pitch and a series of corners eventually led to the opening goal.

The first couple of deliveries were nervously dealt with by the visitors, but it proved to be third time lucky.

It eventually found skipper Tom Naylor and his header was blocked by Steve Seddon, only for the ball to fall for HARRISON.

Wes Harding tried his best to punt the ball away before it crossed the line, but referee Neil Hair decided to award the goal.

Birmingham almost found an immediate leveller, though, and a shot from Jude Bellingham was well saved by an otherwise underworked Craig MacGillivray.

Harrison then clashed with Bajrami right in front of the North Stand, leading to a melee that ultimately saw both players booked.

Pompey were still on top and deservedly doubled their advantage thanks to a sumptuous strike on 39 minutes.

An effort from Curtis was blocked by Jake Clarke-Salter and the ball fell kindly for CLOSE to unleash a fine volley that flew into the net.

They almost had a third goal in stoppage-time following a quick break up the pitch, but Curtis’ drive flashed narrowly past the post.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Birmingham City 0


The Blues remained in control once the action restarted, although Curtis was unable to glance Harness’ cross on target.

A third goal did arrive on 54 minutes, however, as Curtis whipped in a pin-point cross for HARRISON to nod home at the back post.

It might have got worse for the visitors, but Hair decided to be lenient with Bajrami – who had already been booked – following a late challenge on Harrison.

Pompey were looking to add to their already impressive tally and were almost rewarded after some fine footwork from Harness and Close.

The move looked to have broken down, but the visitors could not clear their lines and Close teed-up Harrison for a hat-trick attempt.

Stockdale came to Birmingham’s rescue with a smart stop and Lee Brown could only lash the loose ball into the side netting.

The hosts were putting in plenty of effort all over the pitch and Naylor threw himself in the path of Steve Seddon’s shot, with Odin Bailey then firing over.

Jackett made a couple of changes on 77 minutes, with Harrison and Brown withdrawn for Brett Pitman and Brandon Haunstrup.

Brum came close to reducing their deficit soon after, but MacGillivray was equal to Gary Gardner’s thunderous 35-yard free-kick.

Sean Raggett was brought on for Paul Downing for the final few minutes, giving the on-loan defender his competitive Blues debut.

And Pompey passed the ball around comfortably in the closing stages, although another long-range attempt from Gardner had to be pushed over by MacGillivray.

The hosts had long since got the job done, though, and can look forward to a first trip to the second round of the competition since 2015.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Downing (Raggett 85), Burgess, Brown (Haunstrup 77); Naylor (c), Close; Harness, Cannon, Curtis; Harrison (Pitman 77)
Goals: Harrison 30, 54, Close 39
Booked: Harrison
Subs not used: Bass, Evans, Maloney, Hawkins

Birmingham (3-1-4-2): Stockdale; Harding, Bajrami, Clarke-Salter; Medina; Dacres-Cogley, Gardner (c), Lakin, Seddon; Bellingham (Boyd-Munce 81), Crowley (Bailey 55)
Booked: Harding, Bajrami, Medina, Bellingham
Subs not used: Trueman, Redmond, O’Keeffe, Burke, Stirk

Referee: Neil Hair

Attendance: 9,913 (1,513 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 032019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey began the new League One campaign with a narrow defeat to Shrewsbury, despite dominating possession at New Meadow.

The game was short of clear-cut chances and it took a fine second half strike from Ryan Giles to settle the contest.

And Ross McCrorie was then sent off on his debut to cap a disappointing opening day for the Blues in Shropshire.

Kenny Jackett also handed competitive starts to summer signings Paul Downing and Marcus Harness.

And there was a second Blues bow for striker John Marquis, who had a short spell on loan at the club in 2013.

Former Shrewsbury full-back James Bolton had to be content with a place on the bench, as did striker Ellis Harrison.

Brett Pitman was also named among the substitutes, so Gareth Evans claimed the captain’s armband.

It was not surprising to see a disjointed start to the action so early in the campaign, with the visitors enjoying territorial advantage, but not creating any clear-cut openings.

Downing thought he was fouled at the far post when trying to meet Lee Brown’s corner, although referee Charles Breakspear did not agree.

Pompey had a large share of the possession and were just lacking a final pass in key areas of the pitch.

McCrorie shanked a volley from the edge of the box and when the ball came back to him, the on-loan midfielder saw his second attempt gathered by Shrews stopper Max O’Leary.

The Blues were growing frustrated as the half progressed, feeling that decisions were going against them.

Shrewsbury then had a great chance when veteran striker Steve Morison controlled the ball neatly and volleyed narrowly over the bar.

Pompey were still angry about failing to get some free-kicks, leading to fouls from Anton Walkes and Gareth Evans that earned the pair bookings in quick succession.

They brightened up as half-time neared, however, and several deliveries into the area were well dealt with by O’Leary.

Marquis also had a couple of long-range shots blocked, as the hosts ensured it was goalless at the interval.


Half Time

Shrewsbury Town 0

Portsmouth 0


Pompey looked to get at their hosts following the restart, but were still finding it hard to test O’Leary.

A fizzing Brown cross did cause alarm when it drifted towards goal and the keeper had to palm the ball to safety.

Jackett soon decided to make a double substitution, with Evans and Anton Walkes replaced by Pitman and Bolton.

A free-kick from Brown – after Ethan Ebanks-Landell was booked for barging Marquis to the ground – was flicked on by Tom Naylor and deflected behind.

Pitman and McCrorie also received cautions for late challenges on Romain Vincelot and Shaun Whalley.

And the free-kick conceded from the second of those led to Shrewsbury opening the scoring on 68 minutes.

Giles received the ball and hit a rocket of a shot from long-range that left Craig MacGillivray helpless against his former club.

Pompey tried to hit back and Pitman instinctively stuck out a boot to meet Bolton’s cross, only to see the ball land safely in O’Leary’s arms.

And they almost found an equaliser when Brown played a clever free-kick to Marquis, who had broken away from a packed box to receive the ball.

He sent the ball towards the net, but Aaron Pierre slid in to somehow turn the ball just past his own post.

Jackett made his final throw of the dice soon after, with Harrison coming on for his debut in place of Bolton.

But the Blues were soon down to 10 men, with Breakspear deciding that McCrorie had caught Donald Love late and showing the Scot his second booking.

They threw men forward in search of a leveller, although Shrewsbury were holding firm at the back to repel them.

There was six minutes of added time to give the travelling army of Pompey fans hope of some late drama.

And it almost arrived when Brown sent a low ball across the face of goal that nobody was able to get a touch on.

A corner was then cleared only as far as an unmarked Curtis in the box, but he fired over and that proved to be the final chance.

Shrewsbury (3-5-2): O’Leary; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Love, Edwards (c), Vincelot, McCormick (Laurent 53), Giles; Morison (Eisa 89), Okenabirhie (Whalley 64)
Goals: Giles 68
Booked: Ebanks-Landell, Whalley, Love
Subs not used: Murphy, Beckles, Golbourne, Walker

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes (Bolton 53), Downing, Burgess, Brown; McCrorie, Naylor; Curtis, Evans (c) (Pitman 53), Harness (Harrison 75); Marquis
Sent off: McCrorie (two yellow cards)
Booked: Walkes, Evans, Pitman
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Close, Cannon

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 7,880 (1,714 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 012019
 

Jamal Lowe

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Transfer : Portsmouth – Wigan Athletic


Jamal Lowe has completed a move to Championship side Wigan for an undisclosed fee.


The 25-year-old winger scored 29 goals in 119 appearances during his two-and-a-half years at Fratton Park.

He arrived at Pompey from Hampton & Richmond in January 2017 and helped them secure promotion in his first season.

Lowe netted twice on a memorable day at Notts County that secured a spot in League One for Paul Cook’s side.

He also scored a stunning strike at Wembley back in March, as the Blues beat Sunderland on penalties to lift the EFL Trophy.

Portsmouth FC

Aug 012019
 

Louis Dennis

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Transfer : Portsmouth – Leyton Orient


Louis Dennis has joined League Two side Leyton Orient for an undisclosed fee.


The 26-year-old forward made eight appearances for Pompey after signing from Bromley last summer.

Most of his appearances came in the EFL Trophy, with his only Blues goal arriving in a last 16 tie at Southend.

Dennis’ impressive performance in that game saw him collect the competition’s Player of the Round award.

He also featured in a league loss at Oxford and both of the FA Cup ties against Queens Park Rangers.

Leyton Orient secured the National League title last season to return to the EFL following a two-year absence.

Everyone at Pompey would like to thank Louis for his contribution to the club and we wish him well for the future.

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