Football

Jul 152017
 
Friendly
Bognor Regis Town 0 – 2 Portsmouth

 

Pitman nets twice in pre-season victory

Brett Pitman bagged a brace in his first Pompey appearance to secure another pre-season victory for Kenny Jackett’s side at Bognor.

He netted at both ends of a contest that often drifted along, although fellow debutant Luke McGee made a fine stop in the second half.

The Rocks were certainly not over-awed against their higher-level opponents, but they rarely threatened to secure a share of the spoils.

The visitors made a bright start and Conor Chaplin hit a clean effort from 25 yards that flew narrowly past the post.

And the diminutive striker was involved in the goal that saw them break the deadlock with just five minutes on the clock.

He beat Rocks keeper Dan Lincoln to a poor Sami El-Abd back-pass and squared for PITMAN to slot home his first goal for the club.

The advantage was almost doubled moments later, but Lincoln got down to palm clear Carl Baker’s angled drive.

After that early flurry, however, the match soon settled into more traditional pre-season fare, with fans more interested in visiting the bar than watching what was unfolding on the pitch.

Bognor started to enjoy more possession as the half progressed and Ollie Pearce was let down by a poor touch after latching onto a ball over the top.

There was also a Baker corner at the other end that Christian Burgess was unable to divert on target.

But it was pretty slow going until Pompey finally started to show more attacking intent just before the break.

Adam May should have strengthened their lead, but fired a shot straight at Lincoln from inside the box.

Bognor’s keeper then made sure he was not beaten at his near post from Gareth Evans’ drilled effort.

Half Time: Bognor 0 Pompey 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The second half got off to a sedate start, although Kyle Bennett flashed a long-range attempt narrowly wide.

There was not much else to excite a healthy Nyewood Lane crowd, though, with clear-cut openings at a premium.

Tom Davies headed a free-kick wide, while a shot from May was blocked by his former team-mate Chad Field.

And an effort from Danny Rose just past the hour mark took a deflection and looped just wide of the post.

It was certainly Pompey looking more likely to add to the scoring and a lunging Pitman could not quite connect with Bennett’s low delivery from the left.

Bognor were left perturbed on 70 minutes when they tried to bring subbed defender El-Abd back on, only to be denied by the officials.

They almost levelled soon after, though, when Davies’ slip let in Tommy Scutt, but McGee came to the rescue with a fine save.

That was then matched by Lincoln at the other end, with the stopper keeping out Pitman’s acrobatic close-range flick after Davies had headed the ball towards goal.

But PITMAN did wrap things up on 86 minutes, neatly controlling Baker’s dinked pass over the defence and slotting home his second of the afternoon.

Bognor (4-2-3-1): Lincoln; Whyte (Davies 46), Field (Block 71), El-Abd (c) (Heath 46), Bird; Tuck, Lee (Beck 46); Parsons (Muitt 46), Suraci (Scutt 63), Pearce (Dolcetti 82); Wild (Rowlatt 46)

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Burgess, Davies, Holmes-Dennis; May, Rose; Baker, Pitman (c), Bennett; Chaplin
Goals: Pitman 5, 86
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Whatmough, Close, Lalkovic, Naismith, Main

Referee: Gary Parsons

Attendance: 1,800

Portsmouth FC
Jul 142017
 
IN



Brett Pitman

(29)
Ipswich Town


Striker pens three-year deal

Pompey have signed striker Brett Pitman from Ipswich for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old former Bournemouth and Bristol City star has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.

Pitman turned professional with the Cherries and netted a 16-minute hat-trick against Peterborough at the start of the 2010/11 campaign.

He then spent two-and-a-half years at Bristol City before returning to Dean Court and helping the Dorest outfit reach the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Jersey-born Pitman scored more than 100 goals during his two spells with Bournemouth and joined Ipswich in the summer of 2015.

Portsmouth FC
Jul 122017
 
IN



Luke McGee

(21)
Tottenham Hotspur


Keeper pens three-year deal with Blues

Pompey have signed goalkeeper Luke McGee from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park, having spent the majority of last season on loan at fellow League One side Peterborough.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: “We’re very pleased to secure the signing of Luke. He’s come through Tottenham’s academy system and they’ve produced a lot of good players.

“He went on loan to Peterborough last season and picked up the Players’ Player of the Season award.

“And he’s also someone that Kenny knows about from his time at Tottenham. He was really impressed with him.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to bring in a goalkeeper who’s good enough now and is going to improve in the future.”

McGee made 45 appearances for Peterborough last season and appeared for Tottenham in front of 70,000 fans in a friendly against AC Milan in 2015.

Portsmouth FC
Jul 082017
 
Friendly
Havant & Waterlooville 0 – 6 Portsmouth

 

Chaplin bags treble in Westleigh Park rout

Conor Chaplin hit a hat-trick as Pompey continued their prolific pre-season form with a 6-0 thrashing of Havant & Waterlooville.

The rout began with a Lee Molyneaux own-goal, while the striker then ran riot with a treble before the interval.

He also teed-up Kal Naismith to add to the advantage early in the second half, while Curits Main wrapped things up from the penalty spot.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis made his first appearance in a Pompey shirt following his loan signing from Huddersfield earlier in the week.

The hosts named former Fratton midfielder Wes Fogden in their starting line-up, but Matt Tubbs missed out with an injury.

It was a hot and sunny afternoon at Westleigh Park, but that did not stop the first half from being played at a hectic pace.

And it was the visitors who unsurprisingly looked the more threatening side throughout the opening 45 minutes.

They had already gone close on a couple of occasions when Kyle Bennett fired against the crossbar following some fine build-up play between Chaplin and Holmes-Dennis.

The woodwork came to the Hawks’ rescue again soon after, with Bennett this time having a shot deflected against the post.

There was a blow for Kenny Jackett’s side in between those chances, however, as Matt Clarke limped off the pitch injured.

But the breakthrough did finally arrive – albeit in somewhat farcical fashion – on 26 minutes.

Naismith’s corner caused havoc in the box and the ball eventually ricocheted off the unfortunate Molyneaux and into the net.

That was the signal for the floodgates to open and Pompey doubled their advantage just a few moments later.

Holmes-Dennis swung a delightful cross into the area from wide on the left and CHAPLIN was left with a simple finish at the far post.

The Hawks then had their best chance of the half with a quick counter-attack, but Alex Bass surged from his line to brilliantly deny Alfie Rutherford.

Pompey were not quite so profligate and CHAPLIN bagged his second of the afternoon on 39 minutes, collecting a ball down the line and cutting inside before smashing home a shot.

And CHAPLIN completed his hat-trick in stoppage-time with a first time finish into the bottom corner after being teed-up by Naismith.

Half Time: Hawks 0 Pompey 4

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Pompey did not sit on their lead at the start of the second half and Chaplin was once again involved in their fifth goal.

The diminutive striker sent a dangerous low ball into the box from wide on the left, leaving NAISMITH with a simple tap-in.

A flurry of substitutes soon disrupted the flow, however, with Chaplin among those taking a well-earned rest.

But it was one of the players who came on that managed to add a sixth goal for the Blues on 76 minutes.

MAIN barged his way into the box and drew a foul from Alfie Whittingham, then picked himself up to slam home from the spot.

The visitors continued to threaten and Nicke Kabamba was inches away from connecting with Drew Talbot’s cross.

Milan Lalkovic then embarked on a mazy run through the Hawks defence before being denied by a fine save from substitute keeper Alan Walker-Harris.

But Lee Bradbury’s Hawks managed to see the remaining moments out to limit the damage in front of a healthy Westleigh Park crowd.

Hawks (3-5-2): Young (Walker-Harris 72); Woodford, Molyneaux (Wakley 64), Harris; Tarbuck, Lewis (c) (Whittingham 64), Carter (Stock 64 (Yokota 79)), Fogden (Ridge 64), Williams; Prior (Odubade 46), Rutherford (Hayter 46)
Sub not used: Robinson

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Evans (c) (Talbot 72), Burgess (Whatmough 72), Clarke (Davies 16), Holmes-Dennis (Haunstrup 46); May (Roberts 76), Rose (Close 57); Baker (Lowe 57), Naismith (Kabamba 72), Bennett (Main 72); Chaplin (Lalkovic 57)
Goals: Molyneaux 26 (og), Chaplin 30, 39, 45+1, Naismith 47, Main 74 (pen)
Sub not used: Collins

Referee: Alex Blake

Attendance: 2,700

Portsmouth FC
Jul 052017
 
IN



Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

(21)
Huddersfield Town


Loan signing targets successful season for Pompey

He helped Huddersfield reach the Premier League last season.

Now Tareiq Holmes-Dennis is looking forward to aiding Pompey in their first campaign back in League One.

The left-back has joined the Blues on a season-long loan deal from the West Yorkshire outfit.

And he is excited by the opportunity of being part of another successful season on the south coast.

Holmes-Dennis said: “Huddersfield are making a few signings, so it’s right that I go out on loan and come to a good club.

“I remember Pompey being in the Premier League when I was younger, so it’s great for me to be at a place like this.

“Last season was amazing because nobody expected us to do as well as we did. It was unbelievable to be involved in that.

“Now this is another challenge for me and I need to keep pushing myself to get this club to where it needs to be.

“There are no limits to what can be achieved. It was a good season last time and there’s no reason why it can’t be the same again.”

Holmes-Dennis was on loan at Plymouth for their 2-1 defeat at Fratton Park in April 2015 and it was an experience he remembers well.

He said: “I saw how well the club did last season and I played against them a few years ago, so I know how amazing the fans are.

“It really stuck in my mind just how good the support was and how many there were for a game in League Two.

“They get behind the team, so playing in front of them – with them behind me – will be unreal.”

Portsmouth FC
Jul 012017
 
Friendly
Salisbury 0 – 3 Portsmouth

 

Lalkovic, Davies and Close on target in Jackett’s first game

Pompey got pre-season off to a winning start thanks to three second half strikes against Salisbury.

They dominated the opening 45 minutes at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium without managing to find a breakthrough.

But substitutes Milan Lalkovic, Tom Davies and Ben Close all found the net after the break to get Kenny Jackett’s reign as Blues boss off to a decent opening.

Salisbury manager – and former Pompey player and boss – Steve Claridge came out of retirement to lead the line for the hosts at the age of 51.

However, it was the Blues who, unsurprisingly, looked the more dangerous side and Burgess headed narrowly wide from Gary Roberts’ corner in the opening stages.

The hosts then had to scramble clear when the same duo combined well again just a few moments later.

Adam May wasted a decent opportunity by volleying wildly past the post after Kal Naismith had laid the ball off for him.

But it was Kyle Bennett looking the biggest threat for the Blues, with an array of tricks and flicks to open up the Salisbury defence.

The League One side were just missing a finishing touch – understandable considering they had only returned to training a couple of days earlier.

There was not much for former Salisbury loanee Alex Bass to deal with at the other end, although the keeper kept out a looping header from Lewis Benson on 20 minutes.

Most of the action was taking place at the other end, however, and Naismith tested the handling of Whites stopper Charlie Searle with a clean strike.

But the Blues were unable to find an opener under the warm Wiltshire sunshine and the sides went in level at the break.

Half Time: Salisbury 0 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Pompey started the second half with a completely new side and soon set about trying to open the scoring.

Curtis Main drew a regulation save from Searle, while Theo Widdrington fired over from 30 yards when a pass looked the better option.

But the Blues were ahead on 57 minutes when Curtis Main fed LALKOVIC, who drew the keeper from his line and neatly slotted into the net.

Nicke Kabamba almost doubled the advantage just before the hour mark, with a fierce effort from the right that looped narrowly over the bar.

But a second goal did arrive from the resulting corner, as DAVIES rose highest to convert Carl Baker’s delivery.

And the result was put beyond on doubt on 75 minutes when CLOSE hit a ferocious effort that cannoned in off the underside of the bar.

Pompey kept pushing forward in the closing stages, but the game drifted towards its conclusion without anyone able to add to the scoring.

Salisbury (4-1-4-1): Searle; Colson, Smith, Hart, Mundy; Whelan; Benson (c), Green, Roberts, Young; Claridge
Subs: Ball, Herbert, Flint, Russell, Larbi, Corbridge, Burden, Mathews, McGregor

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass (Collins 46); Evans (c) (Talbot 46), Burgess (Davies 46), Clarke (Whatmough 46), Haunstrup (Bedford 46); May (Widdrington 46), Rose (Close 46); Roberts (Baker 46), Bennett (Main 46), Lowe (Lalkovic 46); Naismith (Kabamba 46)
Goals: Lalkovic 53, Davies 63, Close 75
Subs not used: D.Smith, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Attendance: 1,766

Portsmouth FC
Jun 222017
 
IN



Nathan Thomspon

(26)
Swindon Town


Pompey have signed Nathan Thompson from Swindon Town

Defender becomes Jackett’s first Pompey signing

Pompey have signed defender Nathan Thompson on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old will officially become a Blues player on July 1 when his contract with Swindon expires.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: “It’s nice to get the first signing over the line and we’ve brought in a very talented and experienced League One performer.

“We’ve got every confidence in Nathan that he’s going to do extremely well for Pompey.

“He’s a good ball player and is an excellent talker and motivator – and he can play in a number of positions.”

Thompson progressed through the ranks at the County Ground and made 187 appearances for the Robins.

He was awarded his first professional contract in 2009, while his senior debut arrived in a victory over Torquay the following year.

Thompson helped Swindon secure the League Two title in 2012 and skippered them to the League One play-off final in 2015.

He can play at right-back or in the centre of defence, while he is also comfortable in a midfield role.

Portsmouth FC
Jun 022017
 

New boss excited by Fratton challenge

Portsmouth Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Kenny Jackett as first team manager.

The former Watford, Swansea, Millwall, Wolves and Rotherham boss has signed a two-year deal at Fratton Park.

The club are in advanced talks with Joe Gallen – who has worked with Jackett at QPR, Millwall and Wolves – about becoming assistant manager.

Jackett said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s an exciting challenge.

“This club has a passionate fan-base and they can be a 12th man for us. Hopefully we can build on the momentum of last season and continue to progress.

“I can promise that I’ll work as hard as I possibly can to make sure that we can bring success to Portsmouth.”

Blues chief executive Mark Catlin added: “We’re delighted to announce Kenny as our new manager – he ticks so many boxes for us.

“He’s managed big clubs with big expectations in the past and has plenty of experience of getting sides out of League One.

“Kenny also has a history of implementing strong structures to move clubs forward and this was key in our decision-making process. We’re excited about him bringing his philosophy of development to Pompey.”

Jackett spent his entire playing career with Watford and later enjoyed promotion success as a manager with Swansea, Millwall and Wolves

Portsmouth FC

May 312017
 

Manager takes up Wigan post

Paul Cook has stepped down as Pompey boss to take up the vacant managerial position at Wigan Athletic.

A financial compensation agreement was reached with Wigan over the weekend, resulting in permission being granted for the Latics to speak to Paul.

Assistant manager Leam Richardson has also left Fratton Park.

Cook arrived at Pompey in May 2015 and led the club to the League Two play-offs in his first season in charge.

There was even more success at the end of last term, with the Blues earning automatic promotion and securing the title on a dramatic final day.

Portsmouth FC
May 242017
 
OUT



Liam O'Brien

(25)
Coventry City


Keeper to leave Fratton Park

Liam O’Brien has agreed a deal to sign for Coventry.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper will join the League Two side when his Pompey contract expires next month.

He played three times for the Blues last season, with all of his appearances coming in the EFL Trophy group stages.

O’Brien kept a clean sheet in a victory over Bristol Rovers and also saved three penalties in a shoot-out defeat to Reading.

He came through the youth system at Fratton Park before going on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham.

But O’Brien returned last summer and deputised for David Forde, sitting on the bench for every League Two fixture.

Portsmouth FC