Match Report

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

Jul 302019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Friendly




Brett Pitman and Oli Hawkins both bagged a brace, as Pompey wrapped up their pre-season schedule with a comfortable win at Woking.

The former converted an early penalty he had won himself and soon doubled the lead from a free-kick.

It was Hawkins’ first action of the summer and the striker added a goal in each half, while Manny Parry and Moussa Dierra both netted for the National League hosts.

There were plenty of first team players involved, with Hawkins and James Bolton both returning from injury.

The heavy rain had subsided by the time kick-off came around and Pompey took an almost immediate lead.

Moussa Dierra brought down PITMAN inside the box, with the skipper dusting himself off to coolly slot home.

It was a bright start from the Blues and Ben Close fired over following a neat and patient passing move.

Hawkins then raced onto a long pass from Haji Mnoga and was cleaned out by Cards keeper Sam Howes.

Referee Charles Breakspear might have reached for a red card in a competitive fixture, but instead stuck with awarding a free-kick.

But there was further punishment for Woking, with PITMAN drilling a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.

And the visitors found themselves three goals ahead with just 19 minutes on the clock after Andy Cannon had done well to win possession.

The ball was eventually played out to Bolton on the right and he drilled a low cross into the box, with HAWKINS sliding in to score.

Chances started to dry up following that early goal flurry, although Matt Casey did well to block Dave Tarpey’s effort.

But Woking reduced their deficit just before the break after a Josh Casey free-kick had caused chaos in the Blues box.

The ball was stabbed towards goal and Alex Bass made a smart save, with Parry following up to convert from close range.


Half Time

Woking 1

Portsmouth 3


Pitman had a cheeky attempt to secure a hat-trick straight from the kick-off, with his effort dipping over the bar.

Pompey’s skipper then thought he should have had another penalty after hitting the turf when trying to reach Brandon Haunstrup’s cross, although this time his appeals fell on deaf ears.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut openings, but Mnoga made a well-timed challenge to deny Jake Hyde from inside the box.

The game continued to drift along, with a number of substitutions for the hosts not doing anything to help the flow.

Pompey were looking comfortable in possession, though, and content to pass the ball around without providing much of a threat.

Hawkins did send a dangerous ball across the face of goal on 78 minutes, but neither Mnoga or Josh Flint could get on the end of it.

Cannon then teed-up Pitman for a blocked shot, with the midfielder collecting the loose ball and being frustrated in his attempts to find space for a shot.

The Blues soon managed to add a fourth goal of the evening, however, with HAWKINS sliding in at the back post to convert Pitman’s pass.

But it was Woking who had the final say, as Dierra glanced home Max Kretzschmar’s corner at the near post for a consolation.

Woking (3-4-1-2): Howes (Ross 46); Parry, Gerring (Trialist 65), Dierra; Cook (Collier 46), Donnellan (Trialist 65), Poku (Kretzschmar 46), Casey (c); Ferdinand; Tarpey (Trialist 65), Hyde (Hodges 79)
Goals: Parry 45, Dierra 89
Subs not used: Skinner, Morrison

Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Bolton, Mnoga, Casey, Haunstrup; Brindley, Cannon, Close, Flint (Maloney 88); Pitman (c), Hawkins
Goals: Pitman 3 (pen), 14, Hawkins 19, 83
Subs not used: L.Pitman, Kavanagh, Hancott, Robb, Stanley

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 1,603 (393 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jul 272019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Friendly




Goals from Gareth Evans and Tom Naylor saw Pompey win at Crawley in their penultimate pre-season fixture.

They created plenty of chances against their League Two hosts, with Paul Downing hitting the woodwork and another Naylor effort being cleared from the line.

A fierce strike from Mason Bloomfield reduced the Reds’ deficit late on, but they could not find a leveller.

Anton Walkes was called into action early on, heading clear after George Francomb tried to convert a corner.

But it was the Blues who dominated for the majority of the first half and created the best chances to score.

The first arrived on 10 minutes when Downing met Evans’ free-kick and saw his header clip the top of the crossbar.

And the visitors did break the deadlock midway through the half, courtesy of a fine move that started with Naylor.

The midfielder slipped a precise pass through to Marcus Harness and his cross was met by a diving header from EVANS, with the ball striking the woodwork on its way into the net.

There was not much going on at the other end of the pitch, although a header from Ollie Palmer was comfortably claimed by Craig MacGillivray.

Ross McCrorie was looking dangerous for Pompey and a surging run ended with the Scottish loanee’s effort being deflected wide.

They went much closer on 31 minutes after Glenn Morris made a mess of trying to punch clear Ronan Curtis’ header.

Downing collected the ball and although he was unable to get a shot away, Naylor was and the ball had to be cleared from the line by a well-placed Tom Dallison.

There were a couple more half-chances for Curtis before the break, as the Blues continued to probe away.


Half Time

Crawley Town 0

Portsmouth 1


Harness linked up well to Ellis Harrison and McCrorie soon after the restart and the latter’s effort was deflected behind.

And the lead was doubled on 51 minutes, although Morris will probably think he could have done better.

Lee Brown cut the ball back for NAYLOR, whose effort beat the keeper far too easily before nestling in the net.

Crawley brought on Nathan Ferguson and the newcomer had an immediate impact, forcing MacGillivray down to deal with his angled drive.

The action was soon back down the other end and when Harrison collected Walkes’ threaded pass, David Sesay had to slide in and stop the striker’s shot finding the bottom corner.

But former Hawks striker Palmer really should have reduced the hosts’ deficit just past the hour mark.

He was picked out by Filipe Morais’ left-wing cross, but managed to nod the ball wide from just a couple of yards out.

The same Crawley duo combined again just past the hour mark and this time MacGillivray showed fine reflexes to deny Palmer.

Chances were now coming thick and fast, but Curtis could not keep his shot down after being slipped through by Harness.

It was proving to be an open end to the contest, with the action quickly switching from one end to the next as both sides went in search of goals.

A looping Downing header caused chaos in the Crawley box and the ball eventually crossed the line, although referee Tim Robinson had spotted a foul.

It seemed as though Pompey would see things out comfortably, but the hosts found themselves back in the game courtesy of a thunderous strike from substitute Bloomfield.

A flurry of substitutes slowed things down for the Blues, though, and the final few moments passed by without incident.

Crawley (4-1-4-1): Morris; Sesay, Tunnicliffe, Dallison, Doherty; Bulman (c) (Ferguson 53); Morais, Francomb, Camara (Bloomfield 69), Nathaniel-George (Grego-Cox 61); Palmer (Galach 82)
Goals: Bloomfield 80
Subs not used: Luyamula, Payne, Allarakhia

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Downing, Burgess, Brown (Haunstrup 86); McCrorie (Close 88), Naylor; Harness, Evans (c), Curtis (Cannon 86); Harrison (Pitman 86)
Goals: Evans 20, Naylor 61
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Dennis, Lowe, Hawkins

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 1,777 (688 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jul 202019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Friendly




Pompey continued their 100 per cent winning start to pre-season with a low-key victory over Stevenage at Broadhall Way.

It was a pretty flat contest throughout, although the visitors started to dominate towards the end of the encounter.

Ronan Curtis scored the only goal with a stooping header and Anton Walkes later chipped against the woodwork.

The first half was typical friendly fare, with the game moving along at a slow pace and offering little to excite the relatively sparse crowd.

It was the hosts who looked marginally more dangerous in the opening stages, but Emmanuel Sonupe fired into the side netting after charging into the box.

Ben Close met a delivery from Walkes at the other end, although the midfielder’s header lacked the required power to test Paul Farman.

There were also a couple of free-kicks, with one from Lee Brown deflected wide and Brett Pitman curling another over the bar.

In truth, though, there was nothing to really trouble either goalkeeper on a warm – but cloudy – afternoon in Hertfordshire.

The Blues finally started to provide more of a threat towards the end of the half and had a couple of decent opportunities to break the deadlock.

A Brown free-kick from wide on the right was flashed dangerously across the face of goal, with Curtis not quite able to make a connection at the far post.

Ross McCrorie’s purposeful run was then crudely halted outside the box to ensure another set-piece for the visitors.

It was Curtis wo launched the ball into the box for Ellis Harrison, but the summer signing could only nod wide.


Half Time

Stevenage 0

Portsmouth 0


The action failed to heat up following the restart, with chances still very much at a premium at both ends.

Curtis did collect the ball from Brown on the overlap, but his cross went over the head of Harrison and was nodded clear.

And Curtis tried a shot from long-range on the hour mark, only for the ball to cannon into a Stevenage triallist.

A goal was not looking likely, but one arrived for Pompey on 65 minutes after they won a free-kick on the right.

Brown played the ball across to Jamal Lowe, who lifted it towards the back post, where CURTIS arrived to head home.

An immediate substitution followed, with Pitman making way and fans getting a first glimpse of new signing Marcus Harness.

There were more chances to follow and Harrison was unble to guide his header on target after meeting a delivery from Walkes.

Walkes then attempted a cheeky lob of the keeper from just outside the box, with the ball looping over Farman and against the crossbar.

The Blues somehow failed to double their lead on 78 minutes after Harrison had done well to bring the ball under control on the byline.

He squared it for Lowe, but the forward was unable to force home and neither was Harrison at the second attempt.

Stevenage searched for an equaliser, although they never really looked like beating Craig MacGillivray, as the Blues comfortably held on for victory.

Stevenage (3-5-1-1): Farman; Vancooten, Cuthbert (c), Stokes (Triallist 80); James-Wildin (Triallist 55), Sonupe (Iontton 81), Triallist (Byrom 65), Parrett (Triallist 65 (Denton 76)), Triallist (Fernandez 80); Carter (Smith 65); Newton (Smyth 86)
Subs not used: Triallist, Triallist, Triallist, Ashton

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Downing, Naylor, Brown; McCrorie, Close; Lowe, Pitman (c) (Harness 65), Curtis (Cannon 84); Harrison
Goals: Curtis 64
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Burgess, Haunstrup, Dennis, Evans

Referee: Will Finnie

Portsmouth FC

Jul 162019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Friendly




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.


Half Time

Bornor Regis Town 0

Portsmouth 2


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

Portsmouth FC

Jul 132019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Friendly




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.


Half Time

Havant & Waterlooville 0

Portsmouth 1


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

Attendance: 3,500

Portsmouth FC

Jul 102019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Friendly




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.


Half Time

UCD 0

Portsmouth 5


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

Portsmouth FC

May 162019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1 Play Off




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.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Sunderland 0


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)

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