2018/2019

Nov 132018
 

Match Report

Checkatrade Trophy


Portsmouth 3    2 Tottenham
Hotspur U21

Pompey fought from behind to beat Tottenham’s under-21 side and secure top spot in Southern Group A of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Phoenix Patterson had given the visitors the lead against the run of play in a first half that could best be described as flat.

But the Blues were much improved after the interval and Andre Green opened his account for the club to get them back on level terms.

There was only going to be one winner from that point, with substitutes Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins completing the job before Harvey White grabbed a late consolation.

Kenny Jackett changed his entire starting 11 following Saturday’s comfortable FA Cup victory at Maidenhead.

Bradley Lethbridge was handed his debut up front, while fellow academy player Haji Mnoga – who appeared in the previous Checkatrade Trophy game at Crawley – had another chance to impress.

There were also starts for on-loan wingers Green – back from a knee injury – and David Wheeler, with Louis Dennis completing the forward line.

With it being Pompey’s nearest match to Armistice Day, the club commemorated the occasion before kick-off.

Wreaths were laid by both captains and a video of D-Day veteran John Jenkins MBE reading the Ode of Remembrance was played on the big screen.

The sides – with the hosts having poppies embroidered into their shirts – then lined-up for a minute’s silence, accompanied by the Last Post.

There was not much to excite a smaller than usual crowd in the first half, although the hosts were largely in control.

They did not do much to threaten Alfie Whiteman, however, with the keeper making a comfortable save to deny Green.

And Tottenham broke the deadlock against the run of play on 20 minutes, as Patterson latched on to a through ball and bore down on goal.

Luke McGee was quickly off his line to make the save, but the loose ball was collected by the winger, who slotted home.

Lethbridge was causing a nuisance, although after doing well to bundle his way into the box, he was eventually crowded out.

Dennis also had an effort blocked, while Ben Close fired narrowly over after winning the ball on the edge of the box.

There was little threat at the other end of the pitch and when Kazaiah Sterling broke clear, skipper Christian Burgess was quickly across to make a perfectly-timed sliding challenge.

The hosts perked up a bit towards the end of the half and Wheeler glanced a corner inches past the post, while an inventive Burgess header drew a save from Whiteman.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Tottenham U21 1


The action had dragged before the interval, but it soon livened up after it, with a series of chances arriving at both ends of the pitch.

Anton Walkes – playing against his former club – was first to try his luck, with a low effort that took a slight deflection to divert it just off target.

But an equaliser did arrive moments later, as a corner from Dennis was nodded on by Burgess and GREEN forced the ball home at the far post.

Tottenham came close to an instant reply, though, with McGee getting down well to tip Patterson’s shot around the post.

And a breathless period of play was completed by Close seeing his deflected effort held by Whiteman.

Pompey were seeing more of the ball, but it still took another superb challenge by Burgess inside the box to stop Sterling getting a shot away.

Jackett made all three of his substitutions on 65 minutes, with Green, Lethbridge and Mnoga replaced by Evans, Hawkins and Matt Clarke.

And EVANS’ first contribution was to fire the Blues into the lead, smashing a free-kick through the wall after Dennis had been fouled on the edge of the box.

The game slowed slightly after that, although it was still the hosts who were well on top as the action neared a conclusion.

They made sure of the victory on 81 minutes, with Wheeler getting free down the right and cutting the ball back for HAWKINS to prod home from close range.

White did pull one back with a fine free-kick after Danny Rose had committed a foul, although Tottenham were unable to find a leveller.

The visitors could, however, console themselves with the fact that Crawley’s defeat to Gillingham means they join the Blues in the knockout stages.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Mnoga (Clarke 65), Burgess (c), Walkes, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Wheeler, Dennis, Green (Evans 65); Lethbridge (Hawkins 65)
Goals: Green 50, Evans 69, Hawkins 81
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Brown, B.Thompson, Smith

Tottenham U21 (4-2-3-1): Whiteman; Lyons-Foster, Tanganga, Marsh (c), Brown; Bowden (Shashoua 89), White; Oakley-Boothe (Parrott 86), Duncan (Richards 75), Patterson; Sterling
Goals: Patterson 20, White 90
Subs not used: Glover, Markanday

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 3,138 (125 away fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Nov 102018
 

Match Report

FA Cup 1st Round


Maidenhead United 0    4 Portsmouth

Pompey eased their way into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 3-0 victory over Maidenhead.

But the National League strugglers made the Blues work hard for their opening goal at York Road, with Ben Thompson finally netting just before the break.

It was less of a struggle in the second half, though, with Oli Hawkins, Jamal Lowe and David Wheeler all finding the target.

Kenny Jackett made a single change from the side that won at Bradford in the league the previous week.

Nathan Thompson – back from a one-match ban – replaced Anton Walkes at right-back, with the visitors clearly taking the game seriously.

Gareth Evans skippered the side on his 150th appearance for the club, while former Pompey striker Ryan Bird was among the Maidenhead substitutes.

Both captain’s laid a wreath on the pitch before kick-off and the teams wore poppies on their shirts, while a minute’s silence was held to commemorate Remembrance weekend.

When the action got underway, it was Pompey who dominated possession without being able to carve open many clear-cut chances.

Carl Pentney was being well protected, although the keeper comfortably claimed a Hawkins effort before punching clear under pressure from the same player.

The first noteworthy incident came on 18 minutes, when the tricky Ronan Curtis got free down the right and crossed for Hawkins, whose header was deflected behind.

And they should really have forged ahead midway through the first half, with Tom Naylor the guilty party.

He failed to connect with an ambitious over-head attempt, but when Evans’ shot was parried into his path moments later, the midfielder turned the ball against the crossbar from a few yards out.

Maidenhead then came close to scoring again soon after, with Ayo Obileye’s strike crashing against the post.

Remy Clerima was also causing problems with a series of long throws, while Nathan Thompson was unable to beat Pentney from a tight angle at the other end.

Pompey won a succession of corners as the half progressed and the heavens opened, although were being frustrated in their attempts to test Pentney.

But the deadlock was finally broken just before the interval, as Curtis whipped in a low cross and Ben THOMPSON fired home to open his account for the club.


Half Time

Maidenhead United 0

Portsmouth 1


The second half was slow to really click into gear, although it was still the Blues seeing most of the ball.

And they doubled their lead on 55 minutes, with Evans crossing from the right and HAWKINS sending a header looping over Pentney and into the net.

That gave the visitors a cushion, but their lead was even more comfortable when a third went in on the hour mark.

Ben Thompson sent a free-kick into the box and Jack Whatmough nodded the ball down for LOWE, who turned and sent a neat finish into the bottom corner.

Jackett decided the time was right to make a double change, with Lowe and Evans withdrawn for Brett Pitman and Wheeler.

Pompey’s play was more patient with such a commanding advantage, but they were still looking to get forward.

And when they were unable to find a path through the Magpies defence, Ben Thompson hit a long-range shot that was saved by Pentney.

The keeper also kept out a header from Pitman after he had been spotted in the box by Lee Brown.

Pompey’s captain also fired a shot narrowly over the bar after Nathan Thompson won the ball back when a fine passing move came to an end.

The same duo combined again moments later and this time Pentney was forced into a decent save low to his left to keep out Pitman’s sweet first time strike.

But it was WHEELER who wrapped things up on 83 minutes, stooping to head home after Brown’s free-kick had been superbly saved.

There was still time for Pitman to steer narrowly wide following a mad scramble in the box, but the visitors could be happy with their afternoon’s work.

Maidenhead (4-1-4-1): Pentney; Clerima, Kilgour, Massey (c), Steer; Obileye; Odametey, Comley (Owusu 54), Clifton (Bird 67), Upward (Akintunde 46); Kelly
Subs not used: Hamann, Mulley, Alves, Worsfold

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson (Burgess 85), Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe (Pitman 63), Evans (c) (Wheeler 63), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: B.Thompson 43, Hawkins 55, Lowe 60, Wheeler 83
Subs not used: McGee, Haunstrup, Close, Dennis

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 3,205 (710 Pompey fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Nov 032018
 

Match Report

League One


Bradford City 0    1 Portsmouth

Gareth Evans netted against his former club as Pompey continued their imperious away form by beating Bradford.

It was the only goal of a ‘bottom v top’ encounter that provided plenty of scoring chances for both teams.

But the struggling Bantams were dealt a blow when Adam Chicksen was dismissed late on, while Hope Akpan missed a great chance to snatch a point at the death.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Accrington the previous week.

Jack Whatmough replaced Christian Burgess in the centre of defence, while Anton Walkes came in for the suspended Nathan Thompson on the right.

And Tom Naylor made an immediate return having served his own ban, with Ben Close dropping to the bench.

A minute’s silence was held before kick-off, remembering both those who have served their country and also the victims of the Leicester helicopter tragedy.

It was Bradford who were quickest out of the traps and Craig MacGillivray had his palms stung by Lewis O’Brien in the early stages.

A David Ball free-kick then led to some pinball in the visitors’ box after Ben Thompson had sliced his clearance.

Pompey soon settled into their stride, however, and began to dominate possession as the first half progressed.

They broke the deadlock with a neat move on 12 minutes, starting when Jamal Lowe shrugged off a challenge and surged forward.

He picked out Ronan Curtis and the winger cut the ball back for a grateful EVANS to lash into the net from six yards out.

Tom Naylor then nodded an Evans corner past the post, while Lee Brown fired ambitiously over from long-range as the Blues looked to strengthen their advantage.

The scores might have been level midway through the half, however, with Whatmough forced to make an excellent sliding challenge inside the box to deny George Miller.

There were opportunities at both ends of the pitch and Oli Hawkins sent a shot down and narrowly over when Evans’ free-kick had been nodded on by Naylor.

Bradford then came close to scoring with a set-piece of their own, with a Josh Wright delivery eventually gathered by MacGillivray.

The action soon switched and when Thompson’s fierce drive deflected off Wright, Richard O’Donnell had to get down low to his left to make the save.

MacGillivray then did well to keep out Miller’s fierce effort before claiming the ball after it had been sent back into the box.

Referee Geoff Eltringham waved away half-hearted appeals for a penalty following O’Brien’s tumble in the box.

And former Pompey loanee Eoin Doyle then rolled a shot comfortably into MacGillivray’s arms, when he really should have done more to test the keeper.


Half Time

Bradford City 0

Portsmouth 1


The visitors did not seem content to merely sit on their narrow lead once the action resumed after the interval.

Thompson’s intended cut-back for Evans was intercepted by Akpan, while Lowe could not quite get on the end of Curtis’ teasing cross.

Ryan McGowan received a booking for halting one of Matt Clarke’s famous surging runs up the pitch on 53 minutes.

And while the resulting free-kick came to nothing, a looping header from Curtis moments later had to be grabbed by a back-pedalling O’Donnell.

But Bradford missed a decent chance to get back on level terms on the hour mark, as skipper Anthony O’Connor headed O’Brien’s fine cross straight into the arms of MacGillivray.

The hosts were certainly not looking like a side struggling at the bottom and it took a fine tackle from Whatmough to halt another attack.

It grew more tense as the minutes ticked away and the Bantams sensed they could get something from the contest.

Pompey were still looking a real threat on the break, though, with Lowe and Curtis continuing to prove a menace.

Evans was withdrawn for Close on 76 minutes, as Jackett opted to add some fresh legs to his midfield.

Chances had started to dry up, although Chicksen flashed a dangerous delivery across the face of goal that somehow evaded everyone.

But the Bradford left-back soon had to troop off to the dressing room. Having been booked earlier for a foul on Lowe, he brought down the same player to earn a red card.

It looked like the Blues would just see things out, but their opponents almost grabbed a stoppage-time leveller.

Substitute Sherwin Seedorf – a distant relative of Dutch superstar Clarence – sent the ball through to Akpan, but he lifted his shot over the bar.

Bradford (4-4-2): O’Donnell; McGowan, O’Connor (c), Knight-Percival, Chicksen; Ball, Akpan, Wright (Payne 65), O’Brien; Miller (Seedorf 88), Doyle (Bruenker 80)
Sent off: Chicksen (two yellow cards)
Booked: McGowan
Subs not used: Sykes-Kenworthy, Wood, Isherwood, Goldthorp

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 76), Curtis (Wheeler 87); Hawkins
Goals: Evans 12
Booked: Whatmough
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason, Pitman

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 16,393 (1,289 Pompey fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Oct 272018
 

Match Report

League One


Accrington Stanley 1    1 Portsmouth

Pompey maintained their unbeaten record on the road, but failed to hold on to their lead in a 1-1 draw at Accrington.

The visitors had several chances to score before the break, but would have been happy to go in level after Craig MacGillivray conceded and saved a Billy Kee penalty.

Oli Hawkins finally broke the deadlock in the second half, only for Michael Ihiekwe to level seconds later.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that drew with Burton earlier in the week.

Gareth Evans returned to skipper the team in place of the injured Dion Donohue, with Ben Close replacing the suspended Tom Naylor.

There were also a couple of alterations at the back, with Anton Walkes and Jack Whatmough dropping to the bench to make way for Nathan Thompson and Christian Burgess.

Pompey dominated the opening stages and created several decent opportunities as they tried to break the deadlock.

Jamal Lowe was a particular thorn in Stanley’s side, but could not beat keeper Connor Ripley after showcasing some tricky footwork in the box.

The resulting corner from Evans found its way to Ben Thompson and his acrobatic effort flew narrowly wide.

It was Evans who was next to try his luck and a fierce effort on the volley from outside the box was palmed wide by the busy Ripley.

There was not much happening at the other end, although a weak effort from Kee was comfortably held by MacGillivray.

But it was soon the Blues back on the attack and Ronan Curtis’ long-range strike flashed past the post.

It was pretty much one-way traffic and Lowe’s first-time shot from the edge of the box was again kept out by Ripley.

The keeper was certainly earning his wage and saved an angled drive from Curtis as the visitors continued to apply pressure.

And the Irish forward went even closer when he rose at the far post to meet Lowe’s cross, only to see his header cannon back off the post.

But Accrington came into the game more as the half progressed and should have broken the deadlock on 33 minutes.

MacGillivray failed to hold on to a corner and in his eagerness to recover the ball, brought down Kee inside the box.

Referee Stephen Martin did not need much convincing that a foul had been committed, immediately pointing to the spot.

But MacGillivray quickly redeemed himself, flinging himself to the right to palm Kee’s penalty to safety.

And the keeper came to the rescue again before the break, denying the same player from converting a corner at the far post.


Half Time

Accrington Stanley 0

Portsmouth 0


The second half started with Nathan Thompson earning a yellow card from Martin for a foul on Offrande Zanzala.

It was the right-back’s fifth League One booking of the season, meaning he will miss next Saturday’s trip to Bradford.

Pompey needed some time to find their feet following the restart, but almost took the lead just before the hour mark.

Lowe won a corner and when it was only partially cleared, a volleyed attempt from Curtis cannoned off the crossbar.

Pompey did forge ahead moments later, however, when Evans whipped a free-kick into the box and HAWKINS stuck out a boot to force the ball home.

But the lead was short-lived and Stanley levelled from a set-piece of their own, as Ihiekwe rose to convert Sean McConville’s delivery.

Those goals aside, however, the second half had not been as incident-packed as the first, with both sides lacking a quality final ball.

Brett Pitman replaced Hawkins for the final 10 minutes in an attempt to inject some fresh attacking impetus.

But neither side particularly looked like scoring in a drab conclusion to a contest that had promised so much more.

Stanley substitute Connor Hall did draw a save from MacGillivray in stoppage-time, but the hosts could not capitalise on the loose ball and the game finished all square.

Accrington (4-4-2): Ripley; Johnson, Ihiekwe, Hughes, Anderton; Mingoia, Barlaser, Finley, McConville (c); Zanzala (Hall 88), Kee
Goals: Ihiekwe 64
Booked: McConville
Subs not used: Maxted, Richards-Everton, Sykes, Conneely, Brown, Mangan

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 81)
Goals: Hawkins 62
Booked: N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Wheeler, Mason

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 3,558 (1,163 Pompey fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Oct 232018
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 2    2 Burton Albion

Pompey were forced to settle for a draw in an often breathless encounter with Burton at Fratton Park.

They looked stronger before the break and appeared comfortable after Oli Hawkins’ header had secured an interval advantage.

But Devante Cole and Jake Hesketh both netted at the start of the second half to leave the League One leaders stunned.

Matt Clarke soon nodded in an equaliser in a hectic period, although neither side was able to score again and snatch all three points.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that had beaten Fleetwood on home soil a few days earlier.

With Nathan Thompson’s wife having just given birth to a baby boy, Anton Walkes replaced him at right-back.

David Wheeler was named among the substitutes after recovering from an ankle problem that has kept him sidelined for the past three games.

A couple of Lee Brown crosses showed Pompey’s mentality in the opening stages, as they looked to get at their visitors.

Goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov was then called into action for the first time, getting his fingertips to a rasping Ronan Curtis drive.

The hosts were on top and when Tom Naylor stole possession in the middle of the pitch, the midfielder picked out Ben Thompson.

His fierce drive was kept out by Evtimov and the stopper dived on the loose ball before Jamal Lowe could capitalise.

But Naylor collected a booking soon after following a late challenge on Stephen Quinn. It was his fifth league caution of the season, earning a one-match suspension.

It was a fairly quiet time for Craig MacGillivray in the Blues goal, although he came off his line to deny Jamie Allen.

Will Miller then wasted a decent opportunity by hitting a tame effort straight at the keeper after being picked out by Ben Fox.

And there was a blow for Pompey when Dion Donohue limped off with an injury, with Gareth Evans on to replace him.

It was generally proving to be a positive evening for the hosts, though, with Jack Whatmough and Evans both having half-chances.

And the Blues broke the deadlock on 36 minutes when Thompson swung in a fine cross from the right and HAWKINS charged in to head home from close range.

The closest that Albion came to levelling before the break was a shot from Kyle McFadzean, although that went out for a throw.

There was still time for another Pompey opportunity, however, and Evtimov did well to stop Lowe’s cross reaching Curtis.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Burton Albion 0


But the Brewers started the second half strongly and Naylor had to slide bravely in to block Hesketh’s attempt.

The loose ball fell for Liam Boyce, however, and his shot was saved low to his left by a full-stretch MacGillivray.

An equaliser did arrive moments later, though, when Allen found Cole, who – having been brought on at the break – sent a neat finish nestling in the bottom corner.

And the Blues were left stunned on 52 minutes when Hesketh wriggled his way past a couple of challenges and hit a thunderous shot into the roof of the net.

The Fratton faithful raised the decibels to try to roar their side back into action and it seemed to have an effect.

Evans saw an effort blocked a few yards from the line, while Evtimov did well to keep out Lowe’s angled strike.

But the hosts were back on level terms on 57 minutes, with CLARKE rising highest in the box to convert an Evans corner.

Brett Pitman replaced Hawkins just past the hour mark, as Jackett opted to freshen up his forward line.

But it was Brown who had a chance to score when Lowe was brought down by Reece Hutchinson 20 yards out.

The left-back managed to send his free-kick through the wall, only for it to fly safely into the arms of Evtimov.

Pitman was then unable to make a connection with an attempted over-head kick after Whatmough’s long throw had been flicked on by Clarke.

A shot from Quinn at the other end lacked pace, but took a deflection and almost wrong-footed MacGillivray.

Both sides looked capable of scoring again, but it was Burton who almost grabbed a late winner following a quick break.

Cole tried to pick out an unmarked Lucas Akins in the box, with Naylor just about managing to intercept and MacGillivray diving on the loose ball.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c), Donohue (Evans 28); Lowe, B.Tompson, Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 64)
Goals: Hawkins 36, Clarke 57
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Close, Wheeler, Mason

Burton (4-2-3-1): Evtimov; Akins (c), Brayford, McFadzean, Hutchinson; Quinn, Allen (Beardsley 90+3); Hesketh, Fox (Cole 46), Miller (Buxton 77); Boyce
Goals: Cole 48, Hesketh 52
Subs not used: Collins, Hodge, Harness, Sbarra

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 18,200 (156 away fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Oct 202018
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 1    0 Fleetwood Town

Oli Hawkins celebrated a half-century of appearances by netting the only goal to seal victory for Pompey against Fleetwood.

Neither side looked like scoring in an opening 45 minutes at Fratton Park that was totally devoid of any excitement.

But it was the Blues who dominated after the break and Hawkins headed home to ensure the hosts remained top of the League One standings.

And the Cod Army’s hopes of finding a leveller were dashed when Nathan Sheron was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at AFC Wimbledon the previous week.

Ronan Curtis came straight back into the team after returning from Republic of Ireland international duty.

Gareth Evans dropped to the bench, as Pompey switched to a 4-4-2 system, with Tom Naylor handed the captain’s armband.

The first half was a soporific affair, with neither keeper called into action to make even the most regulation of saves.

It was Naylor who probably had the best chance on six minutes when Ben Thompson’s free-kick was nodded down by Hawkins, but the midfielder hooked over the bar.

An Ashley Eastham clearance then ricocheted off Curtis, only to land safely for Craig Morgan to hack clear.

And when Dion Donohue’s deep free-kick was only partially dealt with, Ben Thompson hit a fierce effort narrowly over.

Hawkins was proving an aerial nuisance, but after doing well to win the ball, he sliced his shot wide of the post.

Fleetwood were not helping the pace of the game by taking an age over every set-piece and referee Lee Swabey lost patience with Lewie Coyle’s long-winded throw, brandishing a yellow card.

The fourth official was also being kept busy on the touchline, with visiting manager Joey Barton keen to argue every decision.

That was about as exciting as it got, however, and Hawkins blazed wide after doing well to steal possession from Morgan.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Fleetwood Town 0


There was a tactical switch at the start of the second half, with Pompey moving back to their usual 4-2-3-1 system.

It saw Ben Thompson move into the attacking hole behind Hawkins, as Donohue dropped into a deeper midfield role.

And it almost immediately paid dividends, with HAWKINS – in the 50th minute and on his 50th Blues appearance – breaking the deadlock.

The striker ran in to head home from close range after Donohue’s corner had been nodded towards goal by Naylor.

He might have had a second soon after, as Alex Cairns’ clearance ricocheted off his back and narrowly past the post.

Hawkins was also not too far off target after running in at the far post to meet a cross from Lee Brown.

A round of applause broke out on 58 minutes to pay tribute to Craig Bryden – aka the ‘Pompey Pirate’ – who sadly passed away earlier in the week.

The action on the pitch was certainly more vibrant than before the break, although it was still fairly quiet for both keepers.

Fleetwood’s quest for an equaliser saw Naylor head clear a free-kick, while Paddy Madden could not divert Ash Hunter’s cross on target.

There was a chance at the other end, with Curtis not quite able to thread a pass through to Hawkins, who was waiting in acres of space inside the box.

Pompey were dominating, but unable to put the game to bed and Curtis curled wide after a Donohue corner led to some pinball in the box.

And Fleetwood’s task was made a lot harder when Sheron – earlier booked for a foul on Curtis – tugged back the same player and received his marching orders on 84 minutes.

The Blues forward took the free-kick, but Matt Clarke could not adjust his body enough to divert a header on target.

Six minutes of stoppage-time gave the visitors hope of finding a leveller, but Pompey held on to ensure a return to Fratton form.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Lowe, Naylor (c), B.Thompson, Donohue; Curtis (Evans 90+2), Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 50
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Close, Pitman, Mason

Fleetwood (4-1-4-1): Cairns; Sheron, Eastham, Morgan (c), Coyle (Bolger 90+1); Taylor; Burns, Holt (Evans 67), Wallace (Dempsey 79), Hunter; Madden
Sent off: Sheron (two yellow cards)
Booked: Coyle, Wallace
Subs not used: Jones, Rydel, Marney, Biggins

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 18,046 (76 away fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Oct 132018
 

Match Report

League One


AFC Wimbledon 1    2 Portsmouth

Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans were on target as Pompey secured a deserved victory at AFC Wimbledon.

But they were forced to endure a nervy conclusion after a fine James Hanson strike reduced the Dons’ deficit.

Up until that point it had been a dominant afternoon for the visitors, with Naylor’s header opening his account for the club.

Evans doubled the advantage before the break and the Blues had several more chances to extend the lead further.

But Hanson pulled one back for Wimbledon and a tense finale ensued before the final whistle was blown.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten by Gillingham in the last league fixture.

Dion Donohue was rewarded for his winning Checkatrade Trophy goal earlier in the week, while there were also returns for Ben Thompson in midfield and Oli Hawkins up front.

Brett Pitman and Ben Close both dropped to the bench, with Ronan Curtis absent on international duty.

There were a couple of familiar faces on the Wimbledon flanks, with former Pompey players Jake Jervis and Andy Barcham both starting.

The first half was a breathless affair, with the visitors in almost total control from first whistle until last.

AFC Wimbledon were indebted to Joe McDonnell in the opening stages, with the keeper saving Naylor’s header with his legs following a corner from Donohue.

He then raced off his line to deny Evans after the stand-in skipper had raced on to a great pass from Nathan Thompson.

It was an unseasonably warm afternoon in south-west London, but conditions proved difficult when the breeze picked up.

Craig MacGillivray was relatively untroubled, although he was called into action to keep out a deflected Tom Soares free-kick.

A rare spell of prolonged Dons pressure then ended with the stopper keeping out a low attempt from Jervis.

But it was Pompey on top and they deservedly broke the deadlock on 24 minutes – much to the delight of the lucky ballot winners packed into the away end.

Another fine corner from Donohue was met by NAYLOR, whose header deflected off Liam Trotter and managed to cross the line.

They kept pouring forward and Hawkins nodded narrowly wide from a Lee Brown cross, while Deji Oshilaja did well to dispossess the lively Jamal Lowe in the box.

But the advantage was doubled on 31 minutes, as Brown sent a low delivery across the face of goal and EVANS raced in at the far post to arrow a shot home.

The wind almost caught out MacGillivray at the other end, with Jervis’ cross catching a gust and landing on the roof of the net.

Still the Blues kept up their attacking intent, however, and a long-range effort from Naylor was just about pushed wide by McDonnell.

A vital block from Oshilaja then came to Wimbledon’s rescue after Lowe had bamboozled the back-line and picked out Hawkins.

The only down side for the visitors was a couple of bookings they collected from referee Lee Probert just before the interval.

Donohue was penalised for an alleged dive in the box, with Jack Whatmough booked for a late challenge on Joe Pigott.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 2


Such had been Pompey’s dominance, that opposition manager Neal Ardley made all three of his substitutions at the break.

Tennai Watson, Barcham and Pigott were all hauled off, with Will Nightingale, Anthony Hartigan and Hanson replacing them.

The three newcomers were out there on their own for a while, however, with the rest of the home side taking an age to take to the pitch.

It was the Blues that were first to threaten after Soares had been booked for a swipe at Nathan Thompson.

Whatmough’s free-kick was nodded on by Hawkins for Lowe, who tried a cheeky back-heel that McDonnell got down to keep out.

The traffic was continuing to head in the same direction and a couple of corners almost led to more goals.

When the first of them was only partially cleared, a thunderbolt from Donohue flew narrowly off target.

He took the second himself and it was met by the head of Matt Clarke, with a well-placed Jervis clearing from the line.

But Wimbledon suddenly found themselves back in the game with a goal of their own just past the hour mark.

It was slightly unfortunate for the visitors, with Evans mis-cueing his clearance and Hanson capitalising with a fine finish that curled around MacGillivray’s dive and into the net.

The Dons might have had another soon after, but Jervis could only head the ball straight to the keeper after meeting Oshilaja’s cross.

A corner from Evans was nodded inches wide by Clarke, as Pompey tried to restore their grip on the contest.

Jackett made his first switch on 74 minutes, with Donohue the man to make way for Ben Close in midfield.

Wimbledon were playing with much more belief by this point, though, with Whatmough and Clarke both making blocks to deny Kwesi Appiah.

A second Blues change occurred soon after, with Hawkins being replaced by Pitman in the lone striking role.

The visitors were more content to use up time as the seconds ticked down, before the Pompey fans could finally celebrate another victory.

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): McDonnell; Watson (Nightingale 46), Oshilaja (c), McDonald, Purrington; Jervis, Trotter, Soares, Barcham (Hartigan 46); Appiah, Pigott (Hanson 46)
Goals: Hanson 63
Booked: Soares
Subs not used: King, Sibbick, Egan, Pinnock

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Evans (c) (Walkes 89), Lowe, Donohue (Close 74); Hawkins (Pitman 80)
Goals: Naylor 24, Evans 31
Booked: Donohue, Whatmough
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Dennis, Mason

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 4,569 (769 Pompey fans)

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Portsmouth FC

Oct 092018
 

Match Report

Checkatrade Trophy


Crawley Town 0    1 Portsmouth

Dion Donohue netted his first Pompey goal to secure victory at Crawley in an uneventful Checkatrade Trophy contest at Broadfield Stadium.

But the result was enough to ensure that the Blues have reached the knockout stages with a group game to spare.

There was not a lot for either goalkeeper to do on a mild evening in Sussex and Donohue’s effort was comfortably enough to secure all three points.

Joe Mason could even afford to miss a late penalty in a game that will not live long in the memory of anyone present – bar Donohue, perhaps.

Kenny Jackett made nine changes from the side that finally suffered a league defeat to Gillingham at the weekend.

Gareth Evans – who wore the captain’s armband – and Ben Close were the only players to keep their places.

There were debuts for Louis Dennis and 16-year-old academy full-back Haji Mnoga, while a fit-again Donohue made his first appearance of the season.

Meanwhile, another member of Pompey’s youth set-up, midfielder Freddie Read, was an unused substitute.

Both sides took a while to grow into the game, with clear-cut chances at a premium at both ends throughout the first half.

A shot from Tarryn Allarakhia flew straight at Luke McGee, while the keeper also dealt with David Sesay’s deflected drive.

Then when a George Francomb delivery was only partially cleared, Panutche Camara and Dannie Bulman both had efforts blocked in quick succession.

There were a few crosses for Crawley to deal with at the other end of the pitch, but nothing that the visitors could capitalise on

Dennis did try his luck from the edge of the box, although the ball flew harmlessly wide of Yusuf Mersin’s post.

There was a scare when Evans lost possession inside his own area, although the skipper did well to win it back.

And Pompey went straight up the other end to break the deadlock, with Mason feeding DONOHUE, who cut in from the left and arrowed home a neat finish.


Half Time

Crawley Town 0

Portsmouth 0


Jackett replaced Evans with Matt Clarke at the start of the second half, as he matched the hosts by playing with three at the back.

But the Reds should have been level soon after the restart, with Sesay doing the hard work by beating Donohue down the right.

He squared for an unmarked Brian Galach, but the striker somehow side-footed his shot wide from 12 yards.

Close was not far away from making him pay for his profligacy, with a trickier attempt that flew narrowly over.

It was still not proving to be a game full of excitement, however, with Pompey content to play some patient passing football.

Josh Doherty had an opening for Crawley when he sent the ball into the danger zone and it evaded everyone to roll inches past the post.

Jackett made his final two changes just past the hour mark, as Mnoga and Donohue were withdrawn for Ben Thompson and Tom Naylor, with the latter slotting into defence.

The visitors tried to make sure of the victory and Close’s shot was gathered by Mersin after Anton Walkes had headed down Clarke’s free-kick.

Thompson’s low centre for Mason was just about intercepted, while Clarke nodded a corner wide as the match wound down.

Allarakhia sent a 25-yard thunderbolt fizzing narrowly wide, as the Reds tried their best to force a draw.

But Mason should really have wrapped things up for Pompey from 12 yards after Walkes had been tripped in the box by Mark Randall.

Referee Tim Robinson pointed straight to the spot, but the striker blazed his penalty high over the bar.

Crawley (3-1-4-2): Mersin; Francomb, McNerney, Vincelot; Bulman (c); Sesay, Allarakhia, Camara (Randall 61), Doherty; Poleon, Galach (Maguire 58)
Booked: Vincelot, Randall
Subs not used: Morris, Young, Connolly, Payne

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Mnoga (Naylor 65), Burgess, Walkes, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Evans (c) (Clarke 46), Dennis, Donohue (B.Thompson 64); Mason
Goals: Donohue 37
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Read, Pitman, Hawkins

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 1,268 (484 Pompey fans)

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Portsmouth FC

Oct 062018
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 0    2 Gillingham

Pompey’s unbeaten run finally came to an end at the 12th time of asking, as they lost to Gillingham at a sodden Fratton Park.

It was a disappointing display from the hosts, although they remain top of the League One table with Peterborough also suffering a home defeat.

A wonder goal from Tom Eaves opened the scoring, while Alex Lacey doubled the advantage in first half stoppage-time.

The Blues looked much brighter after the break, but despite their best efforts, were unable to find a breakthrough.

Kenny Jackett named an unchanged side for the third game in a row following successive wins on the road at Rochdale and Coventry.

The wet and windy conditions were undoubtedly making life tough for both sides in the opening stages.

It was certainly not conducive to any kind of free-flowing contest, although the visitors seemed to adapt better.

A shot from Luke O’Neill took a slight deflection to deceive Craig MacGillivray, with the keeper recovering to push the ball clear.

Then, after Jack Whatmough had cut out Dean Parrett’s low delivery, Mark Byrne’s effort cannoned into his own player.

There was a moment of levity midway through the first half, as a shot from Max Ehmer went out for a throw.

But the Gills were still looking more likely to break the deadlock and Ehmer’s drive was cleared by Whatmough.

The ball came straight back into the box, however, where it was collected by Eaves, who spun and hammered a sumptuous volley into the roof of the net.

Pompey tried to hit back, although their final ball was mostly lacking, with too many passes being overhit.

They did have a decent opportunity just before the break, with Ben Close’s long-range attempt nervously cleared over his own crossbar by Ehmer.

But there was still time for Gillingham to double their advantage – although this goal was more stoppable than the first.

A corner from Parrett made its way through a crowded area and Lacey was left unmarked to turn it home.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Gillingham 2


Jackett made a double switch at the break, with Gareth Evans and Close withdrawn for David Wheeler and Ben Thompson.

There was immediately some more urgency about their play, with an early attempt from Brett Pitman blocked.

Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe then both saw shots blocked in quick succession, as the noise from the stands began to rise.

And Gills keeper Tomas Holy was called into action for the first time on 51 minutes, getting down to his left to keep out Lowe’s drive.

It was certainly looking a lot livelier than before the interval, although the ball was not quite landing for the Blues, especially with a series of corners that the visitors managed to scramble clear.

O’Neill then made a vital interjection, just about nipping into nod clear with Pitman waiting to convert Lee Brown’s delivery.

With something special needed, Jackett made an attacking change on 74 minutes, replacing Nathan Thompson with Oli Hawkins.

But when Pitman did well to meet Ben Thompson’s cross and turn the ball back across goal, there was nobody in the centre to meet it.

Gillingham had weathered the storm, though, and saw out the final moments in relative comfort to become the first team this season to inflict a league loss on the Blues.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson (Hawkins 74), Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close (B.Thompson 46); Lowe, Evans (Wheeler 46), Curtis; Pitman (c)
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Mason

Gillingham (4-1-2-1-2): Holy; O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani (c), Fuller; Lacey; Byrne, Reilly; Parrett; Hanlan (List 80), Eaves
Goals: Eaves 26, Lacey 45+2
Subs not used: Hadler, Garmston, Simpson, Nasseri, Rees, Parker

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 18,158 (542 away fans)

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Portsmouth FC

Oct 022018
 

Match Report

League One


Coventry City 0    1 Portsmouth

Ronan Curtis scored on the stroke of half-time to fire Pompey to victory in an otherwise uneventful match at Coventry.

Not that the near-2,000 travelling fans will care much about the quality of the contest, as they saw their side extend their unbeaten start to the season.

In a game of extremely few genuine opportunities, Curtis’ curling finish stood out and ensured the Blues remained top of the League One table.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat Rochdale to reach the League One summit on Saturday.

There were a few familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with Michael Doyle, Tom Davies and Dom Hyam all starting, and Liam O’Brien on the bench.

The first half was a largely forgettable affair, with long periods of lifeless play punctuated by a few key moments.

Pompey were first to threaten and Ben Close should at least have sent the ball on target when he met Nathan Thompson’s cross with a side-foot shot.

A dangerous corner from Gareth Evans then had to be headed clear by Jonson Clarke-Harris, as the visitors looked to make a fast start.

But there were not many other clear-cut opportunities to excite the crowd inside the cavernous Ricoh Arena.

A booking apiece for Dujon Sterling and Tom Naylor rose them from their slumber, although the latter was adamant he had won the ball cleanly from Luke Thomas.

But Pompey received a let-off on the half-hour mark when Matt Clarke inexplicably stopped in his tracks, allowing Clarke-Harris to surge towards goal.

Craig MacGillivray thankfully came to the rescue, tearing from his line to make a vital save and then leaping on the loose ball.

It looked like the sides would crawl uneventfully towards the interval, with a few Blues crosses that were headed clear about as exciting as it got.

But the large travelling army from the south coast had reason for their non-stop chanting in stoppage-time.

Evans stole possession from former team-mate Doyle and Close’s pass was nodded down by Brett Pitman.

It looked like CURTIS had taken too long to get his shot away, but he was merely making space to curl home a fine finish.


Half Time

Coventry City 0

Portsmouth 1


Pompey made an energetic start to the second half, although Evans was forced to take one for the team and pick up a booking when Thomas broke quickly following a corner.

But it was still proving to be a fairly scrappy encounter, with both sides struggling to keep hold of the ball.

There were plenty of bs being sent into the boxes, but it always seemed to be an opposition player getting on the end of them.

Coventry did enjoy more possession as the half progressed, although it was proving a comfortable evening for MacGillivray.

Tony Andreu attempted an ambitious volley on the edge of the Blues box and swiped at thin air to sum up the attacking quality on display.

Jackett made a chance on 70 minutes, bringing on Ben Thompson to replace Close and shore up his midfield.

And Pitman then made way for Oli Hawkins as time continued to tick away without anyone looking likely to add to the scoring.

The first of those newcomers did have a rare chance towards the end, with a fierce finish that Lee Burge just about dealt with.

Jamal Lowe also curled a shot narrowly past the post, as Pompey appeared to be comfortably heading for victory.

But they survived a scare at the death, with MacGillivray failing to hold Doyle’s free-kick and a scramble ensuing before Naylor hooked from the line.

Coventry (4-2-3-1): Burge; Willis, Davis, Hyam (Thompson 46), Sterling; Bayliss, Doyle (c); Thomas, Andreu (Hiwula 73), Shipley (Jones 56); Clarke-Harris
Booked: Sterling
Subs not used: O’Brien, Kelly, Ogogo, Bakayoko

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 70), Naylor; Lowe, Evans, Curtis; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 83)
Goals: Curtis 45+2
Booked: Naylor, Evans, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, Wheeler, Mason

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Attendance: 11,102 (1,961 Pompey fans)

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Portsmouth FC

Sep 292018
 

Match Report

League One


Rochdale 1    3 Portsmouth

Pompey fought from behind to beat Rochdale and return to the top of the League One table.

The hosts took an early lead in some style when Aaron Wilbraham struck a sensational shot from long-range.

But the Blues were impressive in the opening 45 minutes and Jamal Lowe deservedly ensured the scores would be level at the break.

It was not quite so strong after the interval, but Brett Pitman showed typical striking instincts to turn the game around on his 50th appearance for the club.

And Matt Clarke added a fine third goal to wrap the points up for the visitors in the closing stages of an enjoyable Spotland contest.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Wycombe on home soil the previous week.

Pitman returned to skipper the team, while there was also a start for Jack Whatmough at the back, with Oli Hawkins and Christian Burgess dropping to the bench.

Pompey got off to the worst possible start by falling behind in the fourth minute – not that they could have done much to prevent it.

It was a phenomenal effort from Wilbraham, who hit a stunning strike on the half-volley from almost 30 yards that left Craig MacGillivray with no chance.

But it was the Blues largely on top for the remainder of the half and an ambitious over-head effort from Gareth Evans flew past the post.

Nathan Thompson almost grabbed an unlikely leveller after collecting a pass from Pitman and firing a rocket against the crossbar.

Ollie Rathbone then had another long-range attempt for the hosts, although this one thankfully flew wide.

But Pompey were level on 25 minutes, thanks to a well-worked goal involving all three of the forward line.

Pitman collected the ball from Ronan Curtis, swivelled and sent in a low centre for LOWE to slide into the net.

He might have had another after being picked out by Pitman, but a poor first touch allowed Joe Rafferty to clear the danger.

The trio linked up well again when the skipper flicked on Lowe’s cross and Curtis met it with a deft touch, but Josh Lillis got down to his right to save.

Pompey were looking to attack at every opportunity and there were some nervy moments for the Dale back-line.

But Lillis was not being over-worked and made relatively comfortable stops to deny both Curtis and Lowe.

The keeper then came tearing from his line in stoppage-time to stop Lowe reaching Pitman’s threaded pass after Curtis had nipped in to steal possession from a Rochdale throw.


Half Time

Rochdale 1

Portsmouth 1


It was the hosts that were first to threaten after the restart, but when MacGillivray parried Andy Cannon’s effort, Rathbone skied the loose ball over.

There was certainly some of the excitement from the first half missing, however, with both sides guilty of some misplaced passes.

Ian Henderson curled a shot wide for Rochdale, while a well-placed Ben Close headed clear Cannon’s dangerous cross.

Then – after Lowe had been booked for a foul – Rathbone came close to sneaking the free-kick inside MacGillivray’s near post.

There was not too much happening at the other end of the pitch, although an Evans set-piece was glanced wide by Tom Naylor.

But the Blues took the lead on 71 minutes when a low ball from Lee Brown was deftly turned home by PITMAN at the near post.

A substitution soon followed, with Ben Thompson coming on for Evans to shore up the Blues midfield.

But it was not the end of Pompey’s attacking intent and they were able to extend their advantage on 81 minutes.

Rochdale failed to properly deal with a corner and CLARKE showed he is not just a class act at the back.

The defender brought the ball under control, beat his man and angled home a fierce strike that arrowed into the net.

David Wheeler and Hawkins were both introduced from the bench late on, as the visitors comfortably saw out the final few moments.

Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Lillis; Rafferty, McNulty, Delaney, Hart (Cannon 45); Camps (Clough 77), Perkins; J.Williams (Andrew 50), Rathbone, Henderson (c); Wilbraham
Goals: Wilbraham 4
Subs not used: Norman, Morley, MJ Williams, Gillam

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (B.Thompson 76), Curtis (Wheeler 89); Pitman (c) (Hawkins 90+2)
Goals: Lowe 25, Pitman 71, Clarke 81
Booked: Lowe
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 3,796 (966 Pompey fans)

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Portsmouth FC

Sep 222018
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 2    2 Wycombe
Wanderers

Pompey remain unbeaten in League One, but a late penalty denied them all three points at a sodden Fratton Park.

The hosts trailed to a Bryn Morris strike at the interval, although they emerged much stronger after the break.

Gareth Evans nodded them back on level terms and Brett Pitman came off the bench to turn the game on its head.

But with another victory looking likely for the Blues, Joe Jacobson struck from the spot to ensure it finished all square and the hosts dropped to second.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that beat Peterborough the previous week to climb to the League One summit.

With the rain pouring relentlessly down, conditions were not exactly conducive to an attractive contest.

There was plenty of slipping and sliding the opening stages and a niggly game was not helped by the eagerness of referee Craig Hicks to use his whistle.

A centre from Jamal Lowe was inexplicably left by defender Darius Charles, only for Sido Jombati to hack clear from the line.

Christian Burgess then met a corner from Evans, with his firm header punched clear by former Fratton loanee Ryan Allsop.

Craig MacGillivray comfortably claimed Adabayo Akinfenwa’s effort at the other end, but did not deal with Jacobson’s free-kick soon after and watched gratefully on as Fred Onyedinma slot narrowly wide.

And it was Wycombe who broke the deadlock midway through the first, with Morris playing a neat one-two with Akinfenwa before curling home a fine finish.

The Chairboys were obviously keen to protect their lead, but it seemed a bit too early for time-wasting and Allsop got a talking to from Hicks.

Wanderers were guilty of some crude challenges and saw four players carded before the break, including one for Onyedinma for the most obvious shirt pull you could hope to see.

The hosts did improve as the interval approached, although Burgess could not quite adjust his body enough to capitalise on Tom Naylor’s flick.

It was Naylor who almost forced an equaliser when he met Lowe’s pass, although the ball would not quite squeeze through Allsop’s legs.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Wycombe Wanderers 1


Wycombe were first to have an opening when the action restart, with Matt Bloomfield’s strike hitting team-mate Scott Kashket and ballooning over.

With Pompey struggling to find a way through, Jackett was preparing to bring on Pitman and Joe Mason.

But the pair were promptly sent to warm-up again after EVANS headed the hosts back on level terms.

Oli Hawkins won a long punt up the pitch by MacGillivray and played the ball to Lowe, whose fine delivery was nodded in by the skipper from close range.

Both teams then had a decent opportunity to forge ahead in the space of just a few seconds, with the Chairboys first to go close.

Morris sent the ball into the box and Akinfenwa should really have done better then divert the ball wide from a few yards out.

Pompey went straight up the other end and Lowe raced clear, only for his shot to be diverted wide by Allsop.

Pitman was finally introduced on 69 minutes, with Hawkins given a warm ovation as he departed the action.

Hicks was continuing to infuriate both sides by blowing his whistle every time a player hit the turf, despite the difficult conditions.

One soft free-kick for an alleged foul by Ben Close was fired narrowly past the post by the lively Morris.

Nathan Thompson then narrowly missed the target from close range, while Pitman’s cut-back hit a defender and went agonisingly behind the waiting Mason.

But PITMAN did give the Blues the lead on 86 minutes, rising at the far post to convert another fine Lowe cross.

An action-packed half swung back the other way moments later, however, when Burgess was penalised for a foul on Onyedimna in the box.

Hicks pointed straight to the spot and Jacobson slammed his penalty straight down the middle to draw Wycombe level.

There were five minutes of added time for either side to find a winner, but substitute Mason was denied late appeals for a foul in the box and the spoils were shared.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Evans (c) (Mason 80), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 69)
Goals: Evans 57, Pitman 86
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, B.Thompson, Wheeler

Wycombe (4-1-4-1): Allsop; McCarthy, Jombati, Charles, Jacobson; Gape; Kashket (Cowan-Hall 63), Bloomfield (c) (Thompson 90+2), Morris, Onyedinma; Akinfenwa
Goals: Morris 21, Jacobson 89 (pen)
Booked: McCarthy, Jombati, Onyedinma, Kashket
Subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Harriman, Saunders, Williams, Mackail-Smith

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 18,648 (749 away fans)

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