Crystal Worlds (2013)
Crystal Worlds (2013)
|PLOTAfter being attacked by a brainwashed Peeta Mellark, Katniss Everdeen joins an assault on the Capitol's armory in District 2. An aggravated civilian shoots her, but she is saved by her bulletproof Mockingjay suit. President Coin refuses to let Katniss join the "Star Squad", a group of rebels set to infiltrate the Capitol, but Johanna offers to cover Katniss while she sneaks onboard a helicopter on its way to the Star Squad. She meets up with the team, which includes Gale, a recently-married Finnick, and Peeta, who is still not fully recovered.
Led by Boggs, the team makes their way to the Capitol, evading booby-trapped "pods" placed along the way with Boggs' holographic map (the "holo"). Boggs is fatally wounded by a pod and bestows the holo to Katniss before dying. The squad accidentally trigger another pod, releasing a flood of lethal black tar, and Peeta momentarily succumbs to his conditioning and attacks Katniss, killing Mitchell in the process. Most of the squad escapes, unbeknownst to the Capitol.
Katniss refuses to kill Peeta, but Gale states that he would kill him if needed. The Capitol broadcasts another message of Snow's denouncement of the rebellion, but the rebels hijack the air, and Coin gives an impassioned eulogy that rallies the rebels. Katniss and the Star Squad attempt to advance through the sewers but are caught on camera. They are ambushed by genetically engineered "mutts" that kill four squad members, including Finnick.
Snow invites Capitol citizens to take shelter at his mansion, forming a human shield. Katniss and Gale plan to sneak into Snow’s mansion to assassinate him. On the way, a massive explosion disrupts their plan. In the confusion, Peacekeepers herd Capitol children toward the palace gates, when a hovercraft with a Capitol insignia bombs the crowd, causing mass casualties. As the rebel medics, including Katniss's sister Prim, tend to the injured, a second wave of bombs are dropped, killing Prim and knocking Katniss unconscious.
Katniss awakens, and Haymitch informs her the rebels have won because the senseless bombing turned the Capitol citizens against Snow. Katniss confronts Snow, who explains that Coin staged the bombing to turn the Peacekeepers against Snow. Katniss realizes Gale had suggested a similar strategy to her, and is stunned when Gale cannot deny his part in Prim's death.
Coin calls a meeting of the surviving Hunger Games victors, where she declares herself the interim President of Panem. She calls for a vote for a final Hunger Games, but instead using the children of Capitol leaders as revenge. Katniss votes yes, under the condition that she is able to execute Snow. At Snow's execution, Katniss kills Coin instead, which causes a riot of citizens to also kill Snow. Peeta stops Katniss from committing suicide and she is arrested. In captivity, Haymitch brings Katniss a letter from Plutarch assuring she will be pardoned, there will be no “last Hunger Games”, and she will be able to return to District 12.
When home, she screams at Buttercup that Prim is never coming back, before embracing the cat. She finds Peeta, who has fully recovered from his conditioning and is planting Primrose flowers in the garden. They receive a letter from Annie, Finnick's wife, telling them that her and Finnick’s son has been born, that Katniss’ mother is still treating survivors and Gale was promoted to Commander. Commander Paylor is elected the new President of Panem.
Years later, Katniss and Peeta, now married, play with their two children in a field. Their infant daughter cries from a nightmare, and Katniss promises to tell stories of her role in The Hunger Games and the rebellion.
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FORM GUIDE (All competitions) – 65 %
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Pompey roared back into form and ensured it was a very Good Friday with a convincing victory over Notts County at Fratton Park.
Kyle Bennett struck either side of the interval, with a couple of goals that were extremely easy on the eye.
Christian Burgess then opened his account for the club before Marc McNulty came off the bench to add an extra gloss to the scoreline.
Paul Cook made four changes from the side that drew at Mansfield the previous week.
Paul Jones was recalled from his Crawley loan to replace Ryan Fulton – who had been called up to the Scotland under-21 side – between the sticks.
There were also starts for Gary Roberts, Adam McGurk and Matt Clarke, with McNulty, Kal Naismith and Adam Webster dropping to the bench.
Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence in memory of former Pompey left-back Jack Mansell – who passed away last week – and the victims of the attacks in Brussels.
When the game got underway, the hosts made a bright start to match the fine conditions on the south coast.
And Michael Bull earned the ire of the Fratton faithful for not awarding their side a penalty after just a three minutes.
It looked a clear foul from Haydn Hollis on Ben Davies as the right-back charged into the box, but the referee was not convinced.
However, the first half was ultimately a scrappy affair, with plenty of fouls interrupting the flow of the game.
Stanley Aborah collected the first booking for a late challenge on Michael Smith, not that it stopped the midfielder from getting involved in a few more dubious challenges.
There were not too many shots to trouble either of the goalkeepers, with Curtis Thompson seeing his dangerous run eventually halted before McGurk sent a header over the bar.
It was Roberts who had the first decent chance from the edge of the box on 34 minutes, but his effort flew comfortably into the arms of Scott Loach.
Pompey did break the deadlock just before the break, however, thanks to an impressive solo goal from BENNETT.
The winger collected Enda Stevens’ pass down the left and beat Elliott Hewitt with ease before cutting inside and firing past Loach.
Notts County 0
The hosts probably should have doubled their advantage just after the restart, but McGurk somehow failed to connect with Davies’ free-kick from wide on the right.
But their second goal did arrive on 49 minutes – and it was a joy to behold.
Roberts displayed a moment of class to send BENNETT clear through and he calmly slotted the ball past Loach and into the net.
And Roberts then tried to add an audacious third with a cute lob from wide on the right that drifted narrowly over.
But the visitors were almost gifted a way back into the game on the hour mark when Jones dropped Curtis Thompson’s cross, only to pounce on the ball before Jon Stead could poke it home.
Pompey were soon back on the attack, though, and it took a brave block from former England international Alan Smith to deny his namesake Michael.
Cook made his first switch on 67 minutes, with the tiring McGurk making way for Naismith out wide.
With a comfortable lead, it was a more patient display from the hosts, but they still looked the more dangerous side.
And the home fans did have a third goal to cheer on 81 minutes when BURGESS converted Enda Stevens’ cross from close range to open his Blues account.
That was the cue to bring on Conor Chaplin and McNulty for the impressive duo of Smith and Roberts.
And it was McNULTY who wrapped up a memorable victory in stoppage-time when he headed Davies’ free-kick into the top corner.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); McGurk (Naismith 67), Roberts (McNulty 84), Bennett; Smith (Chaplin 84)
Goals: Bennett 44, 49, Burgess 81, McNulty 90+1
Subs not used: Bass, Webster, Close, Evans
Notts County (3-5-2): Loach; Boyce (Atkinson 58), Smith (Campbell 75), Hollis; Hewitt, Thompson, Aborah (Burke 58), Noble, Milsom; McLeod, Stead (c)
Booked: Aborah, Milsom, Thompson, Smith, McLeod
Subs not used: Pilkington, Sharpe, Edwards, Murray
Referee: Michael Bull
Attendance: 16,670 (485 away fans)
Loan : Bolton Wanderers – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed Conor Wilkinson on loan from Bolton until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old striker – who will wear the number 25 shirt during his time at Fratton Park – would be eligible to feature in any play-off matches.
But he will not be able to appear in the Blues’ Easter clashes with Notts County and AFC Wimbledon as he is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.
Wilkinson has recently finished a stint on loan with fellow League Two side Newport and played at Fratton Park when the Welsh side won 3-0 earlier this month.
He made 12 appearances for County and has previously spent time with Torquay, Oldham and Barnsley.
After the recent failure of the M-Audio Keystation 49e the time had come to replace it.
No wanting to risk another of the same make I went instead for the Alesis Q49 (the black colour sold it). So far I have no complaints and it has worked and connected perfectly. The keyboard has a better, softer feel than the rather clanky M-Audio.
As I also moved a few of my rack units from under the computer and placed them under the Roland JX-3P it was also advantageous to get another rack mixer, spent more than I normally would on a Samson SM10 instead of the usual Behringer RX1602. I have also got a Samson PB10 to supply power.
Marc McNulty missed a penalty as Pompey fought from behind to claim a point at Mansfield.
It looked bleak for the Blues when, within the space of a few minutes, McNulty saw his spot-kick saved and Matt Green slotted the hosts ahead.
But Ryan Tafazolli’s own-goal levelled the contest before the interval and neither side was able to take any of their second half chances.
Paul Cook made two changes from the side beaten at home by Newport the previous week.
One of them was enforced, with Michael Smith replacing the suspended Gary Roberts, while Gareth Evans dropped to the bench to make way for Kal Naismith.
There was not an abundance of chances in the early stages, although the hosts survived a defensive mix-up early on, while Mitchell Rose was unable to beat Ryan Fulton with an angled drive.
Pompey’s keeper then had to race from his area to clear after a blocked Christian Burgess shot turned into a quick Stags attack.
Set-pieces were causing the most problems for both sides, with Mansfield delivering some dangerous free-kicks and the Blues threatening from corners.
But it was penalty that gave the visitors a golden opportunity to break the deadlock on 20 minutes.
McNulty was brought down in the box by former Pompey loanee Daniel Alfei, but his spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Scott Shearer low to the keeper’s left.
And the Stags soon made him pay for his profligacy by taking the lead themselves, as Emmanuel Dieseruvwe teed-up Green for a cool finish.
Referee Carl Boyeson upset the mood of the home fans, however, by issuing a flurry of yellow cards, not that Dieseruvwe, Rose or Green could have much to complain about.
Pompey, meanwhile, were trying to find a leveller, but despite some neat passing forward, they were doing little to trouble Shearer.
Instead, the keeper was finally beaten by one of his team-mates just before the break, with TAFAZOLLI inadvertently turning a Ben Davies corner into his own net.
Mansfield Town 1
The second half was slow to get going, although it was the Blues were looking the more likely to score again.
But they were limited to a couple of scuffed efforts from Enda Stevens and Smith that did little to trouble Shearer.
Kyle Bennett went closer on 65 minutes when he met Davies’ corner with a volley that was heading for the net before it was deflected wide.
The visitors had a chance of their own when Stevens was booked for a foul on Dieseruvwe, but the resulting free-kick was confidently plucked from the air by Fulton.
Cook soon made his first substitution, with Ben Tollitt replacing Bennett wide on the left to add some youthful exuberance to Pompey’s attack.
And the Blues boss made another switch to his front line moments later, with McNulty making way for Adam McGurk.
The hosts had been growing in confidence as the half progressed and almost retook the lead on 62 minutes.
Fulton had to get down to his right to push clear Rose’s skidding, long-range effort and then denied Green from the resulting corner.
His counterpart Shearer had looked assured in the Stags goal, but almost made a hash of Michael Doyle’s opportunistic strike from distance on 77 minutes.
There was then a break in play when one of the linesmen appeared to injure his arm and had to be replaced – not that he received much sympathy from the stands.
Conor Chaplin was introduced in place of Naismith for the final five minutes, as Pompey went in search of a winner.
But, despite the fourth official announcing six minutes of stoppage-time, neither side was able to snatch victory.
Mansfield (4-4-2): Shearer; Alfei, Pearce, Tafazolli, Benning; Rose (Daniel 86), Collins (c), Clements, Kavanagh (Blair 64); Green (Thomas 83), Dieseruvwe
Goals: Green 26
Booked: Dieseruvwe, Rose, Green
Subs not used: Jensen, Baxendale, Chapman, Beardsley
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Naismith (Chaplin 85), McNulty (McGurk 70), Bennett (Tollitt 67); Smith
Goals: Tafazolli 43 (og)
Subs not used: Bass, Clarke, Barton, Evans
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Attendance: 3,980 (1,192 Pompey fans)
After a particularly bad game of football (we lost 0-3 to Newport) a few post-match beverages were in order. My mate Steve left early (on medical grounds, I will let him off) so an ideal time to visit, my pre-breakdown local, The Prince Of Wales.
Gone are the two nice friendly bars, now it’s one bar dominated by a pool table and full of mid-20s preening lads.
Ended up in The Golden Lion, far more my style and now my local
Darren Jones headed the visitors in front during a first half that was extremely low on quality.
The Blues were then controversially reduced to 10 men when Gary Roberts was shown a second booking for alleged simulation.
And County ensured that they would take all three points back to south Wales, as Scott Boden and Dean Morgan increased their lead.
Paul Cook made one change from the side that won convincingly at Accrington earlier in the week.
The switch came up front, where on-loan Michael Smith made way for top scorer Marc McNulty.
It was a warm and sunny afternoon on the south coast, but there certainly was not a spring in the step of the players.
There was not much to lift the crowd in an incredibly low-tempo opening to the game, with shots thin on the ground.
McNulty dragged the ball wide from the edge of the box, while, at the other end, Boden hit a tame effort straight into Ryan Fulton’s arms.
With little footballing action to excite those in the stands, referee Ben Toner provided the only incidents of note by brandishing a flurry of yellow cards.
Mark Byrne probably deserved his for a cynical challenge on Gareth Evans, although the bookings for Enda Stevens and Danny Hollands looked harsh.
But that was the least of Pompey’s worries, as – despite County not offering much of a threat – they fell behind on 34 minutes.
Medy Elito’s free-kick was flicked on by Boden and Jones out-muscled Fulton to head home, with Toner ignoring the cries of foul from the Blues keeper.
The hosts tried to inject some more urgency into their play, but were finding it difficult to breach a well-organised Exiles defence.
Their best chance arrived in stoppage-time when Joe Day dropped Ben Davies’ cross, but McNulty was too close to the keeper to fire the loose ball past him.
Newport County 1
Cook, unsurprisingly, made an attacking switch at the break, with Evans the man to make way for Smith.
And there certainly seemed to be an increase in tempo as Pompey set about trying to find an equaliser.
Day was twice called into action in the opening stages, although was not overly troubled by a shot from Roberts and header from Smith.
But the Blues came agonisingly close to scoring on 57 minutes when Smith was inches away from meeting a fine low cross from Kyle Bennett.
Their hopes of getting anything from the game were dealt a severe blow moments later, however, when they were reduced to 10 men.
Roberts went down on the edge of the box and claimed a free-kick, but Toner decided he had dived.
Having already booked the midfielder for a trip on Elito, he displayed a second yellow card followed by a red – much to the ire of most of those inside Fratton Park.
Cook soon made his second substitution of the afternoon, withdrawing Bennett and bringing on Kal Naismith.
But Newport made their numerical advantage count on 69 minutes when they doubled their lead after Pompey had lost possession.
The ball was worked to Elito out on the left and the winger’s cross was headed home by Boden from close range.
Conor Chaplin was immediately brought on for McNulty and soon had a chance, but could only hook the ball over from 12 yards.
He then teed-up Smith with a neat pass, with Day getting down low to his right to save an angled drive.
Instead, it was Newport who scored to complete a miserable afternoon for the Blues, with substitute Morgan converting a low cross from Byrne.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Evans (Smith 46), Roberts, Bennett (Naismith 61); McNulty (Chaplin 70)
Sent off: Roberts (two yellow cards)
Booked: Stevens, Hollands, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Clarke, Barton, McGurk
Newport (4-1-3-2): Day; Holmes, Donacien, Jones, Hughes; Byrne (c); Rodman, O’Sullivan, Elito (Gosling 74); Boden (Morgan 77), Ayina (Wilkinson 61)
Goals: Jones 34, Boden 69, Morgan 87
Booked: Byrne, O’Sullivan
Subs not used: Green, Partridge, Barrow, Klukowski
Referee: Ben Toner
Attendance: 16,245 (386 away fans)
After weeks of odd pitch behaviour in Cubase I believe I have narrowed it down to my M-Audio Keystation.
I would at times get a random pitch drop which would require a reboot of Cubase to reset, my initial thought was that it was caused by the old Philip Rees CSF but I took that out the system and still the same problem. It was also occurring on the USB input which bypassed the CSF anyway.
I substituted the Keystation with my Casio CZ-101 and the problem ceased. Went back to the Keystation and the problem returned. I then noticed Cubase was showing random MIDI inputs, this was noticeable when running the Arturia Mini V as you could see the pitch bend wheel move. Dismantling the Keystation and disconnecting first the Pitch Wheel and then both Pitch and Mod Wheel did not cure the problem.
Unfortunately the small keys of the Casio and the fact it does not transmit octave change messages discount the Casio as a long time solution. Currently, have the small MidiSmart controller doing the duties, once I am sure the problem has gone I will invest in another controller.
It was a scintillating first half performance – and one particular moment of brilliance – that did the damage.
Kyle Bennett ensured that the Blues made the most of their early dominance by firing them ahead and Matty Pearson’s unfortunate own-goal added to the travelling supporters’ glee.
But they were even happier when a stunning strike from Michael Doyle secured the three points before the interval.
Shay McCartan did grab a late consolation for the hosts, but that failed to dampen the mood of those making the long trip home to the south coast.
Paul Cook made one change from the side that won at Stevenage at the weekend.
It was a straight swap up front, with Michael Smith coming in to lead the line and Marc McNulty dropping to the bench.
Pompey totally dominated the first half, with Gary Roberts pulling the strings for the visitors in midfield.
He even tried a cheeky attempt from just inside the opposition half after just four minutes, although the shot did not overly trouble Jason Mooney in the Stanley goal.
Roberts went closer moments later, though, meeting Ben Davies’ cross with a near-post header that flew into the keeper’s arms.
And he was involved when the Blues did deservedly break the deadlock midway through the first half.
Roberts linked up well down the left with Gareth Evans and when the latter’s low cross was only partially cleared, BENNETT drilled home a low shot off the inside of the post.
Accrington were not causing too many problems at the other end, although Ryan Fulton did make a regulation save to deny Billy Kee.
The visitors were soon back on the attack, however, and Doyle rattled the crossbar with a fierce shot after shaking off a clumsy challenge from Matt Crooks.
Pompey deserved to forge further ahead, but the second goal on 36 minutes did arrive in fortunate fashion.
Danny Hollands picked out Davies with a fine cross-field pass and the right-back’s low delivery was inadvertently turned into his own net by PEARSON.
Piero Mingoia prevented things from getting even worse for the hosts when he just about got to Smith’s cross before Bennett could reach it.
But there was nothing that anybody could do to keep out Pompey’s third goal just before the break.
It was a goal of the season contender from DOYLE, who lashed in an unstoppable 25-yard volley after a free-kick was not properly dealt with.
The Blues skipper was mobbed by his team-mates, while even the beleaguered home support applauded a moment of magic.
Accrington Stanley 0
Accrington replaced skipper Seamus Conneely with Scott Brown in an attempt to get back into the game.
It was still the visitors causing more problems, though, and Pearson had to turn a dangerous Bennett cross behind before it could reach the lurking Smith.
But the Stanley centre-back then almost grabbed his second own-goal of the evening while trying to deal with Davies’ cross, with Mooney just about managing to divert the ball over.
The hosts were looking more of a threat since the restart and there were half-chances for both McCartan and Kee.
Pompey were also proving dangerous going forward, however, and Smith turned Enda Stevens’ low cross narrowly wide on the hour mark.
Cook made his first switch on 73 minutes, with the hard-working Smith making way for McNulty up front.
He then replaced one former Accrington player with another, as Kal Naismith came on for the impressive Roberts.
And Naismith immediately looked to add to the Blues’ lead when he burst forward down the right, but was unable to bend his shot past Mooney.
Pompey looked to be coasting to the final whistle, but Stanley did reduce the deficit when McCartan spun inside the area and slammed the ball home.
That raised a few nerves, but Doyle almost calmed them when Mooney’s clearance landed at his feet and the midfielder’s effort from the halfway line was only just scrambled away by the keeper.
But the Blues had already done enough to secure all three points and leapfrog their opponents into fourth spot.
Accrington (4-2-3-1): Mooney; Wakefield, Davies, Pearson, Halliday; Crooks, Conneely (c) (Brown 46); Mingoia (Boco 67), McCartan, McConville (Shaw 67); Kee
Goals: McCartan 83
Subs not used: Hughes, Procter, Carver, Steenson
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts (Naismith 78), Bennett (Freeman 83); Smith (McNulty 73)
Goals: Bennett 22, Pearson 36 (og), Doyle 43
Subs not used: Bass, Clarke, Barton, Chaplin
Referee: Stephen Martin
Attendance: 1,841 (584 Pompey fans)
|WON||(H) League 2|
Marc McNulty and Kal Naismith were on target as Pompey returned to winning ways at Stevenage.
Gary Roberts teed-up McNulty to open the scoring midway through the first half and send the large travelling support wild with delight.
And Naismith then came off the bench to double their advantage and secure a maximum haul of points at the Lamex Stadium.
Paul Cook made two changes from the side that drew at Exeter earlier in the week.
A fit-again Roberts was thrown straight into the starting line-up following a hamstring injury, while Gareth Evans also returned.
Conor Chaplin and Naismith both dropped to the bench, where they were joined by Michael Smith, who had recovered from a calf problem.
Pompey started the game with plenty of attacking impetus and Evans was inches away from meeting an excellent Ben Davies delivery after just three minutes.
Roberts was then unable to force the ball home after Stevenage stopper Jamie Jones had flapped at another cross from the marauding right-back.
And Roberts had another chance soon after, but his long-range effort was comfortably kept out by Jones.
The Blues were dominating the opening exchanges, but Boro came close to forging ahead on 19 minutes after winning a series of corners.
The last of them fell to Michael Tonge inside the box, with the midfielder hooking the ball over his head, but also over the crossbar.
Pompey were soon back down the other end of the pitch and period of extended pressure ended with Evans having an effort blocked.
But they did break the deadlock on 22 minutes after Roberts did well to steal possession in the middle of the pitch.
He slid a precise pass through to McNULTY, who latched onto the ball and confidently slotted home to take his individual tally into double figures.
The game lost some of its sparkle after that, becoming a scrappy affair that was punctuated by plenty of free-kicks.
Tom Conlon glanced a header narrowly wide for the hosts, while Lee Cox was unable to find the target from the edge of the box.
But the Blues ended the half on a high and Evans sent a low drive rolling inches past the post before Roberts headed wide from an Enda Stevens cross.
Pompey survived a scare early in the second half after Christian Burgess was penalised for a foul on Conlon just outside the box.
The Stevenage midfielder picked himself up to take the free-kick and saw his curling effort tipped over by Fulton.
That aside, however, it had been fairly uneventful since the restart, with little happening to excite a flat crowd.
Roberts brought the game back to life on 58 minutes, however, when he dispossessed Ronnie Henry and surged forward.
But the angles were against the midfielder and his first effort was pushed clear by Jones, while the second flew into the side netting.
Michael Doyle was then left in space 25 yards out and Jones had to push his speculative shot over the bar.
Pompey soon received a bit of good fortune at the other end of the pitch when Byron Harrison inadvertently got in the way of Tom Pett’s goal-bound effort.
Both sides were now looking capable of adding to the scoring and Luke Wilkinson had to hack clear a low Evans shot, with McNulty waiting to pounce at the far post.
Cook made a double switch on 71 minutes as McNulty and Roberts made way for Smith and Naismith.
Stevenage were trying to push men forward in search of an equaliser, but wasted a good opportunity when Harrison and Connor Ogilvie got in each other’s way.
And Pompey made them pay for their profligacy by doubling their advantage on 82 minutes.
Kyle Bennett did well to feed a pass through to NAISMITH, who raced onto it and slammed home to open his account for the club.
There were a few nervous groans from the away end when the fourth official signalled six minutes of stoppage-time.
But – as the heavens opened in Hertfordshire – the Blues comfortably saw out the closing stages to claim all three points.
Stevenage (4-2-3-1): Jones; Henry (c), Wilkinson, Franks, Ogilvie; Cox (Kennedy 60), Conlon; Pett (Parrett 80), Tonge, Hedges (Marriott 72); Harrison
Subs not used: Day, Wells, Johnson, Gorman
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts (Naismith 71), Bennett (Freeman 85); McNulty (Smith 71)
Goals: McNulty 22, Naismith 82
Subs not used: Bass, Clarke, Barton, Chaplin
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Attendance: 4,092 (1,390 Pompey fans)
|DRAWN||(A) League 2|
Late shock denies Blues.
Pompey suffered more late heartache as Ollie Watkins snatched a 90th-minute leveller for Exeter at St James Park.
Conor Chaplin’s neat first half finish looked to have ensured that the visitors would be taking all three points home from Devon.
Jayden Stockley had been the biggest threat for the Grecians, but missed a hat-trick of chances to punish his former side.
Instead it was Watkins who found the target just before the end to break the hearts of the travelling support.
Paul Cook stuck with the same side that beat Cambridge at Fratton Park at the weekend.
His Exeter counterpart Paul Tisdale – presented with an award before kick-off in recognition of passing 500 games in charge of the club – restored former Blues loanees Lee Holmes and Stockley to the starting line-up.
The game was just 22 seconds old when Chaplin missed a great opportunity to break the deadlock by mis-controlling Kal Naismith’s cross.
Christian Burgess was also off target with a header in the opening stages, while the ferocity of Holmes’ pass back to Bobby Olejnik almost caught the goalkeeper out.
There were not an abundance of clear-cut openings, but it was still Pompey looking the more likely to score as the first half progressed.
Doyle drew a smart stop from Olejnik with a 30-yard volley on 25 minutes after a corner had only been cleared as far as the visiting skipper.
But Stockley then should have punished his former side, only to guide Christian Ribeiro’s cross straight into the arms of Ryan Fulton.
And he was made to pay for his profligacy moments later, as Pompey went up the other end of the pitch to take the lead.
It was a fine effort from CHAPLIN, who neatly chested the ball down on the edge of the box before steering it into the bottom corner.
He might have had a second soon after, bursting inside to collect Marc McNulty’s cut-back, but failing to make a clean connection.
Exeter did enjoy a spell of pressure late in the half and Stockley again wasted a good opportunity by glancing another Ribeiro cross wide.
Watkins then cut inside and unleashed a curling drive that Fulton did well to parry clear before the ball was hacked to safety.
Exeter City 0
The second half was slow to spark into life, although a corner for the hosts did lead to a melee in the Blues box.
Pompey were not offering too much at the other end either and Naismith’s long-range effort flew over after the winger had wriggled past a couple of challenges.
They almost doubled their lead in comical fashion on the hour mark, however, thanks to some wonderful improvisation by Chaplin.
The teenager was left on the floor after colliding with Olejnik in a race for the ball, but still managed to scramble a shot inches past the post.
That seemed to shake the Grecians into action and a Stockley header had to be cleared behind by Burgess.
The resulting corner then made its way to the striker’s feet inside the box, but his flicked effort just about went wide.
And that proved to be Stockley’s last chance to make an impact as he was withdrawn with Troy Brown in a double switch for Exeter on 65 minutes.
Pompey were next to go close after Naismith was barged over by Watkins right on the edge of the area.
Chaplin stepped up to take the free-kick, but although his effort curled over the wall, it also cleared the crossbar.
Cook looked to shore things up on 79 minutes, with goalscorer Chaplin making way for Gareth Evans.
And more valuable seconds were used up a few moments later as Adam Barton was introduced for Kyle Bennett.
There was a scary moment when the ball found its way to Alex Nicholls in the box late on, only for the midfielder to blaze his shot high over the bar.
But it looked like the Blues had done enough to hold off the Grecians until Watkins shimmied into space and angled home into the net.
Exeter might even have snatched a winner deep into stoppage-time, but Nicholls’ free-kick was turned around the post by Fulton.
Exeter (4-3-2-1): Olejnik; Ribeiro (Morrison 79), Brown (Grant 65), Moore-Taylor (c), Woodman; Nicholls, Oakley, Watkins; Wheeler, Holmes; Stockley (Noble 65)
Goals: Watkins 90
Subs not used: Pym, Tillson, McAllister, Taylor
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Naismith, Chaplin (Evans 79), Bennett (Barton 82); McNulty
Goals: Chaplin 31
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Clarke, Haunstrup, Tollitt
Referee: Brendan Malone
Attendance: 3,855 (695 Pompey fans)