Transfer : Portsmouth – Partick Thistle
Transfer : Portsmouth – Partick Thistle
|Versatile Blues player heads north of the border.
Adam Barton has signed for Partick Thistle for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder-turned-defender has penned a three-year deal with the Scottish Premiership side.
He made 26 appearances for Pompey after signing from Coventry last summer and featured in the Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Yeovil on Tuesday evening.
The 25-year-old will be looking to help the Jags climb the table, with the Glasgow outfit currently sitting one place off the foot of the table.
EFL Trophy fails to excite
A new-look Pompey side suffered defeat in their first Checkatrade Trophy group stage match at a sparsely-populated Huish Park.
In a game that was full of attacking verve, but short on defensive solidity, it was Yeovil who emerged with all three points.
That is despite an impressive hat-trick from Michael Smith, who looked full of confidence leading the line for the Blues.
But a brace from Thomas Eaves, as well as goals from Bevis Mugabi and Izale McLeod, ensured the treble counted for little.
Paul Cook changed the entire side that started the league victory at Exeter at the weekend.
Liam O’Brien was handed his debut between the sticks, while there was a first appearance for Matt Clarke since he made a permanent Blues switch.
But the keeper was almost picking the ball out of his net before the first minute had passed, with McLeod bursting through on goal and firing against the post.
The former Pompey striker had another opportunity soon after and this time fired into the side netting from an acute angle.
It was the Blues who broke the deadlock after eight minutes, however, when the impressive Kal Naismith whipped in a pin-point cross from the left and SMITH rose to convert with a bullet header.
But the lead was short-lived, as Yeovil won a free-kick 35 yards out and Matthew Dolan’s shot was diverted in by Mugabi.
McLeod then had the ball in the back of O’Brien’s net again, although the linesman had long since raised his flag for offside.
It certainly counted just seconds later, though, when Eaves neatly controlled a ball over the top and calmly slotted home.
Pompey were still looking a real threat going forward, but both Gareth Evans and Smith failed to trouble Glovers keeper Jonathan Maddison with headers.
It was a different story at the back, however, as a defence containing three midfielders and someone making their first appearance of the season unsurprisingly struggled.
And McLeod made the most of that by netting against his old side on 27 minutes, playing a neat one-two with Otis Khan before lifting the ball over O’Brien.
Still the goals kept coming and this time it was Pompey who found the target thanks to a fine goal.
Naismith picked out SMITH in the box and the striker brought the ball under control before turning and firing into the bottom corner.
But no sooner had the Blues got themselves back into the game, they conceded a fourth, with Eaves allowed far too much time to burst forward and find the net.
Yeovil Town 4
The start to the second half was not quite as explosive as the first, although Eaves fired over in his search for a hat-trick.
Evans then collected Ben Tollitt’s low cross at the other end, but was not given the time or space to get a decent shot away.
Eaves may have been denied his treble, but SMITH made sure of the matchball when he rose at the back post to head home a deep cross from Adam May.
Pompey immediately made their first substitution, with Tollitt making way and Conor Chaplin looking to join in the goal spree.
One quick break saw him cynically tugged back by Liam Shephard, earning the Yeovil defender a yellow card.
He then surged forward to join Evans in a counter-attack, only to be forced wide and then curl his eventual shot over.
It was Smith who almost drew the Blues level with his fourth of the evening on 72 minutes, but he could not quite get the ball from under his feet and fired narrowly over.
That was his last involvement, as he was withdrawn for Noel Hunt, receiving warm applause from the small pocket of travelling fans.
There was then a late moment of controversy when Amine Linganzi diverted a corner towards the goal.
Maddison was able to smother the ball, but Pompey were adamant it had crossed the line, only for their appeals to fall on deaf ears.
The visitors kept up their attacking intent as they went in search of a leveller, but Yeovil held on for the victory.
Yeovil (4-1-4-1): Maddison; Shephard, Mugabi, Smith (c), Butcher; Lawless; Khan (Copp 89), Whitfield (Lea 75), Dolan, Eaves; McLeod
Goals: Mugabi 13, Eaves 22, 39, McLeod 27
Booked: Shephard, Khan
Subs not used: Krysiak, Sowunmi, Bassett
Pompey (4-2-3-1): O’Brien; May, Barton, Clarke (T.Davies 61), Naismith; Close, Linganzi; Evans, Bennett (c), Tollitt (Chaplin 55); Smith (Hunt 73)
Goals: Smith 10, 37, 54
Booked: Barton, Close
Sub not used: Hall
Referee: Kevin Johnson
11 June 1933 – 29 August 2016
Comedy legend Gene Wilders has died
Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.
A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.
With his haunted blue eyes and an empathy born of his own history of psychic distress, he aspired to touch audiences much as Charlie Chaplin had. The Chaplin film “City Lights,” he said, had “made the biggest impression on me as an actor; it was funny, then sad, then both at the same time.”
Mr. Wilder was an accomplished stage actor as well as a screenwriter, a novelist and the director of four movies in which he starred. (He directed, he once said, “in order to protect what I wrote, which I wrote in order to act.”) But he was best known for playing roles on the big screen that might have been ripped from the pages of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
He made his movie debut in 1967 in Arthur Penn’s celebrated crime drama, “Bonnie and Clyde,” in which he was memorably hysterical as an undertaker kidnapped by the notorious Depression-era bank robbers played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. He was even more hysterical, and even more memorable, a year later in “The Producers,” the first film by Mr. Brooks, who later turned it into a Broadway hit.
Mr. Wilder played the security-blanket-clutching accountant Leo Bloom, who discovers how to make more money on a bad Broadway show than on a good one: Find rich backers, stage a production that’s guaranteed to fold fast, then flee the country with the leftover cash. Unhappily for Bloom and his fellow schemer, Max Bialystock, played by Zero Mostel, their outrageously tasteless musical, “Springtime for Hitler,” is a sensation.
The part earned Mr. Wilder an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. Within a few years, the anxious, frizzy-haired, popeyed Mr. Wilder had become an unlikely movie star.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as the wizardly title character in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). The film was a box-office disappointment, partly because of parental concern that the moral of Roald Dahl’s story — that greedy, gluttonous children should not go unpunished — was too dark in the telling. But it went on to gain a devoted following, and Willy Wonka remains one of the roles with which Mr. Wilder is most closely identified.
His next role was more adult but equally strange: an otherwise normal doctor who falls in love with a sheep named Daisy in a segment of Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask,” in 1972. Two years later, he reunited with Mr. Brooks for perhaps the two best-known entries in either man’s filmography.
In “Blazing Saddles,” a raunchy, no-holds-barred spoof of Hollywood westerns, Mr. Wilder had the relatively quiet role of the Waco Kid, a boozy ex-gunfighter who helps an improbable black sheriff (Cleavon Little) save a town from railroad barons and venal politicians. The film’s once-daring humor may have lost some of its edge over the years, but Mr. Wilder’s next Brooks film, “Young Frankenstein,” has never grown old.
Mr. Wilder himself hatched the idea, envisioning a black-and-white film faithful to the look of the Boris Karloff “Frankenstein,” down to the laboratory equipment, but played for laughs rather than for horror. He would portray an American man of science, the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, who tries to turn his back on his heritage (“that’s Frahn-kahn-STEEN”) but finds himself irresistibly drawn to Transylvania to duplicate his grandfather’s creation of a monster in a spooky mountaintop laboratory.
Mr. Brooks’s original reaction to the idea, Mr. Wilder recalled, was noncommittal: “Cute. That’s cute.” But he eventually came aboard as director and co-writer, and the two garnered an Oscar nomination for their screenplay.
Serendipity played a role in the casting. Mr. Wilder’s agent asked him to help find work for two new clients, and thus Marty Feldman became Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor (“that’s EYE-gor”), and Peter Boyle the monster. Madeline Kahn, whose performance as the chanteuse Lili Von Shtupp had been a highlight of “Blazing Saddles,” played the doctor’s socialite fiancée. Cloris Leachman was Frau Blücher, the sound of whose name caused horses to whinny in fear.
The name Blücher, Mr. Wilder said in a 2008 interview with The San Jose Mercury News, came from a book of letters to and from Sigmund Freud: “I saw someone named Blücher had written to him, and I said, ‘Well, that’s the name.’” And Mr. Wilder certainly knew a lot about Freud.
His first of many visits to a psychotherapist is the opening scene in the memoir he published in 2005, “Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art.”
“What seems to be the trouble?” the therapist asks.
“I want to give all my money away,” he says.
“How much do you have?”
“I owe three hundred dollars.”
Soon the jokes and evasions give way to the torments of sexual repression, guilt feelings and his “demon,” a compulsion, lasting several years, to pray out loud to God at the most embarrassing times and in the most embarrassing places. But never onstage or onscreen, where he felt free to be someone else.
Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee on June 11, 1933. His father, William, a manufacturer and salesman of novelty items, was an immigrant from Russia. His mother, the former Jeanne Baer, suffered from rheumatic heart disease and a temperament that sometimes led her to punish young Jerry angrily and then smother him with regretful kisses.
He spent one semester at the Black-Foxe Military Institute in Hollywood. His mother saw it as a great opportunity; in reality, it was a catch basin for boys from broken families, where he was regularly beaten up for being Jewish.
Safely back home after that misadventure, he played minor roles in community theater productions and then followed his older sister, Corinne, into the theater program at the University of Iowa. After Iowa, he studied Shakespeare at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School in England, where he was the first freshman to win the school fencing championship.
He next enrolled part time at the HB Studio in New York, while also serving a two-year Army hitch as an aide in the psychiatric unit of the Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania — an assignment he requested because, he said, “I imagined the things I would see there might relate more to acting than any of the other choices.” He added, “I wasn’t wrong.”
After his discharge, he won a coveted spot at the Actors Studio, and it was then that he adopted the name Gene Wilder: Gene for Eugene Gant, the protagonist of Thomas Wolfe’s “Look Homeward, Angel,” and Wilder for the playwright Thornton Wilder.
In his first major role on Broadway, Mr. Wilder played the chaplain in a 1963 production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children.” The production ran for less than two months, and he came to believe that he had been miscast. The good news was that he met the boyfriend of the star, Anne Bancroft: Mel Brooks, who wore a pea coat the night he met Mr. Wilder backstage and told him, “You know, they used to call these urine jackets, but they didn’t sell.”
So began the conversation that ultimately led to “The Producers.”
Mr. Wilder’s association with Mr. Brooks led, in turn, to one with Richard Pryor, who was one of the writers of “Blazing Saddles” (and Mr. Brooks’s original choice for the part ultimately played by Mr. Little). In 1976, Mr. Pryor was third-billed behind Mr. Wilder and Jill Clayburgh in “Silver Streak,” a comic thriller about murder on a transcontinental train. The two men went on to star in the 1982 hit “Stir Crazy,” in which they played a hapless pair jailed for a crime they didn’t commit, as well as “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” (1989) and “Another You” (1991).
Mr. Wilder’s first two marriages, to Mary Mercier and Mary Joan Schutz, ended in divorce. In 1982, he met the “Saturday Night Live” comedian Gilda Radner when they were both cast in the suspense comedy “Hanky Panky.”
One evening, he recalled in “Kiss Me Like a Stranger,” he and Ms. Radner innocently ended up at his hotel to review some script changes. The time came for her to go; instead, she shoved him down on the bed, jumped on top of him and announced, “I have a plan for fun!” He sent her home anyway — she was married to another man — but before long, they began a relationship.
By his account, Ms. Radner was needy, obsessed with getting married and, once they married in 1984, obsessed with having a child, a project that ended in miscarriage just months before she learned she had ovarian cancer in 1986.
Of their first year of living together, he wrote: “We didn’t get along well, and that’s a fact. We just loved each other, and that’s a fact.” He left, only to find that he needed to go back.
Ms. Radner died in 1989. “I had one great blessing: I was so dumb,” Mr. Wilder once said of her last years. “I believed even three weeks before she died she would make it.”
In memory of Ms. Radner, he helped to found an ovarian cancer detection center in her name, in Los Angeles, and Gilda’s Club, a network of support centers for people with cancer. He also contributed to a book, “Gilda’s Disease” (1998), with Dr. M. Steven Piver.
Mr. Wilder himself developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1999. With chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant, he was in remission by 2005.
In 1991 Mr. Wilder married Karen Boyer, a hearing specialist who had coached him in the filming of “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” in which his character was deaf and Mr. Pryor’s was blind. She survives him, as does a daughter from an earlier marriage. His sister died in January.
Even before he became ill, Mr. Wilder had begun slowing down. He made his first and last attempt at a television series, the short-lived and little-remembered comedy “Something Wilder,” in 1994.
He returned to the theater in 1997 in a London production of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” In 1999 he was a writer for two TV movies in which he starred, “Murder in a Small Town” and “The Lady in Question,” playing a theater director turned amateur sleuth. In 2001 he appeared at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut in a program of one-act farces. Shortly after appearing in an episode of “Will & Grace” in 2003 — he won an Emmy for that role — he declared that he had retired from acting for good.
“I don’t like show business, I realized,” he said in 2008. “I like show, but I don’t like the business.”
He was by then enjoying a new career as a novelist. His “My French Whore,” published in 2007, was the story of a naïve young American who impersonates a German spy in World War I. (“Just fluff, but sweet fluff,” the novelist Carolyn See wrote in her review in The Washington Post.) It was followed by two more novels, “The Woman Who Wouldn’t” and “Something to Remember You By,” and a story collection, “What Is This Thing Called Love?”
But it was, of course, as an actor that Mr. Wilder left his most lasting mark. In his memoir, he posed a question about his life’s work, then answered it:
“What do actors really want? To be great actors? Yes, but you can’t buy talent, so it’s best to leave the word ‘great’ out of it. I think to be believed, onstage or onscreen, is the one hope that all actors share.”
Gary Roberts fired home a late penalty as Pompey won at Exeter to secure a second successive victory.
They had seen plenty of the ball without carving out too many clear-cut openings, but a third goal in two games from Roberts was enough to settle the contest.
Exeter poured forward in search of a leveller and the Blues were forced to hold on to claim a maximum haul in Devon.
Paul Cook made two changes from the side that beat Colchester the previous week.
Milan Lalkovic replaced Kyle Bennett wide on the left, while Adam Barton dropped to the bench to make way for Tom Davies in the centre of defence.
The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides looking to get forward whenever possible.
There was a scary moment for the visitors when David Forde failed to hold Lloyd James’ free-kick, but referee Gavin Ward spotted a push on the keeper.
Pompey soon settled, though, and began to assert themselves on the Grecians, with a slip from 15-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu almost letting in Curtis Main.
Roberts then found space to burst forward, but he dragged his shot wide of the post to let Exeter off the hook.
Enda Stevens was sending in some decent crosses from the left and one was brilliantly held by keeper Bobby Olejnik, with Roberts waiting to pounce at the far post.
The Blues were beginning to dominate proceedings without really carving out anything clear-cut and when space opened up for Main, the striker drilled straight into Olejnik’s arms.
It was a similar story when Carl Baker cut inside from the right and then fired a shot into the side netting.
But one fine move almost resulted in an opener on 18 minutes, starting with Stevens nutmegging Jake Taylor down the left.
Lalkovic picked the ball up out wide and his low cross was met by Main, only for a sweeping effort to be blocked by Troy Brown.
There was another golden opportunity midway through the first half when Roberts delivered a superb free-kick, only for Christian Burgess to glance it wide.
Danny Rose was given the chance to break forward at regular intervals and his fierce long-range strike appeared to be heading for the net until Brown bravely got his face in the way.
Exeter had offered little at the other end of the pitch, but did carve open one good chance before the break.
Connor Riley-Lowe’s cross was helped on by Joel Grant, with Forde doing well to deny Liam McAlinden from close range.
It was Pompey who had the final say, however, as Rose shot narrowly over before Roberts – at full stretch – was unable to convert Stevens’ ball with a diving header.
Exeter City 0
The second half was slow to get going, but it was the Blues who carved out the first decent opening on 56 minutes.
A quickly-taken free-kick found its way to Lalkovic on the left and his pin-point delivery was headed narrowly wide by Main.
Michael Doyle then fed the ball to Main on the edge of the box, only for an excellent Ampadu block to deny the striker.
Pompey made their first switch just past the hour mark and it was a popular one with the travelling support as Conor Chaplin replaced Baker.
The teenager made an immediate impact, as he latched onto Roberts’ pass, beat Ampadu and saw a curling shot deflected narrowly past the post.
It was Exeter who came close to celebrating a goal on 68 minutes, however, following a quick break up the pitch.
Ollie Watkins did well to pick out Grant inside the box and Burgess was forced to divert the ball behind for a corner.
The Blues then made their final two changes, with Main and Lalkovic making way for Noel Hunt and Kal Naismith.
The former almost improvised a goal just moments after entering the fray, using his body to turn Chaplin’s shot on target, but seeing the effort blocked.
And Naismith was then just about able to reach Roberts’ corner and send the ball back into the mix, but it was just out of reach for Chaplin to get a shot away.
But the pressure finally produced a goal on 85 minutes and it was Naismith who created it.
The substitute latched onto a long Burgess pass forward and charged into the box, only to be brought down by Pierce Sweeney.
Ward immediately pointed to the spot and ROBERTS stepped up to slam the ball straight down the middle, with James and Sweeney both booked for complaining about the decision.
But Sweeney almost made amends at the other end of the pitch, with a deflection taking the power out of his shot and allowing Forde to save.
The keeper then made another key stop to deny Watkins in stoppage-time, while Doyle kept out an effort from the same player with a brilliant block as Pompey held on to claim all three points.
Exeter (3-4-3): Olejnik; Sweeney, Brown, Ampadu (Oakley 76); Taylor, James (c), Tillson (Grant 21), Riley-Lowe; Watkins, McAlinden (Simpson 57), Harley
Booked: Harley, James, Sweeney, Riley-Lowe
Subs not used: Pym, Egan, Byrne, Jay
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, T.Davies, Burgess, Stevens; Rose, Doyle (c); Baker (Chaplin 64), Roberts, Lalkovic (Naismith 74); Main (Hunt 74)
Goals: Roberts 85 (pen)
Subs not used: O’Brien, Barton, Linganzi, Evans
Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 4,512 (1,215 Pompey fans)
Pompey collected their first victory of the season thanks to a late Gary Roberts brace against Colchester.
The visitors did not offer much in attack, but looked like they might be leaving the south coast with a point after frustrating the Blues.
Roberts won and scored a penalty to relieve the tension, however, and then grabbed a second moments later to secure all three points.
Paul Cook made one change from the side that were beaten at Morecambe earlier in the week.
That came up front, where Michael Smith missed out completely and was replaced by Curtis Main.
The blustery conditions made things difficult for both sides early on, with several passes going astray.
But it was the Blues who settled the quickest and carved out the majority of the chances before the break.
The first of those arrived after six minutes when Roberts swung in a cross that Main flicked narrowly past the post.
Kyle Bennett then played a neat one-two with Roberts down the left, only to see his low delivery cleared by Doug Loft.
Pompey were dominating possession without really troubling United keeper Sam Walker and Carl Baker headed wide after being found in the box.
The hosts were winning plenty of corners, however, and one from Bennett caused a scramble in the box before eventually being hacked clear.
Despite being penned back in their own half, Colchester looked dangerous on the break, although David Forde was not exactly being overworked.
It was the Blues still doing most of the attacking, however, and they started to put more pressure on the opposition back-line as the break drew closer.
Their best chance came on 40 minutes and it was Roberts who once again started the move.
He cut the ball back for Main, but Walker made a fine save to keep out the striker’s shot and then used his feet to stop Danny Rose from converting the loose ball.
Colchester United 0
Pompey started the second half on the front foot and, with Main waiting to pounce, Walker had to quickly recover after fumbling Baker’s shot.
The keeper looked more assured moments later, however, when he gathered a Roberts cross-shot at his near post.
But the chances began to dry up and Cook attempted to inject some fresh impetus into proceedings with a double switch.
The crowd had been calling for Conor Chaplin and he was brought on alongside Noel Hunt, with Bennett and Main making way.
Walker immediately came for – and missed – a Roberts corner, but got away with it as there was no-one at the far post to capitalise.
Forde might have been a virtual spectator, but he had not let his concentration slip and made a key save on 70 minutes to deny Craig Slater.
Chaplin did well soon after, beating his man and chipping the ball up to the far post, where it was just out of reach for a stretching Baker.
But the Blues did finally break the deadlock on 80 minutes, thanks to a penalty that was won and converted by ROBERTS.
He was clearly tripped inside the box by Drey Wright before stepping up and sliding the ball straight down the middle.
And the Fratton faithful were soon celebrating a second goal when ROBERTS raced onto a fine pass from Chaplin.
He just about beat the onrushing Walker to the ball, which looped up and landed in the net to double the Blues’ advantage.
Colchester tried to find a route back into the game, but Forde made a decent double save to deny Chris Porter and Doug Loft late on and preserve the clean sheet.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Burgess, Barton, Stevens; Rose (Linganzi 86), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Bennett (Hunt 62); Main (Chaplin 62)
Goals: Roberts 80 (pen), 84
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Evans, Lalkovic
Colchester (4-2-3-1): Walker; Brindley, Eastman, Prosser (c), Kinsella; Lapslie, Loft; Guthrie (Wright 59), Slater (Bonne 82), Dickenson; Johnstone (Porter 71)
Booked: Guthrie, Kinsella
Subs not used: Bransgrove, Wynter, Vincent-Young, Szmodics
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 15,967 (442 away fans)
Pompey made the long trip home from Morecambe disappointed after suffering a first league defeat of the season.
They were poor in the first half and the hosts took advantage with goals from Ryan Edwards and Tom Barkhuizen.
There was a marked improvement after the interval, but a string of fine saves from Barry Roche kept the Blues at bay.
Paul Cook made three changes from the side that drew with Crewe at the weekend.
Enda Stevens recovered from the groin problem that kept him sidelined at Alexandra Stadium to replace Kal Naismith at left-back.
Adam Barton came in for the injured Jack Whatmough in the centre of defence, while Milan Lalkovic dropped to the bench to make way for Kyle Bennett.
Pompey made an encouraging start, with Stevens and Drew Talbot sending in a couple of dangerous deliveries that the hosts were able to clear.
But Morecambe soon settled and a free-kick from skipper Michael Rose had to be cleared by his namesake Danny.
Cole Stockton then cut along the edge of the Blues box and fired in a shot that hit Christian Burgess and looped over the bar.
Pompey were being allowed to see plenty of the ball and were not having any trouble getting into the opposition half, but were struggling to get through the defence and test Roche.
And the Shrimps were looking an increasing threat on the counter-attack before they broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes.
The visitors failed to deal with a ball in from the left and it fell kindly for Edwards to hit through a host of bodies and into the net.
It was becoming a familiar story at the other end of the pitch, with plenty of teasing crosses, but no end product.
Morecambe, meanwhile, were looking far more clinical and broke quickly upfield after Carl Baker had a penalty appeal turned down to double their advantage.
It was a fine finish from Barkhuizen that flew past the grasp of David Forde and into the top corner, but he was allowed far too much space to burst forward.
Roche was finally called into action on 25 minutes, just about beating Baker to the ball as the midfielder tried to latch onto Bennett’s incisive pass.
Michael Smith then rose highest in the box to meet another cross from Stevens, but could only glance his header wide.
They failed to build on that spell of pressure, however, and instead almost fell further behind.
Barkhuizen ran into the box from the right and lifted the ball over Forde, only to see the ball hit the side netting.
Baker was trying to be positive at the start of the second half and hit a couple of efforts that did not really trouble Roche.
He certainly made a clean connection on 52 minutes, though, hitting a fierce effort that Roche did well to turn behind.
Baker was single-handedly trying to bring the Blues back into the contest and his next attempt flashed narrowly past the post.
Pompey were looking a lot brighter since the restart and Barton twice found himself in the opposition area to have shots that were deflected wide.
Cook tried to keep the momentum flowing by making a double switch on 64 minutes, with Smith and Bennett making way for Curtis Main and Lalkovic.
But it was Roberts who soon had a chance to reduce the deficit with a firm low drive that Roche managed to get a hand to and palm clear.
And the Shrimps stopper made an even better save soon after, somehow keeping out a Main header from point-blank range.
Then, after Lalkovic was fouled 30 yards out, Baker stepped up to curl a free-kick over the wall, but also over the bar.
Pompey were totally dominant, with Morecambe unsurprisingly content to sit back and soak up pressure.
But they were indebted to Roche, who added to his tally of super stops by denying first Main and then Burgess.
The keeper was not done yet, flinging himself to his right on 82 minutes to keep out a free-kick from Roberts that was heading for the top corner.
Noel Hunt replaced Rose for the closing stages as Cook made one last attacking throw of the dice.
But that failed to spark an improbable late comeback as Pompey’s wait for a first win of the campaign continued.
Morecambe (4-2-3-1): Roche; Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan; Fleming, Rose (c); Barkhuizen (Kenyon 87), Dunn (Molyneux 60), Ellison; Stockton (Mullin 75)
Goals: Edwards 10, Barkhuizen 21
Booked: Stockton, Fleming, Molyneux
Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Turner
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Barton, Burgess, Stevens; Rose (Hunt 85), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Bennett (Lalkovic 64); Smith (Main 64)
Booked: Doyle, Stevens
Subs not used: O’Brien, Buxton, T.Davies, Linganzi
Referee: Nigel Miller
Attendance: 1,838 (546 Pompey fans)
Pompey collected their second successive league draw with a goalless stalemate at Crewe.
Both sides had chances to turn one point into three on a nippy August afternoon at Alexandra Stadium.
Chris Dagnall missed the best of the chances for the hosts, while Curtis Main had several openings after coming off the bench.
Paul Cook made one enforced change from the side that drew with Carlisle in the last league outing.
That came at left-back where Kal Naismith deputised for Enda Stevens, who missed out with a groin problem.
The game was only a few seconds old when Carl Baker attempted a long-range effort that flew narrowly over.
Naismith then whipped in a dangerous cross that was just out of reach for Michael Smith running in at the far post.
The stand-in defender was looking an attacking threat and when his run was illegally halted, Baker curled in a free-kick that was comfortably dealt with by Alex keeper Ben Garratt.
Pompey had started brightly and a Naismith delivery had to be turned over his own bar by Jon Guthrie, while Milan Lalkovic saw a shot blocked after exchanging intelligent passes with Baker.
It was the visitors dominating possession, but some unsure moments at the back allowed Crewe chances to score before the break.
Dagnall was first to go close, only to see his header deflected wide after being picked out from a corner.
Then, after Lalkovic wasted a decent opportunity by firing a free-kick straight into the wall, Drew Talbot was caught out of position, but recovered well to deny Charlie Kirk.
Dagnall proved wasteful again on 26 minutes, opting to head the ball back to no-one rather than test David Forde when he was found unmarked in the box.
There were still openings at the other end and a cross-shot from Lalkovic looped over Garratt and narrowly cleared the crossbar.
But Crewe were gifted another chance late in the half when Christian Burgess collected a throw and hit the ball straight at Ryan Lowe.
The striker spotted Forde off his line and had an audacious effort from long-range, but the ball flashed wide.
Crewe Alexandra 0
The second half began in a very open fashion, with both sides keen to get forward whenever they could.
Neither goalkeeper was being overworked, although Burgess did well to mop up the danger after Dagnall had been picked out by a fine Billy Bingham pass.
And Cook clearly wanted to see more from his attacking players as he made a double switch on 54 minutes, with Smith and Lalkovic making way for Main and Kyle Bennett.
The duo immediately looked lively, with the former doing good work to win a corner and the latter looking to test Crewe right-back Oliver Turton.
But it was Michael Doyle who came close to breaking the deadlock just past the hour mark. The skipper’s shot was deflected wide after Bingham had lost the ball to Gary Roberts.
Bennett then did well to cut inside from the left and put the ball into the box, but it would not sit up kindly for Roberts and the hosts were able to clear.
Alex substitute Alex Kiwomya was looking a real threat and, after breaking clear down the right, his cut-back somehow evaded everyone on its journey across the box.
Cook was then forced to make his third and final change when Jack Whatmough went down injured on 74 minutes.
It looked worrying when he lay on the ground clutching his leg, but the defender was able to hobble off and be replaced by Adam Barton.
The Blues soon had a chance to take the lead, but Main could not guide his header on target after a header had been flicked into his path.
It was Main who was involved again moments later when he could not quite make a clean connection with Talbot’s low cross.
And the striker should have done better on 81 minutes, but he failed to turn home Naismith’s low delivery at the near post.
Main did have the ball in the back of net soon after, but referee Dean Whitestone had already blown for a foul before his crisp finish.
Crewe were after a late winner themselves, though, and Talbot threw himself into the path of a Bingham drive.
The same player then drew a smart stop from Forde in the closing stages, while Main’s header failed to beat Garratt at the other end.
It was a frantic end to proceedings, but neither side was able to find a winner and the spoils were shared.
Crewe (4-4-2): Garratt; Turton, Davies, Guthrie, Bakayogo; Cooper (Kiwomya 59), Jones, Bingham, Kirk (Ainley 66); Lowe (c), Dagnall
Subs not used: Richards, Ray, Nugent, Saunders, Udoh
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Whatmough (Barton 74), Burgess, Naismith; Rose, Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Lalkovic (Bennett 54); Smith (Main 54)
Subs not used: O’Brien, Buxton, Chaplin, Hunt
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Attendance: 4,742 (1,257 Pompey fans)
Pompey produced a brave performance, but were beaten after extra-time to exit the EFL Cup at Coventry.
They were certainly not over-awed against their League One opponents and took the lead courtesy of a Curtis Main penalty.
But the hosts were much better after the break and goals from Ryan Haynes and Vladimir Gadzhev looked to have secured safe passage into the second round.
Kal Naismith levelled late on with a free-kick to ensure another 30 minutes, however, before Andy Rose finally won it for Coventry.
Paul Cook changed the entire side that started Saturday’s draw with Carlisle in the league.
He handed debuts to summer signings Adam Buxton, Tom Davies, Amine Linganzi and Main, while there was also a first appearance for teenage keeper Alex Bass.
Adam Barton was handed the captain’s armband against his former club, while Naismith featured in an unfamiliar left-back role.
But there was no sign of nerves from the visitors against their higher-ranked hosts in a half that was low on clear-cut chances.
Bass was able to steady any nerves by holding onto a couple of ambitious Coventry efforts from long-range.
Ben Tollitt scuffed a shot wide at the other end, while a Kyle Bennett cross was headed clear after the midfielder had done well to beat his man down the right.
But the Blues did break the deadlock on 19 minutes – and it was down to more good work from Bennett.
He tricked his way into the box and after being brought down by Marcus Tudgay, referee Andrew Madley pointed to the spot.
It was MAIN who stepped up to take the penalty and he confidently hammered it home, giving Reice Charles-Cook no chance.
But the keeper prevented the same player from having a chance to double the lead moments later, racing from his line to get to the ball first.
And it was Main who came close again on 22 minutes, forcing a decent stop from Charles-Cook after being teed-up by Bennett.
The hosts’ best chance of the first half arrived soon after, with Bass adjusting well to keep out Tudgay’s close-range header.
But Pompey were still proving to be an attacking threat themselves and Gareth Evans fizzed a shot narrowly over following good work from Tollitt and Adam May.
Coventry City 0
Coventry looked sharper after the restart, but were still finding it difficult to breach the Blues back-line and test Bass.
Ben Stevenson decided it would be better to try his luck from long-range on 54 minutes and saw the ball fly wide.
Ruben Lameiras had a better chance moments later, firing over the bar following an almighty scramble in the box.
And the hosts finally made the pressure count by levelling the tie on the hour mark.
Davies could only head Lameiras’ cross as far as Haynes, who drilled a precise low shot past the grasp of Bass and into the bottom corner.
Pompey had looked ragged since the break, so Cook freshened things up by replacing Evans with Conor Chaplin on 64 minutes.
He immediately made an impact by getting free down the right, but his cut-back fell in between Bennett and Tollitt and the chance disappeared.
It was still Coventry looking more dangerous, however, and Lameiras skipped past Naismith, but could not beat Bass from an acute angle.
Kyel Reid then sent in a dangerous cross from the right that was inches too high for Jodi Jones, who was only able to head over.
And the hosts did go ahead on 82 minutes when Gadzhev collected Lameiras’ threaded pass and confidently tucked the ball home.
The lead did not last long, though, as NAISMITH was fouled by Stevenson just outside the box and picked himself up to curl a stunning free-kick into the top corner.
There might have even been a late winner before the full-time whistle when Chaplin and Noel Hunt exchanged passes, but the latter dragged his shot wide.
The duo combined again in stoppage-time and this time it was Chaplin who was off target with a looping header.
After 90 Minutes: Coventry 2 Pompey 2
Extra-time took a while to get going, but both sides had opportunities to score in the first period.
Bass made a couple of key saves, stopping Jones from sliding one in at the near post and also keeping out a drive from Lameiras.
Pompey’s best chance came when Tollitt released Hunt down the right and the striker squared for Bennett, who could not take it round Charles-Cook with just the keeper to beat.
But Coventry scored just moments into the second period, with Rose pouncing to tuck home the loose ball after Bass had pushed clear Haynes’ attempt.
They almost added another, only for Bass to produce a stunning stop to deny Lameiras from point-blank range.
And Pompey were unable to find a late moment of inspiration to take the tie to a penalty shoot-out.
Coventry (3-4-3): Charles-Cook; Willis (Finch 76), Ricketts (c), Harries; Rose, Gadzhev, Stevenson, Haynes; Thomas (Jones 46), Tudgay (Reid 68), Lameiras
Goals: Haynes 60, Gadzhev 82, Rose 106
Booked: Gadzhev, Stevenson, Lameiras
Subs not used: Burge, Page, Kelly-Evans, Thomas
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Buxton (Talbot 77), T.Davies, Barton (c), Naismith; May, Linganzi; Tollitt, Bennett, Evans (Chaplin 64); Main (Hunt 84)
Goals: Main 19 (pen), Naismith 85
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Doyle, Baker
Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 4,976 (722 Pompey fans)
|Pompey have signed Amine Linganzi on a one-month contract.
The deal for 26-year-old midfielder Linganzi is subject to international clearance.
Algeria-born Congo international Linganzi moved to England in 2010 and has featured for Blackburn, Accrington – where he was managed by Leam Richardson – and Gillingham.
He most recently appeared for French club Frejus and has turned out for the Blues in pre-season.
|Pompey have signed Liam O'Brien on a one-month contract
Goalkeeper O’Brien, 24, came through the ranks at Fratton Park and was capped at England under-19 level while with the club.
He left without making a senior appearance in 2010 and went on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham, featuring 39 times for the latter.
Pompey had to settle for a point on the opening day of the season after coming from behind to draw with 10-man Carlisle.
They created plenty and had their visitors pinned back for most of the match, but could not quite manage to find a winner.
United had taken an early lead through Reggie Lambe, only to be reduced to 10 men when Jamie Devitt collected a couple of bookings.
Carl Baker fired in an equaliser on his Blues bow, but a string of fine saves from Mark Gillespie frustrated the hosts.
Paul Cook handed full debuts to five players, with David Forde, Drew Talbot, Danny Rose, Milan Lalkovic and Baker all starting.
There was a raucous atmosphere to accompany the opening stages, as Pompey set about trying to attack their opponents.
And it was the hosts who were first to threaten when Baker broke quickly up field and teed-up Lalkovic, whose shot had to be beaten away by Gillespie.
It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Enda Stevens was forced to head clear a dangerous Danny Grainger cross.
But Pompey were looking the more likely to forge ahead and Gary Roberts curled narrowly wide after cutting inside.
Baker then had an effort blocked from the edge of the box, before Lalkovic’s free-kick somehow evaded everyone on its way out of play.
So Fratton was left stunned when Carlisle broke the deadlock on 14 minutes, as Lambe raced onto Shaun Miller’s pass and slotted past Forde.
That was the cue for the visitors to sit back and try to waste as much time as legally possible.
Referee Graham Salisbury was soon forced to issue the first booking of the afternoon after Devitt crudely brought down Talbot.
And it was Devitt who also received the second following a tug on Roberts on 28 minutes, reducing United to 10 men.
Pompey immediately sought to make their numerical advantage count and Macaulay Gillesphey did well to get in the way of Talbot’s well-struck volley.
Baker then forced a smart save from Gillespie following some encouraging build-up play from Roberts.
But the Blues did find themselves level just before the break, with BAKER firing a fierce drive under the keeper’s body after once again receiving a pass from Roberts.
Carlisle United 1
Roberts and Baker had combined effectively before the break and it was the same when the second half got underway.
The former did well to set-up his fellow midfielder in the area, but Baker took too long and his effort was blocked.
Michael Smith then turned a Lalkovic cross wide from close range, only to see his blushes spared by the linesman’s flag.
Roberts was soon back on the ball, though, and his cut-back was agonisingly out of reach for Baker in the box.
Pompey came close again just past the hour mark when Roberts was able to nick the ball away from the onrushing Gillespie and find Smith, who did not have time to get a shot away before a Carlisle defender came to the rescue.
Then, from the resulting corner, Jack Whatmough was left alone to glance a header narrowly past the post.
It was Baker’s turn to try his luck again on 64 minutes and after turning a defender inside-out, his shot was saved by the outstretched foot of Gillespie.
The midfielder was certainly not afraid to have a crack and one long-range effort was brilliantly tipped over the bar.
Cook made a double substitution on 68 minutes to add some attacking impetus, with Smith and Lalkovic making way for Conor Chaplin and Kyle Bennett.
The latter immediately combined well with Stevens down the left, leading to a chance for Rose that went wide.
But the midfielder went a lot closer moments later, sending a shot cannoning off the inside of the post after being given time to drive forward.
Gillespie then had to get quickly down low to his left to stop an effort from Bennett creeping inside the post.
Cook threw on an extra striker for the closing stages, with Rose making way to give Noel Hunt is first taste of competitive action in a Blues shirt.
But it was still Baker looking most likely to score and his shot was again kept out by the legs of Gillespie.
And skipper Michael Doyle then had two long-range attempts in the space of a few seconds that were both superbly palmed behind by the over-worked keeper.
Pompey continued to pour forward in search of a late winner, but Carlisle held on for a share of the spoils.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Whatmough, Burgess, Stevens; Rose (Hunt 83), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Lalkovic (Bennett 68); Smith (Chaplin 68)
Goals: Baker 42
Subs not used: Bass, T.Davies, Barton, Main
Carlisle (4-2-3-1): Gillespie; T.Miller, Raynes, Gillesphey, Grainger (c); Kennedy, Jones; Lambe (Joyce 58), Devitt, Adams; S.Miller (Ellis 70)
Goals: Lambe 14
Sent off: Devitt (two yellow cards)
Subs not used: Crocombe, Penn, Brough, Wyke
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Attendance: 17,570 (481 away fans)