Aug 312017
 

Matty Kennedy

Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth



Matty Kennedy

Pompey have signed Matty Kennedy from Cardiff on a season-long loan deal, subject to international clearance.

The Scottish winger becomes the fourth deadline day arrival at Fratton Park, following the captures of Oliver Hawkins, Stuart O’Keefe and Damien McCrory.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Matty’s a very skilful attacking midfielder with the great ability to go past players.

“He also has a good record of assists and will be able to provide for our strikers with quality crosses.

“He played against us in the Carabao Cup and produced an impressive performance, so I’m sure he’ll be a very effective player for us.”

Kennedy began his career with Kilmarnock and had a spell at Everton before signing for Cardiff in February 2015.

He appeared in three games for the Welsh outfit this season – including August’s cup clash – and has represented Scotland up to under-21 level.

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Aug 312017
 

Nicke Kabamba

Loan : Portsmouth – Colchester United



Nicke Kabamba

Nicke Kabamba has joined Colchester on loan until January.

The 24-year-old striker has made six appearances since joining Pompey from Hampton & Richmond in January.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “In terms of League football he’s still very young.

“This move gives him the opportunity to play some senior games and continue his route towards the Pompey first team.”

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Aug 312017
 

Damien McCrory

Loan : Burton Albion – Portsmouth



Damien McCrory

Pompey have signed Damien McCrory on loan from Burton until January.

The 27-year-old Irishman is primarily a left-back, but can also be utilised in a more advanced position.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “He’s an experienced player who provides competition for Brandon Haunstrup in that role.

“It’s a specialist position and we’ve been looking to bring someone in since Tareiq Holmes-Dennis’ unfortunate injury on the opening day.

“He’s won promotion from this division before and has also played in the Championship, so we’re delighted to bring him in on loan.”

McCrory started his career at Plymouth and enjoyed a successful stint with Dagenham before joining Burton in 2012.

He has made almost 200 appearances for the Brewers and represented Republic of Ireland at youth level.

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Aug 312017
 

Michael Smith

Mutual Consent



Michael Smith

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Michael Smith has left the club by mutual consent.

The striker netted 10 goals in his 37 appearances for the Blues after arriving – initially on loan – in February 2016.

Three of those came in League Two last term, with a crucial equaliser at Cheltenham that helped secure the title.

Smith also bagged a hat-trick at Yeovil in a 4-3 group stage defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Michael Smith subsequently signed for Bury

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Aug 312017
 

Stuart O’Keefe

Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth



Stuart O'Keefe

Pompey have signed midfielder Stuart O’Keefe from Cardiff on a season-long loan, subject to international clearance.

The 26-year-old has previously helped Crystal Palace win promotion from the Championship and featured for them in the Premier League.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We’re very pleased to bring Stuart in for the rest of the season.

“He brings experience and aggression into our midfield and will complement the young ball-playing guys in that area of the pitch.”

O’Keefe progressed through the ranks at Southend before joining the Eagles and then arriving at Cardiff in 2015.

He has scored twice in 45 appearances for the Welsh club and appeared against Pompey in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.



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Aug 312017
 

Oliver Hawkins

Transfer : Dagenham & Redbridge – Portsmouth



Oliver Hawkins

Pompey have signed Oliver Hawkins from Dagenham & Redbridge.

The towering 25-year-old striker has arrived for an undisclosed fee and penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We’re really pleased to get Oliver over the line and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He’s someone I’ve watched for a long time and is capable of stepping out of non-league and doing well for us, complementing the players we’ve already got.

“He will obviously add some physicality to our squad. He holds the ball up and is a big threat in the box – in fact he’s useful in both boxes.”

Hawkins started his career with North Greenford United and enjoyed prolific spells with Hillingdon Borough, Northwood and Hemel Hempstead before signing for Dagenham in January 2016.

He netted 18 goals for the Daggers in the National League last season, including hat-tricks against Wrexham and Solihull.



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Aug 312017
 

Carl Baker

Mutual Consent



Carl Baker

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Carl Baker has left the club by mutual consent.

The 34-year-old midfielder arrived at Fratton Park in June 2016 and netted nine times in 50 appearances during his time on the south coast.

He scored crucial goals against the likes of Carlisle, Cambridge and Mansfield to help the Blues secure the League Two title last season.

Baker also appeared four times this term, featuring in the games against Rochdale, Cardiff, Oxford and Fulham under-21s.

Carl Baker subsequently signed for Atlético de Kolkata (India)

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Aug 312017
 

Tom Davies

Transfer : Portsmouth – Coventry City



Tom Davies

Tom Davies has signed for Coventry for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old centre-back will join former Pompey team-mates Michael Doyle and Liam O’Brien at the Ricoh Arena.

He joined the Blues from Accrington last summer and made a total of 16 first team appearances during his time on the south coast.

Davies only featured once this term, however, partnering Jack Whatmough in defence for the Checkatrade Trophy draw with Fulham under-21s.

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Aug 262017
 

Match Report

League One


Wigan Athletic 1    1 Portsmouth

Conor Chaplin came off the bench to rescue a point for Pompey at promotion favourites Wigan.

It did not look a likely outcome when Ivan Toney fired the hosts ahead early in the contest and they then dominated the rest of the first half.

The Latics hit the woodwork on three occasions, but Chey Dunkley’s red card turned the tide in the Blues’ favour.

And Chaplin’s header ensured that the noisy travelling faithful had plenty to cheer on the long trip home, despite Gareth Evans also being dismissed late on.

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

Dion Donohue was handed a debut wide on the left, with Jamal Lowe returning from suspension to lead the line and Kyle Bennett also given a recall.

Kal Naismith dropped to the bench, while there was no place in the squad for Milan Lalkovic or the injured Drew Talbot.

Wigan immediately showed why they are the favourites for League One promotion and it took just eight minutes for them to break the deadlock.

Nick Powell threaded a pass through to Gavin Massey and he slid the ball across the face of goal for Toney to tap home from close range.

That failed to temper the hosts’ attacking intent and the only surprise at half-time was that they failed to extend their advantage.

It was a combination of Luke McGee and the woodwork that came to Pompey’s rescue to limit the damage.

The keeper made a fine save with his feet to deny Toney a second when the striker looked to convert a dangerous Massey delivery.

Reece James then teed-up Powell, whose fierce strike cannoned back off the crossbar on 22 minutes.

The Blues had created little at the other end of the pitch, with an uncharacteristic heavy touch from Brett Pitman denying him a shooting opportunity.

Wigan, by contrast, were looking dangerous with every attack and Christian Burgess did well to block Samy Morsy’s effort after the midfielder had initially given him the slip.

Pompey did provide more of a threat towards the end of the half and when Evans’ met a Donohue free-kick, his downwards header had to be scrambled clear.

A couple of corners also caused the Latics problems, but although Christian Walton flapped at one, they both ultimately came to nothing.

Paul Cook would have enjoyed seeing his new side dominate his old one, although that failed to stop Wigan’s boss berating the fourth official for some perceived poor refereeing decisions.

And he had more reason to moan when Toney, under pressure from Evans, could only turn Massey’s cross against the post.

The hosts looked like they would grab a second before the break, with Lee Evans’ strike heading for the net until a diving McGee managed to palm it behind.


Half Time

Wigan Athletic 1

Portsmouth 0


It had been virtually one-way traffic before the break, but the Blues came close to levelling just 56 seconds after the restart.

Brandon Haunstrup sent the ball into the box from wide on the left, only for Lowe to turn it wide from close range.

Wigan were soon back on the attack, however, and McGee was at his best once more to keep out Michael Jacobs’ fiercely-struck attempt.

The keeper then failed to hold another effort from the same player, but was quickly able to smother the loose ball.

Jackett made a double switch on 53 minutes in an attempt to spark a reversal of fortunes, with Donohue and Danny Rose withdrawn for Naismith and Ben Close.

And a Wigan player was also departing soon after – although there was nobody coming on to replace Dunkley.

The centre-back lashed out at Pitman off the ball and referee Robert Jones had no choice but to brandish a red card.

But it was the Latics who almost scored again on 69 minutes, with the post coming to Pompey’s rescue once more when an effort from substitute Terell Thomas beat McGee’s grasp.

The Blues were trying to make their numerical advantage count, but were finding it difficult to test Walton.

There was an equaliser for the large travelling support to cheer on 76 minutes, however.

Haunstrup swung in a fine cross from wide on the left and CHAPLIN – who had only just been brought on – deftly nodded it home.

It almost got even better for the visitors soon after, but Walton just about got down quick enough to palm clear Adam May’s daisy-cutter.

There were still chances at the other end, though, and Will Grigg should have done better than divert his far-post header straight into McGee’s arms.

But the Blues also had to play out the closing stages with 10 men when Evans’ foul earned him a second booking of the afternoon.

The fourth official’s display of six additional minutes spurred the home side on in their search for a winner.

But Pompey were able to see that out to secure a point and end Wigan’s 100 per cent start to the League One campaign.

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Evans, Morsy (c); Massey (Colclough 83), Powell (Grigg 73), Jacobs; Toney (Thomas 61)
Goals: Toney 8
Sent off: Dunkley
Subs not used: Jones, Perkins, Gilbey, Hunt

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup; May, Rose (Close 53); Bennett (Chaplin 73), Pitman (c), Donohue (Naismith 53); Lowe
Goals: Chaplin 76
Sent off: Gareth Evans (two yellow cards)
Booked: Donohue, Pitman, Whatmough
Subs not used: Bass, Thompson, Davies, Kabamba

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 9,685 (1,966 Pompey fans)


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Aug 262017
 

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Aug 192017
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 1    1 Walsall

Brett Pitman struck from the spot as Pompey fought from behind to secure a draw with Walsall at Fratton Park.

After a lethargic first half, Luke Leahy capitalised on some sloppy defending early in the second to score for the visitors.

But Pitman confidently netted a penalty following a foul on Nicke Kabamba and it was the Blues who ended the contest on top.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side beaten at Oxford in the last league outing.

Milan Lalkovic had recovered from an ankle injury to feature against his former club, with Kyle Bennett dropping to the bench.

The 4-2-3-1 system remained, although this time it was skipper Pitman up front, with Kal Naismith just behind.

New signing Dion Donohue had to watch from the stands after completing his Fratton switch too late to feature.

Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence in memory of all those who lost their lives in the Barcelona tragedy.

Once the action got underway, referee Brett Huxtable soon had to reach for his pocket, showing Saddlers skipper Adam Chambers a yellow card following a late challenge on Adam May.

But it was the visitors who looked brighter in the opening stages and Leahy unleashed a fierce shot that flew narrowly past the post.

The wing-back then missed a great opportunity to break the deadlock on 15 minutes, heading wide from close range after good work down the right by James Wilson.

Christian Burgess came to the rescue moments later when a sloppy Jack Whatmough pass gifted possession to Amadou Bakayoko.

But it was Whatmough – celebrating his 21st birthday – who then started the move that led to Pompey’s best chance of the half on 31 minutes.

The defender’s superb cross-field ball picked out Gareth Evans on the right and his cross was met by the head of a diving Pitman, only for Shaun Donnellan to make a vital block.

Evans then sent a header over the bar from Danny Rose’s cross, as the hosts finally started to pick up the pace.

But there was a blow for the Blues on 36 minutes, as Drew Talbot became the latest victim of the defensive injury curse.

He went down clutching his hamstring and limped to the sidelines, with Bennett coming on to make his 100th appearance.

The remainder of the half did little to excite a large Fratton crowd, though, with the half-time whistle greeted by yawns rather than cheers.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Walsall 0


It was pretty sleepy stuff before the break and Pompey clearly had not woken up for the start of the second half.

Wilson sent in a low cross from wide on the right and Leahy was left all alone to tap home at the far post.

The Blues were struggling to create much at the other end of the pitch, as Mark Gillespie continued to enjoy a comfortable afternoon between the sticks.

He was not tested by Bennett on the hour mark, with the substitute firing wide from the edge of the box after being teed-up by Naismith.

Jackett opted to make a double substitution on 65 minutes, as Naismith and Lalkovic made way for Curtis Main and Kabamba.

But Walsall almost doubled their lead soon after, with Luke McGee saving well from Amadou Bakayoko and then Burgess blocking a shot from the same player.

The Blues were presented with an excellent chance to level on 74 minutes, though, when Gillespie tripped Kabamba, who did not appear to be posing a threat.

Huxtable immediately pointed to the spot and PITMAN made no mistake, slamming home his third goal of the season.

That provided a spark for Pompey and they immediately started to display more energy going forward.

Pitman almost grabbed his second with a shot that dipped narrowly over the bar after Bennett had done well to steal possession.

It was the Blues looking more likely to grab a winner and Pitman in particular was looking a threat, not quite able to guide Adam May’s pass on target on 87 minutes.

But, despite five minutes being added on for stoppages, Pompey were not able to complete the turnaround by finding a winner.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Talbot (Bennett 36), Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup; Rose, May; Evans, Naismith (Kabamba 65), Lalkovic (Main 65); Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 74 (pen)
Booked: Pitman
Subs not used: Bass, Davies, Close, Chaplin

Walsall (3-5-2): Gillespie; Wilson, Donnellan, Guthrie; Devlin, Morris (Cuvelier 69), Chambers (c), Edwards, Leahy; Oztumer, Bakayoko (Jackson 77)
Goals: Leahy 47
Booked: Chambers, Guthrie, Devlin, Bakayoko
Subs not used: L.Roberts, K.Roberts, Kouhyar, Kinsella, Candlin

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Attendance: 17,198 (464 away fans)


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