Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth
Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth
|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.
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.
Loan : Burton Albion – Portsmouth
|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.
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.
|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
Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth
|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.
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.
Transfer : Dagenham & Redbridge – Portsmouth
|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.
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.
|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).
Transfer : Portsmouth – Coventry City
|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.
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.
Wigan Athletic 1
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)
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.
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)
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)
Transfer : Chesterfield – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed Dion Donohue from Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old Welshman – who can play in midfield or at the back – has penned a two-year deal, with the club holding an option for a further year.
He will wear the number 17 shirt, but has not signed in time to feature in Saturday’s League One clash with Walsall at Fratton Park.
Donohue was a member of Everton’s academy and later appeared for Porthmadog, Holyhead, Caernarfon and Sutton Coldfield.
He signed for Chesterfield following a successful spell on trial in 2015 and scored once in 65 appearances.
Donohue has yet to be capped by Wales, but did represent Anglesey at the 2011 Island Games.
Checkatrade Trophy 1
Pompey began their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with an entertaining 3-3 draw against Fulham’s under-21 side at a sparsely-populated Fratton Park.
But it was the visitors who claimed a bonus point after triumphing 4-2 in the resulting penalty shoot-out.
Stephen Humphrys gave the Londoners an interval lead, while the goals rained in following the interval.
Jamal Lowe and Kal Naismith turned the match around before George Williams levelled from the spot.
But there was still time for Lowe to fire the Blues back into the lead, while Elijah Adebayo’s strike then ensured penalties.
Kenny Jackett made seven changes to the side that were beaten at Oxford in the league on Saturday.
First year scholar Joe Hancott – at the age of just 16 years and 161 days – was handed a debut at left-back.
The competition rules also allowed Lowe to feature, despite being in the middle of his three-match suspension.
Gareth Evans, Jack Whatmough, Adam May and Naismith were the only players who started at the Kassam Stadium to keep their place.
There were not too many inside Fratton Park to watch an entertaining first half that saw chances at both ends of the pitch.
A lovely passing move from the hosts ended with May drilling in a low shot that was well held by Cottagers keeper Magnus Norman.
Alex Bass then juggled a dangerous Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson free-kick that was whipped in from wide on the left.
Williams also saw an effort well blocked by Whatmough before Jerome Opku headed a corner straight at Bass.
The action quickly switched from one end of the pitch to the other and Curtis Main glanced a header wide from Ben Close’s cross.
But it was Fulham who broke the deadlock on 21 minutes, as Humphrys drilled an angled shot right into the bottom corner.
Bass stopped Thorsteinsson from doubling their lead moments later, getting down to his right to push the midfielder’s effort clear.
Pompey were soon on the hunt for an equaliser, however, and Close’s snap-shot was deflected inches past the post.
The hosts then broke quickly from a Cottagers corner and Main released Hancott, whose fierce strike was well saved by Norman.
Whatmough wasted a fantastic opportunity to score late in the first half when he was left free to meet May’s delivery, only to send the ball wide.
Fulham U21 1
Pompey had a great chance to draw level just after the interval when May slipped a pass through to Naismith in the box.
The Scottish forward elected to try to squeeze a shot inside the keeper’s near post, but Norman managed to divert the ball behind.
LOWE did find the net on 54 minutes, though, picking up Main’s neat back-heel and angling a shot into the net.
And the match was turned on its head moments later, as Evans whipped in a cross from wide on the right that NAISMITH fired home.
Pompey were not ahead for long, though, as Bass needlessly brought down Williams and referee Antony Coggins pointed to the spot.
It was Williams who stepped up to take the penalty and hammered it straight down the middle to make it all square.
But the goals kept coming and the Blues were back in front on 66 minutes when Evans’ attempt was deflected into LOWE’s path and he swivelled before firing an unstoppable shot past Norman.
Substitute Kyle Bennett almost gave the hosts a cushion, only to see his long-range effort rattle the crossbar.
And Fulham ensured there was more drama in a topsy-turvy encounter when Adebayo slammed home, despite furious Pompey appeals for offside.
That ensured both sides took one point, with a penalty shoot-out held to see who would claim the bonus one on offer.
Fulham took four in the new ‘ABBA’ format and scored them all, but while Conor Chaplin and Bennett both found the net, Norman saved from Naismith and Evans.
Pompey (4-3-3): Bass; Evans (c), Davies, Whatmough, Hancott; May, Baker (Bennett 60), Close (Talbot 76); Lowe, Main (Chaplin 68), Naismith
Goals: Lowe 54, 66, Naismith 57
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Kabamba
Fulham U21 (4-4-2): Norman; Sessegnon, Davies (c), Opoku (Harris 76), Kavanagh; Humphrys, O’Riley, Kait (Kwietniewski 79), Thorsteinsson; Williams, Adebayo
Goals: Humphrys 21, Williams 62 (pen), Adebayo 82
Subs not used: Ashby-Hammond, Nabay, Andrason, Elstone, Pearce
Referee: Antony Coggins
Attendance: 1,520 (62 away fans)
A tight encounter was short on clear-cut chances, although Kyle Bennett and Brett Pitman both went close, while the latter also had a goal disallowed.
But Thomas found the net just after the restart before substitute Gino van Kessel and Josh Ruffels both notched late on to ensure the Blues suffered their first league loss of the season.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were narrowly beaten at Cardiff in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.
That meant Kal Naismith continued to lead the line, with teenager Adam May given another chance to impress in midfield.
Oxford handed starts to three former Blues players, with keeper Simon Eastwood, defender Mike Williamson and striker Thomas all featuring.
It was the hosts who dominated possession during the first half, although Pompey laid claim to the better of the scoring chances.
Jack Whatmough could not get on the end of a Gareth Evans corner in the opening stages, while Pitman met May’s centre and sent a firm header narrowly past the post.
Bennett then tried his luck with a snap-shot from outside the box, with Eastwood scrambling across his goal to palm the ball behind.
The hosts started to look more threatening as the half progressed and Drew Talbot did well to cut across and prevent Thomas from getting a shot away.
Then, moments later, Christian Burgess made a crunching tackle to dispossess Christian Ribeiro on the edge of the box.
Pompey won a few corners and one of them from Evans was nodded back across goal by Burgess, only for Whatmough to head into Eastwood’s arms.
But United then had their best chance of the half on 39 minutes, as Curtis Nelson turned Williamson’s pass wide from close range.
Pitman did have the ball in the back of the net at the other end moments later when he met Brandon Haunstrup’s cross, but referee Graham Salisbury spotted a foul.
There were still time for Bennett have a shot in stoppage-time, although his cleanly-struck effort was straight at Eastwood.
Oxford United 0
It had been a fairly calm opening first half, but Oxford broke the deadlock within a couple of minutes of the restart.
McGee failed to hold on to an angled drive from Ribeiro and Thomas was well placed to force home the loose ball.
A substitution then had to be made, as referee Salisbury – who seemed to walk off relatively untroubled – was replaced by fourth official Marc Wilson.
Naismith was not too far away from an equaliser when he sent in a corner from the right that almost swung in at the far post.
But that was his last piece of the action as, just seconds later, the Scottish forward was replaced by Conor Chaplin.
It became an end-to-end affair, as Pompey went in search of a leveller and Oxford looked to hit them on the break.
A couple of dangerous crosses from Talbot and Brandon Haunstrup were dealt with assuredly by Williamson.
On both occasions the hosts were quickly up the other end to go close themselves and twice Burgess came to the rescue, first with a key tackle and then a crucial block.
The Blues made their second switch on 69 minutes and it was an attacking one, with Talbot making way for Carl Baker and Evans moving to right-back.
A moment of confusion between Burgess and Evans almost gave Oxford a second goal soon after, but McGee managed to push Jon Obika’s effort over the bar.
The hosts did wrap things up on 82 minutes, however, when van Kessel – who had only just come on – cut in from the left and coolly fired home.
Pompey kept battling away, but were unable to send the large travelling support home with at least a consolation effort to cheer.
And their misery was compunded deep into stoppage-time when Jack Payne slipped in Ruffels to slot home a third for the hosts.
Oxford (4-2-3-1): Eastwood; Ribeiro, Nelson (c), Williamson, Ricardinho; Ledson, Ruffels; Henry (Hall 76), Payne, Johnson (van Kessel 79); Thomas (Obika 69)
Goals: Thomas 47, van Kessel 82, Ruffels 90+4
Subs not used: Shearer, Carroll, Martin, Rothwell
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Talbot (Baker 69), Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup; May, Rose; Evans, Pitman (c), Bennett; Naismith (Chaplin 56)
Subs not used: Bass, Davies, Close, Main, Kabamba
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Marc Wilson 51)
Attendance: 9,510 (1,810 Pompey fans)