Kal Naismith capitalised on a defensive howler to ensure Pompey saw off Plymouth at Fratton Park.
He snatched the ball from goalkeeper Remi Matthews and prodded home midway through the first half.
It was a deserved victory for the Blues, even if there were a few nervy moments towards the end of the contest.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten at Peterborough earlier in the week.
Conor Chaplin replaced Curtis Main up front, while full-backs Nathan Thompson and Brandon Haunstrup came in for Matty Kennedy and the suspended Christian Burgess.
Evans continued to wear the captain’s armband in Brett Pitman’s absence – rainbow coloured on this occasion to show the club’s support for LGBT inclusivity – but was pushed into a more advanced role.
There were plenty of familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with Sonny Bradley, Toumani Diagouraga and Jake Jervis all starting, while Nadir Ciftci was on the bench.
After a fairly uninspiring opening, it was the hosts who began to apply pressure as the first half progressed.
The first decent chance fell to Brandon Haunstrup after he was fed by Chaplin and the left-back’s fierce drive was just about palmed over by Matthews.
Matt Clarke – playing in a more familiar central role – then did well to burst forward and square the ball for Evans, whose shot was deflected behind.
Chaplin also had a snap-shot from long-range that was straight at Matthews, but fumbled nervously over by the stopper.
But the Blues were almost caught out at the other end when Yann Songo’o was left in space in the box to meet David Fox’s free-kick, only to guide his header wide.
Instead it was Pompey who broke the deadlock midway through the half – thanks to a huge error from Matthews.
The keeper came out of his area to try to collect Clarke’s long punt forward, but was tackled by the alert NAISMITH.
Matthews tried to tug him back, but the Blues forward kept his composure to poke the ball over the line.
Evans soon had a shot that swerved wide, but Plymouth began to pose some problems as the interval approached.
They were not really creating any scoring chances, although Luke McGee showed good timing to come off his line and dispossess Joel Grant.
Plymouth Argyle 0
There was an immediate chance for Pompey after the restart, but although Naismith’s shot had plenty of power, it was straight at Matthews.
And the keeper made amends for his earlier error with a stunning save to prevent Naismith from turning in Chaplin’s low cross.
Oliver Hawkins then had a shot deflected behind from the resulting corner, while Plymouth nervously dealt with another set-piece moments later.
But Jackett was forced into a switch just before the hour mark when Hawkins pulled up injured and had to limp off.
Kennedy was brought on to replace him, with Evans moving to right-back and Thompson switching to the centre.
Pompey gave away some sloppy free-kicks in the quest to protect their lead, as Argyle tried to get men forward.
They almost scored a second on 75 minutes, though, when Songo’o diverted Kennedy’s teasing delivery narrowly past his own post.
And there was another great opportunity when Chaplin stole possession and slipped Naismith through on goal.
Matthews came out of his box and the pair collided, with the ball rolling against the post before play was stopped so both players could receive treatment.
Naismith was initially cleared to continue, but soon had to depart and was replaced by Stuart O’Keefe.
There was a hint of nervousness creeping into Pompey’s performance as the seconds ticked down, but the visitors were unable to capitalise.
One throw did cause problems in the Blues back-line, although the danger passed when Diagouraga swiped at thin air.
The display of six additional minutes certainly caused some nerves among the Fratton faithful, but the hosts saw out the closing stages to secure the victory.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Hawkins (Kennedy 59), Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Evans (c), Chaplin (Main 90+1), Lowe; Naismith (O’Keefe 83)
Goals: Naismith 24
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, May, Bennett
Plymouth (4-1-4-1): Matthews; Sawyer (c), Songo’o, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair; Fox; Carey (Lameiras 79), Sarcevic (Ainsworth 86), Diagouraga, Grant (Ciftci 71); Jervis
Booked: Sawyer, Diagouraga
Subs not used: Cooper, Miller, Wylde, Fletcher
Referee: Robert Madley
Attendance: 17,923 (1,870 away fans)
Pompey’s winning run was brought to an end with a 2-1 defeat to Peterborough at London Road.
It was a fairly even contest, but a couple of fine deliveries from Marcus Maddison ultimately proved the difference.
The Posh midfielder provided the assist for Jack Marriott to open the scoring and then saw his free-kick headed into his own net by Matt Clarke.
Conor Chaplin came off the bench to pull a goal back for the Blues, but they were unable to find a leveller.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Southend at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Curtis Main made his second league start of the season in place of Brett Pitman, who missed out with a hamstring injury.
Matty Kennedy also returned in an attacking role wide on the left, with Kyle Bennett dropping to the bench.
But it was Jamal Lowe on the opposite flank who caused the hosts plenty of problems in the early stages.
One promising move saw him surge half the length of the pitch and whip in a cross that was met by Kal Naismith and deflected past the post.
And Naismith was then left alone at the far post to head stand-in skipper Gareth Evans’ corner back across goal, although the Posh defence were able to hack clear.
Peterborough soon began to settle, however, and dominate possession without creating too much of note.
They did go close on 18 minutes when Danny Lloyd threaded a pass through to Gwion Edwards, who lifted the ball over Luke McGee and against the crossbar.
Then, after Ben Close’s effort had been blocked, United charged straight down the other end and McGee – who along with Christian Burgess was facing his former club – palmed behind Maddison’s deflected effort.
But it was Pompey’s turn to threaten more towards the end of the first half and a fierce attempt from Main clipped the outside of the post.
There was one sensational cross-field pass from Oliver Hawkins to pick out Kennedy on the left, although the winger cross was claimed by keeper Conor O’Malley and the sides went in level at the break.
Peterborough United 0
The opening to the second half was also a pretty cagey affair, with little action to get either of the goalkeepers’ gloves dirty.
Maddison’s free-kick – given for a foul on the edge of the box by Kennedy – was headed clear by Main.
The striker was then involved at the other end of the pitch, sliding in but unable to make contact with Naismith’s teasing low delivery.
Naismith soon had a chance of his own and finally forced O’Malley into a meaningful save with a powerfully-struck effort from the edge of the box.
But it was Peterborough who finally broke the deadlock just before the hour mark when Maddison sent in a low cross from the left and Marriott arrived to bundle the ball home.
Jackett responded by making his first substitution, as the hard-working Main made way for Chaplin in attack.
It was Posh looking more likely to add to the scoring, however, and Hawkins had to turn one effort just past his own post, while Steven Taylor fired narrowly over from a corner.
But they needed a helping hand to double their advantage on 70 minutes after Burgess had been booked for a foul on Maddision.
It was the midfielder who dusted himself down to take the free-kick, which was inadvertently turned into his own net by Clarke.
Chaplin almost reduced the deficit soon after, although his miskicked shot was cleared from the line by a well-placed Anthony Grant.
But CHAPLIN did find the target on 78 minutes, sliding the ball into the net after O’Malley could only parry clear Danny Rose’s effort.
There were a few nerves starting to show for Peterborough as they tried to hang on to their now slender lead.
But for all of Pompey’s attacking intent, they were unable to test O’Malley again as time ran out in the search for a point.
Peterborough (3-5-2): O’Malley; Baldwin (c), Taylor, Tafazolli (Hughes 46); Lopes, Grant, Maddison (Anderson 85), Doughty, Edwards; Marriott, Lloyd
Goals: Marriott 58, Clarke 70 (og)
Booked: Grant, Edwards
Subs not used: Bond, Penny, Forrester, Kanu, Miller
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans (c), Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Close, Rose; Lowe, Naismith, Kennedy (Donohue 81); Main (Chaplin 64)
Goals: Chaplin 78
Subs not used: Bass, Thompson, O’Keefe, May, Bennett
Referee: Craig Hicks
Attendance: 5,217 (841 Pompey fans)
Brett Pitman increased his impressive tally of Pompey goals by heading the winner against Southend at a packed Fratton Park.
Both sides created decent openings in a stop-start first half and Nile Ranger blazed a controversial penalty high over the bar.
Pitman was not so profligate, however, and his effort ensured the Blues claimed a second successive League One victory.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that dramatically won at Blackpool the previous week.
That meant Oliver Hawkins continued to be used as a makeshift centre-back, with Matt Clarke playing on the left.
Nathan Thompson and former Shrimpers midfielder Stuart O’Keefe both had to be content with a place on the bench after returning from suspension.
With it being Pompey’s closest home match to Armistice Day, Normandy veteran John Jenkins MBE read the Ode of Remembrance before kick-off.
A bugler then played the Last Post before everyone inside Fratton Park observed a minute of silence.
The Blues came flying out of the traps and almost broke the deadlock inside the opening five minutes.
Clarke sent a superb cross into the box from wide on the left, but Pitman could not quite steer the ball on target from close range.
Anton Ferdinand then had to hack clear when a deep Ben Close free-kick was headed into the mixer by Christian Burgess.
The hosts were looking dangerous going forward and John White was forced to head behind at the far post when Jamal Lowe centred.
But Southend settled and enjoyed their own spell of pressure midway through the first half, with Luke McGee diving to keep out a snap-shot from former Pompey trialist Theo Robinson.
Kal Naismith then inadvertently diverted the resulting corner into Ranger’s path, although the striker could only fire wide.
It was a contest that offered flurries of excitement in the middle of long spells when the action lulled.
Kyle Bennett almost bagged a rare headed goal when he managed to rise highest in the box to meet Lowe’s delivery, only for Michael Turner to clear off the line.
Shrimpers keeper Mark Oxley was then forced to get down quickly in order to keep out a fierce drive from Close.
There were more half chances at both ends of the pitch before the game controversially exploded into life just before the break.
First Danny Rose and then Clarke bravely threw themselves into the path of shots to protect McGee’s goal.
But the linesman was waving his flag furiously on the sidelines and told referee Carl Boyeson that a hand had been used by Clarke.
The hosts were furious with the decision and Burgess led the protests – backed, of course, by the Fratton faithful.
But it mattered not, as the wasteful Ranger stepped up to take the penalty and blasted it high over the bar.
Southend United 0
Bennett did not emerge from the tunnel at the start of the second half, with Matty Kennedy brought on to replace him.
And it was the newcomer who provided the assist as Pompey broke the deadlock on 54 minutes.
He used his right foot to deliver a pin-point cross from wide on the left and PITMAN rose to expertly guide the ball into the net.
Fratton Park was then united in a minute of applause just before the hour mark to honour Blues fan Gary Martin, who recently passed away at the age of 58.
Pitman’s 12th goal of the season had been the only real moment of action in an otherwise slow start to the second half.
But a quiet spell ended when Cox’s shot was blocked by a well-placed Hawkins, with Gareth Evans getting the ball to safety.
Pompey were still looking a threat at other end, although Kennedy’s shot was not powerful enough to trouble Oxley.
Lowe then played a poor pass behind Pitman after being picked out on the right by Naismith’s threaded pass.
Southend tried their best to find an equaliser as they brought more men forward in the closing stages, but the Blues comfortably held on for victory.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Close, Rose; Lowe (Thompson 87), Bennett (Kennedy 46), Naismith; Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 54
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, O’Keefe, Chaplin, Main
Southend (4-1-2-1-2): Oxley; White (McGlashan 82), Turner, Ferdinand (c), Timlin; Leonard; Wright, Kightly; Cox; Robinson (Fortune 77), Ranger (McLaughlin 64)
Subs not used: Bishop, Hendrie, Bwomono, Yearwood
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Attendance: 18,431 (1,422 away fans)
Pompey brought their three-match losing league run to an end in dramatic fashion at Blackpool.
A dull first half failed to foreshadow what was to come after the break, with five goals arriving in a topsy-turvy 45 minutes.
Twice the Blues took the lead, first through skipper Brett Pitman and then when Ben Close opened his account.
But twice the Seasiders fought back to level, with Viv Solomon-Otabor and an Oliver Hawkins own-goal giving them hope.
It was Pompey who snatched the victory late on, though, when Pitman grabbed his second of the afternoon to complete a breathless encounter.
Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that exited the FA Cup at Luton the previous week.
Kal Naismith, Gareth Evans, Danny Rose and Kyle Bennett all returned to the side, with Stuart O’Keefe and Nathan Thompson suspended, Matty Kennedy dropping to the bench and Brandon Haunstrup missing out.
Hawkins was once again used as a makeshift centre-half, with Matt Clarke taking on an unfamiliar left-back role.
Both sides emerged from the tunnel with poppy wreaths and had the flower embroidered into their shirts.
A bugler then paid the Last Post, as everyone inside the stadium paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Pompey started with plenty of energy and looked to keep the ball moving, but were unable to breach an organised Seasiders defence.
In fact, there were not many clear-cut openings at either end of the pitch during a first half that often failed to get out of third gear.
The best chance for the hosts came when Jay Spearing’s free-kick found Solomon-Otabor in space, only for the winger to smash his shot over the crossbar.
He also had another attempt deflected behind, while a quick Blues break led to Jamal Lowe’s effort being charged down.
Former Fratton loanee Ryan Allsop was enjoying a quiet afternoon between the sticks, although he would have been relieved when Lowe’s cross hit Will Aimson and ricocheted narrowly past the post.
A couple of corners also caused the hosts a few problems, while Close was not too far off target with a dragged shot from 25 yards.
Luke McGee, meanwhile, twice had to come charging from his line to win a race for the ball, although the home support thought he had handled outside his box on the first occasion.
There had been a distinct lack of excitement before the break, but the temperature rose – at least metaphorically – within seconds of the restart.
A Pompey corner caused havoc in the Seasiders box and Lowe’s shot was blocked, with Pitman unable to get to the loose ball before it was hacked to safety.
The busy Solomon-Otabor then burst down the left, cutting inside and along the edge of the box before hitting a low effort narrowly wide.
But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 52 minutes – much to the delight of the large travelling horde.
Close’s attempt took a deflection and although Allsop managed to adjust and parry the ball away, PITMAN was there to mop up.
A quick break from Bennett might have seen them double their advantage, only for Curtis Tilt to recover well and stop Pitman from getting a shot away.
The home support grew audibly frustrated as their side struggled to make any headway in their search for a leveller.
And their annoyance would have grown if Christian Burgess had been able to divert a Naismith corner on target.
But those who remained patient were rewarded on 73 minutes when Nathan Delfouneso combined well with substitute Dolly Menga down the right.
The latter – making his debut – sent in a dangerous low cross and Solomon-Otabor arrived at the far post to turn it home.
That might have deflated the visitors, but – backed by a vociferous following – they managed to retake the lead 10 minutes from time.
Pitman met Evans’ cross and Allsop did brilliantly to keep out his header, but when the ball was not properly cleared, CLOSE was there to fire in his first competitive goal for the club.
The action did not stop there, though, and Blackpool were soon level again, as a cross was sent into the visitors’ box and Hawkins inadvertently headed it into his own net.
But an in an incredible 12-minute spell then swung back in the Blues’ favour when they forged ahead for a third time.
Burgess rose to head a delivery back across the face of goal and PITMAN found space to nod past Allsop.
Blackpool tried their best to fight back once again, but the visitors saw out the closing stages to claim all three points.
Blackpool (4-2-3-1): Allsop; Turton, Aimson, Tilt, Daniel; Ryan (c), Spearing; Solomon-Otabor, Philliskirk (Menga 70), Cooke (Gnanduillet 87); Delfouneso
Goals: Solomon-Otabor 73, Hawkins 83 (og)
Subs not used: Williams, Mellor, Taylor, D’Almeida, Longstaff
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Close, Rose; Lowe, Bennett (Donohue 87), Naismith; Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 52, 86, Close 80
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, May, Kennedy, Chaplin, Main
Referee: Jon Moss
Attendance: 5,032 (1,711 Pompey fans)
9 November 2017
After a support act of Altered Images and to a lesser extent The Christians it was down to Midge Ure to headline.
This was the first time I had seen Midge Ure as a solo act having seen him many times as part of Ultravox and he did not disappoint going through some of the classic Ultravox songs and from his solo career.
The guy can sure play guitar and still has a great vocal range.
Pompey progressed to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy after beating Charlton in their final group match.
Curtis Main netted the only goal in a lethargic contest at The Valley that was watched by very few spectators.
The result ensured that the Blues finished top of Southern Group A and will be at home in the last 32.
Kenny Jackett made eight changes from the side that exited the FA Cup against Luton at the weekend.
Luke McGee, Nathan Thompson and Oliver Hawkins were the only players to keep their place, with the latter two moved to centre-back roles.
Gareth Evans skippered the side at right-back, while Dion Donohue completed the defensive line on the opposite flank.
Danny Rose and Adam May anchored the midfield, with Kal Naismith, Conor Chaplin and Milan Lalkovic making up an attacking trio behind lone frontman Main.
There was also a change made to the substitutes just ahead of kick-off, as Brett Pitman felt a twinge in his knee and was replaced by Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain.
But it was the hosts who got off to the faster start and Anfernee Dijksteel’s cross was turned into the side netting by Karlan Ahearne-Grant at the far post.
Ahmed Kashi then fired a shot straight at McGee, as the Blues felt their way cautiously into the contest.
The Addicks were forced into an early change, however, when Tariqe Fosu hobbled off and Ben Reeves was brought on.
McGee had to come tearing out of box moments later to beat striker Joe Dodoo to a long punt up the pitch.
But Pompey soon found their feet and Naismith picked Hawkins out from a free-kick, with the stand-in defender unable to beat Dillon Phillips from an acute angle.
And they broke the deadlock on 19 minutes, when Lalkovic’s delivery was turned back across goal by Naismith for MAIN to slide home.
He might have had another before the interval, but could not quite make a clean connection to turn Chaplin’s flick on target.
Dodoo was a dangerous presence up front for the hosts, meanwhile, although one shot was comfortable for McGee, while Rose nipped in to prevent him from testing the keeper again.
Charlton’s best chance to level came from one of the opposition players, as Patrick Bauer’s header hit May and was arrowing towards the net until McGee intervened.
Charlton Athletic 0
There was a slow start to the second half, with little to warm the hearts of the small number of fans who had braved the wet weather.
Dijksteel did create an opportunity when he stole the ball from Naismith and fed Billy Clarke, whose shot did little to trouble McGee.
Jackett made a double switch just before the hour mark, with Main and Lalkovic making way for Jamal Lowe and Matty Kennedy.
Pompey soon created a couple of openings, with Hawkins having a header deflected behind after meeting Naismith’s free-kick.
Chaplin then saw an effort blocked and when Lowe picked up the loose ball, he was unable to beat Phillips with a shot.
But, in truth, it was pretty turgid stuff, as both sides went about their business without really looking like scoring.
Lowe was showing a bit more urgency, though, and he surged into the box on 75 minutes before watching his fierce drive parried clear by Phillips.
The introduction of former Blues winger Ricky Holmes also saw the hosts pick up the pace as they went in search of a leveller.
But there was to be no late London drama, as Naby Sarr wasted a late chance to level and the visitors saw out the closing stages to secure their progress.
Charlton (4-2-3-1): Phillips; Dijksteel, Bauer (c), Sarr, Mascoll; Kashi, Aribo; Fosu (Reeves 9), Clarke, Ahearne-Grant (Holmes 70); Dodoo (Hackett-Fairchild 59)
Subs not used: Maynard-Brewer, Barnes, Marshall, Forster-Caskey
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans (c), Hawkins, Thompson, Donohue; May, Rose; Lalkovic (Kennedy 58), Chaplin (O’Keefe 86), Naismith; Main (Lowe 58)
Goals: Main 19
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Attendance: 1,307 (206 Pompey fans)
FA Cup 1
Pompey fell at the first hurdle in the Emirates FA Cup after a narrow defeat to high-flying League Two side Luton at Kenilworth Road.
James Collins grabbed the only goal of the tie right at the end of a first half that the hosts just about shaded.
But the Blues were much better after the break and were unfortunate not draw level on a number of occasions before Nathan Thompson’s late dismissal.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that were beaten by Bradford in the league the previous week.
Kyle Bennett and Dion Donohue both dropped to the bench, with Oliver Hawkins and Brandon Haunstrup restored to the starting line-up.
The first half was a niggly affair, with plenty of fouls to break up the play and little in the way of goalmouth action.
Thompson was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Alan Sheehan, while the reaction of Collins saw him join the defender in the book.
It was the hosts who were first to threaten when Christian Burgess conceded a foul on the left, but Sheehan’s free-kick was just too high for Collins.
Brett Pitman – still wearing a mask to protect his recently broken nose – had a fierce attempt at the other end and Hatters keeper Marek Stech did well to tip it over the bar.
Stuart O’Keefe then fed Ben Close in the box, with Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu coming across to make a vital block.
The Luton midfielder was not quite so assured in attack, though, and his tame effort was comfortably held by Luke McGee.
There was a scare when Andrew Shinnie disappeared into the visiting fans after straining to meet a cross on 34 minutes and a sigh of relief when he emerged unscathed.
Hylton then failed to make the most of a decent opportunity by guiding Shinnie’s delivery straight at McGee.
But the hosts did break the deadlock in stoppage-time, as Hylton teed-up Collins to lash a shot into the net.
Luton Town 1
Pompey fans were fuming just after the restart when Jamal Lowe went to ground right in front of them and Seb Stockbridge declined to give a penalty.
The referee then rubbed salt into the wound by deciding the winger had dived and brandishing a yellow card.
Luton thought they had doubled their advantage when Hylton tapped home Jack Stacey’s low cross at the far post, but the linesman had his flag raised for offside.
Luke Berry then drew a smart stop from McGee, with the ball looping up into the air and landing on the crossbar.
But the woodwork soon came to the Hatters’ rescue, as Stech managed to divert Matt Clarke’s looping header against the bar.
Pompey were suddenly looking dangerous with every attack and when Lowe met Matty Kennedy’s cut-back, his shot had to be hacked from the line by Sheehan.
Pitman then met a long ball forward by Burgess, forcing Stech into action to make a save at his near post.
That was the last bit of action for the Blues skipper, though, as he and Kennedy made way for Conor Chaplin and Bennett just past the hour mark.
And Luton almost caught their opponents out when Haunstrup was caught dithering, only for Shinnie to fire wide with only McGee to beat.
It was the visitors more eager to get forward, however, and when Stech kept out Close’s drilled effort, Chaplin fired the loose ball over.
Pompey were desperately throwing men forward in search of a leveller, only to come up against solid Hatters resistance.
And their task was made even harder when Thompson was dismissed for a second bookable offence following a foul on Collins down the left.
Luton almost wrapped things up on the break, with Olly Lee not quite able to send his shot over McGee.
But the Blues were not prepared to just sit back and only a fine save from Stech stopped Close from finding the bottom corner to secure a replay.
Luton (4-1-3-2): Stech; Stacey, Cuthbert (c), Sheehan, Potts; Mpanzu; O.Lee, Shinnie (Cornick 83), Berry; Hylton, Collins
Goals: Collins 45+1
Booked: Collins, O.Lee
Subs not used: Shea, Justin, Famewo, Gambin, D’Ath, E.Lee
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; O’Keefe, Close; Lowe, Hawkins, Kennedy (Bennett 62); Pitman (c) (Chaplin 62)
Sent off: Thompson (two yellow cards)
Booked: Lowe, Burgess, O’Keefe
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, Rose, Evans, Lalkovic
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Attendance: 5,333 (1,143 Pompey fans)