Loan : Nottingham Forest – Portsmouth
Loan : Nottingham Forest – Portsmouth
Stephen Henderson has returned to Pompey in a loan deal from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper made 27 appearances after joining the Blues in the summer of 2011, but financial problems saw him shipped out to West Ham eight months later.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “I’m delighted to bring Stephen in. His experience will be vital in a young squad, as we enter the crucial final third of the season and push for the top six.”
Henderson started his career at Aston Villa and then played for Bristol City prior to his first stint at Fratton Park.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international left the Hammers to join Charlton in 2014, moving to Forest two years later.
Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Kyle Bennett has left the club by mutual consent
The 27-year-old winger netted 13 goals in 117 appearances after signing from Doncaster in the summer of 2015.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We have a number of wide players available in our squad and Kyle wasn’t getting the game-time that he wanted.
“But we wish him all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for everything that he’s done for Portsmouth Football Club.”
Bennett scored six times last season as Pompey secured the League Two title, finding the target in the 6-1 rout of Cheltenham on the final day.
Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Milan Lalkovic has left the club by mutual consent.
The 25-year-old Slovakian winger netted one goal in 18 appearances after joining Pompey from Walsall in the summer of 2016.
He featured in a 1-1 draw with his former club at the start of the current campaign, but has recently been sidelined with an Achilles problem.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Milan has been unfortunate with injuries this season, but has been nothing but professional since I’ve been working with him.
“We have a number of options in that area of the pitch, so we felt it best for both parties if he moved on.
“But we thank Milan for all his efforts and wish him well in the next stage of his football career.”
Lalkovic began his career with Chelsea and spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish side Ross County.
Loan : Tottenham Hotspur – Portsmouth
|Anton Walkes is looking to continue his football education on the south coast.
The 20-year old loan capture from Tottenham – who will wear the number two shirt – has joined Pompey for the remainder of the season.
He spent most of last year Stateside with the Georgia-based Atlanta United, netting twice in 23 appearances.
Now a player who is comfortable in midfield or at the back wants to assist the Blues in climbing the League One table.
Walkes helped the newly-formed Atlanta reach the MLS play-offs last season and enjoyed the experience.
A fanciful battle of the sexes ensues when the relationships of the staff and patrons of a quirky London café are unexpectedly turned upside down by sudden revelations of terribly embarrassing secrets having to do with their sexual misadventures
Interesting and enjoyable film with a largely American cast putting on English accents.
James Bolton was left in space to score the only goal of the game midway through a first half that failed to sparkle.
But there was plenty of controversy before the break, with two decent shouts for a penalty turned down.
The Blues looked more inventive following the interval, but keeper Craig MacGillivray and the woodwork came to the Shrews’ rescue.
Adam May’s late dismissal for a second bookable offence only served to compound the hosts’ misery.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that suffered a dramatic defeat at Rotherham the previous week.
Gareth Evans returned from injury to skipper the side, while there were also recalls for May and Oli Hawkins.
Regular captain Brett Pitman dropped to the bench, along with Sylvain Deslandes and Matty Kennedy.
Pompey were guilty of some sloppy play before the break, although the wet conditions were undoubtedly making life tough for both sides.
But they dominated possession throughout the first half and Hawkins could not quite connect with Evans’ cross after leaping in the box.
May then received the game’s first booking for a late challenge on Shaun Whalley as the contest continued to meander.
And the goal that gave Shrewsbury the lead was indicative of what had come before, as the Blues failed to deal with a corner and Bolton took advantage at the far post.
There might have been a second when Luke McGee lost out in a race for the ball with Abu Ogogo, but Ben Close was on hand to clear the danger.
But the hosts were soon back on the attack and when Close’s free-kick was only partially cleared, Donohue’s follow-up volley was deflected wide.
Pompey were even closer to a leveller on 31 minutes, as Hawkins met Evans’ delivery, only for MacGillivray to make a superb save.
There was controversy either side of that, however, as the hosts were controversially denied a penalty on two occasions.
Referee David Coote had a clear view of Christian Burgess’ shirt being tugged as he tried to attack a corner, but opted to do nothing.
The official then failed to spot Whalley’s handball in the box, much to the fury of the home side, who rushed to complain, earning Evans a booking.
The Blues had to put that to the back of their minds and Hawkins almost capitalised when the Shrews defence failed to deal with May’s pass.
Evans also had a shot blocked by Omar Beckles and another effort that went over, as the hosts went in behind at the break.
Shrewsbury Town 1
Former Fratton favourite Ricardo Rocha – who made almost 100 appearances for the club – was introduced to the crowd during the interval.
That provided a lift, but the supporters were soon up in arms again when Coote missed another handball, although at least this one was not in the box.
Pompey were still struggling to find any fluidity and Jackett soon made a switch, replacing Jamal Lowe with Pitman.
That certainly provided the required spark, as the hosts soon began to take control and had a series of chances to draw level.
Toto Nsiala was well-placed in the box to keep out Evans’ shot and when the skipper delivered the ball back into the box, Pitman’s guided header was saved by MacGillivray.
Matt Clarke then saw an opening from the resulting corner, but could not force the ball through a sea of orange shirts.
And MacGillivray came to Shrewsbury’s rescue once again when he dived to his right to expertly keep out Kal Naismith’s 30-yard drive.
But the chances began to dry up again and so Naismith was withdrawn on 70 minutes for the fresh legs of Connor Ronan.
It was not all one-way traffic, though, and McGee managed to claw away Carlton Morris’ header at point-blank range.
Whalley then arrowed an angled drive narrowly past the post after Shrewsbury had countered quickly.
Time was rapidly running out for the hosts, but they almost found an equaliser on 84 minutes.
Ronan’s looping header was volleyed towards goal by Pitman and a deflection took the ball onto the crossbar.
And there was more controversy late on when the ball bounced up and hit the arm of Beckles, only for Coote to remain unmoved.
But there was still time for the afternoon to get even worse for the hosts, as May’s foul on Stefan Payne saw him receive a second yellow card and subsequent red.
Pitman almost rescued an unlikely point deep into stoppage-time, however, with an angled shot rolling agonisingly past the post.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; May, Close; Evans (c), Naismith (Ronan 70), Lowe (Pitman 55); Hawkins
Sent off: May (two yellow cards)
Booked: Evans, Donohue
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, Bennett, Kennedy, Chaplin
Shrewsbury (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; Godfrey; Whalley (John-Lewis 90+2), Nolan, Ogogo (c), Rodman; C.Morris (Payne 83)
Goals: Bolton 21
Booked: C.Morris, Rodman, Payne
Subs not used: Rowley, Hendrie, Lowe, B.Morris, Gnahoua
Referee: David Coote
Attendance: 17,779 (498 away fans)
This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Possibly one of the funniest films I've seen in recent years. Set in the Marvel Universe with many many 4th wall breaks and in jokes. Quality film.
Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
Not quite matching the charm of "Once" but it's enjoyable and the music is good and James Corden for once isn't too annoying.
It looked like they had done enough to secure a draw after surviving plenty of second half pressure.
But two of their former players combined for the Millers’ late winner, with Michael Smith teeing-up Joe Mattock for a headed finish.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Scunthorpe on home soil the previous week.
Sylvain Deslandes was handed a debut at left-back, while Matty Kennedy also returned, as Oli Hawkins and Connor Ronan dropped to the bench.
Jackett was facing the club where he had a short spell as manager last term, while former Blues boss Richie Barker was in the opposition dug-out.
The ball was a regular visitor to both ends of the pitch in the early stages, although a lack of quality in the final third meant a goal did not appear likely.
Dion Donohue – in a natural midfield role – made a block to deny Will Vaulks, while Kal Naismith sent a volley wildly over the bar after meeting Kennedy’s cross.
A fierce effort from Jamal Lowe was on target, although it was straight at Marek Rodak and the Millers keeper made a comfortable save.
Pompey did look bright following a quick break up the pitch on 13 minutes, as Deslandes collected the ball from Ben Close on the overlap, only for his cross to be just too high for Naismith.
And a Donohue free-kick that was flighted into the box somehow evaded both Christian Burgess and Matt Clarke as the defensive duo dashed in at the far post.
Both sides then had decent chances to break the deadlock in the space of a few minutes – with the Blues first to threaten.
Lowe chipped a pass up to Brett Pitman and the skipper tried to deftly flick the ball home, but he did not get enough on his header and it flew safely into Rodak’s arms.
David Ball soon had a dig for Rotherham at the other end, with his curling effort taking a slight deflection and sailing narrowly over the bar.
There were certainly not too many clear-cut attempts, though, with the home fans growing frustrated by some wasteful finishing.
Donohue had one last effort before the break and although his drive took a deflection off Vaulks, it was not enough to deceive Rodak.
Rotherham United 0
The first half had drifted towards a conclusion, but Rotherham came charging from the blocks at the start of the second.
First, Luke McGee had to leap on the ball when Ryan Williams’ delivery was turned back into the centre by Richie Towell.
A series of corners then caused chaos in the Blues box, with the Millers going closest to scoring from the first of them.
Richard Wood’s header was blocked in a crowded box and Nathan Thompson then charged down Vaulks’ follow-up effort.
Another flag-kick was soon sent back into the danger zone, though, and this time an unmarked Wood skewed wide.
But Pompey then had an opportunity of their own, with a commanding Rodak punch preventing Naismith from converting Lowe’s cross.
Jackett made a double switch on 66 minutes, with Pitman and Deslandes withdrawn for Hawkins and Ronan.
Smith soon worked his way into the Blues box, but Burgess was there to make a block and deny his former team-mate.
Corners were certainly proving a problem for Pompey and when one was met by Smith, the ball pinged around the area before eventually being hacked to safety.
Another soon followed and it was Thompson to the rescue once more, with the defender throwing himself in front of Semi Ajayi’s effort.
Rotherham applied more pressure as the seconds ticked down, but the visitors were holding firm at the back.
They might have even snatched victory late on when the ball fell to Lowe on the edge of the box, but his effort flew over.
Instead it was the Millers celebrating a late goal, as Smith crossed from the right and Mattock rose to head home at the far post.
Rotherham (4-2-3-1): Rodak; Emmanuel, Ajayi, Wood (c), Mattock; Forde (Taylor 83), Vaulks; Towell, Yates (Smith 65), Williams (Newell 65); Ball
Goals: Mattock 90+1
Subs not used: Price, Ihiekwe, Cummings, Clarke-Harris
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Deslandes (Ronan 66); Close, Donohue; Lowe, Naismith, Kennedy; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 66)
Subs not used: Bass, Widdrington, May, Bennett, Chaplin
Referee: Robert Jones
Attendance: 9,129 (1,471 Pompey fans)
6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018
Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, dies aged 46
‘I have a lot of secrets about my childhood [but they] are just for me,” Dolores O’Riordan told the Guardian in 1995. She and her Limerick rock quartet, the Cranberries, were then at the peak of their success, well on the way to selling 40m albums, and O’Riordan was one of the highest profile female singers in the English-speaking world. It was nearly 20 years later that she revealed that she had been abused for four years from the age of eight by someone close to her family. By her own account, O’Riordan, who has died aged 46 of a cause as yet unknown, spent most of her adult life seeking a balance between depression and anorexia, and the rewards of great professional success.
She was 21 when the Cranberries reached the US Top 10 with their second single, Linger, which established them as a headline act there. In the UK, the influential music press decreed them unexcitingly traditional, but the public were enchanted by the group’s melodies, and especially by O’Riordan’s haunting voice; their debut album topped the British chart and the next three were Top 10 hits. It was a similar story in the rest of Europe and Australia. O’Riordan became a symbol of pride for both Ireland and the Irish diaspora.
The Cranberries’ rapid ascent exacerbated O’Riordan’s “terrible self-loathing”, generating anorexia and an eventual breakdown. A suicide attempt in 2013 was followed by a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Last year, she spoke vividly of being “at the hypomanic side of the spectrum on and off for a long period”, and a hypomanic episode was cited when she was arrested for erratic behaviour on a transatlantic flight in 2014. She told the police: “I am an icon. I am the Queen of Limerick.” There were also physical problems: a Cranberries reunion tour scheduled for 2017 in support of their first album in five years was cancelled due to O’Riordan’s back pain.
Born in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, O’Riordan was the youngest of nine children (two of whom died in infancy) of Terence O’Riordan, a former farm labourer who was left unable to work after an accident, and his wife, Eileen, a school caterer, and went to Laurel Hill, a Roman Catholic school in Limerick. She was a tomboy, burying her dolls in the garden and spending most of her time with her heavy-metal-loving brothers. Yet she also played the organ in church and, well into her teens, wore flowery dresses bought for her by her mother. The influence of her church music and the heavy rock she heard at home instilled a desire to join a band – specifically, “a band with no barriers, where I could write my own songs”. That’s what she got.
At 18 she landed a job with a Limerick group called the Cranberry Saw Us by playing an early version of a song she had written, Linger (it was inspired by her first kiss, aged 17: “I’d always thought that putting tongues in mouths was disgusting, but when he gave me my first proper kiss, I did indeed ‘have to let it linger’,” she said last year).
Equally in thrall to rock and Gaelic folk music, her voice was startling and steely, and gelled uncommonly well with the band’s melodicism. Her Doc Martens-shod, spiky-haired look provided a visual anchor, overshadowing the rest of the group entirely. Despite being out of step with the prevailing Britpop and grunge scenes, they were taken on by the Smiths’ former manager, Geoff Travis, and courted by 32 record companies. The pivotal moment came when the successful label Island booked them as the support act on the fast-rising band Suede’s 1993 American tour.
Suede’s seedy ambiguity cut no ice in the US, but the Cranberries returned home as stars. Their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, and 17m-selling 1994 follow-up, No Need to Argue, made O’Riordan so famous that, to her distress, she could not leave her hotel room. Linger and the next single, Zombie – written in response to the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington – were ubiquitous on MTV, increasing her sense of isolation.
Despite having a metal rod put into her leg following a 1994 skiing accident, she was contractually compelled to tour throughout that year, and played some of the shows in a wheelchair. That was also the year she married Don Burton, then Duran Duran’s tour manager. Most of her happiness seems to have stemmed from their three children; when her attempt to take her life in 2013 failed, she saw it as a sign that she was meant to stay with them.
After the Cranberries split in 2003, O’Riordan launched a fitful solo career that yielded two albums, Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009). She worked with the Smiths bassist Andy Rourke on a project called DARK, and was a judge on one season of the Irish version of the TV show The Voice. Still esteemed by other musicians, she appeared on records by Zucchero and Jam & Spoon, and at the time of her death had come to London to re-record Zombie with a rock band, Bad Wolves.
Her goal, she said in 2017, was to make at least one more album and go on tour again: “I haven’t been doing too much over the last five years. Sometimes you go through periods where you’re not writing music, you’re just dealing with your personal life.”
She and Burton divorced in 2014. Her children, Taylor, Molly and Dakota, survive her.
Both sides looked bright before the break, although it was the hosts who led thanks to some inventive play from Lowe.
The Iron were more dominant in the second half, however, and Kevin van Veen grabbed a deserved leveller.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that exited the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the week.
Top scorer Brett Pitman returned to lead the line, partnered by a fit-again Kal Naismith, who was making his first start for seven weeks.
There was also a system switch, with Oli Hawkins joining Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess in a three-man back-line.
That meant Nathan Thompson advanced into the centre of midfield, where he was joined by Ben Close and recent loan signing Connor Ronan.
Pompey took time to get used to the change in formation and looked a bit shaky at the back in the early stages.
Their opponents almost took advantage, with Luke McGee doing well to deny Tom Hopper and Lowe taking care of the loose ball.
But the hosts were lively at the other end and Ronan was especially bright as he attempted to thread passes through to the front two.
It was LOWE who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, though, stealing the ball off the foot of Josh Morris and finding the net from a tight angle with a shot that went in off the post.
The Iron were now shaky at the back and it took some desperate blocks to deny both Pitman and Naismith.
And the lead was almost doubled following a fine passing move involving more than half the side, with Pitman drilling a low effort narrowly past the post.
Scunthorpe were providing an attacking threat of their own, although McGee watched Funso Ojo’s attempt sail safely wide.
Their best opportunity to level came when Murray Wallace let fly from outside the box, but McGee was equal to the shot and punched the ball over the bar.
Scunthorpe United 0
And the Iron also had a great chance just after the restart when Hopper cut the ball back for van Veen in the box.
The striker found himself in far too much space, only for Clarke to make a great recovery challenge to deny the visitors.
But there was nothing that Pompey could do to prevent Scunthorpe from drawing level on 53 minutes.
Hopper got free down the left and picked out van Veen in the box, with the Dutchman swivelling and firing home an unstoppable shot.
And it almost got even worse for the Blues, with McGee having to make a fine reaction save from point-blank range to deny Morris.
Pompey tried to make an impression at the other end and Charlie Goode’s slip let in Naismith, only for the defender to recover and make a key block.
Jackett made a double change to try to steady the ship, with Ronan and Dion Donohue making way for Matty Kennedy and Adam May.
That resulted in a change of system to 4-1-4-1, with Naismith and Kennedy out wide and Pitman playing as a lone striker.
And Naismith had a chance to score when Scunthorpe failed to deal with a corner, but saw his angled drive gathered by Rory Watson at the second attempt.
That proved to be the end of the chances, as the final few moments passed by with little goalmouth incident to provide any late drama.
Pompey (3-4-1-2): McGee; Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Lowe, Close, Thompson, Donohue (May 71); Ronan (Kennedy 71); Pitman (c), Naismith
Goals: Lowe 15
Booked: Clarke, Hawkins
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Deslandes, Bennett, Chaplin
Scunthorpe (3-4-1-2): Watson; Goode, Burgess, Wallace (c); Holmes, Bishop, Ojo, Morris; Adelakun; van Veen, Hopper (Novak 84)
Goals: van Veen 53
Booked: Bishop, Adelakun
Subs not used: Kelsey, McArdle, Townsend, Sutton, McGeehan, Toney
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 17,741 (386 away fans)
They created a host of excellent chances in the first half and it was somewhat of a surprise that the sides went in level at the break.
But Belgian starlet Charly Musonda netted following a counter-attack for the Londoners and that looked to be it.
Substitute Brett Pitman levelled in stoppage-time, however, and the third round tie looked to be heading for penalties.
But there were still time for Musonda to curl home a fine free-kick and ensure it was the visitors who progressed to the quarter-finals.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Bristol Rovers on New Year’s Day.
Connor Ronan was handed a debut in place of Pitman, while fellow Wolves loanee Sylvain Deslandes was named among the substitutes.
Pompey were on top throughout the first half and the only negative from a confident performance was that they failed to break the deadlock.
An early effort from Ben Close set the tone for what was to come, with the ball hitting Trevoh Chalobah and ricocheting wide.
The hosts were passing the ball around nicely and one move ended with a snap-shot from the lively Ronan, forcing Marcin Bulka to get down to his right and make the save.
Chelsea’s only threat arrived following a quick break on 17 minutes, but Callum Hudson-Odoi could not beat Luke McGee at the keeper’s near post.
A series of corners led to problems at the other end, with decent deliveries from Matty Kennedy and Dion Donohue causing some nervy moments in the Londoners’ defence.
The fans in the North Stand Lower were being entertained and the Blues had three excellent opportunities to forge ahead in the space of a few seconds.
Bulka twice came to Chelsea’s rescue by keeping out a header and shot from Oliver Hawkins with smart saves.
Sandwiched between them was a sharp volley from Jamal Lowe that had to be cleared from the line by a well-placed Kyle Scott.
Still the chances kept coming and when Close tapped a free-kick to Ronan, the diminutive midfielder fired narrowly over the bar.
Chelsea U21 0
Pompey picked up where they left off after the interval and another opportunity was carved open by one of Matt Clarke’s trademark surging runs.
He sprinted more than half of the length of the pitch and played a neat one-two with Kennedy before laying the ball off to Ronan, who saw his effort blocked.
Jackett made a double switch on 53 minutes, with Hawkins and a limping Nathan Thompson making way for Kal Naismith and Pitman.
The Blues had been pretty dominant as the game approached the hour mark, only to then find themselves trailing.
Chelsea broke quickly down the left and Scott cut the ball back for Musonda to calmly steer past McGee and into the net.
It was still the hosts looking the more confident side, but they were not creating as many clear openings as in the first half.
A Ronan free-kick almost proved fruitful, however, with Pitman’s back-flick blocked and the same fate then befell his ambitious over-head effort.
The danger was not over, though, and when the ball bounced up and hit Ethan Ampadu on the arm, referee Gavin Ward ignored cries for a penalty.
But it took a superb save from McGee to stop Chelsea doubling their lead on 73 minutes, with the keeper flinging out an arm to somehow deny Scott from point-blank range.
Conor Chaplin came on for Ronan, as Jackett tried to inject some extra attacking impetus into his line-up.
And the striker thought he should have won a spot-kick when he went down under Ampadu’s challenge, only for Ward to again remain unmoved.
Pompey did level in added time, though, when PITMAN collected Kennedy’s cross and turned sharply before firing home.
It looked like penalties were on the cards, but when Christian Burgess crudely halted Hudson-Odoi’s surge, Musonda stepped up to curl in an impressive winner.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson (c) (Pitman 53), Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, May; Lowe, Ronan (Chaplin 76), Kennedy; Hawkins (Naismith 53)
Goals: Pitman 90+2
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, Widdrington, Bennett
Chelsea U21 (4-3-3): Bulka; Sterling, Chalobah, Ampadu, Grant (Colley 83); Maddox (Redan 28), Sammut (c), Scott (McCormick 87); Musonda, St Clair, Hudson-Odoi
Goals: Musonda 58, 90+5
Subs not used: Cumming, Dasilva, Christie-Davies, Hazard
Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 3,116 (113 away fans)
Loan : Portsmouth – Aldershot Town
|Nicke Kabamba has joined Aldershot on loan for the rest of the season.
The 24-year-old striker will be looking to help the Hampshire outfit continue their quest for National League promotion.
They currently sit second in the standings, leading the pack chasing table-topping Macclesfield ahead of Saturday’s trip to Dover.
Kabamba joined Pompey from Hampton & Richmond last January and has made six appearances for the club.
He played 10 times for League Two side Colchester during a loan spell in the first half of the campaign.
Loan : Wolves – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed Wolves player Sylvain Deslandes on loan for the remainder of the season.
Defender Deslandes – who can play at left-back or in a more central role – is a 20-year-old who has represented France up to under-20 level and featured eight times for the Molineux outfit.
He featured for Wolves against Pompey in the under-23 Premier League Cup competition last season.