Loan : Birmingham City – Portsmouth
Loan : Birmingham City – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed winger Viv Solomon-Otabor on loan from Birmingham for the remainder of the season.
The 23-year-old becomes the sixth addition to the Blues squad during the January transfer window following the arrivals of Andy Cannon, Bryn Morris, Omar Bogle, Lloyd Isgrove and James Vaughan.
Solomon-Otabor turned professional with Birmingham in the summer of 2014 and has had spells on loan with Bolton and Blackpool.
He made 47 appearances for the latter last season, with one of his five goals coming in a 3-2 home defeat to Pompey.
Loan : Wigan Athletic – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed striker James Vaughan on loan from Wigan for the remainder of the season.
The 30-year-old – who was capped by England up to under-21 level – will wear the number 32 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
Vaughan progressed through the ranks at Everton and a goal against Crystal Palace in April 2005 means he still holds the record for being the youngest Premier League scorer.
He appeared for the Toffees in the 2009 FA Cup final and went on to appear for Norwich, Huddersfield, Birmingham and Bury.
A prolific spell for the latter saw him named in the League One Team of the Season and led to a move to Sunderland.
Vaughan signed for Wigan last January and helped them secure promotion to the Championship, where he has netted three times this term.
They were comfortably second best before the break and James Collins ensured the hosts went in ahead at the interval.
It was a different story in the second half, however, and the Blues dominated for long periods, with Ronan Curtis levelling.
Collins netted from the penalty spot to restore the Hatters’ lead, only for substitute Omar Bogle to equalise on his debut.
Both sides looked capable of grabbing a late winner, but it was George Moncur who struck in the closing stages to strengthen Luton’s advantage at the summit.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Bryn Morris was handed a debut in the centre of midfield, while Jamal Lowe made an instant return after completing a one-match ban.
Dion Donohue and Louis Dennis dropped to the bench, where they were joined by recent loan signing Bogle.
There was also a change of formation, with Anton Walkes moving into the centre of a three-man defence, as Lee Brown and Jamal Lowe were used as wing-backs.
The snow fell persistently throughout the contest, although it was not heavy enough to leave more than a dusting on the surface.
It was the hosts who started on the front foot and it continued that way for most of the opening 45 minutes.
There were plenty of dangerous balls delivered into the Pompey box, although the majority were dealt with.
One cross from Kazenga LuaLua – younger brother of former Fratton favourite Lomana – caused difficulties, but Andrew Shinnie’s shot was blocked by Jack Whatmough.
Craig MacGillivray kept out a long-range effort from James Justin, who had earlier seen his corner headed away by Brett Pitman.
Luke Berry then sent a dangerous low ball across the face of goal, but a sliding Collins could not shake off Matt Clarke to convert.
Luton were well on top of and after a spell of intense pressure, LuaLua’s angled drive was kept out by MacGillivray.
Berry was next to try his luck, with a shot from outside the box that fizzed narrowly past the post midway through the half.
The hosts went close again on 29 minutes, as Jack Stacey swung in a dangerous cross that Berry glanced just wide.
Pompey were not creating much at the other end, although a flick from Pitman found Curtis, who was crowded out before he could get a shot away.
The action was soon back down the other end of the pitch, however, and Alan McCormack’s attempt was just off target, while a heavy touch from LuaLua allowed MacGillivray to save.
But Luton finally made their pressure count on 39 minutes, as Collins collected LuaLua’s pass and neatly slotted home.
Pompey’s first shot came just before the break, although Gareth Evans slipped as he connected with the ball, which sailed over the bar.
Luton Town 1
Jackett made a double change at the start of the second half, with Bogle and Donohue replacing Pitman and Evans.
And the latter made an immediate impression with the visitors’ first shot on target, although James Shea was not overly troubled.
Bogle was also proving to be a real handful, using his strength to steal possession on a couple of occasions.
Pompey looked a different team than the one that had struggled to keep hold of the ball before the break.
And they found themselves back on level terms on 52 minutes, with Clarke getting into the box and Lowe teeing-up CURTIS to drill into the net.
They might have had another moments later when Lowe found Morris, whose fierce effort was tipped over by Shea.
The Blues were applying plenty of pressure and the ball had to be hacked clear when Shea parried clear an angled drive from Curtis.
Luton had a chance to retake the lead on 71 minutes, however, as a cleanly-struck effort from Justin was pushed over by MacGillivray.
But they were back ahead soon after, when referee Simon Hooper decided that Whatmough had brought down LuaLua in the box.
He pointed straight to the spot and Collins sent up to confidently fire the ball right into the bottom corner.
That only served to reinvigorate the visitors, though, and they were deservedly level when Lowe slipped a pass across for BOGLE to bundle home.
He came close to adding another soon after, but Shea managed to get down to his left to push the ball behind.
But there was late heartache as the game swung back in Luton’s favour following a disputed foul on Moncur by Walkes just outside the box.
It was Moncur who took the free-kick and he expertly bent a shot around the wall and into the net to seal victory for the hosts.
Luton (4-1-2-1-2): Shea; Stacey, Pearson, Bradley (c), Justin; McCormack; Mpanzu, Shinnie (Sheehan 88); Berry (Potts 73); Collins, LuaLua (Moncur 80)
Goals: Collins 39, 77 (pen), Moncur 86
Subs not used: Isted, Jones, Read, Tomlinson
Pompey (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke; Lowe, Evans (Donohue 46), Naylor, Morris, Brown; Pitman (c) (Bogle 46), Curtis
Goals: Curtis 52, Bogle 79
Booked: Donohue, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, May, Dennis
Referee: Simon Hooper
Attendance: 10,078 (1,033 Pompey fans)
Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed striker Omar Bogle on loan from Cardiff for the remainder of the season.
The 25-year-old – who spent the first half of the campaign at Birmingham – will wear the number 22 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
Bogle began his career in the non-league game with Hinckley and Solihull before signing for Grimsby and netting 38 goals in 78 games.
The former England ‘C’ international then had a short stint with Wigan before Cardiff brought him to Wales in the summer of 2017.
Bogle is the third arrival at Pompey during the January transfer window, following the permanent captures of Andy Cannon and Bryn Morris.
Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Adrift is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.
Based on the true story of survival. A steady film, its nature isn't going to make it the most exciting but Shailene Woodley in various wet tops shouldn't be missed.
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A full-blooded encounter was short on chances before the break, but exploded into life in the second half.
The hosts took the lead when Lee Brown’s cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Joel Lynch.
But Nahki Wells levelled for the Championship side, ensuring both teams would be in Monday evening’s draw for the fifth round.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten at Oxford in the last league outing.
Brett Pitman returned to skipper the team, while Louis Dennis and Dion Donohue were also handed starts.
Jamal Lowe missed out through suspension and Andy Cannon was cup-tied, with David Wheeler having been recalled from his loan spell by the visitors.
A minute’s silence was held before kick-off to show support for missing Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.
The first half was played at a frenetic pace, with plenty of hustle and bustle, but few clear-cut openings at either end.
A long-range effort from Luke Freeman flew comfortably wide, while Craig MacGillivray comfortably claimed when a cross was flicked on by Darnell Furlong.
Ronan Curtis did well to win a corner at the other end, with the ball ricocheting off Jack Whatmough and flying past the post.
The centre-back was more fortunate with a deflection on 27 minutes, as Furlong’s delivery hit him and landed safely in MacGillivray’s arms.
QPR should have done better moments later when Lynch was left in space to meet Freeman’s free-kick, but could only divert the ball straight at the Blues keeper.
It was Pompey who finished the half on the attack, however, and Pitman did find the back of the net, only for the officials to spot an infringement.
Dennis then went close just before the break with a half-volley from the edge of the area that Joe Lumley did well to tip over the bar.
Queens Park Rangers 0
Pompey came flying out of the traps after the interval, although Curtis could not keep his shot down after a slip presented him with a chance.
Dennis then played a delightful pass over the Rangers defence for Pitman, whose first time effort just cleared the bar.
And when Gareth Evans whipped a cross in from the right, Pitman was not quite able to divert a glancing header on target.
Dennis had been relatively subdued before the break, but was proving a real threat after it and has low centre had to be turned behind by Toni Leistner.
Pompey were on top and they finally made the pressure count by taking the lead just past the hour mark.
Brown sent a teasing ball into the box from wide on the left and LYNCH could only slice the ball into his own net.
QPR looked to hit back and it took a vital headed clearance from Whatmough to ensure the Blues remained in the lead.
But the visitors were level on 74 minutes when a corner pinged around the box and Wells stabbed it into the roof of the net from close range.
A challenge from Curtis on Josh Scowen then led to a huge melee in the centre of the pitch and when peace was eventually restored the winger was booked, along with Brown and Lynch.
Rangers came close to turning the contest on its head soon after, but Freeman fired wide when he should at least have tested MacGillivray.
That proved to be the last decent opening for either side, meaning another game will be fitted into Pompey’s busy schedule.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Donohue (Close 80); Evans, Dennis, Curtis; Pitman (c)
Goals: Lynch 63 (og)
Booked: Whatmough, Curtis, Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Morris, May, Maloney
QPR (4-2-3-1): Lumley; Furlong, Leistner (c), Lynch, Bidwell; Scowen, Manning; Wszolek (Smith 71), Oteh (Osayi-Samuel 64), Freeman; Wells (Chair 90+1)
Goals: Wells 74
Booked: Manning, Lynch
Subs not used: Ingram, Kakay, Hall, Cousins
Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 19,378 (2,881 away fans)
The visitors were finishing the tie on the ascendency, with Christian Burgess and the crossbar coming to the Blues’ rescue.
But a penalty shoot-out looked likely until Wheeler scored with five minutes remaining to bring Wembley a step closer.
Kenny Jackett made seven changes from the side that were beaten at Oxford in the league on Saturday.
Skipper Gareth Evans kept his place in the starting line-up, as did Craig MacGillivray, Jamal Lowe and Wheeler.
There was plenty of youth on display, with academy full-back Haji Mnoga joined by third year scholars Matt Casey and Dan Smith.
Burgess, Brandon Haunstrup, Ben Close and Adam May added a bit more experience to a youthful side.
It was Pompey who looked the bigger threat for much of the first half and a low Haunstrup cross was turned narrowly past his own post by Rhys Bennett.
Evans then curled a free-kick just past the upright, while a scuffed May effort hit Smith’s heel and rebounded clear.
Their first clear-cut opportunity arrived on 22 minutes when Burgess lofted a fine pass over the Posh defence to find Wheeler.
The winger brought the ball down neatly, but Conor O’Malley was quickly off his line to block the shot.
Lowe then cut inside from the left and hit a fierce effort that was diverted over the bar by Ryan Tafazolli.
And Haunstrup found space to surge forward on 34 minutes, then flashed a low shot just past the post.
But Peterborough started to look dangerous as the interval approached and Joe Ward’s cross almost caught out MacGillivray.
The ball drifted towards goal, forcing the keeper to push it against the bar, with Wheeler clearing behind before Daniel Lafferty could pounce.
Lee Tomlin then found George Cooper with an incisive pass, but the midfielder’s first touch was heavy and the opportunity disappeared.
Peterborough United 0
It was the Blues who were first to have a chance after the interval, although Wheeler could not keep his shot down after Haunstrup’s pass had been fed into his path by Smith.
Burgess was enjoying a chance to impress and showed some silky footwork to twice leave Tomlin floundering.
The Posh winger was not amused, however, and kicked out at his opponent, with referee Andy Woolmer surprisingly deciding that a talking was all that was required.
And the official also kept his cards in his pocket moments later when Ivan Toney clattered into Burgess.
Jackett made a double substitution just before the hour mark, with Smith and Mnoga making way for Louis Dennis and Anton Walkes.
Toney had a couple of attempts for the visitors, scuffing one comfortably wide before a curling a second narrowly over.
Genuine chances were proving to be at a premium, though, and Evans sent a shot off target, while Close had an effort blocked.
Cooper wasted a good chance for the visitors by blazing wide after being teed-up by Siriki Dembele and tried to claim a corner to spare his blushes.
But the hosts somehow avoided falling behind during an incredible passage of play on 81 minutes.
MacGillivray did well to deny Cooper and Toney in quick succession, before Jason Naismith’s effort was cleared from the line by Burgess.
But the ball fell back to the Posh right-back and his header hit the bar, with Burgess again on hand to hack clear.
It was Pompey who broke the deadlock on 85 minutes, however, as Evans’ corner from the left was emphatically converted by WHEELER’s first-time finish.
The lead might have been doubled, but Dennis sent a shot just over the bar, while O’Malley denied Wheeler again.
One goal was enough, though, as the Blues comfortably saw out the final moments to reach the last four.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Mnoga (Walkes 58), Casey, Burgess, Haunstrup; May, Close (Clarke 87); Wheeler, Evans (c), Lowe; Smith (Dennis 58)
Goals: Wheeler 85
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, Read, Lethbridge
Peterborough (4-2-3-1): O’Malley; Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Lafferty; Woodyard (c) (Godden 87), Cooke; Ward, Cooper, Tomlin (Dembele 69); Toney
Subs not used: Chapman, Lyon, Denton, Maddison, Stevens
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Attendance: 3,313 (121 away fans)
After Sex is a background to examine intimacy and vulnerability. Looks at the complexity of modern day relationships told through eight separate couples. Through dialogue and compromising situations, the film takes us from the beginning of a relationship to the aftermath of one, and examines every stage in between seeing humor within the drama, heartache and confusion of it all.
Eight couples talk after having sex. Not much else to say really apart from Emmanuelle Chriqui in her underwear is very nice and the Mila Kunis / Zoe Saldana scene is quite hot. There is a deleted scene on Youtube that really should be included on the DVD.
Barbara Thorson is a young, independent teenager who lives with her brother and supportive older sister, Karen. Barbara has created a fantasy world inspired by her love of Dungeons & Dragons and the career of former Phillies pitcher, Harry Coveleski. Believing that giants from other worlds are coming to attack her hometown, she spends her days creating weapons and traps to fend off the creatures.
One day, Barbara meets Sophia, who just moved to the area from Leeds, England. Sophia expresses an interest in getting to know Barbara, but Barbara initially remains aloof.
A confrontation between Barbara and a group of bullies led by Taylor is interrupted by Barbara being called by the school psychologist, Mrs. Mollé. Barbara leaves the ensuing meeting abruptly, declaring that their talk would just distract her from her preparations to battle a giant. Later, Barbara explains the mythology behind the giants to Sophia. She shows Sophia the baits and traps she created to lure and trap giants, and tells her about the magical warhammer, Coveleski, which she keeps in her handbag. She also tells Sophia about Harbingers, ghostly creatures that warn her when there is a nearby giant.
After Barbara is given detention by the principal for insulting a teacher, she takes Sophia with her on her hunt for a giant. Sophia begins to doubt Barbara’s claims about the giants.
When Mrs. Mollé learns about Barbara’s interest in baseball, she asks about it, causing Barbara to become lost in bad memories and to run home. In a daze, she is startled by Sophia and strikes her, causing Taylor and her friends -who witnessed it- to laugh. Though Barbara tries to apologize, Sophia runs off, upset. Later, Sophia is approached by Taylor who promises to tell her a secret about Barbara if Sophia will show them some of the “freaky things” Barbara does. Sophia agrees, leading Taylor and friends to the sanctuary, where they proceed to dismantle many of Barbara’s traps. Barbara interrupts and draws Coveleski, which turns out to be a small animal’s jawbone tied to a stick. Barbara is shocked at the state of her weapon, and is beaten by Taylor and her friends.
Sophia takes Barbara to her home to recover. When Barbara wakes, she becomes very upset at being brought upstairs, and tells Sophia to slowly move away, before “it” sees her. Sophia looks into one of the bedrooms and drops a glass of water in shock before fleeing the house. Barbara visits Mrs. Mollé at her house looking for help, but grows uncomfortable upon being introduced to her family.
After Barbara fails to go to school for several days, Sophia and Mrs. Mollé visit Barbara’s house. In the basement, Sophia discovers a recording of Barbara and her mother telling the story of Coveleski’s “Giant Killer” nickname. Sophia leaves and finds Barbara, telling her that all of the giants are in her head, and asks Barbara why she never told Sophia about her mother, though Barbara shuts out the question and is unable to hear it. Barbara angrily storms off. She is visited by Harbingers who taunt her, telling her that she is too weak to defeat a giant.
Barbara heads to face the giant at an abandoned train yard. She hides in the trains, but is hunted by the giant. She eventually activates a train control station rigged to nearby electrical poles, which electrocutes it and sets fire to some of the train cars. Sophia arrives just as Barbara is leaving. The next day, Barbara humiliates Taylor by placing a skeleton in her locker. This worries Mrs. Mollé and Karen who proceed to look for Barbara. Barbara heads to her sanctuary upon discovering that she still can’t use Coveleski, where she prays for the return of her weapon.
As an unexpected storm bears down on the town, Mrs. Mollé confronts Barbara on her way to the sanctuary, telling her that Barbara’s mother is desperate to see her. Barbara ignores her. Upon arriving, she witnesses a scene of destruction. Sophia explains that Taylor wrecked the area as revenge for what Barbara did and that she tried to stop her. Suddenly, a giant appears out of the water. Barbara stands against it, and draws forth the restored Coveleski from her handbag, revealing a massive, glowing war hammer. She proceeds to defeat the giant with it, fueled by her wrath that it came for her mother. Lying injured upon the beach, the giant reveals that he came for Barbara, not her mother. Barbara is stunned, and demands that the titan “finish it”. The giant snatches her up, and draws her close to its head, so she can strike it down with Coveleski. As the giant falls back into the ocean, it brings Barbara with it. Sinking below the waves, she hears the voice of the giant telling her that every living thing must die. It says to run from death is to reject life, and that she must find joy in every moment while she can. Barbara swims back to the beach, where she reunites with Sophia.
The next day, Barbara climbs upstairs to see her mother, who lies dying in her bed. They share heartfelt messages and Barbara apologizes for avoiding her. After the summer break, Barbara’s mother dies, but Barbara rekindles her relationships with Mrs. Mollé, Karen and Sophia. On the first night of school, she is awoken by the giant, who stands in the ocean, watching her. She says thank you and goes back to sleep.
Goals from Cameron Brannagan and James Henry meant the hosts enjoyed a comfortable lead at the interval.
The Blues were well below par, but Brett Pitman came on to spark hopes of a comeback with a fine finish.
Those 1,803 travelling fans were not given a result their backing deserved, however, as United held on for the points.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten by Blackpool on home soil the previous week.
One was enforced, with Andre Green being recalled from his loan spell by Aston Villa, while Dion Donohue and Pitman dropped to the bench.
A fit-again Lee Brown returned at left-back, Andy Cannon was handed his full debut and David Wheeler also got a rare league start.
It meant that Jamal Lowe led the line for Pompey and skipper Gareth Evans moved into a more advanced role.
Matt Clarke’s appearance in the side brought up 150 appearances for the defender, but new signing Bryn Morris had to be content with a spot among the substitutes.
The visitors started brightly and won an early corner that was dealt with, while a similar set-piece at the other end was nodded wide by Rob Dickie.
A deep free-kick from Brown then caused problems in the United defence, who were eventually able to scramble the ball to safety.
There were not an abundance of opportunities, with both sides showcasing attacking intent, but unable to produce any meaningful shots.
A couple of set-pieces were comfortably dealt with by Craig MacGillivray, while Evans’ curler from the edge of the box was not too far off target.
But it was the hosts who broke the deadlock midway through the first half, although it might have been the Blues celebrating a goal.
Lowe could not quite charge the ball down following a slip from former Fratton keeper Simon Eastwood.
Instead his long clearance eventually made its way to Brannagan, who drilled a fine low shot right into the bottom corner.
Oxford might have doubled their lead soon after, as a corner led to a spot of pinball inside the Pompey box.
The visitors won a couple of their own soon after and Eastwood dropped the second, but grabbed the ball at the second attempt.
It became a niggly affair as the interval approached, but United were able to double their advantage on the stroke of half-time.
Jamie Mackie was unable to get a shot away and instead played the ball across for an unmarked Henry to lash home.
Oxford United 0
There were no substitutions for the Blues at the break, although Wheeler and Lowe swapped positions.
And the former had a chance to reduce the deficit moments after the restart, meeting Evans’ free-kick and sending a header just off target.
But it was still Oxford looking more likely to add to the scoring and an effort from Mackie flew narrowly over.
Then, after a Lowe strike had been comfortably dealt with by Eastwood, the hosts had two more chances to put the result beyond doubt.
First, a cross from Jordan Graham was punched away by MacGillivray and Jamie Hanson’s follow-up was deflected off target by Clarke.
Gavin Whyte’s corner was then palmed clear by the Blues stopper and this time Brannagan’s attempt flew into the side netting.
With the visitors struggling to find any kind of fluency, Jackett made a double change just before the hour mark.
Wheeler and Evans were the men to make way, with Pitman and Louis Dennis coming on to replace them.
And it proved to be an inspired decision, as the duo combined to reduce Pompey’s deficit on 64 minutes.
Dennis provided the assist, crossing the ball for PITMAN to convert with an acrobatic overhead effort that left Eastwood helpless.
The Blues were struggling to build on that goal, however, and Cannon made way for Donohue in a final throw of the dice.
One patient move did lead to a chance on 81 minutes, although Lowe could not adjust his body enough to guide Brown’s delivery on target.
And despite producing plenty of effort in the closing stages, Oxford remained firm at the back to secure victory.
Oxford (4-2-3-1): Eastwood; Hanson, Nelson, Dickie, Ruffels; Mousinho (c), Brannagan; Whyte (Kashi 86), Henry, Graham (Browne 76); Mackie
Goals: Brannagan 25, Henry 45
Subs not used: Stevens, Long, Garbutt, Sykes, Carruthers
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Cannon (Donohue 76), Naylor; Wheeler (Pitman 59), Evans (c) (Dennis 59), Curtis; Lowe
Goals: Pitman 64
Booked: Lowe, Whatmough, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Morris
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Attendance: 8,202 (1,803 Pompey fans)
Transfer : Portsmouth – Swindon Town
|Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Danny Rose has left the club by mutual consent and signed for Swindon.
The 30-year-old midfielder arrived on the south coast in the summer of 2016 and netted five goals in 64 appearances for the club.
He was a key member of the side that secured the League Two title in his first season at Fratton Park.