Transfer : Doncaster Rovers – Portsmouth
Transfer : Doncaster Rovers – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed striker John Marquis from Doncaster for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old – who had a short loan spell at Fratton Park in 2013 – has penned a three-year deal, with a club option for a further 12 months.
Marquis began his career with Millwall and was handed his professional debut by Jackett at Bristol Rovers in 2009.
He had several stints out on loan, including a two-month stay at Pompey in the first half of the 2013/14 campaign.
Marquis netted two goals in six appearances, grabbing a consolation in a 4-2 defeat at York and then scoring in an EFL Trophy win at Oxford.
He signed for Rovers in the summer of 2016 and struck 67 times in 153 appearances during three years in south Yorkshire.
Twenty-six of those goals arrived last term, as Doncaster suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to Charlton in the League One play-offs.
The former converted an early penalty he had won himself and soon doubled the lead from a free-kick.
It was Hawkins’ first action of the summer and the striker added a goal in each half, while Manny Parry and Moussa Dierra both netted for the National League hosts.
There were plenty of first team players involved, with Hawkins and James Bolton both returning from injury.
The heavy rain had subsided by the time kick-off came around and Pompey took an almost immediate lead.
Moussa Dierra brought down PITMAN inside the box, with the skipper dusting himself off to coolly slot home.
It was a bright start from the Blues and Ben Close fired over following a neat and patient passing move.
Hawkins then raced onto a long pass from Haji Mnoga and was cleaned out by Cards keeper Sam Howes.
Referee Charles Breakspear might have reached for a red card in a competitive fixture, but instead stuck with awarding a free-kick.
But there was further punishment for Woking, with PITMAN drilling a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.
And the visitors found themselves three goals ahead with just 19 minutes on the clock after Andy Cannon had done well to win possession.
The ball was eventually played out to Bolton on the right and he drilled a low cross into the box, with HAWKINS sliding in to score.
Chances started to dry up following that early goal flurry, although Matt Casey did well to block Dave Tarpey’s effort.
But Woking reduced their deficit just before the break after a Josh Casey free-kick had caused chaos in the Blues box.
The ball was stabbed towards goal and Alex Bass made a smart save, with Parry following up to convert from close range.
Pitman had a cheeky attempt to secure a hat-trick straight from the kick-off, with his effort dipping over the bar.
Pompey’s skipper then thought he should have had another penalty after hitting the turf when trying to reach Brandon Haunstrup’s cross, although this time his appeals fell on deaf ears.
There were not an abundance of clear-cut openings, but Mnoga made a well-timed challenge to deny Jake Hyde from inside the box.
The game continued to drift along, with a number of substitutions for the hosts not doing anything to help the flow.
Pompey were looking comfortable in possession, though, and content to pass the ball around without providing much of a threat.
Hawkins did send a dangerous ball across the face of goal on 78 minutes, but neither Mnoga or Josh Flint could get on the end of it.
Cannon then teed-up Pitman for a blocked shot, with the midfielder collecting the loose ball and being frustrated in his attempts to find space for a shot.
The Blues soon managed to add a fourth goal of the evening, however, with HAWKINS sliding in at the back post to convert Pitman’s pass.
But it was Woking who had the final say, as Dierra glanced home Max Kretzschmar’s corner at the near post for a consolation.
Woking (3-4-1-2): Howes (Ross 46); Parry, Gerring (Trialist 65), Dierra; Cook (Collier 46), Donnellan (Trialist 65), Poku (Kretzschmar 46), Casey (c); Ferdinand; Tarpey (Trialist 65), Hyde (Hodges 79)
Goals: Parry 45, Dierra 89
Subs not used: Skinner, Morrison
Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Bolton, Mnoga, Casey, Haunstrup; Brindley, Cannon, Close, Flint (Maloney 88); Pitman (c), Hawkins
Goals: Pitman 3 (pen), 14, Hawkins 19, 83
Subs not used: L.Pitman, Kavanagh, Hancott, Robb, Stanley
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 1,603 (393 away fans)
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They created plenty of chances against their League Two hosts, with Paul Downing hitting the woodwork and another Naylor effort being cleared from the line.
A fierce strike from Mason Bloomfield reduced the Reds’ deficit late on, but they could not find a leveller.
Anton Walkes was called into action early on, heading clear after George Francomb tried to convert a corner.
But it was the Blues who dominated for the majority of the first half and created the best chances to score.
The first arrived on 10 minutes when Downing met Evans’ free-kick and saw his header clip the top of the crossbar.
And the visitors did break the deadlock midway through the half, courtesy of a fine move that started with Naylor.
The midfielder slipped a precise pass through to Marcus Harness and his cross was met by a diving header from EVANS, with the ball striking the woodwork on its way into the net.
There was not much going on at the other end of the pitch, although a header from Ollie Palmer was comfortably claimed by Craig MacGillivray.
Ross McCrorie was looking dangerous for Pompey and a surging run ended with the Scottish loanee’s effort being deflected wide.
They went much closer on 31 minutes after Glenn Morris made a mess of trying to punch clear Ronan Curtis’ header.
Downing collected the ball and although he was unable to get a shot away, Naylor was and the ball had to be cleared from the line by a well-placed Tom Dallison.
There were a couple more half-chances for Curtis before the break, as the Blues continued to probe away.
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Harness linked up well to Ellis Harrison and McCrorie soon after the restart and the latter’s effort was deflected behind.
And the lead was doubled on 51 minutes, although Morris will probably think he could have done better.
Lee Brown cut the ball back for NAYLOR, whose effort beat the keeper far too easily before nestling in the net.
Crawley brought on Nathan Ferguson and the newcomer had an immediate impact, forcing MacGillivray down to deal with his angled drive.
The action was soon back down the other end and when Harrison collected Walkes’ threaded pass, David Sesay had to slide in and stop the striker’s shot finding the bottom corner.
But former Hawks striker Palmer really should have reduced the hosts’ deficit just past the hour mark.
He was picked out by Filipe Morais’ left-wing cross, but managed to nod the ball wide from just a couple of yards out.
The same Crawley duo combined again just past the hour mark and this time MacGillivray showed fine reflexes to deny Palmer.
Chances were now coming thick and fast, but Curtis could not keep his shot down after being slipped through by Harness.
It was proving to be an open end to the contest, with the action quickly switching from one end to the next as both sides went in search of goals.
A looping Downing header caused chaos in the Crawley box and the ball eventually crossed the line, although referee Tim Robinson had spotted a foul.
It seemed as though Pompey would see things out comfortably, but the hosts found themselves back in the game courtesy of a thunderous strike from substitute Bloomfield.
A flurry of substitutes slowed things down for the Blues, though, and the final few moments passed by without incident.
Crawley (4-1-4-1): Morris; Sesay, Tunnicliffe, Dallison, Doherty; Bulman (c) (Ferguson 53); Morais, Francomb, Camara (Bloomfield 69), Nathaniel-George (Grego-Cox 61); Palmer (Galach 82)
Goals: Bloomfield 80
Subs not used: Luyamula, Payne, Allarakhia
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Downing, Burgess, Brown (Haunstrup 86); McCrorie (Close 88), Naylor; Harness, Evans (c), Curtis (Cannon 86); Harrison (Pitman 86)
Goals: Evans 20, Naylor 61
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Dennis, Lowe, Hawkins
Referee: Tim Robinson
Attendance: 1,777 (688 Pompey fans)