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Pompey continued their run of fine form with a 2-0 victory at a Lincoln side who had been in imperious home form.
Ronan Curtis curled home a free-kick in the last piece of action of an otherwise lacklustre opening half.
And the Imps never really did enough to threaten that lead, with John Marquis wrapping things up from the spot after Neal Eardley had fouled Steve Seddon.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that knocked Barnsley out of the FA Cup on home soil at the weekend.
Cameron McGeehan was ineligible for that game, but returned on the bench and was joined by the fit-again duo of Lee Brown and Ross McCrorie.
The hosts had an early opportunity when Jorge Grant’s cross drifted towards goal and landed on the roof of the net.
But the opening 45 minutes was a largely soporific affair, with neither side able to find any kind of fluidity and possession constantly changing hands.
A quick Lincoln break might have caused a few flutters in the away end of the ground, but Tyreece John-Jules settled any nerves by blazing high over the crossbar.
Pompey had periods of possession, although were lacking penetration in the final third as the contest continued to drift along.
There was pained expressions among every man in the crowd on 30 minutes after Andy Cannon’s shot hit a defender and ricocheted back into his nether regions.
The midfielder was then involved in a neat bit of build-up play involving Ryan Williams and Ben Close, with the latter’s ball glanced wide by Marquis, who had also strayed offside.
It appeared as though the interval would arrive without any meaningful incident, but the Blues suddenly picked up in stoppage-time.
Curtis fired one effort over, while Cian Bolger did well to stop James Bolton’s low delivery reaching Marquis in the box.
A fierce volley from Cannon was then blocked before, with time almost up, Seddon was bundled over just outside the box.
Close stood over the ball and Seddon feigned to take it, seemingly confusing Imps keeper Josh Vickers as CURTIS curled past his desperate grasp.
Lincoln City 0
A long-range attempt from Cannon flew not too far over the bar once the action resumed, as the Blues tried to find a cushion.
But the hosts should have been level soon after, as Tom Hopper beat former Imps defender Sean Raggett and cut back for an unmarked John-Jules to fire wastefully over.
There was still a lack of quality on show, but there was certainly more action than had been on offer prior to the break.
Curtis fizzed a low free-kick into the box and the ball bounced dangerously around before being cleared behind.
The Imps then embarked on a patient passing move up the pitch that ended with Raggett making a crunching – but fair – challenge on Tyler Walker inside the box.
A Grant free-kick was soon partially headed clear, although Conor Coventry’s follow-up was again off target.
Pompey broke quickly to carve out an opportunity of their own on 73 minutes, with Seddon having of acres of space to run into before seeing his low drive beaten away by Vickers.
Jackett made his first substitution moments later, with Cannon making way for McGeehan in the centre.
Raggett then appeared to hurt himself after sticking a foot in to block Walker’s shot, but the centre-back was able to continue after some treatment on the pitch.
Pompey were trying to wrap the match up and when a Curtis corner was only partially cleared, McGeehan curled the loose ball over.
And they had the opportunity to do just that when Seddon’s charge into the box was clumsily halted by Eardley.
Referee Ben Toner had a simple decision to make and immediately pointed to the spot, although spared the Imps defender a second booking.
MARQUIS stepped up to take the penalty and precisely squeezed the ball just inside the post to double the lead in front of the large – and noisy – travelling army.
Curtis might have added some icing to the cake late on, but Vickers made a smart stop to limit the damage for Lincoln.
Lincoln (4-4-2): Vickers; Eardley, Bolger, Shackell (c), Melbourne; Anderson (Walker 60), Morrell, Coventry (Hesketh 74), Grant; Hopper, John-Jules
Booked: Eardley, Grant, Morrell
Subs not used: Smith, Lewis, Edun, Chapman, Elbouzedi
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, Cannon (McGeehan 76), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 45+5, Marquis 87 (pen)
Booked: Close, Marquis, Naylor, Curtis
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Harness, Harrison
Referee: Ben Toner
Attendance: 8,983 (1,154 Pompey fans)
|PLOTIn Little Haven, Scotland, Anna Shepherd, who is about to finish school and plans to travel for a year before attending university, much to the displeasure of her widower father Tony. Her friends are dealing with their own issues: her best friend and artist John is secretly in love with her, budding filmmaker Chris is struggling with a class assignment, and transfer student Steph is trying to get her social justice reporting past the tyrannical vice principal Mr. Savage. Nick, Anna's one night stand, is also making her life difficult. The night of the school Christmas show, in which Chris's girlfriend Lisa is performing, Anna and John are working in the local bowling alley and Chris and Steph have gone to the homeless shelter to film for Steph's story. During this time, a zombie infection starts spreading and Lisa, Tony, Savage and Chris's grandmother are stranded in the school. Anna and John bond over her post-graduation plans after work.
The next morning, Anna and John leave for the school, completely oblivious to the zombie chaos around them. When they encounter a zombie dressed as a snowman, Anna decapitates him with a seesaw. Figuring it will be too dangerous to go home or to the school, they go to the bowling alley where they meet Steph and Chris, who have taken shelter there. Steph finds out that an army evacuation is coming to the school, so the group plans to go there once it is safe. Anna and Steph find the zombified cleaner and Steph kills her, alerting a group of zombified bowlers to break in. The group kills them all after a bloody fight and realise that getting to their loved ones will be difficult.
The next morning Anna, Steph, John, and Chris wake up to find that the army has been zombified and no evacuation is coming. Regardless, they set off to the school to see if their loved ones are still alive. Nick – who is greatly enjoying the carnage – and his friends rescue the group from a horde of zombies and join them on their way to the school. Anna tells John that she still plans to go travelling despite everything that has happened. At the school, Savage fights to maintain authority as the others plan their own evacuation.
The students cut through a Christmas tree emporium in an attempt to save time but are ambushed by zombies, which kill Nick's friends. Once they escape, John is bitten; he gets Anna to safety but sacrifices himself to distract the zombies. The survivors reach the school, where Savage has let the zombies in as a last-ditch measure of control. Anna and Nick split off to search for Tony while Steph and Chris look for his family and Steph's car keys. Nick reveals that his father asked Nick to kill him after he was bit, before distracting a group of zombies so that Anna can find her father. Chris finds Lisa but his grandmother had already died of a heart attack. Steph, Chris, and Lisa find the car keys in Savage's office but Chris and Lisa are bitten while trying to escape, having used Chris's video footage as a distraction.
Anna finds Savage in the auditorium, where he is using Tony as bait for the zombies. Anna gets to the stage and saves Tony, but he lashes out at Savage and they fight. Savage falls to the zombies but Tony is bitten in the scuffle. Anna says goodbye to her dad as Nick arrives, and the two of them leave the school. They prepare for one last stand before Steph rescues them in her car and Anna finally leaves Little Haven to look for a safe place .
|2017Personal Rating60Rotten Critics77Rotten Audience62IMDb Rating60Combined Rating65.3|
FA Cup 4
Pompey eased into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a dismantling of Championship strugglers Barnsley at Fratton Park.
They were in charge for most of the contest, but had to wait until late in the first half before Ben Close impressively broke the deadlock.
John Marquis then doubled the advantage in stoppage-time, only for a Cauley Woodrow stunner to ignite hopes of a comeback for the visitors.
They were quickly extinguished by Ronan Curtis, however, and Christian Burgess wrapped up a convincing victory, before Conor Chaplin grabbed a late Tykes consolation.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat Bolton in the league the previous weekend.
Andy Cannon, Close and Ryan Williams all returned to the starting line-up, with the latter facing his former club.
Ellis Harrison and Marcus Harness both dropped to the bench, while Cameron McGeehan was unable to feature against the side he is on loan from.
Meanwhile, there was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, as ex-Fratton favourite Chaplin played up front.
The contest took a while to get going, but it was Pompey who looked the more threatening side as the first half progressed.
It was the skipper who had the first attempt, with Tom Naylor drilling a low shot narrowly wide when Cannon laid the ball into his path.
Cannon was then not quite able to get on the end of a Williams delivery after Curtis had ridden a challenge in the middle of the pitch and picked out the winger.
The Blues were looking particularly dangerous on the break, although had yet to test Brad Collins between the sticks.
But the keeper might have gifted the hosts an opener midway through the half, with his kick ricocheting off Marquis and rolling just past the post.
Collins then had to get down low to his right to keep out a low effort from Curtis following another pacy counter-attack.
But the deadlock was broken on 37 minutes after Cannon had not been afforded any space to get a shot away.
The midfielder instead laid the ball off for CLOSE to superbly arrow home from the edge of the box, drawing cries of ‘he’s one of our own’ from the Fratton faithful.
Collins then stopped his side falling further behind just before the break, superbly parrying Curtis’ shot behind following good work from Williams.
It was only a brief respite for the Tykes, though, as Curtis met the resulting corner from Steve Seddon and his header was touched over the line by MARQUIS.
Barnsley showed more attacking intent once the action restarted, although the Blues soon almost extended their lead further.
Curtis met a cross from Williams and his header hit Marquis, with Collins doing well to stop the ball crossing the line.
The hosts were on top and playing some neat football, as they looked to put the tie out of the Reds’ reach.
But their lead was halved from nowhere on the hour mark, as Woodrow hit a stunning 30-yard strike that left Alex Bass with no chance.
And Barnsley should have soon been level, with Jacob Brown wastefully prodding wide from a few yards out.
He was made to pay his profligacy just a few seconds later, as CURTIS raced onto a long ball over the top by Bass, held off a defender and fired home off the inside of the post.
It had been a quiet return for Chaplin, but he had two opportunities in quick succession to hurt his former club.
His first attempt was bravely blocked by Burgess, while the striker was then unable to beat Bass from an acute angle.
From coming to the rescue at one end, BURGESS then scored the Blues’ fourth goal of the afternoon – just a week after opening his account for the season.
Williams’ effort was deflected behind for a corner, which Seddon whipped into the box for the centre-back to firmly head into the net.
That was Williams’ last contribution, with the winger replaced by Harness, exiting the pitch from the north side and enjoying a standing ovation as he made his way around the pitch.
The newcomer almost added a fifth goal on 82 minutes, but Collins was quickly off his line to prevent him from converting Curtis’ pass.
Pompey fans were certainly enjoying themselves, singing songs about Wembley and paying tribute to Chaplin.
And the Barnsley striker did reduce his side’s deficit in stoppage-time, following up to find the net after Bass had denied Brown.
But the hosts had comfortably done enough to book their place in Monday evening’s fifth round draw – the first time they have reached that stage since getting to the final in 2010.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harness 78), Cannon (Evans 90), Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 90+2)
Goals: Close 37, Marquis 45+1, Curtis 62, Burgess 76
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Hawkins
Barnsley (4-1-2-1-2): Collins; J.Williams, Sollbauer, Andersen, Oduor; Halme (Dougall 69); Thomas (Mowatt 46), Ritzmaier; Woodrow (c); Brown, Chaplin
Goals: Woodrow 60, Chaplin 90+1
Subs not used: Radlinger, Ludewig, B.Williams, Styles, Schmidt
Referee: Graham Scott
Attendance: 13,286 (681 away fans)