There was little to excite the crowd on a cold, wet and windy evening on the south coast for the first 44 minutes.
But Ryan Williams swept home the opener just before the interval and the Blues were largely dominant in the second half.
Steve Seddon came off the bench to impressively fire home his first goal for the club, while Christian Burgess wrapped things up with a late header.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat MK Dons – also on home soil – earlier in the week.
James Bolton returned at right-back and Cameron McGeehan in midfield, as Ross McCrorie and Ben Close both dropped to the bench.
They were joined there by Ellis Harrison, who had reached full fitness after missing a couple of games with a dead leg.
The majority of the first half was a pretty dull and uneventful affair, with neither keeper being properly forced into action.
Corners from both Ronan Curtis and Lee Brown drifted towards the net – perhaps assisted by the wind – but were dealt with.
Williams then tried a curling effort from long-range that flew not too far off target, although never really concerned Robert Sanchez in the Dale goal.
Skipper Ian Henderson should then have done better at the other end, but after being sent through on goal, could only chip a tame effort straight into the arms of Alex Bass.
Half-chances were the order of the evening and Matty Lund’s attempt flew high into the Fratton End, while Andy Cannon – playing against his former club – also cleared the crossbar.
But the game suddenly sprung into life in the final moments of the first half, starting with Rhys Norrington-Davies being booked for a foul on Williams.
He injured himself in the process and had to be replaced in the Rochdale defence by Jimmy Keohane.
Pompey took the lead before that substitution could take place, however, with Burgess meeting a Curtis cross.
His firm header was scrambled away by Sanchez, but WILLIAMS was on hand to lash the loose ball into the roof of the net.
It looked like the advantage might be doubled in stoppage-time, with a goal-bound Cannon drive being diverted off target by a deflection.
Williams might have doubled the advantage shortly after the restart, but was unable to take advantage when Sanchez spilled Curtis’ cross.
And Henderson was then inches away from levelling at the other end, courtesy of a superb strike that cannoned against the corner of post and bar.
There was a blow for the Blues when Burgess went into the book for the 10th time this term, resulting in a two-match league ban.
Jackett decided the time was right for a double change on 54 minutes, as Brown and Cannon were replaced by Seddon and Close.
The hosts were trying to find a second goal and Marquis could not beat Sanchez following some sloppy Rochdale play, while the keeper then claimed McGeehan’s looping header.
And Williams sent a teasing cross into the box from wide on the right that a stretching Curtis could not quite guide on target.
Pompey were looking fairly comfortable, but it took a superb save from Bass to keep them ahead on 75 minutes, with the keeper tipping Matty Lund’s close-range header over the bar.
But they had a cushion a few minutes later and it was a fine strike from SEDDON that saw the advantage doubled.
Bolton’s cross was laid into the path of the on-loan left-back, who hit a superb 20-yard effort that swerved into the bottom corner.
The hard-working Marquis received warm applause from the Fratton faithful when he was replaced by Harrison on 84 minutes
But it was BURGESS who made the points safe just a few seconds later, glancing home a fine right-sided free-kick from Seddon.
There was almost another goal soon after, but Sanchez was off his line to save after Curtis had slipped a cute pass through to McGeehan.
Pompey were looking threatening with every attack, but Rochdale saw out the closing stages to limit the damage.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown (Seddon 54); Naylor (c), McGeehan; Williams, Cannon (Close 54), Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 84)
Goals: Williams 45, Seddon 78, Burgess 84
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Harness, Pitman
Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Sanchez; Matheson, McShane, McNulty, Norrington-Davies (Keohane 45+1); Williams (Andrew 77), Morley (Done 65); Lund, Camps, Wilbraham; Henderson (c)
Booked: Norrington-Davies, Morley, Camps
Subs not used: Lynch, Dunne, Ryan, Dooley
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Attendance: 17,600 (141 away fans)
It looked like a comfortable evening might be on the cards when Andy Cannon opened his account for the club early on.
But Alex Gilbey reacted quickly to level after Alex Bass had kept out his penalty just moments before the interval.
Both sides had chances to win the contest and John Marquis restored the Blues’ lead early in the second half, while Carlton Morris was then sent off for the visitors.
Marcus Harness then came off the bench to add a third goal at the death and breathe new life into the promotion charge.
Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Fleetwood at the weekend.
Cannon had recovered from a glute problem, while Lee Brown was handed a first start since early December.
There were also returns for Ross McCrorie, Ryan Williams and Ben Close as the team was freshened up during a hectic schedule.
Oli Hawkins, Steve Seddon, Marcus Harness and Cameron McGeehan all dropped to the bench, with James Bolton missing from the squad.
Pompey made a flying start and took the lead on four minutes, thanks in part to some sloppy play from their opponents.
Jordan Houghton tried to pass out of his own box, but Williams intercepted the ball and squared for CANNON to slot home.
MK Dons almost hit back with an immediate equaliser, only for Bass to come to the rescue with a save from Gilbey.
The action fell pretty flat after that and there were not too many more clear-cut opportunities at either end of the pitch before the break.
Marquis and Close both had efforts blocked in quick succession, while Houghton’s long-range effort for the visitors flew straight at Bass.
The Dons were passing the ball around nicely, but lacking a clinical edge, with the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.
Lee Nicholls raced from his line to stop Marquis converting Cannon’s threaded pass, then kept out an angled Brown strike.
And the keeper was called into action again to tip over Close’s drilled attempt following some good work from McCrorie and Marquis.
But MK Dons were given an excellent chance to level in stoppage-time, when McCrorie rashly bundled over Rhys Healey in the box.
Bass guessed the right way to keep out Gilbey’s penalty, but the midfielder was quickest to the rebound and scored at the second attempt.
He did not exactly endear himself to the home support by celebrating right in front of the Fratton End.
And there were more boos – this time aimed at referee Kevin Johnson – when Pompey were not awarded a spot-kick of their own for George Williams’ challenge on Marquis.
MK Dons 1
The Blues might have fallen behind once the action restarted, with Christian Burgess making a fine sliding challenge after Gilbey had been sent through on goal.
But instead they retook the lead, with MARQUIS getting on the scoresheet to become the club’s leading marksman in his own right.
It was not the most elegant of finishes from McCrorie’s cut-back, with the ball striking a defender and the inside of the post before crossing the line.
They tried to increase their advantage and Close’s chipped cross was headed towards the net by Sean Raggett, but Nicholls made the save.
And the visitors then broke quickly up the pitch, with Burgess taking one for the team by fouling Gilbey and earning a yellow card.
They were still looking dangerous and a Dean Lewington free-kick was glanced narrowly past the post by Jordan Moore-Taylor.
Pompey were beginning to lose patience with Johnson, who failed to book players for a shove on Cannon and late challenge on Marquis.
Lewington finally had his name taken for his reaction to a foul on Williams, just seconds after Healey’s volley was well saved by Bass.
Both sides were looking capable of adding more goals to the contest, with Gladwin and Healey having opportunities for the visitors.
A couple of Ronan Curtis corners then caused problems at the other end, but were eventually scrambled clear.
Jackett had made a double change moments earlier, with Cannon and Williams replaced by McGeehan and Harness.
MK Dons’ hopes of a comeback were made tougher when they were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages.
Pompey had broken quickly from a corner and Curtis fed Marquis, who was brought down by Morris as he raced through on goal, with the forward shown a red card.
And they wrapped up the points just before the end, with HARNESS holding off a defender to collect Raggett’s header and neatly slotting home.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Close, Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 77), Cannon (McGeehan 77), Curtis (Seddon 90+3); Marquis
Goals: Cannon 4, Marquis 59, Harness 90+1
Booked: Burgess, Cannon
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Pitman, Hawkins
MK Dons (4-1-2-1-2): Nicholls; Poole, Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington (c); Houghton (Reeves 73); Thompson (Nombe 77), McGrandles (Gladwin 62); Gilbey; Morris, Healey
Goals: Gilbey 45+2 (pen)
Sent off: Morris
Booked: Lewington, Poole
Subs not used: Fisher, Walsh, Brittain, Kasumu
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Attendance: 16,577 (170 away fans)
Theatre Royal, Brighton
22 February 2020
Midge Ure doing the whole of Vienna and selections of Visage, what more could an 80s fan like me want?
Midge did not disappoint but the seating could have been better.
A fairly drunken weekend was undertaken which included an argument with a guy sat in front of me because I was apparently talking too much during the support act but these things happen.
01. Yellow Pearl
03. Blocks on Blocks
04. The Dancer
05. In the Year 2525
06. Mind of a Toy
08. Fade to Grey
10. New Europeans
11. Private Lives
12. Passing Strangers
14. Mr. X
15. Western Promise
17. All Stood Still
18. Passionate Reply
19. Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
20. The Voice
An early goal from Callum Connolly settled a contest that saw the conditions dictate the level of quality on display.
Ronan Curtis struck the woodwork and Sean Raggett’s header was cleared from the line, but the Blues were unable to find a leveller.
Kenny Jackett had to make a late change to his line-up, with Ellis Harrison originally included in the side.
But he was still feeling his dead leg in the warm-up and was switched for Oli Hawkins, which in turn opened up a place on the bench for Gareth Evans.
There were two other changes from the side that dramatically beat Exeter to reach the Leasing.com Trophy earlier in the week.
John Marquis was rewarded for his last-gasp winner, while James Bolton came in at right-back, as Ben Close and Ross McCrorie dropped to the bench.
There was driving rain and hail before kick-off, although that had thankfully passed by the time the players emerged from the tunnel.
But there was still a strong wind blowing around Highbury and it was clearly making life difficult for both sides.
Pompey were first to threaten and Lewie Coyle slid in to clear before Curtis could meet a low Marquis centre.
It was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 12 minutes, though, with Connolly left in too much space to nod home after Alex Bass had parried away Danny Andrew’s cross.
There was soon some more sloppy play from the Blues to give away possession in the middle of the pitch.
Barrie McKay collected the ball and laid it off for the rampaging Wes Burns, who could only drill past the post.
Pompey then came close to a wind-assisted leveller when Curtis’ wide free-kick drifted towards goal and rattled the crossbar.
A couple of Paul Coutts corners caused problems at the other end, with Christian Burgess nodding the first behind and Bass then punching the second in the air before catching the ball.
The keeper then made sure he got right behind a long-range effort from Paddy Madden to gather cleanly.
There were not an abundance of clear-cut chances, with the conditions certainly having an effect on the quality on show.
But Fleetwood breathed a sigh of relief when Curtis beat Alex Cairns to Steve Seddon’s pass down the line and with the keeper stranded, the ball would not fall kindly for a grey-shirted player.
There was time for a booking for Harry Souttar just before the break, with the defender petulantly throwing the ball away to stop the visitors from taking a throw.
Fleetwood Town 1
There was no let-up in the wind by the time the action restarted, with Tom Naylor having to gather some paperwork from the visitors’ dug-out that had blown onto the pitch.
It was certainly not helping the game as a spectacle, with any kind of rhythm absent from both teams’ play.
There was a shot from outside the box by Marquis on 55 minutes, although he could only scuff it wide.
Jackett soon made a double switch to try to improve Pompey’s fortunes, as McCrorie and Ryan Williams replaced James Bolton and Hawkins.
And when McCrorie played a deep pass into the box, the ball was volleyed narrowly past the post by the lively Curtis.
That came just a few seconds after Bass had got down to his right to make a regulation stop from Paddy Madden’s drive.
He had to make a smarter stop to deny Burns, diving the opposite way to parry clear a shot that swerved in the wind.
Pompey were being frustrated by their well-drilled opponents, although a leveller almost arrived on 73 minutes.
Curtis was the provider of a dangerous corner that was met by Raggett’s firm header, which was cleared from the line by Coyle.
Seddon then had an attempt from inside the box blocked, as Fleetwood continued to stand firm at the back.
There might have been a goal at the other end when Curtis’ cross-field pass was intercepted, but Josh Morris drilled wide after racing clear.
Raggett was deployed as an emergency striker in an attempt to find an equaliser, but tempers were getting frayed and the referee had to deal with some pushing and shoving.
When that finally calmed down, the Cod Army held on through five minutes of stoppage-time to claim all three points.
Fleetwood (4-2-3-1): Cairns; Coyle, Souttar, Gibson, Andrew; Coutts (c), Connolly (Sowerby 81); Burns, Whelan, McKay (Morris 76); Madden (Saunders 90+4)
Goals: Connolly 12
Booked: Souttar, Burns, Coutts
Subs not used: Crellin, Holgate, Thorvaldsson, Biggins
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (McCrorie 56), Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness, Marquis, Curtis; Hawkins (Williams 56)
Booked: Seddon, Naylor
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Close, Evans
Referee: Matt Donohue
Attendance: 3,370 (747 away fans)
A largely insipid encounter came to life in the closing stages, as the Blues struck twice in stoppage-time to spark scenes of joy inside Fratton Park.
The Grecians took the lead through skipper Jake Taylor, only for Marcus Harness to equalise with four minutes remaining.
There was still plenty more action to come, though, and it was the League Two visitors who seemingly grabbed a winner through an unfortunate Christian Burgess own-goal.
But a lovely strike from Cameron McGeehan brought Pompey level once more and, with a penalty shoot-out looming, John Marquis nodded the winner.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Shrewsbury in the league a few days earlier.
Ross McCrorie was handed a first start of the calendar year, with Ben Close also returning, as James Bolton and Gareth Evans made way.
In scenes reminiscent of Storm Dennis at the weekend, the ground was lashed by wind and rain ahead of kick-off.
But that had passed by the time the action started and the hosts made a bright start, looking to attack their opponents from the off.
Ronan Curtis sent in a low centre that was just out of reach for Ellis Harrison and Joel Randall did well to react before McGeehan could pounce.
Harrison – surrounded by two players – then did brilliantly to bring down a long pass and feed Curtis, who could not keep his angled strike down.
But the Blues striker was forced off midway through the first half, having already received treatment on the pitch.
He valiantly tried to carry on playing, but eventually hobbled off and was replaced up front by Marquis.
The action soon died down and there was not much to excite a healthy crowd at either end of the pitch.
Exeter’s best opportunity came when Jayden Richardson collected a lofted pass and twisted his way into a shooting position, but Close came to the rescue with a key challenge.
The Blues picked up as the interval approached and Curtis nipped in to steal possession, but could not quite cut the ball back for the waiting Marquis.
Exeter City 0
The hosts were slow to get going once the action restarted, with the Grecians appearing to settle quicker.
But they did not have much to show for their endeavour, apart from a booking for Alex Fisher following a lunge at Burgess.
And Pompey then started to move through the gears, with a couple of Steve Seddon corners not fully dealt with.
The left-back then sent in a fine cross from the left that Marquis thought he had forced just over the line, although the officials disagreed.
McGeehan soon saw a downwards header only partially cleared and skipper Tom Naylor fired the loose ball wide.
Jackett made his second change of the night soon after, with Close withdrawn and replaced by Oli Hawkins.
Exeter were relying on nefarious methods to keep their opponents at bay and Gary Warren was shown a yellow card for cynically preventing Marquis from breaking clear.
But the visitors might have broken the deadlock on 63 minutes, only for Naylor to throw himself in the path of Lee Martin’s shot.
Tom Parkes then wasted a decent opportunity from the resulting corner by hooking the ball high over the bar.
Pompey were pushing forward in search of an opener, with Hawkins looking a particular threat, but were just lacking that final bit of quality in the final third.
The breakthrough almost came on 71 minutes, only for Lewis Ward to make a sensational stop to stop Hawkins from converting Harness’ low centre.
A goal appeared to be getting closer and Harness then fired inches wide after being teed-up by McGeehan.
But it was Exeter who went ahead with 11 minutes remaining after Sean Raggett had diverted a shot narrowly past his own post.
Alex Bass was unable to get to the resulting corner and the ball fell for Taylor to lash into the net from 12 yards.
The stunned Blues tried to hit back and Curtis immediately dragged a shot off target from the edge of the area.
And they did have a leveller moments later, after Marquis had initially appeared to see a pass go beyond him.
But the striker got hold of it and squared for Curtis, with his shot cleared from the line by Parkes and HARNESS following up to slam home the rebound.
It seemed like the hosts were the more likely side to score again and avoid a penalty shoot-out, but there was still time for plenty more twists.
Exeter thought they had a winner when Randall’s low delivery was inadvertently sliced into his own net by Burgess.
But the Blues kept fighting as the contest entered stoppage-time and McGEEHAN lifted a fine shot over Ward and into the net.
And with five additional minutes already up, Naylor found acres of space to surge forward and pick out Curtis.
The winger expertly brought the ball down and sent in a superb cross from the left that was nodded in by MARQUIS.
There was not time for any more drama and the whistle soon blew, leaving fans to start singing about Wembley.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close (Hawkins 54); Harness, McGeehan, Curtis; Harrison (Marquis 24)
Goals: Harness 86, McGeehan 90+2, Marquis 90+6
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Bolton, Whatmough, Brown, Williams
Exeter (3-4-1-2): Ward; Dyer, Warren, Parkes; Richardson, Taylor (c), Kite, Randall; Martin (Williams 72); Law (Collins 80), Fisher (Seymour 68)
Goals: Taylor 79, Burgess 89 (og)
Booked: Fisher, Warren
Subs not used: Thompson, Moxey, Holmes, Jay
Referee: Craig Hicks
Attendance: 14,735 (366 away fans)
There were not an abundance of chances in the first half, but the Blues got the job done after the break.
Ellis Harrison headed them into the lead and John Marquis came off the bench to wrap up all three points.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Coventry earlier in the week.
Gareth Evans came in for his first league appearance since New Year’s Day, while there were also starts for Marcus Harness and Harrison.
Ben Close, Ryan Williams and Marquis were the men to make way, with the trio all named among the substitutes.
Storm Dennis ensured the ground was being battered by strong winds and heavy rain, making conditions tough for both sides.
But Pompey made the brighter start and sent plenty of early deliveries into the box for the Shrews to deal with.
Harness then dug out a low shot that Max O’Leary in the Milton End goal had to get down to keep out.
The keeper also beat away a fierce effort from Steve Seddon after the ball landed for the left-back inside the box.
There was not much happening at the other end, although Christian Burgess and Tom Naylor bravely threw themselves in front of shots.
The visitors then saw two of their three-man back-line booked in quick succession, with Ro-Shaun Williams and Ethan Ebanks-Landell punished for fouls on Ronan Curtis and Harrison respectively.
It went a bit quiet as the half progressed, although there was a good chance for the hosts on 30 minutes.
Curtis’ pass released Harness down the right and his low delivery was turned over by a stretching Harrison.
Shrewsbury’s only decent opportunity followed soon after, with Bass equal to a curling Conor McAleny effort.
It was the Blues who were on top as the interval approached, although Evans will want to forget an ambitious bicycle kick that saw him miss the ball completely.
Seddon provided more of a threat after being given space to advance in stoppage-time, before hitting a rocket that dipped narrowly over the bar.
Shrewsbury Town 0
Pompey looked a bit rusty immediately after the restart and Burgess was booked for a foul on Daniel Udoh.
Sean Goss stepped up to take the free-kick and curled the ball into the side netting from 20 yards out.
And the visitors then had a couple of decent chances inside a minute, with Bass getting his fingertips to a cross-cum-shot from substitute Kayne Ramsay.
When the ball broke for Conor McAleny moments later, his fierce effort flew through a sea of bodies and was beaten to safety by Bass.
Jackett made a double switch soon after, with Evans and James Bolton withdrawn for Marquis and Ross McCrorie.
The former soon had an effort that took a deflection and the ball would not quite bounce kindly for Harrison.
But the latter then provided the assist, as the hosts were finally able to break the deadlock on 64 minutes.
It was a superb cross from McCrorie, who took a touch before sending the ball into the box for HARRISON to nod home from close range.
They soon had a chance to double the lead when Cameron McGeehan was brought down just outside the box.
But after Seddon dummied it, Curtis sent the free-kick thudding in the wall and skipper Naylor fired the loose ball wide.
Pompey were trying to add to their lead and O’Leary was quickly off his line to deny Marquis after Curtis had slipped a neat pass through to the striker.
Sean Raggett was then unable to beat the keeper from a Curtis free-kick, as the hosts continued to push.
Harness was next to go close when McCrorie cut the ball back for him, but again O’Leary came to Town’s rescue.
But the points were finally secured on 82 minutes, as MARQUIS collected a pass from Harness and coolly slotted the ball into the net.
Williams replaced Curtis for the closing stages, as Pompey saw the contest out with relative ease to ensure they remained in the top six.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (McCrorie 58), Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness, Evans (Marquis 58), Curtis (Williams 89); Harrison
Goals: Harrison 64, Marquis 82
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, Close
Shrewsbury (3-5-1-1): O’Leary; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Beckles, Edwards (c), Goss, Laurent, Hart (Ramsay 46); McAleny (Cummings 67); Udoh (Lang 67)
Booked: Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Lang, Goss
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Love, Sears, Golbourne
Referee: Lee Swabey
Attendance: 18,214 (319 away fans)
The contest at a bitterly cold St Andrew’s rarely moved above second gear, although both sides had periods of dominance.
But the Blues were left rueing a rare defensive lapse when substitute Matty Godden nipped in to score the winner for the hosts.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Tranmere to set a new club record at the weekend.
John Marquis returned to lead the four-man forward line in place of Ellis Harrison, who dropped to the bench.
It was the hosts who shaded a poor opening 45 minutes of football, without ever really looking like breaking the deadlock.
Their best opportunity came after just six minutes, with Alex Bass getting down to deal with Liam Walsh’s low drive from the edge of the box.
Ryan Williams had a couple of half-chances at the other end, but saw both of his efforts blocked in quick succession.
Callum O’Hare – sporting a bandage after receiving a nasty gash to the head at the weekend – had a shot deflected wide for Coventry.
And the hosts enjoyed a spell of possession where they forced the Blues back deep inside their own half.
But nothing really came of it and Bass was being well protected by a disciplined display from the back four.
Walsh screwed one shot wastefully wide, while a long-range attempt from O’Hare stung the palms of Bass.
Marko Marosi was not being tested in the Coventry goal, although would have been relieved to see the ball ricochet clear after Ronan Curtis charged down his clearance.
And it was the hosts who had the final effort before the break, as Jamie Allen’s shot looped over Bass, but fortunately for Pompey, also over the bar.
Coventry City 0
Williams tried to flick a pass through to Marquis once the action restarted, although Marosi was able to gather.
But the keeper was – despite the lack of chances – looking unsteady between the sticks and recovered after taking a poor touch from a back-pass by former Fratton loanee Dom Hyam.
Allen then whipped a teasing cross into the box at the other end, although a stretching Amadou Bakayoko could only divert the ball wide.
Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Marquis and Williams withdrawn for Harrison and Marcus Harness.
And with his very first touch, Harrison met James Bolton’s low delivery with a near-post shot that was saved by Marosi.
Harness then had a chance on 74 minutes after his attempted pass had been blocked, with the winger curling the ball over the bar.
Pompey were enjoying much more possession, but were lacking a clinical touch in the final third of the pitch.
And when Marosi unconvincingly pushed out Harrison’s low pass across the box, Steve Seddon blazed the loose ball high over the bar.
The hosts brought on Godden in an attempt to find a winner and the substitute immediately responded.
O’Hare’s lofted pass caught the Blues defence cold, with Godden spinning sharply and neatly finishing.
But the visitors almost found an immediate leveller when Tom Naylor sent the ball into the box and Cameron McGeehan’s shot was well saved by Marosi.
And Coventry survived one last scare deep into stoppage-time, as a stretching Harrison could only turn the ball over the bar from a few yards out.
Coventry (3-4-2-1): Marosi; Rose, McFadzean, Hyam; Dabo, Kelly (c), Walsh, McCallum; Allen (Biamou 71), O’Hare; Bakayoko (Godden 82)
Goals: Godden 84
Subs not used: Wilson, Pask, Westbrooke, Shipley, Giles
Pompey (4-1-4-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 63), McGeehan, Close, Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 63)
Booked: McGeehan, Close
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, McCrorie, Evans
Referee: Scott Oldham
Attendance: 6,983 (1,526 Pompey fans)
(Loan : Portsmouth – Boreham Wood)
Adam May has joined National League side Boreham Wood on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 22-year-old midfielder links up with a team sitting fifth in the table and aiming to secure promotion to the EFL for the first time.
He spent the first half of the campaign at Swindon, scoring once in 13 appearances before returning to Fratton Park.
May has played 30 times for the Blues, last featuring in an FA Cup replay defeat at QPR in February 2019.
Director – Michael Powell
Year – 1969
Bradley Morahan (James Mason) is an Australian artist who feels he has become jaded by success and life in New York City. He decides that he needs to regain the edge he had as a young artist and returns to Australia.
He sets up in a shack on the shore of a small, sparsely inhabited island on the Great Barrier Reef. There he meets young Cora Ryan (Helen Mirren), who has grown up wild, with her only relative, her difficult, gin-guzzling grandmother ‘Ma’ (Neva Carr Glyn). To earn money, Cora sells Bradley fish that she has caught in the sea. She later sells him a chicken which she has stolen from his spinster neighbour Isabel Marley (Andonia Katsaros). When Bradley is suspected of being the thief, he pays Isabel and gets Cora to promise not to steal any more. To help her save enough money to fulfil her dream of becoming a hairdresser in Brisbane, he pays her to be his model. She reinvigorates him, becoming his artistic muse.
Bradley’s work is disrupted when his sponging longtime “friend” Nat Kelly (Jack MacGowran) shows up. Nat is hiding from the police over alimony he owes. When Bradley refuses to give him a loan, Nat invites himself to stay with Bradley. After several days Bradley’s patience becomes exhausted, but Nat then focuses his attention on romancing Isabel, hoping to get some money from her. Instead, she unexpectedly ravishes him. The next day, he hastily departs the island, but not before stealing Bradley’s money and some of his drawings.
Ma subsequently catches Cora posing nude for Bradley and accuses him of carrying on with her underage granddaughter. Bradley protests that he has done nothing improper. Finally, he gives her the little money he has left to get her to go away.
When Cora discovers that Ma has found her hidden cache of money, she chases after her. In the ensuing struggle, Ma falls down a hill, breaks her neck, and dies. The local policeman sees no reason to investigate further, since the old woman was known to be frequently drunk.
Later that night Cora goes to Bradley’s shack, but is disappointed when he seems to view her only as his model. When she runs out, Bradley follows her into the water, and he finally comes to view her as a desirable young woman.
It is the first time they have won nine successive games in all competitions since entering the Football League in 1920.
Raggett opened his Blues account with an early close-range header and Williams made sure of the points with a low strike after the break.
The relegation-threatened Rovers kept battling away, but were all too often let down by their play in the final third.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Sunderland on home soil the previous week.
One was enforced, with Andy Cannon’s glute injury seeing Ben Close recalled to midfield and Cameron McGeehan pushed further forward.
Ellis Harrison also returned to lead the line and John Marquis dropped to the bench, where he was joined by Gareth Evans.
The hosts had received plenty of negative publicity for their pitch, which was lacking much grass and included big patches of sand in the wide areas.
Both sides found the conditions – not helped by the windy weather – difficult to deal with and there were plenty of misjudged passes.
But a lovely touch from Ronan Curtis provided an early opening and when his shot was beaten away by Scott Davies, the loose ball was cleared by Calum Woods before Williams could capitalise.
The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes, however, with Curtis providing the assist after he had been fouled by Kane Wilson.
A free-kick was swung into the box by the winger and although Christian Burgess could not make a connection, RAGGETT was in position to head home his opening Blues goal from a few yards out.
Tranmere fought back and almost gained an immediate leveller after Burgess had made a key block to deny former Fratton loanee James Vaughan.
The ball was sent straight back into the area and Andy Cook’s neat back-heel was well saved by Alex Bass from point-blank range.
Still the danger was not over, though, and Close had to go sliding in to prevent Kieron Morris having a free shot on goal.
Harrison had an attempt at the other end midway through the first half, but angled the ball wide after being teed-up by Curtis.
George Ray then did well to get ahead of Burgess at the far post and prevent the defender meeting Steve Seddon’s free-kick.
But it was Tranmere who finished the opening period on top and Bass got down well to stop Cook from nodding home Wilson’s cross.
A delivery from Corey Blackett-Taylor then appeared to present Cook with a free header, only for the striker to somehow miss the ball completely.
Another attempt from the same player soon crept pass the post after Woods had this time provided the cross.
And Burgess came to the rescue in stoppage-time to block Cook’s centre after Bass had come charging from his box and misjudged the bounce of the ball.
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A couple of Seddon free-kicks caused the hosts problems once the action restarted, while Curtis scuffed a chance off target.
But the lead was doubled on 51 minutes after McGeehan slipped a neat pass through to Curtis, who had stayed onside.
The Republic of Ireland international’s cut-back went behind WILLIAMS, who recovered well to drill a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.
Pompey kept looking for more goals, though, and a firm header from Harrison was sent straight into Davies’ arms.
Their opponents started to look more of a threat as the half progressed, although were constantly being let down by a poor final ball.
A corner – which Bass was booked for holding up – then led to an almighty scramble and Morris eventually prodded wastefully wide.
Rovers were seeing a lot of the ball, without doing much with it, while the visitors were trying to break quickly.
One delivery from Seddon was neatly flicked on by Harrison, but Davies was able to scramble behind before Close could pounce.
And Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease to continue their charge up the League One table.
Tranmere (4-4-2): Davies (c); Wilson (Ridehalgh 46), Ray, Monthe, Woods (Danns 59); Morris, Woodyard, McCullough, Blackett-Taylor; Vaughan (Ferrier 59), Cook
Subs not used: Pilling, Perkins, Gilmour, Jennings
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, McGeehan, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Raggett 13, Williams 51
Booked: Bass, Williams
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Evans, Harness, Marquis
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Attendance: 6,985 (1,379 Pompey fans)
Director – Mark Griffiths
Year – 2004
He may have just graduated but Nick has it all figured out – marriage, a lucrative career and a totally different lifestyle from that of his West Coast hippy parents. When he discovers that his future wife may be falling prey to a powerful and oversexed music producer, Nick is determined to fly to Toronto to win her back. Lifelong buds and dedicated surfers Tyler and Dime have other ideas for their staid best friend – the road trip adventure of his life.
With only three days to make it to the MuchMusic Video Awards, the unlikely road warriors head off. Two sexy hitchhikers, Sasha and Jill, complicate matters and a series of accidents, orchestrated by a malevolent stranger, sabotage the trip turning Nick’s future plans upside down.
Director – Nicolas Roeg
Year – 1971
A white teenaged schoolgirl, her younger brother, and their father drive from their home in Sydney into the Australian outback, ostensibly for a picnic. As they prepare to eat, the father draws a gun and begins firing at the children. The boy believes it to be a game, but the daughter realizes her father is attempting to murder them, and flees with her brother, seeking shelter behind rocks. She watches as her father sets their car on fire and shoots himself in the head. The girl conceals the suicide from her brother, retrieves some of the picnic food, and leads him away from the scene, attempting to walk home through the desert.
By the middle of the next day, they are weak and the boy can barely walk. Discovering a small water hole with a fruiting tree, they spend the day playing, bathing, and resting. By the next morning, the water has dried up. They are then discovered by an Aboriginal boy. Although the girl cannot communicate with him, due to the language barrier, her brother mimes their need for water and the newcomer cheerfully shows them how to draw it from the drying bed of the oasis. The three travel together, with the Aboriginal boy sharing Kangaroo meat he has caught from hunting. The boys learn to communicate slightly using words and sign language.
While in the vicinity of a plantation, a white woman walks past the Aboriginal boy, who simply ignores her when she speaks to him. She appears to see the other children, but they do not see her, and they continue on their journey. The children also discover a weather balloon belonging to a nearby research team working in the desert. After drawing markings of a modern-style house, the Aboriginal boy eventually leads them to an abandoned farm, and takes the small boy to a nearby road. The Aboriginal boy hunts down a water buffalo and is wrestling it to the ground when two white hunters appear in a truck and nearly run him over. He watches in shock as they shoot several buffalo with a rifle. The boy then returns to the farm, but passes by without speaking.
Later, the Aboriginal boy lies in a trance among a slew of buffalo bones, having painted himself in ceremonial markings. He returns to the farmhouse, catching the undressing girl by surprise, and initiates a mating ritual by performing a courtship dance in front of her. Although he dances outside all day and into the night until he becomes exhausted, she is frightened and hides from him, and tells her brother they will leave him the next day. In the morning, after they dress in their school uniforms, the brother takes her to the Aboriginal boy’s body, hanging in a tree. Before leaving, the girl wipes ants from the dead boy’s chest. Hiking up the road, the siblings find a nearly-deserted mining town where a surly employee directs them towards nearby accommodation.
Much later, a businessman arrives home as the now grown-up girl prepares dinner; while he embraces her and relates office gossip, she either imagines or remembers a scene in which she, her brother, and the Aboriginal boy are playing and swimming naked in a billabong in the outback.