Sep 262020
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Wigan Athletic 2


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)50 %

LOST DRAWN LOST DRAWN WON WON

Pompey suffered a first league defeat at Fratton Park since April 2019 after losing 2-1 to Wigan.

They controlled possession and had periods of dominance, but did not do enough to test a nervous-looking Jamie Jones in the visitors’ goal.

And the Latics took advantage to claim all three points, courtesy of a slightly fortunate Lee Evans’ effort and a long-range Tom James free-kick.

Ellis Harrison came off the bench to reduce the deficit late on, but there was not enough time remaining for the Blues to find an equaliser.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that were held to a draw at Rochdale the previous week.

Michael Jacobs was handed a full debut against his former club, while Cam Pring came in at left-back.

Andy Cannon and Lee Brown both dropped to the bench, where they were joined by new arrival Rasmus Nicolaisen.

Former Pompey players Kal Naismith and Viv Solomon-Otabor started for the visitors, but Gary Roberts missed out with a hamstring injury.

The hosts came tearing out of the blocks and created plenty of opportunities in the opening 15 minutes.

An early effort from Jacobs was blocked, while crosses from him and the lively Marcus Harness caused problems for Jones.

A Ronan Curtis delivery from the right – perhaps assisted by the wind – then drifted towards the net and came back off the post.

The ball then ran loose for Harness, who sent it back into the centre, where John Marquis glanced narrowly wide.

Jacobs soon tried to pick out skipper Tom Naylor at the back post, forcing Naismith to head over his own crossbar.

Pring was providing a threat from set-pieces and a couple of corners were nervously dealt with by Jones.

And when Jacobs tried to find Curtis midway through the half, Tom James slid in to intercept and deny the Republic of Ireland international a simple finish.

But the Blues’ dominance began to wane after such a bright opening, allowing their opponents back into the contest.

It still came as somewhat of a surprise when Wigan broke the deadlock – in somewhat fortunate fashion – on 39 minutes.

Craig MacGillivray got down to try to deal with an Alex Perry effort that was blocked by Sean Raggett.

And with the keeper still down on the ground, he was unable to keep the follow-up from Evans finding the net.

It looked like an equaliser might arrive in stoppage-time when Jacobs’ free-kick was nodded back by Jack Whatmough, but Marquis was flagged offside.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Wigan Athletic 1


There was a controversial moment early in the second half when Marquis, racing through on goal, was taken down by Nathan Cameron on the edge of the box.

Pompey were demanding a red card for the defender, but referee Antony Coggins would only brandish a yellow.

It was Curtis who stepped up to take the free-kick, but his effort cannoned into the wall and was cleared to safety.

Wigan were next to threaten when Solomon-Otabor broke into the area on the left and rolled a cross-shot narrowly past the post.

The visitors wanted a penalty when Chris Merrie went down in the box, but Coggins immediately waved him back to his feet.

Jackett soon decided the time was right to make his first substitution, with Harness replaced by Harrison.

The Latics were waiting to take a free-kick while that substitution was taking place and that led to their second goal.

James was around 30 yards out and hit a rocket of a shot that flew between MacGillivray’s grasp and the net.

Pompey started to pick up again and they were awarded a free-kick inside the box when Jones picked up Perry’s back-pass.

The Wigan wall were stationed on the line and did their job to keep out Curtis’ fierce drive, while the resulting cross led to a Bryn Morris shot that was blocked.

A final throw of the dice from Jackett saw Jacobs and Morris replaced by Cannon and Ryan Williams on 71 minutes.

Harrison then started an encouraging move and almost finished it, but could not quite get on the end of Curtis’ cross.

The substitute striker was proving a menace and when he collected Williams’ cross and laid the ball off for Marquis, Cameron flung himself into the path of the resulting shot to divert it behind.

Pring took the corner and that found Sean Raggett, whose header clipped the post, as Wigan survived again.

It was Pompey’s most productive period of the game and Williams soon dragged a shot just past the post.

And HARRISON restored some hope on 89 minutes, lashing the ball home after the ball had ricocheted off Marquis and into his park.

But Wigan used up as much time as they could get away with to see out the closing stages and claim the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Morris (Cannon 71); Harness (Harrison 58), Jacobs (Williams 71), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Harrison 89
Subs not used: Turnbull, Nicolaisen, Brown, Close

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Jones; James, Cameron, Fox, Pearce (Gardner 22); Perry, Merrie (Crankshaw 90+2); Naismith, Evans, Solomon-Otabor (Massey 80); Garner (c)
Goals: Evans 39, James 59
Booked: Garner, Cameron
Subs not used: Evans, Long, Obi, Jolley

Referee: Antony Coggins

Sep 252020
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Gareth Evans

(Mutual Consent)

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Gareth Evans has left the club by mutual consent.

The midfielder netted 38 goals in 218 appearances for the Blues after arriving on the south coast in the summer of 2015.

He was deployed at right-back for much of the memorable 2016/17 campaign, which saw the League Two title head to the south coast.

Evans scored from the spot in two matches that will live long in the memories of all Pompey supporters.

The first of those penalties came at Meadow Lane, where more than 4,000 fans saw a 3-1 victory over Notts County secure promotion.

And the second helped Paul Cook’s side thrash Cheltenham 6-1 on the final day, as a the Fratton faithful witnessed the Blues snatch the silverware from right under the noses of Plymouth and Doncaster.

Another memorable day came at Wembley in March 2019, with Evans coming off the bench and scoring in the penalty shoot-out to beat Sunderland and lift the EFL Trophy.

His final Pompey goal arrived in the Carabao Cup win at Stevenage last month, while he made his final appearance in the League One opener against Shrewsbury.

He has subsequently signed a two year deal at Bradford City.

Sep 232020
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Rasmus Nicolaisen

(Loan : FC Midtjylland – Portsmouth)

Pompey have signed defender Rasmus Nicolaisen on a season-long loan deal from FC Midtjylland.

The move for the 23-year-old former Denmark youth international is subject to international clearance.

Nicolaisen progressed through the FC Midtjylland academy and made his debut for their first team in 2017.

He was part of the squad that lifted the top-flight title in both 2017/18 and 2019/20, as well as the Danish Cup in between.

Nicolaisen has also appeared in the Europa League and has scored six goals in 51 appearances for FC Midtjylland.

‘The Wolves’ are currently managed by Brian Priske, who featured for Pompey in the Premier League during the 2005/06 campaign.

Sep 212020
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Reeco Hackett-Fairchild

(Loan : Portsmouth – Bromley)

Reeco Hackett has returned to Bromley on loan until January 3.

But Pompey have an option to recall the 22-year-old forward from the National League side after the initial 28 days of the deal.

He arrived at Fratton Park from the London outfit at the start of 2020, making his debut in an EFL Trophy victory at Walsall.

But Hackett has been left frustrated by a series of knocks and will now be looking for a regular run of games back at Bromley.

He scored eight goals in 25 appearances for them during the first half of last season and previously played for Charlton.

Sep 202020
 

Portsmouth FC


A League 1
Rochdale 0
Portsmouth 0


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)60 %

DRAWN LOST DRAWN WON WON

Pompey drew 0-0 for the second League One fixture in succession but will be wondering how they left Rochdale with only a point.

The first half was a lifeless affair, but the visitors were on top throughout the second period and had several opportunities to score.

They were unable to take any of them, however, and Matty Done missed a glorious chance to make them pay for that profligacy at the death.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that exited the Carabao Cup at Brighton earlier in the week.

Andy Cannon replaced Ryan Williams, with the midfielder making his first start of the campaign against his former club.

The other switches both came in the full-back roles, as Cam Pring and James Bolton made way for Lee Brown and Callum Johnson.

But summer signing Michael Jacobs had to be content with a place among the substitutes as he waited to make a Blues bow.

It was a fairly uneventful opening 45 minutes in the Greater Manchester sunshine, with neither keeper forced into meaningful action.

Marcus Harness was looking the most dangerous player for the visitors and sent in a number of dangerous crosses that could not be capitalised on.

Ollie Rathbone tried a rocket of a 25-yard shot at the other end that flew not too wide of Craig MacGillivray’s post.

And when Stephen Humphrys did get into a decent position inside the Blues box, he fired wastefully over the bar.

Pompey’s best opportunity came on 27 minutes when Tom Naylor could not spot a free player and instead delivered a rasping strike that Gavin Bazunu had to turn around the post.

A run from Ronan Curtis then led to the ball ricocheting back into the winger’s path, although his eventual drive lacked another power to seriously trouble the keeper.

Humphrys – making his second Dale debut – limped off injured late in the half and his replacement might have made an instant impact.

Matty Done received a square pass from Alex Newby, but could only stab the ball straight at MacGillivray.


Half Time

Rochdale 0

Portsmouth 0


A deep cross from Brown created an opening soon after restart, but Harness’ angled header was claimed by Bazunu.

And they squandered a great chance to open the scoring moments later after the keeper played the ball straight to Harness.

He squared the ball for John Marquis, who slotted the ball wide of the post from inside the Rochdale box.

Pompey had looked a lot more positive since the break and a Curtis cross caused plenty of problems for the Dale defence.

Sean Raggett was then unable to guide Harness’ centre on target, with appeals for a push on the defender waved away by referee Michael Salisbury.

And the visitors went close again on the hour mark, as Harness flung himself at a Cannon pass, but could not quite make contact.

That was the last piece of meaningful action for Cannon, who was replaced by debutant Jacobs on 66 minutes.

Pompey then had the ball in the back of the net when Bazunu claimed Brown’s corner and was sent tumbling into the net, but Salisbury decided the keeper had been fouled.

Good work from Harness soon led to a cross that was partially cleared, with Tom Naylor snatching at his shot and seeing it fly wide.

The chances kept coming and two corners from Curtis saw a Raggett header deflected behind and Harness nod wide.

Ellis Harrison came on for Curtis, as the Blues continued to try to turn their second half dominance into a goal.

It was Marquis who had the next opportunity, though, and could not make a connection when he tried to deftly guide home Brown’s cross.

Bazunu then made two fine saves in quick succession, first keeping out another Marquis header from Johnson’s fine cross, then diving to his right to save from Raggett.

But the Blues were almost caught out by a sucker-punch when Harrison’s intended pass back to MacGillivray was intercepted by Done.

He was left with an empty net to slot into, but sliced his attempt horribly and when a second chance arrived, Jack Whatmough averted the danger.

And Whatmough almost starred at the other end in stoppage-time when he met Brown’s corner and saw his header cleared from the line.

Rochdale (4-3-1-2): Bazunu; McLaughlin, O’Connell (c) (McNulty 80), McShane, Keohane; Lund, Ryan, Morley; Rathbone; Humphrys (Done 38), Newby (Dooley 70)
Booked: McShane
Subs not used: Lynch, Brierley, Tavarez, Baah

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris; Harness, Cannon (Jacobs 66), Curtis (Harrison 79); Marquis
Booked: Brown, Naylor
Subs not used: Turnbull, Downing, Pring, Close, Williams

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Sep 192020
 

Movies IMDb Emmanuelle Chriqui Katharine Isabelle


Snow Day

Rated – 57.8 (100)

DirectorChris Koch

Year2000

Trailer

[Review]

This definitely falls into the categories of films I purchased due to who was in it rather than it’s merit. It’s not terrible.

[Storyline]

The film opens with a narration by Hal Brandston, (Mark Webber) explaining how a snowflake is formed. The film changes to his father, a news reporter, Tom Brandston, (Chevy Chase) giving the weather report before walking away backstage, annoyed with his job, before seeing another reporter, Chad Symmonz, (John Schneider) who tries to be better than Tom, giving a false report on a forecast; this makes Tom resent him even further. The film then changes to Hal, trying to get noticed by Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a girl that he really likes. After he slips and falls in a swimming pool, Hal notices Claire’s anklet, with a whale insignia, at the bottom. He swims over and grabs it, wanting to return it to her, but he expresses that he is too shy to talk to her. The film then changes focus to a group of elementary school students, led by Hal’s sister, Natalie (Zena Grey), who wants to have a snow day. She hits her school’s principal, Principal Weaver, with a snowball. (This becomes a running gag, quite literally, where he gets hit with numerous snowballs by unseen kids and gets no help from onlookers). When Natalie wishes for it to snow that night, Tom notices a huge snow storm that will happen overnight, proving Chad’s forecast wrong.
Waking up the next morning, Natalie notices snow all over town, and all the kids cheer, after their school is announced to be closed for a snow day (much to Principal Weaver’s dismay). Right before she goes outside, Natalie notices a mean snowplow driver, who the kids call “Snowplow Man” (Chris Elliott), plowing the streets. Meanwhile, Hal tries to win the heart of Claire, while still trying to return her anklet, with the help of his best friend, Lane Leonard (Schuyler Fisk), who secretly harbors feelings for him. Back at the Brandston home, Hal and Natalie’s workaholic mother, Laura Brandston (Jean Smart), are stuck at home with Hal’s mischievous younger brother, Randy, who is bored to death and wants to go play in the snow.

Natalie and her friends, Wayne (Josh Peck) and Chet (Jade Yorker), build an igloo, but it is quickly destroyed by the Snowplow Man, who gets revenge on them for hitting him with a snowball. They eventually come up with a plan to take over the plow and move all the snow back in the streets so they could have a second snow day. They use Wayne as bait by pouring ketchup on him and having him pretending to be dead. As the Snowplow Man checks out the scene, Natalie and Chet steal his bird, Trudy, so Snowplow Man kidnaps Wayne, wanting an exchange for his bird. After he refuses to give them an extra snow day, but still returning Wayne and the bird, Natalie decides that extreme measures need to be taken.

After trying to talk to Claire many times, even going to her house, only to see that everyone found out about her break-up with her mean and ill-tempered boyfriend, Chuck Wheeler (David Paetkau), Hal decides to see how things end up between them. He and Claire share a look after she and Chuck ride away on Chuck’s snowmobile. Hal decides to try another way of getting her attention – by going to the skating rink, and Lane lures the boring DJ announcer (Iggy Pop) into the bathroom. Hal takes advantage of the stereo system and talks to Claire, in front of everyone, and Chuck, who views Hal as a target for his “House Of Pain”. Later, Hal tries again to get Claire’s attention by making a whale-shaped figure in the snow with a shovel (only to learn she likes zebras). Chuck finds him though, while following Claire, and tries to attack Hal, but he reveals he is not afraid of him. Hal runs and jumps on Chuck’s snowmobile, riding away into the woods, with Chuck and his followers gaining on him. But Chuck is quickly outsmarted and lands in a kid’s snowman.

Elsewhere, Tom is reports at a snow sledding hill and at an ice-sculpting contest. After noticing a statue of Chad, which infuriates him so much, he tries to take the sculpting kid’s ice pick, intending on destroying the statue. But when it falls, Chad begins humiliating Tom, so Tom tries asking Chad where snow comes from. Chad, trying to save himself, slowly ends up revealing that he is a fraud. The crowd calls him a loser, and he leaves for good, after the crowd cheers Tom’s name, bringing his career back up.

That night, Natalie and Chet reveal that they gathered all the kids in town to confront the Snowplow Man, as he makes his way to the last snow covered street. They all tie him up, and he insults them after they laugh at him. They leave him tied up, as everyone goes to cover the roads. Knowing he is defeated, the Snowplow Man accepts his fate, and calls to his bird. Later, Hal soon realizes he loves Lane instead of Claire; he is even encouraged by Claire to go after her. After one last stand to Chuck, and almost being beaten senseless, Natalie plows right into Chuck, who gets covered in snow, unable to get out, and rescuing Hal in the process. Hal finally admits to Lane that he loves her and they share a kiss. Natalie is happy that her and her friends finally got a second snow day, and they drive the plow away. Laura takes the day off from work to look after Randy, even playing in the snow with him. Having found new paths in their lives, the Brandstons, Lane, and Claire are finally happy.

When Principal Weaver gets home, thinking he is safe, the kids (who somehow got into his house), hit him with a lot of snowballs as he cries in defeat and the film ends.

Sep 172020
 

Portsmouth FC


A League Cup
Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Portsmouth 0


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)N/A %

LOST DRAWN WON WON

Pompey’s League Cup adventure was ended by Premier League side Brighton in a second round contest at the Amex Stadium.

The visitors matched their higher-ranked opponents in the first half and only trailed to Alexis Mac Allister’s header at the break.

It was a different story after it, though, as the Seagulls struck three times in under 20 minutes – through Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo and Viktor Gyokeres – to ensure comfortable progress.

Sean Raggett almost restored some pride for the Blues late on, but his header was kept out by a stunning Jason Steele save.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury in the league at the weekend.

James Bolton came in for the cup-tied Callum Johnson, with Cam Pring replacing Lee Brown on the opposite flank.

And the final switch saw Ryan Williams handed a wide role in the attacking midfield trio, as Gareth Evans made way.

Brighton had an early chance to break the deadlock, with Craig MacGillivray making a fine save to deny Gyokeres and Bernardo sending the loose ball wildly off target.

But the Blues were not looking over-awed against their top-flight opponents and created several opportunities of their own in the opening 45 minutes.

The first was a low Ronan Curtis free-kick from the left that was turned inches past his own post by Dan Burn.

Marcus Harness then came close to scrambling a John Marquis header over the line, although an offside flag had been raised against the Pompey striker.

Brighton were almost gifted an opener midway through the first half, courtesy of a poor Raggett back-pass.

Pascal Gross tried to take advantage, but MacGillivray took the sting off his shot and Jack Whatmough headed clear from the line.

It was then the turn of skipper Dale Stephens to go close, with his low drive clipping the outside of the post.

The visitors were looking a threat on the counter, though, and Curtis broke quickly up the pitch from a Seagulls corner, only to see his shot blocked.

But it was Brighton who broke the deadlock on 38 minutes, as Mac Allister charged in unmarked to firmly head home Jahanbakhsh’s cross.

Pompey were still posing a threat at the other end and thought they should have been awarded a spot-kick just before the break.

A strike from Harness might have deflected onto the arm of a prostrate Joel Veltman, although it was certainly not deliberate from the defender.


Half Time

Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Portsmouth 0


The Blues had a chance to level following the restart, when Curtis was fouled on the left and was not quite able to sneak the resulting free-kick inside Steele’s near post.

But the Premier League side had a cushion moments later following a quick passing move up the pitch.

The ball eventually found Jahanbakhsh on the edge of the box and he hit a rocket of a shot into the top corner.

And the situation soon got even worse for the visitors, as a cross from Gross was deftly glanced home by Bernardo.

It took a heroic piece of defending from Tom Naylor to deny Brighton a fourth goal, with the skipper – making his 100th appearance – somehow stopping the ball crossing the line and ending up in a heap in the net.

Jackett made a double change just past the hour mark, with Curtis and Marquis replaced by Ellis Harrison and Andy Cannon.

But Brighton continued to dominate and put the result beyond doubt on 71 minutes, as Gyokeres twisted one way and the other before sliding the ball past MacGillivray.

Whatmough was immediately removed and on came Paul Downing, perhaps with one eye on Sunday’s league visit to Rochdale.

It was fellow centre-back Raggett who came close to a consolation, though, meeting Pring’s corner and seeing his header brilliantly repelled by Steele.

And the Seagulls had to play out the final few minutes with just 10 men, as Stephens limped off with all three substitutions having already been made.

Brighton (4-2-3-1): Steele; Molumby, Veltman (Sanders 68), Burn, Bernardo; Propper, Stephens (c); Jahanbakhsh (Roberts 68), Gross (Gwargis 77), Mac Allister; Gyokeres
Goals: Mac Allister 38, Jahanbakhsh 54, Bernardo 57, Gyokeres 71
Booked: Gross
Subs not used: Sanchez, Yapi, Dendoncker, Cochrane

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Whatmough (Downing 71), Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Morris; Williams, Harness, Curtis (Cannon 63); Marquis (Harrison 63)
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: Turnbull, Brown, Close, Evans

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Sep 142020
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Michael Jacobs

(Free Agent)

Pompey have completed the signing of midfielder Michael Jacobs.

The 28-year-old has penned a two-year deal, with the club holding the option for a further 12 months.

He left Wigan at the end of last season and will wear the number 24 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Jacobs began his career with Northampton, where he impressed enough to earn a move to Championship side Derby.

He was then signed by Jackett – initially on loan – at Wolves and helped them secure the League One title with a record points tally of 103.

Jacobs moved to Wigan in the summer of 2015, where he picked up a medal for topping the third tier table on two more occasions.

He made a total of 188 appearances for the Latics and scored 32 goals, including a fine solo strike against Blackburn back in June.

Sep 122020
 

Portsmouth FC


H League 1
Portsmouth 0
Shrewsbury Town 0


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)N/A %

DRAWN WON WON

Pompey had to settle for a point in their League One opener with Shrewsury at a warm and sunny Fratton Park.

Most of the action took place in the second half, with Jack Whatmough – making his 100th appearance for the club – among those to go close.

And both sides came close to snatching a late winner, as Rekeil Pyke was denied by Craig MacGillivray, while Tom Naylor’s header struck the woodwork.

But the visitors had to play the final few seconds with just 10 men after Aaron Pierre was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Colchester in the EFL Trophy earlier in the week.

That came at left-back, where summer loan signing Cam Pring dropped to the bench to make way for Lee Brown.

It did not take long for Jason Cummings to collect an early booking following a late challenge on Marquis.

And Bryn Morris then came close to haunting his former club with a fierce drive that was parried by Matija Sarkick.

The ball ran loose and John Marquis desperately tried to get there first, but the keeper was able to smother it.

But it was, generally, a laboured start from the hosts and Shrewsbury almost made them pay from a corner on 12 minutes.

The ball was headed against the post by Brad Walker and, with the goal gaping, Ethan Ebanks-Landell then nodded it wide.

There was controversy when Marquis collected a Ronan Curtis pass and was fouled outside the box by Pierre.

The Blues striker felt he was last man and it should have warranted a red card, but referee Charles Breakspear opted to brandish only a yellow.

Several players were hovering over the free-kick and when Brown eventually took it, he curled the ball inches past the post.

There were half-chances at both ends of the pitch, although it had certainly not been the most entertaining period of football.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Shrewsbury Town 0


Marquis came close to breaking the deadlock soon after the restart, trying an inventive lofted effort from the right side of the box that drifted narrowly wide.

And their opponents then went close at the other end, as Brad Walker danced past a number of challenges, only to screw his shot horribly off target.

Jackett made his first change 10 minutes into the second half, with Andy Cannon on to replace Gareth Evans.

Both sides were looking to counter with pace and one such attack led to Marquis having a header deflected over the bar.

Clear-cut chances were still proving to be few and far between, though, and it took an unlikely source to find the next shot on target.

A Curtis free-kick was nodded back into the centre by Sean Raggett and Whatmough’s volley was saved by Sarkic.

Ryan Williams came on for Marcus Harness on 69 minutes, as Jackett decided to freshen up his forward options.

And when the newcomer was hacked down by Josh Vela, Breakspear played the advantage and Pompey broke.

Cannon timed his run to stay onside and collect Curtis’ pass, but could not get the ball on his right foot and the move broke down.

Vela was then shown a booking and so was substitute Marlon Fossey for a foul on Curtis down the left.

Brown was the one to take it and tried to send the ball over Sarkic, with the keeper back-pedalling to just about prevent it finding the net.

Pompey were well on top now and Scott Golbourne was well-placed just in front of the line to block Raggett’s header.

Then, after Ben Close had replaced Morris, the left-back also managed to divert Williams’ goal-bound header to safety.

But it was Shrewsbury who almost grabbed a late winner from a corner, with MacGillivray – who had experienced a quiet afternoon – making a stunning save to deny Pyke.

The ball was still loose and the danger was not over, however, with Whatmough managing to hack from the line.

Pompey then almost secured all three points for themselves, with Naylor meeting another fine Brown free-kick and rattling the crossbar with his header.

Pierre was sent off late in stoppage-time, picking up a second booking for a clear foul on Marquis 20 yards out.

It meant that Brown had the final chance to secure victory, sending his low free-kick through the wall and seeing Sarkic turn it around the post.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris (Close 80); Harness (Williams 69), Evans (Cannon 55), Curtis; Marquis
Booked: Harness, Morris
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Pring, Harrison

Shrewsbury (4-3-3): Sarkic; Williams (Fossey 72), Pierre, Ebanks-Landell (c), Golbourne; Vela (Norburn 78), Walker, High; Cummings (Barnett 84), Pyke, Whalley
Sent off: Pierre (two yellow cards)
Booked: Cummings, Whalley, Vela, Fossey
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Love, Daniels, Udoh

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Sep 082020
 

Portsmouth FC


H EFL Trophy
Portsmouth 2
Colchester United 0


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)N/A %

WON WON

Marcus Harness bagged a brace as Pompey began their latest EFL Trophy campaign with a comfortable victory over Colchester at an empty Fratton Park.

The competition holders are still waiting to hear the date for their return to Wembley for last season’s final.

But they produced a professional – and largely dominant performance – against their League Two opponents.

Both of the goals arrived in the space of a few first half seconds, with Harness displaying some precise finishing to secure all three group stage points.

Pompey handed debuts to full-back duo Cam Pring and Callum Johnson, who arrived from Bristol City and Accrington respectively over the summer.

They replaced Lee Brown and James Bolton, as Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that won at Stevenage on penalties in the Carabao Cup 10 days earlier.

Craig MacGillivray came in for the injured Alex Bass between the sticks, while Paul Downing made way for Jack Whatmough.

The hosts dominated possession in the opening stages, although chances were hard to come by at both ends of the pitch.

It was the Blues who, unsurprisingly, had the first decent one following a fine bit of trickery down the left from Ronan Curtis.

He sent the ball into the centre and it bounced off both Harness and John Marquis before being grabbed by grateful keeper Shamal George.

It was proving to be a quiet evening for MacGillivray at the other end, although he had to deal with a simple angled effort from Miles Welch-Hayes.

Pompey were looking more likely to break the deadlock, although Gareth Evans could not bring Curtis’ pass under control and the ball flew harmlessly wide.

Referee Craig Hicks then got in Luke Gambin’s way during an attack from the home side and would undoubtedly have been relieved to see the move break down.

Curtis was looking a real threat for the Blues and following one mazy run, his placed shot was saved low down by George.

A goal seemed to be moving closer as the first half progressed and a corner was nodded over by Sean Raggett.

And the deadlock was broken on 37 minutes, with HARNESS collecting a pass from Curtis and firing in a shot that had too much power for George.

HARNESS then scored his second in as many minutes, racing onto a long ball over the top from Whatmough and clinically finding the net.

There was still time for Tom Naylor to go close before the break, with the skipper stealing possession and scuffing his effort just past the post.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Colchester United 0


Pompey continued to dominate following the restart and an Evans corner caused problems, while Curtis then fizzed a shot narrowly wide.

The latter soon had another opportunity after being fed by Harness and his stabbed attempt was saved by George.

It was pretty much one-way traffic and a teasing delivery from Harness had to be dealt with by Omar Sowunmi before Evans could pounce.

Evans should probably have strengthened the advantage following another fine cross from Pompey’s goal hero, but his header was too deft.

MacGillivray was called into action to deal with Ben Stevenson’s drive on 65 minutes, although it was regulation stuff for the Scottish stopper.

Harness then tried to complete his treble at the other end, but could not make a clean connection with Pring’s cross.

His hat-trick hopes were over soon after, as he was withdrawn with fellow winger Curtis, as Andy Cannon and Ryan Williams came on.

Marquis then had a shot saved by the feet of George before also being replaced, with Ellis Harrison given a cameo.

The game had started to drift by that point, but it burst back into life on 86 minutes following a poor Colchester back-pass.

Harrison could not quite get there in time to tuck away the loose ball and Cannon was also denied before Evans blazed over.

The hosts had already comfortably done enough, though, and saw out the remaining moments to seal the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Morris; Harness (Williams 77), Evans, Curtis (Cannon 77); Marquis (Harrison 82)
Goals: Harness 37, 38
Booked: Williams, Pring
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Brown, Close

Colchester (4-2-3-1): George; Welch-Hayes, Sowunmi, Eastman (c), Scarlett; Stevenson, Chilvers; Poku (Cowan-Hall 66), Gambin (Marshall-Miranda 78), Senior; Brown (Taylor-Crossdale 66)
Booked: Sowunmi
Subs not used: Coulter, Bramall, Smith, Harriott

Referee: Craig Hicks

Sep 072020
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Callum Johnson

(Transfer : Accrington Stanley – Portsmouth)

Pompey have signed Callum Johnson from fellow League One side Accrington for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old right-back – who has been handed the number two shirt – has penned a two-year deal, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.

Johnson progressed through the academy at Middlesbrough and joined Accrington – initially on loan – in the summer of 2017.

The versatile defender can play anywhere across the back four and has also featured in the centre of midfield.

He made a total of 119 appearances during his time with Stanley, scoring his only goal in a 2018 victory over Forest Green.

Sep 012020
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Cameron Pring

(Loan : Bristol City – Portsmouth)

Pompey have signed left-back Cameron Pring on a season-long loan deal from Bristol City.

The 22-year-old will wear the number 23 shirt during his time at Fratton Park after arriving from the Championship outfit.

Pring began his career in the academy of hometown club Cheltenham before moving to Ashton Gate in the summer of 2016.

He had temporary spells with non-league sides Guernsey, Merthyr, Aldershot and Hereford, then had a stint with Newport.

Pring returned to Cheltenham for the second half of the 2018/19 season and spent the entirety of the last campaign with Walsall, where he made 24 appearances.