Oct 312020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey controlled much of their contest with fellow in-form side Charlton, only to suffer a frustrating defeat.

Jonny Williams completed a neat move to ensure the Londoners went in ahead at the break at a blustery Fratton Park.

The Blues enjoyed almost total territorial advantage in the second half, but Chuks Aneke scored against the run of play to seal their fate.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that beat Northampton earlier in the week, although Ellis Harrison was fit enough to return on the bench.

With this being Pompey’s closest home league match to Armistice Day, there were tributes on the big screen before kick-off.

A recording of the late John Jenkins MBE reading the Ode of Remembrance was played before a a video of the Last Post being played on Portsdown Hill.

The hosts looked bright when the action started and Charlton seemed nervous with some of their defending.

And they probably should have broken the deadlock on five minutes, only for Ronan Curtis to fire over the bar from Marcus Harness’ cut-back.

A teasing free-kick from Lee Brown on the right then narrowly missed the head of the Republic of Ireland international.

The visitors might have feared going down to 10 men midway through the first half when skipper Darren Pratley slid in very late on Callum Johnson.

He was perhaps helped by the right-back’s refusal to over-act, although even then it came as a surprise when referee Carl Boyeson refused to brandish even a yellow card.

And the Addicks then forged ahead a few minutes later, courtesy of a quick move started by Jake Forster-Caskey.

The midfielder picked out Ian Maatsen on the left and his first time cross was slammed into the net from close range by Williams.

Pompey looked bright going forward and were passing the ball around nicely, although not really able to test Ben Amos.

The keeper did their work for them, taking a heavy touch and then almost seeing his clearance charged down by Curtis.

And the Blues finished the half with a flourish, as Brown’s ball into the danger zone was cleared by a well-placed Chris Gunter.

Adam Matthews then intercepted the ball to stop Andy Cannon receiving it back from Harness as he charged into the area.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Charlton Athletic 1


Jack Whatmough did not emerge from the tunnel following the interval, with Rasmus Nicolaisen replacing him at the heart of defence.

There was also a switch of system, as Harness moved out wide and Ryan Williams tucked in behind John Marquis.

Andy Cannon provided a shot on target early in the half, but the ball flew straight into the arms of Amos from outside the box.

Marquis was then unable to get enough of his head on Brown’s cross, while Williams’ ball back in was well claimed by a leaping Amos.

Pompey were certainly applying pressure, but were lacking that final killer pass to hurt their opponents.

And the visitors’ plan was clear when Amos was booked by Boyeson for taking an age over a goal-kick.

The keeper would have been relieved moments later when Curtis’ deflected free-kick left him wrong-footed, but flew past the post.

There was a welcome return to the pitch for Harrison just past the hour mark, with Harness the man to make way.

Pompey were camped out in the final third of the pitch, only to be met by a resolute wall of grey-shirted defenders.

They were almost caught on the break when Harrison’s effort ricocheted off Marquis and Charlton were able to break clear, but Craig MacGillivray denied Aneke.

And the hosts then had a chance of their own, with Williams’ angled attempt deflected wide of the post.

Instead it was the Addicks who were able to wrap things up on 82 minutes when two substitutes combined, as Aneke headed home Paul Smyth’s delivery at the back post.

Jordy Hiwula was brought on for his debut in place of Johnson for the closing stages of the contest, but the Blues were unable to find a route back into the contest.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson (Hiwula 84), Whatmough (Nicolaisen 46), Raggett, Brown; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon, Curtis; Harness (Harrison 64), Marquis
Booked: Nicolaisen
Subs not used: Bass, Pring, Morris, Close

Charlton (4-1-2-1-2): Amos; Matthews, Gunter, Famewo (Purrington 74), Maatsen; Pratley (c); Forster-Caskey, Shinnie; Williams (Smyth 71); Washington, Bogle (Aneke 71)
Goals: Williams 26, Aneke 82
Booked: Amos, Maatsen, Aneke
Subs not used: Maynard-Brewer, Morgan, Levitt, Vennings

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Portsmouth FC

Oct 272020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey showed they can perform at home as well as on the road by dismantling Northampton at Fratton Park.

John Marquis continued his fine run of goalscoring form by breaking the deadlock late in the first half.

And the Blues survived a scare immediately after the interval to double their advantage through the same player.

Ronan Curtis – recalled to the side – then raced clear to curl home a third goal and end the match as a contest.

But there was still time for Marcus Harness to head home his seventh of the season in the closing stages.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that impressively dismantled Sunderland at the weekend.

Michael Jacobs injured his knee at the Stadium of Light, so Republic of Ireland international Curtis replaced him wide on the left.

The game began at a frantic pace, with the action constantly switching from one end of the pitch to the other.

But both sides were lacking that all-important killer pass, with attacking moves often breaking down in the final third.

Northampton should have broken the deadlock on 16 minutes after some great work by Ryan Watson.

But after skipping past a couple of challenges with graceful ease, the forward undid his good work by screwing horribly wide.

Pompey then had their first decent opportunity, breaking quickly through Andy Cannon, Harness and Curtis, with Marquis’ angled effort deflected behind.

Neither keeper was being given too much to keep them warm on a chilly south coast evening, though.

But when Jonathan Mitchell was called into action on 39 minutes, he could not prevent the hosts taking the lead.

The stopper was only able to parry Ryan Williams’ low curling effort straight out in front of him, with the ball hitting MARQUIS and taking a slight deflection off Cian Bolger on its way into the net.

And the advantage was almost doubled just a few moments later, with Marquis not getting enough on his shot after being played through by the dangerous Harness.

Pompey were definitely finishing the half on top and when Cannon tried to launch a break, he was pulled back by scruff of the neck by Bolger.

It was as blatant a foul as you could possible see, with referee Trevor Kettle brandishing his first yellow card of the evening.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Northampton Town 0


The second half was not even two minutes old when the Cobblers were handed an excellent chance to level.

A heavy touch from Sean Raggett let in Sam Hoskins and the visitors felt he was fouled by the defender.

But the ball ran free for Ricky Korboa and when his shot was beaten away by Craig MacGillivray, the follow-up from Watson had to be headed away by a well-placed Jack Whatmough.

And Pompey made them pay for their profligacy by scoring twice in quick succession to gain a commanding lead.

Callum Johnson got free down the right and picked out Curtis, whose header was finely saved by Mitchell, only for MARQUIS to bundle the ball over the line.

It soon got even better for the Blues, as CURTIS was given time to advance forward and bend a shot into the bottom corner.

The visitors tried to hit back and a free-kick from debutant Alan Sheehan was brilliantly repelled by an athletic MacGillivray stop.

Both sides looked capable of adding to the scoring, although the action did calm down a bit as the half progressed.

Pompey looked to shore things up, with Harness going out to the right and Williams tucking in behind Marquis.

And the lively Harness was next to go close, cutting in from the flank and dragging narrowly past the post.

But HARNESS did have the goal his performance deserved late on, stooping to nod into the net when Cannon lifted the ball into the centre from the by-line.

Sam Hoskins sent a shot dipping over the bar as Northampton sought a consolation, but the Blues were able to add a clean sheet to their fine attacking display.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Williams (Morris 90+2), Naylor (c), Cannon (Close 90), Curtis; Marquis, Harness
Goals: Marquis 39, 47, Curtis 50, Harness 83
Booked: Williams, Harness
Subs not used: Bass, Mnoga, Nicolaisen, Pring, Hiwula

Northampton (3-4-3): Mitchell; Bolger (c), Sheehan (Martin 78), Horsfall; Hoskins, Sowerby, Missilou (Rose 58), Harriman; Watson, Smith, Korboa (Chukwuemeka 66)
Booked: Bolger
Subs not used: Arnold, Racic, Adams, Marshall

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Portsmouth FC

Oct 242020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey continued their impressive record on the road by inflicting a first League One defeat of the season on Sunderland.

Marcus Harness’ opener was soon cancelled out by Charlie Wyke, but John Marquis restored the lead midway through the first half.

And it was Marquis who wrapped the points up from the spot on Wearside after Luke O’Nien had been sent off for a foul on Ryan Williams.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that eased to victory at Gillingham earlier in the week, with new signing Jordy Hiwula named among the substitutes.

And Pompey got off to a blistering start, looking threatening in the opening stages and deservedly breaking the deadlock on seven minutes.

Williams collected Callum Johnson’s throw and his pass was wisely left by Marquis for Michael Jacobs.

The summer signing fed the ball to HARNESS, who neatly slotted home his second goal in as many games at the Stadium of Light.

But the celebrations were soon cut short, as Denver Hume cut the ball back for Wyke to drill in an immediate equaliser.

The visitors were still looking dangerous going forward, though, and twice came close to restoring their lead from free-kicks.

They were both taken by Jacobs, with the first being met by a firm header from Sean Raggett that forced Lee Burge to make a fine save.

And the second was a shot that was thundering towards the roof of the net before the Black Cats keeper tipped it over.

A foul from Williams then led to some pushing and shoving on the sidelines, resulting in a yellow card for the winger.

But the Blues were back in front on 25 minutes after Harness had intercepted a loose Grant Leadbitter pass.

He threaded the ball through to MARQUIS, who calmly angled a shot right into the bottom corner of the net.

Some more dangerous deliveries from Harness and Lee Brown caused problems in the Sunderland area.

A quick break then saw Brown find Harness on the left and he cut inside before bending an effort off target.


Half Time

Sunderland 1

Portsmouth 2


Pompey had impressed before the break, but looked nervy at the back once the action restarted following the interval.

They struggled to deal with a couple of balls into the box, while a Hume cross was then glanced wide by Wyke.

And the visitors were dealt a blow when Jacobs was forced off injured 10 minutes into the second half.

He had initially tried to continue after receiving some treatment on the pitch, but eventually trudged off to be replaced by Ronan Curtis.

The Blues had not really threatened to add to their lead, although Williams saw a shot blocked following good work between Brown and Andy Cannon.

And the winger’s quick break up the pitch was then crudely ended by O’Nien, earning the defender a booking.

Harness soon skipped past a couple of challenges and found Brown, but the was a defender immediately on the left-back to deny him a shot.

At the other end, Tom Naylor and Cannon were unable to stop Hume’s mazy run, only for Raggett to prove an unbeatable obstacle.

Some patient build-up play from Pompey then resulted in Marquis converting a pin-point Callum Johnson delivery, only for the striker’s joy to be cut short by an offside flag.

But they were given a chance to wrap up the points when Williams burst into the box and was brought down by O’Nien.

Referee Robert Lewis pointed straight to the spot and showed the perpetrator his second yellow card of the afternoon, followed by a red.

MARQUIS stepped up to take the penalty, coolly sending Burge the wrong way to double his personal tally for the day.

And it almost got even better, with Harness’ effort beaten away by Burge, who then stopped Marquis from forcing home late on.

Sunderland (3-5-2): Burge; Willis, Wright, O’Nien; Gooch, Scowen (Grigg 70), Leadbitter (Graham 82), Power (c), Hume; Maguire, Wyke
Goals: Wyke 10
Sent off: O’Nien (two yellow cards)
Subs not used: Matthews, McLaughlin, Flanagan, Dobson, O’Brien

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon, Jacobs (Curtis 55); Harness (Nicolaisen 89), Marquis
Goals: Harness 7, Marquis 25, 85 (pen)
Booked: Williams, Johnson
Subs not used: Bass, Pring, Morris, Close, Hiwula

Referee: Robert Lewis

Portsmouth FC