Jan 262021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


H League 1
Portsmouth 0
Lincoln City 1


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Pompey were left cursing a controversial red card for Jack Whatmough as they were narrowly beaten by Lincoln at Fratton Park.

The defender was sent off for a challenge on Jorge Grant in the first half, despite appearing to win the ball cleanly.

It looked like the Blues would still hold on for a point, but Morgan Rogers came off the bench to grab a late winner for the visitors.

Kenny Jackett – in his 200th game in charge of Pompey – kept faith with the same side that were beaten by Hull at the weekend.

It meant that new signings George Byers and Charlie Daniels had to be content with a place among the substitutes.

The game started at an electric pace and a threaded Grant pass was just too heavy for Anthony Scully to get a vital touch on.

Ronan Curtis tried to get on the end of a teasing Callum Johnson’s delivery at the other end, but TJ Eyoma nodded clear.

Both sides were looking to launch quick attacks, although neither keeper was being particularly troubled by the end product.

That was until Craig MacGillivray had to get down to make a smart stop to deny Anthony Scully midway through the first half.

But the big talking point arrived on 29 minutes when Whatmough made a firm challenge on Grant and yet emerged with the ball.

The defender was miffed that referee Sam Purkiss blew for a foul and his look changed to one of incredulity when a red card was brandished.

Lincoln almost took immediate advantage when the free-kick was lofted forward and Conor McGrandles’ header had to be parried away by MacGillivray.

Skipper Tom Naylor had dropped back alongside Sean Raggett in defence, as Pompey fielded a 4-4-1 system.

It was, unsurprisingly, the visitors who finished the half on top and Pompey were fortunate to see McGrandles’ goal-bound header ricochet off Lee Brown’s leg and loop over.

And Tayo Edun was then inches away from breaking the deadlock just before the break, courtesy of a fizzing effort that rattled the crossbar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Lincoln City 0


Marcus Harness was the man sacrificed to shore up the back-line after the break, as Rasmus Nicolaisen replaced him.

Purkiss continued to frustrate the home side when Scully clearly tugged down Johnson and, this time, kept his cards in his pocket.

Pompey were being forced back, as their opponents tried to find a breakthrough, but were making sure to get their bodies in between the ball and their goal.

Alex Palmer then dwelled far too long with the ball at his feet at the other end, with a sliding Curtis not quite able to make him pay.

But the keeper did better just past the hour mark to get a hand on Williams’ cross, taking the ball away from the waiting John Marquis and Curtis.

The hosts felt that a Curtis free-kick was blocked by the hand of Eyoma on 67 minutes, but their appeals were ignored by Purkiss.

MacGillivray was being well protected, but had to beat away an effort from McGrandles, with Nicolaisen hooking the loose ball over his own bar.

Marquis had worked hard up front without much reward and was replaced by the fresh legs of Ellis Harrison.

There were then penalty appeals at the other end when Rogers felt he was tripped by Nicolaisen, but again the referee was unmoved.

Williams was given a rest following his tireless display, as Michael Jacobs entered the fray on 76 minutes.

But the Blues’ resolve was finally broken on 79 minutes when McGrandles teed-up Rogers to slot the ball home.

Jackett immediately threw on Daniels and Byers for their debuts and the former almost set-up an equaliser.

He swung in a fine corner that was met by the head of Curtis, although a defender was able to head from the line.

Pompey tried their best to get men forward and find a last gap leveller, but the Imps held on to secure top spot in League One.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown (Daniels 81); Harness (Nicolaisen 46), Naylor (c), Cannon (Byers 81), Curtis; Williams (Jacobs 76); Marquis (Harrison 70)
Sent off: Whatmough
Booked: Harness, Raggett
Subs not used: Turnbull, White

Lincoln (4-1-4-1): Palmer; Eyoma, Jackson, Walsh, Edun (Melbourne 86); Bridcutt (c); Scully (Rogers 70), McGrandles, Grant, Johnson (Anderson 89); Hopper
Goals: Rogers 79
Booked: Edun, Jackson, McGrandles
Subs not used: Long, Montsma, Jones, Howarth

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Jan 232021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


H League 1
Portsmouth 0
Hull City 4


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Pompey missed the chance to climb above promotion rivals Hull in the table after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Fratton Park.

Jack Whatmough twice put the ball in his own net, although there was little he could do to prevent the first one.

Sandwiched between was a goal for George Honeyman, while substitute Josh Magennis also found the target in stoppage-time as the Tigers strengthened their position at the League One summit.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that eased to victory over AFC Wimbledon earlier in the week.

Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench to make way for Republic of Ireland international Ronan Curtis, who started wide on the left.

Charlie Daniels – who completed his Pompey switch less an hour before kick-off – was watching from the stands, alongside fellow new arrival George Byers.

Chances were at a premium throughout the opening 45 minutes, with both sides having promising spells that usually faded once they reached the final third.

John Marquis did have the ball in the net after collecting a Curtis pass, but referee Ben Toner had already blown his whistle for a foul on Jacob Greaves.

But Hull broke the deadlock midway through the first half and after benefitting from two own-goals at the KCOM Stadium before Christmas, it seemed only fair that Pompey returned the favour.

A free-kick from Honeyman was whipped into the box, where it was met by the head of Keane Lewis-Potter.

Craig MacGillivray got down to his right to make the save, but the ball bounced against the foot of Whatmough and ricocheted into the net.

The hosts might have hit back when Marquis was the recipient of another Curtis pass, with his effort deflected behind.

Whatmough then had to stretch to meet the resulting corner at the back post and could not guide his header on target.

But there were only half-chances before Toner signalled the interval, as Hull were able to keep the Blues at bay.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Hull City 1


Jackett made a double change at the break, with Ryan Williams and Andy Cannon replaced by Ben Close and Harvey White.

But it was the Tigers who were quickest out of the blocks and Lewis-Potter had three chances to extend their lead in quick succession.

The first was a stabbed effort from a corner that lacked enough power to trouble MacGillivray, while the second flew wide.

It was the third that was the best of the bunch, though, as a free-kick from the edge of the box flashed narrowly off target.

Pompey had looked organised – if a little lacking creatively before the break, but some sloppy play allowed Hull to double their advantage just past the hour mark.

Mallik Wilks was all alone in the centre to meet Lewis-Potter’s cut-back, although Whatmough was able to dispossess the winger.

His second attempt was then blocked on the line by Sean Raggett, but Honeyman nipped in to slot home.

And they soon had another goal, as the unfortunate Whatmough again turned the ball into his own net, this time while trying to deal with Lewie Coyle’s low delivery.

Ellis Harrison immediately replaced Curtis and soon drew a smart stop from the otherwise underworked George Long.

Pompey were trying to at least salvage some pride and a White free-kick fizzed narrowly over the bar after Richie Smallwood had been booked for fouling Close.

They poured forward in the closing stages, but Hull had plenty of men back and were even able to add some icing to the cake in stoppage-time.

A spell of neat passing play ended with Magennis driving home a precise low effort from outside the box.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon (White 46), Curtis (Harrison 64); Williams (Close 46); Marquis
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Jacobs

Hull (4-2-3-1): Long; Coyle, Jones, Greaves, Elder; Smallwood (c), Docherty (Slater 85); Whyte (Crowley 72), Honeyman, Wilks (Magennis 72); Lewis-Potter (Chadwick 85)
Goals: Whatmough 23 (og), 63 (og), Honeyman 61, Magennis 90+1
Booked: Lewis-Potter, Smallwood
Subs not used: Ingram, Emmanuel, Burke

Referee: Ben Toner

Jan 232021
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


George Byers

(Loan : Swansea City – Portsmouth)

Pompey has signed George Byers on loan from Swansea for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 24-year-old midfielder will wear the number 16 shirt during his time on the south coast.

Byers is a product of Watford’s academy but made a single senior appearance for them before joining Swansea in the summer of 2016.

Initially featuring for their under-21 side in the EFL Trophy, he was handed his first-team debut in a Carabao Cup loss to Crystal Palace in August 2018.

He was a regular for the Welsh side in the Championship last season but missed the play-off games with Brentford through injury.

Byers – who is a former Scotland youth international – has scored eight goals in 65 outings for the Swans.

Jan 232021
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Charlie Daniels

(Free Agent)

Pompey has completed the signing of Charlie Daniels on a deal until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 34-year-old left-back recently left Shrewsbury and will wear the number 21 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Daniels progressed through the ranks at Tottenham before making more than 150 appearances for Leyton Orient.

He signed for Bournemouth in 2011 and was part of their dramatic rise under Eddie Howe, climbing from the third tier into the Premier League.

Daniels netted 17 goals in 265 games for the Cherries, but left in the summer of 2020 and agreed on a short-term deal with Shrewsbury.

He featured 16 times for them this season, finding the net in victories over Cambridge – in the FA Cup – and Hull.

Jan 192021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


H League 1
Portsmouth 4
AFC Wimbledon 0


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Pompey moved to within a point of the League One summit following a comfortable victory over struggling AFC Wimbledon.

It was the first Fratton fixture in more than a month and the hosts brushed off the wet conditions to seal another valuable three points in the battle for promotion.

The damage was done in the opening 45 minutes, with leading marksman John Marquis breaking the deadlock with a close-range finish.

Ryan Williams then doubled the lead in impressive fashion, while Sean Raggett headed home a third goal before the interval.

And Ben Close came off the bench to complete an enjoyable evening for the Blues with a neat effort late on.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that had secured victory at Fleetwood a few days earlier.

It meant that new loan signing Harvey White had to be content with a place on the bench, where he was joined by Ronan Curtis, who had completed his self-isolation period.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former Pompey midfielder Bobby Kellard, who passed away earlier in the month at the age of 77.

The game took a while to get going, with neither side helped by the heavy rain that was swirling around the ground.

It was the hosts who had the first decent chance on 15 minutes, with Sam Walker getting down to parry clear a bending Andy Cannon effort.

Craig MacGillivray was not being troubled at the other end, although a corner caused a few concerns before it was prodded wide in a packed area.

Pompey were showcasing some neat build-up play – despite the tough conditions – without finding an end product.

But that arrived on 28 minutes when Michael Jacobs slipped a pass across to Callum Johnson, who sent the ball in from the right.

It was met by a glancing Williams header that was heading for the far corner, with MARQUIS nipping in at the back post to force the ball home.

Jack Whatmough might have doubled the lead with a bullet header from a Marcus Harness cross, but the ball was directed straight at Walker.

The Blues did have a second goal soon after, though, as Marquis laid the ball off for WILLIAMS, who took a couple of touches before curling a fine left-footed strike into the net from the edge of the area.

And there was time for a third just before the interval, when Jacobs sent a dangerous free-kick into the mixer.

It was attacked by both Whatmough and RAGGETT, but the latter got there first to firmly head the ball home.


Half Time

Portsmouth 3

AFC Wimbledon 0


The visitors started the second half brightly and Ryan Longman’s shot was blocked by Raggett, while a dangerous corner also had to be negotiated.

And they almost reduced their deficit when Jack Rudoni rose to meet a fine Luke O’Neill cross, only to guide his header past the post.

It was soon Pompey’s turn to threaten following some good play from Marquis, who slipped a pass across to Harness, although Williams was not able to flick home the winger’s delivery.

A teasing Lee Brown corner was then not properly deal with and Marquis tried to scoop the ball into the net, but could not find the target.

Jackett made a switch just past the hour mark, with the lively Jacobs withdrawn and replaced on the left by Curtis.

Pompey were cruising, but a deflected cross from Nesta Guinness-Walker – the great-grandson of Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Alec Guinness – had to be scrambled around the post by MacGillivray.

A further double change followed, with White coming on for his debut alongside Ellis Harrison, as Cannon and Marquis made way.

The newcomer soon made a good sliding challenge that would have drawn warm applause from the Fratton faithful, had any of them been inside the ground.

Pompey then saw off a spell of Dons pressure and Harrison had two chances to extend the advantage in quick succession.

A drilled effort was parried away by Walker, while he then headed a Curtis cross down and the ball bounced over.

But it was left for substitute CLOSE to wrap things up, racing onto Curtis’ pass and neatly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon (White 70), Jacobs (Curtis 64); Williams (Close 83); Marquis (Harrison 70)
Goals: Marquis 28, Williams 36, Raggett 44, Close 89
Subs not used: Turnbull, Nicolaisen, Hiwula

AFC Wimbledon (3-5-2): Walker; O’Neill (Kalambayi 64), Nightingale (c), Czoka; Alexander, Rudoni, Woodyard, Reilly, Guinness-Walker; Pigott, Longman (Robinson 78)
Subs not used: Tzanev, McLoughlin, Oksanen, Hartigan, Chislett

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Jan 182021
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Bryn Morris

(Loan : Portsmouth – Northampton Town)

Bryn Morris has been loaned to Northampton for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

The 24-year-old midfielder has made 18 appearances this term, most recently appearing in the Papa John’s Trophy defeat at Peterborough.

Morris joined Pompey from Shrewsbury in January 2019, with his only goal arriving in the infamous 3-3 draw at Southend.

Northampton won the League Two play-offs last season and are currently sitting 20th in the third tier standings.

Jan 182021
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Harvey White

(Loan : Tottenham Hotspur – Portsmouth)

Pompey have signed midfielder Harvey White on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

The 19-year-old England youth international will wear the number 23 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

White is a product of the Spurs academy and scored a fine free-kick for their under-21 side in an EFL Trophy defeat at Pompey in November 2018.

He made his senior debut as a late substitute, as Ludogorets were thrashed in a Europa League tie at the start of the current campaign.

White then played the full 90 minutes of the 5-0 FA Cup third round victory at Marine earlier this month.

Jan 162021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A League 1
Fleetwood Town 0
Portsmouth 1


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John Marquis found the target as Pompey won at Fleetwood on their long-awaited return to League One action.

It was certainly not the most fluent performance of the season so far, but the striker’s header proved enough to secure all three points.

Their opponents saw plenty of the ball – particularly after the break – without asking any serious questions of Craig MacGillivray.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that visited Bristol City in the FA Cup the previous week.

Jack Whatmough came off the bench in that game, but started against Fleetwood, as Rasmus Nicolaisen dropped to the bench.

Both sides took a while to find their radar, perhaps still a bit rusty having not previously contested a league match in 2021.

But the visitors went ahead with the game’s first proper chance on 16 minutes, as Ryan Williams swung in a fine cross from the right.

It was a difficult delivery to deal with and MARQUIS took advantage, diving forward to head the ball home.

Fleetwood might have grabbed an immediate leveller, but Callum Camps could not beat MacGillivray after Paddy Madden had slipped a neat pass into the box.

Pompey were the side on top, though, and enjoyed a period of possession, without being able to test Joe Hilton between the sticks.

But their opponents gradually started to find their feet and the Blues had to deal with a number of set-pieces sent into the mixer.

They tried to capitalise on a loose ball and Andy Cannon intercepted it and drove forward before finding Williams, whose shot was blocked.

Callum Connolly should have done better at the other end soon after, unable to guide Kyle Vassell’s cross on target.

Pompey were struggling to carve open any more meaningful openings and Marquis could not make firm contact as he tried to glance home a Williams centre.

Cannon and Williams did combine well again before the break, though, and the latter saw another shot blocked by the stretching Camps.

It was the Cod Army who finished the half on top, although Vassell sent two headers off target, while a Josh Morris free-kick was easily dealt with by MacGillivray.


Half Time

Fleetwood Town 0

Portsmouth 1


The home side were showing more attacking intent immediately following the restart, with plenty of possession in and around the Pompey area.

But it was the Blues who had a chance to extend their lead when Michael Jacobs collected a Marquis pass and fired straight at Hilton.

The keeper then took a poor touch and Williams tried to take advantage, laying the ball off for Marquis, who could not keep his effort down.

It was still an incredibly tight and scrappy encounter, however, with neither side able to find any attacking fluency.

Fleetwood were certainly seeing more of the ball, but some stubborn defending was keeping MacGillivray well protected.

Tom Naylor also flung himself in the path of one fierce strike to ensure the keeper was not called into action.

Pompey were still posing a threat on the counter, though, and Charlie Mulgrew did well to recover after an initial failure to clear had given the ball to Marquis.

The visitors were still holding firm at the other end and when the ball fell to Camps following a spot of pinball, his shot found a path through to MacGillivray.

A Shayden Morris header was also dealt with by the keeper, as the Blues saw out the closing stages to secure all three points.

Fleetwood (4-2-3-1): Hilton; Connolly, Hill, Mulgrew, Rydel; Whelan (Rossiter 72), Coutts (c); Vassell, Camps, J.Morris (S.Morris 79); Madden
Subs not used: Holgate, Duffy, Finley, Matete, Saunders

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon, Jacobs; Marquis, Williams
Goals: Marquis 16
Booked: Whatmough
Subs not used: Turnbull, Mnoga, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Close, Hiwula, Harrison

Referee: James Bell

Jan 122021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A EFL Trophy
Peterborough United 5
Portsmouth 1


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Pompey were dumped out of the EFL Trophy for the first time in three years after being convincingly beaten at Peterborough.

Goals from Jack Taylor, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Frankie Kent, Siriki Dembele and Ethan Hamilton saw the hosts progress to the quarter-finals.

There was at least a fine stoppage-time consolation for Ellis Harrison to restore some pride at the death.

But while the Blues selected a mixture of fringe players and youngsters, their opponents were almost at full strength.

Kenny Jackett retained just one starter from the narrow FA Cup defeat at Bristol City a couple of days earlier.

Rasmus Nicolaisen kept his place in the side, featuring in a defence that also included Paul Downing and James Bolton in front of debutant keeper Duncan Turnbull.

Teenagers Harry Kavanagh, Harvey Rew and Harry Jewitt-White joined Ben Close and Bryn Morris in midfield, while Harrison partnered Jordy Hiwula up front.

Peterborough, meanwhile, named a much more familiar looking line-up, which included former Blues players Nathan Thompson and Dan Butler.

But the visitors did not look over-awed in the early stages and almost took the lead with just four minutes on the clock.

Close swung a fine free-kick into the box for Harrison to meet at the back post and his header was blocked by Hamilton.

It was their opponents who did break the deadlock on 15 minutes, though, as the defence failed to cut-out Joe Ward’s low delivery and Taylor took advantage to drill into the bottom corner.

Pompey went close to levelling moments later as Bolton nodded on a Close corner and Hiwula’s acrobatic effort was tipped over the bar by Christy Pym.

The keeper was then called into action from the resulting flag-kick, this time keeping out a Jewitt-White header.

Turnbull came to the rescue at the other end, making a point-blank save to deny Siriki Dembele after the forward had stolen possession from Downing.

But he could do nothing to prevent Clarke-Harris doubling Posh’s lead with a fine free-kick after Downing had been penalised for a handball.

And they had a third goal just before the interval, as Ward’s delivery ricocheted off Kent and into the net.


Half Time

Peterborough United 3

Portsmouth 0


It did not get any easier for the Blues when the action restarted and Peterborough soon had a fourth goal.

Butler sent a low cross into the area and Dembele was left in acres of space to turn the ball home from close range.

Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Taylor Seymour replacing Turnbull to become the second Pompey keeper to make his debut.

The other switch came in the centre of midfield, where Jewitt-White was replaced by fellow academy player Charlie Bell.

He was unable to take advantage on 69 minutes when a cross from Rew was cleared back into his path.

And although the visitors continued to work extremely hard against their more experienced hosts, they were struggling to create meaningful opportunities.

Harrison did win a free-kick in a dangerous position, although Close’s delivery was commandingly punched clear by Pym.

Alfie Bridgman then became the latest Pompey player to make his debut, with the youth team prospect replacing Rew for the closing stages.

But Posh wrapped things up late on, as a free-kick from Hamilton was drilled underneath the wall and nestled in the bottom corner.

There was still time for an impressive Pompey consolation, though, as HARRISON bent home a fine strike from outside the box.

Peterborough (3-4-1-2): Pym; Kent, Thompson, Beevers (c) (Mason 69); Ward (Kanu 46), Taylor, Hamilton, Butler (Burrows 63); Szmodics; Clarke-Harris (Eisa 57), Dembele (Jones 57)
Goals: Taylor 15, Clarke-Harris 29, Kent 45+1, Dembele 52, Hamilton 87
Booked: Beevers
Subs not used: Gyollai, Brown

Pompey (3-5-2): Turnbull (Seymour 61); Bolton, Downing (c) (Johnson 72), Nicolaisen; Kavanagh, Jewitt-White (Bell 61), Close, Morris, Rew (Bridgman 81); Harrison, Hiwula
Goals: Harrison 90+2
Subs not used: Brook, Stanley, Marquis

Referee: Robert Lewis

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Jan 102021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A FA Cup
Bristol City 2
Portsmouth 1


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Pompey exited the Emirates FA Cup at Bristol City, despite putting up a good fight against their Championship opponents.

They were level at the break after Callum Johnson’s first goal for the club cancelled out Famara Diedhiou’s opener.

And the Blues looked the more likely side to score a winner as the seconds ticked down, only for a fine Chris Martin strike to settle the tie in favour of the hosts.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that won at Hull to reach the League One summit before Christmas.

Michael Jacobs made his first start for more than two months, with Ronan Curtis left out as a precaution after feeling unwell.

And with Cam Pring being recalled from his Robins loan spell, the fit-again Lee Brown returned at left-back.

The visitors were first to threaten, but Johnson’s cross was just too high for Ryan Williams, allowing Adrian Mariappa to head the ball safely into the arms of Dan Bentley.

Their opponents went closer at the other end, with Craig MacGillivray preventing Martin from finding the net from an acute angle.

And there were half-chances at either end, as both sides looked confident, without managing to find a clinical touch.

That changed on 19 minutes, however, as Diedhiou played a neat one-two with Hakeeb Adelakun before bending home a neat left-footed finish.

The Blues tried to hit back and carved out an opening following some good combination work down the right by Marcus Harness and Johnson.

A cross from the latter was nodded down by Jacobs for Marquis, who spun neatly and saw his shot blocked.

It appeared as though Bristol City would be taking their lead into the interval, only for a leveller to arrive in stoppage-time.

Cannon received a return pass from Harness and surged into the box, cutting the ball back for JOHNSON to arrow home.


Half Time

Bristol City 1

Portsmouth 0


Jackett made a change at the break, with Rasmus Nicolaisen – who was on a yellow card – being replaced by Jack Whatmough.

The Robins were quicker out of the traps, though, and Tommy Rowe fired a warning shot with an effort from the edge of the box that cleared the crossbar.

But Pompey soon threatened themselves and after a fierce Harness strike was blocked by Tomas Kalas, Tom Naylor’s placed follow-up was saved by Bentley.

And a red-shirted defender then got in the way of another attempt from Harness, who had been teed-up by Williams.

It was then the turn of Bristol City to look dangerous, with Antoine Semenyo spinning sharply in the box to meet Rowe’s delivery and hit a shot that was smothered by MacGillivray.

Pompey’s second substitution followed on 65 minutes, as Ellis Harrison came on to lead the line in place of Marquis.

And the newcomer immediately looked lively, scuffing an attempt wide and then playing a part in a neat move that ended with Harness unable to dig out a shot inside the area.

The visitors were starting to cause a lot of problems and a jinking run by Naylor ended with the skipper forcing a save from Bentley.

And the keeper was soon called into action again to deny both Cannon and Jacobs in quick succession.

He was certainly the much busier of the two stoppers, although a Harrison header lacked enough power to cause too much trouble.

But then, out of nothing, Bristol City restored their lead – and there was little MacGillivray could do to prevent a Martin rocket finding the top corner.

Jordy Hiwula was thrown on for the closing stages, as the Blues fought to take the tie into extra-time.

And he had a chance to equalise right at the death, only for that man Bentley to come to the Robins’ rescue once more.

Bristol City (4-4-2): Bentley; Mariappa, Kalas (c), Mawson (Moore 66), Rowe; Semenyo, Nagy (Massengo 77), Bakinson (Vyner 81), Adelakun (Wells 66); Diedhiou, Martin
Goals: Diedhiou 19, Martin 83
Booked: Nagy
Subs not used: O’Leary, Towler, Edwards, Pearson, Bell

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Whatmough 46), Brown; Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness, Williams, Jacobs (Hiwula 87); Marquis (Harrison 65)
Goals: Johnson 45+1
Booked: Nicolaisen, Brown, Naylor
Subs not used: Turnbull, Mnoga, Bolton, Downing, Morris, Close

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Jan 072021
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Reeco Hackett-Fairchild

(Loan : Portsmouth – Southend United)

Reeco Hackett has joined Southend on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

The 22-year-old forward spent the first half of the campaign with Bromley in the National League. He netted twice in 12 league and FA Cup appearances, finding the target at Maidenhead and King’s Lynn.

Hackett now links up with a Shrimpers side looking to climb off the foot of the fourth tier table.

He joined Pompey 12 months ago and made his debut in an EFL Trophy victory at Walsall the following day.