Post expires on 31st January, 2022
(Loan : Exeter City – Portsmouth)
Pompey has signed goalkeeper Lewis Ward on loan from Exeter for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The 23-year-old former England youth international will wear the number 22 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
Ward progressed through the ranks at Reading, but never made a senior appearance for them and gained experience with a host of loan stints, including at Northampton at Forest Green.
He signed for Exeter in the summer of 2019, keeping a clean sheet on his debut in a victory over Macclesfield.
Ward has played 33 times for the Grecians, most recently featuring in their FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.
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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.
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
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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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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