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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Fleetwood Town 0
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
Subs not used: Turnbull, Mnoga, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Close, Hiwula, Harrison
Referee: James Bell