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They forged ahead through Sean Raggett’s header, only for some sloppy defending to gift Vadaine Oliver a leveller before the interval.
Both sides had chances to secure victory, but failure to take them was – taking into account the sides’ respective positions in the table – more costly for the hosts.
Kenny Jackett made one enforced change from the side that won at in-form Oxford earlier in the week.
Callum Johnson missed out with a calf injury, so Haji Mnoga came in for just his second league start for the club.
It meant that Ronan Curtis continued to be used as a striker, partnering Ellis Harrison in a 4-4-2 system.
There was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, with former Fratton loanee Stuart O’Keefe starting for the Gills, while John Akinde was named among the substitutes.
It did not take long for the game to explode into life, with the hosts going close to breaking the deadlock after breaking quickly up the pitch from a corner.
Andy Cannon and Harvey White combined to find Curtis and he slipped a pass across to Marcus Harness, whose effort came back off the post.
Harness then tried to convert a dangerous Curtis delivery from wide on the left, but could only hook the ball over.
It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Craig MacGillivray did well to adjust his body and save when Connor Ogilvie’s header deflected off Curtis.
There were appeals for a penalty at the other end after Raggett and Rasmus Nicolaisen both tried to attack a corner.
Neither could make a clean connection, though, with the ball bouncing up and striking the arm of Tom O’Connor, but referee Tim Robinson decided any contact was accidental.
Pompey were looking the more likely side to open the scoring and Jack Bonham got down to save after Harrison met White’s cross.
The duo reversed roles a few minutes later and this time a well-struck effort from White was again kept out by the Gills keeper.
And the Blues did finally make the breakthrough on 32 minutes, as Harness skinned Ogilvie and sent the ball into the box.
RAGGETT timed his run to perfection, racing into the centre to stoop and send a header past the helpless Bonham.
But Gillingham hit back to draw level before the break – and it was a poor goal for the hosts to concede.
Lee Brown tried to chest the ball back to MacGillivray, but his touch was not strong enough, allowing Oliver to nip in and score.
There was still time for both sides to carve open another great opportunity before the whistle below.
Curtis showed a neat touch to bring the ball down inside the box and drill in a low shot that was again kept out by the impressive Bonham.
And MacGillivray then kept out a thunderous Olly Lee effort moments later, with Raggett on hand to do the mopping up.
Pompey came tearing out of the blocks and Jack Tucker made a key interception when Harrison tried to play a cute pass through to Curtis.
Head physio Bobby Bacic was then kept busy, having to enter the pitch to treat Harrison and Nicolaisen in quick succession following collisions.
Pompey had the ball in the back of the net just before the hour mark, when Brown beat Jordan Graham and squared for Harrison to slot home.
But the hosts were furious that Robinson decided the left-back had fouled his man and awarded a free-kick.
That was the last touch of the ball for Harrison, with Jackett deciding to replace him up front with John Marquis.
The Blues were trying to force their way through and an effort from White was pushed behind by Bonham.
Then, from the resulting corner, the keeper beat away Tom Naylor’s angled header, with the loose ball not landing for Raggett at the back stick.
But the hosts had fallen a bit flat as the action progressed and were looking for an attacking spark to get them back on track.
Instead it was their opponents who might have scored on 78 minutes, with Oliver unable to keep his header down from a Graham cross.
A second switch soon followed for Pompey, with Ryan Williams adding some fresh legs in place of Curtis.
And after Mnoga was booked for a clumsy challenge on Ogilvie, Jackett also decided to swap the teenager for Jack Whatmough.
There were half-chances for Tom O’Connor and Kyle Dempsey, as Gillingham tried to snatch a late winner.
The best fell to Akinde deep into stoppage-time, with the striker racing through as Pompey committed men forward, only for MacGillivray to come off his line and make a key save.
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Mnoga (Whatmough 85), Raggett, Nicolaisen, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon, White; Curtis (Williams 79), Harrison (Marquis 59)
Goals: Raggett 32
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Byers, Hiwula
Gillingham (4-4-2): Bonham; Jackson, Cundy, Tucker, Ogilvie; Graham, Dempsey (c), O’Keefe, O’Connor; Lee (Akinde 73), Oliver
Goals: Oliver 40
Subs not used: Bastien, McKenzie, Morton, Johnson, Woods, Willock
Referee: Tim Robinson
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Alex Bass has joined Southend on a seven-day emergency loan deal.
The Shrimpers are allowed to make the signing outside of the transfer window because of an injury to their regular keeper Mark Oxley.
Mark Molesley’s side have bounced back from a poor start to the season to climb out of the League Two drop zone and won 3-1 at promotion-chasing Forest Green earlier in the week.
The move gives Bass a chance of spending time out on the pitch again after recovering from a stress fracture in his leg.
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They looked in control for long periods at the Kassam Stadium and the only question was whether they could make a breakthrough.
But it arrived early in the second half, with White converting a Callum Johnson delivery for his first Blues goal.
And Craig MacGillivray was relatively untroubled until right at the end, with the keeper making three excellent stops to ensure the points would be heading back to the south coast.
There were three changes from the side that were beaten by Blackpool on home soil at the weekend.
White came in for his first start since arriving on loan from Tottenham in January, while there were returns for Lee Brown and Ellis Harrison.
Ryan Williams, Charlie Daniels and John Marquis were the men to make way, with the trio dropping to the bench.
Ronan Curtis, meanwhile, moved to a central attacking role alongside Harrison, as White took up position on the left.
The visitors started brightly and a long MacGillivray clearance caused problems before the ball eventually ricocheted into Harrison’s path.
But United keeper Jack Stevens was alert to the danger, tearing quickly off his line to make a vital stop.
There were not an abundance of opportunities at either end, though, with half-chances the order of the first period.
Sean Raggett and Johnson made important blocks in quick succession, while a fierce James Henry strike was beaten away by MacGillivray.
But it was Pompey looking more likely to break the deadlock as the interval approached, courtesy of some neat passing.
A stretching Curtis could not quite get enough on Johnson’s dangerous delivery to properly test Stevens.
Andy Cannon then saw an effort deflected wide following some impressive work from the lively White to win back possession.
Oxford Untied 0
The second half was not even three minutes old when the Blues broke the deadlock, with WHITE opening his account for the club.
He raced between a couple of defenders to guide home a fine header after Johnson had delivered a first time cross from the right.
Oxford tried to hit back immediately, although Elliot Lee’s free-kick flew safely into the arms of MacGillivray.
Pompey were not content to sit on their lead, however, and Harrison had a shot blocked before Cannon’s volley was dealt with by Stevens.
The visitors made their first change just past the hour mark, as Williams replaces Marcus Harness wide on the right.
And the newcomer was involved in a neat passage of passing play soon after coming on, ending with him not quite able to sneak a shot inside Stevens’ post.
United went close to levelling on 74 minutes, with MacGillivray off his line to deny Olamide Shodipo, but unable to hold onto the ball.
Sam Winnall looked to capitalise, only for the quick-thinking Raggett to get there first and hack the ball to safety.
A second switch immediately followed, as Marquis came on for Curtis to offer the visitors some fresh legs up front.
He soon saw an angled effort kept out by Stevens, just moments after White had benefitted from good work by Williams and had a shot blocked.
Jordy Hiwula then replaced Harrison for the closing stages, as the Blues appeared to be seeing the contest out with relative ease.
But a late flurry of Oxford chances almost brought an equaliser, with MacGillivray coming to the rescue on each occasion.
He beat away a thunderous Anthony Forde shot, tore off his line to deny Shodipo and then tipped over an Elliott More header right at the death.
Oxford (4-1-4-1): Stevens; Long, Moore (c), Atkinson (Forde 84), Ruffels; Brannagan; Lee (Barker 65), Henry (Taylor 75), Sykes (Gorrin 65), Shodipo; Winnall
Subs not used: Eastwood, Grayson, Kelly
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen, Brown; Harness (Williams 63), Naylor (c), Cannon, White; Harrison (Hiwula 86), Curtis (Marquis 75)
Goals: White 48
Booked: Curtis, Harness
Subs not used: Ward, Whatmough, Daniels, Byers
Referee: Graham Salisbury
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