Mar 272021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A League 1
Shrewsbury Town 1
Portsmouth 2


FORM GUIDE

WON WON LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST DRAWN WON LOST

Pompey climbed back into the play-off places after securing a deserved League One victory at Shrewsbury – despite playing a quarter of the contest with just 10 men.

They controlled possession, with goals from Marcus Harness and John Marqus securing a commanding lead at the break.

But Nathanael Ogbeta reduced the hosts’ deficit early in the second half and the Shrews were then given an extra boost.

Marquis was shown a controversial red card for a challenge on Harry Chapman, but the Blues saw the game out with relative ease to ensure the points would be heading back to the south coast.

Danny Cowley made four changes from the side that beat Ipswich on home soil in his first game in charge the previous week.

There were returns from injury for Marquis and Callum Johnson, while Michael Jacobs and Ben Close also started.

James Bolton and Andy Cannon dropped to the bench, with the injured Jordy Hiwula missing out completely and Ronan Curtis away on international duty.

Former Pompey striker Curtis Main was in the hosts’ line-up, although manager Steve Cotterill was still missing from the dug-out, as he continues his recovery from a Covid-enforced stay in hospital.

In a slow opening to proceedings it was the Shrews who were first to threaten, with Dan Udoh spinning on the edge of the box and firing in a low show that was saved by Craig MacGillivray.

But the Blues soon settled and began to dominate possession, while asking questions of their opponents’ back three.

Close lifted a pass into the mixer, where Ryan Williams rose to deftly flick the ball inches past the post.

Tom Naylor then tried to glance home a corner from Jacobs, but could not get enough on his header to guide it on target.

And the deadlock was broken on 25 minutes after Johnson had played a neat one-two with Williams down the right.

He then laid the ball off for HARNESS, who neatly bent the ball into the side of the net to make the pressure count.

They almost had a second when the ball pinged dangerously around the Shrewsbury box, but Harry Burgoyne denied Williams from point-blank range.

The Blues were on top, though, and unsurprisingly doubled their advantage on 36 minutes, with the impressive Close involved.

He lifted a pass towards Lee Brown at the far post and the left-back sent the ball across the face of goal, with MARQUIS on hand to find the net from a yard out.

Even when the hosts were able to get into Pompey’s area in stoppage-time, Naylor was back to dispossess Ogbeta.


Half Time

Shrewsbury Town 0

Portsmouth 2


The visitors appeared to be cruising, but conceded a soft goal soon after the restart to allow their opponents back into the contest.

Ogbeta collected the ball on the left and was given far too much space to race towards the edge of the box and stroke a shot into the bottom corner.

Pompey tried to hit back and a dangerous Harness delivery was turned behind, while Marquis was tackled before he could get a strike away.

Harness then cut the ball back from the right and there was another spot of pinball before the hosts was able to clear.

Shrewsbury then threatened at the other end, although Main flicked a Chapman cross straight into MacGillivray’s arms.

But Pompey were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half, with Marquis the man to be sent off.

He slid in on Chapman and appeared to win the ball, but also caught the Shrews substitute and referee Benjamin Speedie deemed it dangerous enough to issue a red card.

Cowley made a change shortly afterwards, with Jacobs making way for Cannon to shore up the midfield.

And the lively Close was then replaced by former Shrews defender Charlie Daniels for the closing stages.

Pompey were not being put under too much pressure from their hosts as they attempted to see the contest out.

A display of seven additional minutes might have caused nerves to rise among the visiting ranks, but they held on to celebrate another vital victory.

Shrewsbury (3-4-1-2): Burgoyne; Pennington (Pyke 82), Ebanks-Landell (c), Williams; Sears (Chapman 46), Davis, Vela, Ogbeta; Goss (Whalley 69); Udoh (Edwards 69), Main
Goals: Ogbeta 52
Subs not used: Bevan, Bloxham, Caton

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close (Daniels 84); Harness, Williams (Nicolaisen 90+5), Jacobs (Cannon 75); Marquis
Goals: Harness 25, Marquis 36
Sent off: Marquis
Subs not used: Ward, Bolton, Byers, White

Referee: Benjamin Speedie

Mar 232021
 


I had my first vaccination for COVID-19 on Sunday and apart from a painful arm where it had been injected everything was fine. I had the Oxford–AstraZeneca version.

That was until midday Monday when tiredness took over and a general feeling of having a bad cold and an arm that was virtually useless. Seems all three of us vaccinated at the weekend ended up off sick from it.

Can’t say I’m looking forward to the second one and will book a couple of days off after to be on the safe side.

Mar 202021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
Ipswich Town 1


FORM GUIDE

WON LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST DRAWN WON LOST LOST

The Danny Cowley era got off to a perfect start, as Pompey battled back to beat Ipswich at Fratton Park.

It looked like more of the same for the Blues, who fell behind to James Norwood’s emphatic first half striker.

But Tom Naylor nodded the hosts back on level terms before the break and Marcus Harness slotted home the winner after it.

Cowley’s first starting line-up saw two changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Peterborough earlier in the week.

Jordy Hiwula and Marcus Harness both returned, with Ben Close and Rasmus Nicolaisen dropping to the bench.

After playing with three at the back against Posh, there was also a switch to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Ryan Williams tucked in behind Hiwula.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the opposition technical area, with Paul Cook and Gary Roberts leading the Tractor Boys.

Ronan Curtis had an early attempt, courtesy of a 35-yard free-kick that was bent over the wall, but comfortably into the arms of Tomas Holy.

There was plenty of noise being generated by both managers, as well as the injured John Marquis up in the South Stand.

It was not a particularly rip-roaring contest on the pitch, though, with both sides showing plenty of energy, but failing to turn that into clear-cut chances.

Ipswich’s first opportunity also came from a free-kick, with Jack Whatmough booked for his challenge on Keanan Bennetts.

Andy Cannon adopted the now popular ‘draught excluder’ technique by laying down flat behind the wall.

Alan Judge bent his strike over it, however, and Craig MacGillivray flung himself to the left to push the ball clear.

But the visitors did break the deadlock soon after, as Norwood raced onto Gwion Edwards’ threaded pass and rifled home.

Pompey quickly fought back, though, and levelled by scoring their first goal in 358 minutes of football.

Curtis whipped a fine corner into the box and NAYLOR rose highest to send a header against the inside of the post and into the net.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Ipswich Town 1


An early long-range attempt from Edwards straight after the restart was easily dealt with by MacGillivray.

The Blues then came close to taking the lead for the first time in what would have been a similar goal to their first.

Naylor again met a corner from Curtis, but this time Holy was able to push the ball away – then stop Sean Raggett from converting the rebound.

Cowley made his first switch just before the hour mark, with Andy Cannon – who had just been booked – making way for Close.

Williams then had a chance after being picked out by Harness following a quick break, but could not keep his angled strike on target.

A second switch followed on 72 minutes, with Michael Jacobs on for Hiwula and Curtis moving up front.

And it was the Republic of Ireland international who provided the pass for Pompey’s second goal a few seconds later.

He sent a low pass across the area and HARNESS’ first shot was blocked by Judge, but the ball landed back at his feet to slam past a helpless Holy.

Pompey looked to keep possession as much as possible in the closing stages, but had two late chances to increase their lead.

Toto Nsiala almost sliced a Harness cross into his own net and then, from the resulting corner, Holy kept out James Bolton’s header from point-blank range.

But the Blues saw out five minutes of stoppage-time to collect a precious three points and ensure the Cowley brothers began their reign with a win.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Cannon (Close 58); Harness, Williams, Curtis; Hiwula (Jacobs 72)
Goals: Naylor 41, Harness 72
Booked: Whatmough, Curtis, Cannon, Jacobs
Subs not used: Ward, Mnoga, Nicolaisen, Daniels, Byers

Ipswich (4-2-3-1): Holy; Chambers (c), Nsiala, Wilson (Vincent-Young 79), Ward; Bishop (Parrott 89), Dozzell; Edwards, Judge (Jackson 79), Bennetts (Dobra 59); Norwood
Goals: Norwood 32
Booked: Edwards, Chambers, Bishop
Subs not used: Cornell, McGuinness, Skuse

Referee: Alan Young

Mar 202021
 

Celebrity Zoe Kazan


Zoe Kazan

Born

9 September 1983

Los Angeles, California, USA



Kazan made her acting debut in Swordswallowers and Thin Men (2003) and later appeared in films such as The Savages (2007), Revolutionary Road (2008), and It’s Complicated (2009). She starred in Happy. Thank You. More. Please. (2010), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Ruby Sparks (2012), and What If (2013). In 2014, she appeared in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, for which she received an Emmy nomination. She portrayed Emily Gardner in the film The Big Sick (2017), and in 2018 she appeared in the Coen brothers film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in the episode “The Gal Who Got Rattled”.

Kazan has acted in several Broadway productions. She also wrote Ruby Sparks and co-wrote Wildlife (2018) with her partner, Paul Dano, who directed the film. In 2020, she appeared in the HBO miniseries The Plot Against America.

Movies in my collection

2013 2013 2017

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Mar 192021
 

Portsmouth FC




After what seemed an age Portsmouth has finally announced the appointment of Danny Cowley as “First Team Head Coach”. Not sure you should read anything into that description instead of “Manager” but who knows?

Danny Cowley will be assisted by his younger brother Nicky Cowley.

The statement also says on an “initial deal to the end of the season”. If this is true it would put to an end rumours that another manager was already contracted to take over after the intended departure of Kenny Jackett at the end of his contract.

Mar 162021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A League 1
Peterborough United 1
Portsmouth 0


FORM GUIDE

LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON

Pompey produced a performance full of heart, desire and effort in their League One contest at high-flying Peterborough.

But – in the first game since Kenny Jackett’s departure – it ultimately proved not enough to put a halt to their run of losing form.

An unfortunate Rasmus Nicolaisen own-goal in the first half was enough to secure all three points for Posh.

And although the Blues caused plenty of problems after the break, they were not quite able to force an equaliser.

Caretaker boss Joe Gallen made five changes from the side that were beaten on penalties by Salford in Saturday’s Papa John’s Trophy final.

Andy Cannon returned following a hamstring problem, while Ben Close was handed a first league start in exactly four months.

Nicolaisen, Lee Brown and Ronan Curtis also came into the line-up, as the visitors switched to a 3-1-4-2 system.

Jordy Hiwula, Harvey White, George Byers and Charlie Daniels all dropped to the bench, but an ankle injury forced John Marquis to miss out completely.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the Peterborough team, with former Fratton full-backs Nathan Thompson and Dan Butler both named in their defence.

Pompey looked organised and kept their discipline right from the off, preventing the hosts from being able to test Craig MacGillivray.

Passing football was proving difficult for both sides on a poor pitch that immediately began to cut up even more.

Ryan Williams was looking the most dangerous player for the visitors and had a couple of dangerous runs that ultimately came to nothing.

The Australian forward then sent a dangerous delivery into the box that Curtis could not quite bring under control.

And Thompson then made a key challenge to stop Williams getting a shot away after a long Jack Whatmough throw had been flicked on.

But Posh took the lead in fortunate fashion on 32 minutes, when Harrison Burrows swung in a dangerous corner.

MacGillivray tried to palm the ball away to stop it crossing the line, only for it to hit team-mate Nicolaisen and ricochet into the net.

Pompey’s best chance of the half soon followed, as a fiercely-struck Curtis free-kick was well held by Christy Pym.

There were a couple more half-chances for the visitors as they finished the half with a flourish, but they could not find a leveller.


Half Time

Peterborough United 1

Portsmouth 0


The Blues caused some problems when the action restarted and a deep Brown free-kick had to be nodded behind.

Curtis sent the resulting corner in the box, but James Bolton was unable to keep his header down at the back stick.

And a second set-piece soon followed from the Republic of Ireland international, with Posh failing to clear and Nicolaisen seeing his eventual effort deflected wide.

Whatmough then had a decent chance to level when he rose highest to meet Brown’s free-kick, only to divert the ball well wide.

Gallen made his first switch just past the hour mark, with Marcus Harness providing a fresh attacking option in place of Cannon.

Pompey were looking the more threatening side, but MacGillivray was still called into action keep out an attempt from substitute Mo Eisa.

And the keeper then had to dive to his right to push away an instinctive long-range strike from Louis Reed.

A double switch followed for the visitors, with Sean Raggett and Williams making way for White and Hiwula.

Set-pieces were looking the Blues’ most likely source of an equaliser and another Brown free-kick caused a few problems before Bolton nodded over.

And Tom Naylor did the same when Curtis sent one in from the other side after Mark Beevers had been booked for fouling Harness.

Hiwula then hit a really crisp shot from open play, but the ball flew straight at a grateful Pym, who comfortably held.

And White was the next player who could not keep his header down, this time when Harness swung in a fine cross.

It had been a performance full of endeavour from the Blues, but their opponents did just enough to hold on for victory.

Peterborough (3-4-1-2): Pym; Kent, Thompson, Beevers (c); Ward, Brown, Reed (Mason 83), Butler; Burrows (Blake-Tracy 89); Clarke-Harris, Dembele (Eisa 63)
Goals: Nicolaisen 32 (og)
Booked: Beevers
Subs not used: Gyollai, Barker, Kanu, Jones

Pompey (3-1-4-2): MacGillivray; Whatmough, Raggett (White 73), Nicolaisen; Naylor; Bolton, Close, Cannon (Harness 61), Brown; Curtis, Williams (Hiwula 73)
Booked: Whatmough, White
Subs not used: Ward, Mnoga, Daniels, Byers

Referee: James Oldham

Mar 142021
 

Celebrity Stefanie Scott


Stefanie Scott

Born

6 December 1996

Chicago, Illinois, USA



She is known for her roles as Quinn Brenner in the film Insidious: Chapter 3, Dana Tressler in the film Flipped, for which she won a 2011 Young Artist Award, and Lexi Reed on Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm.

Scott’s discography has consisted of her EP New Girl in Town (2009) some Disney Channel promotional singles, released between 2008 and 2012, and the 2015 movie soundtrack album from her role in Jem and the Holograms.

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Mar 142021
 

Portsmouth FC




After yesterdays humiliation at the hands Of Salford City in the ELF Trophy Final, I was going to say it was time for Kenny Jackett to go.

The club has beaten me to it. Kenny Jackett has left the club with immediate effect. Portsmouth released the following statement..

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm the departure of Kenny Jackett as first-team manager.

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: “Portsmouth Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kenny for the work he has done during his near four-year spell at the club and we all wish him well for the future.

“It has been an emotional past few weeks for everyone associated with Pompey and we now begin the process – which will be as short as possible – of appointing someone who we believe can give us the best chance of finishing inside the top six. These talks begin today.”

Considering our recent form it is of only partial surprise although many expected him to last till the end of the season when his contract expired although the thought of more months of dire displays filled me with dread.

Now the question is who takes over? Eddie Howe has been mentioned a lot but I think he is well above our current recruitment level. Chris Wilder is another name that crops up although I believe he was previously up for the job but was turned down. We shall wait and see.

Mar 132021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


N EFL Trophy Final
Portsmouth 0
Salford City 0 P


FORM GUIDE

LOST LOST LOST LOST DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON DRAWN

Pompey failed to become the first side to successfully defend the Papa John’s Trophy after losing on penalties to Salford in the Wembley final.

Ryan Williams and Ronan Curtis both missed from the spot and their League Two opponents made no mistake.

The contest had finished goalless after 120 minutes, with the Ammies controlling the first half, only for the Blues to hit back after the break.

But neither side could find a breakthrough – despite plenty of chances – and Salford kept their nerve in the shoot-out.

Kenny Jackett made two enforced changes from the side beaten by Sunderland in the league earlier in the week.

Andy Cannon and Ellis Harrison missed out with hamstring and knee injuries respectively, so in came George Byers and Jordy Hiwula.

The sides emerged to the usual pyrotechnics associated with a cup final, while the national anthem was still belted out.

But Wembley felt even more cavernous without the raucous atmosphere that usually accompanies such an occasion – albeit one that had been postponed a year due to a global pandemic.

It was Salford who settled quicker and the fourth tier side were probably left wondering how they failed to take a lead into the interval.

An early – and fierce – long-range strike from James Wilson had to be beaten away by a diving Craig MacGillivray.

Williams then did enough to put off Ibou Touray, as the wing-back looked to attack Richie Towell’s fine delivery.

And when Brandon Thomas-Asante escaped down the right, he sent in a low angled drive that was brilliantly tipped to safety by MacGillivray.

There was not too much happening at the other end, although the lively Williams looked dangerous when he got on the ball.

Pompey did start to enjoy more possession as the half progressed, but Vaclav Hladky was not being troubled between the Salford sticks.

MacGillivray, meanwhile, was called into action again on 26 minutes after Wilson had turned Touray’s centre towards the target.

And the keeper made an even better stop after Jordan Turnbull had spun sharply and sent in a thunderous strike.

Hladky was finally called into action moments later, although Williams’ deflected attempt seemed like it would have flashed past the post.

The Ammies were still looking more likely to break the deadlock, however, and a sliding Ash Hunter was inches away from connecting when Wilson stole possession and sent the ball across the face of goal.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Salford City 0


Jackett, unsurprisingly, decided to make changes at the break and took advantage of the extra substitutions now available by making a triple switch.

Hiwula, Harvey White and Charlie Daniels all made way, as Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Lee Brown were brought on, with a shift to a 4-2-3-1 system.

And Curtis made an instant impact, racing onto a long Jack Whatmough pass and forcing a stop from Hladky just seconds after the restart.

Pompey were certainly playing with a lot more confidence, although John Marquis dragged his shot past the post.

Salford were still providing threats of their own, however, with Wilson causing some problems in the Blues back-line.

But there was certainly pressure being applied by the men from Hampshire and it was just that crucial final ball that was lacking.

They went so close to falling behind on 67 minutes, though, with MacGillivray coming to the rescue once again.

He somehow denied Ash Eastham from point-blank range after the Salford skipper had met Touray’s free-kick.

MacGillivray then kept out a 20-yard attempt from Wilson and leapt on the loose ball before Thomas-Asante could capitalise.

Another substitution followed from Jackett on 73 minutes, with Ben Close given a chance to impress in place of Byers.

And his cross soon found Curtis in acres of space inside the area, only for the forward to get his acrobatic scissor kick wrong and watch the ball fly wide.

Pompey were searching for a late winner and when James Bolton’s scuffed effort was partially cleared, Harness sent the ball back into the box.

It found Brown in space and he tried to place a shot into the bottom corner, but the ball rolled narrowly past the post.

Both sides came close to finding a goal before the final whistle, with MacGillivray keeping out Bruno Andrade’s far-post header.

The Blues went straight up the other end and a stretching Marquis was not able to connect with Curtis’ cross.

But neither side could make that breakthrough inside 90 minutes and so the tie went into extra-time.

After 90 Minutes: Pompey 0 Salford 0

Pompey had a chance soon after the restart when Close cut the ball back for Curtis, but his shot was blocked before it could reach the target.

And they had a better chance just before the interval when Curtis lifted a pass into the area and Salford failed to get it clear.

It fell for Williams and his fierce strike was parried by Hladky, with an almighty scramble following before the keeper finally dived on the loose ball.

Marquis was then found in the area by Curtis, but Tom Clarke did enough to force the striker to fire wide.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Salford 0

Jackett made a fifth change during the brief extra-time interval, with Michael Jacobs on for Marquis and Curtis moving up front.

Salford were next to threaten and when their opponents could only partially clear, Jason Lowe dragged a shot wide.

Tom Naylor had a chance at the other end, but he could not force the ball through a sea of bodies after Jacobs’ corner had been nodded back by Whatmough.

Pompey were doing their best to avoid a shoot-out, but both Curtis and Close could not get shots through the defence to test Hladky.

And when Williams sent a low delivery across the face of goal, none of his team-mates could get that vital touch.

After Extra Time: Pompey 0 Salford 0

Pompey got off to a terrible start in the shoot-out, with Williams sending his effort over the bar and Curtis being denied by Hladky.

And although Brown and Sean Raggett both emphatically found the target, it ultimately counted for nothing.

Salford scored all four of their penalties – taken by Luke Burgess, Mani Dieseruvwe, Thomas-Asante and Lowe – to ensure they would lift the Papa John’s Trophy for the first time.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Bolton, Whatmough, Raggett, Daniels (Brown 46); Williams, Naylor (c), Byers (Close 73), White (Curtis 46); Marquis (Jacobs 106), Hiwula (Harness 46)
Booked: Bolton, Naylor, Brown
Subs not used: Ward, Nicolaisen

Salford (3-4-3): Hladky; Clarke (Loughlan 115), Eastham (c), Turnbull; Lowe, Towell (Dieseruvwe 99), Threlkeld, Touray; Thomas-Asante, Wilson (Burgess 87), Hunter (Andrade 74)
Booked: Towell, Lowe, Touray
Subs not used: Evans, Fielding, Hawkins

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Mar 102021
 


It is fair to say I don’t like Piers Morgan, in fact, I cannot stand the man as he frequently comes across as an arrogant hypocrite of the worse kind.

I am now in the unfortunate situation of supporting him in the controversy surrounding the interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The ex-Royal couple decided to complain on US television about how bad their lives were over here living in luxury off the UK taxpayer and it was so bad they had to escape public scrutiny by fleeing to the US and signing as many TV chatshow deals as possible so they could live in privacy! Not sure how that works?

Now of course this behaviour is questionable at best so the good actor that Meghan is she laid out the race card and talked about mental illness so of course to the left-leaning national press and TV that means you just can’t question her, even if it is complete bollocks you just can’t question it.

Piers Morgan, not one to keep his mouth shut did question it and so once again the “Cancel Culture” the left tell us doesn’t exist came out in force and he is gone. I just wish he had questioned on national TV who Harry’s real father was.

I fucking hate modern culture.

Mar 092021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


H League 1
Portsmouth 0
Sunderland 2


FORM GUIDE

LOST LOST LOST DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON DRAWN WON

Pompey’s run of poor results continued as they were beaten by in-form Sunderland in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Fratton Park.

And the hosts were once again in a generous mood at the back, leaving Charlie Wyke free to head an early opener and then gifting Jordan Jones another goal after the break.

There was certainly plenty of endeavour on display from the Blues, but they were unable to test Black Cats keeper Lee Burge.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that were comprehensively beaten at Northampton at the weekend.

Ellis Harrison came in to partner John Marquis up front, while there were also returns for James Bolton, Charlie Daniels, Harvey White and Ryan Williams.

Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness, Lee Brown and Rasmus Nicolaisen all dropped to the bench, with George Byers missing out completely.

Both sides took a while to get a feel of each other in the opening stages, although Williams sent in some dangerous early deliveries.

But it was the visitors who were the first to properly threaten and Craig MacGillivray flew to his left to keep out Aiden McGeady’s swerving long-range strike.

And Sunderland took the lead from the resulting corner, as Wyke broke away from his marker to head home Jones’ corner.

Harrison was unable to keep his header down after meeting a flag-kick from White a few minutes later.

And Williams thought he should have won a penalty after going down in the box, only for referee David Rock to award the decision against him.

The Australian winger then showed some neat footwork, cutting in from the right and playing a cute pass through to Marquis, who shot wide.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut opportunities at either end of the pitch, despite both teams showing plenty of endeavour.

Pompey might have levelled in stoppage-time, but Marquis could not quite make a connection after Tom Naylor had played a one-two with Williams and delivered a cross.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Sunderland 1


It was a fairly circumspect start to proceedings following the restart, with the game still lacking a real spark.

There was certainly nothing to suggest that either side could add to the scoring, which obviously suited the visitors more than the Blues.

But a goal did arrive just before the hour mark and it was an absolute gift that allowed the Black Cats to double their lead.

It came from a Pompey throw, with Andy Cannon trying to play a cross-field pass for Sean Raggett, only for Jones to nip in and steal the ball before neatly lifting it home.

Jackett had been preparing a double change beforehand, with Harrison and White withdrawn for Curtis and a fit-again Michael Jacobs.

Raggett soon met a Daniels corner with a flick that was blocked, as the hosts tried to find a route back into the contest.

But Sunderland came close to a third goal on 76 minutes, with Wyke poised to poke in a loose ball from a yard out, only for MacGillivray to snatch it from him.

There was further bad news for the Blues soon after, as Cannon went down injured and limped from the field to be replaced by Harness.

And despite producing plenty of effort, the hosts never really looked like finding the goal that would spark hope of a comeback, although results elsewhere ensured they at least remained in the top six.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Bolton, Whatmough, Raggett, Daniels; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon (Harness 78), White (Jacobs 59); Marquis, Harrison (Curtis 59)
Subs not used: Ward, Nicolaisen, Brown, Hiwula

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Burge; Power (c), Sanderson, O’Nien, McFadzean; Winchester, Scowen; Jones (Maguire 80), O’Brien (Flanagan 60), McGeady (Gooch 86); Wyke
Goals: Wyke 13, Jones 58
Booked: Sanderson
Subs not used: Matthews, Vokins, Neil, Diamond

Referee: David Rock

Mar 062021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A League 1
Northampton Town 4
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE

LOST LOST DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON DRAWN WON LOST

Pompey’s run of poor form continued as they were comprehensively beaten by relegation-threatened Northampton at Sixfields Stadium.

All of the home side’s goals arrived in the first half and showcased a mixture of neat finishing and sloppy defending.

Ryan Watson bagged a brace in quick succession, with Fraser Horsfall and Sam Hoskins adding to the Blues’ misery.

They did at least improve after the interval and substitute Ellis Harrison grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten at fellow promotion hopefuls Doncaster earlier in the week.

George Byers was handed his second start for the club, with John Marquis, Andy Cannon and Lee Brown all returning.

Harvey White, Harrison and Charlie Daniels joined a fit-again James Bolton on the bench, while Haji Mnoga missing out completely with a groin injury.

It meant a switch to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Byers in the ‘number 10’ role behind Marquis and Jack Whatmough deputising at right-back.

Northampton were forced to rest midfielder Bryn Morris, who was unable to feature against his parent club.

Pompey started quite brightly and Jonathan Mitchell had to prevent Peter Kioso from heading a Byers delivery into his own net.

And the on-loan Swansea player then sent in another cross that was met by Marquis, only for Horsfall to make a block.

But the Blues soon capitulated in horrendous fashion, conceding four goals in the space of under 25 minutes.

The first was, in fairness, an impressive finish from Watson, who curled home a fine free-kick from 25 yards after Cannon had fouled Mickel Miller.

And the second arrived just a few moments later, as a corner from Miller was nodded home by Watson at the far post.

Marquis soon raced through and found the net at the other end, but the flag had already been raised for offside.

It was the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring, though, and Craig MacGillivray beat away a fierce Hoskins strike at his near post.

But he was unable to collect the resulting corner from Miller, allowing Horsfall to bundle the ball over the line from close range.

MacGillivray was certainly being kept busy and did well to tip an acrobatic effort from Ryan Edmondson over the crossbar.

But when he then charged out of his area to head clear, the ball landed straight at the feet of Hoskins.

He lifted it over the back-pedalling keeper and into the net, although Edmondson charged in to make sure it was definitely over the line.

Pompey had a chance to reduce their deficit just before the break, but Sean Raggett could not quite find the target after Cannon’s scuffed effort had fallen for him inside the box.


Half Time

Northampton Town 4

Portsmouth 0


The visitors had controlled possession before the break and that continued once the action restarted.

But for all their domination of the ball, there was little happening for the Blues in the final third of the pitch.

And Jackett responded by doing something never before seen in a competitive Pompey match – a quadruple substitution.

Marquis, Byers, Ronan Curtis and Rasmus Nicolaisen were the players to make way, as Harrison, Jordy Hiwula, White and Bolton came on.

Hiwula soon had an opportunity to pull a goal back for the visitors, flashing an angled shot narrowly wide.

The changes certainly livened the Blues up, although they were still unable to properly test Mitchell between the sticks.

But they were given a chance to get on the scoresheet when some neat footwork by White drew a clumsy challenge by Horsfall inside the area.

HARRISON stepped up to take the spot-kick and his shot was powerful enough to find the net, despite Mitchell getting a hand on the ball.

And although Pompey spent the remainder of the contest camped out in the opposition half, they were unable to find another goal.

Northampton (4-2-3-1): Mitchell; Kioso, Horsfall, Jones, Mills (c) (Harriman 68); Sowerby, McWilliams (Rose 75); Hoskins, Watson, Miller; Edmondson
Goals: Watson 20, 23, Horsfall 32, Hoskins 43
Booked: Miller, Mitchell
Subs not used: Arnold, Marshall, Korboa, Chukwuemeka, Jones

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Whatmough, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Bolton 59), Brown; Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness, Byers (White 59), Curtis (Hiwula 59); Marquis (Harrison 59)
Goals: Harrison 73 (pen)
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Williams

Referee: Andy Haines