Jan 312022

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022

H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Charlton Athletic 2



Pompey’s poor start to 2022 continued with defeat to Charlton, despite a late charge at Fratton Park.

There was a huge moment of controversy when Conor Washington opened the scoring, with the officials missing a clear offside in the build-up.

And when Clark Robertson inadvertently found his own net after the break, it looked as though the Addicks’ points were secure.

But Michael Jacobs came off the bench to reduce the deficit and the Blues threw everything at their visitors before time ran out.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sunderland in the last outing.

Denver Hume was handed his debut wide on the left, while there were also starts for Shaun Williams and George Hirst.

There were home bows for Tyler Walker and Hayden Carter, with deadline day capture Aiden O’Brien watching from the directors’ box.

Reeco Hackett, Louis Thompson and Ronan Curtis dropped to the bench and were joined by new keeper Ollie Webber.

Former Fratton favourite Craig MagGillivray started for the visitors, who had Stephen Henderson and Jason Pearce among their substitutes.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off to remember former Blues left-back Jamie Vincent, who tragically passed away recently at the age of 46.

When the action started, Pompey looked bright and a ball over the top from Sean Raggett saw the crowd rise to their feet.

Hume just about beat Hirst to get a shot away and sent a low effort creeping agonisingly wide of the post.

It was certainly a lively start for the wing-back, who soon provided a fine delivery that Mahlon Romeo could only turn over at the far post.

Then, when a free-kick from Williams was only partially cleared, Joe Morrell thumped a shot just off target.

And some nice build-up play ended with the bright Morrell sweeping the ball right into the mixer, but Hirst could not make a connection.

There was a warning for the hosts midway through the first half, however, as Corey Blackett-Taylor surged half the length of the pitch before narrowly clearing the crossbar.

Charlton did break the deadlock on 31 minutes, but it was a goal that should never have been allowed to stand.

Chuks Aneke was clearly offside when he met an Adam Matthews cross, but the assistant referee kept his flag down.

Gavin Bazunu made a fine save to deny the striker, only for Washington to follow up and find the net from close range.

The visitors might have doubled their advantage soon after, but Alex Gilbey’s strike rattled the woodwork from a tight angle.

Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Charlton Athletic 1

There was a slow start to proceedings once the action restarted, but Pompey came close to levelling on 56 minutes.

Williams lifted the ball into the box, where it was nodded on by Hirst for skipper Robertson, who could only poke wide.

But the Addicks looked threatening on the break and one quick move up the pitch ended with Blackett-Taylor angling a shot over.

A pass from Morrell then sent Hirst charging into the box, only for a perfectly-timed Ryan Inniss challenge to deny him.

The Blues were left with a mountain to climb when their opponents doubled their lead just past the hour mark.

It was a fine cross into the box from Sean Clare on the right and in his attempt to deal with it, Robertson headed into his own net.

There was ironic applause at the other end when Romeo’s deflected shot finally forced MacGillivray into action, albeit with a regulation stop.

Cowley replaced Walker and Williams with Curtis and Thompson on 71 minutes, while Carter made way for Jacobs soon after.

And it was JACOBS who provided some hope when he collected Curtis’ pass and took a couple of neat touches before hitting a shot that was fumbled over the line by MacGillivray.

A quick counter almost led to a leveller, with Morrell feeding Curtis and the forward’s low shot fizzing just past the post.

There were farcical scenes when Aneke – booked for time wasting seconds earlier – then had to be dragged to his feet by Morrell.

The visitors took an age in bringing the striker off, which resulted in referee Neil Hair showing a yellow card to manager Johnnie Jackson.

Pompey were pushing for a leveller and a dangerous Jacobs free-kick somehow evaded everyone as it flew out of play.

Hirst then did well to lay the ball off for Thompson, with the substitute’s shot saved low down by MacGillivray.

A Raggett header in stoppage-time then ricocheted into the keeper’s arms, as the Blues’ ultimately fell just short.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter (Jacobs 72), Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo, Morrell, Williams (Thompson 71), Hume; Harness; Hirst, Walker (Curtis 71)
Goals: Jacobs 79
Booked: Morrell
Subs not used: Webber, Freeman, Ogilvie, Hackett

Charlton (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Clare, Inniss (c) (Pearce 70), Famewo; Matthews, Gilbey, Dobson, Morgan, Blackett-Taylor (Purrington 87); Aneke (Leko 87), Washington
Goals: Washington 31, Robertson 64 (og)
Booked: Famewo, Aneke, Dobson, Leko
Subs not used: Henderson, Watson, Jaiyesimi, Lee

Referee: Neil Hair

Attendance: 15,326 (1,230 away fans)

Jan 312022

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats

Aiden O’Brien

(Transfer : Sunderland – Portsmouth)

Pompey have signed 28-year-old forward Aiden O’Brien from Sunderland.

The Republic of Ireland international has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season.

He came off the bench for the Black Cats in their narrow victory over Pompey at the Stadium of Light earlier this month.

O’Brien signed for Sunderland in the summer of 2020 and netted 12 goals in 66 appearances during his time on Wearside.

He joined them from Millwall, where he progressed through the ranks and featured on 226 occasions.

O’Brien appeared alongside Mahlon Romeo, Shaun Williams and Ryan Tunnicliffe for the Lions and helped secure promotion to the Championship via the play-offs in 2017.

He has been capped five times by his country at senior level, scoring in a 2018 friendly draw in Poland.

Jan 312022

Celebrity Tara Lynne Barr

Tara Lynne Barr


2 October 1993

Orange County, California, USA

Actress Tara Lynne Barr earned critical praise for playing complicated, sometimes dangerous young women in projects ranging from “God Bless America” (2011) to “Aquarius” (NBC, 2015-16) and “Casual” (Hulu, 2015-2018).

Barr flirted briefly with Disney television series like “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (Disney Channel, 2005-2008), but she decided to pursue more substantive work if she were to become a professional actor. Shortly before graduating from high school, she was cast in writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait’s coal-black comedy “God Bless America” (2011), playing a disillusioned high school student who joins a burnt-out insurance salesman (Joel Murray) on a kill spree that targets rude individuals.


Jan 282022

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats

Lee Brown

(Transfer : Portsmouth – AFC Wimbledon)

Lee Brown has left Pompey to sign for AFC Wimbledon on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old left-back netted six goals in 131 appearances for the Blues – which includes two strikes against his new club at Plough Lane last term.

Brown arrived at Fratton Park from Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2018 and scored from the spot at Wembley to help secure the EFL Trophy later that season.

Brown was named vice-captain by previous manager Kenny Jackett and continued in the role under Cowley, while he wore the armband on several occasions.

Jan 262022

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats

Denver Hume

(Transfer : Sunderland – Portsmouth)

Pompey have completed the signing of Denver Hume from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

The left-sided player – who can play as a wing-back or as part of a four-man defence – has penned a two-and-a-half year deal, with the club option for a further 12 months.

Hume scored three goals in 84 appearances for the Black Cats, having joined their academy at the age of 10.

He appeared at Wembley in March 2019 when the Wearsiders were beaten on penalties by Pompey in the EFL Trophy final.

Jan 242022

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats

Alex Bass

(Loan : Portsmouth – Bradford City)

Alex Bass has joined Bradford on loan until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 23-year-old keeper has made 41 senior appearances for Pompey, having progressed through the club’s academy.

Seven of those outings have occurred this season and include clean sheets in League One wins at Fleetwood and Wycombe.

Bradford – whose squad includes former Fratton favourite Gareth Evans – currently sit 12th in League Two and drew 0-0 at Rochdale on Saturday.

Jan 232022

Celebrity Milie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown


19 February 2004

Marbella, Spain

Following a series of guest roles on television, Brown achieved acclaim for her role as Eleven in the Netflix sci-fi drama series Stranger Things (2016–present), which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. She is one of the youngest nominees for the award.

Brown made her feature debut with a lead role in the monster film Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), a character she reprised in the sequel Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). She also starred in and produced the Netflix mystery film Enola Holmes (2020).