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 182022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A League 1
AFC Wimbledon 0
Portsmouth 0


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Pompey were held to a draw at AFC Wimbledon, despite applying plenty of second half pressure.

They grew stronger as the Plough Lane contest progressed and ultimately had the better chances to claim all three points.

But Mahlon Romeo struck the woodwork, while Sean Raggett forced a fine save from Nik Tzanev to ensure the spoils would be shared.

Danny Cowley made four changes from the side that were beaten on home soil by MK Dons at the weekend.

Tyler Walker and Hayden Carter were both handed debuts following their loan captures from Coventry and Blackburn respectively.

Lee Brown returned to skipper the team out on the left, while Louis Thompson was given a midfield role.

Ronan Curtis, Kieron Freeman and Shaun Williams all dropped to the bench, but Reeco Hackett had a foot injury and was not named in the matchday squad.

Much like the dramatic Papa John’s Trophy contest earlier in the season, it was the home side who were quickest out of the traps.

Luke McCormick raced pass Connor Ogilvie to meet Ollie Palmer’s delivery and square for Jack Rudoni, but Gavin Bauznu got down well to deal with his close-range effort.

There was not too much to excite the crowd in a cagey opening 45 minutes, however – not that the lack of goalmouth action kept the large travelling contingent from the south coast quiet.

Most of the noteworthy incidents came courtesy of referee James Oldham, who drew the ire of the visiting team for not punishing McCormick following a heavy challenge on Joe Morrell.

The man with the whistle did show two yellow cards soon after, with Marcus Harness and Alex Woodyard both having their names noted down.

Pompey finally threatened on 26 minutes, when Raggett’s deep free-kick into the box caused problems.

Harness sent the ball right into the mixer and it took a couple of ricochets before being cleared as Walker looked to capitalised.

George Hirst did well at the other end, hacking away at the back post when Cheye Alexander nodded towards the net.

But the Blues almost broke the deadlock before the break, as Romeo swung in a particularly dangerous delivery.

Brown used his head to try to guide the ball into the net, only for a well-placed Dan Csoka to hook it over the bar.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 0


The visitors looked to attack right from kick-off and when Romeo picked out Walker, the debutant’s low effort had to be turned around the post by Tzanev.

They had another opportunity soon after, but Tzanev just about beat Carter to the ball when Ogilvie headed Brown’s corner into the mixer.

And Pompey thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Hirst went down under Czoka’s challenge, only to have their appeals ignored by Oldham.

Romeo was causing plenty of havoc down the right and one marauding burst almost led to the opener, with the loanee’s angled drive fizzing narrowly past the post.

It was the Blues looking more threatening, although Alexander should have done better the bend his shot well wide after McCormick’s free-kick found him in acres of space.

Cowley made a switch straight after that, with Curtis replacing Hirst to provide Walker with a new partner up front.

And a second substitution soon followed, as Thompson made way for Williams in the midfield engine room.

It looked like the deadlock would be broken on 75 minutes when a corner was worked out to Romeo, whose thunderous 30-yard strike cannoned against the crossbar.

And the visitors went close again after a corner was not fully cleared and the eventual angled effort from Curtis had to be parried away by Tzanev.

The keeper then made an even better stop when Raggett roses highest in the box to make a firm connection with a Williams flag-kick.

Pompey’s final switch came with 10 minutes remaining, as Michael Jacobs was tasked with trying to unlock the Dons defence in place of Harness.

He did embark on one promising run before lifting the ball towards Walker, who could not guide his header on target.

The Blues continued to apply pressure as the seconds ticked down, but they were unable to find a breakthrough.

AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1): Tzanev; Alexander, Nightingale, Csoka, Osew (Guinness-Walker 82); Marsh, Woodyard (c); Rudoni, McCormick, Mebude (Assal 64); Palmer (Ablade 76)
Booked: Woodyard, McCormick
Subs not used: Oualah, Kaja, Chislett, Cosgrave

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Ogilvie; Romeo, Thompson (Williams 71), Morrell, Brown (c); Harness (Jacobs 80); Walker, Hirst (Curtis 67)
Booked: Harness, Romeo
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Robertson, Tunnicliffe

Referee: James Oldham

Nov 202021
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
AFC Wimbledon 1


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Marcus Harness continued his fine run of goalscoring form by hitting Pompey’s late winner against AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park.

The home side had to recover from falling behind following a terrible penalty decision, with Nesta Guinness-Walker’s theatrical tumble fooling the referee.

Ollie Palmer converted from the spot and it took until midway through the second half before Michael Jacobs finally got the equaliser.

Time was ticking away in the search for a winner, but Harness finally slotted home a seventh goal in his past 11 outings.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that impressively won at Wycombe the previous week.

Gavin Bazunu reclaimed his place between the sticks after returning from international duty, while there was a first league start of the season for Jacobs.

Alex Bass and Miguel Azeez both dropped to the bench, where they were joined by fit-again striker Ellis Harrison.

Before kick-off, a minute’s applause was held to pay tribute to 1979/80 promotion-winning skipper Joe Laidlaw, who passed away earlier in the week.

Pompey came charging out the blocks once the action began and Harness combined neatly with Jacobs.

The latter’s square pass looked like it would leave George Hirst with a simple finish, only for Paul Osew to make a timely interception.

Palmer then collected a pass from Luke McCormick at the other end, with his drive claimed at the second attempt by Bazunu.

But it was the Blues looking more likely to break the deadlock and some impressive pressing saw them win possession high up the pitch.

A neat Harness back-flick sent Jacobs through on goal, but Nik Tzanev spread himself well to make the save.

The home side were playing with real energy and causing plenty of problems, only to fall behind following a terrible refereeing decision.

Guiness-Walker and Ronan Curtis were shoulder-to-shoulder in the Blues box and the Dons defender threw himself to the ground.

Thomas Bramall was fooled, though, and pointed to the spot, much to the astonishment of the home side, their coaching staff and practically everyone inside Fratton Park.

Former Hawks striker Palmer stepped up to take the penalty and coolly sent it straight down the middle to find the net.

Pompey set about trying to find an equaliser and thought it had arrived when Lee Brown cut the ball back for Harness to slot home.

Bramall again incurred the wrath of the home faithful, though, by blowing for an earlier foul on Curtis.

The home side recovered from a ragged spell to the finish the half strongly and Tzanev beat away a long-range Curtis attempt.

And the keeper made an even better save moments later, this time stopping Harness from converting a clever Jacobs pass.

But a poor Bazunu kick almost led to a second goal for the visitors just before the break, with the Republic of Ireland international recovering well to deny McCormick.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

AFC Wimbledon 1


AFC Wimbledon went close again following the restart after Osew escaped down the right and found McCormick in the box.

The midfielder’s effort was heading for the net, but Sean Raggett slid in to make a timely block and keep the deficit at just one goal.

Cowley made his first switch on 53 minutes, with Hirst withdrawn and Reeco Hackett joining the forward line.

And another one soon followed, as Joe Morrell – back from international duty with Wales – replaced Louis Thompson.

The newcomer soon combined with Harness to release Mahlon Romeo, who surged half the length of the pitch before firing in a low shot that was kept out by Tzanev.

Wimbledon’s stopper had arguably been their best player, but will feel he could have done better with Pompey’s leveller on 63 minutes.

JACOBS collected a pass from Lee Brown and cut inside from the left before hitting a low shot that the keeper could only help into the net.

There might have been another goal for the hosts soon after, but Tzanev redeemed himself by keeping out a dipping Curtis free-kick.

They still had to stay alert at the other end, though, and Jack Rudoni wasted a decent opening by dragging the ball wide.

Bazunu then dived acrobatically to his left to cling onto a long-range effort from Osew, as the action continued to switch from one end to the next.

Cowley made one last attacking throw of the dice on 83 minutes, with the tiring Jacobs replaced by Harrison.

Bazunu then did well to dive at the feet of Osew inside the area after the Wimbledon right-back had found some space.

Pompey threw bodies forward in search of another goal, but time appeared to be running out on them.

Then, with just a minute of normal time remaining, HARNESS collected a Morrell pass and hit a low shot that clipped the inside of the post on its way into the net.

There was still time for a bit more late drama, as a Dons corner found substitute Ethan Chislett, whose shot was claimed by Bazunu.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bazunu; Romeo, Raggett, Ogilvie, Brown (c); Harness, Thompson (Morrell 56), Williams, Jacobs (Harrison 82); Curtis, Hirst (Hackett 53)
Goals: Jacobs 63, Harness 89
Booked: Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Azeez, Gassan

AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1): Tzanev; Osew, Heneghan, Czoka, Guinness-Walker; Hartigan, Woodyard (c); Assal (Chislett 82), McCormick (Marsh 76), Rudoni; Palmer (Pressley 76)
Goals: Palmer 24 (pen)
Booked: Assal
Subs not used: Oualah, Charles, Jenkins, Mebude

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Attendance: 16,234 (910 away fans)

Sep 072021
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A EFL Trophy
AFC Wimbledon 5
Portsmouth 3


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Ellis Harrison’s hat-trick ultimately counted for nothing, as Pompey dramatically lost their opening match in Southern Group B of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Goals from Paul Kalambayi and Aaron Pressley put AFC Wimbledon into a commanding position at Plough Lane.

But Harrison netted either side of the break to level the contest and then completed his treble to turn the game on its head.

Pressley then equalised from the spot and a penalty shoot-out was looming before Will Nightingale headed the hosts back in front.

The Blues poured forward in search of another goal, but were caught on the break as Luke McCormick wrapped things up in stoppage-time.

Danny Cowley changed the entire starting line-up from Pompey’s last outing at Wigan 10 days earlier.

There were three debuts handed out, including keeper Jake Eastwood following his emergency loan switch from Sheffield United.

Summer signing Louis Thompson also came into the midfield, while deadline day capture Mahlon Romeo was at right-back.

The defence was completed by Haji Mnoga – who can feature in this competition despite his loan move to Bromley – Connor Ogilvie and Paul Downing.

Michael Jacobs, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Gassan Ahadme, Harrison and George Hirst completed the team, with the latter making his first start for the club.

There was a youthful look to the bench, with the seven substitutes all members of Liam Daish’s under-18 side.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start and found themselves trailing just 61 seconds into the contest.

A corner found its way to Kalambayi inside the area and the defender had far too much time to find the net.

The Blues responded well to that setback, however, and started to look a real threat going forward themselves.

A low shot from Gassan was kept out by Zaki Oualah, while the keeper soon flapped at a Jacobs free-kick and had to be bailed out by his defence.

Romeo then raced onto a pass over the top by Thompson, but could not beat the Dons stopper from an acute angle.

Pompey looked nervy at the other end, though, and some sloppy play provided an opportunity for the home side.

But Ayoub Assal and Pressley both took too long over deciding to shoot and the latter’s eventual effort was deflected wide.

Neither side seemed comfortable at the back, although Kalambayi made a vital block to deny Harrison.

It was Wimbledon who were finishing the half strongly and when the ball ricocheted kindly into Ethan Chistlett’s path, Eastwood had to come off his line to make a key save.

And they did have a second goal when Cheye Alexender got free down the right and found Assal, who squared for Pressley to slot home.

Pompey then perked up dramatically in stoppage-time and hit the woodwork twice in quick succession.

Harrison did well to find Hackett-Fairchild and he hit a rocket against the crossbar, while Hirst’s follow-up header struck the same part of the frame.

The Blues did halve their deficit seconds before the interval, though, as Thompson stole possession and Oualah made a mess of dealing with the shot from HARRISON.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 2

Portsmouth 1


Pompey had switched to a back three midway through the first half and continued with that once the action restarted.

And they immediately set about trying to find a leveller, with Oualah escaping any punishment for failing to hold a Hackett-Fairchild corner.

Another flag-kick from the wing-back led to the Blues’ leveller, however, as his centre was nodded back by Ogilvie at the back post.

HARRISON was surrounded by defenders, but showed plenty of strength to rise above them and firmly head home.

The hosts started to come back into the contest, although an Alexander header lacked the power to trouble Eastwood.

Thompson was starting to look a real presence in Pompey’s midfield, but – probably with his recent return to fitness in mind – was replaced by academy midfielder Harry Jewitt-White on 71 minutes.

Pompey kept pushing for a winner and almost went ahead for the first time when a Hackett-Fairchild corner was only cleared as far as Jacobs on the edge of the box.

His low drive was diverted towards the target by Hirst, but Oualah used his legs to prevent the striker from opening his account.

And they did go in front when Jacobs used the outside of his boot to spray the ball out to Hackett-Fairchild on the left.

He squared it for Gassan inside the box and although the loanee’s attempt was blocked, HARRISON pounced to convert the rebound.

The lead did not last long, however, as Mnoga was penalised for a foul on Henry Lawrence inside the area and Pressley converted from the spot.

Pompey then immediately came close to another goal of their own, with a Hirst header clawed away by Oualah.

But a topsy-turvy contest swung back in Wimbledon’s favour as Anthony Hartigan’s free-kick was nodded into the net by Nightingale.

And with the Blues committing most of their players forward in stoppage-time, the hosts broke up the pitch to score again.

Eastwood did well to deny Pressley his own hat-trick, but the ball ran loose for substitute McCormick to score.

AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1): Oualah; Alexander, Kalambayi (c), Nightingale, Guinness-Walker; Marsh, Hartigan; Assal (McCormick 70), Chislett (Rudoni 70), Mebude (Lawrence 57); Pressley
Goals: Kalambayi 2, Pressley 43, 80 (pen), Nightingale 87, McCormick 90+4
Booked: Lawrence
Subs not used: Tzanev, Heneghan, Woodyard, Bartley

Pompey (4-4-2): Eastwood; Romeo, Mnoga, Downing (c), Ogilvie; Hackett-Fairchild, Thompson (Jewitt-White 71), Jacobs, Gassan; Hirst, Harrison
Goals: Harrison 45+4, 52, 78
Booked: Mnoga
Subs not used: Steward, Kaba, Simpson, Bridgman, Payce, Gifford

Referee: Darren Drysdale

May 012021
 


A League 1
AFC Wimbledon 1
Portsmouth 3


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Lee Brown was the unlikely goalscoring hero, as Pompey won at AFC Wimbledon to ensure that securing a play-off place is in their hands.

The defender – making his first appearance for three weeks after recovering from a hamstring problem – struck twice at the end of the first half.

He had only previously netted just once for the Blues, but his second goal in particular was a thing of beauty that would have been treasured by the most prolific of strikers.

The visitors had earlier fallen behind to Joe Pigott’s questionable goal, only for Ronan Curtis to immediately level.

And the Plough Lane result, coupled with Charlton dropping points at Accrington, means that Pompey head into their final fixture knowing that a win would be enough to extend their season.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that dramatically drew at Accrington earlier in the week.

Paul Downing was handed a first league start in more than 19 months, while there were also returns for Ryan Williams and a fit-again Brown.

Rasmus Nicolaisen, James Bolton and George Byers were the players to make way, with the trio all named among the substitutes.

Pompey almost took the lead in the opening minute following a neat move that was started by Curtis.

He found Tom Naylor, who in turn spread the ball out for Marcus Harness, but his delivery was a bit too powerful for Curtis and he fired over.

It was the home side who then started to look dangerous and Jack Rudoni scuffed wastefully wide after Sean Raggett could only clear a cross into his path.

The same player then drilled in a low shot and Craig MacGillivray got down well to his right to palm the ball behind.

But it was a moment of controversy that saw the Dons break the deadlock midway through the first half.

Pigott raced onto a powerful header forward from Ben Heneghan, but was in an offside position and the assistant raised his flag.

Referee Charles Breakspear decided the ball had flicked off Ben Close, however, and allowed the goal to stand, much to the visitors’ fury.

But they did not let their heads drop and levelled straight from the restart, with the in-form CURTIS on target.

Harness cut inside from the right and tried to find John Marquis in the centre, only for the ball to run across for the Republic of Ireland international to lash home.

AFC Wimbledon tried to restore their advantage and MacGillivray managed to divert Pigott’s angled effort behind.

It was Pompey who finished the half on top, though, and there were half-chances for Naylor and Marquis.

But it was an unlikely figure that scored twice right at the end of the first half to give them a commanding lead.

BROWN had only one Blues goal to his name, but collected the ball from Curtis on the overlap and fired into the bottom corner.

And it was an even more majestic finish from the left-back to give them a two-goal advantage at the interval.

BROWN stole possession from Ryan Longman on the left, collected the ball back from Curtis and hit a fine shot with the outside of his foot that crashed against the underside of the bar and into the net.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 1

Portsmouth 3


Pigott had a chance to reduce his team’s deficit following the restart, but nodded Cheye Alexnader’s cross wide at the back post.

Pompey were still passing the ball around nicely, though, as they continued to search for a route through the opposition defence.

And a great piece of perseverance created an opening for Harness on 57 minutes, with the winger flashing a shot inches past the post.

The visitors were enjoying plenty of possession in the Dons half and only a timely block denied Brown an unlikely treble.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, and MacGillivray got down to his left when Pigott curled a free-kick towards the target.

The Blues were next to threaten, but Williams scuffed his attempt wide following great work from Harness on the right.

Both sides were guilty of some wasteful finishing, with Pigott and Alexander failing to get enough power on their efforts to trouble MacGillivray.

But the Dons were dealt a blow when Heneghan went down injured on 76 minutes and was unable to continue.

They had already used all three of their substitution slots and so had to play out the closing stages with just 10 men.

Harvey White came on for Curtis for the closing stages and soon had a chance to wrap up the three points.

Marquis raced clear on goal, but Nik Tzanev stuck out a hand to deny him and the striker instead picked out White, whose shot was deflected just wide.

But Pompey saw out the closing stages to claim a valuable win and results elsewhere ensured that Wimbledon could celebrate survival.

AFC Wimbledon (4-2-2-2): Tzanev; Alexander, Heneghan, Nightingale, Guinness-Walker; Woodyard (c), Dobson (Oksanen 62); Longman, Rudoni (McLoughlin 71); Pigott, Palmer (Assal 57)
Goals: Pigott 23
Booked: Pigott, Dobson, Alexander
Subs not used: Cox, O’Neill, Kalambayi, Harrison

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Downing, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close (Cannon 90+2); Harness (Byers 88), Curtis (White 84), Williams; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 24, Brown 45, 45+4
Booked: Curtis
Subs not used: Ward, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Daniels

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Jan 192021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


H League 1
Portsmouth 4
AFC Wimbledon 0


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Pompey moved to within a point of the League One summit following a comfortable victory over struggling AFC Wimbledon.

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.


Half Time

Portsmouth 3

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

Jan 112020
 

Portsmouth FC 2019/2020


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
AFC Wimbledon 1


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Pompey beat AFC Wimbledon to ensure the first Fratton fixture of the new decade was one to celebrate.
They dominated for much of the contest and Marcus Harness’ fine finish ensured the Blues deservedly led at the break.

Joe Pigott levelled in the second half, but John Marquis came off the bench to put the hosts back into the lead.

And the Dons had to see out the closing stages with just 10 men after substitute Scott Wagstaff was dismissed for two bookable offences in quick succession.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew at Gillingham in the last League One outing.

Cameron McGeehan came straight into the starting line-up after completing his loan switch from Barnsley earlier in the week.

Fellow January arrival Steve Seddon also made his Fratton bow, while Andy Cannon was the other player to return.

Ben Close and Gareth Evans both dropped to the bench, with Anton Walkes having departed for America.

There was also a welcome return to the bench for Jack Whatmough after almost a year out with a knee injury.

The first half was a pretty one-sided affair – in favour of the hosts – although it did take a bit of time to get going.

And it was actually the Dons who were first to threaten when a corner found its way through to Rod McDonald, with the defender turning sharply and firing just past the post.

Pompey soon began to hit their stride, however, and debutant McGeehan drilled a low-range effort narrowly wide.

There was concern among the Fratton faithful when Harness went down with a knock and had to receive treatment on the pitch.

But the winger was soon back up on his feet and, just a few moments later, gave the Blues a deserved lead.

It was a quick move through the middle that began with Sean Raggett stepping up confidently to win the ball.

He slipped a neat pass through to Cannon, who burst forward and laid the ball off for HARNESS to lash into the net.

Pompey continued to dominate possession and enjoy territorial advantage as the action progressed, although more clear-cut chances were eluding them.

Harness was looking the most dangerous attacking player and dragged one effort wide, then hit a dipping long-range shot over the bar.

AFC Wimbledon, meanwhile, lost one of their key men, as striker Marcus Forss pulled up while chasing the ball and limped down the tunnel.

It was the hosts still looking more likely to add to the scoring and Terell Thomas bravely blocked strikes from McGeehan and Harness in quick succession.

A Ronan Curtis corner was then weakly punched by Nathan Trott and there was panic in the Dons defence before the ball was finally cleared.

The Republic of Ireland international also delivered a free-kick from the left that was headed back across goal by Raggett, with a stretching Harness not quite able to make a firm connection.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

AFC Wimbledon 0


It was the Blues who had the first opening once the action restarted, as Harrison fed the ball to Curtis.

He took the ball into space and hit a fierce effort that Trott did well to divert over the bar, with the keeper then getting to Seddon’s corner before Christian Burgess could connect.

There was also a flag-kick for the Dons that a sliding McDonald could only turn into the side netting at the far post.

But it had been a quiet afternoon for Alex Bass between the sticks, so it was somewhat of a surprise when the visitors levelled just past the hour mark.

Pompey were caught out at the back by a quick break and Mitch Pinnock delivered a fine cross for Pigott to convert from close range.

That gave the Londoners a lift and Bass had to claim Pigott’s looping header from Nesta Guinness-Walker’s centre.

Jackett responded with a double switch, as Marquis and a fit-again Brandon Haunstrup replaced Cannon and James Bolton.

And it was the former who restored the home side’s lead on 79 minutes to get Fratton rocking once more.

Harness picked out Curtis with a cross-field pass and the winger’s superb cross was deftly headed home by MARQUIS.

It soon got even worse for the Dons, as Wagstaff – who had only been on the pitch for 13 minutes – fouled Seddon to collect his second booking.

They still tried to apply some late pressure in the search of another equaliser, but Pompey saw out five minutes of stoppage-time.

And they probably should have given the scoreline a gloss, but Marquis could not beat Trott after being sent racing clear.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (Haunstrup 71), Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness, Cannon (Marquis 71), Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Harness 20, Marquis 79
Booked: Cannon
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Close, Evans, Hawkins

AFC Wimbledon (3-5-2): Trott; O’Neill, Thomas, McDonald; McLoughlin (Wagstaff 71), Hartigan, Sanders, Reilly, Guinness-Walker; Pigott (c), Forss (Pinnock 36)
Goals: Pigott 62
Sent off: Wagstaff (two yellow cards)
Booked: Reilly, O’Neill
Subs not used: McDonnell, Sorensen, Biler, Osew, Wood

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Attendance: 18,417 (836 away fans)

Oct 192019
 

Portsmouth FC 2019/2020


A League 1
AFC Wimbledon 1
Portsmouth 0


FORM GUIDE

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Pompey were dealt a late blow, as AFC Wimbledon scored a stoppage-time winner at Kingsmeadow to end their three-match unbeaten run.

Both sides had earlier chances to secure victory, with Christian Burgess and Anthony Wordsworth striking the woodwork.

It was the Blues who looked more dangerous, though, and Nathan Trott was kept busy between the sticks.

The points looked like being shared, only for Terell Thomas to head past Craig MacGillivray’s grasp right at the death.

It was a disappointing way for Gareth Evans to make his 200th appearance for the club – becoming just the third man to achieve that feat in the 21st century.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Gillingham on home soil the previous week.

MacGillivray returned from international duty to replace Alex Bass between the sticks, while John Marquis came in for the injured Brett Pitman.

Ryan Williams also started out wide, as Pompey switched to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Ellis Harrison dropping to the bench.

Both sides looked dangerous on the break during an opening 45 minutes that saw play quickly switch from one end to the other.

The visitors had the first opportunity to break the deadlock, although Marcus Harness hit his effort into the turf and the ball bounced over.

Burgess then had to bravely fling himself into the path of a shot from the lively Marcus Forss to avert the danger.

Pompey were next to go close and after doing well to bring the ball down, Marquis prodded a shot past the post.

The see-saw nature continued with the Dons going close to breaking the deadlock on 13 minutes and it took a brilliant Lee Brown block to stop Forss.

A quick counter led to another Blues’ opening moment later, as Marquis collected Harness’ pass, held off his man and sent the ball rolling agonisingly wide.

Tom Naylor might have done better midway through the half after charging in to meet James Bolton’s dangerous delivery and heading over.

It was a bright period for the visitors and Burgess nodded against the crossbar after connecting with a Brown cross.

The danger was not over for Wimbledon, however, and Sean Raggett’s follow-up header was claimed by Trott.

There were a couple of bookings for Pompey and while Brown was right cautioned for fouling Scott Wagstaff, it was a harsh yellow for Marquis for simply standing his ground.

Bot sides had one more decent opportunity to forge ahead just before the break, with Trott getting down well to deny Evans.

Joe Pigott then spotted MacGillivray off his line and tried to lob him, only for the ball to fly narrowly wide.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 0


It looked like the hosts had been awarded a penalty just after the restart when Pigott went down under Burgess’ challenge.

Referee Sam Purkiss seemed to point to the spot, only to eventually award a free-kick right on the edge of the box.

But it still almost led to a Wimbledon goal, as Forss hit a ferocious effort that flew through the wall and was superbly beaten away by MacGillivray.

Another free-kick for the Londoners was curled around the wall by Wordsworth, although it was easily dealt with by the Pompey stopper.

Jackett made a double switch just before the hour mark, as Williams and Marquis were withdrawn for Ronan Curtis and Harrison.

And the latter was almost gifted a bizarre goal moments later, charging down Trott’s clearance and seeing the ball ricochet just wide.

Harrison was proving a menace and after collecting Bolton’s ball into the box was unable to get enough on his header to trouble Trott.

Pompey had struck the woodwork before the break and it was the Dons’ turn on 65 minutes, with Wordsworth’s drilled effort cannoning back off the inside of the post.

Harrison then had two men on him as he tried to meet Bolton’s cross, but still managed to get a header away that was saved by Trott.

Some sloppy play at the back gave the Blues another opening, with Paul Kalambayi’s desperate block stopping Curtis’ shot testing the keeper.

The loose ball then came out to skipper Tom Naylor, whose drive was fierce, but straight at a grateful Trott.

Ben Close eyed up one of his special strikes from the edge of the box when a free-kick was only partially cleared, but the ball could not quite find its way through a sea of bodies.

Jackett’s final change came on 81 minutes and saw Andy Cannon replace Harness, with Evans moving out wide.

Pompey were looking the more threatening side in the closing stages and Trott did well to smother Close’s low attempt.

Curtis then spun and curled a shot wide following good work from Brown, who managed to avoid a late Scott Wagstaff lunge that earned the Dons skipper a booking.

The display of four additional minutes gave travelling fans hope that their side could score a late winner.

But it was the Dons celebrating when, with just seconds remaining, Thomas glanced home Max Sanders’ free-kick.

It was harsh on Pompey and there was not enough time left for them to mount any more meaningful attacks.

AFC Wimbledon (3-5-2): Trott; Kalambayi, Delaney, Thomas; Wagstaff (c), Sanders, Wordsworth, Pinnock (Hartigan 76), Osew; Pigott, Forss (Appiah 85)
Goals: Thomas 90+3
Booked: Wagstaff
Subs not used: Tzanev, Madelin, Stabana, Guinness-Walker, McLoughlin

Pompey (4-2-31): MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harrison 57), Evans, Harness (Cannon 81); Marquis (Curtis 57)
Booked: Brown, Marquis, Raggett
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Haunstrup, McCrorie

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 4,525 (712 Pompey fans)

Jan 012019
 

Portsmouth FC 2018/2019


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
AFC Wimbledon 1


FORM GUIDE

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Pompey began 2019 with victory at Fratton Park, but were made to work hard for the points by a struggling AFC Wimbledon side.

It looked like a comfortable afternoon might be on the cards for the league leaders when Jamal Lowe gave them an early lead.

But the hosts missed some decent chances to extend their lead and a stunning strike from Kwesi Appiah brought the Dons level.

That seemed to spark the Blues back into life, though, and Ronan Curtis soon headed them back in front to secure the win.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that won convincingly at Fleetwood at the weekend.

Oli Hawkins recovered from an ankle problem to replace Brett Pitman up front, while Brandon Haunstrup came in for the injured Lee Brown at left-back.

The other switch saw Ben Close make way for Gareth Evans, who was rested for the final game of 2018 at Highbury.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former Pompey and Hampshire cricket star Mike Barnard, who sadly passed away before Christmas.

It was a quiet start to the contest, both on and off the pitch – with some New Year revelries perhaps explaining the muted atmosphere in the opening stages.

But the noise levels soon grew, as the hosts took the lead with the first proper chance of the game on eight minutes.

Curtis collected a cross-field pass from Anton Walkes and fired in a low shot that was saved by Tom King.

But the keeper could not keep hold of the ball and LOWE was quick to capitalise, dinking a neat finish into the net.

Pompey were dominating possession, but there was not an abundance on clear-cut opportunities to excite a sell-out crowd.

Ben Thompson wasted a decent opening, swiping at thing air after Walkes’ ball into the box had been laid off by Evans.

A couple of other dangerous moments from the hosts were ended by an offside flag, as the Dons struggled to find a foothold in the game.

Lowe was proving a particular nuisance and after showing some nifty footwork inside the box, saw his low shot saved by King.

His clever chipped pass into the box then had to be nodded away by Terell Thomas before Thompson could capitalise.

The visitors finally threatened just before the break when former Pompey winger Andy Barcham burst clear, but a superb Jack Whatmough challenge inside the box halted his progress.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

AFC Wimbledon 0


It was still a fairly sedate affair once the action restarted and a wayward header from Mitch Pinnock was not going to trouble Craig MacGillivray.

Kwesi Appiah was then perhaps fortunate to avoid a booking following a late challenge on Matt Clarke, with the Blues defender quickly back up on his feet.

But the hosts should have doubled their lead on 54 minutes, as a fine Lowe pass sent Curtis through on goal, only for the Republic of Ireland international to drag his shot wide.

Curtis was soon back to his best, however, stealing possession and cutting the ball back for Evans, whose side-footed effort was kept out by King.

Wimbledon tried to make Pompey pay for those missed chances and suddenly enjoyed a spell of pressure.

But one strike from Anthony Hartigan flew high over the crossbar, while another was straight at MacGillivray.

It was the visitors on top, though, and Jackett made a double change on 69 minutes to try to negate their threat.

Evans and Hawkins were the men to make way, with Close and Pitman adding fresh legs to the midfield and forward line respectively.

But it was Lowe who had a chance to doubled the lead, only to head a Curtis cross wide from just a few yards out.

And the hosts were made to pay for their profligacy when Appiah unleashed a superb long-range strike that left MacGillivray helpless.

Thompson had a shot blocked as Pompey went back on the attack, while an effort from Curtis was comfortably dealt with by King.

But CURTIS did restore their lead moments later, rising above his man in the box to nod home a great cross from Thompson.

The Dons threw men forward in an attempt to equalise for a second time, but Pompey saw out the closing stages to start the year on a high.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Haunstrup; B.Thompson (Burgess 90+4), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 69), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 69)
Goals: Lowe 8, Curtis 80
Booked: Curtis
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, Wheeler, Green

AFC Wimbledon (4-1-4-1): King; Watson, Kalambayi, Thomas, Purrington (Garratt 83); Nightingale (c); Pinnock, Wordsworth, Hartigan (Egan 73), Barcham (Jervis 87); Appiah
Goals: Appiah 75
Booked: Wordsworth
Subs not used: McDonnell, Sibbick, Trotter, Wood

Referee: Antony Coggins

Attendance: 18,732 (634 away fans)

Oct 132018
 

Portsmouth FC 2018/2019


A League 1
AFC Wimbledon 1
Portsmouth 2


FORM GUIDE

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Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans were on target as Pompey secured a deserved victory at AFC Wimbledon.

But they were forced to endure a nervy conclusion after a fine James Hanson strike reduced the Dons’ deficit.

Up until that point it had been a dominant afternoon for the visitors, with Naylor’s header opening his account for the club.

Evans doubled the advantage before the break and the Blues had several more chances to extend the lead further.

But Hanson pulled one back for Wimbledon and a tense finale ensued before the final whistle was blown.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten by Gillingham in the last league fixture.

Dion Donohue was rewarded for his winning Checkatrade Trophy goal earlier in the week, while there were also returns for Ben Thompson in midfield and Oli Hawkins up front.

Brett Pitman and Ben Close both dropped to the bench, with Ronan Curtis absent on international duty.

There were a couple of familiar faces on the Wimbledon flanks, with former Pompey players Jake Jervis and Andy Barcham both starting.

The first half was a breathless affair, with the visitors in almost total control from first whistle until last.

AFC Wimbledon were indebted to Joe McDonnell in the opening stages, with the keeper saving Naylor’s header with his legs following a corner from Donohue.

He then raced off his line to deny Evans after the stand-in skipper had raced on to a great pass from Nathan Thompson.

It was an unseasonably warm afternoon in south-west London, but conditions proved difficult when the breeze picked up.

Craig MacGillivray was relatively untroubled, although he was called into action to keep out a deflected Tom Soares free-kick.

A rare spell of prolonged Dons pressure then ended with the stopper keeping out a low attempt from Jervis.

But it was Pompey on top and they deservedly broke the deadlock on 24 minutes – much to the delight of the lucky ballot winners packed into the away end.

Another fine corner from Donohue was met by NAYLOR, whose header deflected off Liam Trotter and managed to cross the line.

They kept pouring forward and Hawkins nodded narrowly wide from a Lee Brown cross, while Deji Oshilaja did well to dispossess the lively Jamal Lowe in the box.

But the advantage was doubled on 31 minutes, as Brown sent a low delivery across the face of goal and EVANS raced in at the far post to arrow a shot home.

The wind almost caught out MacGillivray at the other end, with Jervis’ cross catching a gust and landing on the roof of the net.

Still the Blues kept up their attacking intent, however, and a long-range effort from Naylor was just about pushed wide by McDonnell.

A vital block from Oshilaja then came to Wimbledon’s rescue after Lowe had bamboozled the back-line and picked out Hawkins.

The only down side for the visitors was a couple of bookings they collected from referee Lee Probert just before the interval.

Donohue was penalised for an alleged dive in the box, with Jack Whatmough booked for a late challenge on Joe Pigott.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 2


Such had been Pompey’s dominance, that opposition manager Neal Ardley made all three of his substitutions at the break.

Tennai Watson, Barcham and Pigott were all hauled off, with Will Nightingale, Anthony Hartigan and Hanson replacing them.

The three newcomers were out there on their own for a while, however, with the rest of the home side taking an age to take to the pitch.

It was the Blues that were first to threaten after Soares had been booked for a swipe at Nathan Thompson.

Whatmough’s free-kick was nodded on by Hawkins for Lowe, who tried a cheeky back-heel that McDonnell got down to keep out.

The traffic was continuing to head in the same direction and a couple of corners almost led to more goals.

When the first of them was only partially cleared, a thunderbolt from Donohue flew narrowly off target.

He took the second himself and it was met by the head of Matt Clarke, with a well-placed Jervis clearing from the line.

But Wimbledon suddenly found themselves back in the game with a goal of their own just past the hour mark.

It was slightly unfortunate for the visitors, with Evans mis-cueing his clearance and Hanson capitalising with a fine finish that curled around MacGillivray’s dive and into the net.

The Dons might have had another soon after, but Jervis could only head the ball straight to the keeper after meeting Oshilaja’s cross.

A corner from Evans was nodded inches wide by Clarke, as Pompey tried to restore their grip on the contest.

Jackett made his first switch on 74 minutes, with Donohue the man to make way for Ben Close in midfield.

Wimbledon were playing with much more belief by this point, though, with Whatmough and Clarke both making blocks to deny Kwesi Appiah.

A second Blues change occurred soon after, with Hawkins being replaced by Pitman in the lone striking role.

The visitors were more content to use up time as the seconds ticked down, before the Pompey fans could finally celebrate another victory.

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): McDonnell; Watson (Nightingale 46), Oshilaja (c), McDonald, Purrington; Jervis, Trotter, Soares, Barcham (Hartigan 46); Appiah, Pigott (Hanson 46)
Goals: Hanson 63
Booked: Soares
Subs not used: King, Sibbick, Egan, Pinnock

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Evans (c) (Walkes 89), Lowe, Donohue (Close 74); Hawkins (Pitman 80)
Goals: Naylor 24, Evans 31
Booked: Donohue, Whatmough
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Dennis, Mason

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 4,569 (769 Pompey fans)

Aug 142018
 

Portsmouth FC


H EFL Cup
Portsmouth 1
AFC Wimbledon 2


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)N/A %

LOST WON WON

A late Anton Walkes own-goal saw Pompey crash out of the Carabao Cup in the first round for a third successive season.

It looked like they would progress when Christian Burgess nodded in following a first half that was short on entertainment.

But Joe Pigott headed in the equaliser and, with just a few minutes remaining, Walkes found his own net.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that won at Blackpool in the league at the weekend.

Brett Pitman returned to skipper the team, while there was a first Pompey start for on-loan winger David Wheeler.

Luke McGee, Burgess and Brandon Haunstrup were also called upon, with Craig MacGillivray, Jack Whatmough, Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis and Oli Hawkins all dropping to the bench.

The first half was a forgettable affair, with little to entertain the fans packed into the Fratton End and South Stand.

It was the visitors who had the first chance when Mitchell Pinnock crossed from the left, but Scott Wagstaff’s header was off target.

The same player then screwed another effort well wide after Walkes had failed to properly deal with Pinnock’s free-kick.

And it was a hat-trick of chances missed when Wagstaff beat Haunstrup to a header and sent the ball looping towards goal, only for the left-back to recover and hook it clear.

But it was the Blues who almost broke the lead on 23 minutes when Wheeler met Pitman’s centre and sent his header wide.

Neither McGee or opposite number Tom King had been called into action and that did not change when Pinnock’s drive flashed past the post.

Jamal Lowe was not too far off target following a surging run through the centre, but there was still little to whet the appetite.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

AFC Wimbledon 0


Pompey had struggled to create anything meaningful before the break, but they soon took the lead after it.

Pitman did well to bring the ball under control inside the box, only for his shot to be deflected behind.

And the deadlock was broken from the resulting corner, as a delivery from Evans was emphatically headed home by BURGESS at the back post.

AFC Wimbledon thought they should have won a penalty when McGee and Pinnock collided soon after, but referee Ollie Yates was not interested.

They then came close to a leveller, as Anthony Wordsworth unleashed a rocket form 25 yards that fizzed over the bar.

Jackett made a double change on 67 minutes, with Pitman and Evans withdrawn for Conor Chaplin and Hawkins.

It had been a quiet evening for both keepers, but McGee was certainly not caught napping by a fierce Wordsworth drive that was well saved.

He could do nothing about the Dons’ equaliser on 76 minutes, though, as Pigott found space to meet Wagstaff’s cross and head home from just a few yards out.

That unsurprisingly gave the visitors a boost and they set about trying to find a winner, with Curtis brought on for Pompey to try to offer more at the other end.

But it was Wimbledon looking more threatening and when a corner was not properly dealt with, McGee had to get down and push Wagstaff’s shot around the post.

The Blues then almost retook the lead in a frenetic end to the game, but Hawkins was denied as he tried to convert Lowe’s centre.

Instead it was the visitors who grabbed a late winner – although they had their opponents to thank for the goal.

Tom Soares’ cross found Walkes at the back post and the defender tried to clear it, but only succeeded in planting the ball in the back of his own net.

Pompey threw bodies forward to try to force a penalty shoot-out, but they were unable to find a second goal.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Naylor, Close; Wheeler (Curtis 80), Evans (Hawkins 67) Lowe; Pitman (c) (Chaplin 67)
Goals: Burgess 49
Booked: Close, Naylor
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, May

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): King; Watson (Sibbick 77), Oshilaja (c), McDonald, Garratt; Wagstaff, Wordsworth, Soares, Pinnock (Appiah 66); Hanson, Pigott (Hartigan 90)
Goals: Pigott 76, Walkes 88 (og)
Subs not used: McDonnell, Nightingale, Purrington, Ashley

Referee: Ollie Yates

Attendance: 6,588 (438 away fans)

Dec 262017
 

Portsmouth FC 2017/2018


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
AFC Wimbledon 1


FORM GUIDE

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The big day might have passed, but there was still plenty of Christmas cheer on show as Pompey beat AFC Wimbledon.

Ben Close livened up a dull first half with a fine strike on a wet and windy Boxing Day afternoon on the south coast.

Lyle Taylor hit back with a penalty just after the break, only for Brett Pitman to net a spot-kick of his own to secure the points for the Blues.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Shrewsbury before Christmas.

It came in attack, where Matty Kennedy dropped to the bench to make way for Conor Chaplin just behind lone striker Pitman.

Both sides had perhaps indulged themselves a tad too much the previous day, with the first half limping along.

Pompey enjoyed the majority of possession and territory, but George Long was largely untroubled in the Dons goal.

It was actually the visitors who were first to threaten, with Cody McDonald – perhaps put off by Luke McGee’s presence – poking the ball wide of the post.

Close sent a couple of dangerous deliveries into the box, only for the Londoners’ back-line to deal with them both.

A snap-shot from the returning Chaplin was well-struck on 19 minutes, but the ball flew straight at Long.

The lively Gareth Evans also had an effort that flew narrowly wide, as the contest struggled to move out of second gear.

Pompey fans were finally given reason to sit up and take notice when Chaplin’s shot took a deflection and hit Jamal Lowe.

He was unable to adjust his feet quickly enough, however, with the ball ricocheting off the winger and being saved by Long.

A couple of Wimbledon corners caused hearts to flutter at the other end, but it was the hosts who finally forged ahead just before the break.

Lowe slide in to win back possession and feed CLOSE, whose 25-yard effort skimmed off the wet surface and into the bottom corner.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

AFC Wimbledon 0


The mood was buoyant inside Fratton Park at the break, but it soon soured when the visitors levelled just after the restart.

There was plenty of controversy about the goal, however, with AFC Wimbledon awarded a penalty after the ball bounced up and struck Christian Burgess on the arm.

Referee Craig Hicks decided it was deliberate and Taylor smashed the resulting penalty into the roof of the net.

There was growing frustration from fans and players alike, as a few more decisions started to go against them.

Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark to try to inject some fresh impetus into his side.

Chaplin and Lowe were the men to make way, with Oliver Hawkins and Kennedy coming on to replace them.

Hicks looked to have ensured he was off next season’s Christmas card list for anyone living in Portsmouth, but the official was soon back in the home side’s good books.

He spotted Barry Fuller’s shove on Pitman inside the box and, much to the delight of the Fratton faithful, pointed to the spot.

It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the penalty and confidently sent Long the wrong way with a thunderous finish.

Wimbledon almost hit back, as an angled drive from former Blues winger Andy Barcham flashed across the face of goal.

But Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease to ensure a return to winning ways in League One.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Evans, Chaplin (Hawkins 64), Lowe (Kennedy 64); Pitman (c)
Goals: Close 45, Pitman 72 (pen)
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, May, Bennett, Main

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): Long; Fuller (c), Oshilaja, Charles, Meades; Trotter, Soares (Kaja 78), Abdou, Barcham; Taylor, McDonald
Goals: Taylor 50 (pen)
Booked: Soares, Barcham, Fuller, Trotter
Subs not used: McDonnell, Nightingale, Kennedy, Hartigan, Egan, Francomb

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 18,644 (728 away fans)

Sep 092017
 

Portsmouth FC


A League 1
AFC Wimbledon 0
Portsmouth 2


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)44 %

WON LOST DRAWN DRAWN DRAWN LOST LOST WON

Goals from Brett Pitman and Conor Chaplin helped Pompey secure their first away victory of the season against AFC Wimbledon.

It was Pitman who broke the deadlock in the first half at Kingsmeadow after first winning and then converting a penalty.

Chaplin came off the bench immediately following the interval and took just five minutes to wrap the points up.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side narrowly beaten at home by Rotherham the previous week.

Damien McCrory was handed a debut at left-back, while there were first starts for both Matty Kennedy and Nathan Thompson.

Chaplin dropped to the bench, while there was no place in the matchday squad for Brandon Haunstrup or the injured Jack Whatmough.

There was also a change of system, with the wing-backs dropped in favour of a more familiar four-man defensive line.

AFC Wimbledon included a couple of familiar names in their line-up, giving starts to former Fratton stars Paul Robinson and Andy Barcham.

A large grey cloud made its way ominously across the sky as the first half progressed, although the action on the pitch was fairly sedate to start with.

There were a couple of half-chances, but certainly nothing of note as both keepers enjoyed a watching brief.

Barcham did enjoy a surging run through the Blues back-line, only to end the move with a wild effort that flew over the bar.

Matty Kennedy then did well to pick out Pitman in the box, but the visiting skipper had strayed narrowly offside.

It was midway through the first period when the first noteworthy opportunity finally arrived, as Dean Parrett curled a shot narrowly past the post.

Adam May was slightly more off target at the other end of the pitch, with his effort on the bounce clearing the stadium.

Pompey threatened more on 31 minutes following some great work by Jamal Lowe to beat his man down the right.

But Pitman slipped at the worst possible moment before recovering and seeing a shot deflected just off target.

The resulting corner was swung in by McCrory and led to an almighty scramble, with Matt Clarke eventually poking wide.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 38 minutes, however, after Pitman was pushed to the ground by Barry Fuller.

Referee Kevin Johnson immediately pointed to the spot and PITMAN dusted himself down to confidently send George Long the wrong way.

A stretching Oliver Hawkins was then only able to send the ball into the keeper’s arms following some good build-up from Kennedy and Lowe.

The home fans were left angry by a couple of challenges just before the break, feeling that Pitman should have been punished for a clash with Robinson that left the defender with a large gash on its head.

There was then a nasty collision between Hawkins and Callum Kennedy that resulted in both players sprawled on the turf.

Johnson decided to blow for half-time and Pompey’s striker was left bandaged and covered in blood, while the Wimbledon full-back had to be stretchered off.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 1


A large flash of lightning and clap of thunder meant that the start of the second half had to be delayed for a few minutes.

Hawkins, unsurprisingly, was not present when the sides did emerge, with Chaplin on to replace him up front.

And it was CHAPLIN who doubled the advantage just five minutes after the restart, showing typical predatory instincts to capitalise on Anthony Hartigan’s fluffed clearance and slot home.

Another substitute almost reduced the Dons’ deficit at the other end, though, with Luke McGee doing just enough to put off Lyle Taylor as he bore down on goal.

Wimbledon were trying to find a route back into the game and Christian Burgess headed George Francomb’s cross clear, while McCrory’s block kept out Taylor’s follow-up.

But the Blues almost extended their lead on 68 minutes, with a powerful free-kick from Pitman superbly kept out by Long.

The visitors were comfortably holding onto their advantage, although Harry Forrester bundled his way into space before McCrory cleared the danger.

Pompey had understandably tempered their ambitions, although an audacious 35-yard lob from May had to be tipped over by a back-pedalling Long.

The hosts’ day soon got even worse when Burgess attempted an over-head kick and inadvertently caught Robinson.

It was clearly accidental and Burgess was booked, but the defender had to go off and the Dons had already made all three of their substitutions.

But, in truth, a comeback always looked unlikely for Wimbledon, as Pompey comfortably saw out the closing stages to secure all three points.

AFC Wimbledon (4-3-3): Long; Fuller (c), Robinson, Nightingale, Kennedy (Hartigan 46); Parrett (Forrester 57), Francomb, Trotter; Appiah, McDonald, Barcham (Taylor 57)
Subs not used: McDonnell, Sibbick, Kalambayi, Kaja

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, McCrory; May, O’Keefe; Lowe, Pitman (c), Kennedy (Bennett 67); Hawkins (Chaplin 46)
Goals: Pitman 38 (pen), Chaplin 50
Booked: O’Keefe, Kennedy, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Close, Donohue, Naismith

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 4,585 (786 Pompey fans)

Apr 262016
 


A League 2
AFC Wimbledon 0
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)65 %

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Michael Smith scored the only goal as Pompey won at AFC Wimbledon to guarantee a top-seven finish.

The striker fired home in the first half to settle a match that became extremely stretched in stages.

The Blues had chances to make it a more comfortable finale, but were not made to pay for their profligacy.

Paul Cook made three changes from the side that beat Wycombe at the weekend.

Adam Barton was deployed as an emergency centre-back in place of the injured Matt Clarke (groin).

Marc McNulty (hamstring) made way for Smith up front, while Ben Davies dropped to the bench, with Kieron Freeman coming in at right-back.

Kyle Bennett (ankle), Conor Chaplin (groin), Ryan Fulton (thigh), Adam Webster (ankle), Jack Whatmough (back) and Conor Wilkinson (groin) were also sidelined for the visitors.

That meant teenage academy graduates Adam May and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain were named among the substitutes.

It was a fairly even affair in the opening stages, with both sides looking to get forward, but neither managing to carve out many clear-cut openings.

The best fell to the hosts after eight minutes, but an unmarked Darius Charles guided his header straight at Paul Jones after meeting Callum Kennedy’s corner.

It was a similar story at the other end of the pitch, where Gareth Evans could only divert Freeman’s cross safely into the arms of Kelle Roos.

Gary Roberts then rightly picked up the game’s first booking for a mis-timed challenge on former Pompey winger Andy Barcham.

Team-mate Smith and Tom Elliott, however, seemed rather harshly punished when referee Andy Madley brandished yellow cards to both of them.

But SMITH – just like the large travelling support – was celebrating on 35 minutes when he broke the deadlock.

The home fans thought that Roberts had fouled Sean Rigg in the build-up, but Madley was uninterested and the midfielder fed Smith for a calm finish.

And the striker had the ball in the net again moments later, but this time an infringement was spotted and the goal ruled out.

There was not too many opportunities in a frantic end to the half, although the Pompey fans made their own entertainment by serenading Roberts.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 1


There was a surprise at the start of the second half, when Brian Murphy emerged to take Jones’ place between the sticks.

He did well to claim a high ball after the Blues had failed to deal with Barry Fuller’s cross while, moments earlier, Barcham flashed a shot narrowly over.

The visitors had a chance at the other end after ex-Pompey skipper Paul Robinson had been booked for a challenge on Kal Naismith.

He was then picked out by Roberts at the far post, but the winger’s fierce drive was parried clear by Dons keeper Roos.

AFC Wimbledon were causing problems from set-pieces, though, and a free-kick was eventually scrambled clear before a corner was headed over by Elliott.

Another flag-kick then found Charles at the far post, but he headed the ball into the turf and it bounced over the bar.

And Barcham really should have punished his former side just past the hour mark, drilling a shot wide after bursting through on goal.

But Pompey missed a gilt-edged chance of their own on 72 minutes, when Roberts hurriedly shot over despite having time after collecting Evans’ pass.

And, with the Dons committing men forward, they soon had another decent opening, with Fuller well-placed on the line to stop Naismith scoring from point-blank range.

Then, just seconds later, Roberts charged through on goal, but with just Roos to beat, he sent his shot wide.

AFC Wimbledon tried to make their opponents pay for their missed chances, although Connor Smith only received a yellow card for trying to win a penalty.

And the Blues saw out the final few moments to secure all three points and leave the Dons still looking to confirm their spot in the play-offs.

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): Roos; Fuller (c), Robinson, Charles, Kennedy; Rigg (Reeves 46), Bulman, Smith, Barcham (Murphy 75); Taylor, Elliott (Azeez 68)
Booked: Elliott, Robinson, Smith
Subs not used: Shea, Sweeney, Fitzpatrick, Akinfenwa

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones (Murphy 46); Freeman, Burgess, Barton, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Naismith; Smith
Goals: Smith 35
Booked: Roberts, Smith
Subs not used: Davies, Haunstrup, Close, May, Oxlade-Chamberlain, McGurk

Referee: Andy Madley

Attendance: 4,799 (911 Pompey fans)

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