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FA Cup 3
It looked like a replay was on the cards, despite the high-flying Championship hosts playing most of the game with just 10 men.
Captain Grant Hanley received an early red card, although both sides had chances to settle what was an absorbing contest.
But it was the Blues who came out on top, with Green finding the net right at the death to spark scenes of jubilation from the 2,493 travelling fans.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat AFC Wimbledon in the league on New Year’s Day.
Dion Donohue replaced Brandon Haunstrup to make his first appearance since late October, while Oli Hawkins made way for Brett Pitman up front.
It was a more unfamiliar line-up for the hosts, who made eight changes to rest several key men for their quest to reach the Premier League.
The game took a while to get going, although Tom Naylor would have breathed a sigh of relief when Jordan Rhodes fouled Jack Whatmough while trying to race on to an under-hit back-pass.
But the hosts were dealt a massive blow on 15 minutes, when their skipper was dismissed by referee Darren Bond.
Hanley sent Ronan Curtis clattering to the turf and, with no other defender behind him, the official had no choice but to brandish a red card.
And the Blues should have immediately made the most of their numerical advantage, with Pitman heading Jamal Lowe’s cross over from just a few yards out.
Christoph Zimmerman then went close at the other end, hitting a long-range piledriver that bent narrowly past the upright.
A curling free-kick from Ben Marshall was comfortable for Craig MacGillivray, while Whatmough made a key challenge to deny Rhodes.
But the flow of the game was being disrupted by a series of niggly fouls from both teams, while Donohue had to be cleaned up after receiving a nasty cut to the head.
There was not an abundance of clear-cut opportunities, but the Canaries went close from a Kenny McLean free-kick.
The ball ricocheted into the path of Rhodes, with Matt Clarke using his face to block the striker’s shot and Ben Godfrey’s follow-up going straight at MacGillivray.
Pompey soon had a chance at the other end when Donohue’s delivery was laid off by Curtis, but a fierce effort from Gareth Evans was blocked before it could test Michael McGovern.
Norwich City 0
It was the visitors who made the brighter start to the second half and they created a number of openings just after the restart.
Naylor’s skidding effort was held by McGovern, while Pitman had a shot on the half-volley that looped over.
Donohue then sent in a dangerous cross from the left and Curtis glanced his header just past the post.
But Norwich fought back into the contest and Todd Cantwell drilled a shot narrowly past the post from 20 yards.
It looked like Dennis Srbeny was then going to slot the hosts into the lead, only for Anton Walkes to make a superb challenge just as he was shaping to shoot.
The match was finely poised, with the Canaries starting to see more of the ball and their opponents posing a threat on the break.
Jackett decided the time was right to make a change on 67 minutes, with Green coming on for Evans.
He made a lively start, although after skipping past one challenge in the Canaries area, could not repeat the trick.
Both sides looked capable of settling the tie and it was Pompey who almost broke the deadlock on 77 minutes.
McGovern failed to hold a drilled effort from Donohue, with Zimmermann just about getting there in front of Pitman to clear the danger.
An attempt from Lowe also had to be clawed behind by the diving keeper, as the Blues started to apply pressure.
MacGillivray then flung himself to the right at the other end, in order to keep out a diving header from Cantwell.
A replay might not have been what either side was looking for, but it looked on the cards until right at the death.
Donohue broke quickly and hit a superb cross-field pass for GREEN, who did not take the best first touch, but recovered well to hit a shot in off the post.
It left the hosts stunned and there was not enough time remaining for them to find an equaliser, with Pompey booking their place in Monday evening’s fourth round draw.
Norwich (4-1-4-1): McGovern; Passlack (Hernandez 85), Zimmermann, Hanley (c), Godfrey; Trybull; Cantwell, Srbeny (Pukki 85), McLean, Marshall (Klose 78); Rhodes
Sent off: Hanley
Subs not used: Krul, Pinto, Aarons, Vrancic
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Donohue; Naylor, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (Green 67), Curtis (Wheeler 90+2); Pitman (c)
Goals: Green 90+4
Booked: Lowe, Curtis
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, May, Dennis
Referee: Darren Bond
Attendance: 23,201 (2,493 Pompey fans)
The visitors impressed before the break, with goals from Karlan Grant and Nicky Ajose seeing them take a commanding lead into the interval.
It was much better from the Blues during a hectic second half and Andre Green came off the bench to reduce the deficit.
But it proved no more than a consolation and a controversial late red card for Ben Thompson capped a disappointing night for the hosts.
Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that had comfortably beaten Southend at the weekend.
But it was an opening 45 minutes to forget for the Blues, who failed to find any fluency and struggled against their more vibrant visitors.
There were half-chances at both ends in the opening stages, with Ben Reeves firing over and Ronan Curtis sending a shot into the side netting.
It was Charlton who had the first decent opening, though, with Craig MacGillivray getting down to parry clear Lyle Taylor’s effort.
The Londoners looked dangerous with every attack and took the lead when Grant slid in at the far post to convert Taylor’s low ball, despite Pompey protestations of offside.
An equaliser looked on the cards after Jamal Lowe threaded a pass through to Evans, only for the skipper’s cross to be agonisingly out of reach for a leaping Ben Thompson.
The Addicks were forced to make an early change, with scorer Grant limping off to be replaced by Ajose.
But it was the replacement who doubled the advantage on 43 minutes, although again the hosts felt it should not have counted.
They were adamant the ball had gone out of play on the right, but the linesman disagreed and George Lapslie crossed for Ajose to poke home.
Pompey finally started to threaten just before the break, although their half was probably summed up when Lowe and Curtis got in each other’s way while trying to shoot.
Curtis also took an unnecessary touch after being found in the box by Lowe, while Tom Naylor’s hooked effort was saved by Jed Steer.
Charlton Athletic 2
Pompey did look brighter at the start of the second half, but their radar was still off, as both Evans and Curtis failed to find the target from inside the area.
It was certainly not all one-way traffic, though, with Charlton still looking a threat on the counter-attack.
One of those saw Ben Thompson make a clean tackle in the box, but the ball fell for Lapslie and Nathan Thompson had to fling himself in the way of the shot.
Jackett made his first change soon after, with Brett Pitman replacing Oli Hawkins to add to some fresh legs to the attack.
The game was now being played at a frantic pace and the Blues were trying their best to get back into the contest.
They twice went close from corners, with Steer making a save from the first and then Lapslie – stationed on the line – somehow got in the way of a fierce Curtis strike.
It was Matt Clarke’s turn to go close from the second set-piece, although his effort was deflected behind.
A melee had broken out in-between, but tempers were soon calmed and yellow cards shown to Pitman and Naby Sarr.
There were cries for a penalty when first Lowe and then Curtis went down in the box, but referee John Brooks – getting plenty of stick from the stands – waved both appeals away.
Still the encounter continued to switch from one end to the next, with barely a moment to take breath.
It looked like Curtis had steered a low shot into the bottom corner, but Steer and his defence managed to keep it out.
The ball was just not falling kindly for the Blues and when an effort from Pitman struck former Fratton defender Jason Pearce in the face, the ball ricocheted the wrong side of the post.
Green came on for Lee Brown in an attacking move, as the hosts desperately searched for a goal that would give them a chance of avoiding defeat.
And the on-loan winger raised hopes of a comeback, with Evans crossing from the right and GREEN slotting the ball into the net.
There were six minutes of added time for the hosts to try to find another, but instead they finished the game with 10 men, as a challenge from Ben Thompson was punished by a red card.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown (Green 80); B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 56)
Goals: Green 88
Sent off: B.Thompson
Booked: Pitman, Lowe, N.Thompson, B.Thompson, Naylor
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Close, Dennis
Charlton (4-1-2-1-2): Steer; Dijksteel, Bauer, Pearce (c), Sarr; Bielik (Solly 80); Lapslie, Aribo; Reeves (Marshall 55); Grant (Ajose 35), Taylor
Goals: Grant 23, Ajose 43
Booked: Sarr, Steer
Subs not used: Phillips, Stevenson, Fosu, Hackett-Fairchild
Referee: John Brooks
Attendance: 17,891 (899 away fans)
Brett Pitman gave the Blues an early lead at Fratton Park, but their quest for a healthier advantage was denied three times by the woodwork.
The skipper and, on two occasions, man-of-the-match Adam May were both left frustrated before Bukayo Saka impressively brought the scores level.
But the hosts got the victory their impressive performance deserved thanks to a second goal in three days from Andre Green.
Kenny Jackett made 11 changes from the side that progressed in the FA Cup at Rochdale on Sunday.
He handed debuts to youngsters Matt Casey and Freddie Read, while May was back from a loan spell at Aldershot.
There was also a return for skipper Pitman up front, flanked by Green and Louis Dennis in the Pompey attack.
Arsenal handed a start to 33-year-old former French international Laurent Koscielny, who added plenty of experience to an otherwise youthful side.
One of his highly-rated team-mates was the first to threaten, although after spinning neatly in the box, Saka fired straight at Luke McGee.
The Blues soon took control and after collecting a pass from Casey, Anton Walkes saw his shot cleared from the line by Danny Ballard.
Brandon Haunstrup then had a fierce effort well saved by Deyan Iliev, but the hosts forged ahead from the resulting corner.
Dennis’ delivery was headed back by Walkes at the far post and PITMAN acrobatically flicked the ball home from close range.
It was a lively display from Dennis, who had a chance of his own by nodding Green’s cross wide on 15 minutes.
May came a lot closer to doubling the advantage, stealing possession from James Olayinka and hitting a 25-yard shot against the post.
And Dennis then tried his luck with a long-range effort that dipped narrowly over as Pompey continued to dominate.
Arsenal looked neat on the ball, but were not really troubling their hosts, who seemed the more likely to add to the scoring.
An angled attempt from Christian Burgess was blocked by Ballard, while Pitman sent a free-kick into the Gunners wall.
Arsenal U21 0
A corner from Dennis led to some pinball in the visitors box once the action restarted, with the ball eventually hacked to safety.
McGee was still not being overworked at the other end and an effort from Charlie Gilmour was well off target.
But May came close to scoring for the Blues, neatly controlling the ball 25 yards out and sending the ball crashing against the crossbar.
That came after Read left the pitch to warm applause, with a fit-again Joe Mason on to replace him and provide some more firepower.
The hosts appeared to be cruising, only for the Gunners to level against the run of play. It was a fine effort from Saka, though, who cut in from the left before firing into the top corner.
And the Londoners might have gone ahead soon after, with Burgess throwing himself in front of Tyreece John-Jules’ effort.
Pompey tried to restore their advantage, but were denied by the woodwork for an incredible third time on 76 minutes.
Pitman met a cross from the right by Walkes, only to see his header come back off the inside of the post and be cleared by the Arsenal defence.
The hosts were starting to move through the gears again and Dennis was sent through on goal by Mason. He lifted a shot over Iliev, but the ball flew agonisingly wide.
It was Green who was next to have a go just a few seconds later and this time the keeper saved with his feet.
And the on-loan Aston Villa winger finally made the pressure count by restoring Pompey’s lead on 83 minutes.
It was a lovely move, with Dennis playing a neat one-two with Pitman before arrowing the ball across the face of goal for GREEN to emphatically fire into the roof of the net.
And the Blues comfortably saw out the final few minutes to seal the win that ensures their place in Saturday’s third round draw.
Pompey (4-3-3): McGee; Walkes, Casey, Burgess, Haunstrup; May, Rose, Read (Mason 58); Green, Pitman (c), Dennis
Goals: Pitman 10, Green 83
Booked: Dennis, Walkes
Subs not used: L.Pitman, Mnoga, Johnston, Flint, Smith, Maloney
Arsenal U21 (3-4-3): Iliev; Ballard, Koscielny (Tormey 85), Medley; Osei-Tutu, Omole (Coyle 65), Gilmour (c), Bramall; Saka, John-Jules, Olayinka
Goals: Saka 66
Subs not used: Hein, Bola, Olowu, Thompson, Zelalem
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Attendance: 3,109 (188 away fans)
FA Cup 2
Both sides had struck the woodwork in a Spotland contest that otherwise failed to ignite, with Ronan Curtis hitting the bar for the Blues.
But the visitors were unusually subdued after the break and a replay was looming until a deflected effort from substitute Green settled the tie.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Walsall in the league earlier in the week.
Tom Naylor missed out with a slight groin problem, meaning that Ben Close was recalled to Pompey’s midfield.
Both sides took a while to hit their stride on a soggy Sunday afternoon in the north-west, with the keepers enjoying a quiet opening 45 minutes.
An Oli Hawkins header was deflected comfortably into the arms of Josh Lillis, while the Blues back-line dealt with a couple of deliveries into their box.
Jordan Williams should at least have tested Craig MacGillivray on 11 minutes, but fired wastefully wide after doing well to bring the ball under control.
The visitors began to look the more assured side, although efforts from Ben Thompson and Gareth Evans were off target and blocked respectively.
Pompey’s skipper went closer midway through the half, hitting a fierce and cleanly-struck volley narrowly over the crossbar.
There was plenty of neat build-up play on display, but they were too often let down by the final pass or shot.
And Jordan Williams might have made them pay at the other end late in the half, sending an attempt just past the post.
There was still time for two noteworthy moments for the Blues just before the sides went in for the interval.
Curtis smashed the ball against the crossbar and such was the ferocity of his effort, it came back to the Republic of Ireland international, who was unable to get a second shot away.
His fellow forward Jamal Lowe then went down in the box and despite the travelling fans appealing for a penalty, referee Seb Stockbridge instead booked him for diving.
A foul by Close gave Dale the first opportunity of the second half, but Matt Done’s free-kick struck the wall and was deflected behind.
The hosts then broke quickly up the pitch soon after, but MJ Williams’ shot was so high it flew out of the stadium.
Pompey had struggled to get going after the break and were perhaps fortunate not to have been punished for that.
There was certainly no lack of commitment, though, with Nathan Thompson’s fury at not being awarded a throw earning the right-back a booking.
Rochdale had another opening just past the hour mark when Calvin Andrew latched on to Ian Henderson’s pass, but MacGillivray saved with his feet.
And they went even closer on 69 minutes, as Done’s thunderous drive came back off the corner of post and bar.
A craning Hawkins saw his header saved by Lillis at the other end, as the Blues tried to pose more of a threat.
Brett Pitman – who has netted five times in the previous three meetings with Rochdale – provided an extra option on 72 minutes, with Evans making way.
But it was Jack Whatmough who missed a decent chance soon after, nodding wide after racing in to meet Lee Brown’s free-kick.
Jackett then made his second substitution, with Lowe withdrawn for Aston Villa loanee Green out wide.
It was Rochdale that were next to go close, however, as Henderson hit a sweet volley that dripped just over the Blues bar.
But, with a replay looking likely, Ryan Delaney brought down Green right on the edge of the box, earning the defender a yellow card.
Brown squared the free-kick to GREEN, whose shot took a wicked deflection to deceive Lillis and leave Rochdale reeling.
They almost levelled in stoppage-time, but MacGillivray denied Henderson from close range to ensure Pompey booked their place in the third round.
Rochdale (4-4-2): Lillis; Rafferty, McGahey, Delaney, Done; Dooley (Cannon 55), Adshead, M.Williams, Henderson (c); J.Williams, Andrew
Subs not used: Norman, McNulty, Rathbone, Perkins, Gillam, Inman
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Close; Lowe (Green 76), Evans (c) (Pitman 72), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Green 90
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Haunstrup, Rose
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Attendance: 2,555 (599 Pompey fans)
Pompey fought from behind to beat Tottenham’s under-21 side and secure top spot in Southern Group A of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Phoenix Patterson had given the visitors the lead against the run of play in a first half that could best be described as flat.
But the Blues were much improved after the interval and Andre Green opened his account for the club to get them back on level terms.
There was only going to be one winner from that point, with substitutes Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins completing the job before Harvey White grabbed a late consolation.
Kenny Jackett changed his entire starting 11 following Saturday’s comfortable FA Cup victory at Maidenhead.
Bradley Lethbridge was handed his debut up front, while fellow academy player Haji Mnoga – who appeared in the previous Checkatrade Trophy game at Crawley – had another chance to impress.
There were also starts for on-loan wingers Green – back from a knee injury – and David Wheeler, with Louis Dennis completing the forward line.
With it being Pompey’s nearest match to Armistice Day, the club commemorated the occasion before kick-off.
Wreaths were laid by both captains and a video of D-Day veteran John Jenkins MBE reading the Ode of Remembrance was played on the big screen.
The sides – with the hosts having poppies embroidered into their shirts – then lined-up for a minute’s silence, accompanied by the Last Post.
There was not much to excite a smaller than usual crowd in the first half, although the hosts were largely in control.
They did not do much to threaten Alfie Whiteman, however, with the keeper making a comfortable save to deny Green.
And Tottenham broke the deadlock against the run of play on 20 minutes, as Patterson latched on to a through ball and bore down on goal.
Luke McGee was quickly off his line to make the save, but the loose ball was collected by the winger, who slotted home.
Lethbridge was causing a nuisance, although after doing well to bundle his way into the box, he was eventually crowded out.
Dennis also had an effort blocked, while Ben Close fired narrowly over after winning the ball on the edge of the box.
There was little threat at the other end of the pitch and when Kazaiah Sterling broke clear, skipper Christian Burgess was quickly across to make a perfectly-timed sliding challenge.
The hosts perked up a bit towards the end of the half and Wheeler glanced a corner inches past the post, while an inventive Burgess header drew a save from Whiteman.
Tottenham U21 1
The action had dragged before the interval, but it soon livened up after it, with a series of chances arriving at both ends of the pitch.
Anton Walkes – playing against his former club – was first to try his luck, with a low effort that took a slight deflection to divert it just off target.
But an equaliser did arrive moments later, as a corner from Dennis was nodded on by Burgess and GREEN forced the ball home at the far post.
Tottenham came close to an instant reply, though, with McGee getting down well to tip Patterson’s shot around the post.
And a breathless period of play was completed by Close seeing his deflected effort held by Whiteman.
Pompey were seeing more of the ball, but it still took another superb challenge by Burgess inside the box to stop Sterling getting a shot away.
Jackett made all three of his substitutions on 65 minutes, with Green, Lethbridge and Mnoga replaced by Evans, Hawkins and Matt Clarke.
And EVANS’ first contribution was to fire the Blues into the lead, smashing a free-kick through the wall after Dennis had been fouled on the edge of the box.
The game slowed slightly after that, although it was still the hosts who were well on top as the action neared a conclusion.
They made sure of the victory on 81 minutes, with Wheeler getting free down the right and cutting the ball back for HAWKINS to prod home from close range.
White did pull one back with a fine free-kick after Danny Rose had committed a foul, although Tottenham were unable to find a leveller.
The visitors could, however, console themselves with the fact that Crawley’s defeat to Gillingham means they join the Blues in the knockout stages.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Mnoga (Clarke 65), Burgess (c), Walkes, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Wheeler, Dennis, Green (Evans 65); Lethbridge (Hawkins 65)
Goals: Green 50, Evans 69, Hawkins 81
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Brown, B.Thompson, Smith
Tottenham U21 (4-2-3-1): Whiteman; Lyons-Foster, Tanganga, Marsh (c), Brown; Bowden (Shashoua 89), White; Oakley-Boothe (Parrott 86), Duncan (Richards 75), Patterson; Sterling
Goals: Patterson 20, White 90
Subs not used: Glover, Markanday
Referee: James Linington
Attendance: 3,138 (125 away fans)
Loan : Aston Villa – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed winger Andre Green on loan from Aston Villa.
The deal sees the 20-year-old England youth international join the Blues for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign.
Green is a graduate of Villa’s academy and made his senior debut in a Premier League clash with Tottenham back in March 2016.
He has gone on to make 31 appearances, opening his goalscoring account in last season’s 4-2 home victory over Norwich.
Green – who has featured five times in the current campaign – has represented the Three Lions up to under-20 level.