Apr 052021
 


A League 1
Wigan Athletic 0
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)45 %

WON WON WON WON LOST LOST LOST LOST LOST DRAWN

Andy Cannon came off the bench to fire home the winner, as Pompey recorded a fourth successive league win for the first time this season.

The midfielder had only been on the pitch for a matter of seconds when he lashed home a fine shot at the start of the second half.

And although their struggling opponents applied plenty of pressure, they were never able to really test Craig MacGillivray in their search for an equaliser.

Danny Cowley unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat Rochdale on home soil a few days earlier.

It meant that – with leading marksman John Marquis suspended, and Ellis Harrison and Jordy Hiwula both injured – Ronan Curtis continued to lead the line.

Former Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson – now in charge of Wigan – named ex-Fratton loanee Viv Solomon-Otabor in his line-up.

The visitors were first to threaten following a quick break up the pitch, but a dangerous Ryan Williams delivery across the face of goal was agonisingly out of reach for Curtis.

Then it was former Latics winger Michael Jacobs’ turn to not quite be able to get on the end of a cross, this time from Callum Johnson.

Both sides were lacking any real attacking fluency, though, in a first half that largely failed to burst into life.

Wigan came close to breaking the deadlock midway through the first half when a Lee Evans free-kick landed kindly at the feet of Curtis Tilt.

The centre-back instinctively prodded the ball towards goal, but it ricocheted off Jack Whatmough and flew narrowly past the post.

Pompey were being pushed back by their relegation-threatened hosts, but there was nothing to trouble MacGillivray between the sticks.

And the Blues almost snatched a goal before the break following good work from Marcus Harness down the right.

He cut the ball back for Williams inside the area and the Australian’s drilled shot was well saved by Jamie Jones down to the keeper’s left.


Half Time

Wigan Athletic 0

Portsmouth 0


Jacobs did not emerge for the start of the second half, with Cannon taking his place and adopting a central role, as Williams moved out to the left.

And the change paid instant dividends, as the newcomer opened the scoring just 36 seconds after the restart.

There did not seem much on when CANNON collected the ball, but he was was given plenty of time to move inside and rifle home an unstoppable 25-yard shot.

Luke Robinson caused problems at the other end, nipping between Tom Naylor and MacGillivray to squeeze the ball into the mixer and forcing Lee Brown to hack clear.

Callum Lang then went down under pressure from Sean Raggett, but referee Tom Nield immediately waved away penalty appeals from the home side.

Wigan were beginning to threaten more and a second change followed for Pompey just past the hour mark, as Ben Close made way for Harvey White.

And Williams almost doubled the visitors’ lead soon after, with Jones making a fine save to prevent Williams from squeezing home a Harness cross from an acute angle.

There was still a distinct lack of quality on display, however, as the action became a particularly scrappy affair.

A nasty clash of heads between Sean Raggett and Lang forced both players off the pitch for the closing stages, with Rasmus Nicolaisen on for Pompey.

Another penalty appeal from the hosts was turned down on 85 minutes, with Nield not impressed by Jamie Proctor’s claims following a Johnson challenge.

There were seven additional minutes for the Latics to try to force a leveller, but Pompey held on to move up to fourth in the standings.

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Jones (c); Darikwa, Tilt, Johnston, Robinson; Evans, Aasgaard (Keane 68); Lang (Dodoo 83), Ojo, Solomon-Otabor (Gardner 79); Proctor
Booked: Ojo, Robinson, Tilt
Subs not used: Evans, Long, Whelan, Clough

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett (Nicolaisen 81), Brown; Naylor (c), Close (White 62); Harness (Bolton 88), Williams, Jacobs (Cannon 46); Curtis
Goals: Cannon 46
Booked: Brown
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Byers

Referee: Tom Nield

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Feb 022021
 


WON (A) League 1
Charlton Athletic 1
Portsmouth 3


Pompey returned to winning ways in style with a deserved victory over promotion rivals Charlton at The Valley.

The game – which was rearranged from the weekend because of a waterlogged pitch – saw the visitors create a hatful of chances.

They led at the break thanks to a superb Michael Jacobs strike, although Jayden Stockley levelled against his former club.

But the Blues were not to be denied and Tom Naylor restored the advantage before Andy Cannon wrapped things up with a fierce finish.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten by Lincoln on home soil the previous week.

Charlie Daniels came in for his full Pompey debut, while there were also starts for James Bolton, Ellis Harrison and Jacobs.

Jack Whatmough started a three-match ban following his red card against the Imps, with Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness dropping to the bench.

The possession stats did not give a true indication of how the first half unfolded, with the hosts seeing more of the ball, but their opponents largely on top.

An early John Marquis effort did not overly trouble Addicks keeper Ben Amos, while it was the Londoners who were first to properly threaten.

A fizzing effort from the edge of the box by Albie Morgan on 10 minutes clipped the top of the crossbar.

But Pompey soon found their feet and looked particularly dangerous on the break, causing plenty of problems.

When Sean Raggett intercepted the ball, Harrison probably took too long to find Marquis, who was unable to keep his effort down.

A Daniels free-kick was blocked by the Charlton wall, while the follow-up from Harrison met the same fate.

Jacobs’ superb pass then found Marquis in the area, but Amos was quickly off his line to deny the striker.

Addicks skipper Darren Pratley was perhaps fortunate not to make a fuller connection with Cannon after lunging in on the midfielder and escaped with a booking.

That failed to stop Pompey’s attacking mindset, though, and Marquis’ shot was deflected wide after Deji Oshilaja’s slip opened up space.

But the deadlock was finally broken on 39 minutes – and it was a fine strike to give the Blues their deserved lead.

Naylor collected the ball from a corner and slipped a pass to JACOBS, who launched a rocket of a shot right into the top corner.

Pompey almost added a second in stoppage-time after the lively Harrison had stolen possession, but this time the attempt from Jacobs was deflected narrowly past the post.


Half Time

Charlton Athletic 0

Portsmouth 1


It was the visitors who had created most of the game’s best moments before the break, but their opponents levelled with the first decent chance of the second half.

A corner was sent into the box by Andrew Shinnie and Stockley rose highest to nod the ball past Craig MacGillivray.

Harrison came close to restoring the lead almost immediately, but Amos stuck out a hand to somehow deny him after Daniels’ free-kick had been nodded on by Marquis.

The goal did come soon after, however, as Harness – who had come on for Williams – whipped in a free-kick that was headed home by NAYLOR.

And it soon got even better, with CANNON stealing the ball from Ben Watson and hammering in a fierce shot that found the net off the inside of the post.

There were worries following a clash of heads between Raggett and Oshilaja, although both were fine to continue after getting bandaged up.

Charlton committed men forward in search of a route back into the contest, only for attempts from Watson and Liam Millar to fail to find the target.

Pompey let their opponents have the ball in the closing stages and there were eight minutes of stoppage-time for the hosts to do something special.

But the Blues – who brought on George Byers and Harvey White as the seconds ticked down – saw the game out to climb up to fourth in the table.

Charlton (4-1-2-1-2): Amos; Matthews, Gunter, Oshilaja, Maatsen; Pratley (c) (Watson 46); Forster-Caskey, Shinnie (Smith 77); Morgan (Millar 46); Schwartz (Aneke 61), Stockley
Goals: Stockley 52
Booked: Oshilaja, Pratley, Maatsen, Watson
Subs not used: Maynard-Brewer, Pearce, Purrington

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Bolton, Raggett, Daniels; Williams (Harness 53), Naylor (c), Cannon, Jacobs (White 90+5); Marquis (Byers 87), Harrison
Goals: Jacobs 39, Naylor 55, Cannon 61
Booked: Harrison, Naylor
Subs not used: Ward, Mnoga, Brown, Curtis

Referee: Lee Swabey

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Feb 252020
 


League 1
Fratton Park

Portsmouth 3
MK Dons 1


Pompey moved back into the League One play-off places with a hard-fought victory over MK Dons at Fratton Park.

It looked like a comfortable evening might be on the cards when Andy Cannon opened his account for the club early on.

But Alex Gilbey reacted quickly to level after Alex Bass had kept out his penalty just moments before the interval.

Both sides had chances to win the contest and John Marquis restored the Blues’ lead early in the second half, while Carlton Morris was then sent off for the visitors.

Marcus Harness then came off the bench to add a third goal at the death and breathe new life into the promotion charge.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Fleetwood at the weekend.

Cannon had recovered from a glute problem, while Lee Brown was handed a first start since early December.

There were also returns for Ross McCrorie, Ryan Williams and Ben Close as the team was freshened up during a hectic schedule.

Oli Hawkins, Steve Seddon, Marcus Harness and Cameron McGeehan all dropped to the bench, with James Bolton missing from the squad.

Pompey made a flying start and took the lead on four minutes, thanks in part to some sloppy play from their opponents.

Jordan Houghton tried to pass out of his own box, but Williams intercepted the ball and squared for CANNON to slot home.

MK Dons almost hit back with an immediate equaliser, only for Bass to come to the rescue with a save from Gilbey.

The action fell pretty flat after that and there were not too many more clear-cut opportunities at either end of the pitch before the break.

Marquis and Close both had efforts blocked in quick succession, while Houghton’s long-range effort for the visitors flew straight at Bass.

The Dons were passing the ball around nicely, but lacking a clinical edge, with the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.

Lee Nicholls raced from his line to stop Marquis converting Cannon’s threaded pass, then kept out an angled Brown strike.

And the keeper was called into action again to tip over Close’s drilled attempt following some good work from McCrorie and Marquis.

But MK Dons were given an excellent chance to level in stoppage-time, when McCrorie rashly bundled over Rhys Healey in the box.

Bass guessed the right way to keep out Gilbey’s penalty, but the midfielder was quickest to the rebound and scored at the second attempt.

He did not exactly endear himself to the home support by celebrating right in front of the Fratton End.

And there were more boos – this time aimed at referee Kevin Johnson – when Pompey were not awarded a spot-kick of their own for George Williams’ challenge on Marquis.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

MK Dons 1


The Blues might have fallen behind once the action restarted, with Christian Burgess making a fine sliding challenge after Gilbey had been sent through on goal.

But instead they retook the lead, with MARQUIS getting on the scoresheet to become the club’s leading marksman in his own right.

It was not the most elegant of finishes from McCrorie’s cut-back, with the ball striking a defender and the inside of the post before crossing the line.

They tried to increase their advantage and Close’s chipped cross was headed towards the net by Sean Raggett, but Nicholls made the save.

And the visitors then broke quickly up the pitch, with Burgess taking one for the team by fouling Gilbey and earning a yellow card.

They were still looking dangerous and a Dean Lewington free-kick was glanced narrowly past the post by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Pompey were beginning to lose patience with Johnson, who failed to book players for a shove on Cannon and late challenge on Marquis.

Lewington finally had his name taken for his reaction to a foul on Williams, just seconds after Healey’s volley was well saved by Bass.

Both sides were looking capable of adding more goals to the contest, with Gladwin and Healey having opportunities for the visitors.

A couple of Ronan Curtis corners then caused problems at the other end, but were eventually scrambled clear.

Jackett had made a double change moments earlier, with Cannon and Williams replaced by McGeehan and Harness.

MK Dons’ hopes of a comeback were made tougher when they were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages.

Pompey had broken quickly from a corner and Curtis fed Marquis, who was brought down by Morris as he raced through on goal, with the forward shown a red card.

And they wrapped up the points just before the end, with HARNESS holding off a defender to collect Raggett’s header and neatly slotting home.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Close, Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 77), Cannon (McGeehan 77), Curtis (Seddon 90+3); Marquis
Goals: Cannon 4, Marquis 59, Harness 90+1
Booked: Burgess, Cannon
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Pitman, Hawkins

MK Dons (4-1-2-1-2): Nicholls; Poole, Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington (c); Houghton (Reeves 73); Thompson (Nombe 77), McGrandles (Gladwin 62); Gilbey; Morris, Healey
Goals: Gilbey 45+2 (pen)
Sent off: Morris
Booked: Lewington, Poole
Subs not used: Fisher, Walsh, Brittain, Kasumu

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 16,577 (170 away fans)

Portsmouth FC Season 19/20

Jan 022019
 


Andy Cannon

(Transfer : Rochdale – Portsmouth)

Pompey have signed midfielder Andy Cannon from Rochdale for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at Fratton Park, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.

Cannon has featured for Rochdale in both the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy this season, so will not be able to appear for the Blues until the league match against Blackpool on January 12.

Cannon is a graduate of Rochdale’s youth system who made his debut in a victory over Leyton Orient back in September 2014.

He scored six goals in 127 appearances for the Spotland outfit and came off the bench in their league and FA Cup defeats to Pompey earlier in the season.

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