Loan : Barnsley – Portsmouth
Loan : Barnsley – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed midfielder Cameron McGeehan on loan from Barnsley for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.
The 24-year-old was part of the Tykes squad that secured promotion to the Championship last season.
McGeehan progressed through the ranks at Norwich and signed for Luton in 2015 following some successful loan spells with the Hatters.
He made more than 100 appearances in his various stints at Kenilworth Road – scoring 31 goals – and then moved on to Barnsley.
The former Northern Ireland youth international was a regular member of the side that finished as League One runners-up last term.
It was a much improved performance from the Blues, who looked dangerous throughout and created some decent chances.
But Bogle missed the best one when his spot-kick was saved and the Tykes came close to capitalising at the other end by striking the woodwork.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Bristol Rovers earlier in the week.
Bogle returned to lead the line, with Viv Solomon-Otabor out wide and Bryn Morris in midfield in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
It meant that Oli Hawkins, Jamal Lowe and Gareth Evans all dropped to the bench, but Lloyd Isgrove was not permitted to feature against his parent club.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of Pompey hero Mick Kennedy, who passed away earlier this month.
Fratton Park was bathed in sunshine and it seemed to have a positive effect, with the hosts looking bright and the fans roaring their team on.
Ronan Curtis was a constant menace down the right and was continuously looking to take on the opposition defence.
When one of his free-kicks was only partially cleared to the edge of the box, a low volley from Ben Close was blocked.
There were half-chances for Jacob Brown at the other end, with one effort hooked behind by Anton Walkes and another flashing past the post.
Pompey almost broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Solomon-Otabor whipped the ball into the box, where it was glanced narrowly wide by Morris.
The visitors’ best opportunity before the break came when Brown sent Alex Mowatt’s corner past the post from a few yards out.
Barnsley were having plenty of shots, but none of them were particularly threatening and an effort from Cauley Woodrow rolled tamely into Craig MacGillivray’s arms.
Another attempt from the striker was blocked by Close and Dani Pinillos fired the loose ball wildly off target.
The Blues had a better chance on 39 minutes when Bogle slipped a pass through to Solomon-Otabor, but Adam Davies was quickly off his line to make a vital save.
It was an encouraging end to the half for Pompey and Morris dinked a pass into the box, where a stretching Bogle could not get enough power on his header.
The hosts picked up where they had left off following the restart, although Bogle could not guide Lee Brown’s cross on target at the far post.
Persistent work from Christian Burgess then allowed Close to release Curtis down the right and his delivery had to be turned behind by Ethan Pinnock.
Morris was producing a lively display and he fired over from long-range before teeing-up Curtis, whose shot was too tamely hit to trouble Davies.
There were chants of ‘Micky, Micky Kennedy’ from the Fratton faithful on 57 minutes, with the midfielder having passed away at the age of 57.
The Blues soon had an excellent opportunity to break the deadlock when Dimitri Cavare dived in recklessly on Solomon-Otabor inside the area.
Referee Charles Breakspear pointed to the spot, but Davies guessed the right way to push Bogle’s penalty clear.
Barnsley came close to making them pay for that miss, as an angled effort from Pinillos narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Jackett made a change on 77 minutes, with Solomon-Otabor afforded warm applause as he made way for Lowe.
But the Blues survived a scare when Brown met Mowatt’s corner and headed the ball down, with the ball ricocheting against the post.
James Vaughan replaced Bogle for the closing stages, as Jackett decided to add fresh legs to his forward line.
Both sides looked capable of finding a winner as the seconds ticked down, but they ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Pompey (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c); Curtis, Close, Morris, Solomon-Otabor (Lowe 77); Bogle (Vaughan 84)
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Donohue, Evans, Hawkins
Barnsley (4-2-3-1): Davies (c); Cavare, Pinnock, Lindsay, Pinillos; Mowatt, McGeehan (Dougall 90+2); Brown, Bahre (Adeboyejo 55), Thiam (Hedges 75); Woodrow
Subs not used: Walton, Jackson, Green, Styles
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 18,624 (1,944 away fans)
But they might have been celebrating an even greater haul, as Gareth Evans drilled them into the lead just before the break.
Amidst a freezing downpour, however, Cauley Woodrow levelled in the second half and the Blues were forced to hold on at the end.
A stalemate was probably not the biggest surprise, with the hosts boasting an unbeaten home league record and the visitors having not been beaten on the road.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were beaten by Charlton on home soil earlier in the week.
But with Luke McGee suffering from a hand injury, Alex Bass was recalled from a loan spell at Torquay to sit on the bench.
It was not exactly the right day for a neat, passing game of football, with freezing rain falling from the South Yorkshire sky throughout.
That did not seem to dampen the entertainment on offer, however, as the game was often played at a frantic pace.
It was the hosts who looked on top for much of the first half, although they were let down by some poor finishing.
Pompey actually had the first opening, but Ronan Curtis took a heavy touch from Jamal Lowe’s threaded pass, allowing Adam Davies to come from his line and claim.
Craig MacGillivray was the busier of the two keepers, however, and he had his palms stung by Woodrow.
Meanwhile, some vital tracking back from Evans and Lowe denied Cameron McGeehan and George Moncur respectively.
MacGillivray was called into action again midway through the first half, palming over a fierce drive from Woodrow.
The keeper also kept out an angled Moncur shot, while an effort from McGeehan was then diverted off target.
There was a brief interruption soon after, as one of the floodlights failed, but after consulting with both managers, referee Jon Moss decided it was fine to continue.
Pompey threatened on 33 minutes when Lee Brown whipped in a dangerous cross that Lowe volleyed wide.
Kieffer Moore fired wastefully wide at the other end, while some more good defending from Lowe stopped Brad Potts’ surge.
It was Barnsley on top as the interval approached, but the Blues were able to break the deadlock on 43 minutes.
Alex Mowatt tried to clear the ball, only to send it straight into the path of EVANS, who hit a crisp left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Both sides were struggling to keep hold of possession once the action restarted, no doubt hindered by the wet and windy conditions.
Long-range efforts from Jacob Brown and Potts went over the bar, as Barnsley went in search of a leveller.
The home crowd were growing frustrated and were appealing to Moss for some soft penalties, with each turned down by the official.
But their mood improved just after the hour mark, as Potts sent in a low cross that Woodrow neatly turned home at the near post.
Barnsley moved up a few gears after that, only for the Blues to then create an opening on the counter-attack.
Ben Thompson collected the ball in the centre and fed Oli Hawkins, whose low drive was kept out by the boot of Davies.
Curtis thought he should have been awarded a penalty after going down in the box, but Moss thought he fell too easily and brandished a yellow card.
The Republic of Ireland international was withdrawn moments later, with Anton Walkes coming on and Nathan Thompson joining Matt Clarke and Jack Whatmough in a back three.
It was still the Tykes looking more of a threat as the game entered its closing stages and Tom Naylor bravely threw himself in front of a thunderous Woodrow effort.
And they almost snatched a late winner, with Moore collecting a pass from Lloyd Isgrove, turning and sending a low shot inches past the post.
Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies (c); Cavare (Brown 46), Jackson, Pinnock, Pinillos; Potts (Thiam 80), Mowatt, McGeehan, Moncur (Isgrove 63); Moore, Woodrow
Goals: Woodrow 61
Booked: McGeehan, Woodrow
Subs not used: Greatorex, Lindsay, Bahre, Adeboyejo
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Walkes 75); Hawkins
Goals: Evans 43
Booked: Naylor, Curtis, Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Close, Donohue, Green, Pitman
Referee: Jon Moss
Attendance: 12,441 (1,674 Pompey fans)