Apr 052022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A League 1
Bolton Wanderers 1
Portsmouth 1


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Pompey had to settle for a point on their long-awaited return to action after letting a lead slip at Bolton.

They went ahead through Aiden O’Brien early in the second half, only for Kieran Sadlier to level from the penalty spot and ensure the spoils would be shared.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that drew with Wycombe on home soil 17 days earlier.

Michael Jacobs, Joe Morrell and O’Brien all returned to the starting line-up, with Mahlon Romeo, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tyler Walker dropping to the bench.

Also among the substitutes was Shaun Williams, who had recovered from the back injury he suffered at the end of January.

The first half was full of bright attacking play from both sides, with plenty of dangerous forays forward at each end of the pitch.

And yet a combination of solid defending and a poor final pass meant that there was little in the way of clear-cut openings.

One neat passage from Pompey saw the ball ping around the box and yet it would not quite fall kindly on a number of occasions.

It was certainly an open contest, although when Marcus Harness met a Jacobs free-kick, he could only guide his header into the arms of James Trafford.

A key interception then prevented the ball from reaching the feet of Harness inside the area following good work from Jacobs and George Hirst.

But it was Bolton who had the best chance to forge ahead before the interval, with Dapo Afolayan looking certain to slot his shot into the bottom corner.

Gavin Bazunu got down to his left to make a superb save, however, and Dion Charles could only blast the loose ball across the face of goal.

The only other incident of note before the whistle blew was a crude Kyle Dempsey challenge on Harness that earned the midfielder a yellow card.


Half Time

Bolton Wanderers 0

Portsmouth 0


Pompey had not forced Trafford into action before the break, but the keeper was soon picking the ball out of his net after the restart.

It came after Will Aimson – who had only just entered the pitch – was booked for bringing down Hirst outside the box.

The free-kick from Harness slammed into the wall, but the ball was recycled and the same player cut it back for O’BRIEN to slot home.

Wanderers felt that the scorer was offside in the build-up, although he had actually received possession from a white-shirted player.

The visitors might have strengthened their lead moments later and Trafford was relieved to see the ball land safe when he palmed a Sean Raggett header right back into the danger zone.

It was suddenly a frantic affair and after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s penalty appeals were rightly waved away, the Blues broke and Hirst drew a save from Trafford.

But the action quickly switched to the other end of the pitch and Bazunu had to beat away a shot from Charles.

Pompey were next to threaten when an O’Brien shot was blocked and George Johnston bravely flung himself into the path of Jacobs’ follow-up.

The hosts had a chance to level on 76 minutes, however, when Elias Kachunga made the most of a challenge from Hayden Carter and referee Marc Edwards pointed to the spot.

Bazunu went the right way – getting down to his left – but the penalty from Sadlier was perfectly placed and nestled in the net.

A double switch was made to provide some fresh energy for the closing stages, with Louis Thompson and Jacobs replaced by Williams and Ronan Curtis.

And loanee Walker also entered the fray in the search for a late Pompey winner, replacing Hirst up front.

There were half-chances for both sides during six minutes of stoppage-time, but neither was able to turn one point into three.

Bolton (3-4-1-2): Trafford; Jones, Santos (c) (Aimson 46), Johns; Sadlier, Morley, Dempsey (Williams 70), Johnston; Afolayan (Kachunga 65); Bodvarsson, Charles
Goals: Sadlier 76 (pen)
Booked: Dempsey, Aimson
Subs not used: Baptiste, Thomason, Amaechi, Bakayoko

Pompey (4-2-2-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie; Thompson (Williams 82), Morrell; Harness, Jacobs (Curtis 82); O’Brien, Hirst (Walker 85)
Goals: O’Brien 50
Subs not used: Webber, Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Hume

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 13,809 (700 Pompey fans)

Oct 302021
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Bolton Wanderers 0


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An inventive John Marquis finish was enough for Pompey to secure all three points against Bolton at Fratton Park.

The hosts had looked in control in the early moments, but their opponents struck the woodwork twice before the break.

It was a more fluent display from the Blues in the second half, though, and Marquis’ goal secured a deserved victory.

Danny Cowley made one change from the side that struck late to secure a point at Accrington the previous week.

Ryan Tunnicliffe returned to the starting line-up, with Joe Morrell the man to make way and dropping to the bench.

Former Fratton loanees Eoin Doyle – who helped secure the 2016/17 League Two title – and Lloyd Isgrove were both named in the Wanderers side.

There were impeccably observed remembrance tributes before the game, as both clubs paid their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Pompey made the brighter start, dominating both possession and territory in the contest’s opening stages.

Ronan Curtis showed some tricky footwork before eventually being dispossessed in the box by Ricardo Almeida Santos.

The Republic of Ireland international then had to stretch to meet a Marcus Harness delivery and could only nod the ball wide.

And following great work on the right by Reeco Hacket, Will Aimson did well to clear before the ball could reach Marquis in the centre.

Curtis had the hosts’ best chance of the half on 25 minutes, but Joel Dixon got down well to deal with his effort.

Bolton then came back into the contest as the action progressed and a thunderous strike from Dapo Afolayan rattled the crossbar.

And Mahlon Romeo did brilliantly to clear a Nathan Delfouneso delivery and deny Doyle a simple finish.

Pompey were forced to make a change late in the half after Tunnicliffe got injured in a challenge with Afolayan.

The midfielder quickly signalled that he was unable to continue and was replaced by Louis Thompson.

There was time for one more chance for the visitors before the interval, as Declan John clipped the outside of the post from an acute angle.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Bolton Wanderers 0


Pompey regrouped at the interval and came out strongly again once the action restarted, with Sean Raggett heading a Hackett free-kick over.

But the deadlock was broken on 51 minutes, courtesy of a neat back-flick by MARQUIS and an eagle-eyed assistant.

Curtis collected the ball from Hackett on the left and sent in a low cross that the striker met with an instinctive finish.

Wanderers keeper Joel Dixon desperately tried to stop the ball from going in, but the linesman spotted that it had crossed the line.

The keeper did prevent Marquis from adding a second moments later, making a smart stop with his feet.

Pompey’s number nine was certainly busy and could not guide a Romeo cross on target before seeing a Thompson delivery taken off his head by Santos.

Curtis then waltzed his way into a shooting position, but opted to take on one defender too many and was eventually dispossessed.

Cowley made his second switch on 78 minutes, with Morrell taking over from Shaun Williams in the engine room.

And it was still the hosts looking the more likely to score again, although Curtis’ effort lacked the power to properly trouble Dixon after brilliantly bringing a Gavin Bazunu clearance under control.

The contest was not over, though, and Doyle reminded the hosts of that by nodding a Harry Brockbank cross against the top of the bar.

But the Blues were able to see out the closing stages with relative ease to ensure they earned a much-needed win.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Romeo, Raggett, Ogilvie, Brown (c); Tunnicliffe (Thompson 40), Williams (Morrell 78); Harness, Hackett, Curtis; Marquis (Hirst 90+4)
Goals: Marquis 51
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Azeez, Jacobs

Bolton (4-1-4-1): Dixon; Isgrove (Brockbank 72), Santos (c), Aimson (Johnston 72), John; Williams; Delfouneso (Sheehan 56), Lee, Afolayan, Kachunga; Doyle
Subs not used: Gilks, Baptiste, Gordon, Thomason

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 16,231 (1,087 away fans)

Jan 182020
 

Portsmouth FC 2019/2020


A League 1
Bolton Wanderers 0
Portsmouth 1


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Christian Burgess scored his first goal of the season to earn Pompey a hard-fought win at struggling Bolton.

The centre-back was quickest to the ball after Sean Raggett’s effort had been saved late in the first half.

League One’s basement club offered a stern challenge after the interval, but the Blues held on to give their large travelling army cause to celebrate.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat AFC Wimbledon on home soil the previous week.

John Marquis was rewarded for netting in three successive games by replacing Andy Cannon in the number 10 role.

The first half was not a thrilling affair, with both sides failing to make the most of promising situations.

Ethan Hamilton fired into the side netting for the hosts, while Raggett was unable to get on the end of a Ronan Curtis free-kick at the other end.

The visitors won a host of corners – many of them delivered by Steve Seddon – but none of them led to anything.

Curtis had the first decent opportunity midway through the first half, with an opportunistic long-range effort that had enough bend to trouble Remi Matthews in the opposition goal.

There was a scare at the other end when Raggett fouled Joe Dodoo as the striker tried to race through on goal.

Home fans and players were baying for a red card, but thankfully for the defender, referee Tom Nield only brandished a yellow one.

That perhaps led to a sense of injustice among the Wanderers faithful, who began appealing for everything.

Ellis Harrison seemed to be the main focus of their ire and there were demands for a red card when Toto Nisala went down – despite the defender being inadvertently tripped by his own keeper.

Nsiala was then called into action to make a timely block on Curtis’ shot after Marcus Harness had pulled the ball back into the box.

But Pompey did take the lead just before the interval, with three members of their back-line playing a key role in the goal.

Seddon whipped in a free-kick from the right and Raggett’s header was pushed clear by Matthews, only for BURGESS to follow up and lash the ball home.


Half Time

Bolton Wanderers 0

Portsmouth 1


The hosts looked much stronger once the action restarted and Dodoo headed narrowly over from a free-kick.

Dennis Politic’s fierce drive was then beaten away by Alex Bass, with Raggett on hand to nod the loose ball behind.

Pompey were struggling to keep their revived opponents at bay, forcing Jackett into a double switch just before the hour mark.

Harrison and Harness were the men withdrawn, with Cannon and a fit-again Ryan Williams on to replace them.

The latter was involved in a quick Blues break soon after, only to then lose possession and see Bolton launch forward.

Ronan Darcy sent in a cross that was turned towards goal by the lively Dodoo, but Chris O’Grady somehow failed to score from just a couple of yards out.

Pompey tried to threaten themselves and began to see more of the ball, without really troubling Matthews.

The keeper did struggle with another dangerous Seddon corner, although the danger eventually passed.

Bolton kept searching for an equaliser and Bass comfortably kept out Politic’s effort, while Josh Emmanuel fired over from outside the box.

Their best chance came on 83 minutes, with Bass getting down low to his left to push clear a low drive from Politic that was heading for the bottom corner.

But the Blues survived a nervy finale – including four minutes of added time – to celebrate a valuable away victory.

Bolton (4-1-2-1-2): Matthews; Emmanuel, Nsiala, Edwards (O’Grady 46), Fleming; Murphy; Hamilton, Lowe (c); Darcy (Hall 89); Dodoo, Politic
Booked: Edwards, Dodoo
Subs not used: Alexander, Senior, Brockbank, Graham, Thomason

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness (Williams 56), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison (Cannon 56)
Goals: Burgess 42
Booked: Raggett, Harrison
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Close, Hawkins

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 13,407 (1,846 Pompey fans)

Sep 282019
 

Portsmouth FC 2019/2020


H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Bolton Wanderers 0


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Brett Pitman went from villain to hero, as Pompey battled to a hard-fought victory over Bolton at Fratton Park.

The striker missed a penalty in the second half, although put that behind him to head home the winning goal.

There was growing frustration from the home fans during a disjointed opening 45 minutes, but their side were much better after the break to seal the three points.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten in the south coast derby earlier in the week.

It was an enforced switch, with the injured Oli Hawkins replaced in the centre of defence by Sean Raggett.

There was room on the bench for a fit-again Marcus Harness – following a thigh problem – and the previously suspended Ellis Harrison.

Pompey had an early chance when Brandon Haunstrup’s corner was nodded back by John Marquis for Pitman, whose header was claimed under the crossbar by Remi Matthews.

There was then an injury scare when Raggett and Tom Naylor collided, although the Blues skipper was able to continue following some on-field treatment.

Chances for the hosts were at a premium during the first half and there was growing frustration at their play in the final third.

It was Craig MacGillivray who was given more to do, although a weak Will Buckley effort was comfortably dealt with.

Marquis and Ronan Curtis combined well at the other end, with Ryan Williams not quite able to reach the latter’s pass before Matthews gathered.

Curtis then had a decent opportunity when Pitman dummied Marquis’ pass, but took too long to get a shot away, allowing the Wanderers defence to deal with the danger.

And the visitors soon started to pose more of a threat themselves, with MacGillivray doing well to parry clear Adam Chicksen’s drive.

Thibaud Verlinden then lifted in a cross that was just out of reach for Daryl Murphy in the centre of the Blues box.

They should have been ahead just before the break, with an unmarked Will Buckley unable to send Murphy’s delivery on target.

But there was still time for one more chance for the hosts, which came after Jack Hobbs had been booked following a scything challenge on Williams.

Pitman stepped up to take the free-kick from 25 yards out and his goal-bound effort was repelled by a one-handed Matthews save.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Bolton Wanderers 0


There was a long-awaited return for Harness at the start of the second half, with the winger taking Williams’ place on the right.

Pompey had a dangerous attack soon after the restart, when Marquis shrugged off several challenges to bundle his way through the Bolton back-line.

But Matthews came bravely off his line to halt his path to goal and had to receive treatment following a clash between the two.

There was still a lack of fluency on display, however, and it took a Bolton error to provide the hosts with an excellent chance to break the deadlock.

Marquis received a pass from Curtis and was tripped by Hobbs, with referee Darren Drysdale pointing straight to the spot.

Pitman stepped up, but the usually reliable penalty taker saw his fierce effort cannon back off the base of the post.

A second Blues substitution followed just past the hour mark, with Curtis making way for Gareth Evans.

Matthews then flapped at a Haunstrup corner, but got enough on the ball to get it clear, before Harness fizzed a low shot narrowly past the post.

And Pompey finally made that growing pressure count on 67 minutes, with a goal that had been coming.

James Bolton sent a cross into the box from deep on the right and PITMAN hung in the air before guiding home a perfectly-placed header.

With the visitors having to commit men forward to chase an equaliser, it ensured the game became a lot more open.

Some dangerous deliveries from either wing had to be dealt with, while Hobbs’ intervention prevented Pitman from having a clear shot on goal.

And Ben Close almost wrapped things up late on, making space for himself with a neat touch before drilling inches wide.

Thy then looked to keep possession in Bolton’s half as the seconds ticked down, although a display of five additional moments led to some audible groans.

Ali Crawford’s 30-yard free-kick was not too far off target, while Close fired a good chance over at the other end soon after.

But the Blues held on through the closing stages and the final whistle was met by a mixture of relief and jubilation.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Haunstrup; Williams (Harness 46), Naylor (c), Close, Curtis (Evans 62); Pitman, Marquis
Goals: Pitman 66
Booked: Curtis, Close
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, McCrorie, Cannon, Harrison

Bolton (4-1-4-1): Matthews; Emmanuel (L.Murphy 67), Hobbs, Zouma, Chicksen; Bridcutt (c); Buckley, Lowe, Crawford, Verlinden (Politic 60); D.Murphy
Booked: Hobbs, Lowe
Subs not used: Alexander, Boon, Senior, Graham, Weir

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 18,382 (824 away fans)

Mar 232016
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Conor Wilkinson

(Loan : Bolton Wanderers – Portsmouth)

Pompey have signed Conor Wilkinson on loan from Bolton until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old striker – who will wear the number 25 shirt during his time at Fratton Park – would be eligible to feature in any play-off matches.

But he will not be able to appear in the Blues’ Easter clashes with Notts County and AFC Wimbledon as he is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.

Wilkinson has recently finished a stint on loan with fellow League Two side Newport and played at Fratton Park when the Welsh side won 3-0 earlier this month.

He made 12 appearances for County and has previously spent time with Torquay, Oldham and Barnsley.