Sep 172020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey’s Carabao Cup adventure was ended by Premier League side Brighton in a second round contest at the Amex Stadium.

The visitors matched their higher-ranked opponents in the first half and only trailed to Alexis Mac Allister’s header at the break.

It was a different story after it, though, as the Seagulls struck three times in under 20 minutes – through Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo and Viktor Gyokeres – to ensure comfortable progress.

Sean Raggett almost restored some pride for the Blues late on, but his header was kept out by a stunning Jason Steele save.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury in the league at the weekend.

James Bolton came in for the cup-tied Callum Johnson, with Cam Pring replacing Lee Brown on the opposite flank.

And the final switch saw Ryan Williams handed a wide role in the attacking midfield trio, as Gareth Evans made way.

Brighton had an early chance to break the deadlock, with Craig MacGillivray making a fine save to deny Gyokeres and Bernardo sending the loose ball wildly off target.

But the Blues were not looking over-awed against their top-flight opponents and created several opportunities of their own in the opening 45 minutes.

The first was a low Ronan Curtis free-kick from the left that was turned inches past his own post by Dan Burn.

Marcus Harness then came close to scrambling a John Marquis header over the line, although an offside flag had been raised against the Pompey striker.

Brighton were almost gifted an opener midway through the first half, courtesy of a poor Raggett back-pass.

Pascal Gross tried to take advantage, but MacGillivray took the sting off his shot and Jack Whatmough headed clear from the line.

It was then the turn of skipper Dale Stephens to go close, with his low drive clipping the outside of the post.

The visitors were looking a threat on the counter, though, and Curtis broke quickly up the pitch from a Seagulls corner, only to see his shot blocked.

But it was Brighton who broke the deadlock on 38 minutes, as Mac Allister charged in unmarked to firmly head home Jahanbakhsh’s cross.

Pompey were still posing a threat at the other end and thought they should have been awarded a spot-kick just before the break.

A strike from Harness might have deflected onto the arm of a prostrate Joel Veltman, although it was certainly not deliberate from the defender.


Half Time

Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Portsmouth 0


The Blues had a chance to level following the restart, when Curtis was fouled on the left and was not quite able to sneak the resulting free-kick inside Steele’s near post.

But the Premier League side had a cushion moments later following a quick passing move up the pitch.

The ball eventually found Jahanbakhsh on the edge of the box and he hit a rocket of a shot into the top corner.

And the situation soon got even worse for the visitors, as a cross from Gross was deftly glanced home by Bernardo.

It took a heroic piece of defending from Tom Naylor to deny Brighton a fourth goal, with the skipper – making his 100th appearance – somehow stopping the ball crossing the line and ending up in a heap in the net.

Jackett made a double change just past the hour mark, with Curtis and Marquis replaced by Ellis Harrison and Andy Cannon.

But Brighton continued to dominate and put the result beyond doubt on 71 minutes, as Gyokeres twisted one way and the other before sliding the ball past MacGillivray.

Whatmough was immediately removed and on came Paul Downing, perhaps with one eye on Sunday’s league visit to Rochdale.

It was fellow centre-back Raggett who came close to a consolation, though, meeting Pring’s corner and seeing his header brilliantly repelled by Steele.

And the Seagulls had to play out the final few minutes with just 10 men, as Stephens limped off with all three substitutions having already been made.

Brighton (4-2-3-1): Steele; Molumby, Veltman (Sanders 68), Burn, Bernardo; Propper, Stephens (c); Jahanbakhsh (Roberts 68), Gross (Gwargis 77), Mac Allister; Gyokeres
Goals: Mac Allister 38, Jahanbakhsh 54, Bernardo 57, Gyokeres 71
Booked: Gross
Subs not used: Sanchez, Yapi, Dendoncker, Cochrane

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Whatmough (Downing 71), Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Morris; Williams, Harness, Curtis (Cannon 63); Marquis (Harrison 63)
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: Turnbull, Brown, Close, Evans

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Portsmouth FC

Jun 212019
 

Matt Clarke

Player Stats

Transfer : Portsmouth – Brighton


Matt Clarke has left Pompey to sign for Premier League side Brighton for an undisclosed fee.


The 22-year-old centre-back made a total of 175 appearances – scoring nine goals – during his four seasons with the Blues.

He arrived at Fratton Park on loan from Ipswich in 2015, making the switch permanent the following year in a deal that saw Adam Webster move in the opposite direction.

Clarke was an important member of the side that dramatically secured the League Two title on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.

He appeared 60 times in all competitions last term, enjoying Wembley success in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

Clarke’s fine form for Pompey saw him voted the club’s Player of the Season in each of the past two campaigns.

Portsmouth FC

Jul 242018
 

Match Report

Highlights

Friendly




Brett Pitman showed his poacher’s instincts, but Pompey had to settle for a pre-season stalemate against Brighton.

The match was played at the Premier League side’s Elite Football Performance Centre and both sides fielded a strong line-up.

There did not look a two division gap between the teams, with the Blues looking assured in possession and strong at the back.

And it looked like victory was on the cards when Pitman prodded home, only for Anthony Knockaert to head home an equaliser.

The game was split into three 25-minute periods, with Pompey changing the majority of their side two-thirds of the way through the contest.

They certainly did not look overawed against their top-flight opponents and created the better chances in the early stages.

Pitman did deal with a Seagulls corner at the near post, while a long-range effort from Knockaert flew over the bar.

But it was the Blues that almost broke the deadlock when Pitman stooped to reach Brandon Haunstrup’s corner and saw his header come back off the post.

Knockaert then threw himself in front of Lee Brown’s drive to deny the left-back following a neat spell of possession from the visitors.

There were also half-chances for Haunstrup and Pitman as Pompey finished the opening third on top.


End Of First Period

Brighton & Hove Albion 0

Portsmouth 0


Pitman thought he should have won a penalty when the action restarted after trying to meet a Haunstrup corner.

The skipper could only turn the ball over as he went to ground under pressure from the Brighton back-line, but the referee was not interested in his appeals.

It might have been billed as a friendly, but that did not stifle either side’s competitive instincts, with plenty of healthy challenges being made.

One of them led to a Blues free-kick and although Pitman got plenty of pace on his effort, the striker’s radar was slightly off.

Craig MacGillivray was relatively untroubled at the other end and although he was briefly wrong-footed by Yves’ Bissouma’s deflected shot, the keeper recovered to comfortably gather.


End Of Second Period

Brighton & Hove Albion 0

Portsmouth 0


The visitors made multiple changes for the final third, with only Pitman and Haunstrup remaining on the pitch.

And it was PITMAN who broke the deadlock seconds after the restart, bundling the ball over the line from close range after Adam May’s corner had been headed towards goal by Christian Burgess.

Substitute Seagulls stopper Hugo Keto then kept out Pitman’s curling effort to stop his side falling further behind.

But Brighton almost found an equaliser moments later, with Ezequiel Schelotto getting into the box and striking the base of the post.

Oliver Norwood then delivered a dangerous free-kick from wide on the right that Beram Kayal glanced narrowly wide.

But the equaliser did arrive on 67 minutes, with Tomer Hemed doing well to beat his man and swing in a cross that Knockaert in.

It was the Seagulls who looked more likely to grab a winner in the closing stages, although Pompey held firm at the back to ensure the spoils were shared.

Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan (Keto 51); Schelotto, Duffy, White, Bong (Gyokeres 51); Knockaert, Bissouma (Mandriou 51), Kyal, Suttner; Norwood; Hemed (Collar 51)
Goals: Knockaert 67
Subs not used: Moore, Davies

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray (McGee 51); Thompson (Smith 51), Whatmough (Burgess 51), Clarke (Casey 51), Brown (Dennis 51); Lowe (Chaplin 51), Naylor (May 51), Walkes (Rose 51), Haunstrup; Pitman (c), Curtis (Hawkins 51)
Goals: Pitman 51
Subs not used: Flint, Lethbridge

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