Apr 282018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Bury    1

 


 

Portsmouth    0

 


Pompey’s slim chance of claiming a play-off spot was ended after they were beaten 1-0 at already relegated Bury.

In truth, neither side deserved to win a dire contest that did little to entertain another large travelling army.

But it was the Shakers who were able to celebrate the consolation of three points, as George Miller stole the ball from Luke McGee to score.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten at home by Charlton the previous week.

Oli Hawkins returned up front and Connor Ronan started wide on the left in a 4-4-2 system, while there were also places for Stuart O’Keefe and Christian Burgess.

Gareth Evans and Brandon Haunstrup both dropped to the bench, as Jack Whatmough missed out through injury and Kal Naismith was not included in the squad.

The first half was an instantly forgettable affair, with little in the way of goalmouth action at either end of the pitch.

It was typical end-of-season fare, as both sides displayed plenty of energy, but not much quality in the final third.

Ben Close fizzed a dangerous delivery across the face of goal, although none of his team-mates were there to get on the end of it.

Bury were mildly more threatening and Harry Bunn had an angled effort that cleared the crossbar.

Jay O’Shea then turned sharply inside the Blues box and hooked the ball narrowly over, in what was probably the best chance of the half.

Hawkins should have fond the target when he dived to meet Jamal Lowe’s cross on 24 minutes, although his blushes were spared by the linesman’s flag.

The hosts were then forced into a change when Bunn went down off the ball and was replaced by Tsun Dai.

Pompey started to find a bit more fluidity just before the break, although Brett Pitman and Lowe were both unable to find the target.


Half Time

Bury 0

Portsmouth 0


Any hope that the second half was going to be livelier than the first appeared to be dashed when O’Shea failed to beat the first man with a dangerous free-kick straight after the restart.

But the Blues went closer moments later, with Hawkins meeting Lowe’s cross and sending a header looping onto the roof of the net.

There was then a nervy moment for the hosts when Miller caught Matt Clarke with a flailing arm, although referee Andy Haines opted to brandish only a yellow card.

Jackett made his first change on 55 minutes, with Hawkins withdrawn for Matty Kennedy, resulting in a switch back to a 4-1-4-1 system.

A series of corners caused problems for the Shakers, as O’Keefe and Pitman both had efforts deflected off target, while Burgess then headed over.

Another set of fresh legs was introduced just past the hour mark, with Dion Donohue making way for Haunstrup.

Bury almost broke the deadlock soon after following an almighty scramble in the box, but a well-placed Pitman was able to hack Miller’s effort from the line.

It was only a brief reprieve for the Blues, however, as Miller did open the scoring for the hosts on 67 minutes.

But it was a goal that should have been avoided, as Kennedy passed back to McGee and when he took a touch, the Shakers striker nipped in to steal the ball and slot it home.

Kennedy went down under pressure from Ryan Cooney as Pompey sought to get back on level terms, only for appeals for a penalty to be waved away by Haines.

Bury missed a good opportunity to double their lead, however, when Saul Shotton fired over after McGee had punched clear a corner.

Conor Chaplin replaced Ronan for the final few moments and saw a stoppage-time shot brilliant pushed past the post by Joe Murphy.

Burgess then saw his header cleared from the line from the resulting corner, as the Blues were unable to force a late equaliser.

Bury (4-4-1-1): Murphy; Cooney (Clarke 80), Shotton, Thopson, Leigh; Ismail, Danns (c), Styles, Bunn (Dai 33); O’Shea; Miller (Sang 90+2)
Goals: Miller 67
Booked: Miller
Subs not used: Ripley, Tutte, Adams, Hulme

Pompey (4-4-2): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue (Haunstrup 63); Lowe, Close, O’Keefe, Ronan (Chaplin 85); Pitman (c), Hawkins (Kennedy 55)
Booked: Thompson, Donohue
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, May, Evans

Referee: Andy Haines

Attendance: 4,575 (1,525 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Dec 162017
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 1    0 Bury

Matt Clarke found the target as Pompey continued their impressive run by seeing off Bury at Fratton Park.

They were on top for most of the contest, but were just lacking a clinical touch in front of goal against League One’s bottom club.

Their persistence was rewarded in the second half, however, when Clarke converted a Gareth Evans corner to seal the victory.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Charlton the previous week.

Conor Chaplin dropped to the bench, with Kyle Bennett taking his place in a central attacking role against his former club.

There had perhaps been too much festive overindulgence on Friday evening, with the atmosphere feeling flatter than usual.

Not that there was too much to inspire them on the pitch in a first half that the hosts controlled, without looking overly threatening.

A tame Brett Pitman effort was comfortably dealt with, while the crossing of Evans was providing some problems for Bury.

Danny Rose had the first of three decent opportunities for the Blues, unleashing a thunderous 30-yard drive that Leo Fasan did well to tip over on 15 minutes.

Bennett and Clarke both had half-chances, as Pompey continued to probe away without getting any reward.

But those other two notable openings came on 34 minutes and there was a touch of fortune about both of them.

First up was a jinking run into the box by Jamal Lowe, with the ball ricocheting kindly into Evans’ path.

He was left with just the keeper to beat, but Fasan did well to spread himself as big as possible and make the save.

Then, just seconds later, an attempt from Lowe took a massive deflection, sending the ball fizzing inches past the post.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Bury 0


There was a change just after the restart for the second week in a row, with Stuart O’Keefe withdrawn for Ben Close in the engine room.

But it was Bury who initially started stronger and a free-kick from Jay O’Shea had to be punched clear by Luke McGee.

O’Shea was also involved moments later, whipping in a corner from the right that skipper Nathan Cameron headed narrowly over.

Jackett made a second switch on the hour mark as Pompey continued their hunt for a goal, with Chaplin replacing Bennett.

And they did forge ahead moments later when Evans whipped in an excellent corner and CLARKE came charging in at the far post to emphatically head home.

Bury then replaced one former Blues striker with another to try to force an equaliser, with Michael Smith given a warm reception as he made way for Chris Maguire.

The new man immediately had an opportunity to level when he was brought down by Lowe, only to send his free-kick straight into McGee’s arms.

Pompey were still looking to get forward themselves, though, and a left-footed attempt from Evans dipped narrowly over.

The Shakers got more men forward as the seconds ticked down, but a lack of firepower meant they never really looked like getting anything from the game.

And it might have been a heavier defeat for the visitors, with Fasan getting down well to palm clear a snap-shot from Close late on.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; O’Keefe (Close 46), Rose; Evans, Bennett (Chaplin 60), Lowe; Pitman (c)
Goals: Clarke 62
Booked: Bennett, Evans
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Donohue, Kennedy, Main

Bury (4-1-2-1-2): Fasan; Edwards, Cameron (c), O’Connell, Leigh; Ince; Tutte (Mayor 65), Reilly; O’Shea; Smith (Maguire 69), Ajose
Booked: O’Connell
Subs not used: Maloney, Aldred, Williams, Dawson, Laurent

Referee: John Brooks

Attendance: 17,549 (176 away fans)


Portsmouth FC

Aug 312017
 

Michael Smith

Mutual Consent



Michael Smith

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Michael Smith has left the club by mutual consent.

The striker netted 10 goals in his 37 appearances for the Blues after arriving – initially on loan – in February 2016.

Three of those came in League Two last term, with a crucial equaliser at Cheltenham that helped secure the title.

Smith also bagged a hat-trick at Yeovil in a 4-3 group stage defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Michael Smith subsequently signed for Bury

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