Jan 112022

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022

A EFL Trophy
Cambridge United 2
Portsmouth 1



Pompey’s eventful Papa John’s Trophy adventure finally came to an end with a narrow defeat at Cambridge.

The home side appeared to have got the job done with a brace from Harvey Knibbs early in the second half.

A Michael Jacobs header gave the Blues hope of a comeback, but there was to be no late drama at Abbey Stadium.

Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that dramatically beat Exeter on Friday night to reach the last 16.

There was a welcome return for skipper Clark Robertson, who made his first appearance in exactly four months after recovering from a hip injury.

Ronan Curtis started following his heroics from the bench in Devon, while there were also places for Louis Thompson, Reeco Hackett and Jacobs.

Sean Raggett, Lee Brown, Miguel Azeez, Marcus Harness and John Marquis all dropped to the bench, where they were joined by a fit-again Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Both teams showed an intent to get forward in the opening stages, with chances arriving at either end of the pitch.

Sam Smith raced in behind the defence to meet a deep Wes Hoolahan cross, but Alex Bass made a fine save to tip the ball over.

The keeper had an easier stop to make a few moments later, with Knibbs firing straight at him.

It was Pompey’s turn to attack soon after and Curtis scuffed a shot past the post after his initial attempt had been blocked.

George Hirst’s touch from a Hackett free-kick was then just too heavy, allowing Dimitar Mitov to gather.

But the quality started to wane as the action progressed, with each side cancelling the other one out.

Kieron Freeman did well to deal with the danger after Hoolahan skipped past a couple of half-hearted challenges.

Meanwhile, a spell of promising Blues pressure eventually broke down when Curtis nodded a cross wide.

And a low long-range effort from Jacobs was struck cleanly enough, only to fly straight into Mitov’s midriff.

Half Time

Cambridge United 0

Portsmouth 0

Robertson’s work was done for the night, with the captain replaced in the centre of defence by Raggett.

It was Cambridge who made the brighter start to the second half, however, and enjoyed a period of pressure that led to their breakthrough.

The ball ricocheted kindly for Knibbs on the edge of the box and he hit a precise shot that flew past Bass and nestled in the bottom corner.

And the home side continued to dominate, with Knibbs nodding them further into the lead after Hoolahan had lifted a pass into the mixer.

Cowley’s response was to make another quartet of substitutions, as Tunnicliffe, Brown, Marquis and Harness replaced Thompson, Hackett, Hirst and Curtis.

But it was still United looking more likely to add to the scoring and Jack Lankester curled a free-kick narrowly over the bar.

Bass then made three saves in quick succession to deny Harrison Dunk and James Brophy from tight angles, and then a more central effort from Lankester.

The ball was finally put in the back of the net by Knibbs, but referee Darren Drysdale had spotted an infringement.

And the Blues suddenly found themselves back in the contest, as JACOBS rose to nod home a Brown corner, despite the best efforts of Liam Bennett to clear from the line.

That perked the visitors up and they set about trying to find another late goal in the Papa John’s Trophy.

They were not too far away when a cross from Jacobs was deflected onto the head of Marquis and the ball fizzed past the post.

Brown then saw a shot blocked after being teed-up by Jacobs, as the Blues tried to force a penalty shoot-out.

They came even closer when Harness swung the ball into the box from the left and Marquis prodded it straight into the arms of Mitov.

And Cambridge were able to see out six minutes of stoppage-time to seal a quarter-final trip to Rotherham.

Cambridge (4-2-3-1): Mitov; Bennett, Okedina, Iredale, Dunk (c); O’Neil (Worman 46), May (Digby 71); Lankester (Dickens 90+1), Hoolahan (Brophy 71), Knibbs (Ironside 83); Smith
Goals: Knibbs 50, 59
Booked: Lankester, Iredale
Sub not used: Mannion

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bass; Freeman, Robertson (c) (Raggett 46), Ogilvie; Romeo, Thompson (Tunnicliffe 60), Morrell, Hackett (Brown 60); Jacobs; Hirst (Marquis 60), Curtis (Harness 60)
Goals: Jacobs 76
Subs not used: Steward, Azeez

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 1,308 (283 Pompey fans)

Jan 032022

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022

A League 1
Cambridge United 0
Portsmouth 0



Pompey began 2022 by picking up a point in a goalless – but certainly eventful – draw with Cambridge at Abbey Stadium.

There were a few questionable challenges from both sides, while the hosts were reduced to 10 men after the break.

But despite dominating possession, the Blues were unable to celebrate their long-awaited return to action with a win.

Danny Cowley made one change from the side that had beaten Morecambe on home soil 23 days earlier.

Joe Morrell returned to the centre of midfield, with Arsenal loanee Miguel Azeez dropping to the bench.

It was the home side who were first to threaten after Sean Raggett had intercepted a low Smith delivery.

But the ball fell at the feet of Joe Ironside, who fired in a shot that was beaten away by Gavin Bazunu.

Tempers then rose following a clash between Marcus Harness and Jack Iredale, which infuriated the home side.

Pompey’s forward was put in a headlock by Paul Digby, but referee Joshua Smith let them both off with a talking to before booking Smith for dissent.

The visitors soon had a chance to take the lead, only for Reeco Hackett to fire over after being picked out in the box by Harness.

Cambridge immediately broke down the other end and Bazunu flung himself to the right to palm away a strike from Blues academy graduate Adam May.

It looked as though James Brophy was going to tuck away the loose ball, but Mahlon Romeo dived in to make a fine block.

Pompey kept probing as the first half progressed and were just lacking a quality final ball to truly trouble their opponents.

And it was United who almost went ahead in stoppage-time, but Smith was unable to beat Bazunu from a tight angle.

Half Time

Cambridge United 0

Portsmouth 0

There was a healthy crowd inside the Abbey Stadium, although they were not treated to much excitement once the action restarted.

Pompey threatened from a couple of corners, while there were some dangerous counter-attacks from the hosts.

But neither side was looking particularly likely to break the deadlock as the contest meandered along.

Things certainly livened up on the hour mark, however, as Smith caught Ogilvie and left the defender with a nasty cut on his face.

It was enough to earn the midfielder a booking from the referee and, following his earlier transgression, a red card.

The action was then halted while medical teams dealt with an emergency among the home supporters.

Both sides departed down the tunnel while treatment was given and a supporter was stretchered from the pitch to warm applause from the stands.

The game restarted after almost 15 minutes and Cowley made an immediate change, with Michael Jacobs replacing Kieron Freeman.

Pompey were keen to get forward and caused a few scares among the United defence, while Hackett then made way for Lee Brown.

But Cambridge had a chance of their own when Digby’s header from a May free-kick was saved by Bazunu, who then grabbed the loose ball before Joe Ironside could capitalise.

It was the visitors enjoying the territorial advantage, though, and Dimitar Mitov got down low to turn behind Jacobs’ strike.

The hosts thought Pompey should have been reduced to 10 men when Romeo was penalised for a foul.

But the Millwall loanee was not punished further than a free-kick and Iredale instead got booked for dissent.

The resulting free-kick from May was nodded clear by Raggett and Iredale’s follow-up effort flew wide.

That earlier delay meant there were 21 minutes added on and the Blues tried to find a breakthrough.

There was still a danger of more dismissals, though, with a Shaun Williams challenge on Brophy causing tempers to flare once more.

United were doing a good job of holding their visitors at bay, but when a Harness ball ran across the box for Ronan Curtis, he blazed wastefully over the bar.

George Hirst was replaced by John Marquis as Cowley made one final roll of the dice in search of a winner.

But the Blues were unable to find their way through a resolute United back-line and a late Connor Ogilvie shot went over as they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Cambridge (4-2-3-1): Mitov; Williams, Okedina, Iredale, Dunk; Digby (c), Worman (Knibbs 77); Smith, May, Brophy (Hoolahan 90+18); Ironside
Sent off: Smith (two yellow cards)
Booked: Brophy, Iredale
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Masterson, O’Neil, Weir, Lankester

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Freeman (Jacobs 76), Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Morrell, Williams, Hackett (Brown 81); Harness; Hirst (Marquis 90+16), Curtis
Booked: Romeo, Raggett, Williams
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Azeez, Harrison

Referee: Joshua Smith

Attendance: 6,832 (1,463 Pompey fans)

Sep 182021

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022

H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Cambridge United 2



Pompey’s Fratton homecoming ended in disappointment, as they slipped to a third successive League One defeat by losing to Cambridge.

The home side were unable to make the most of their overall control of proceedings and trailed at the break to Joe Ironside’s header.

Liam O’Neil doubled United’s advantage after the break and a fine strike from Ronan Curtis was not enough for the Blues.

Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at MK Dons the previous week.

Miguel Azeez was handed his debut, while Mahlon Romeo made his Fratton bow and there were also starts for Ellis Harrison, Ronan Curtis and Paul Downing.

The latter replaced injured skipper Clark Robertson – with Lee Brown taking the armband – while Reeco-Hackett Fairchild, John Marquis, Joe Morrell and Kieron Freeman dropped to the bench.

There was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, with Fratton academy graduate Adam May starting in midfield.

It was a familiar story once the action got underway, as Pompey dominated possession without really testing Dimitar Mitov between the sticks.

In fairness, the visitors defended resolutely and the keeper did come off his line to collect some dangerous deliveries.

One dangerous move saw the Blues break quickly forward from a Cambridge corner, but Harrison was tackled inside the box after good work from Azeez and Marcus Harness.

Conor Masterson also made a key headed clearance when Brown tried to pick out Harrison at the back post.

It was one-way traffic, with Pompey showcasing some neat passing play as they sought a breakthrough.

But Cambridge went ahead against the run of play on 38 minutes, as Ironside hung in the air to meet George Williams’ cross, sending a header looping over Gavin Bazunu and into the net.

And they might have had a second before the break, with Bazunu getting down to deal with a long-range drive from May.

Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Cambridge United 1

The visitors appeared more than happy to sit back deep inside their own half when the action restarted.

It meant that Pompey had the freedom of most of the pitch, but getting inside the final third continued to prove problematic.

One break did provide an opening, as Harness found Harrison who slid the ball across goal for the advancing Ryan Tunnicliffe, only for Mitov to get there first.

Cowley made a double switch just before the hour mark, with Harrison and Azeez withdrawn for Marquis and Louis Thompson.

But United were next to threaten when a May corner was met by Ironside and his header deflected behind off Romeo.

Pompey’s third and final switch saw George Hirst replace Downing, meaning Shaun Williams dropped back into defence.

Their hopes of taking something from the game were dealt a huge blow on 69 minutes, however, as Cambridge doubled their lead.

May’s corner was only cleared as far as O’Neil on the edge of the box and he hit a half-volley into the top corner.

Hirst went down in the box under pressure from two defenders moments later, but his penalty cries were ignored by referee Gavin Ward.

And the striker then saw a shot blocked inside the box, only for the Blues to score just a few seconds later.

The ball ran loose for CURTIS, who hit a fine strike into the net from a tight angle to give the home faithful renewed hope.

Now the search was on for an equaliser, but Hirst’s shot lacked power after a neat turn on the edge of the area and Mitov made a comfortable stop.

Tempers flared in the closing stages and a bout of shoving in front of the Milton End led to Brown and George Williams both being booked.

The crowd were also growing frustrated by some apparent play-acting from the visitors to use up time, with seven minutes added on by the officials.

Pompey tried to snatch a point, but the closest they came was when Sean Raggett headed over from a Harness free-kick.

Pompey (4-1-4-1): Bazunu; Romeo, Downing (Hirst 67), Raggett, Brown (c); Williams; Harness, Tunnicliffe, Azeez (Thompson 59), Curtis; Harrison (Marquis 59)
Goals: Curtis 76
Booked: Williams, Brown, Curtis
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Morrell, Hackett-Fairchild

Cambridge (4-1-4-1): Mitov; Williams, Jones, Masterson, Iredale; Digby (c); Tracey (Dunk 87), May, O’Neil, Brophy; Ironside (Smith 74)
Goals: Ironside 38, O’Neil 69
Booked: Tracey, Digby, Williams
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Okedina, Weir, Lankester, Knibbs

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 15,330 (544 away fans)

Apr 222017

Portsmouth FC 2016/2017

H League 2
Portsmouth 2
Cambridge United 1



Baker and Naismith on target.

Pompey ensured their promotion party did not fall flat with a 2-1 victory over Cambridge at Fratton Park.

Carl Baker fired them ahead before the break and Kal Naismith’s fine free-kick doubled the advantage in the second half.

An equally impressive strike from Luke Berry reduced the deficit, but the Blues saw out the closing stages to secure all three points.

Paul Cook made three changes from the side that won at Notts County to secure promotion on Easter Monday.

There were maiden starts for Nicke Kabamba and Stanley Aborah, with Gary Roberts and Amine Linganzi making way.

Matt Clarke also returned from injury to replace Christian Burgess at the heart of Pompey’s back-line.

There was a carnival atmosphere inside Fratton Park as the sides emerged from the tunnel to the tune of the Herman’s Hermits hit ‘I’m Into Something Good’.

And it was the hosts who looked more threatening in the early stages, with Naismith’s effort blocked before Baker drilled a low shot just past the post.

Enda Stevens then tried his luck after cutting inside from out wide, although his rising drive cleared the crossbar.

And Cambridge skipper Leon Legge managed to head clear a cross from the left-back before it could reach the waiting Kabamba.

Gareth Evans was next to have a pop and hit the ball cleanly enough from 25 yards, only for it to fly straight into the arms of Will Norris.

But the United keeper was beaten on 20 minutes, as Stevens got free down the left and cut the ball back for BAKER to side-foot home from inside the box.

That was the signal for the play-off chasing visitors to start showing some more ambition and try to chase an equaliser.

Medy Elito whipped in a free-kick from wide on the left, with David Forde was at his commanding best to punch clear.

But Cambridge almost drew level when the keeper failed to claim a cross on 35 minutes, as Michael Doyle initially cleared before Uche Ikpeazu’s effort was turned off the line by Jack Whatmough.

The danger was not over yet, however, and Liam O’Neil should have found the target after being picked out from the resulting corner.

And Forde did brilliantly to somehow claim a dangerous delivery by Piero Mingoia with just one hand in a crowded area.

But it was the Blues who almost snatched a goal to extend their advantage just moments before the break.

Naismith and Stevens combined well down the left and the latter’s centre was hooked back across goal by Baker, although just too high for Kabamba to divert on target at the far post.

Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Cambridge United 0

There was another great chance for the hosts following the restart as Norris spilled Kyle Bennett’s shot, only for Kabamba to slip before he could reach the loose ball.

It was only a brief respite for Cambridge, however, and Shaun Derry’s side did fall further behind on 51 minutes.

Aborah was brought down 25 yards from goal and top scorer NAISMITH stepped up to curl home a beauty of a free-kick.

The visitors needed some inspiration and quickly made all three of their substitutions, including introductions for former Blues players James Dunne and Adam McGurk.

And Cook made a couple of switches of his own, with Kabamba and Baker making way for Conor Chaplin and Monday’s goal hero Jamal Lowe.

That seemed to take the sting out of the game, although it was still Pompey playing with more attacking intent.

A dangerous low Stevens cross was turned into his own keeper’s arms by Legge, while a couple of fine passing moves were just lacking a final killer ball.

But Cambridge found a route back into the game on 80 minutes when Aborah conceded a free-kick that Berry superbly fired past Forde’s desperate grasp.

The same played had another sighter following a foul by Doyle soon after, although this time he smashed his shot straight into the wall.

A third free-kick from Berry in stoppage-time was then heading for the net, until Forde managed to push it to safety.

And United were unable to find an equaliser, meaning that Pompey still have slim hopes of catching leaders Doncaster.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Whatmough, Clarke, Stevens; Aborah, M.Doyle (c); Baker (Lowe 67), Naismith, Bennett (Roberts 72); Kabamba (Chaplin 63)
Goals: Baker 20, Naismith 51
Booked: Baker, Whatmough, Forde
Subs not used: O’Brien, Talbot, T.Davies, Rose

Cambridge (4-1-4-1): Norris; Halliday, Legge (c), Taylor, Carroll; O’Neil (Dunk 57); Mingoia, Newton (Dunne 61), Berry, Elito; Ikpeazu (McGurk 63)
Goals: Berry 80
Booked: O’Neil
Subs not used: Gregory, Wharton, Maris, Lewis

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 18,165 (622 away fans)

Oct 292016

Portsmouth FC 2016/2017

A League 2
Cambridge United 0
Portsmouth 1



Chaplin heads winner for 10-man Blues.

Conor Chaplin headed home his fifth goal of the season to ensure Pompey kept up their impressive record over Cambridge.

He converted Christian Burgess’ cross midway through the first half of a game that otherwise failed to excite.

But the Blues had to play the final 30 minutes with only 10 men following a lunge from Amine Linganzi.

Paul Cook made one change from the side beaten by Notts County at Fratton Park the previous week.

That came in the centre of defence, where Tom Davies dropped to the bench to make way for Matt Clarke.

There were plenty of Pompey connections in the hosts’ set-up, with James Dunne and Adam McGurk both starting for Shaun Derry’s side.

It was not a contest to excite those in attendance at Abbey Stadium – including 1,850 who travelled up from the south coast – in the opening stages.

A couple of Blues breaks petered out before the defence could be properly troubled, while David Forde comfortably dealt with McGurk’s header.

The same player then tried an acrobatic over-head effort from 25 yards that sailed over the bar as the first half continued to plod along.

It was the same story at the other end of the pitch, where Gary Roberts laid a free-kick off to Michael Doyle, only for the skipper to take a total air-shot from the edge of the box.

But then, from nothing, Burgess broke clear down the right and Pompey found themselves in the lead on 24 minutes.

The defender launched the ball into the box from just inside the opposition half and CHAPLIN – the smallest player on the pitch – sent a header looping into the net.

Burgess then breathed a sigh of relief seconds later when Uche Ikpeazu went down under his challenge.

Referee Ross Joyce was unimpressed by the home side’s appeals, however, with Dunne’s protests earning him a yellow card.

Pompey were now enjoying a spell of pressure and Will Norris did well to parry away Kyle Bennett’s fierce effort, while a low Enda Stevens cross had to be hacked behind.

This was a few minutes of excitement in an otherwise dull half of football, however, as the interval arrived without any more noteworthy moments.

Half Time

Cambridge United 0

Portsmouth 1

There was a chance for the Blues at the start of the second half when Doyle played a clever pass over the top.

Chaplin latched onto it and did well to beat his man and burst into the box, but then bent a shot wide of the post.

Both sets of supporters applauded in the 53rd minute in memory of Pompey fan Gary Martin, who would have turned 53 today.

On the pitch, the visitors were almost caught out when they failed to clear the danger and the ball fell for Ben Williamson.

The striker was left with only Forde to beat, only to drag his shot wide and let Pompey off the hook.

But the Blues were dealt a huge blow when they were reduced to 10 men just past the hour mark.

Linganzi lunged into a challenge on Conor Newton in the centre circle and although there did not appear to be too much contact, his studs were showing and Joyce brandished a red card.

Cook immediately looked to shore up his side with a double substitution, as Bennett and Chaplin made way for Danny Rose and Noel Hunt.

Cambridge set about trying to make their numerical advantage count and when Piero Mingoia’s cross was headed clear by Burgess, Dunne saw his follow-up deflected narrowly wide.

But with Burgess and Clarke expertly marshalling things at the back, Forde was enjoying a largely untroubled afternoon.

And the Blues saw out the final few moments to secure a return to winning ways on one of their favourite hunting grounds.

Cambridge (4-4-2): Norris; Halliday (Pigott 83), Legge (c), Roberts, Taylor; Mingoia, Dunne, Clark (Newton 58), Dunk; McGurk (Williamson 33), Ikpeazu
Booked: Dunne, Halliday, Ikpeazu
Subs not used: Gregory, Long, Coulsen, Gosling

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Linganzi, Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts (T.Davies 90+3), Bennett (Rose 62); Chaplin (Hunt 63)
Goals: Chaplin 24
Sent off: Linganzi
Booked: Chaplin, Doyle, Hunt, Roberts
Subs not used: O’Brien, Buxton, Lalkovic, Smith

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 6,397 (1,850 Pompey fans)

Jul 222016

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats

Adam McGurk

(Mutual Consent)

Striker departs Pompey

Pompey and Adam McGurk have agreed a deal for the striker to leave Fratton Park.

The 27-year-old Northern Irishman has now signed for fellow League Two side Cambridge.

He joined the Blues last summer after two years with Burton, where he was a fourth tier title winner.

McGurk scored six goals in 36 appearances for Pompey, including a brace against Macclesfield in the first round of the FA Cup.

Feb 272016

Portsmouth FC 2015/2016

H League 2
Portsmouth 2
Cambridge United 1



Marc McNulty and Adam Webster were on target as Pompey returned to winning ways against Cambridge.

It was not the most free-flowing of performances, but it was still the hosts who created most of the game’s best chances.

And – after the past two games yielded a solitary point – there was a sense of relief when McNulty opened the scoring just before the break.

United failed to cause Ryan Fulton many problems and it was left for Webster to secure all three points midway through the second half.

That was despite a few late nerves when Cambridge skipper Luke Berry pulled one back in the closing stages.

Paul Cook made four changes from the side that were beaten at Barnet during the week.

Conor Chaplin was handed his first start in more than four months, while Christian Burgess returned after serving a one-match ban.

Kal Naismith and a fit-again Danny Hollands featured in midfield, with Matt Clarke and Ben Close, as well as the injured duo of Adam McGurk and Michael Smith, making way.

The hosts made a bright start and Chaplin fired wide from a tight angle after both Kyle Bennett and Naismith had their paths to goal blocked.

Leon Legge then did well to cut the ball out after McNulty stole possession and tried to thread a pass through to Chaplin.

But the contest quickly descended into a scrappy affair, with a number of niggly challenges drawing a shrill whistle from referee Oliver Langford.

Jimmy Spencer was finally shown a yellow card after one foul too many, while Ben Davies quickly followed him into the book.

Cambridge then had their best chance of the half, with Ben Williamson’s low cross going just behind the onrushing Berry.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 41 minutes and, unsurprisingly, it came from a free-kick after McNulty had been upended.

Michael Doyle slipped the ball through to McNULTY, who brought it under control before rocketing a shot into the roof of the net.

Spencer was then slightly fortunate to remain on the pitch following a foul on Enda Stevens, with United boss Shaun Derry preparing a substitution before eventually deciding to wait until the break.

Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Cambridge United 0

As expected, Spencer did not return for the start of the second half , with the striker wisely making way for Ryan Donaldson.

But it was the Blues who were first to threaten after the restart, with Bennett dragging a shot narrowly wide.

The half took a while to spark into life, however, with neither side looking particularly creative going forward.

But Pompey began to pick up as time went on and Chaplin was not quite able to pick out McNulty with a low cross.

Hollands’ drive was then kept out by Cambridge keeper Will Norris following a neat cut-back by Stevens.

And the hosts did double their advantage just past the hour mark to relieve any tension around the ground

It was Webster who started and finished the move, bringing the ball out of defence before finding Bennett.

The winger was unfortunate not to score himself with a fierce strike that Norris expertly tipped onto the crossbar.

But WEBSTER was following up to hook the ball home and send the Fratton faithful wild with delight.

Cook was forced into his first change on 73 minutes, with Naismith picking up a knock and being replaced by Gareth Evans.

Cambridge did reduce the deficit late on when a free-kick was headed back by Mark Roberts for Berry to score.

But the Blues saw out five minutes of stoppage-time to secure the win and move back into the League Two play-off places.

Pompey (4-4-2): Fulton; Davies, Burgess, Webster, Stevens; Naismith (Evans 73), Hollands, Doyle (c), Bennett (Tollitt 90+2); Chaplin (Clarke 87), McNulty
Goals: McNulty 41, Webster 62
Booked: Davies, McNulty, Chaplin
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Haunstrup, Barton

Cambridge (4-1-4-1): Norris; Furlong, Legge (Roberts 85), Coulson, Haynes; O’Neill (Simpson 56); Williamson, Berry (c), Ledson, Dunk; Spencer (Donaldson 46)
Goals: Berry 90
Booked: Spencer, Berry, Legge
Subs not used: Beasant, Omozusi, Keane

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 15,425 (587 away fans)

Jan 142016

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats

James Dunne

(Mutual Consent)

James Dunne has left Pompey by mutual consent.

The 26-year-old midfielder – who has spent the past two months on loan at Dagenham – has now signed for Cambridge.

He joined the Blues in the summer of 2014 and scored one goal in 39 appearances during his time at Fratton Park.

But his only game this season was as a late substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat to Reading.

Oct 102015

Portsmouth FC 2015/2016

A League 2
Cambridge United 1
Portsmouth 3



Pompey continued their impressive away record by battling from behind to claim all three points in an eventful game at Cambridge.

Robbie Simpson controversially fired the hosts ahead early on and that led to frayed tempers which boiled over at the break.

United captain Mark Roberts were dismissed following a scuffle and the Blues made good use of their numerical advantage.

They did the damage with two goals in under two minutes, with Leon Legge inadvertently beating his own keeper before Matt Tubbs fired Pompey ahead.

And it was Tubbs who netted again just before the end to make sure that the visitors returned home with a maximum haul, although Gareth Evans soured the mood slightly when he was sent off late on.

Paul Cook stuck with the same side that drew with Yeovil at Fratton Park the previous week.

The hosts named Sam Beasant – son of former Pompey stopper Dave – between the sticks in their starting line-up.

And Gary Roberts tried to catch him out straight from kick-off with a shot from inside his own half that the keeper was wise to.

Aaron McCarey then had come off his line at the other end to punch clear a dangerous Cambridge cross.

But the hosts did take the lead on four minutes – although the Blues were furious that the goal was allowed to stand.

A flag was raised when Simpson raced onto Luke Berry’s pass and slotted home, but – after speaking with his assistant – referee Sebastian Stockbridge ruled in favour of the hosts.

Pompey soon settled into their usual patient passing game and a number of precise crosses were causing United problems, with Ben Davies a particular threat.

But they were unable to make that pressure count by testing Beasant, who had no more than a couple of half-chances from distance to deal with.

The cheers from the travelling supporters were instead of the ironic variety whenever an offside decision went their way.

Roberts was doing his best to find a way through and also tried his luck with a 35-yard pile-driver that fizzed over the crossbar.

He created a promising opportunity by dispossessing Elliot Omozusi on 32 minutes, only for Evans to waste it by firing wildly across the face of goal.

But there were to be no more major moments of drama until after the half-time whistle was blown.

A scuffle then broke out between the two teams and assistant manager Leam Richardson came onto the pitch to usher his players away and down the tunnel.

In the melee, Cambridge skipper Roberts pushed McCarey to the ground and was sent off by Stockbridge, while Richardson was ordered to watch the rest of the game from the stands.

Half Time

Cambridge United 1

Portsmouth 0

It was the 10-man hosts who were first to threaten when the game restarted and McCarey was down quickly to smother Ryan Donaldson’s effort.

Pompey immediately had a chance down at the other end, but Kyle Bennett could not guide Enda Stevens’ cross on target.

Cambridge were sitting increasingly deeper as the Blues tried to find a way through and Bennett forced a decent stop from Beasant just past the hour mark.

Cook made his first switch on 66 minutes and it was certainly an unusual move, with Adam Webster replacing Matt Clarke and Burgess moving up front.

And, within the space of just a few seconds, Pompey had scored twice to turn the game completely on its head.

The first came when United defender LEGGE, under pressure from Tubbs, steered a decent Evans cross into his own net.

And the large away following were in dreamland moments later, as TUBBS showed his poacher’s instinct to convert Roberts’ pass from close range.

Burgess immediately dropped back into defence and a second substitution followed on 75 minutes, with Kal Naismith replacing Bennett.

Pompey did not have too much to deal with at the other end as they looked to see out the rest of the game.

And they even managed to grab a third goal in fortunate fashion late on, with a clearance hitting Naismith and rebounding off the bar for TUBBS to head home.

The only sour note was a stoppage-time dismissal for Evans, who was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Omozusi.

Cambridge (4-4-2): Beasant; Omozusi, Legge, Roberts (c), Demetriou; Donaldson (Newton 73), Berry, Hughes, Dunk (Morrissey 83); Corr, Simpson (Taft 46)
Goals: Simpson 4
Sent off: Roberts
Booked: Corr, Newton
Subs not used: Taylor, Hughes, Gaffney, Akintunde

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McCarey; Davies, Burgess, Clarke (Webster 65), Stevens; Barton (Atangana 89), Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Bennett (Naismith 75); Tubbs
Goals: Legge 67 (og), Tubbs 68, 87
Sent off: Evans
Booked: Davies
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Hollands, Chaplin

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Attendance: 6,607 (1,866 Pompey fans)