|Pompey have completed the signing of striker Jordy Hiwula on a short-term contract until January 20.
The 26-year-old – who left Coventry at the end of last season – will wear the number 26 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
Hiwula has spent the past two seasons at Coventry, helping them claim the League One title last term.
A former England under-19 international, he progressed through the ranks at Manchester City before signing for Huddersfield.
Hiwula had several loan spells during his time with the Terriers, most notably at Bradford and Fleetwood.
He could now make his Blues debut against Sunderland in Saturday’s League One clash at the Stadium of Light.
The contest at a bitterly cold St Andrew’s rarely moved above second gear, although both sides had periods of dominance.
But the Blues were left rueing a rare defensive lapse when substitute Matty Godden nipped in to score the winner for the hosts.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Tranmere to set a new club record at the weekend.
John Marquis returned to lead the four-man forward line in place of Ellis Harrison, who dropped to the bench.
It was the hosts who shaded a poor opening 45 minutes of football, without ever really looking like breaking the deadlock.
Their best opportunity came after just six minutes, with Alex Bass getting down to deal with Liam Walsh’s low drive from the edge of the box.
Ryan Williams had a couple of half-chances at the other end, but saw both of his efforts blocked in quick succession.
Callum O’Hare – sporting a bandage after receiving a nasty gash to the head at the weekend – had a shot deflected wide for Coventry.
And the hosts enjoyed a spell of possession where they forced the Blues back deep inside their own half.
But nothing really came of it and Bass was being well protected by a disciplined display from the back four.
Walsh screwed one shot wastefully wide, while a long-range attempt from O’Hare stung the palms of Bass.
Marko Marosi was not being tested in the Coventry goal, although would have been relieved to see the ball ricochet clear after Ronan Curtis charged down his clearance.
And it was the hosts who had the final effort before the break, as Jamie Allen’s shot looped over Bass, but fortunately for Pompey, also over the bar.
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Williams tried to flick a pass through to Marquis once the action restarted, although Marosi was able to gather.
But the keeper was – despite the lack of chances – looking unsteady between the sticks and recovered after taking a poor touch from a back-pass by former Fratton loanee Dom Hyam.
Allen then whipped a teasing cross into the box at the other end, although a stretching Amadou Bakayoko could only divert the ball wide.
Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Marquis and Williams withdrawn for Harrison and Marcus Harness.
And with his very first touch, Harrison met James Bolton’s low delivery with a near-post shot that was saved by Marosi.
Harness then had a chance on 74 minutes after his attempted pass had been blocked, with the winger curling the ball over the bar.
Pompey were enjoying much more possession, but were lacking a clinical touch in the final third of the pitch.
And when Marosi unconvincingly pushed out Harrison’s low pass across the box, Steve Seddon blazed the loose ball high over the bar.
The hosts brought on Godden in an attempt to find a winner and the substitute immediately responded.
O’Hare’s lofted pass caught the Blues defence cold, with Godden spinning sharply and neatly finishing.
But the visitors almost found an immediate leveller when Tom Naylor sent the ball into the box and Cameron McGeehan’s shot was well saved by Marosi.
And Coventry survived one last scare deep into stoppage-time, as a stretching Harrison could only turn the ball over the bar from a few yards out.
Coventry (3-4-2-1): Marosi; Rose, McFadzean, Hyam; Dabo, Kelly (c), Walsh, McCallum; Allen (Biamou 71), O’Hare; Bakayoko (Godden 82)
Goals: Godden 84
Subs not used: Wilson, Pask, Westbrooke, Shipley, Giles
Pompey (4-1-4-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 63), McGeehan, Close, Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 63)
Booked: McGeehan, Close
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, McCrorie, Evans
Referee: Scott Oldham
Attendance: 6,983 (1,526 Pompey fans)
They looked to be cruising to victory, having recovered from the setback of falling behind to Jordy Hiwula’s early strike.
Ronan Curtis headed the hosts back on level terms and John Marquis turned the game on its head just before the break.
The win appeared to be wrapped up when Gareth Evans raced through to score and their opponents saw Fankaty Dabo dismissed.
Matt Godden then netted a penalty as the drama continued, only for Gervane Kastaneer to also be sent off.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Michael Rose grabbed a late equaliser for the Sky Blues to leave the Fratton faithful stunned.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sunderland on Saturday.
Evans returned to skipper the side, with Ross McCrorie starting at right-back, having impressed from the bench on Wearside.
Sean Raggett also came in for his full Pompey debut, as Andy Cannon, Christian Burgess and Anton Walkes made way.
The first half was played at breakneck speed and Coventry keeper Marko Marosi was forced to parry clear Marcus Harness’ delivery, with Liam Kelly on hand to clear the loose ball.
But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in just the third minute after breaking quickly from a Blues corner.
Godden was sent clear down the left and he slipped a pass across for the unmarked Hiwula to lash a shot into the roof of the net.
The hosts were not behind for long, however, and when the impressive Harness intercepted a clearance, it led to the equaliser.
He received the ball back and whipped in a superb cross towards the back post, where CURTIS arrived to powerfully head home.
And Pompey felt they should have had the chance to go ahead just moments later when Marquis went down in the box.
It appeared as though he had been tripped by Rose and the striker was furious when referee Kevin Johnson awarded a corner.
McCrorie then went close with a swerving strike from the edge of the box that a diving Marosi did well to push clear.
Coventry were looking dangerous themselves, though, and Hiwula fired into the side netting after collecting Brandon Mason’s threaded pass.
The hosts were forced to make a change on 31 minutes when Lee Brown went down injured and had to be replaced by Brandon Haunstrup.
And their opponents soon had a couple of players booked, with Dabo and Kyle McFadzean having their names taken for fouls on Harness and Marquis respectively.
It seemed as though the players would be heading in all square for the interval, but a fine move ensured Pompey would be ahead.
Tom Naylor played a superb long pass up the pitch for Curtis, whose backheel was collected by the overlapping Haunstrup.
He fired in a low cross and a stretching MARQUIS was able to poke the ball into the net for his first goal since his Fratton return.
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Paul Downing somehow managed to head wide an Evans free-kick once the action restarted, although his blushes were spared by the linesman’s flag.
His centre-back partner did nor fare much better when Evans cut a corner back for him, with Raggett ballooning a shot over the bar.
Coventry certainly looked capable of scoring themselves and it took a fine save by Craig MacGillivray to deny Godden when Downing’s clearance ricocheted into his path.
McCrorie then made a perfectly-timed challenge inside the box to halt the progress of the marauding Hiwula.
Both defences were looking susceptible to conceding more goals and it was a mistake from the hosts that led to Pompey’s third goal.
McFadzean was caught dithering on the ball by EVANS, who burst clear and calmly slotted into the net.
The hosts were then furious when play was stopped for Dabo’s handball, despite Curtis racing clear and finding the net.
But the Coventry right-back had already been booked and received his marching orders from Johnson.
Marosi then came close to gifting Harness a goal, fumbling his fierce shot and quickly recovering to prevent the ball from spinning over the line.
MacGillivray looked more assured at the other end, adjusting his position to push over a swerving Liam Kelly strike.
But the Sky Blues did have a lifeline on 75 minutes, as Godden stroked home from the spot after Ben Close had been penalised for upending Kelly.
Their hopes of a comeback almost immediately received a setback, however, when Kastaneer – who had only been on the pitch for 11 minutes – was dismissed.
He lunged in on Downing having already received a yellow card and despite his pleading, was shown a red card by Johnson.
But it looked as though they had equalised on 82 minutes when Rose turned the ball home at the back post, only to have his celebrations cut short by an offside flag.
Burgess replaced Evans, as Pompey tried to shore up their backline for the closing stages of the contest.
Coventry had other ideas, though, and the nine men remarkably levelled when Rose poked home from a long throw.
Brett Pitman was thrown on for the closing stages, although it was Close and Curtis who had half-chances to rescue the victory.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; McCrorie, Raggett (Pitman 90), Downing, Brown (Haunstrup 32); Naylor, Close; Harness, Evans (c) (Burgess 85), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 10, Marquis 43, Evans 56
Booked: Naylor, Marquis
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Cannon, Harrison
Coventry (4-3-3): Marosi; Dabo, McFadzean, Rose, Mason; Shipley, Kelly (c), Westbrooke (McCallum 64); Jobello (Kastaneer 67), Godden, Hiwula (Bakayoko 80)
Goals: Hiwula 3, Godden 75 (pen), Rose 86
Sent off: Dabo (two yellow cards), Kastaneer (two yellow cards)
Subs not used: Wilson, Hyam, Eccles, Bapaga
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Attendance: 18,748 (950 away fans)
They were poor in an open first half at Fratton Park and Jordy Hiwula’s goal meant that the visitors went in ahead at the break.
It was a much improved display following the restart, however, and Tom Naylor headed the Blues back on level terms.
They did not quite leave it until stoppage-time on this occasion, but time was still running out when Brett Pitman fired home the winner.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that secured a dramatic triumph at Burton on Good Friday.
Former Pompey defenders Tom Davies and Dominic Hyam started for the visitors, although Conor Chaplin had to be content with a place on the bench.
The sun was shining and the atmosphere was rocking as the sides emerged from the tunnel ahead of kick-off.
An early sliding challenge from Pitman to dispossess Bright Enobakhare showed that the skipper meant business.
And the hosts almost broke the deadlock on seven minutes when Lee Burge made a hash of dealing with Lee Brown’s corner.
The keeper almost managed to punch the ball into his own net, only for a well-placed Davies to clear from the line.
Instead it was Coventry who broke the deadlock moments later, as Enobakhare found space to charge through the centre.
He played the ball through to Hiwula in the box, with the winger spinning and finding the net with a neat finish.
It was proving to be a fairly open contest, with both sides looking shaky in defence and capable of adding to the scoring.
Burge failed to deal with another corner and when Matt Clarke hooked it back into the mixer, Jamal Lowe’s fierce effort was blocked.
Coventry then broke straight up the other end of the pitch and looked like they would double their lead.
Craig MacGillivray came out of his area and was beaten to the ball by Luke Thomas, but Nathan Thompson got back on the line to make a vital block.
Davies then proved a hindrance to his former club once again, making a key challenge to deny Lowe when Pitman flicked on a long MacGillivray pass.
A couple of Jordan Shipley corners caused problems for the Blues, while Naylor headed a decent chance over after Pitman’s effort had been deflected behind.
Enobakhare then ran along the byline and tried to cut the ball back, but Christian Burgess was able to clear it behind.
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Jackett made a double switch at the break, with Oli Hawkins and Gareth Evans making way for James Vaughan and Ronan Curtis.
The latter immediately won a corner that he took himself, but a dangerous delivery was headed clear.
He then took a free-kick after Lowe had been brought down by Dujon Sterling, with Burge doing well to punch the ball to safety.
There was a break in play following a clash of heads between Vaughan and Liam Kelly, although both were fine to continue.
And Pompey came close to levelling when the action restarted, as Brown collected Lowe’s cross and drilled a shot narrowly wide.
Burge took an over the resulting goal-kick, with referee Darren Drysdale eventually losing patience and brandishing a yellow card.
The hosts were controlling the play, but finding the Coventry defence in stubborn mood as they looked to protect their lead.
One patient attacking move ended with a cross from Lowe that was just too high for a stretching Vaughan.
But the Blues were level on 66 minutes, as Brown whipped in a corner from the right that was converted by NAYLOR’s bullet header.
Pompey looked to increase the pressure and Vaughan stole possession, only to see his pass for Pitman intercepted.
Curtis then sent a ball into the mixer that somehow managed to evade everyone on its path out of play.
But the visitors soon had a chance to score on the break, with Enobakhare slipping a pass through to the onrushing Thomas, who could only send his shot into the side netting.
And there was soon the unnerving sight of seeing Chaplin enter the pitch in opposition colours, as the former Fratton favourite was brought on.
It was Pompey who were next to go close, however, as Lowe collected a pass from Naylor and curled the ball narrowly past the post.
Shipley then lined up a dangerous looking free-kick at the other end, although Hyam could only head straight into MacGillivray’s arms.
But it was the Blues who forged on 83 minutes – and Fratton Park erupted as the ball hit the back of the net.
A corner from Brown was sent back into the danger zone by Curtis and when it landed for PITMAN, the skipper lashed home a fierce finish.
Coventry won a corner that was nervously scrambled clear and the display of six additional minutes caused the tension to grow.
But the hosts saw out the closing stages with relative ease to stretch their winning run in the league to seven matches.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Pitman (c) (Walkes 90+2), Evans (Curtis 46); Hawkins (Vaughan 46)
Goals: Naylor 66, Pitman 83
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Morris, Solomon-Otabor
Coventry (4-2-3-1): Burge; Sterling, Davies (Willis 74), Hyam, Mason; Kelly (c), Shipley (Wakefield 85); Thomas (Chaplin 74), Enobakhare, Hiwula; Bakayoko
Goals: Hiwula 9
Subs not used: Addai, McCallum, Westbrooke, Ponticelli
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Attendance: 18,884 (1,267 away fans)
Not that the near-2,000 travelling fans will care much about the quality of the contest, as they saw their side extend their unbeaten start to the season.
In a game of extremely few genuine opportunities, Curtis’ curling finish stood out and ensured the Blues remained top of the League One table.
Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat Rochdale to reach the League One summit on Saturday.
There were a few familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with Michael Doyle, Tom Davies and Dom Hyam all starting, and Liam O’Brien on the bench.
The first half was a largely forgettable affair, with long periods of lifeless play punctuated by a few key moments.
Pompey were first to threaten and Ben Close should at least have sent the ball on target when he met Nathan Thompson’s cross with a side-foot shot.
A dangerous corner from Gareth Evans then had to be headed clear by Jonson Clarke-Harris, as the visitors looked to make a fast start.
But there were not many other clear-cut opportunities to excite the crowd inside the cavernous Ricoh Arena.
A booking apiece for Dujon Sterling and Tom Naylor rose them from their slumber, although the latter was adamant he had won the ball cleanly from Luke Thomas.
But Pompey received a let-off on the half-hour mark when Matt Clarke inexplicably stopped in his tracks, allowing Clarke-Harris to surge towards goal.
Craig MacGillivray thankfully came to the rescue, tearing from his line to make a vital save and then leaping on the loose ball.
It looked like the sides would crawl uneventfully towards the interval, with a few Blues crosses that were headed clear about as exciting as it got.
But the large travelling army from the south coast had reason for their non-stop chanting in stoppage-time.
Evans stole possession from former team-mate Doyle and Close’s pass was nodded down by Brett Pitman.
It looked like CURTIS had taken too long to get his shot away, but he was merely making space to curl home a fine finish.
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Pompey made an energetic start to the second half, although Evans was forced to take one for the team and pick up a booking when Thomas broke quickly following a corner.
But it was still proving to be a fairly scrappy encounter, with both sides struggling to keep hold of the ball.
There were plenty of bs being sent into the boxes, but it always seemed to be an opposition player getting on the end of them.
Coventry did enjoy more possession as the half progressed, although it was proving a comfortable evening for MacGillivray.
Tony Andreu attempted an ambitious volley on the edge of the Blues box and swiped at thin air to sum up the attacking quality on display.
Jackett made a chance on 70 minutes, bringing on Ben Thompson to replace Close and shore up his midfield.
And Pitman then made way for Oli Hawkins as time continued to tick away without anyone looking likely to add to the scoring.
The first of those newcomers did have a rare chance towards the end, with a fierce finish that Lee Burge just about dealt with.
Jamal Lowe also curled a shot narrowly past the post, as Pompey appeared to be comfortably heading for victory.
But they survived a scare at the death, with MacGillivray failing to hold Doyle’s free-kick and a scramble ensuing before Naylor hooked from the line.
Coventry (4-2-3-1): Burge; Willis, Davis, Hyam (Thompson 46), Sterling; Bayliss, Doyle (c); Thomas, Andreu (Hiwula 73), Shipley (Jones 56); Clarke-Harris
Subs not used: O’Brien, Kelly, Ogogo, Bakayoko
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 70), Naylor; Lowe, Evans, Curtis; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 83)
Goals: Curtis 45+2
Booked: Naylor, Evans, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, Wheeler, Mason
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Attendance: 11,102 (1,961 Pompey fans)
Transfer : Portsmouth – Coventry City
|Conor Chaplin has completed a move to League One side Coventry.
The 21-year-old striker has initially joined them on loan until January, when the move will become permanent for an undisclosed fee.
Chaplin is a graduate of the Blues academy, who made his senior debut in a home defeat to Accrington back in December 2014.
A first goal arrived at Morecambe a few months later, while he played a key role in Pompey’s memorable League Two title success in 2016/17.
Transfer : Portsmouth – Coventry City
|Tom Davies has signed for Coventry for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old centre-back will join former Pompey team-mates Michael Doyle and Liam O’Brien at the Ricoh Arena.
He joined the Blues from Accrington last summer and made a total of 16 first team appearances during his time on the south coast.
Davies only featured once this term, however, partnering Jack Whatmough in defence for the Checkatrade Trophy draw with Fulham under-21s.
End Of Contract
|Keeper to leave Fratton Park
Liam O’Brien has agreed a deal to sign for Coventry.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper will join the League Two side when his Pompey contract expires next month.
He played three times for the Blues last season, with all of his appearances coming in the EFL Trophy group stages.
O’Brien kept a clean sheet in a victory over Bristol Rovers and also saved three penalties in a shoot-out defeat to Reading.
He came through the youth system at Fratton Park before going on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham.
But O’Brien returned last summer and deputised for David Forde, sitting on the bench for every League Two fixture.
End Of Contract
|Midfielder agrees deal with Coventry
Michael Doyle has agreed a deal to sign for Coventry.
The 35-year-old midfielder will return to the Sky Blues when his Pompey contract expires at the end of June.
He previously played almost 300 times for Coventry – who were relegated from League One at the end of last season – between 2003 and 2011.
Doyle has been Pompey skipper since joining the club from Sheffield United in the summer of 2015.
He scored three goals in 96 appearances during his time at Fratton Park, with his superb strike at Accrington shortlisted for Goal of the Year at last month’s EFL Awards.
Pompey produced a brave performance, but were beaten after extra-time to exit the EFL Cup at Coventry.
They were certainly not over-awed against their League One opponents and took the lead courtesy of a Curtis Main penalty.
But the hosts were much better after the break and goals from Ryan Haynes and Vladimir Gadzhev looked to have secured safe passage into the second round.
Kal Naismith levelled late on with a free-kick to ensure another 30 minutes, however, before Andy Rose finally won it for Coventry.
Paul Cook changed the entire side that started Saturday’s draw with Carlisle in the league.
He handed debuts to summer signings Adam Buxton, Tom Davies, Amine Linganzi and Main, while there was also a first appearance for teenage keeper Alex Bass.
Adam Barton was handed the captain’s armband against his former club, while Naismith featured in an unfamiliar left-back role.
But there was no sign of nerves from the visitors against their higher-ranked hosts in a half that was low on clear-cut chances.
Bass was able to steady any nerves by holding onto a couple of ambitious Coventry efforts from long-range.
Ben Tollitt scuffed a shot wide at the other end, while a Kyle Bennett cross was headed clear after the midfielder had done well to beat his man down the right.
But the Blues did break the deadlock on 19 minutes – and it was down to more good work from Bennett.
He tricked his way into the box and after being brought down by Marcus Tudgay, referee Andrew Madley pointed to the spot.
It was MAIN who stepped up to take the penalty and he confidently hammered it home, giving Reice Charles-Cook no chance.
But the keeper prevented the same player from having a chance to double the lead moments later, racing from his line to get to the ball first.
And it was Main who came close again on 22 minutes, forcing a decent stop from Charles-Cook after being teed-up by Bennett.
The hosts’ best chance of the first half arrived soon after, with Bass adjusting well to keep out Tudgay’s close-range header.
But Pompey were still proving to be an attacking threat themselves and Gareth Evans fizzed a shot narrowly over following good work from Tollitt and Adam May.
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Coventry looked sharper after the restart, but were still finding it difficult to breach the Blues back-line and test Bass.
Ben Stevenson decided it would be better to try his luck from long-range on 54 minutes and saw the ball fly wide.
Ruben Lameiras had a better chance moments later, firing over the bar following an almighty scramble in the box.
And the hosts finally made the pressure count by levelling the tie on the hour mark.
Davies could only head Lameiras’ cross as far as Haynes, who drilled a precise low shot past the grasp of Bass and into the bottom corner.
Pompey had looked ragged since the break, so Cook freshened things up by replacing Evans with Conor Chaplin on 64 minutes.
He immediately made an impact by getting free down the right, but his cut-back fell in between Bennett and Tollitt and the chance disappeared.
It was still Coventry looking more dangerous, however, and Lameiras skipped past Naismith, but could not beat Bass from an acute angle.
Kyel Reid then sent in a dangerous cross from the right that was inches too high for Jodi Jones, who was only able to head over.
And the hosts did go ahead on 82 minutes when Gadzhev collected Lameiras’ threaded pass and confidently tucked the ball home.
The lead did not last long, though, as NAISMITH was fouled by Stevenson just outside the box and picked himself up to curl a stunning free-kick into the top corner.
There might have even been a late winner before the full-time whistle when Chaplin and Noel Hunt exchanged passes, but the latter dragged his shot wide.
The duo combined again in stoppage-time and this time it was Chaplin who was off target with a looping header.
After 90 Minutes: Coventry 2 Pompey 2
Extra-time took a while to get going, but both sides had opportunities to score in the first period.
Bass made a couple of key saves, stopping Jones from sliding one in at the near post and also keeping out a drive from Lameiras.
Pompey’s best chance came when Tollitt released Hunt down the right and the striker squared for Bennett, who could not take it round Charles-Cook with just the keeper to beat.
But Coventry scored just moments into the second period, with Rose pouncing to tuck home the loose ball after Bass had pushed clear Haynes’ attempt.
They almost added another, only for Bass to produce a stunning stop to deny Lameiras from point-blank range.
And Pompey were unable to find a late moment of inspiration to take the tie to a penalty shoot-out.
Coventry (3-4-3): Charles-Cook; Willis (Finch 76), Ricketts (c), Harries; Rose, Gadzhev, Stevenson, Haynes; Thomas (Jones 46), Tudgay (Reid 68), Lameiras
Goals: Haynes 60, Gadzhev 82, Rose 106
Booked: Gadzhev, Stevenson, Lameiras
Subs not used: Burge, Page, Kelly-Evans, Thomas
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Buxton (Talbot 77), T.Davies, Barton (c), Naismith; May, Linganzi; Tollitt, Bennett, Evans (Chaplin 64); Main (Hunt 84)
Goals: Main 19 (pen), Naismith 85
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Doyle, Baker
Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 4,976 (722 Pompey fans)
Conor Chaplin grabbed an early opener to take his goal tally to three in the space of just four days.
And triallist Gareth Evans added a second just before the break, while George Thomas pulled one back for City after it.
Evans was not the only player trying to win a contract at Fratton Park, with new faces Frank van der Struijk and Matt Clarke also on show.
The ‘home’ side did not take long to find their feet, with CHAPLIN opening the scoring after just four minutes.
The teenager was on hand to drill home after a far-post header from skipper Paul Robinson had been well saved by Lee Burge.
There was not an abundance of chances throughout the rest of the half, although it was Pompey who looked the most threatening.
Coventry’s best opportunity came on 12 minutes when a 20-yard volley from Thomas was plucked from the air by a diving Paul Jones.
At the other end, Burge comfortably dealt with a deflected Theo Robinson drive, while Chaplin curled a shot over the bar.
The Blues were dominating possession, but it looked like they would have just a one-goal advantage at the break.
However, on the stroke of half-time, Chaplin’s precise pass was seized upon by EVANS, who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
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Coventry might not have troubled Pompey before the break, but they came charging out of the blocks after the restart.
First Jones had to be alert to beat away a shot from Thomas and then Paul Robinson made a sliding challenge to deny James Maddison.
And City reduced the deficit on 53 minutes, courtesy of a superb effort from Thomas, who expertly brought down Reda Johnson’s pass before chipping the onrushing Jones.
Pompey immediately tried to hit back and an Evans free-kick from out wide crept through a host of bodies before being nervously dealt with by Burge.
They had recovered from a shaky start and were suddenly looking the more dangerous side again.
It took a brave challenge from Jordan Willis to prevent Kal Naismith from converting an Evans pass at the far post.
The impressive Evans than had an opportunity of his own, with a fierce drive that was well saved by Burge.
A deluge of substitutions interrupted the flow of the game, with Paul Cook utilising the opportunity to look at the rest of his squad.
Poke was one of them and he denied City an equaliser by tipping Aaron Martin’s bullet header onto the crossbar.
And Pompey saw out the remaining few minutes to secure their second friendly victory in succession.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones (Poke 76); van der Struijk (Davies 69), P.Robinson (c) (Webster 58), Clarke (Burgess 74), Stevens (Haunstrup 74); Atangana (Doyle 69), Hollands (Close 68); Evans (Nilsen 82), Chaplin (Bennett 68), Naismith (Field 89); T.Robinson (Stockley 64)
Goals: Chaplin 4, Evans 45
Sub not used: Tubbs
Coventry (4-2-3-1): Burge; Willis (Devon Kelly-Evans 74), Ricketts (Finch 80), Johnson (Martin 56), Dion Kelly-Evans; Vincelot (Lawton 68), Fleck (c) (Harries 80); Maddison (Swanson 56), Tudgay (Lameiras 46), O’Brien (Stevenson 68); Thomas
Goals: Thomas 53
Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Sambou, Shipley
|Pompey have signed midfielder Adam Barton on a two-year deal.
The 24-year-old was available after leaving Coventry at the end of last season.
Barton made 30 appearances for the League One side during the 2014/15 campaign.
And new boss Paul Cook was able to persuade him to make Fratton Park his next port of call.
Barton started his career at Preston before moving to Coventry in the summer of 2012, where he played a total of 73 games in three years.
He has made one senior appearance for Northern Ireland and also featured for the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.