|Alan Rickman1946 - 2016Died Aged 69||Helen Marnie197841||Jennifer Love Hewitt197940||Elize du Toit198039|
|Katie McGrath198336||Charlotte Church198633||Tuppence Middleton198732||Hayley Orrantia199425|
|Alan Rickman1946 - 2016Died Aged 69||Helen Marnie197841||Jennifer Love Hewitt197940||Elize du Toit198039|
|Katie McGrath198336||Charlotte Church198633||Tuppence Middleton198732||Hayley Orrantia199425|
Transfer : Portsmouth – Swindon Town
|Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Danny Rose has left the club by mutual consent and signed for Swindon.
The 30-year-old midfielder arrived on the south coast in the summer of 2016 and netted five goals in 64 appearances for the club.
He was a key member of the side that secured the League Two title in his first season at Fratton Park.
They started poorly, but moved through the gears after Chris Long had put the struggling visitors ahead.
Matty Kennedy and Oliver Hawkins both struck in the space of a few minutes just before the interval.
Hawkins added a second following the restart and it might have been a greater margin of victory without an impressive display from Matt Ingram between the sticks.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.
One of them was enforced, with Brandon Haunstrup suffering from a knock and being replaced at left-back by Dion Donohue.
Meanwhile, Jamal Lowe and Conor Chaplin both dropped to the bench to make way for Kennedy and Hawkins.
Pompey had a great chance to open the scoring early on when Brett Pitman slipped a pass through to Hawkins, but Ingram stuck out a foot to make the save.
But the hosts looked well below par for most of the first half, perhaps fatigued by the hectic festive schedule.
Northampton tried to make them pay and Luke McGee was forced to back-pedal when Sam Hoskins tried to lob him.
The keeper then got down quickly to his right to make the save when Matt Grimes had a snap-shot from 35 yards.
And a teasing Brendan Moloney delivery flew past both Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess, although Long was unable to make a connection at the far post.
Pompey were forced to make a substitution on 25 minutes when Danny Rose collected a bizarre injury.
A drop ball was called for after Nathan Thompson received treatment on the pitch and John-Joe O’Toole accidentally kicked the midfielder in the leg in the battle for possession.
He was switched for Adam May, leaving the hosts with an extremely youthful central midfield pairing.
The Cobblers then broke the deadlock when Close lost possession and O’Toole sent a through ball to Long, who coolly slotted the ball past McGee.
But that seemed to spark Pompey into life and they managed to score twice in four minutes to turn the match on its head.
It was a lovely finish from KENNEDY to level, with the winger cutting on to his right foot and drilling a low shot into the bottom corner.
And it was an even better effort from HAWKINS to give the Blues the lead, as the striker rose on the edge of the box to expertly steer a deep Burgess pass over Ingram and into the net.
Northampton Town 1
Gareth Evans had limped off injured just before the break and he was replaced by Lowe before the game restarted.
The hosts were not content with a narrow lead, though, and Kennedy curled a shot narrowly over at the start of the second half.
And Pompey did find themselves further ahead on 48 minutes, as Donohue sent a perfect cross to the far post, where HAWKINS showed plenty of desire to rise above the defence and head home.
It almost got even better after Pitman’s back-heel was blocked, but Close’s follow-up rattled the crossbar.
The Blues were rampant by this point and it was only a string of saves from the overworked Ingram that was limiting the damage.
He did well to keep out an angled Pitman drive before also getting down to save another Hawkins header.
The keeper was also at his best deny Kennedy, while Lowe should at least have found the target after being sent racing through on goal.
There was, unsurprisingly, a bit of a lull following such a frantic opening to the half, although it was still the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.
Burgess went close after racing into the box to meet Kennedy’s free-kick and head narrowly wide of the post.
There were to be no more goals, although Pompey had already done enough to secure the points and their place in the top six.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clark, Donohue; Close, Rose (May 29); Evans (Lowe 46), Pitman (c) (Chaplin 89), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Kennedy 41, Hawkins 45, 48
Booked: Pitman, Kennedy
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Bennett, Main
Northampton (4-1-2-1-2): Ingram; Moloney, Poole, Taylor, Buchanan (c); Grimes; Crooks, McGugan; O’Toole (Foley 59); Hoskins (Powell 64), Long (Richards 72)
Goals: Long 36
Subs not used: Cornell, Smith, McWilliams, Waters
Referee: Lee Swabey
Attendance: 18,539 (538 away fans)
Pompey brought their fine away form back to Fratton Park with a rout of Grimsby under the floodlights.
There was a touch of fortune about the first two goals, with Kyle Bennett and Danny Rose both benefiting from wicked deflections.
But it was more than luck that saw the Blues strengthen their promotion credentials, as they put their foot on the accelerator.
The points were secured with a couple more strikes either side of the interval, as first Carl Baker and then Kal Naismith got in on the fun.
Paul Cook stuck with the same side that cruised to victory against Colchester at the weekend.
And he was almost rewarded with an early goal, as Baker flashed a shot narrowly over the bar soon after kick-off.
But it was Grimsby who looked more dangerous in the opening stages and Akwasi Asante saw a shot deflected narrowly wide following an untimely slip by Matt Clarke.
They went even closer moments later, with Zak Mills’ fierce long-range drive cannoning against the post.
And David Forde was soon called into action to push another decent attempt by Asante over the crossbar.
But the Blues scored against the run of play on 12 minutes, as BENNETT tried his luck from the edge of the box and the ball took a huge deflection to loop over Mariners keeper James McKeown and into the net.
From that point on the hosts dominated and Eoin Doyle could not quite connect with Gareth Evans’ dangerous low delivery.
A back-pedalling Naismith then got on the end of another Evans cross and watched as his header flew inches past the post.
The advantage was doubled on 35 minutes, however, when Bennett dummied Evans’ pass and ROSE hit a shot that took another deflection to beat McKeown.
Pompey kept pouring forward and when Baker slipped a fine ball through to Naismith, the winger’s cut-back was diverted just behind the onrushing Eoin Doyle.
There was a blow for the Blues just before the break, though, as Bennett went down injured and had to be replaced by Gary Roberts.
But the mood soon picked up and there was a third goal in stoppage-time, with BAKER collecting Evans’ pass and beating McKeown at his near post with a ferocious finish.
Grimsby Town 0
And it got even better for the hosts just 30 seconds after the restart when McKeown failed to hold Baker’s drive and NAISMITH slotted home the loose ball.
Pompey’s players were full of confidence and lining up to shoot against a stunned opposition defence, but the next effort from Baker ended up high in the Fratton End.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, some of the intensity went out of their performance as the half progressed.
Evans hit a clean shot on target just past the hour mark, but this time the ball was safely held by McKeown.
Pompey were dealt another injury blow on 68 minutes when Naismith signalled to come off after hurting his hamstring, with Jamal Lowe replacing him.
That failed to dampen the hosts’ dominance, though, and McKeown dived to his left to beat away Baker’s 25-yard drive.
Lowe then whipped in a cross from the right that was just behind Eoin Doyle and the on-loan striker could only head wide.
There was a jovial feel inside the stadium, with the Fratton End asking for a song from each stand – who duly obliged.
And the Blues saw out the closing stages in complete comfort to secure a third successive victory, with a third successive clean sheet.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose, M.Doyle (c); Baker, Naismith (Lowe 68), Bennett (Roberts 45); E.Doyle (Chaplin 86)
Goals: Bennett 12, Rose 35, Baker 45+1, Naismith 46
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Linganzi, Hunt
Grimsby (3-5-2): McKeown; Mills, Pearson (c), Collins; Davies, Jones (Disley 57), Maxwell, Osborne (Comley 57), Andrew; Vernon, Asante (Yussuf 81)
Subs not used: Boyce, Bolarinwa, Vose, Dyson
Referee: Mark Haywood
Attendance: 16,492 (527 away fans)
Blues boost promotion hopes
Pompey ran riot at Colchester to strengthen their position inside League Two’s top three.
It was a display of attacking supremacy from the Blues, who arguably deserved to win by more than the four-goal margin.
Eoin Doyle got the ball rolling during a first half that saw the visitors grow stronger as it progressed.
And they moved comfortably through the gears after the interval, as Kyle Bennett, Danny Rose and Michael Doyle all got in on the act.
Paul Cook stuck with the same side that comfortably beat Crawley earlier in the week.
But it was the hosts who made the brighter start and Brennan Dickenson did well down to the left, only to let himself down with the ball into the box.
Pompey soon began to settle and threaten going forward themselves, though, with some neat attacking play.
Eoin Doyle could not quite get on the end of an excellent Carl Baker cross, while a snap-shot from Kal Naismith was safely held by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.
Then when a cross was only partially dealt with by the United defence, Enda Stevens followed up with a volley that Walker was able to collect.
But the Blues did break the deadlock on 22 minutes, with Naismith sending the ball back into the box after his corner had been blocked and Eoin DOYLE heading home from close range.
He was not too far away from adding another soon after, but could not quite get on the end of Bennett’s near-post delivery.
And the on-loan Irishman then capitalised on some hesitancy by George Elokobi to deal with Stevens’ floated pass, only to send his shot over the bar.
Meanwhile, there was little to trouble the visitors at the other end of the pitch, as they comfortably held on to their lead at the break.
Colchester United 0
Colchester replaced Sammie Szmodics with Tarique Fosu at the interval in an attempt to improve their fortunes.
But instead Pompey found themselves further ahead just seconds after the restart – much to the delight of their large travelling army.
And it was BENNETT who doubled his tally for the week when, following good work down the right, Naismith selflessly squared for the winger to tuck home.
United came close to reducing their deficit moments later, but a stretching Chris Porter could not quite reach Dickenson’s cross.
But the Blues were still looking to get forward themselves and when Colchester switched off from a throw, Bennett picked the ball up and neatly side-stepped his man before blazing the shot wide.
Stevens then collected Naismith’s shot free-kick and beat a defender, only to see his arrowed drive deflected just past the post.
United were looking all at sea and it came as no surprise when Pompey extended their advantage further just past the hour mark.
Eoin Doyle did well to slide the ball through to ROSE, who saw his first shot blocked by Walker before neatly dinking home at the second attempt.
The keeper was almost caught out by Naismith moments later, but quickly back-pedalled to claw the ball clear.
Colchester had not created much at the other end and when they finally did get forward, it led to Pompey’s fourth goal.
The visitors broke quickly up the pitch from a corner, with Michael DOYLE surging forward to tuck away his first of the season after Naismith’s initial effort had been saved.
That was Naismith’s last bit of action, as he was immediately replaced by Noel Hunt, with Gary Roberts and Conor Chaplin joining him on the pitch soon after.
And there were no nerves in the closing stages as Pompey comfortably saw the game out to complete an enjoyable afternoon in Essex.
Colchester (4-2-3-1): Walker; Wright (Vincent-Young 66), James, Elokobi, Briggs; Garvan (Bonne 68), Lapslie; Murray, Szmodics (Fosu 46), Dickenson; Porter (c)
Subs not used: Barnes, Wynter, Kinsella, Pyke
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose, M.Doyle (c); Baker, Naismith (Hunt 74), Bennett (Roberts 77); E.Doyle (Chaplin 84)
Goals: E.Doyle 22, Bennett 46, Rose 61, M.Doyle 73
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Linganzi, Lowe
Referee: Darren England
Attendance: 6,504 (2,244 Pompey fans)
Pompey ensured there was plenty of festive cheer in a Christmas cracker of a contest at Newport.
It looked like the Blues would be as miserable as Scrooge before a visit from the spirits as the hosts roared into a two-goal advantage.
Danny Rose then provided a spark of hope, only for it to be snuffed out again when Kal Naismith missed from the spot.
But Enda Stevens drew the Blues level with his first goal for the club before Naismith grabbed a late winner.
Paul Cook made two changes from the side that drew with Hartlepool before Christmas.
Naismith and Noel Hunt were brought in for Kyle Bennett and Gary Roberts, as Pompey switched to a 4-4-2 system.
A more direct approach was adopted to cope with the poor surface and physicality of the opposition.
But it was the Welsh hosts who settled quickest and David Forde had to deal with a couple of dangerous balls into the box.
The Blues created most of the half’s clear-cut chances, however, and Michael Smith should have found the target from close range following good work from Naismith and Stevens.
Joe Day then had to come tearing from his box to beat Hunt to an under-hit back-pass and sweep the ball to safety.
But the County keeper lost the same race moments later, with the striker not quite able to guide his looping header on target.
Instead it was Newport who broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Josh Sheehan curled a fine free-kick over the wall and past Forde’s desperate dive.
There was almost an immediate equaliser, but after Day failed to hold Naismith’s long-range effort, Rose’s follow-up was hacked from the line by Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Scot Bennett then attempted to clear a low cross from Stevens and only just avoided sending the ball into his own net.
And it was Christian Burgess who was next to go close on 38 minutes when a Naismith free-kick was not properly cleared.
The centre-back did well to turn amidst a host of amber-shirted bodies, but his shot fizzed narrowly past the post.
Stevens then almost opened his Blues account just before the break with a deflected strike that Bennett just about stopped from sneaking inside the post.
Newport County 1
There was another opportunity for Smith early in the second half when Michael Doyle sent a ball into the box from deep, but the striker was unable to make a clean connection.
Newport were proving more clinical, though, and Rhys Healey doubled their advantage from close range after Forde could only parry a curling effort from Sheehan.
But the Blues soon hit back to reduce the deficit, with Gareth Evans getting free down the right and cutting the ball back for ROSE to slot home.
It was the visitors, unsurprisingly, looking the more threatening side by this point and Day was fortunate to parry Evans’ shot to safety, with Smith and Hunt both waiting to pounce.
But they were given an excellent opportunity to level just past the hour mark when Jazzi Barnum-Bobb pushed Naismith in the box and referee Charles Breakspear pointed to the spot.
It was Naismith who stepped up to take the penalty, only to blast the ball over the bar and turn the party in the away end sour.
The Scottish winger tried to make amends with an ambitious effort from long-range, but there was not quite enough dip on his shot.
Cook threw on an extra striker on 74 minutes as Pompey chased an equaliser, with Carl Baker making way for Conor Chaplin.
It was Naismith who was next to threaten, though, surging half the length of the pitch before drawing a save from Day.
But there was an unlikely provider of Pompey’s equaliser on 80 minutes, as STEVENS latched onto Rose’s pass and lashed home a neat finish.
And Evans was fuming that they did not have the chance to score again soon after, with Breakspear deciding that the right-back had not been pushed in the box.
The winning goal did arrive late on – even if there was a bit of confusion about who scored it.
NAISMITH whipped in a free-kick from wide on the right and it was unclear whether anyone else got a touch as the ball flew into the net.
Not that it mattered to the horde of travelling fans, who celebrated wildly – as did the players and those on the bench.
Newport (3-5-1-1): Day; Meite (Green 90), Jones, Bennett (c); Barnum-Bobb, Tozer (Randall 90), Owen-Evans (Jackson 85), Rigg, Myrie-Williams; Sheehan; Healey
Goals: Sheehan 25, Healey 51
Booked: Healey, Tozer, Barnum-Bobb
Subs not used: Bittner, Bignot, O’Hanlon, Butler
Pompey (4-4-2): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Baker (Chaplin 74), Rose, Doyle (c), Naismith; Hunt (Linganzi 89), Smith
Goals: Rose 56, Stevens 80, Naismith 87
Booked: Burgess, Hunt
Subs not used: O’Brien, Buxton, Whatmough, Lalkovic, Bennett
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 3,714 (729 Pompey fans)
A couple of impressive Pompey goals were not enough to secure back-to-back away victories, as Plymouth hit a late leveller at Home Park.
The game did not need to be hyped up by any manufactured ‘derby’ label, with both sides contributing to an engrossing contest.
Yann Songo’o gave the hosts a lead, only for Kyle Bennett to haul the visitors level with a fierce strike before the interval.
Danny Rose then came off the bench to net a stunning late strike that only just crossed the line, but there was still time for fellow substitute Connor Smith to ensure a share of the spoils.
Paul Cook made one enforced change from the side that won at Leyton Orient the previous week.
That came at the back, where Matt Clarke’s dead leg saw Tom Davies handed a recall alongside Christian Burgess.
There were a couple of familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with Sonny Bradley and Jake Jervis both starting against their former club.
After a cagey opening, Pompey started to find their feet and look dangerous whenever they broke into the Plymouth half.
A neat passing move between Bennett, Gary Roberts and Carl Baker ended with the latter forcing a save from Luke McCormick at the keeper’s near post.
Conor Chaplin then did well to weave his way into the box and when McCormick failed to claim the ball, Songo’o had to dive on top of it.
But for all their attacking swagger, the Blues were looking extremely frail when defending set-pieces.
A David Fox corner found its way to the feet of Jimmy Spencer at the far post, with Gareth Evans well-placed to make a block.
But the hosts did forge ahead on 20 minutes when Songo’o rose highest to plant Graham Carey’s deep free-kick past David Forde’s grasp and into the net.
Then, when another Carey effort was deflected behind, it took a goal-line clearance from Baker to deny Jordan Slew.
Chaplin thought he had won Pompey a chance to equalise moments later after tumbling over Gary Miller’s trailing leg.
Referee Darren Handley had other ideas, however, instead issuing the striker a yellow card for diving.
There seemed to be another good shout for a spot-kick when Chaplin was shoved by Nauris Bulvitis as he tried to reach Enda Stevens’ cross, but this time there were no appeals.
But Pompey were finally rewarded for their attacking intent with an equaliser five minutes before the break.
Chaplin was the provider, skinning Bulvitis to break into the box and laying the ball off for the impressive BENNETT to fire home.
There was still time for a scare at the other end, though, with Stevens forced to clear Carey’s cross behind following a mix-up between Evans and Davies.
Plymouth Argyle 1
Bennett continued to look lively after the restart, narrowly failing to find Baker in the box and then not quite able to get the vital touch when the favour was returned.
But Miller then received the ball in acres of space at the other end, only to see his shot deflected safely into Forde’s arms.
Pompey were looking the more dangerous side, however, and Chaplin dragged his effort inches wide of the post after again breezing past Bulvitis.
More neat passing led to a corner just before the hour mark and after exchanging short passes with Michael Doyle, Roberts’ cross was headed straight at McCormick by Bennett.
It was Roberts who was next to try his luck with a fierce long-range effort that was well saved down to the keeper’s left.
But Plymouth were inches away from retaking the lead on 67 minutes, when Carey struck a superb effort that cannoned back off the crossbar.
The visitors soon made their first substitution, with Rose replacing Amine Linganzi in the centre of midfield.
And the other two soon followed, as Chaplin and Bennett made way for Curtis Main and Milan Lalkovic.
Both of the latter two had the chance to score from the save move on 79 minutes, but Main couldn’t get a clean strike on Evans’ cross.
Lalkovic then completely missed the loose ball and Miller breathed a sigh of relief when his clearance flew inches past his own post.
A Blues goal did arrive on 87 minutes – although it looked like the chance had gone when McCormick made a stunning save to deny Main from close range.
The ball came out to ROSE and he hit a superb 30-yard volley that bounced down off the underside of the crossbar.
Pompey’s players desperately appealed that the ball had crossed the line and the linesman flagged in agreement.
But that was not enough to secure all three points, as just a couple of minutes later, the ball was cut back for Smith to calmly slot home.
Plymouth (4-2-3-1): McCormick (c); Miller, Bulvitis, Bradley, Purrington; Songo’o, Fox; Jervis (Smith 60), Carey, Slew (Donaldson 81); Spencer (Tanner 84)
Goals: Songo’o 20, Smith 89
Booked: Songo’o, Purrington, Slew
Subs not used: Dorel, Bentley, Ijaha, Goodwillie
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, T.Davies, Burgess, Stevens; Linganzi (Rose 69), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Bennett (Lalkovic 74); Chaplin (Main 72)
Goals: Bennett 40, Rose 87
Booked: Chaplin, Evans
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Naismith, Smith
Referee: Darren Handley
Attendance: 13,508 (1,592 Pompey fans)
Five goal Blues fight back
Pompey returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion as they crushed Barnet at Fratton Park.
But they had to fight from behind after John Akinde fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot.
Gary Roberts teed-up Conor Chaplin to draw them level before the break and then got on the scoresheet himself early in the second half.
The Blues were rampant by this point and goals from Carl Baker, Milan Lalkovic and Danny Rose secured a comfortable victory.
Roberts should have added another in the midst of all that, only to see his penalty saved after Bira Dembele had been sent off for a foul on Chaplin.
Paul Cook made two changes from the side that were beaten at Accrington the previous week.
There were starts for Chaplin up front and Kal Naismith out wide, with Michael Smith and Kyle Bennett both dropping to the bench.
Pompey started brightly and Chaplin had a shot blocked by Curtis Weston before Enda Stevens’ cross had to be turned behind.
The duo were both involved in the next opening on 12 minutes, with a low Stevens delivery just out of reach for the Blues’ striker sliding in at the near post.
Gareth Evans then got free down the right, but his cross landed behind Baker, who could only hook over the crossbar.
Barnet were causing problems themselves, however, and David Forde charged from his area to beat Akinde to the ball.
Weston then got past Christian Burgess and into the Blues box, but the defender recovered well to avert the danger.
Tom Davies almost opened his Pompey account at the other end, as Baker’s cross hit him in the chest and landed safely in the arms of Bees keeper Josh Vickers.
But the centre-back conceded a penalty soon after, with referee Darren England deciding he had used his hand to clear Ryan Watson’s corner.
Akinde stepped up to take the spot-kick and although the former Blues striker’s shot was poor, it crept under Forde’s dive and into the net.
The same player might have doubled their advantage on 32 minutes, only to head Watson’s corner over from close range.
Instead it was the home fans celebrating as their side drew level, with Roberts acting as the magician and CHAPLIN the assassin.
The former did well to steal possession and then played a sumptuous pass through to the latter, who coolly slid the ball home.
Pompey had another chance before the break, but when Baker’s effort was blocked, an audacious over-head strike from Chaplin flew wide.
Barnet came flying out of the traps after the restart and it took a great challenge from Burgess to halt Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s surging run.
But the Blues should then have forged ahead, with Roberts somehow failing to connect with Stevens’ teasing low cross.
ROBERTS certainly made amends moments later, however, turning Michael Nelson and leaving him on the floor before hammering home.
And it soon got even better for the hosts, as BAKER collected the ball on the right, cut inside and curled an exquisite left-foot shot past Vickers’ grasp and into the net.
Pompey should have extended their lead further on 65 minutes when England awarded them a penalty.
Chaplin charged into the box and went down under Dembele’s challenge, with the official signalling that he had been tugged to the floor.
It got worse for the beleaguered Bees, as a red card was harshly produced and the defender had to trudge back to the dressing room.
Roberts stepped up to try to continue his prolific scoring spell, but Vickers flung himself to the left to beat the ball clear.
Cook made a double switch on 73 minutes, with Naismith and Chaplin receiving standing ovations as they were replaced by Lalkovic and Curtis Main.
And it was LALKOVIC who soon put the icing on the cake, receiving the ball on the edge of the box and neatly bending it right into the bottom corner.
Pompey refused to sit back and kept pouring forward in search of more goals to heap further misery on Barnet.
And the fifth did arrive in stoppage-time, as a neat passing move cut open the Bees defence before ROSE slotted home to cap a memorable afternoon on the south coast.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, T.Davies, Burgess, Stevens; Rose, Doyle (c); Baker (Bennett 80), Roberts, Naismith (Lalkovic 73); Chaplin (Main 73)
Goals: Chaplin 34, Roberts 50, Baker 56, Lalkovic 78, Rose 90+2
Booked: Chaplin, Roberts
Subs not used: O’Brien, Clarke, Linganzi, Smith
Barnet (4-3-3): Vickers; Vilhete, Nelson (c), Dembele, Johnson; Watson (Batt 55), Weston, Taylor; Campbell-Ryce (N’Gala 64), Akinde, Akpa Akpro (Gambin 55)
Goals: Akinde 27 (pen)
Sent off: Dembele
Booked: Watson, Batt
Subs not used: Stephens, Sesay, Kyei, Nicholls
Referee: Darren England
Attendance: 16,280 (275 away fans)
Pompey brought their Irish tour to a close with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Bohemians.
Both goals arrived in the first half, with a couple of neat finishes from Danny Rose and Conor Chaplin.
Paul Cook’s side dominated proceedings and created enough chances to have won by a greater margin in Dublin.
A healthy number of Pompey fans were packed into one side of the dilapidated Dalymount Park.
And they saw their side control the first half, with plenty of openings carved out in the final game of the Blues’ Irish tour.
Bohemians keeper Shane Supple did well to keep the scores level early on, racing from his line to deny Carl Baker.
Chaplin then saw two shots blocked in quick succession before an effort from Kyle Bennett met the same fate.
The blue tide kept pouring forward and Milan Lalkovic’s drive was comfortable for Supple, while Baker could not avoid a visiting defender after rounding the Bohs keeper.
There was a nasty moment midway through the first half, however, as Stephen Best came off worse in a challenge with Bennett and had to be stretchered from the pitch.
Pompey soon broke the deadlock, with Lalkovic stealing possession and feeding ROSE, who neatly dinked the ball into the net.
Chaplin almost doubled the lead moments later, only for Supple to stick out a hand and divert his angled drive wide.
But the Blues did increase their advantage in stoppage-time, as CHAPLIN took advantage of a poor back-pass and kept his composure to round the keeper and slot home.
Pompey picked up where they left off following the interval, although Chaplin was not quite able to force a shot through a packed six-year box.
But Bohemians did have a couple of chances of their own, even if efforts from Ayman Ben Mohamed and Mark Quigley failed to overly trouble Martin Crowe in the Blues goal.
When the action returned to the other end of the pitch, Bennett was crudely felled right on the edge of the box, only for Enda Stevens’ low free-kick to be cleared.
Baker was next to try his luck following good work from the lively Lalkovic, but saw his shot deflected wide.
A steady stream of substitutions from the visitors disrupted any fluidity, as the game began to drift towards it conclusion.
There was a shot from Brandon Haunstrup – playing in a more advanced role than usual – but it rolled comfortably into Supple’s arms.
And Pompey suddenly looked brighter in the closing stages, with Ben Tollitt denied by a fine save before Gary Roberts narrowly failed to find the target.
They could not find another goal to reward those who had made the trip across the Irish Sea.
But the travelling Blues fans would have seen their players make another step forward as they prepare for their opening League Two encounter next month.
Bohemians (4-4-2): Supple; O’Hora (Hollywood 78), Mulcahy (c), Best (Lopes 31), Fitzgerald (Kelly 17 (Akinade 78)); P.Kavanagh (Buckley 46), Morris, J.Kavanagh, Caffrey (Flynn 81); Mohamed (Graydon 74), Quigley
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Crowe (Bass 69); Talbot (Sessegnon 72), Burgess, Barton (Whatmough 69), Stevens; Rose, Doyle; Bennett (Roberts 58), Baker (May 77), Lalkovic (Haunstrup 69); Chaplin (Tollitt 60)
Goals: Rose 33, Chaplin 45+1
|Midfielder pens Blues deal.
Pompey have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Danny Rose on a two-year contract.
The 28-year-old – who won the League Two title with Northampton last term – will officially become a Blues player on July 1.
Rose joined Northampton back in February and scored once in 15 appearances as the Cobblers cruised to the title.
The former Manchester United trainee previously appeared for Newport, Fleetwood and Oxford, playing more than 100 times for the latter in three separate spells.