Mar 102018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Portsmouth    1

 


 

Gillingham    3

 


Poor form continues.

It was the proverbial game of two halves at Fratton Park, as Pompey’s poor 2018 form continued with a 3-1 defeat to Gillingham.

They dominated the opening 45 minutes and forged ahead through Jamal Lowe, only for some wasteful finishing to deny them a healthier advantage at the break.

That proved costly, as Conor Wilkinson and Lee Martin – with the latter bagging a brace – both hit the target in impressive fashion to turn the contest on its head.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten at home by Blackpool a fortnight earlier.

The most noteworthy inclusion was that of Jack Whatmough, who made his first appearance since injuring his knee against Rotherham at the beginning of September.

There were also returns for Kal Naismith – playing alongside Lowe up front – Connor Ronan and Sylvain Deslandes, as Pompey switched to a 3-5-2 system.

Conor Chaplin, Matty Kennedy and Adam May all dropped to the bench, while Oli Hawkins missed out with a hamstring injury.

Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause in memory of Hall of Fame inductee Billy Wilson, who sadly passed away last month.

The Blues might have been on a poor run of form, but it did not show as they set about attacking their visitors in the opening stages.

Ben Close and Naismith both had chances from long-range and while the former’s effort was well off target, the latter’s flashed inches past the post.

And Lowe also missed a great opportunity by nodding Anton Walkes’ delivery over from just a few yards out.

But it was LOWE who broke the deadlock on 19 minutes, lashing the ball into the roof of the net following good work from Dion Donohue and Naismith.

There were cries for a penalty soon after when the ball appeared to hit Max Ehmer’s arm in the box, although referee Carl Boyeson decided the defender was unable to get out of the way.

Lowe should have extended the hosts’ advantage when Walkes’ long pass sent him racing through on goal.

But the forward spent too long getting his shot away, allowing Luke O’Neill to get back and make a timely challenge.

Pompey kept driving forward against a Gills defence who looked nervy, although keeper Tomas Holy was an assured presence between the sticks.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Gillingham 0


Gillingham brought on Wilkinson – who made one substitute appearance for Pompey when on loan from Bolton in 2016 – at the start of the second half.

And the striker made an immediate impact by grabbing the equaliser moments after the restart, beating three men before curling a fine finish past Luke McGee.

That, unsurprisingly, gave the visitors a lift and the Blues were forced to deal with some more pressure.

But they almost restored their lead just before the hour mark when Ronan curled a free-kick against the post.

Pompey were starting to look more of a threat again, only to then fall behind seconds after Brandon Haunstrup had come on to replace Deslandes.

A free-kick had been awarded to Gillingham before the switch and when it was played to Martin, the skipper’s curler somehow evaded everyone and bent into the net.

The hosts tried to fight back and Close’s 25-yard drive was not too far off target, while Donohue was unable to test Holy after being teed-up by Naismith.

Chaplin was brought on for Whatmough on 76 minutes, as Jackett tried to add some attacking vigour to his side.

But instead it was the Gills celebrating another goal – and it was a fantastic long-range strike from Martin that rocketed into the top corner.

Pompey tried to get forward in the closing stages and force a nervy finale, but there was to be no late drama on the south coast.

Pompey (3-5-2): McGee; Whatmough (Chaplin 76), Burgess, Clarke (c); Walkes, Ronan, Close, Donohue, Deslandes (Haunstrup 65); Lowe, Naismith
Goals: Lowe 19
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Widdrington, May, Smith, Kennedy

Gillingham (4-2-3-1): Holy; O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Reilly; Byrne, Hessenthaler; Wagstaff (List 79), Martin (c) (Nasseri 90+2), Parker; Eaves (Wilkinson 46)
Goals: Wilkinson 48, Martin 66, 80
Subs not used: Hadler, Nugent, Garmston, Moussa

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 18,247 (1,551 away fans)


Oct 082017
 

League One


 

Gillingham    0

 


 

Porstmouth    1

 


Matty Kennedy scored early in the second half to ensure Pompey picked up all three points at Gillingham.

The winger converted after Curtis Main’s header had come back off the woodwork to give the large travelling army – and all those watching live on Sky Sports – plenty to cheer.

A one-goal advantage ensured it was a nervy finale at Priestfield, but the struggling hosts never really looked like claiming an equaliser.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side beaten by Oldham in Pompey’s last league outing.

Striker Main was handed a first league start in more than a year in place of the injured skipper Brett Pitman.

Drew Talbot dropped to the bench to make way for Kyle Bennett, with Oliver Hawkins continuing to be deployed as a makeshift centre-back.

Nathan Thompson – who went off against the Latics with concussion – was declared fit to feature at right-back, but the game came too soon for Christian Burgess.

The watching television audience might have been forgiven for reaching for their remote, as the game took a while to find its flow.

In fact, the most noteworthy moment in the opening stages was the continuing efforts of various Priestfield staff to replace a dislodged corner flag.

Kennedy tried his luck with a curling right-footed effort, but the ball flew safely into the arms of Gills keeper Tomas Holy.

A delightful delivery from the outside of Jamal Lowe’s boot caused some problems, with Josh Parker having to head clear.

It was Ben Close who had the first decent chance on 20 minutes, though, with Holy having to get down to deal with his low drilled effort.

And a dangerous centre from Bennett flashed across the face of goal, with none of his white-shirted team-mates able to get a touch.

But the hosts grew in confidence as the first half progressed and thought they should have won a penalty on 34 minutes.

Hawkins’ challenge sent Sean Clare tumbling to the ground, only for referee Christopher Sarginson to ignore the appeals.

Pompey won a trio of corners before the break and two of them were met by Matt Clarke, but the defender sent both wide of the target.

It was Gillingham who ended stronger, though, and Parker volleyed narrowly past the post after being picked out by Lee Martin.


Half Time

(0 – 0)


Pompey came tearing out of the traps at the start of the second half and were ahead after just 26 seconds.

Thompson whipped a cross in from the right and when Main’s header came back off the post, KENNEDY was waiting to stroke home the loose ball.

And Thompson might have added a second, with a cross that drifted towards goal and dipped narrowly over.

It was the visitors looking more likely to add to the scoring and a long-range attempt from Kennedy was not too far off target.

Hawkins then met another Kennedy corner, although his header lacked enough power to trouble Holy.

But Gillingham thought they had grabbed an equaliser when Finn O’Mara’s cross was converted by Parker.

The home fans leapt from their seats to celebrate before realising that the linesman had raised his flag for offside.

Jackett was forced to make his first change moments later, as Dion Donohue limped off to be replaced by Brandon Haunstrup.

Pompey had a chance to extend their lead when Bennett broke quickly on 74 minutes, but he took too long to find Lowe, whose effort was blocked.

Gareth Evans and Danny Rose were brought in for the closing stages, with Bennett and Close withdrawing to the bench.

But it was Clarke who almost grabbed a second goal for the Blues late on, diverting Kennedy’s free-kick inches past the post.

Gillingham (3-5-2): Holy; O’Hara, Ehmer, Nugent (Tucker 45); Parker, Hessenthaler, Martin (c) (List 57), Bingham, Ogilvie; Wilkinson, Clare (Oldaker 67)
Booked: Ehmer
Subs not used: Arnold, Simpson, Wagstaff, Nash

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Hawkins, Clarke, Donohue (Haunstrup 67); O’Keefe (c), Close (Rose 83); Lowe, Bennett (Evans 83), Kennedy; Main
Goals: Kennedy 46
Booked: Clarke, Thompson
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naismith

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 8,163 (1,333 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Aug 012015
 

Gillingham 0 – 0 Portsmouth

Friendly finishes in stalemate

Pompey played out a goalless draw with League One side Gillingham in their final friendly before the 2015/16 campaign.

Chances were scarce throughout the Priestfield Stadium clash, although Ben Davies did strike the crossbar before the break.

Gareth Evans was handed a start wide on the right after completing his Pompey switch earlier in the week.

There were also appearances for triallists Davies and Matt Clarke in the visitors’ back-line.

Neither side created much in the opening stages, although Gillingham were forced to make an early change when Aaron Morris limped off after just four minutes.

His namesake – keeper Glenn Morris – then waited for a ball to roll into his area before claiming it and only just got there before the rampaging Evans.

There were a few half-chances, with Bradley Dack curling narrowly wide for the hosts, while Pompey’s Gary Roberts saw his free-kick punched clear by Morris.

But it took until 27 minutes for the first real moment of magic after Davies had been felled by Bradley Garmston just outside the box.

The right-back stepped up to take the free-kick himself and sent a thunderbolt smashing against the crossbar.

That failed to spark a period of goalmouth action, however, and Jake Hessenthaler’s 20-yard drive that flew over the top was as close as the Gills came to beating Paul Jones before the break.

Half Time: Gillingham 0 Pompey 0

There might not have been too much excitement in the first half, but both sides came close to scoring just after the interval.

First Roberts saw his low drilled effort kept out by a brave block from Gills centre-back Adedeji Oshilaja.

The hosts then broke straight up the other end of the pitch and Emmanuel Osadebe’s angled drive drew a smart stop from Jones.

A break in play followed after Matt Tubbs suffered a cut elbow and, despite there not being too much blood visible, the striker was forced to change both shirt and shorts on the sidelines.

When the action resumed Oshilaja came close to breaking the deadlock, but could only head over from a corner.

Paul Cook made a couple of changes just past the hour mark, as Tubbs and Kyle Bennett made way for Jayden Stockley and Conor Chaplin.

A deluge of substitutions then followed from both sides as the game began to peter towards a stalemate.

Pompey did have a chance on the break when referee Fred Graham waved play on following a foul by Osadebe on Evans.

Roberts took control of the ball, burst down the right and sent it into the box, but Stockley was unable to guide it on target and the game finished all square.

Gillingham (4-1-4-1): G.Morris (Nelson 46); Jackson, Egan (Ehmer 46), Oshilaja, Garmston; A.Morris (Hessenthaler 4); Donnelly (Williamson 68), Dack (McGlashan 76), Osadebe, Dickenson (Wright 46); Norris
Booked: Osadebe
Sub not used: Davies

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones (Bass 81); Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup (Webster 68); Atangana (Close 73), Doyle (c) (Hollands 73); Evans, Roberts (Tollitt 81), Bennett (Chaplin 62); Tubbs (Stockley 62)
Booked: Doyle

Referee: Fred Graham

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