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They dominated the contest, but it looked like a frustrating afternoon might be in store when Gareth Evans saw his penalty saved.
The Blues were more clinical after the interval, however, and Evans redeemed himself, while a Rob Dickie own-goal and Jamal Lowe effort gave the scoreline a more realistic gloss.
United staged a late rally and twice the struck the woodwork before Jack Whatmough found his own net.
But the visitors – who are without a league point – were unable to stage an unlikely comeback and Lowe wrapped things up impressively in stoppage-time.
Kenny Jackett made six changes from the side that exited the Carabao Cup on home soil earlier in the week.
Ben Thompson was handed an immediate debut in the centre of midfield, having finalised a loan switch from Millwall the previous day.
There were also starts for Craig MacGillivray, Whatmough, Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis and Oli Hawkins.
Luke McGee, Christian Burgess, Brandon Haunstrup, Ben Close, David Wheeler and Brett Pitman were the men to make way, with all of them dropping to the bench.
Pompey had not been overly convincing in their opening day home victory over Luton, but they completely controlled the first half against Oxford.
The contest was slow to get going, but it was the hosts who dominated in terms of both possession and chances.
Tony McMahon had to clear Tom Naylor’s header behind, while Curtis was unable to keep his effort down from a Lowe centre.
Hawkins was proving a constant nuisance, but could not find the target after Whatmough’s long clearance picked him out.
It was a lively display from Thompson in the centre of the pitch and he certainly endeared himself to the Fratton faithful with a crunching – yet fair – challenge on Marcus Browne.
And the host should have broken the deadlock when Hawkins stole possession from Jamie Hanson, only to then be scythed down by the Oxford midfielder.
Referee Lee Swabey immediately pointed to the spot, but Evans’ tame effort was comfortably dealt with Jonathan Mitchell.
The ball stayed in play, though, and when it was worked to Thompson outside the box, his drilled effort fizzed just past the post.
Pompey were totally on top and had another great opportunity, as Hawkins flicked on Thompson’s pass, but Naylor swiped at thin air from just a few yards out.
Evans had another chance after collecting the ball from Lowe, but could not force his shot through a sea of yellow-shirted bodies.
United were racking up the bookings, with Hanson, Cameron Brannagan and Shandon Baptiste all cautioned.
But there was a Fratton first when their coach Shaun Derry – formerly of the Blues – argued with the fourth official and – under new FA rules – was also shown a yellow card.
There was one more chance for the hosts just before the break, but Hawkins was unable to connect with Thompson’s low cross at the near post.
Oxford United 0
Pompey had not made the most of their dominance in the first half, but roared into the lead just after the interval.
Hawkins was unable to turn in Lowe’s delivery, but instead managed to lay the ball off for EVANS to steer home.
Naylor then clashed with Brannagan and both players required treatment, with the Blues midfielder returning to the pitch sporting a bandaged head.
It was still pretty much one-way traffic and the lead was deservedly doubled on 56 minutes – albeit in fortuitous circumstances.
Lowe caused more problems on the right and tried to pick out Evans in the box, only for DICKIE to get there first and turn the ball into his own net.
Oxford made a triple substitution just past the hour mark in a desperate attempt to find a route back into the contest.
Instead they found themselves further behind, as Pompey continued to torment their under-siege opponents.
A corner from Evans was helped on by Clarke and turned towards goal by Hawkins, with LOWE sticking out a boot to flick the ball past Mitchell.
The visitors finally came to life in the closing stages and Brannagan forced a decent save from MacGillivray.
Oxford then hit the post twice in quick succession, with James Henry and Jon Obika both denied in a lively conclusion.
Their hopes were raised when Whatmough inadvertently sliced McMahon’s cross into his own net, but that was as good as it got.
Instead it was Pompey who had the final say, as LOWE surged forward and curled home an exquisite finish to complete the rout.
Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Evans (c), B.Thompson; Lowe, Hawkins, Curtis (Wheeler 80)
Goals: Evans 48, Dickie 56 (og), Lowe 65, 90+2
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Close, Chaplin, Pitman
Oxford (4-2-3-1): Mitchell; McMahon, Dickie, Nelson (c), Garbutt (Ruffels 61); Hanson, Brannagan; Mackie, Baptiste (Henry 61), Browne; Smith (Obika 61)
Goals: Whatmough 89 (og)
Booked: Brannagan, Hanson, Baptiste
Subs not used: Shearer, Norman, Mousinho, Whyte
Referee: Lee Swabey
Attendance: 18,093 (1,312 away fans)
A scintillating second half performance from Pompey saw them beat promotion rivals Carlisle at Brunton Park.
Goals from Gary Roberts, Amine Linganzi and Jack Whatmough ensured it was an enjoyable afternoon for the Blues in the north-west.
Neither side managed to take advantage of their chances in a first half that had plenty of talking points, but was short on quality.
It was the visitors who moved through the gears after the interval, however, and a fine strike from Roberts gave them a deserved lead.
Linganzi then opened his account for the club with another impressive strike to end Carlisle’s hopes of a comeback.
And Whatmough wrapped things up deep into stoppage-time with his first ever senior goal for the club.
Paul Cook made one change from the side that draw at Barnet the previous week.
Jamal Lowe dropped to the bench to make way for Carl Baker on the right hand side of Pompey’s attacking midfield trio.
The hosts had the ball in the net inside the first minute, but there were no celebrations from Jamie Proctor, as the linesman had long since raised his flag for offside.
Baker then tried his luck with a low shot at the other end, with Mark Gillespie getting down to beat the ball away.
Both sides were showing plenty of attacking intent, although the quality was lacking in the final third.
A slip from Christian Burgess almost let Reggie Lambe through on goal, but David Forde came charging from his area to reach the ball first.
United were then forced to make a change on 15 minutes, as a clash of heads saw Shaun Brisley replaced by Tom Miller.
There continued to be space for both sides to expose and Forde got down well to parry clear Nicky Adams’ angled drive.
The hosts then managed to work the ball across to the unmarked Miller on the right, only for Roberts to get a vital block in.
There was another piece of bad news for Carlisle on 36 minutes, however, when Michael Raynes picked up an injury and joined central defensive partner Brisley on the sidelines.
Pompey were looking more threatening as the first half progressed and Roberts curled a free-kick narrowly wide from just outside the box.
But the home support were outraged that their side were not awarded a penalty a few moments later.
Forde failed to collect a cross for the first time and in the ensuing scramble, the ball bounced up and hit Gareth Evans on the arm.
Referee Richard Clark ignored the desperate cries for a spot-kick to be awarded, agreeing with the Blues’ right-back that it had not been a deliberate offence.
And Pompey almost rubbed salt into the wounds by breaking the deadlock just before the interval.
Carlisle failed to deal with Evans’ low delivery into the box and the ball ricocheted into Eoin Doyle’s path, only for the striker to somehow clear the crossbar with the goal gaping.
Carlisle United 0
Whatever Cook said to his players at the break appeared to do the trick as the visitors came charging out of the blocks.
And they had three excellent chances to open the scoring within the first three minutes of the second half.
First Enda Stevens got free down the left and his low cross was almost diverted into his own net by Gary Liddle.
Roberts teed-up Eoin Doyle to slot the ball home from close-range a few seconds later, but the striker had strayed into an offside decision.
And another effort from the loanee then took a massive deflection and was looping in until a back-pedalling Gillespie managed to tip it over.
It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Proctor should have guided the ball on target when he met Luke Joyce’s pin-point cross.
Pompey were then back on the attack and when Gillespie fumbled Linganzi’s header, Kyle Bennett’s follow-up was blocked.
The action continued at a hectic pace as the action once again switched to the other end, with Forde getting down to brilliantly turn Lambe’s shot around the post.
Cook made a double substitution – and a change of system – on 72 minutes, as he went in search of a breakthrough.
Whatmough and Conor Chaplin replaced Baker and Bennett, with Pompey switching to a 3-5-2 formation.
And the move paid dividends within seconds, although it was a man already on the pitch who fired the visitors ahead.
It was a fine solo effort for ROBERTS, who burst clear through the centre and beat Gillespie with an exquisite finish.
The midfielder received a warm round of applause as he made way for Kal Naismith for the final 10 minutes.
And the points were then wrapped up late on, courtesy of a 25-yard strike from LINGANZI that arrowed into the bottom corner.
There was a mixture of delight and relief from the 1,209 travelling fans, who had plenty to cheer in the stands.
But they had even more to celebrate in stoppage-time when Naismith picked out WHATMOUGH to drill his first goal for the club into the bottom corner.
Carlisle (4-2-3-1): Gillespie; Liddle, Raynes (c) (McQueen 36), Brisley (Miller 15), Gillesphey; Joyce, Jones; O’Sullivan (Ibehre 60), Lambe, Adams; Proctor
Booked: O’Sullivan, Miller
Subs not used: Crocombe, Bailey, Devitt, Waring
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Linganzi, M.Doyle (c); Baker (Whatmough 72), Roberts (Naismith 80), Bennett (Chaplin 72); E.Doyle
Goals: Roberts 73, Linganzi 86, Whatmough 90+2
Subs not used: O’Brien, Rose, Lowe, Hunt
Referee: Richard Clark
Attendance: 7,197 (1,209 Pompey fans)
Pompey will host Plymouth in the first leg of the play-offs on Thursday evening after losing 2-1 to Northampton.
The champions took the lead through Jack Whatmough’s unfortunate own-goal in the opening stages.
Kieron Freeman then received his marching orders for a late challenge, only for a Kal Naismith stunner to draw the hosts level.
A series of attacking substitutions were made as the Blues searched for a winner, but instead James Collins secured all three points for the Cobblers.
Paul Cook made five changes from the side that won at Hartlepool the previous week.
Whatmough was handed his first start for more than a year in the centre of defence, with fellow academy graduates Brandon Haunstrup and Ben Close also featuring.
Ben Davies returned and skippered the side in place of Michael Doyle, while Adam McGurk came in up front.
Meanwhile, former Pompey players Ricky Holmes and John Marquis led the line for the visitors, who were afforded a guard of honour as they entered the pitch.
There were a plethora of awards handed out before kick-off, with Ben Davies picking up six from various supporters’ groups.
But it was Doyle who was named The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season – and the reaction from the fans indicated that it was deserved recognition.
Both sets of supporters then paid their respects to all the Blues fans who have sadly passed away over the past year with a minute’s applause.
Once the action got underway at a warm and sunny – and packed – Fratton Park, it was the visitors who looked more threatening.
Whatmough had to deal with a couple of dangerous crosses as a new-look Pompey side struggled for fluency.
But they were not too far away from opening the scoring on 12 minutes, with Adam McGurk flinging himself at Naismith’s cross and not quite making a clean connection.
Almost immediately, however, they found themselves behind as Whatmough inadvertently sliced Nicky Adams’ cross into his own net.
Pompey were not really playing with a recognised striker, as Gary Roberts occupied a ‘false number nine’ role, flanked by Naismith and McGurk.
They did start to create more as the half progressed, though, with McGurk curling a shot over and Naismith steering narrowly wide.
But Northampton still looked dangerous themselves and Marquis might have done better than firing wildly over after being picked out by Holmes.
Pompey should have been level on 33 minutes following a good move that started with a poor clearance from Cobblers keeper Adam Smith.
Roberts picked the ball up and it soon found its way, via Freeman, to Davies down the right flank.
The full-back sent in a low cross, but Smith redeemed himself by somehow denying Naismith from point-blank range.
Roberts then collected a lovely pass over the top from Close and spotted Smith off his line, although he could not quite chip the ball over the back-pedalling keeper.
Both sides picked up a booking before the break, with Davies and Lawson D’Ath penalised for fouls on Holmes and Haunstrup respectively.
Northampton Town 1
Pompey’s hopes of getting anything from the game were dealt a massive blow just after the restart when they were reduced to 10 men.
Freeman slid in to try to win the ball and although he did not really catch John-Joe O’Toole, referee Mark Brown decided it was dangerous.
He immediately brandished a red card to rule the on-loan Sheffield United utility man out of the play-offs.
But the hosts found themselves level just seconds later – thanks to a strike right out of the top drawer.
There did not look much on when NAISMITH advanced goalwards, but he hit a stunning, swerving 35-yard strike that arrowed into the net.
Cook was forced to make his first substitution on the hour mark, as Close limped off to be replaced by Adam May.
Haunstrup then had the ball in the back of the net, but Brown had already blown his whistle for a foul on Smith by McGurk.
Northampton soon enjoyed a period of pressure, with Marquis denied by Brian Murphy before Alfie Potter fired into the side netting.
Cook made an attacking switch on 69 minutes, as Conor Wilkinson replaced Whatmough for his debut.
That resulted in a defensive reshuffle which saw Gareth Evans drop to right-back and Davies move into the centre.
And Naismith was soon employed at left-back when Haunstrup made way for Ben Tollitt on 77 minutes.
Pompey now had an abundance of attack-minded players on the pitch, but the visitors soon made their numerical advantage count to retake the lead.
Cobblers skipper David Buchanan swung the ball into the box and Collins got a faint touch to turn it home.
Naismith tried to draw the Blues level with another attempt from long-range, but this time Smith dived across goal to make the save.
And Pompey were unable to find a late leveller as the visitors secured victory to cap a memorable campaign.
But plenty of fans still stayed behind to salute the Blues as they returned to the pitch after the final whistle for a lap of appreciation.
Pompey (4-3-3): Murphy; Davies (c), Whatmough (Wilkinson 69), Barton, Haunstrup (Tollitt 77); Freeman, Close (May 60), Evans; McGurk, Roberts, Naismith
Goals: Naismith 48
Sent off: Freeman
Booked: Davies, McGurk, Evans
Subs not used: Jones, Stevens, Doyle, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Northampton (4-4-2): Smith; Lelan, Diamond, Prosser, Buchanan (c); D’Ath (Hoskins 80), O’Toole, Rose, Adams (Potter 62); Marquis (Collins 67), Holmes
Goals: Whatmough 13 (og), Collins 81
Subs not used: Clarke, Cresswell, Taylor, Byrom
Referee: Mark Brown
Attendance: 18,746 (2,807 away fans)