Feb 252020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey moved back into the League One play-off places with a hard-fought victory over MK Dons at Fratton Park.

It looked like a comfortable evening might be on the cards when Andy Cannon opened his account for the club early on.

But Alex Gilbey reacted quickly to level after Alex Bass had kept out his penalty just moments before the interval.

Both sides had chances to win the contest and John Marquis restored the Blues’ lead early in the second half, while Carlton Morris was then sent off for the visitors.

Marcus Harness then came off the bench to add a third goal at the death and breathe new life into the promotion charge.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Fleetwood at the weekend.

Cannon had recovered from a glute problem, while Lee Brown was handed a first start since early December.

There were also returns for Ross McCrorie, Ryan Williams and Ben Close as the team was freshened up during a hectic schedule.

Oli Hawkins, Steve Seddon, Marcus Harness and Cameron McGeehan all dropped to the bench, with James Bolton missing from the squad.

Pompey made a flying start and took the lead on four minutes, thanks in part to some sloppy play from their opponents.

Jordan Houghton tried to pass out of his own box, but Williams intercepted the ball and squared for CANNON to slot home.

MK Dons almost hit back with an immediate equaliser, only for Bass to come to the rescue with a save from Gilbey.

The action fell pretty flat after that and there were not too many more clear-cut opportunities at either end of the pitch before the break.

Marquis and Close both had efforts blocked in quick succession, while Houghton’s long-range effort for the visitors flew straight at Bass.

The Dons were passing the ball around nicely, but lacking a clinical edge, with the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.

Lee Nicholls raced from his line to stop Marquis converting Cannon’s threaded pass, then kept out an angled Brown strike.

And the keeper was called into action again to tip over Close’s drilled attempt following some good work from McCrorie and Marquis.

But MK Dons were given an excellent chance to level in stoppage-time, when McCrorie rashly bundled over Rhys Healey in the box.

Bass guessed the right way to keep out Gilbey’s penalty, but the midfielder was quickest to the rebound and scored at the second attempt.

He did not exactly endear himself to the home support by celebrating right in front of the Fratton End.

And there were more boos – this time aimed at referee Kevin Johnson – when Pompey were not awarded a spot-kick of their own for George Williams’ challenge on Marquis.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

MK Dons 1


The Blues might have fallen behind once the action restarted, with Christian Burgess making a fine sliding challenge after Gilbey had been sent through on goal.

But instead they retook the lead, with MARQUIS getting on the scoresheet to become the club’s leading marksman in his own right.

It was not the most elegant of finishes from McCrorie’s cut-back, with the ball striking a defender and the inside of the post before crossing the line.

They tried to increase their advantage and Close’s chipped cross was headed towards the net by Sean Raggett, but Nicholls made the save.

And the visitors then broke quickly up the pitch, with Burgess taking one for the team by fouling Gilbey and earning a yellow card.

They were still looking dangerous and a Dean Lewington free-kick was glanced narrowly past the post by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Pompey were beginning to lose patience with Johnson, who failed to book players for a shove on Cannon and late challenge on Marquis.

Lewington finally had his name taken for his reaction to a foul on Williams, just seconds after Healey’s volley was well saved by Bass.

Both sides were looking capable of adding more goals to the contest, with Gladwin and Healey having opportunities for the visitors.

A couple of Ronan Curtis corners then caused problems at the other end, but were eventually scrambled clear.

Jackett had made a double change moments earlier, with Cannon and Williams replaced by McGeehan and Harness.

MK Dons’ hopes of a comeback were made tougher when they were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages.

Pompey had broken quickly from a corner and Curtis fed Marquis, who was brought down by Morris as he raced through on goal, with the forward shown a red card.

And they wrapped up the points just before the end, with HARNESS holding off a defender to collect Raggett’s header and neatly slotting home.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Close, Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 77), Cannon (McGeehan 77), Curtis (Seddon 90+3); Marquis
Goals: Cannon 4, Marquis 59, Harness 90+1
Booked: Burgess, Cannon
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Pitman, Hawkins

MK Dons (4-1-2-1-2): Nicholls; Poole, Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington (c); Houghton (Reeves 73); Thompson (Nombe 77), McGrandles (Gladwin 62); Gilbey; Morris, Healey
Goals: Gilbey 45+2 (pen)
Sent off: Morris
Booked: Lewington, Poole
Subs not used: Fisher, Walsh, Brittain, Kasumu

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 16,577 (170 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 182020
 

Match Report

Highlights

Leasing.com Trophy




Pompey are heading back to Wembley in the Leasing.com Trophy final following an incredible comeback against Exeter.

A largely insipid encounter came to life in the closing stages, as the Blues struck twice in stoppage-time to spark scenes of joy inside Fratton Park.

The Grecians took the lead through skipper Jake Taylor, only for Marcus Harness to equalise with four minutes remaining.

There was still plenty more action to come, though, and it was the League Two visitors who seemingly grabbed a winner through an unfortunate Christian Burgess own-goal.

But a lovely strike from Cameron McGeehan brought Pompey level once more and, with a penalty shoot-out looming, John Marquis nodded the winner.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Shrewsbury in the league a few days earlier.

Ross McCrorie was handed a first start of the calendar year, with Ben Close also returning, as James Bolton and Gareth Evans made way.

In scenes reminiscent of Storm Dennis at the weekend, the ground was lashed by wind and rain ahead of kick-off.

But that had passed by the time the action started and the hosts made a bright start, looking to attack their opponents from the off.

Ronan Curtis sent in a low centre that was just out of reach for Ellis Harrison and Joel Randall did well to react before McGeehan could pounce.

Harrison – surrounded by two players – then did brilliantly to bring down a long pass and feed Curtis, who could not keep his angled strike down.

But the Blues striker was forced off midway through the first half, having already received treatment on the pitch.

He valiantly tried to carry on playing, but eventually hobbled off and was replaced up front by Marquis.

The action soon died down and there was not much to excite a healthy crowd at either end of the pitch.

Exeter’s best opportunity came when Jayden Richardson collected a lofted pass and twisted his way into a shooting position, but Close came to the rescue with a key challenge.

The Blues picked up as the interval approached and Curtis nipped in to steal possession, but could not quite cut the ball back for the waiting Marquis.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Exeter City 0


The hosts were slow to get going once the action restarted, with the Grecians appearing to settle quicker.

But they did not have much to show for their endeavour, apart from a booking for Alex Fisher following a lunge at Burgess.

And Pompey then started to move through the gears, with a couple of Steve Seddon corners not fully dealt with.

The left-back then sent in a fine cross from the left that Marquis thought he had forced just over the line, although the officials disagreed.

McGeehan soon saw a downwards header only partially cleared and skipper Tom Naylor fired the loose ball wide.

Jackett made his second change of the night soon after, with Close withdrawn and replaced by Oli Hawkins.

Exeter were relying on nefarious methods to keep their opponents at bay and Gary Warren was shown a yellow card for cynically preventing Marquis from breaking clear.

But the visitors might have broken the deadlock on 63 minutes, only for Naylor to throw himself in the path of Lee Martin’s shot.

Tom Parkes then wasted a decent opportunity from the resulting corner by hooking the ball high over the bar.

Pompey were pushing forward in search of an opener, with Hawkins looking a particular threat, but were just lacking that final bit of quality in the final third.

The breakthrough almost came on 71 minutes, only for Lewis Ward to make a sensational stop to stop Hawkins from converting Harness’ low centre.

A goal appeared to be getting closer and Harness then fired inches wide after being teed-up by McGeehan.

But it was Exeter who went ahead with 11 minutes remaining after Sean Raggett had diverted a shot narrowly past his own post.

Alex Bass was unable to get to the resulting corner and the ball fell for Taylor to lash into the net from 12 yards.

The stunned Blues tried to hit back and Curtis immediately dragged a shot off target from the edge of the area.

And they did have a leveller moments later, after Marquis had initially appeared to see a pass go beyond him.

But the striker got hold of it and squared for Curtis, with his shot cleared from the line by Parkes and HARNESS following up to slam home the rebound.

It seemed like the hosts were the more likely side to score again and avoid a penalty shoot-out, but there was still time for plenty more twists.

Exeter thought they had a winner when Randall’s low delivery was inadvertently sliced into his own net by Burgess.

But the Blues kept fighting as the contest entered stoppage-time and McGEEHAN lifted a fine shot over Ward and into the net.

And with five additional minutes already up, Naylor found acres of space to surge forward and pick out Curtis.

The winger expertly brought the ball down and sent in a superb cross from the left that was nodded in by MARQUIS.

There was not time for any more drama and the whistle soon blew, leaving fans to start singing about Wembley.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close (Hawkins 54); Harness, McGeehan, Curtis; Harrison (Marquis 24)
Goals: Harness 86, McGeehan 90+2, Marquis 90+6
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Bolton, Whatmough, Brown, Williams

Exeter (3-4-1-2): Ward; Dyer, Warren, Parkes; Richardson, Taylor (c), Kite, Randall; Martin (Williams 72); Law (Collins 80), Fisher (Seymour 68)
Goals: Taylor 79, Burgess 89 (og)
Booked: Fisher, Warren
Subs not used: Thompson, Moxey, Holmes, Jay

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 14,735 (366 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 152020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey made an immediate return to winning ways after seeing off struggling Shrewsbury in terrible conditions at Fratton Park.

There were not an abundance of chances in the first half, but the Blues got the job done after the break.

Ellis Harrison headed them into the lead and John Marquis came off the bench to wrap up all three points.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Coventry earlier in the week.

Gareth Evans came in for his first league appearance since New Year’s Day, while there were also starts for Marcus Harness and Harrison.

Ben Close, Ryan Williams and Marquis were the men to make way, with the trio all named among the substitutes.

Storm Dennis ensured the ground was being battered by strong winds and heavy rain, making conditions tough for both sides.

But Pompey made the brighter start and sent plenty of early deliveries into the box for the Shrews to deal with.

Harness then dug out a low shot that Max O’Leary in the Milton End goal had to get down to keep out.

The keeper also beat away a fierce effort from Steve Seddon after the ball landed for the left-back inside the box.

There was not much happening at the other end, although Christian Burgess and Tom Naylor bravely threw themselves in front of shots.

The visitors then saw two of their three-man back-line booked in quick succession, with Ro-Shaun Williams and Ethan Ebanks-Landell punished for fouls on Ronan Curtis and Harrison respectively.

It went a bit quiet as the half progressed, although there was a good chance for the hosts on 30 minutes.

Curtis’ pass released Harness down the right and his low delivery was turned over by a stretching Harrison.

Shrewsbury’s only decent opportunity followed soon after, with Bass equal to a curling Conor McAleny effort.

It was the Blues who were on top as the interval approached, although Evans will want to forget an ambitious bicycle kick that saw him miss the ball completely.

Seddon provided more of a threat after being given space to advance in stoppage-time, before hitting a rocket that dipped narrowly over the bar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Shrewsbury Town 0


Pompey looked a bit rusty immediately after the restart and Burgess was booked for a foul on Daniel Udoh.

Sean Goss stepped up to take the free-kick and curled the ball into the side netting from 20 yards out.

And the visitors then had a couple of decent chances inside a minute, with Bass getting his fingertips to a cross-cum-shot from substitute Kayne Ramsay.

When the ball broke for Conor McAleny moments later, his fierce effort flew through a sea of bodies and was beaten to safety by Bass.

Jackett made a double switch soon after, with Evans and James Bolton withdrawn for Marquis and Ross McCrorie.

The former soon had an effort that took a deflection and the ball would not quite bounce kindly for Harrison.

But the latter then provided the assist, as the hosts were finally able to break the deadlock on 64 minutes.

It was a superb cross from McCrorie, who took a touch before sending the ball into the box for HARRISON to nod home from close range.

They soon had a chance to double the lead when Cameron McGeehan was brought down just outside the box.

But after Seddon dummied it, Curtis sent the free-kick thudding in the wall and skipper Naylor fired the loose ball wide.

Pompey were trying to add to their lead and O’Leary was quickly off his line to deny Marquis after Curtis had slipped a neat pass through to the striker.

Sean Raggett was then unable to beat the keeper from a Curtis free-kick, as the hosts continued to push.

Harness was next to go close when McCrorie cut the ball back for him, but again O’Leary came to Town’s rescue.

But the points were finally secured on 82 minutes, as MARQUIS collected a pass from Harness and coolly slotted the ball into the net.

Williams replaced Curtis for the closing stages, as Pompey saw the contest out with relative ease to ensure they remained in the top six.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (McCrorie 58), Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness, Evans (Marquis 58), Curtis (Williams 89); Harrison
Goals: Harrison 64, Marquis 82
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, Close

Shrewsbury (3-5-1-1): O’Leary; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Beckles, Edwards (c), Goss, Laurent, Hart (Ramsay 46); McAleny (Cummings 67); Udoh (Lang 67)
Booked: Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Lang, Goss
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Love, Sears, Golbourne

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 18,214 (319 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 282020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey continued their run of fine form with a 2-0 victory at a Lincoln side who had been in imperious home form.

Ronan Curtis curled home a free-kick in the last piece of action of an otherwise lacklustre opening half.

And the Imps never really did enough to threaten that lead, with John Marquis wrapping things up from the spot after Neal Eardley had fouled Steve Seddon.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that knocked Barnsley out of the FA Cup on home soil at the weekend.

Cameron McGeehan was ineligible for that game, but returned on the bench and was joined by the fit-again duo of Lee Brown and Ross McCrorie.

The hosts had an early opportunity when Jorge Grant’s cross drifted towards goal and landed on the roof of the net.

But the opening 45 minutes was a largely soporific affair, with neither side able to find any kind of fluidity and possession constantly changing hands.

A quick Lincoln break might have caused a few flutters in the away end of the ground, but Tyreece John-Jules settled any nerves by blazing high over the crossbar.

Pompey had periods of possession, although were lacking penetration in the final third as the contest continued to drift along.

There was pained expressions among every man in the crowd on 30 minutes after Andy Cannon’s shot hit a defender and ricocheted back into his nether regions.

The midfielder was then involved in a neat bit of build-up play involving Ryan Williams and Ben Close, with the latter’s ball glanced wide by Marquis, who had also strayed offside.

It appeared as though the interval would arrive without any meaningful incident, but the Blues suddenly picked up in stoppage-time.

Curtis fired one effort over, while Cian Bolger did well to stop James Bolton’s low delivery reaching Marquis in the box.

A fierce volley from Cannon was then blocked before, with time almost up, Seddon was bundled over just outside the box.

Close stood over the ball and Seddon feigned to take it, seemingly confusing Imps keeper Josh Vickers as CURTIS curled past his desperate grasp.


Half Time

Lincoln City 0

Portsmouth 1


A long-range attempt from Cannon flew not too far over the bar once the action resumed, as the Blues tried to find a cushion.

But the hosts should have been level soon after, as Tom Hopper beat former Imps defender Sean Raggett and cut back for an unmarked John-Jules to fire wastefully over.

There was still a lack of quality on show, but there was certainly more action than had been on offer prior to the break.

Curtis fizzed a low free-kick into the box and the ball bounced dangerously around before being cleared behind.

The Imps then embarked on a patient passing move up the pitch that ended with Raggett making a crunching – but fair – challenge on Tyler Walker inside the box.

A Grant free-kick was soon partially headed clear, although Conor Coventry’s follow-up was again off target.

Pompey broke quickly to carve out an opportunity of their own on 73 minutes, with Seddon having of acres of space to run into before seeing his low drive beaten away by Vickers.

Jackett made his first substitution moments later, with Cannon making way for McGeehan in the centre.

Raggett then appeared to hurt himself after sticking a foot in to block Walker’s shot, but the centre-back was able to continue after some treatment on the pitch.

Pompey were trying to wrap the match up and when a Curtis corner was only partially cleared, McGeehan curled the loose ball over.

And they had the opportunity to do just that when Seddon’s charge into the box was clumsily halted by Eardley.

Referee Ben Toner had a simple decision to make and immediately pointed to the spot, although spared the Imps defender a second booking.

MARQUIS stepped up to take the penalty and precisely squeezed the ball just inside the post to double the lead in front of the large – and noisy – travelling army.

Curtis might have added some icing to the cake late on, but Vickers made a smart stop to limit the damage for Lincoln.

Lincoln (4-4-2): Vickers; Eardley, Bolger, Shackell (c), Melbourne; Anderson (Walker 60), Morrell, Coventry (Hesketh 74), Grant; Hopper, John-Jules
Booked: Eardley, Grant, Morrell
Subs not used: Smith, Lewis, Edun, Chapman, Elbouzedi

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, Cannon (McGeehan 76), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 45+5, Marquis 87 (pen)
Booked: Close, Marquis, Naylor, Curtis
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Harness, Harrison

Referee: Ben Toner

Attendance: 8,983 (1,154 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 252020
 

Match Report

Highlights

FA Cup 4




Pompey eased into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a dismantling of Championship strugglers Barnsley at Fratton Park.

They were in charge for most of the contest, but had to wait until late in the first half before Ben Close impressively broke the deadlock.

John Marquis then doubled the advantage in stoppage-time, only for a Cauley Woodrow stunner to ignite hopes of a comeback for the visitors.

They were quickly extinguished by Ronan Curtis, however, and Christian Burgess wrapped up a convincing victory, before Conor Chaplin grabbed a late Tykes consolation.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat Bolton in the league the previous weekend.

Andy Cannon, Close and Ryan Williams all returned to the starting line-up, with the latter facing his former club.

Ellis Harrison and Marcus Harness both dropped to the bench, while Cameron McGeehan was unable to feature against the side he is on loan from.

Meanwhile, there was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, as ex-Fratton favourite Chaplin played up front.

The contest took a while to get going, but it was Pompey who looked the more threatening side as the first half progressed.

It was the skipper who had the first attempt, with Tom Naylor drilling a low shot narrowly wide when Cannon laid the ball into his path.

Cannon was then not quite able to get on the end of a Williams delivery after Curtis had ridden a challenge in the middle of the pitch and picked out the winger.

The Blues were looking particularly dangerous on the break, although had yet to test Brad Collins between the sticks.

But the keeper might have gifted the hosts an opener midway through the half, with his kick ricocheting off Marquis and rolling just past the post.

Collins then had to get down low to his right to keep out a low effort from Curtis following another pacy counter-attack.

But the deadlock was broken on 37 minutes after Cannon had not been afforded any space to get a shot away.

The midfielder instead laid the ball off for CLOSE to superbly arrow home from the edge of the box, drawing cries of ‘he’s one of our own’ from the Fratton faithful.

Collins then stopped his side falling further behind just before the break, superbly parrying Curtis’ shot behind following good work from Williams.

It was only a brief respite for the Tykes, though, as Curtis met the resulting corner from Steve Seddon and his header was touched over the line by MARQUIS.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Barnsley 0


Barnsley showed more attacking intent once the action restarted, although the Blues soon almost extended their lead further.

Curtis met a cross from Williams and his header hit Marquis, with Collins doing well to stop the ball crossing the line.

The hosts were on top and playing some neat football, as they looked to put the tie out of the Reds’ reach.

But their lead was halved from nowhere on the hour mark, as Woodrow hit a stunning 30-yard strike that left Alex Bass with no chance.

And Barnsley should have soon been level, with Jacob Brown wastefully prodding wide from a few yards out.

He was made to pay his profligacy just a few seconds later, as CURTIS raced onto a long ball over the top by Bass, held off a defender and fired home off the inside of the post.

It had been a quiet return for Chaplin, but he had two opportunities in quick succession to hurt his former club.

His first attempt was bravely blocked by Burgess, while the striker was then unable to beat Bass from an acute angle.

From coming to the rescue at one end, BURGESS then scored the Blues’ fourth goal of the afternoon – just a week after opening his account for the season.

Williams’ effort was deflected behind for a corner, which Seddon whipped into the box for the centre-back to firmly head into the net.

That was Williams’ last contribution, with the winger replaced by Harness, exiting the pitch from the north side and enjoying a standing ovation as he made his way around the pitch.

The newcomer almost added a fifth goal on 82 minutes, but Collins was quickly off his line to prevent him from converting Curtis’ pass.

Pompey fans were certainly enjoying themselves, singing songs about Wembley and paying tribute to Chaplin.

And the Barnsley striker did reduce his side’s deficit in stoppage-time, following up to find the net after Bass had denied Brown.

But the hosts had comfortably done enough to book their place in Monday evening’s fifth round draw – the first time they have reached that stage since getting to the final in 2010.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harness 78), Cannon (Evans 90), Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 90+2)
Goals: Close 37, Marquis 45+1, Curtis 62, Burgess 76
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Hawkins

Barnsley (4-1-2-1-2): Collins; J.Williams, Sollbauer, Andersen, Oduor; Halme (Dougall 69); Thomas (Mowatt 46), Ritzmaier; Woodrow (c); Brown, Chaplin
Goals: Woodrow 60, Chaplin 90+1
Subs not used: Radlinger, Ludewig, B.Williams, Styles, Schmidt

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 13,286 (681 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 212020
 

Match Report

Highlights

Leasing.com Trophy




Pompey reached the semi-finals of the Leasing.com Trophy by beating a spirited Scunthorpe side at Fratton Park.

John Marquis opened the scoring in the first half and the hosts looked comfortabe going in for the interval.

But their League Two opponents were the better side following the restart and Abo Eisa’s fine finish drew them level.

Cameron McGeehan quickly hit back with his first Blues goal, though, to ensure hopes of becoming the first club to successfully defend the silverware were maintained.

Kenny Jackett made six changes from the side that collected three points in the league at Bolton at the weekend.

Jack Whatmough was the most notable inclusion after almost 12 months out with a serious knee injury.

Gareth Evans returned to skipper the team, while Craig MacGillivray, Brandon Haunstrup, Ben Close and Ryan Williams also started.

The men to keep their place in the line-up were James Bolton, Sean Raggett, Marcus Harness, McGeehan and Marquis.

There was almost a nightmare start for Whatmough, as Eisa’s shot took a wicked deflection off the defender, but thankfully flew straight into MacGillivray’s arms.

Most of the action was taking place at the other end, though, and Evans saw his fierce drive beaten away by Iron keeper Rory Watson.

Raggett was unable to get on the end of a Haunstrup corner, while Harness saw his attempt blocked after Marquis sent the ball across the box.

But it was MARQUIS who broke the deadlock on 13 minutes, despite not being able to take Williams’ pass first time.

The striker instead bought the ball under control, spun sharply and neatly slotted home his ninth goal of the season.

It looked like Marquis was trying to add two points for a conversion moments later, as he blazed another effort high over the bar.

McGeehan did come close to doubling the lead later in the half, being afforded space to drift into the box and hitting a low drive inches past the post.

Evans then lifted a glorious pass over the top for Marquis to race on to and angle in a precise shot that was impressively kept out by Watson.

But it was Scunthorpe who almost added to the scoring just before the break, with MacGillivray diving acrobatically to his left to deny James Perch.

The resulting corner also caused trouble and Williams was grateful to see his clearance ricochet off an opposition player and out for a goal-kick.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Scunthorpe United 0


Pompey were forced to make a change soon after the restart when Bolton went down injured and had to come off.

The right-back did not seem in too much pain as he made his way from the pitch, with Christian Burgess on to replace him.

Scunthorpe then caused problems with a couple of corners that were unconvincingly dealt with by the hosts.

The League Two side were on top without really testing MacGillivray, although a thunderous 30-yard strike from Eisa fizzed narrowly off target.

And it was Eisa who levelled in impressive fashion just past the hour mark, with the winger cutting inside from the left and bending home a fine effort.

The Blues looked in trouble, but it took just four minutes for them to restore the lead with a quick breakaway goal.

A stumbling Harness kept his composure to slip a pass across to McGEEHAN, who was left in space to open his account for the club with a neat finish into the bottom corner.

The advantage was almost increased when Harness’ cut-back found Marquis moments later, but Watson saved well and then leapt on the loose ball.

Scunthorpe brought on Kevin van Veen – voted star man for the last round of the competition – and he sent a dangerous ball across the box that somehow evaded everyone.

The Fratton faithful sung about returning to Wembley, while the visitors tried their best to force another equaliser.

But Pompey held on for the win to take their place in Saturday night’s draw and continue their defence of the trophy.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton (Burgess 49), Whatmough, Raggett, Haunstrup; Close, McGeehan; Harness (Naylor 88), Evans (c), Williams; Marquis
Goals: Marquis 13, McGeehan 66
Subs not used: Bass, Seddon, Cannon, Hackett-Fairchild, Hawkins

Scunthorpe (4-2-3-1): Watson; Sutton (Miller 89), McGahey, Bedeau, Brown; Perch (c), Lund; Gilliead, McAtee (Beestin 79), Eisa; Novak (van Veen 78)
Goals: Eisa 62
Subs not used: Collins, Butler, Rowe, Hornshaw

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 5,382 (85 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 112020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey beat AFC Wimbledon to ensure the first Fratton fixture of the new decade was one to celebrate.

They dominated for much of the contest and Marcus Harness’ fine finish ensured the Blues deservedly led at the break.

Joe Pigott levelled in the second half, but John Marquis came off the bench to put the hosts back into the lead.

And the Dons had to see out the closing stages with just 10 men after substitute Scott Wagstaff was dismissed for two bookable offences in quick succession.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew at Gillingham in the last League One outing.

Cameron McGeehan came straight into the starting line-up after completing his loan switch from Barnsley earlier in the week.

Fellow January arrival Steve Seddon also made his Fratton bow, while Andy Cannon was the other player to return.

Ben Close and Gareth Evans both dropped to the bench, with Anton Walkes having departed for America.

There was also a welcome return to the bench for Jack Whatmough after almost a year out with a knee injury.

The first half was a pretty one-sided affair – in favour of the hosts – although it did take a bit of time to get going.

And it was actually the Dons who were first to threaten when a corner found its way through to Rod McDonald, with the defender turning sharply and firing just past the post.

Pompey soon began to hit their stride, however, and debutant McGeehan drilled a low-range effort narrowly wide.

There was concern among the Fratton faithful when Harness went down with a knock and had to receive treatment on the pitch.

But the winger was soon back up on his feet and, just a few moments later, gave the Blues a deserved lead.

It was a quick move through the middle that began with Sean Raggett stepping up confidently to win the ball.

He slipped a neat pass through to Cannon, who burst forward and laid the ball off for HARNESS to lash into the net.

Pompey continued to dominate possession and enjoy territorial advantage as the action progressed, although more clear-cut chances were eluding them.

Harness was looking the most dangerous attacking player and dragged one effort wide, then hit a dipping long-range shot over the bar.

AFC Wimbledon, meanwhile, lost one of their key men, as striker Marcus Forss pulled up while chasing the ball and limped down the tunnel.

It was the hosts still looking more likely to add to the scoring and Terell Thomas bravely blocked strikes from McGeehan and Harness in quick succession.

A Ronan Curtis corner was then weakly punched by Nathan Trott and there was panic in the Dons defence before the ball was finally cleared.

The Republic of Ireland international also delivered a free-kick from the left that was headed back across goal by Raggett, with a stretching Harness not quite able to make a firm connection.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

AFC Wimbledon 0


It was the Blues who had the first opening once the action restarted, as Harrison fed the ball to Curtis.

He took the ball into space and hit a fierce effort that Trott did well to divert over the bar, with the keeper then getting to Seddon’s corner before Christian Burgess could connect.

There was also a flag-kick for the Dons that a sliding McDonald could only turn into the side netting at the far post.

But it had been a quiet afternoon for Alex Bass between the sticks, so it was somewhat of a surprise when the visitors levelled just past the hour mark.

Pompey were caught out at the back by a quick break and Mitch Pinnock delivered a fine cross for Pigott to convert from close range.

That gave the Londoners a lift and Bass had to claim Pigott’s looping header from Nesta Guinness-Walker’s centre.

Jackett responded with a double switch, as Marquis and a fit-again Brandon Haunstrup replaced Cannon and James Bolton.

And it was the former who restored the home side’s lead on 79 minutes to get Fratton rocking once more.

Harness picked out Curtis with a cross-field pass and the winger’s superb cross was deftly headed home by MARQUIS.

It soon got even worse for the Dons, as Wagstaff – who had only been on the pitch for 13 minutes – fouled Seddon to collect his second booking.

They still tried to apply some late pressure in the search of another equaliser, but Pompey saw out five minutes of stoppage-time.

And they probably should have given the scoreline a gloss, but Marquis could not beat Trott after being sent racing clear.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (Haunstrup 71), Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness, Cannon (Marquis 71), Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Harness 20, Marquis 79
Booked: Cannon
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Close, Evans, Hawkins

AFC Wimbledon (3-5-2): Trott; O’Neill, Thomas, McDonald; McLoughlin (Wagstaff 71), Hartigan, Sanders, Reilly, Guinness-Walker; Pigott (c), Forss (Pinnock 36)
Goals: Pigott 62
Sent off: Wagstaff (two yellow cards)
Booked: Reilly, O’Neill
Subs not used: McDonnell, Sorensen, Biler, Osew, Wood

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Attendance: 18,417 (836 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 072020
 

Match Report

Highlights

Leasing.com Trophy




Goals from John Marquis and Ellis Harrison ensured Pompey continued their defence of the Leasing.com Trophy with victory at Walsall in the third round.

Marquis opened the scoring in the first half with a goal that was remarkably similar to the one netted at Fleetwood on Saturday.

Elijah Adebayo should have levelled from the spot just before the interval, but saw his penalty well saved by Craig MacGillivray.

Ellis Harrison came off the bench to give the Blues a late cushion against their League Two opponents.

But the Saddlers were awarded another penalty that was converted by Caolan Lavery to ensure a nervy finale for the competition holders.

Kenny Jackett made seven changes from the side that progressed in the FA Cup with victory at Highbury Stadium.

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild came straight into the starting line-up after completing his transfer from Bromley the previous day.

Teenage defender Haji Mnoga made his first appearance of the season, while MacGillivray returned between the sticks.

Gareth Evans was handed the captain’s armband, with Paul Downing, Ben Close and Oli Hawkins also recalled.

The only players to keep their spot from the Highbury success were Christian Burgess – moved to left-back – Sean Raggett, Marcus Harness and Marquis.

It was a slow start to the contest played at a sparsely-populated Bescot Stadium, although there were eventually opportunities at both ends.

Marquis dragged an early effort wide, while counterpart Adebayo saw a header comfortably dealt with by MacGillivray.

The first decent chance fell to the Pompey forward, who swapped passes with Hawkins and saw a low drive kept out by Liam Roberts.

Adebayo was looking particularly dangerous for the hosts, but was unable to convert crosses from Cameron Norman and Cameron Pring

Roberts then denied Marquis again midway through the first half after Hawkins had provided a neat pass.

But the deadlock was broken from the resulting corner, which was whipped menacingly into the box by Evans.

Burgess met the ball at the far post and sent it arrowing towards the net, with MARQUIS on hand to slam it over the line from a few yards out.

There was an opportunity for Hawkins to double the lead, although he fired over after Marquis had laid off a fine Evans delivery.

It looked as though Hackett-Fairchild’s debut was going to come to a premature end on 36 minutes when he went down clutching his ankle.

The forward received treatment on the side of the pitch, but was eventually able to rejoin the action – and soon collected the first booking of the evening.

Walsall were handed an excellent chance to get back on level terms in stoppage-time when Raggett challenged Rory Gaffney in the box

Referee Anthony Backhouse had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, although the Blues defender was adamant he had won the ball.

It mattered not, though, as MacGillivray got down low to his left to palm Adebayo’s penalty to safety.

The Saddlers also went close from the resulting corner, which saw James Clarke’s header cleared from the line and Backhouse ignoring handball appeals.


Half Time

Walsall 0

Portsmouth 1


There was not a lot of goalmouth action to excite the crowd once the action restarted, with dangerous forays from both sides breaking down.

Long-range attempts from both Rory Holden and Burgess flew well off target, as the game drifted along.

But Mnoga showed good awareness to nip in and halt one Walsall attack, then embarked on a surging run that drew a foul.

The hosts made a double change on 56 minutes, with former Fratton loanee Lavery one of the men to make an entrance.

He soon tired his luck with an attempt from the edge of the area, only to see the ball bend out of play.

Jackett then made two changes of his own, as Hackett-Fairchild and Mnoga made way for Steve Seddon and Tom Naylor.

Clear-cut chances were still at a premium, although Roberts kept out a neat Hawkins flick from Seddon’s cross.

That was the striker’s last meaningful contribution to the contest, as he was replaced by Harrison for the final 20 minutes.

Some last-gasp defending saw Marquis and Evans denied in quick succession and from the resulting corner, Burgess thudded a header over.

The flag then stayed down when Lavery was sent racing through at the other end, but the striker blazed over the bar.

Pompey were looking the more threatening side as the game neared its conclusion, though, and the win was seemingly wrapped up on 82 minutes.

Seddon delivered a fine cross from the right and fellow substitute HARRISON nodded home to double the advantage.

But Walsall soon had a route back into the tie when Holden went down under Downing’s challenge and Backhouse again pointed to the spot.

This time it was Lavery who stepped up to take the penalty and he sent MacGillivray the wrong way to reduce the home side’s deficit.

That audibly lifted the home supporters, who sensed a comeback was on the cards, but the Blues held on to book their place in Thursday’s quarter-final draw.

Walsall (3-5-2): Roberts; Clarke (c), Scarr (McDonald 56), Jules; Norman, Holden, Perry, Kinsella, Pring; Gaffney (Lavery 56), Adebayo (Willis 73)
Goals: Lavery 86 (pen)
Booked: Perry
Subs not used: Rose, Roberts, Foulkes, Bates

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Mnoga (Seddon 63), Downing, Raggett, Burgess; Harness, Evans (c), Close, Hackett-Fairchild (Naylor 63); Marquis; Hawkins (Harrison 71)
Goals: Marquis 23, Harrison 82
Booked: Hackett-Fairchild
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Casey, Cannon

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Attendance: 1,082 (226 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 042020
 

Match Report

Highlights

FA Cup 3




Goals from James Bolton and John Marquis ensured Pompey won at Fleetwood to reach the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup for a second successive season.

There was little to separate the League One promotion hopefuls before the break at a chilly Highbury Stadium.

But the visitors were more clinical in a rain-soaked second half and James Bolton arrived at the far post to open his Blues account.

John Marquis added a second in similar fashion soon after and Conor McAleny’s stoppage-time effort proved no more than a consolation.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that collected a point at Gillingham on New Year’s Day.

Loan signing Steve Seddon went straight into the starting line-up following his arrival from Birmingham on Thursday.

There were also returns for both Marquis and Andy Cannon, with Gareth Evans, Ben Close and Ellis Harrison dropping to the bench.

With Seddon slotting in at left-back, the versatile Anton Walkes moved up to join skipper Tom Naylor in the midfield engine room.

The game – as with all third round fixtures – began one minute late to give everyone the chance to think about looking after their mental health.

There was an early chance for the visitors once the action started, with Bolton looping a header narrowly wide following good work down the left by Marcus Harness.

Marquis then cried for a penalty after going down in a challenge for the ball with Ashley Eastham, although referee Marc Edwards ignored his appeals.

It was generally a slow opening to the contest, however, with neither keeper being called into action.

There were fears for Wes Burns when a clearance from Seddon smacked into his head from point-blank range, but the winger was quickly back on his feet.

On a cold evening on the Fylde coast, there were only half-chances to excite the travelling fans, with a fierce volley from Cannon fizzing not too far off target.

But the action intensified as time progressed and a passage of patient passing play from Pompey ended with the lively Harness drawing a save from Alex Cairns.

Paddy Madden’s effort was then comfortably stopped by Alex Bass at the other end, while an attempt from Marquis was blocked by Harry Souttar.

The quick feet of Harness were causing problems for the hosts and after racing across the six-yard box, he could only find the side netting.

Fleetwood were seeing plenty of the ball, but not really testing Bass, although a Josh Morris free-kick was diverted narrowly over his own bar by Marquis.

The visitors won a set-piece themselves before the break and Seddon’s delivery was nodded off target by Sean Raggett.


Half Time

Fleetwood Town 0

Portsmouth 0


The rain was falling when the sides returned after the break, but clear-cut openings continued to be at a premium.

Bass dealt with a dangerous Burns cross, while Christian Burgess’ block denied Cod Army left-back Danny Andrew.

It then took a perfectly-timed challenge in the box from Harry Souttar to stop Cannon from Converting Marquis’ threaded pass.

The contest was lacking quality in the final third, although a delivery from the impressive Harness caused problems as it bounced around the box before being hacked clear.

And another cross – this time from Curtis – led to the Blues finally breaking the deadlock on 66 minutes.

Fleetwood failed to deal with the danger and the ball appeared to get flicked on inside a packed box before BOLTON bundled it over the line from a yard out.

There probably should have been an immediate leveller, but an unmarked Madden scooped high over the bar from Burns’ cut-back.

Pompey quickly made them pay, as Seddon’s corner was headed powerfully back across goal by Burgess and MARQUIS converted at the back post.

The hosts were trying to find a route back into the tie, but some more wasteful finishing from Madden was proving costly.

Seddon was replaced by Close – making his 150th Blues appearance – late on, as Jackett introduced some fresh legs.

Fleetwood were given hope in stoppage-time, as a strike from substitute McAleny took a deflection to beat Bass.

That caused hearts to flutter in the away end of Highbury, but the Blues saw out the closing stages to secure their progress.

Fleetwood (4-4-2): Cairns; Coyle, Eastham (McAleny 83), Souttar, Andrew; Burns, Coutts (c) (Sowerby 72), Dempsey, Morris; Madden (Saunders 81), Evans
Goals: McAleny 90+1
Booked: Evans
Subs not used: Gilks, Hill, Biggins, Garner

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon (Close 81); Naylor (c), Walkes; Harness, Cannon, Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Bolton 66, Marquis 72
Booked: Raggett, Walkes
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Downing, Evans, Hawkins, Pitman, Harrison

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 2,145 (525 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 262019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey finally saw off a stubborn Rotherham side to claim all three points at Fratton Park and register a fourth successive victory.

Ronan Curtis opened the scoring straight from kick-off and after Freddie Ladapo levelled, John Marquis restored their lead.

But Ladapo levelled again after the break – this time from the spot – and it took a neat finish from Ben Close to get the job done.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that won at Rochdale at the weekend, with Lee Brown once again wearing the armband in the absence of regular skipper Tom Naylor.

And the hosts came sprinting from the blocks, taking the lead with just 33 seconds on the clock – with no surprises about the identity of the goalscorer.

The in-form CURTIS continued his scoring spree with a fine shot from outside the box after receiving a cross-field pass from Ryan Williams.

Millers keeper Daniel Iversen then fumbled Brandon Haunstrup’s deep pass into the box and would have been relieved to see the ball land clear.

But Rotherham soon grew into the contest and when Kyle Vassell guided a shot through Oli Hawkins’ legs, Craig MacGillivray had to get down to make the save.

The unsighted keeper could only parry the same player’s free-kick moments later, though, and Ladapo gratefully converted the loose ball to level the scores.

Marquis sent a couple of half-chances off target, but United were looking threatening at the other end and MacGillivray did well to deny Ladapo.

It was soon the Blues’ turn to go on the attack and Close blazed wastefully over after racing into the box to meet Ellis Harrison’s header.

The hosts did restore their advantage moments later, however, as Harrison nodded Brown’s cross towards the far post, where MARQUIS was waiting to slam home.

There was an escape at the other end when the hosts made a mess of dealing with a cross, but Brown, Vassell and Carlton Morris all collided in the box and the ball drifted harmlessly wide.

Pompey then should have extended their lead in stoppage-time, with Curtis picking out Marquis in the box and the summer signing only able to send a tame header straight at Iversen.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Rotherham United 1


The hosts did have the ball in the net again just after the restart, but Harrison forced Iversen into the net when the keeper collected Williams’ cross and a foul was awarded.

Both sides then collected yellow cards in quick succession, with substitute Chiedozie Ogebene punished for United and Harrison for the Blues.

Rotherham were seeing plenty of the ball around their opponents’ box, but unable to test MacGillivray.

And a quick Williams counter provided an opening for Pompey just before the hour mark, although Curtis’ eventual delivery was just behind Marquis.

But the Millers were given an excellent opportunity to level when Morris’ trickery inside the box drew a foul from Hawkins.

Referee Antony Coggins pointed straight to the spot and Ladapo confidently sent MacGillivray the wrong way to equalise for a second time.

But Pompey again managed to restore their advantage, this time taking just four minutes to go back ahead.

Rotherham made a hash of dealing with Curtis’ flag-kick and CLOSE chested the ball down on the edge of the box before volleying into the bottom corner.

The visitors were dealt a further blow when Billy Jones went down injured just seconds after they had made their final two changes.

He was forced to limp down the tunnel, leaving United to play out the rest of the contest with 10 men.

Pompey soon made a change of their own, with Williams leaving the field to a standing ovation and replaced by Marcus Harness.

They tried to make the most of their numerical advantage, but Curtis was unable to slip a shot inside Iversen’s near post following good work from Haunstrup.

It was certainly not all one-way traffic, though, and Jamie Lindsay’s effort was deflected narrowly past the post.

Harness then hit a rocket of a shot from the edge of the box just over the bar, as the Blues looked to wrap things up.

They were unable to score again, but saw out four minutes of stoppage-time to climb up into 10th spot in the League One standings.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown (c); Walkes, Close; Williams (Harness 78), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Curtis 1, Marquis 37, Close 66
Booked: Harrison
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Cannon, Evans, Pitman

Rotherham (4-4-2): Iversen; Olosunde (Ogbene 46), Ihiekwe (c), Robertson, Jones; Morris, Wiles, Barlaser (Lindsay 73), Clarke; Ladapo, Vassell (Crooks 73)
Goals: Ladapo 15, 62 (pen)
Booked: Ogbene, Morris
Subs not used: Price, Thompson, Hastie, Smith

Referee: Antony Coggins

Attendance: 16,355 (204 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 052019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey had to remain patient before finally easing to victory against struggling Southend at Fratton Park.

It looked like being a frustrating evening for the hosts against their stubborn opponents until John Maquis opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Ellis Harrison forced home another after the break, although Brandon Goodship’s Shrimpers strike got supporters fretting about more dropped points.

But they need not have worried, as Harrison converted a penalty before Marcus Harness came off the bench to wrap things up.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Oxford on home soil at the weekend.

One of them was enforced, with an injury to Craig MavGillivray meaning Alex Bass was handed a third league start between the sticks.

The other switch saw Harrison replace Gareth Evans and play up front, with Marquis sitting a bit deeper.

There were plenty of familiar faces in the visitors’ dug-out, as Southend had recently appointed a management team of Sol Campbell, Hermann Hreidarsson and Andy Cole.

Svetoslav Todorov, meanwhile, recently left his role as Shrimpers coach, but was at the game to watch his former clubs in action.

The first half was, for the most part, a frustrating one for the hosts, who dominated possession, but found their disciplined opponents difficult to break down.

Clear-cut chances were very much at a premium, with a few teasing crosses that nobody could get on the end of about as good as it got.

Bass was the busier of the two keepers in the early stages, smothering one effort from Isaac Hutchinson and then making a better save to deny Goodship.

At the other end, Sean Raggett was unable to nod Ronan Curtis’ free-kick on target, while Harrison’s header was blocked by Hutchinson.

Pompey then received a blow when Ross McCrorie pulled up with a hamstring injury and had to be substituted, with Brandon Haunstrup on to replace him.

The hosts were looking more dangerous as the interval approached and Mark Milligan just about got in front of Ryan Williams to turn the ball behind.

Ben Close was then fed by Marquis inside the box and drew a smart stop from Nathan Bishop, with his second attempt deflected behind.

But, with virtually the final kick of the half, the deadlock was broken and the assist was provided by the man who came on.

It was a delightful left-footed cross from wide on the right by Haunstrup and MARQUIS found space to prod past Bishop.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Southend United 0


Harrison should really have doubled the advantage straight after the interval, but could not keep his header down from Curtis’ centre.

But he made up for that moments later by taking a much more difficult chance to provide a bit of breathing space.

An initial cut-back for Williams was headed back to the striker and HARRISON somehow managed to sneak a shot home, via the underside of the bar, from the byline.

Southend were suddenly being run ragged, with Pompey looking dangerous with every attack and almost adding a third goal.

Brown cut the ball back for Tom Naylor outside the box and the skipper’s fierce effort struck the inside of the post before rebounding safe.

Another long-range attempt – this time from Marquis – was then fumbled behind by Bishop, as the hosts continued to dominate.

Curtis had been the provider of plenty of fine crosses and another one on 65 minutes had to be cleared by Timothee Dieng, with Harrison lurking.

And when Lee Brown’s corner was nodded back by Christian Burgess, an inventive over-head effort from Williams flew narrowly over.

Pompey had to be careful not to switch off at the other end, though, as substitute Emile Acquah headed wastefully wide from Hutchinson’s corner.

They did concede soon after, though, with Bass getting his hands to Goodship’s ferocious strike, but unable to keep it out of the net.

Jackett responded with a second substitution of the evening on 73 minutes, as the lively Williams made way for Harness.

He had an early sighter after Elvis Bwomono’s clearance fell into his path, but the winger’s shot flew off target.

The nerves were settled soon after, though, as Raggett tried to reach Curtis’ free-kick and was tugged to the turf by Rob Kiernan.

Referee Lee Swabey pointed straight to the spot and although HARRISON’s penalty caught Bishop’s trailing leg, it was hit with enough power to find the net.

But the scoring was not over and after entering the area from the right, HARNESS lashed home to ensure there would be no comeback.

And Close almost got in on the act just a few moments later, with a shot that was deflected inches past the post.

Harness also drilled narrowly wide in stoppage-time, as the Blues finished a productive game with a flourish.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie (Haunstrup 40), Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harness 73), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Marquis 45+2, Harrison 50, 80 (pen), Harness 84
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: McGee, Downing, Evans, Cannon, Pitman

Southend (3-4-1-2): Bishop; Shaughnessy, Dieng, Lennon (Kiernan 74); Bwomono, Hutchinson, Milligan (c), Ralph; Goodship; Cox (Acquah 61), Hopper (Rush 87)
Goals: Goodship 69
Booked: Milligan
Subs not used: Oxley, Demetriou, Taylor, Ndukwu

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 16,995 (316 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Oct 222019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




John Marquis was on target as Pompey returned to winning ways against a spirited Lincoln side at Fratton Park.

There were chances at both ends before the break and Marquis scrambled the ball home to end his barren spell.

It was a more turgid affair in the second half, but Craig MacGillivray was not overly troubled as the Blues saw the game out.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were unlucky to lose at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

It came at right-back where James Bolton dropped to the bench to make way for on-loan Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie.

There was a familiar face in the starting line-up for the Imps – now managed by former Fratton boss Michael Appleton – as striker John Akinde led the line.

Pompey continued the theme of recent weeks by dominating possession throughout the first half, although the visitors had arguably the better chances.

There were half-chances for Ryan Williams and Marquis, but Lincoln really should have broken the deadlock on seven minutes.

Michael O’Connor’s free-kick found Callum Connolly totally unmarked in the box, but the defender headed wastefully wide.

He rescued his side at the other end soon after, though, with a key interception to stop Marquis meeting Williams’ cut-back from a neat Ben Close pass.

MacGillivray was then called into action to keep the game goalless, getting down to his left to save a fierce long-range effort from the lively Bruno Andrade.

It looked like being a brief reprieve, however, as the resulting corner saw the ball ping around the Blues box, but twice stopped from crossing the line by the Scottish keeper.

Marquis then fired over from a tight angle as the hosts continued to see plenty of the ball, while Sean Raggett – facing his former club – saw a header deflected into the arms of Josh Vickers.

But the Lincoln keeper was beaten on 28 minutes, despite making a decent stop to keep out Christian Burgess’ bullet header.

The ball ran loose, though, and MARQUIS had the simple job of nudging it over the line from just a yard out.

Andrade was still proving a menace at the opposite end of the pitch and a teasing cross somehow evaded everyone in the box, while a crunching Tom Naylor challenge halted his run down the left.

There was one more chance for Lincoln to level before the break, although MacGillivray was not too bothered by Andrade’s firmly-struck effort from outside the box.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Lincoln City 0


Raggett collected the first booking of the evening shortly after the restart following a late challenge on Tyler Walker.

But referee Tom Nield somehow failed to spot the defender getting his shirt clearly tugged as he tried to meet a free-kick moments later.

Williams then had a chance to double the hosts’ lead following good work from Marquis and Marcus Harness, but was unable to find the target with a fierce finish.

Lincoln had a chance to equalise following a quick break on 54 minutes, but again nobody could get the finishing touch on his dangerous delivery and Lee Brown swept up.

The game became more scrappy as the second half progressed, with the hosts struggling to keep possession as well as they had before the break.

But they almost strengthened their lead just past the hour mark, as Vickers only just managed to prevent a firm Burgess header from crossing the line.

Jackett made his first substitution on 67 minutes, with Ronan Curtis replacing Harness wide on the left.

The new man was soon involved in the action and crossed for McCrorie, who took a touch before blazing over the bar.

Gareth Evans then did well to win a corner that he took himself and although Vickers flapped at it, he got enough on the ball to get it safe.

It was as committed a display as ever from Naylor and after losing possession in a dangerous area, the skipper did brilliantly to win it back again.

A quick break offered the chance to relive some growing pressure, but McCrorie’s pass to Marquis was not quite right and the striker did well to get the ball under control before firing over.

And Evans was also unable to keep his shot down after Naylor’s cross from the right had been only partially cleared.

It had been a strange display from the referee and when a late challenge on Williams went unpunished, even the normally placid Jackett was left raging on the sidelines.

But it did not prove costly for Pompey, who saw out the four minutes of stoppage-time to claim a welcome three points.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, Evans, Harness (Curtis 67); Marquis
Goals: Marquis 28
Booked: Raggett, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Haunstrup, Cannon, Harrison

Lincoln (4-4-2): Vickers; Eardley, Connolly, Shackell (c), Toffolo; Andrade (Hesketh 85), O’Connor (Grant 80), Morrell, Payne; Akinde (Anderson 76), Walker
Subs not used: Smith, Melbourne, Lewis, Chapman

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 17,266 (753 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 282019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Carabao Cup 2




Pompey reached the third round of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2010 after scoring two second half goals at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

There was not much to separate the sides for much of a low-key contest, but the Blues finally showed a clinical touch towards the end.

John Marquis broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and Marcus Harness then wrapped things up following good work from Ross McCrorie.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that dramatically drew with Coventry eight days earlier.

Brandon Haunstrup came in for the injured Lee Brown, while Sean Raggett dropped to the bench to make way for Christian Burgess.

The latter started in an unfamiliar right-back role, as Tom Naylor stepped back into defence and McCrorie moved to midfield.

It was a largely forgettable affair in the first period, with neither keeper being particularly over-worked.

The Championship hosts were marginally on top in the early stages and their best chance to break the deadlock arrived on 11 minutes.

Jan Mlakar raced past Naylor and slipped a cross-shot towards the far post, where a sprawling Bright Osayi-Samuel could not quite make a connection.

A long-range attempt from the lively Ilias Chair was then comfortably dealt with by Craig MacGillivray.

Pompey had a couple of decent opportunities of their own midway through the half, as they began to move through the gears.

A 30-yard effort from McCrorie bounced awkwardly in front of Rangers keeper Liam Kelly and he did well to push the ball clear.

Ronan Curtis then took a poor first touch from Marquis’ pass, but spun quickly and curled a shot narrowly past the post.

Another Chair effort failed to properly trouble MacGillivray, while his team-mate Ryan Manning was booked for a late challenge on McCrorie.

It was the Blues who looked brighter just before the break, although Harness’ delivery was just too high for skipper Gareth Evans in the box.


Half Time

QPR 0

Portsmouth 0


The action did not immediately heat up once the action restarted, with the contest continuing to drift along.

But Rangers carved open a decent chance just before the hour mark after Harness and Burgess had combined to negate Osayi-Samuel’s tricky footwork.

The ball was immediately sent back into the area by Manning, however, and Marc Pugh could only direct his header straight at MacGillivray.

That came during a bright spell for the hosts, who started to cause Pompey a few problems at the back.

Jackett freshened things up by making a substitution, as Evans made way for Andy Cannon, with Naylor taking the armband.

Burgess soon had a chance to be the unlikely goalscoring hero, hitting a fierce first-time shot from the edge of the box that fizzed over the crossbar.

And the visitors did take the lead on 77 minutes after Toni Leistner tugged Marquis to the turf inside the box.

Referee Ross Joyce immediately pointed to the spot and MARQUIS sent Kelly the wrong way, coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

But it got even better for the Blues just four minutes later, as they doubled their advantage following a quick break.

Marquis laid the ball off for McCrorie, who suddenly shot forward, leaving Leistner trailing in his wake.

The Scotland under-21 international then slid a pass across the face of goal, teeing-up HARNESS for a simple finish.

Rangers should have reduced their deficit soon after, only for Mlakar to hit a tame effort straight at MacGillivray from just a few yards out.

Pompey then went close themselves in a breathless finale, with Kelly doing well to keep out a fierce close-range strike from Marquis.

The hosts thought they had given themselves a chance of taking the tie to penalties when Ebere Eze found the net in stoppage-time.

They raced back to the centre circle, but after conversing with his assistant, Joyce ruled the goal out for offside.

QPR (4-4-1-1): Kelly; Kane, Leistner (c), Barbet, Manning; Pugh (Ball 75), Owens, Smith, Osayi-Samuel (Eze 60); Chair (Wells 60); Mlakar
Booked: Manning, Wells, Kelly, Kane
Subs not used: Barnes, Masterson, Scowen, Hugill

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Burgess, Downing, Naylor, Haunstrup; Close (Walkes 90+4), McCrorie; Harness, Evans (c) (Cannon 60), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Marquis 77 (pen), Harness 81
Booked: Cannon
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Maloney, Pitman, Harrison

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 7,783 (1,874 Pompey fans)

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