May 062017
 
League 2
Portsmouth 6 – 1 Cheltenham Town

 

We are CHAMPIONS!

Pompey thrashed Cheltenham 6-1 to secure the League Two title on a memorable afternoon on the south coast.

They became only the fifth team to win all four divisions after both Plymouth and Doncaster failed to secure three points.

Daniel O’Shaughnessy’s own-goal opened the scoring at Fratton Park, but the lead was a slender one at the break.

It all changed in the second half, however, as Kyle Bennett, Jamal Lowe and Gareth Evans found the target – the latter from the penalty spot – while Kal Naismith bagged a brace.

Fans then flooded onto the pitch at full-time to begin a party that will likely last for quite a while.

Paul Cook stuck with the same side that won at Mansfield the previous week, meaning that it was Conor Chaplin who again led the line.

But it was a Robins player who inadvertently gave the hosts a welcome lead with just 13 minutes on the clock.

Enda Stevens – who collected The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season award before kick-off – delivered a low cross that O’Shaughnessy deflected into his own net.

Chaplin had a chance to double the advantage soon after, but his fierce drive was kept out by Scott Brown.

Cheltenham were not creating too much at the other end, although David Forde got down to his left to keep out Harry Pell’s effort.

The Blues were looking more threatening, meanwhile, and when a free-kick was played to Carl Baker, his curling shot was deflected inches past the post by the knee of Danny Wright.

The visitors grew stronger as the first half progressed and Forde made a comfortable save to deny Billy Waters.

Then, after the keeper did well to keep out Dan Holman’s strike, Danny Rowe curled the ball narrowly wide.

Bennett had a shot saved by Brown, while a stretching Chaplin could not quite reach Naismith’s centre.

But Cheltenham almost grabbed a leveller just before the interval, Dan Holman finding Rowe and the midfielder firing in a shot that was deflected narrowly over.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Cheltenham 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

There was also a great chance for the visitors moments after the restart, but Danny Wright could only head Kyle Storer’s cross wide from close range.

Holman then had a shot that was racing towards the net before Forde dived to his right to push the ball clear.

But the Blues almost had a second when Danny Rose unleashed a fierce volley that cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar.

Cook made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Baker and Chaplin making way for Lowe and Gary Roberts.

And Pompey soon doubled their advantage, as BENNETT fired in a shot that took a wicked deflection to leave Brown stranded.

That was the cue for the floodgates to open and, following a quick counter, Bennett slipped the ball through for NAISMITH to calmly slip home.

It was substitute LOWE who was next to get in on the act on 72 minutes when he found the bottom corner from a tight angle.

And when Roberts was tripped in the box by Liam Davis, referee Christopher Sarginson pointed to the spot, with EVANS stepping up to slam home the resulting penalty.

The fans were celebrating in the stands with news coming through that both Doncaster and Plymouth were being held.

Pompey had certainly done their job, although Cheltenham pulled a goal back through substitute James Dayton.

That failed to stop the hosts’ attacking charge, however, and Bennett’s strike was superbly saved by Brown.

NAISMITH did grab a sixth goal on 85 minutes, with Michael Doyle sending a ball over the top and Pompey’s top scorer calmly slotting into the net.

All the attention now was to what was happening at Grimsby and Hartlepool, with plenty of fingernails being chewed.

Fans ran onto the pitch in celebration at the final whistle, with news filtering through that Plymouth could only draw.

And when Doncaster’s match at Hartlepool finished in defeat, it was confirmed that Pompey were League Two champions.

We’re on our way.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose (Aborah 71), M.Doyle; Baker (Lowe 61), Naismith, Bennett; Chaplin (Roberts 61)
Goals: O’Shaughnessy 13 (og), Bennett 62, Naismith 66, 85, Lowe 72, Evans 75 (pen)
Booked: Stevens
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Linganzi , Lowe, Roberts, Kabamba

Cheltenham (4-4-2): Brown; Cranston (Barthram 66), O’Shaughnessy, Boyle, Davies; Pell (Dayton 54), Storer (c), Rowe, Waters; Wright, Holman (Munns 71)
Goals: Dayton 78
Booked: Storer
Subs not used: Kitscha, Winchester, Downes, Wootton

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 17,956 (545 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Mar 252017
 
League 2
Portsmouth 2 – 1 Newport County

 

Bennett and Naismith on target at Fratton Park

Pompey got their promotion charge back on track as they returned to winning ways against struggling Newport.

Kyle Bennett opened the scoring late in the first half before Kal Naismith headed in a second after the interval.

It appeared that the Blues were cruising towards three points, but Alex Samuel netted for the visitors to ensure a nervy finale.

Paul Cook – in his 100th match in charge – made two changes from the side beaten at Stevenage the previous week.

Bennett and Naismith had both recovered from injury to take their place in the starting 11, with Noel Hunt dropping to the bench and Christian Burgess serving a one-match ban.

There was a minute’s silence before kick-off in tribute to those affected by the recent attack in London.

Pompey soon started to dominate once the action got underway, but struggled to create too many clear-cut chances.

The best ones fell to Eoin Doyle, but twice he just failed to get on the end of teasing deliveries from Naismith.

And the on-loan Irishman was then unable to beat County keeper Joe Day from an acute angle after being slipped through by Carl Baker.

But the striker was forced off midway through the first half after picking up an injury and replaced by Conor Chaplin.

There had not been much for David Forde to worry about and when former Blues striker Ryan Bird cut the ball across the face of goal, Tom Davies and Michael Doyle combined to scramble it clear.

But it was still Pompey causing the most problems, even if Day was not exactly being over-worked between the sticks.

Bennett and Matt Clarke both had shots charged down, while a number of corners were comfortably dealt with.

The Blues did break the deadlock just before the break, however, and it was a goal that was extremely easy on the eye.

Baker intercepted the ball from Bird and slipped a superb pass through the Newport defence for BENNETT, who neatly slotted home.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Newport 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

After seeing off some Newport pressure early in the second half, the hosts went in search of another goal.

Chaplin was never really going to trouble Day with an audacious attempt from wide on the left, while Baker’s effort rose over the crossbar.

Naismith then hit a cleanly-struck free-kick straight into the keeper’s arms, as the Blues started to take control.

They almost doubled their advantage on 58 minutes, but Chaplin – who wanted the pass played earlier – could not quite convert Gareth Evans’ low cross.

But Pompey did strengthen their lead just seconds later, as Bennett found Chaplin, who neatly chipped the ball up for an unmarked NAISMITH to head into the net.

Their attacking intent did not end there, though, and Naismith saw a corner deflected into the side netting, while his second attempt was just too high for Clarke at the far post.

It was not quite one-way traffic and Naismith eventually hacked the ball clear after a County corner caused some problems.

Bennett received hearty applause from the Fratton faithful when he made way for Jamal Lowe on 71 minutes.

But it was the visiting support almost cheering when Marlon Jackson sent the ball curling towards goal, only for Forde to make a fine save.

Newport did reduce their deficit moments later, though, with Samuel rising to convert Sean Rigg’s cross from the right.

And they come close to equalising on 78 minutes as the hosts started to get sloppy, with Forde coming off his line to deny Jackson.

County’s confidence had risen and Jack Whatmough replaced Naismith as Pompey tried to shore things up.

The nerves were starting to grow inside Fratton Park and Evans did well to take the ball off the foot of Samuel as he shaped to shoot.

But the Blues saw out the closing stages with relative ease to seal a valuable victory in the battle for promotion.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, T.Davies, Clarke, Stevens; Rose, M.Doyle (c); Baker, Bennett (Lowe 71), Naismith (Whatmough 83); E.Doyle (Chaplin 25)
Goals: Bennett 42, Naismith 59
Subs not used: O’Brien, Talbot, Linganzi, Hunt

Newport (4-2-3-1): Day; Pipe, Jones (Randall 71), Demetriou, Butler; Labadie (c), Bennett; Samuel, Rigg, Owen-Evans (Myrie-Williams 46); Bird (Jackson 46)
Goals: Samuel 75
Booked: Rigg, Labadie, Myrie-Williams
Subs not used: Bittner, Barnum-Bobb, Nelson, Gordon

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 17,364 (322 away fans)

Mar 142017
 
League 2
Portsmouth 4 – 0 Grimsby Town

 

Blues ease to home victory

Pompey brought their fine away form back to Fratton Park with a rout of Grimsby under the floodlights.

There was a touch of fortune about the first two goals, with Kyle Bennett and Danny Rose both benefiting from wicked deflections.

But it was more than luck that saw the Blues strengthen their promotion credentials, as they put their foot on the accelerator.

The points were secured with a couple more strikes either side of the interval, as first Carl Baker and then Kal Naismith got in on the fun.

Paul Cook stuck with the same side that cruised to victory against Colchester at the weekend.

And he was almost rewarded with an early goal, as Baker flashed a shot narrowly over the bar soon after kick-off.

But it was Grimsby who looked more dangerous in the opening stages and Akwasi Asante saw a shot deflected narrowly wide following an untimely slip by Matt Clarke.

They went even closer moments later, with Zak Mills’ fierce long-range drive cannoning against the post.

And David Forde was soon called into action to push another decent attempt by Asante over the crossbar.

But the Blues scored against the run of play on 12 minutes, as BENNETT tried his luck from the edge of the box and the ball took a huge deflection to loop over Mariners keeper James McKeown and into the net.

From that point on the hosts dominated and Eoin Doyle could not quite connect with Gareth Evans’ dangerous low delivery.

A back-pedalling Naismith then got on the end of another Evans cross and watched as his header flew inches past the post.

The advantage was doubled on 35 minutes, however, when Bennett dummied Evans’ pass and ROSE hit a shot that took another deflection to beat McKeown.

Pompey kept pouring forward and when Baker slipped a fine ball through to Naismith, the winger’s cut-back was diverted just behind the onrushing Eoin Doyle.

There was a blow for the Blues just before the break, though, as Bennett went down injured and had to be replaced by Gary Roberts.

But the mood soon picked up and there was a third goal in stoppage-time, with BAKER collecting Evans’ pass and beating McKeown at his near post with a ferocious finish.

Half Time: Pompey 3 Grimsby 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

And it got even better for the hosts just 30 seconds after the restart when McKeown failed to hold Baker’s drive and NAISMITH slotted home the loose ball.

Pompey’s players were full of confidence and lining up to shoot against a stunned opposition defence, but the next effort from Baker ended up high in the Fratton End.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, some of the intensity went out of their performance as the half progressed.

Evans hit a clean shot on target just past the hour mark, but this time the ball was safely held by McKeown.

Pompey were dealt another injury blow on 68 minutes when Naismith signalled to come off after hurting his hamstring, with Jamal Lowe replacing him.

That failed to dampen the hosts’ dominance, though, and McKeown dived to his left to beat away Baker’s 25-yard drive.

Lowe then whipped in a cross from the right that was just behind Eoin Doyle and the on-loan striker could only head wide.

There was a jovial feel inside the stadium, with the Fratton End asking for a song from each stand – who duly obliged.

And the Blues saw out the closing stages in complete comfort to secure a third successive victory, with a third successive clean sheet.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose, M.Doyle (c); Baker, Naismith (Lowe 68), Bennett (Roberts 45); E.Doyle (Chaplin 86)
Goals: Bennett 12, Rose 35, Baker 45+1, Naismith 46
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Linganzi, Hunt

Grimsby (3-5-2): McKeown; Mills, Pearson (c), Collins; Davies, Jones (Disley 57), Maxwell, Osborne (Comley 57), Andrew; Vernon, Asante (Yussuf 81)
Subs not used: Boyce, Bolarinwa, Vose, Dyson

Referee: Mark Haywood

Attendance: 16,492 (527 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Mar 112017
 
League 2
Colchester United 0 – 4 Portsmouth

 

Blues boost promotion hopes

Pompey ran riot at Colchester to strengthen their position inside League Two’s top three.

It was a display of attacking supremacy from the Blues, who arguably deserved to win by more than the four-goal margin.

Eoin Doyle got the ball rolling during a first half that saw the visitors grow stronger as it progressed.

And they moved comfortably through the gears after the interval, as Kyle Bennett, Danny Rose and Michael Doyle all got in on the act.

Paul Cook stuck with the same side that comfortably beat Crawley earlier in the week.

But it was the hosts who made the brighter start and Brennan Dickenson did well down to the left, only to let himself down with the ball into the box.

Pompey soon began to settle and threaten going forward themselves, though, with some neat attacking play.

Eoin Doyle could not quite get on the end of an excellent Carl Baker cross, while a snap-shot from Kal Naismith was safely held by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

Then when a cross was only partially dealt with by the United defence, Enda Stevens followed up with a volley that Walker was able to collect.

But the Blues did break the deadlock on 22 minutes, with Naismith sending the ball back into the box after his corner had been blocked and Eoin DOYLE heading home from close range.

He was not too far away from adding another soon after, but could not quite get on the end of Bennett’s near-post delivery.

And the on-loan Irishman then capitalised on some hesitancy by George Elokobi to deal with Stevens’ floated pass, only to send his shot over the bar.

Meanwhile, there was little to trouble the visitors at the other end of the pitch, as they comfortably held on to their lead at the break.

Half Time: Colchester 0 Pompey 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Colchester replaced Sammie Szmodics with Tarique Fosu at the interval in an attempt to improve their fortunes.

But instead Pompey found themselves further ahead just seconds after the restart – much to the delight of their large travelling army.

And it was BENNETT who doubled his tally for the week when, following good work down the right, Naismith selflessly squared for the winger to tuck home.

United came close to reducing their deficit moments later, but a stretching Chris Porter could not quite reach Dickenson’s cross.

But the Blues were still looking to get forward themselves and when Colchester switched off from a throw, Bennett picked the ball up and neatly side-stepped his man before blazing the shot wide.

Stevens then collected Naismith’s shot free-kick and beat a defender, only to see his arrowed drive deflected just past the post.

United were looking all at sea and it came as no surprise when Pompey extended their advantage further just past the hour mark.

Eoin Doyle did well to slide the ball through to ROSE, who saw his first shot blocked by Walker before neatly dinking home at the second attempt.

The keeper was almost caught out by Naismith moments later, but quickly back-pedalled to claw the ball clear.

Colchester had not created much at the other end and when they finally did get forward, it led to Pompey’s fourth goal.

The visitors broke quickly up the pitch from a corner, with Michael DOYLE surging forward to tuck away his first of the season after Naismith’s initial effort had been saved.

That was Naismith’s last bit of action, as he was immediately replaced by Noel Hunt, with Gary Roberts and Conor Chaplin joining him on the pitch soon after.

And there were no nerves in the closing stages as Pompey comfortably saw the game out to complete an enjoyable afternoon in Essex.

Colchester (4-2-3-1): Walker; Wright (Vincent-Young 66), James, Elokobi, Briggs; Garvan (Bonne 68), Lapslie; Murray, Szmodics (Fosu 46), Dickenson; Porter (c)
Booked: James
Subs not used: Barnes, Wynter, Kinsella, Pyke

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose, M.Doyle (c); Baker, Naismith (Hunt 74), Bennett (Roberts 77); E.Doyle (Chaplin 84)
Goals: E.Doyle 22, Bennett 46, Rose 61, M.Doyle 73
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Linganzi, Lowe

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 6,504 (2,244 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Mar 072017
 
League 2
Crawley Town 0 – 2 Portsmouth

 

Blues move up to third

Pompey stormed into the top three with a comfortable victory at Crawley.

After a solid – if unspectacular – first half from the visitors, they took control following the interval.

Christian Burgess headed them into the lead almost immediately after Eoin Doyle had seen his penalty saved.

And Kyle Bennett made sure that the Blues would climb above Luton and Carlisle with a deflected second.

Paul Cook made two changes from the side beaten at home by Crewe at the weekend.

Danny Rose replaced the injured Amine Linganzi in midfield, while Gary Roberts dropped to the bench to make way for Carl Baker.

It was a fairly comfortable first half for the visitors, who controlled proceedings without creating too many clear-cut chances.

There was plenty of probing from Pompey who sent some dangerous balls into the box that Crawley had to deal with.

And they had the first shot on target on 22 minutes, although Danny Rose’s drilled shot forced no more than a regulation save from Glenn Morris.

A dangerous delivery from the left by the lively Bennett was then just out of reach for Baker at the far post.

David Forde was having a quiet evening at the other end of the pitch, although the Blues back-line did have to mop up a couple of Crawley breaks.

Rose then tested Morris once more on 32 minutes, but again the shot did not overly trouble Morris between the sticks.

The best chance arrived soon after, when Baker released Eoin Doyle and Morris had to spread himself to deny the on-loan striker.

Crawley enjoyed their best period just before the break, with Rhys Murphy bending a shot narrowly wide before Enzio Boldewijn’s stoppage-time header was held by Forde.

Half Time: Crawley 0 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The hosts were first to threaten after the restart, with James Collins electing to shoot from a tight angle and unable to keep the ball on target.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 54 minutes – although they certainly could have done it in an easier manner.

Enda Stevens did well to break into the box and draw a late tackle from Red Devils right-back Josh Lelan.

Referee Kevin Johnson pointed to the spot and Eoin Doyle stepped up to take it, but Pompey’s penalty woes continued as Morris guessed the right way to make the save.

The ball was hacked behind, but Kal Naismith swung the corner into the box and BURGESS headed home from close range.

Naismith fancied another, though, and after being unable to catch Morris out from long-range, he surged half the length of the pitch before seeing a shot blocked.

But he was forced back on 64 minutes, filling the left-back role when Stevens limped off injured to be replaced by Noel Hunt.

That did not mean Naismith had to stop providing an attacking threat, however, and one cross from the left was held up by Hunt before Eoin Doyle’s fierce drive was blocked.

Pompey were not content to sit on their slim advantage and their attacking impetus was rewarded on 71 minutes.

Hunt sent the ball through Lelan’s legs, with BENNETT picking it up and launching a shot that was deflected past Morris’ grasp.

Crawley responded with a double substitution and one of the newcomers almost reduced the deficit, with Forde doing well to deny Billy Clifford with his legs.

They had to be more adventurous and Collins rose to meet a corner from the left, with the ball flashing inches wide of the post.

But the fact that Red Devils keeper Morris was awarded the home side’s man-of-the-match award was telling.

And the 2,300 travelling fans were in celebratory mood as the Blues comfortably saw out the closing stages to secure a valuable victory.

Crawley (4-2-3-1): Morris; Lelan, Connolly, McNerney, Young; Smith (c), Payne (Henderson 72); Boldewijn (Bawling 76), Murphy, Cox (Clifford 72); Collins
Booked: Young
Subs not used: Mersin, Blackman, Djalo

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens (Hunt 64); Rose, M.Doyle (c); Baker, Naismith, Bennett (T.Davies 90); E.Doyle
Goals: Burgess 54, Bennett 71
Booked: Hunt, E.Doyle
Subs not used: O’Brien, Aborah, Lowe, Roberts, Chaplin

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 5,350 (2,300 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Oct 152016
 
League 2
Plymouth Argyle 2 – 2 Portsmouth

 

Bennett and Rose strikes not enough for victory

A couple of impressive Pompey goals were not enough to secure back-to-back away victories, as Plymouth hit a late leveller at Home Park.

The game did not need to be hyped up by any manufactured ‘derby’ label, with both sides contributing to an engrossing contest.

Yann Songo’o gave the hosts a lead, only for Kyle Bennett to haul the visitors level with a fierce strike before the interval.

Danny Rose then came off the bench to net a stunning late strike that only just crossed the line, but there was still time for fellow substitute Connor Smith to ensure a share of the spoils.

Paul Cook made one enforced change from the side that won at Leyton Orient the previous week.

That came at the back, where Matt Clarke’s dead leg saw Tom Davies handed a recall alongside Christian Burgess.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with Sonny Bradley and Jake Jervis both starting against their former club.

After a cagey opening, Pompey started to find their feet and look dangerous whenever they broke into the Plymouth half.

A neat passing move between Bennett, Gary Roberts and Carl Baker ended with the latter forcing a save from Luke McCormick at the keeper’s near post.

Conor Chaplin then did well to weave his way into the box and when McCormick failed to claim the ball, Songo’o had to dive on top of it.

But for all their attacking swagger, the Blues were looking extremely frail when defending set-pieces.

A David Fox corner found its way to the feet of Jimmy Spencer at the far post, with Gareth Evans well-placed to make a block.

But the hosts did forge ahead on 20 minutes when Songo’o rose highest to plant Graham Carey’s deep free-kick past David Forde’s grasp and into the net.

Then, when another Carey effort was deflected behind, it took a goal-line clearance from Baker to deny Jordan Slew.

Chaplin thought he had won Pompey a chance to equalise moments later after tumbling over Gary Miller’s trailing leg.

Referee Darren Handley had other ideas, however, instead issuing the striker a yellow card for diving.

There seemed to be another good shout for a spot-kick when Chaplin was shoved by Nauris Bulvitis as he tried to reach Enda Stevens’ cross, but this time there were no appeals.

But Pompey were finally rewarded for their attacking intent with an equaliser five minutes before the break.

Chaplin was the provider, skinning Bulvitis to break into the box and laying the ball off for the impressive BENNETT to fire home.

There was still time for a scare at the other end, though, with Stevens forced to clear Carey’s cross behind following a mix-up between Evans and Davies.

Half Time: Plymouth 1 Pompey 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Bennett continued to look lively after the restart, narrowly failing to find Baker in the box and then not quite able to get the vital touch when the favour was returned.

But Miller then received the ball in acres of space at the other end, only to see his shot deflected safely into Forde’s arms.

Pompey were looking the more dangerous side, however, and Chaplin dragged his effort inches wide of the post after again breezing past Bulvitis.

More neat passing led to a corner just before the hour mark and after exchanging short passes with Michael Doyle, Roberts’ cross was headed straight at McCormick by Bennett.

It was Roberts who was next to try his luck with a fierce long-range effort that was well saved down to the keeper’s left.

But Plymouth were inches away from retaking the lead on 67 minutes, when Carey struck a superb effort that cannoned back off the crossbar.

The visitors soon made their first substitution, with Rose replacing Amine Linganzi in the centre of midfield.

And the other two soon followed, as Chaplin and Bennett made way for Curtis Main and Milan Lalkovic.

Both of the latter two had the chance to score from the save move on 79 minutes, but Main couldn’t get a clean strike on Evans’ cross.

Lalkovic then completely missed the loose ball and Miller breathed a sigh of relief when his clearance flew inches past his own post.

A Blues goal did arrive on 87 minutes – although it looked like the chance had gone when McCormick made a stunning save to deny Main from close range.

The ball came out to ROSE and he hit a superb 30-yard volley that bounced down off the underside of the crossbar.

Pompey’s players desperately appealed that the ball had crossed the line and the linesman flagged in agreement.

But that was not enough to secure all three points, as just a couple of minutes later, the ball was cut back for Smith to calmly slot home.

Plymouth (4-2-3-1): McCormick (c); Miller, Bulvitis, Bradley, Purrington; Songo’o, Fox; Jervis (Smith 60), Carey, Slew (Donaldson 81); Spencer (Tanner 84)
Goals: Songo’o 20, Smith 89
Booked: Songo’o, Purrington, Slew
Subs not used: Dorel, Bentley, Ijaha, Goodwillie

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, T.Davies, Burgess, Stevens; Linganzi (Rose 69), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Bennett (Lalkovic 74); Chaplin (Main 72)
Goals: Bennett 40, Rose 87
Booked: Chaplin, Evans
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Naismith, Smith

Referee: Darren Handley

Attendance: 13,508 (1,592 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Sep 092016
 
Born Today Photo Born Died Age Occupation Featured
Chris Burns 09 Sep
1967
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Julia Sawalha 09 Sep
1968
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Michelle Williams 09 Sep
1980
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1983
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1989
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1990
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On This Day . Zoe Kazan
May 292016
 

No it’s not mine, but this site has now been online, in its current form, for one year!

2015 2016


A few changes to format in that time, mainly in the logo and the menus.

Also on that very first day I announced the arrival of Kyle Bennett and Kal Naismith to Portsmouth. One of those was more successful than the other.

Home
Apr 092016
 
League 2
Dagenham & Redbridge 1 – 4 Portsmouth

 

Doyle, Burgess, Evans and Bennett on target for Blues

Pompey fought from behind to beat Dagenham and charge right back into the automatic promotion race.

It looked like being a miserable afternoon in the capital when Ashley Hemmings’ goal ensured the hosts would go in ahead at the break.

But the mood improved in the second half, with Michael Doyle volleying in the equaliser before Christian Burgess headed the Blues into the lead.

Gareth Evans then came off the bench to add his name to the scoresheet late on, with Kyle Bennett capping off a memorable 45 minutes of football.

Paul Cook unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat both Notts County and Carlisle at Fratton Park.

And there was plenty of anticipation among the 1,659 away fans who had made the journey up from the south coast.

But there was not much to excite them in a drab opening to the contest, with neither side looking particularly threatening.

The visitors had a couple of half chances and Daggers keeper Mark Cousins was forced to race from his line to stop Gary Roberts racing onto Adam McGurk’s hooked pass.

Bennett was then neatly released by Enda Stevens down the left, bursting into the box and seeing a shot blocked.

Their best opening arrived on 23 minutes, however, when the hosts failed to deal with a Ben Davies free-kick.

Bennett picked the ball up and floated a cross to the far post, where it was headed clear by Oliver Muldoon, only for Danny Hollands to send a 25-yard volley flying narrowly over the bar.

But that only seemed to spark Dagenham into life and finally create some chances of their own.

Paul Jones did well to deny Matty Cash from point-blank range after the ball had flown through a sea of bodies.

But he could not prevent League Two’s basement side from breaking the deadlock on 34 minutes.

Justin Hoyte’s free-kick was headed on by Christian Doidge for Hemmings, whose acrobatic over-head effort looped over the keeper and into the net.

Dagenham should really have doubled the advantage moments later, but an unmarked Hoyte headed Josh Passley’s cross over.

Pompey were struggling to find any fluency in their forward play, although Michael Smith did hammer a shot narrowly wide just before the break.

Half Time: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The visitors had an early chance to draw level when former Blues loanee Passley was penalised for a handball.

Roberts sent a decent delivery into the box, but Matt Clarke could only head it over as he arrived at the far post.

Pompey were unsurprisingly now playing with a lot more urgency and one quick break ended in Davies’ cross having to be cleared behind by Clevid Dikamona.

And the travelling support finally had something to cheer as their side drew level with a fine goal just before the hour mark.

Roberts collected a long ball down the left from Stevens and pinged in a cross that DOYLE met with a fine low volley from just inside the box.

Pompey were not done there, however, and soon heaped more pressure on their shell-shocked opponents.

Bennett was next to threaten after being fed by Smith, but his effort caught a deflection and bobbled wide.

There was an almighty scramble from the resulting corner that ended with Davies sending in a fierce cross that nobody could connect with.

But Dagenham soon caused some concern at the other end, with Stevens forced to hack clear a corner from the line and Oliver Muldoon’s follow-up then held by Jones.

The mood of the Blues support soon switched from concern to joy, however, as the visitors took the lead on 68 minutes.

Davies was fouled wide on the right and Bennett’s free-kick was met by BURGESS, who glanced home a fine header.

Cook made his first switch with 10 minutes remaining, as Evans added some fresh legs to the attack by replacing McGurk.

And it was EVANS who secured the victory when he stole in to head home Bennett’s free-kick from close range.

But there was still time for the result to become even more emphatic as BENNETT deservedly got a goal of his own, jinking into the box before slamming a shot past Cousins.

Dagenham & Redbridge (4-1-4-1): Cousins; Hoyte, Hyam, Dikamona, Widdowson; Muldoon (Cureton 69); Passley (Hawkins 75), Labadie (c), Cash (Boucaud 75), Hemmings; Doidge
Goals: Hemmings 34
Booked: Passley, Doidge, Hoyte
Subs not used: Moore, Pennell, Chambers, McClure

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); McGurk (Evans 80), Roberts (McNulty 89), Bennett (Naismith 89); Smith
Goals: Doyle 59, Burgess 68, Evans 85, Bennett 88
Booked: Doyle, Smith, Clarke
Subs not used: Murphy, Webster, Close, Chaplin

Referee: Lee Collins

Attendance: 3,122 (1,659 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Mar 252016
 
League 2
Portsmouth 4 – 0 Notts County

Pompey roared back into form and ensured it was a very Good Friday with a convincing victory over Notts County at Fratton Park.

Kyle Bennett struck either side of the interval, with a couple of goals that were extremely easy on the eye.

Christian Burgess then opened his account for the club before Marc McNulty came off the bench to add an extra gloss to the scoreline.

Paul Cook made four changes from the side that drew at Mansfield the previous week.

Paul Jones was recalled from his Crawley loan to replace Ryan Fulton – who had been called up to the Scotland under-21 side – between the sticks.

There were also starts for Gary Roberts, Adam McGurk and Matt Clarke, with McNulty, Kal Naismith and Adam Webster dropping to the bench.

Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence in memory of former Pompey left-back Jack Mansell – who passed away last week – and the victims of the attacks in Brussels.

When the game got underway, the hosts made a bright start to match the fine conditions on the south coast.

And Michael Bull earned the ire of the Fratton faithful for not awarding their side a penalty after just a three minutes.

It looked a clear foul from Haydn Hollis on Ben Davies as the right-back charged into the box, but the referee was not convinced.

However, the first half was ultimately a scrappy affair, with plenty of fouls interrupting the flow of the game.

Stanley Aborah collected the first booking for a late challenge on Michael Smith, not that it stopped the midfielder from getting involved in a few more dubious challenges.

There were not too many shots to trouble either of the goalkeepers, with Curtis Thompson seeing his dangerous run eventually halted before McGurk sent a header over the bar.

It was Roberts who had the first decent chance from the edge of the box on 34 minutes, but his effort flew comfortably into the arms of Scott Loach.

Pompey did break the deadlock just before the break, however, thanks to an impressive solo goal from BENNETT.

The winger collected Enda Stevens’ pass down the left and beat Elliott Hewitt with ease before cutting inside and firing past Loach.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Notts County 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The hosts probably should have doubled their advantage just after the restart, but McGurk somehow failed to connect with Davies’ free-kick from wide on the right.

But their second goal did arrive on 49 minutes – and it was a joy to behold.

Roberts displayed a moment of class to send BENNETT clear through and he calmly slotted the ball past Loach and into the net.

And Roberts then tried to add an audacious third with a cute lob from wide on the right that drifted narrowly over.

But the visitors were almost gifted a way back into the game on the hour mark when Jones dropped Curtis Thompson’s cross, only to pounce on the ball before Jon Stead could poke it home.

Pompey were soon back on the attack, though, and it took a brave block from former England international Alan Smith to deny his namesake Michael.

Cook made his first switch on 67 minutes, with the tiring McGurk making way for Naismith out wide.

With a comfortable lead, it was a more patient display from the hosts, but they still looked the more dangerous side.

And the home fans did have a third goal to cheer on 81 minutes when BURGESS converted Enda Stevens’ cross from close range to open his Blues account.

That was the cue to bring on Conor Chaplin and McNulty for the impressive duo of Smith and Roberts.

And it was McNULTY who wrapped up a memorable victory in stoppage-time when he headed Davies’ free-kick into the top corner.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); McGurk (Naismith 67), Roberts (McNulty 84), Bennett; Smith (Chaplin 84)
Goals: Bennett 44, 49, Burgess 81, McNulty 90+1
Booked: Hollands
Subs not used: Bass, Webster, Close, Evans

Notts County (3-5-2): Loach; Boyce (Atkinson 58), Smith (Campbell 75), Hollis; Hewitt, Thompson, Aborah (Burke 58), Noble, Milsom; McLeod, Stead (c)
Booked: Aborah, Milsom, Thompson, Smith, McLeod
Subs not used: Pilkington, Sharpe, Edwards, Murray

Referee: Michael Bull

Attendance: 16,670 (485 away fans)

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