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

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