Jul 062020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1 Play Off Semi Final




Pompey missed out on a place in the League One play-off final after losing to Oxford on penalties at the Kassam Stadium.

Marcus Harness had given the Blues a second leg advantage, only for an unfortunate Ellis Harrison own-goal to level the tie.

Extra-time failed to find a winner and so it headed to a shoot-out, with Cameron McGeehan’s miss proving decisive.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew at Fratton Park just three days earlier.

Steve Seddon and James Bolton returned to the full-back berths, while Ryan Williams was handed an attacking wide role.

That saw Lee Brown, Ross McCrorie and Andy Cannon drop to the bench, with Christian Burgess claiming the captain’s armband.

As in the first leg, there was a minute of applause in recognition of the NHS and other key workers, while players then took the knee to show opposition to racism.

The hosts were first to threaten, but Alex Bass got down to keep out an early effort from Jamie Mackie.

Pompey, meanwhile, looked bright going forward, although their attacks often broke down before former Fratton stopper Simon Eastwood could be tested.

There was one perfectly-timed challenge inside the box to stop the energetic Williams collecting a threaded Harness pass.

Williams then swung in a dangerous left-footed cross that Bryn Morris was not quite able to guide on target.

Harrison thought he received a shove in the box from Elliott Moore following the mid-half drinks break.

But referee Darren England did not agree with that assessment, while a follow-up effort from McGeehan was blocked.

The visitors finally forced Eastwood into action on 36 minutes, with a decent stop preventing Harrison converting a low Williams delivery.

Bass denied Marcus Browne at the other end – just seconds before a route-one move saw the Blues break the deadlock.

The keeper’s long punt up the pitch was flicked on by Harrison, with HARNESS collecting the ball, spinning sharply and slotting a shot into the bottom corner.

It looked like Pompey would take that lead into the break, only for some sloppy play to allow Oxford to level right on the stroke of half-time.

James Henry’s corner caused problems in the box and Harrison inadvertently flicked the ball towards his own net.

Sean Raggett tried frantically to hack clear, but after a quick check of his watch, the referee signalled that it had crossed the line.


Half Time

Oxford United 1

Portsmouth 1


The hosts were quicker from the blocks once the action restarted and their opponents had to deal with some tricky balls into the box.

They were unable to make the most of their control of possession, though, with a Henry effort that flew over the bar summing things up.

And frustration boiled over when Sam Long fouled Ronan Curtis, with pushing and showing ensuing and the United defender shown a yellow card.

Curtis soon curled a free-kick off target and Jackett then decided to make a double switch on the hour mark.

It was Harrison and Seddon who made their way from the pitch, with John Marquis and Lee Brown on to replace them.

But Marquis’ first contribution was a foul on Oxford skipper Rob Dickie that saw his name added to England’s book.

The striker came close to restoring the visitors’ advantage following the drinks break, though, when he headed a Curtis cross against the post.

Harness then attempted an ambitious curling effort that did not quite have enough dip to send the ball under the crossbar.

That was his last piece of meaningful involvement in the contest, with Cannon replacing him on 81 minutes.

But it was Oxford substitute Dan Agyei who came close to a late winner, embarking on a persistent run before eventually being forced to fire wide by Brown.

The hosts also threatened from a free-kick and corner in stoppage-time, but 180 minutes of action ended with the sides all square at 2-2 on aggregate.

Full Time: Oxford 1 Pompey 1 (2-2)

An early extra-time Pompey chance saw Curtis send a free-kick over the bar after Dickie had been shown a yellow card for bringing down Marquis.

There were set-piece opportunities for the visitors, although a couple of Brown deliveries were dealt with.

But there was then a scramble at the opposite end, with Burgess forced to make a key block amidst a sea of bodies.

Pompey’s players were furious when Cannon was the victim of a meaty Alex Gorrin challenge, but England decided it only warranted a booking.

There were more frayed tempers after a brief interval when Matty Taylor was booked for catching McGeehan late.

Marquis then had a chance to put Pompey back into the lead, but could only nod an excellent Brown cross wide at the back post.

Hawkins replaced Williams for the closing stages and when he chased down Eastwood, the keeper’s clearance ricocheted against the substitute and flew wide.

But the sides could still not be separated and that ensured a mammoth play-off tie would be heading for penalties

After Extra Time: Oxford 1 Pompey 1 (2-2)

There were some impressive penalties from both sides, with Marquis, Gareth Evans – on as a late substitute – and Brown all finding the net.

But Eastwood went the right way to keep out McGeehan’s effort and although Hawkins hit the target, Oxford scored all five of their attempts.

It was Cameron Brannagan who converted the last of them to ensure it would be United who are heading to Wembley.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (Evans 120+1), Burgess (c), Raggett, Seddon (Brown 60); Morris, McGeehan; Williams (Hawkins 114), Harness (Cannon 81), Curtis; Harrison (Marquis 60)
Goals: Harness 38
Booked: Marquis, Curtis
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Downing, Naylor

Oxford (4-1-4-1): Eastwood; Long (Woodburn 120), Dickie (c), Moore, Ruffels; Gorrin (Mousinho 120); Sykes (Hanson 85), Henry (Forde 100), Brannagan, Browne (Agyei 85); Mackie (Taylor 63)
Goals: Harrison 45+3 (og)
Booked: Long, Browne, Dickie, Gorrin, Taylor
Subs not used: Stevens, Atkinson, Kelly

Referee: Darren England

Portsmouth FC

Feb 252020
 

Match Report

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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

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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

Jan 112020
 

Match Report

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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

Dec 032019
 

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Leasing.com Trophy




A much-changed Pompey side battled from behind to beat Northampton and book their place in the third round of the Leasing.com Trophy.

They got off to a poor start and Michael Harriman soon put the League Two side into the lead at a chilly Fratton Park.

But Leon Maloney’s first senior goal levelled the tie before the break and a stunning Marcus Harness strike proved to be the winner.

Kenny Jackett made nine changes from the side that beat Altrincham to progress in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Anton Walkes – who moved to left-back – and Harness were the only players to keep their place in the starting line-up.

Brett Pitman skippered the team up front, with Gareth Evans and Maloney also returning to the forward line.

A fit-again Ross McCrorie featured alongside Andy Cannon in midfield, with James Bolton, Paul Downing and Sean Raggett in defence, and Alex Bass between the sticks.

The hosts looked rusty in the opening stages and Bass was forced to deny Matt Warburton in the opening seconds.

But Northampton did go ahead on 12 minutes, with Harriman left unmarked to convert Joe Martin’s cross from a few yards out.

Pompey did grow into the contest, though, and Evans drew a smart stop from Steve Arnold after collecting Harness’ pass and cutting onto his left foot.

Jordan Turnbull then did well to divert McCrorie’s drive behind following a threatening run from the Scotland under-21 skipper.

And when the same player was brought down on the edge of the box, Harness’ free-kick was just too high for Downing at the back post.

The equaliser did arrive on 39 minutes and it was a moment to remember for MALONEY, who bravely stooped to head home another Harness delivery and open his Pompey account.

A coming together between Martin and Bolton led to pushing and shoving by the South Stand touchline late in the first half.

Referee Will Finnie eventually managed to calm the pair down and showed both players a yellow card.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Northampton Town 1


There was an early chance for the Blues once the action restarted, with Pitman’s header clawed away by Arnold.

Warburton then tried his luck from long-range at the other end, but the ball flew straight into the arms of Bass.

The keeper made a much better save soon after, getting down to keep out Billy Waters’ firm strike after the substitute had been sent through on goal.

Both sides looked capable of taking the lead and Pitman went close with a couple of headers just a minute apart.

He probably should have done better with the first, sending the ball wide from close-range, but the second was a clever effort from further out that looped narrowly over.

Pompey were suddenly looking a real threat and it came as no surprise when they went ahead just past the hour mark.

It was a stunning volleyed finish from HARNESS that thundered into the net after an Evans cross was cleared into his path.

Jackett immediately made a double change, with Maloney and McCrorie making way for John Marquis and Brandon Haunstrup.

And the Blues almost increased their advantage moments later, with Arnold getting down to brilliantly save Pitman’s downwards header.

The skipper certainly deserved a goal for his all-round play and soon bent another shot around the post after being teed-up by the influential Harness.

The action started to wind down as the finish line neared, although a lashed effort from Bolton took a deflection and flew just past the post.

Arnold then kept his side in the contest with a superb save to deny Marquis from point-blank range after Haunstrup had slipped the ball across the box.

Injuries and substitutions meant there were six minutes of stoppage-time to negoatiate, but the Blues saw the game out with ease to secure their place in Thursday evening’s third round draw.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Downing, Raggett, Walkes; Cannon (Close 86), McCrorie (Haunstrup 63); Harness, Evans, Maloney (Marquis 63); Pitman (c)
Goals: Maloney 39, Harness 62
Booked: Bolton
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Burgess, Williams, Harrison

Northampton (3-5-1-1): Arnold; Hall-Johnson, Wharton, Turnbull; Harriman, McWilliams (Waters 51), Watson (c), Pollock, Martin (Williams 68); Warburton; Smith (Harding 68)
Goals: Harriman 12
Booked: Martin, Harriman
Subs not used: Cornell, Hughes, Ballinger, Kaja

Referee: Will Finnie

Attendance: 2,413 (96 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 052019
 

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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

Aug 312019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey had to settle for a share of the spoils at Blackpool, despite Marcus Harness netting his third goal for the club.

The visitors improved as the first half progressed and deservedly went ahead through the winger’s neat finish.

But the Seasiders were much better following the interval and Armand Gnaduillet’s header ensured they claimed a point.

There were chances for both sides to grab a winner after that, with Gnanduillet and John Marquis going close for their respective clubs.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at QPR in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.

It was a straight swap, as Andy Cannon replaced Gareth Evans in midfield, with Tom Naylor taking the captain’s armband.

The latter remained stationed in the centre of defence, as Christian Burgess continued in a right-back role.

It was a blustery day in the north-west and the windy conditions were clearly making life difficult for both sides.

But Blackpool started brightly and delivered plenty of early crosses that had to be dealt with by the Blues back-line.

Paul Downing conceded a foul in a dangerous position and took responsibility by heading behind the resulting free-kick.

The visitors soon started to move through the gears and Ronan Curtis had a shot blocked before sending in a ball that was just out of reach for the diving Marquis.

Some neat Harness footwork and sheer persistence from Andy Cannon then provided a chance for the latter, who prodded wide.

Blackpool threatened at the other end, with Sullay Kaikai sliding in and not quite able to meet James Husband’s pass.

But it was Pompey who broke the deadlock on 17 minutes after Marquis had done well to catch Curtis Tilt in possession.

Ryan Edwards made a good recovery challenge on the striker, only for the ball to land for HARNESS to flight home with his left foot.

The visitors looked well on top and Marquis soon had a shot deflected narrowly wide after racing through.

A cross from Ross McCrorie was then just behind Harness, who could not get enough power on his header to trouble Jak Alnwick in the Blackpool goal.

Both sides picked up a booking each, with McCrorie penalised for a foul on Kaikai, while Edwards was punished for a cynical tug on Marquis.

There was a scare for Pompey when the former collided with Tilt and fell into the advertising hoardings, but the Scottish midfielder was able to continue.

It was Harness who was replaced just before the break, however, with the winger appearing to limp off, despite not collecting any obvious injury.


Half Time

Blackpool 0

Portsmouth 1


Both sides took time to get back up to full speed following the restart, with a few loose passes halting any attacking fluidity.

Burgess had to make a key challenge inside the box on 54 minutes to prevent Gnanduillet from getting a shot away.

There were half chances at each end for Kaikai and Marquis, but neither keeper was being given much to do.

Blackpool found themselves level just before the hour mark, however, as Liam Feeney’s fine cross was converted by a firm Gnanduillet header.

And the striker almost scored a second moments later after meeting Husband’s centre, but Naylor and Craig MacGillivray combined to divert the ball behind.

Pompey were under pressure and Jackett made his second switch on 65 minutes, with earlier substitute Evans replaced by Ellis Harrison.

The hosts were causing plenty of problems and after one corner had been turned behind, a second was headed just past the post by the dangerous Gnanduillet.

It was then the Blues’ turn to go close to taking the lead on 70 minutes following good work down the left by Curtis.

He cut inside and found Cannon and after the midfielder’s blocked attempt fell for Marquis, his shot was kept out by a fine Alnwick save.

Pompey’s final change came in the centre of midfield on 76 minutes, with Anton Walkes on for McCrorie.

So it was a worrying sight to see Curtis hobbling along after picking up a knock, although the winger was fine to continue following some treatment on the pitch.

He soon collected a threaded pass from Naylor and advanced towards goal, flashing in a dangerous cross-shot that flashed past the post.

Both sides were looking capable of scoring the goal that would turn one point into three, but ultimately had to settle for a draw.

Blackpool (4-3-1-2): Alnwick; Turton, Edwards, Tilt, Husband; Feeney, Spearing (c) (Guy 81), Thompson; Kaikai (Virtue 85); Gnanduillet, Nuttall
Goals: Gnanduillet 58
Booked: Edwards, Spearing
Subs not used: Mafoumbi, Bushiri, Heneghan, Shaw, Hardie

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Burgess, Downing, Naylor (c), Haunstrup; McCrorie (Walkes 76), Close; Harness (Evans 40 (Harrison 65)), Cannon, Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Harness 17
Booked: McCrorie, Haunstrup
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Maloney, Pitman

Referee: Chris Sarginson

Attendance: 10,605 (1,816 Pompey 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)

Portsmouth FC

Aug 172019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey suffered defeat in their latest encounter with familiar foes Sunderland, despite taking the lead in the north-east.

A first goal for Marcus Harness since his summer switch from Burton broke the deadlock – and the Blues were good value for their lead.

But the Black Cats had turned things around by the interval, with Jordan Willis heading a leveller before Chris Maguire struck against his former club.

There were chances for the visitors to leave with at least a share of the spoils, but Sunderland held on for the win.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Tranmere on home soil the previous weekend.

John Marquis returned to the starting line-up to lead the line, with Ellis Harrison dropping to the bench.

Former Blues loanees Marc McNulty and Maguire both featured for the hosts, with the latter having scored the decisive goal in last season’s play-off clash.

It was Pompey who made the brighter start and a cross from Anton Walkes in the opening seconds was diverted over by Ronan Curtis.

Ben Close has netted a couple of recent stunners and tried his luck with another 30-yard effort, although this time the ball narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Then, after Marquis had done well to win a corner on the right, Lee Brown’s delivery was cleverly collected by Jon McLaughlin.

The Sunderland stopper soon had to come racing from his line to stop Marquis latching onto Close’s fine pass.

And the visitors made their dominance count by breaking the deadlock midway through the first half.

Harness played a neat one-two with Marquis and was unable to dig out a shot, with his team-mate also failing to make a clean connection at the second attempt.

But the ball fell for HARNESS and he made no mistake, sweeping home a shot to open his goalscoring account for the club.

The lead did not last long, however, as Willis charged into the box to powerfully convert a Grant Leadbitter corner.

Both sides were looking capable of adding to the scoring as the half progressed, although it was the hosts celebrating on 39 minutes.

Walkes tried to stop Aiden McGeady, but his interception ricocheted against the winger, who continued his charge

The Irishman then played a lovely pass across the face of goal, with Maguire there to slot past a helpless Craig MacGillivray.


Half Time

Sunderland 2

Portsmouth 1


The hosts did receive a blow soon after the restart, as McNulty went down injured and was unable to continue, with Charlie Wyke on to replace him.

Pompey were looking for a leveller, but Curtis could not find the target after rising to meet Walkes’ right-sided delivery.

They had a better chance when the visitors won position and Harness slipped a neat pass through to Marquis, who was unable to find the target.

And a spell of intricate short passes led to Brown finding the ball on the left, although his cross was not quite right for Harness.

Brown soon received the ball back again, though, and this time could not beat McLaughlin from a tight angle.

Luke O’Nien wanted a penalty at the other end after going down under pressure from Tom Naylor, but his appeals were immediately dismissed by referee Michael Salisbury.

And the official was equally unimpressed just moments later, when Maguire decided to theatrically hit the turf.

Jackett made a double switch just past hour mark, with Curtis and Andy Cannon making way for Harrison and Gareth Evans.

There was then a nervy moment as the ball flew around the Blues box and could not be cleared, but the danger eventually passed.

The final substitution for the visitors saw on-loan Scottish youngster Ross McCrorie replace Walkes at right-back.

And he immediately released Marquis with a great pass down the right. The striker squared for Evans, whose goal-bound effort was blocked by Alim Ozturk.

A cross from McCrorie was then diverted towards his own net by Leadbitter, but McLaughlin was able to claw the ball to safety.

Pompey continued to control possession as the seconds ticked down, although Sunderland remained resolute to see the game out.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): J.McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Willis, C.McLaughlin; Power, Leadbitter (c); Gooch, Maguire (Hume 87), McGeady (Grigg 81); McNulty (Wyke 49)
Goals: Willis 27, Maguire 39
Booked: McGeady, Maguire
Subs not used: Burge, Flanagan, Dobson, McGeouch

Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Walkes (McCrorie 73), Downing, Burgess, Brown; Close, Naylor (c), Cannon (Evans 62); Harness, Marquis, Curtis (Harrison 62)
Goals: Harness 22
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Haunstrup, Pitman

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Attendance: 29,140 (874 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jul 182019
 

Marcus Harness

PompeyRama

Transfer : Burton Albion – Portsmouth


Pompey have signed winger Marcus Harness from Burton for an undisclosed fee.


The 23-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.

Harness joined Burton from Coventry as a teenager and gained experience with several loan spells, most recently spending a season with Port Vale.

He made a total of 83 appearances for the Brewers and scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 victory at Rochdale last term.

Harness was part of the Burton side that were narrowly beaten by the Blues on home soil back in April.

He ended his career at the Pirelli Stadium by scoring a stunning strike against Premier League side Sheffield United in a friendly on Tuesday evening.

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