Apr 152022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 3
Lincoln City 2


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Ronan Curtis came off the bench to hit the winner in an eventful Good Friday contest with Lincoln at Fratton Park.

George Hirst opened the scoring from the penalty spot early in the first half and the hosts appeared to be cruising when Michael Jacobs curled home a fine free-kick.

But Ted Bishop immediately reduced the Imps’ deficit and Ben House then equalised with his first touch.

It was fellow substitute Curtis who had the final say, though, after ensuring he was in the right place to deal with a loose ball.

Danny Cowley made one change from the side that eased to victory over Rotherham earlier in the week.

Aiden O’Brien was restored to the starting line-up, with fellow Republic of Ireland international Curtis dropping to the bench.

There was a familiar face in Michael Appleton’s opposition team, with John Marquis involved after completing a January switch to the Imps.

It was the visitors who made the faster start in the warm south coast sunshine and Lewis Fiorini wasted a glorious chance in the opening seconds.

He received a cut-back from Liam Cullen in acres of space on the edge of the box, only to blaze over the bar.

The opening was lively and when O’Brien sent the ball into the mixer, Jacobs and Marcus Harness saw efforts blocked in quick succession.

A spell of pressure from Lincoln then resulted in an angled Marquis drive that was comfortably dealt with by Gavin Bazunu.

Pompey were soon dealt a blow when Joe Morrell went down injured for the second time in the space of a few minutes.

The midfielder was unable to continue after receiving treatment and limped off the pitch to be replaced by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

A nice bit of passing play from the Blues involving Sean Raggett and Jacobs almost provided an opening, but the angle was just too tight for O’Brien.

But the action soon began to lull and the rest of the first half had a distinct ‘end of season’ flavour to it.

The Imps did try to finish with a bit of a flourish and Fiorini tried to catch Bazunu off his line, with a shot that flew not too far over the bar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Lincoln City 0


Pompey might have hit a lull towards the end of the first half, but they certainly came charging out of the blocks following the restart.

There was a great chance to score after just a few seconds, but Hirst could not keep his header down from a fine Connor Ogilvie cross.

However, the Blues did break the deadlock on 50 minutes after Cullen was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Jacobs inside the box.

Referee Trevor Kettle pointed straight to the spot and although Jordan Wright went the right way, the penalty from HIRST went under his dive and into the net.

The hosts then went from cursing their failure to double the lead to being relieved they still had one in quick succession.

Louis Thompson did well to steal possession and leave O’Brien with just the keeper to beat, but Wright was equal to his powerful effort.

Lincoln broke straight down the other end and Fiorini sent Cullen racing through on goal, only for Bazunu to come to the rescue with a smart save.

The game began to slow again after the frantic period, but it was given a shot in the arm with two goals just a few minutes apart.

Pompey looked to have wrapped things up when JACOBS curled home a fine 25-yard free-kick that he had won himself.

But the Imps were soon back in the contest, as Bishop was given far too much time to bring the ball under control inside the area before slotting into the net.

Thompson then required treatment on the pitch and was brought off to be replaced by Shaun Williams.

The Blues looked to restore their two-goal advantage and Hirst turned a low Ogilvie centre narrowly past the post.

Cowley made his final switch on 76 minutes, with Curtis adding some fresh attacking energy in place of O’Brien.

Lincoln also made a change, bringing off Marquis for House, who promptly scored just a few seconds later.

The striker slid in to bundle the ball over the line after a Jamie Robson cross had been flicked on by Cullen.

But the Blues were soon back in front after patiently passing the ball around the Imps half in search of an opening.

Raggett eventually found one and surged forward before hitting a low shot that Wright could not keep hold of.

CURTIS picked the ball up and calmly took it past the prostrate keeper before slotting into an empty net.

Lincoln applied late pressure in search of another leveller and the display of eight additional minutes certainly gave them hope.

But the Blues managed to see out the closing stages without too much concern and Hirst might have settled any nerves, only to get the ball caught under his feet inside the area.

It mattered not, though, as they had already done enough to secure the win and continue their fine Fratton form.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie; Morrell (Tunnicliffe 11), Thompson (Williams 71); Harness, O’Brien (Curtis 76), Jacobs; Hirst
Goals: Hirst 50 (pen), Jacobs 68, Curtis 82
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: Webber, Romeo, Mingi, Walker

Lincoln (4-3-3): Wright; Norton-Cuffy, Jackson, Poole, Robson; Bishop (Sanders 83), McGrandles (c), Fiorini; Cullen, Marquis (House 77), Scully
Goals: Bishop 70, House 78
Booked: Jackson
Subs not used: Sørensen, Adelakun, Hopper

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Attendance: 15,175 (811 away fans)

Feb 082022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
Burton Albion 1


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Pompey finally registered their first League One victory of 2022 by seeing off stubborn Burton at Fratton Park.

It was a deserved outcome, although the hosts probably should have made life easier for themselves following a dominant first half display.

Sean Raggett headed them in front and Michael Jacobs continued his fine individual form by doubling the leas before the break.

But former Fratton loanee Gassan Ahadme reduced Albion’s deficit shortly after the restart, meaning the rest of the contest was nervier than it might have been.

Danny Cowley made two enforced changes from the side that were cruelly beaten at Oxford at the weekend.

Joe Morrell saw his appeal for a harsh sending off dismissed, so began a three-match ban and made way for Tyler Walker.

The other switch was like-for-like, as Mahlon Romeo recovered from an ankle injury to replace Kieron Freeman, who was suffering from concussion.

Pompey came tearing out of the blocks and there were just 35 seconds on the clock when they had a chance to opening scoring.

Hayden Carter got free and found Ronan Curtis, who escaped one challenge before seeing his effort deflected wide.

Jacobs then found space to get forward and hit a low shot that was parried clear by Ben Garratt, with William Kokolo mopping up the loose ball.

The resulting corner was sent into the mixer by Jacobs, but Connor Ogilvie could only get a glancing touch.

There was a drop in pace after that flurry of activity, with the match turning into a slightly cagey affair.

But the Blues started to get back on top and a lovely ball from George Hirst started an attack, but he could only head over when the cross came in from Jacobs.

The pair combined again moments later, swapping passes in the area before the Leicester loanee’s shot was deflected behind.

And it was from the resulting corner that the deadlock was broken, as RAGGETT rose highest to head home Jacobs’ delivery.

It came as no surprise to see that man JACOBS double the lead before the break, catching Joe Powell dithering and nipping in to slot the ball past Garratt.

Burton did have an opportunity to reduce their deficit before the whistle blew, with Gavin Bazunu having to get down to deal with Ciaran Gilligan’s strike.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Burton Albion 0


The hosts looked to keep attacking once the action restarted, only for their opponents to find a lifeline.

Mahlon Romeo and Carter got in each other’s way as the ball ran across the box and Terry Taylor’s angled effort was turned home by Gassan.

Powell then tried to sneak a free-kick inside Bazunu’s near post, but was unable to keep his effort down.

Pompey were struggling to replicate the attacking fluency on display at times before the break, although a Jacobs corner caused problems in Brewers box before eventually being hacked clear.

And they came close to restoring their two-goal lead on 67 minutes after Louis Thompson’s persistence had found Jacobs in space.

His low centre was only cleared as far as Curtis, whose shot was turned over the bar by the leg of Garratt.

The keeper then came off his line to deny Walker a first Blues goal after the ball had been flicked on by Hirst.

But Burton had a chance of their own moments later, with Ogilvie having to time his tackle to perfection to dispossess Harry Chapman inside the box.

Cowley then decided to add some fresh legs in the midfield engine room, as Thompson made way for Ryan Tunnicliffe.

And a second substitution followed soon after, with Denver Hume replaced on the left by Reeco Hackett.

There were comical scenes when a decision went against the visitors, leading to their manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink throwing his papers in the air and jumping up in frustration.

He was shown a yellow card for his outburst by referee Craig Hicks, while Clark Robertson came on for Jacobs during the pause in play.

And the Blues then saw out the closing stages with relative ease to climb above their opponents in the League One standings.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Thompson (Tunnicliffe 73), Jacobs (Robertson 85), Hume (Hackett 80); Curtis; Hirst, Walker
Goals: Raggett 33, Jacobs 41
Booked: Raggett, Curtis
Subs not used: Webber, Jewitt-White, Harness, O’Brien

Burton (3-4-3): Garratt; Shaughnessy, Leak, Borthwick-Jackson; Hamer, Mancienne (c) (Saydee 82), Taylor (Chapman 63), Kokolo; Gilligan, Gassan (Moult 86), Powell
Goals: Gassan 50
Booked: Mancienne, Powell, Taylor, Chapman
Subs not used: Kovář, Blake-Tracy, Maddox, Lakin

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 13,407 (96 away fans)

Feb 052022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A League 1
Oxford United 3
Portsmouth 2


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Pompey conceded deep into stoppage-time to cruelly be denied a point at Oxford after having to play most of the game with just 10 men.

Michael Jacobs immediately cancelled out Luke McNally’s early opener, only for Joe Morrell to then be harshly sent off.

But the Blues were on course for an unlikely victory when Ronan Curtis slotted them into the lead after the break.

Cameron Brannagan levelled in the closing stages of normal time, however, before substitute Nathan Holland struck at the death.

Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that were beaten by Charlton on home soil on Monday night.

Two of them were enforced, with the injured Mahlon Romeo (ankle) and Shaun Williams (back) replaced by Kieron Freeman and Louis Thompson.

Marcus Harness, Tyler Walker and Clark Robertson all dropped to the bench to make way for Jacobs, Curtis and Connor Ogilvie.

Also named among the substitutes were deadline day signing Aiden O’Brien and a fit-again Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Former Blues players Ryan Williams and Steve Seddon both started for the hosts, who also had Simon Eastwood in their matchday squad.

Anybody who got into the ground late would certainly have missed some key incidents, as the opening 16 minutes saw two goals and a red card.

The hosts took an early lead when McNally rose highest in the box to convert a corner from Billy Bodin.

But Pompey quickly hit back, as a long kick from Gavin Bazunu was flicked on by George Hirst and Curtis did well to keep it in play.

His neat back-flick was collected from Freeman, who then squared the ball for JACOBS to slot home from close range.

The celebrations did not last long, however, as the disbelieving visitors were soon reduced to 10 men.

Morrell caught Brannagan and there was no surprise that a free-kick was awarded, but the midfielder was left open-mouthed when referee Samuel Barrott brandished a red card.

United looked to make the most of their numerical advantage and got plenty of men forward to apply pressure.

They came close to restoring their advantage when Brannagan was sent racing through, but Bazunu was off his line quickly to make a key save.

Williams then ballooned a good chance over the bar, while Herbie Kane rolled a shot narrowly wide and saw another attempt held by Bazunu.

But the Blues almost took the lead themselves just before the break after Jacobs had stolen possession.

He rolled the ball across for Hirst, but the striker’s low shot was kept out by the foot of keeper Jack Stevens.


Half Time

Oxford Un ited 1

Portsmouth 1


The second half began more than 20 minutes later than scheduled because of an unspecified ‘incident’.

And when the action did get started, there was a cagey opening – before Pompey helped explode the contest back into life.

Hirst did well to get forward and use his strength brilliantly to hold of a challenge before finding Jacobs.

He then slipped a clever pass through to CURTIS, who was left in space to calmly roll the ball past Stevens and into the net.

Oxford tried to hit back and Bodin’s shot was blocked after both Matty Taylor and Seddon had failed to connect with Williams’ centre.

Bazunu then dived to his left to push behind Brannagan’s angled strike and was able to deal with the resulting corner.

And Pompey were forced to make a change on the hour mark when Freeman took a ball to the face and was replaced by Robertson.

It was the home side that were unsurprisingly seeing more of the ball and a couple of corners caused a few nerves, while Bazunu made a regulation save to deny Mark Sykes.

Cowley then made his second switch on 71 minutes, bringing some fresh legs into the engine room by swapping Thompson with Tunnicliffe.

Bazunu was soon called into action again, getting down to his right to push clear a low Brannagan shot that was creeping towards the bottom corner.

But the Blues’ resistance was finally broken late on, courtesy of a fine 25-yard strike from Brannagan that flew into the net.

O’Brien was then brought on for his debut in place of Hirst and the delay caused by Freeman’s injury, along with various other stoppages, meant 10 minutes were added on.

With the defender’s departure deemed a concussion substitute, Denver Hume made way for Reeco Hackett.

But the Blues were unable to hang on and Holland’s effort from outside the box clipped the inside of the post on its way into the net.

Oxford (3-1-4-2): Stevens; McNally, Moore (c), Brown (Holland 55); Kane; Williams (Winnall 63), Sykes, Brannagan, Seddon (Mousinho 90+8); Bodin (McGuane 87), Taylor
Goals: McNally 6, Brannagan 82, Holland 90+6
Booked: Brannagan, Seddon, Kane, Moore
Subs not used: Eastwood, Forde, Smyth

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Freeman (Robertson 60), Thompson (Tunnicliffe 71), Morrell, Hume (Hackett 90+5); Jacobs; Hirst (O’Brien 82), Curtis
Goals: Jacobs 10, Curtis 51
Sent off: Morrell
Booked: Jacobs, Hirst, Hume, Curtis, Bazunu, Tunnicliffe, Raggett
Subs not used: Webber, Harness, Walker

Referee: Samuel Barrott

Attendance: 10,373 (1,754 Pompey fans)

Jan 312022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Charlton Athletic 2


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Pompey’s poor start to 2022 continued with defeat to Charlton, despite a late charge at Fratton Park.

There was a huge moment of controversy when Conor Washington opened the scoring, with the officials missing a clear offside in the build-up.

And when Clark Robertson inadvertently found his own net after the break, it looked as though the Addicks’ points were secure.

But Michael Jacobs came off the bench to reduce the deficit and the Blues threw everything at their visitors before time ran out.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sunderland in the last outing.

Denver Hume was handed his debut wide on the left, while there were also starts for Shaun Williams and George Hirst.

There were home bows for Tyler Walker and Hayden Carter, with deadline day capture Aiden O’Brien watching from the directors’ box.

Reeco Hackett, Louis Thompson and Ronan Curtis dropped to the bench and were joined by new keeper Ollie Webber.

Former Fratton favourite Craig MagGillivray started for the visitors, who had Stephen Henderson and Jason Pearce among their substitutes.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off to remember former Blues left-back Jamie Vincent, who tragically passed away recently at the age of 46.

When the action started, Pompey looked bright and a ball over the top from Sean Raggett saw the crowd rise to their feet.

Hume just about beat Hirst to get a shot away and sent a low effort creeping agonisingly wide of the post.

It was certainly a lively start for the wing-back, who soon provided a fine delivery that Mahlon Romeo could only turn over at the far post.

Then, when a free-kick from Williams was only partially cleared, Joe Morrell thumped a shot just off target.

And some nice build-up play ended with the bright Morrell sweeping the ball right into the mixer, but Hirst could not make a connection.

There was a warning for the hosts midway through the first half, however, as Corey Blackett-Taylor surged half the length of the pitch before narrowly clearing the crossbar.

Charlton did break the deadlock on 31 minutes, but it was a goal that should never have been allowed to stand.

Chuks Aneke was clearly offside when he met an Adam Matthews cross, but the assistant referee kept his flag down.

Gavin Bazunu made a fine save to deny the striker, only for Washington to follow up and find the net from close range.

The visitors might have doubled their advantage soon after, but Alex Gilbey’s strike rattled the woodwork from a tight angle.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Charlton Athletic 1


There was a slow start to proceedings once the action restarted, but Pompey came close to levelling on 56 minutes.

Williams lifted the ball into the box, where it was nodded on by Hirst for skipper Robertson, who could only poke wide.

But the Addicks looked threatening on the break and one quick move up the pitch ended with Blackett-Taylor angling a shot over.

A pass from Morrell then sent Hirst charging into the box, only for a perfectly-timed Ryan Inniss challenge to deny him.

The Blues were left with a mountain to climb when their opponents doubled their lead just past the hour mark.

It was a fine cross into the box from Sean Clare on the right and in his attempt to deal with it, Robertson headed into his own net.

There was ironic applause at the other end when Romeo’s deflected shot finally forced MacGillivray into action, albeit with a regulation stop.

Cowley replaced Walker and Williams with Curtis and Thompson on 71 minutes, while Carter made way for Jacobs soon after.

And it was JACOBS who provided some hope when he collected Curtis’ pass and took a couple of neat touches before hitting a shot that was fumbled over the line by MacGillivray.

A quick counter almost led to a leveller, with Morrell feeding Curtis and the forward’s low shot fizzing just past the post.

There were farcical scenes when Aneke – booked for time wasting seconds earlier – then had to be dragged to his feet by Morrell.

The visitors took an age in bringing the striker off, which resulted in referee Neil Hair showing a yellow card to manager Johnnie Jackson.

Pompey were pushing for a leveller and a dangerous Jacobs free-kick somehow evaded everyone as it flew out of play.

Hirst then did well to lay the ball off for Thompson, with the substitute’s shot saved low down by MacGillivray.

A Raggett header in stoppage-time then ricocheted into the keeper’s arms, as the Blues’ ultimately fell just short.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter (Jacobs 72), Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo, Morrell, Williams (Thompson 71), Hume; Harness; Hirst, Walker (Curtis 71)
Goals: Jacobs 79
Booked: Morrell
Subs not used: Webber, Freeman, Ogilvie, Hackett

Charlton (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Clare, Inniss (c) (Pearce 70), Famewo; Matthews, Gilbey, Dobson, Morgan, Blackett-Taylor (Purrington 87); Aneke (Leko 87), Washington
Goals: Washington 31, Robertson 64 (og)
Booked: Famewo, Aneke, Dobson, Leko
Subs not used: Henderson, Watson, Jaiyesimi, Lee

Referee: Neil Hair

Attendance: 15,326 (1,230 away fans)

Jan 112022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A EFL Trophy
Cambridge United 2
Portsmouth 1


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Pompey’s eventful Papa John’s Trophy adventure finally came to an end with a narrow defeat at Cambridge.

The home side appeared to have got the job done with a brace from Harvey Knibbs early in the second half.

A Michael Jacobs header gave the Blues hope of a comeback, but there was to be no late drama at Abbey Stadium.

Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that dramatically beat Exeter on Friday night to reach the last 16.

There was a welcome return for skipper Clark Robertson, who made his first appearance in exactly four months after recovering from a hip injury.

Ronan Curtis started following his heroics from the bench in Devon, while there were also places for Louis Thompson, Reeco Hackett and Jacobs.

Sean Raggett, Lee Brown, Miguel Azeez, Marcus Harness and John Marquis all dropped to the bench, where they were joined by a fit-again Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Both teams showed an intent to get forward in the opening stages, with chances arriving at either end of the pitch.

Sam Smith raced in behind the defence to meet a deep Wes Hoolahan cross, but Alex Bass made a fine save to tip the ball over.

The keeper had an easier stop to make a few moments later, with Knibbs firing straight at him.

It was Pompey’s turn to attack soon after and Curtis scuffed a shot past the post after his initial attempt had been blocked.

George Hirst’s touch from a Hackett free-kick was then just too heavy, allowing Dimitar Mitov to gather.

But the quality started to wane as the action progressed, with each side cancelling the other one out.

Kieron Freeman did well to deal with the danger after Hoolahan skipped past a couple of half-hearted challenges.

Meanwhile, a spell of promising Blues pressure eventually broke down when Curtis nodded a cross wide.

And a low long-range effort from Jacobs was struck cleanly enough, only to fly straight into Mitov’s midriff.


Half Time

Cambridge United 0

Portsmouth 0


Robertson’s work was done for the night, with the captain replaced in the centre of defence by Raggett.

It was Cambridge who made the brighter start to the second half, however, and enjoyed a period of pressure that led to their breakthrough.

The ball ricocheted kindly for Knibbs on the edge of the box and he hit a precise shot that flew past Bass and nestled in the bottom corner.

And the home side continued to dominate, with Knibbs nodding them further into the lead after Hoolahan had lifted a pass into the mixer.

Cowley’s response was to make another quartet of substitutions, as Tunnicliffe, Brown, Marquis and Harness replaced Thompson, Hackett, Hirst and Curtis.

But it was still United looking more likely to add to the scoring and Jack Lankester curled a free-kick narrowly over the bar.

Bass then made three saves in quick succession to deny Harrison Dunk and James Brophy from tight angles, and then a more central effort from Lankester.

The ball was finally put in the back of the net by Knibbs, but referee Darren Drysdale had spotted an infringement.

And the Blues suddenly found themselves back in the contest, as JACOBS rose to nod home a Brown corner, despite the best efforts of Liam Bennett to clear from the line.

That perked the visitors up and they set about trying to find another late goal in the Papa John’s Trophy.

They were not too far away when a cross from Jacobs was deflected onto the head of Marquis and the ball fizzed past the post.

Brown then saw a shot blocked after being teed-up by Jacobs, as the Blues tried to force a penalty shoot-out.

They came even closer when Harness swung the ball into the box from the left and Marquis prodded it straight into the arms of Mitov.

And Cambridge were able to see out six minutes of stoppage-time to seal a quarter-final trip to Rotherham.

Cambridge (4-2-3-1): Mitov; Bennett, Okedina, Iredale, Dunk (c); O’Neil (Worman 46), May (Digby 71); Lankester (Dickens 90+1), Hoolahan (Brophy 71), Knibbs (Ironside 83); Smith
Goals: Knibbs 50, 59
Booked: Lankester, Iredale
Sub not used: Mannion

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bass; Freeman, Robertson (c) (Raggett 46), Ogilvie; Romeo, Thompson (Tunnicliffe 60), Morrell, Hackett (Brown 60); Jacobs; Hirst (Marquis 60), Curtis (Harness 60)
Goals: Jacobs 76
Subs not used: Steward, Azeez

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 1,308 (283 Pompey fans)

Nov 202021
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
AFC Wimbledon 1


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Marcus Harness continued his fine run of goalscoring form by hitting Pompey’s late winner against AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park.

The home side had to recover from falling behind following a terrible penalty decision, with Nesta Guinness-Walker’s theatrical tumble fooling the referee.

Ollie Palmer converted from the spot and it took until midway through the second half before Michael Jacobs finally got the equaliser.

Time was ticking away in the search for a winner, but Harness finally slotted home a seventh goal in his past 11 outings.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that impressively won at Wycombe the previous week.

Gavin Bazunu reclaimed his place between the sticks after returning from international duty, while there was a first league start of the season for Jacobs.

Alex Bass and Miguel Azeez both dropped to the bench, where they were joined by fit-again striker Ellis Harrison.

Before kick-off, a minute’s applause was held to pay tribute to 1979/80 promotion-winning skipper Joe Laidlaw, who passed away earlier in the week.

Pompey came charging out the blocks once the action began and Harness combined neatly with Jacobs.

The latter’s square pass looked like it would leave George Hirst with a simple finish, only for Paul Osew to make a timely interception.

Palmer then collected a pass from Luke McCormick at the other end, with his drive claimed at the second attempt by Bazunu.

But it was the Blues looking more likely to break the deadlock and some impressive pressing saw them win possession high up the pitch.

A neat Harness back-flick sent Jacobs through on goal, but Nik Tzanev spread himself well to make the save.

The home side were playing with real energy and causing plenty of problems, only to fall behind following a terrible refereeing decision.

Guiness-Walker and Ronan Curtis were shoulder-to-shoulder in the Blues box and the Dons defender threw himself to the ground.

Thomas Bramall was fooled, though, and pointed to the spot, much to the astonishment of the home side, their coaching staff and practically everyone inside Fratton Park.

Former Hawks striker Palmer stepped up to take the penalty and coolly sent it straight down the middle to find the net.

Pompey set about trying to find an equaliser and thought it had arrived when Lee Brown cut the ball back for Harness to slot home.

Bramall again incurred the wrath of the home faithful, though, by blowing for an earlier foul on Curtis.

The home side recovered from a ragged spell to the finish the half strongly and Tzanev beat away a long-range Curtis attempt.

And the keeper made an even better save moments later, this time stopping Harness from converting a clever Jacobs pass.

But a poor Bazunu kick almost led to a second goal for the visitors just before the break, with the Republic of Ireland international recovering well to deny McCormick.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

AFC Wimbledon 1


AFC Wimbledon went close again following the restart after Osew escaped down the right and found McCormick in the box.

The midfielder’s effort was heading for the net, but Sean Raggett slid in to make a timely block and keep the deficit at just one goal.

Cowley made his first switch on 53 minutes, with Hirst withdrawn and Reeco Hackett joining the forward line.

And another one soon followed, as Joe Morrell – back from international duty with Wales – replaced Louis Thompson.

The newcomer soon combined with Harness to release Mahlon Romeo, who surged half the length of the pitch before firing in a low shot that was kept out by Tzanev.

Wimbledon’s stopper had arguably been their best player, but will feel he could have done better with Pompey’s leveller on 63 minutes.

JACOBS collected a pass from Lee Brown and cut inside from the left before hitting a low shot that the keeper could only help into the net.

There might have been another goal for the hosts soon after, but Tzanev redeemed himself by keeping out a dipping Curtis free-kick.

They still had to stay alert at the other end, though, and Jack Rudoni wasted a decent opening by dragging the ball wide.

Bazunu then dived acrobatically to his left to cling onto a long-range effort from Osew, as the action continued to switch from one end to the next.

Cowley made one last attacking throw of the dice on 83 minutes, with the tiring Jacobs replaced by Harrison.

Bazunu then did well to dive at the feet of Osew inside the area after the Wimbledon right-back had found some space.

Pompey threw bodies forward in search of another goal, but time appeared to be running out on them.

Then, with just a minute of normal time remaining, HARNESS collected a Morrell pass and hit a low shot that clipped the inside of the post on its way into the net.

There was still time for a bit more late drama, as a Dons corner found substitute Ethan Chislett, whose shot was claimed by Bazunu.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bazunu; Romeo, Raggett, Ogilvie, Brown (c); Harness, Thompson (Morrell 56), Williams, Jacobs (Harrison 82); Curtis, Hirst (Hackett 53)
Goals: Jacobs 63, Harness 89
Booked: Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Azeez, Gassan

AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1): Tzanev; Osew, Heneghan, Czoka, Guinness-Walker; Hartigan, Woodyard (c); Assal (Chislett 82), McCormick (Marsh 76), Rudoni; Palmer (Pressley 76)
Goals: Palmer 24 (pen)
Booked: Assal
Subs not used: Oualah, Charles, Jenkins, Mebude

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Attendance: 16,234 (910 away fans)

Feb 022021
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A League 1
Charlton Athletic 1
Portsmouth 3


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Pompey returned to winning ways in style with a deserved victory over promotion rivals Charlton at The Valley.

The game – which was rearranged from the weekend because of a waterlogged pitch – saw the visitors create a hatful of chances.

They led at the break thanks to a superb Michael Jacobs strike, although Jayden Stockley levelled against his former club.

But the Blues were not to be denied and Tom Naylor restored the advantage before Andy Cannon wrapped things up with a fierce finish.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten by Lincoln on home soil the previous week.

Charlie Daniels came in for his full Pompey debut, while there were also starts for James Bolton, Ellis Harrison and Jacobs.

Jack Whatmough started a three-match ban following his red card against the Imps, with Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness dropping to the bench.

The possession stats did not give a true indication of how the first half unfolded, with the hosts seeing more of the ball, but their opponents largely on top.

An early John Marquis effort did not overly trouble Addicks keeper Ben Amos, while it was the Londoners who were first to properly threaten.

A fizzing effort from the edge of the box by Albie Morgan on 10 minutes clipped the top of the crossbar.

But Pompey soon found their feet and looked particularly dangerous on the break, causing plenty of problems.

When Sean Raggett intercepted the ball, Harrison probably took too long to find Marquis, who was unable to keep his effort down.

A Daniels free-kick was blocked by the Charlton wall, while the follow-up from Harrison met the same fate.

Jacobs’ superb pass then found Marquis in the area, but Amos was quickly off his line to deny the striker.

Addicks skipper Darren Pratley was perhaps fortunate not to make a fuller connection with Cannon after lunging in on the midfielder and escaped with a booking.

That failed to stop Pompey’s attacking mindset, though, and Marquis’ shot was deflected wide after Deji Oshilaja’s slip opened up space.

But the deadlock was finally broken on 39 minutes – and it was a fine strike to give the Blues their deserved lead.

Naylor collected the ball from a corner and slipped a pass to JACOBS, who launched a rocket of a shot right into the top corner.

Pompey almost added a second in stoppage-time after the lively Harrison had stolen possession, but this time the attempt from Jacobs was deflected narrowly past the post.


Half Time

Charlton Athletic 0

Portsmouth 1


It was the visitors who had created most of the game’s best moments before the break, but their opponents levelled with the first decent chance of the second half.

A corner was sent into the box by Andrew Shinnie and Stockley rose highest to nod the ball past Craig MacGillivray.

Harrison came close to restoring the lead almost immediately, but Amos stuck out a hand to somehow deny him after Daniels’ free-kick had been nodded on by Marquis.

The goal did come soon after, however, as Harness – who had come on for Williams – whipped in a free-kick that was headed home by NAYLOR.

And it soon got even better, with CANNON stealing the ball from Ben Watson and hammering in a fierce shot that found the net off the inside of the post.

There were worries following a clash of heads between Raggett and Oshilaja, although both were fine to continue after getting bandaged up.

Charlton committed men forward in search of a route back into the contest, only for attempts from Watson and Liam Millar to fail to find the target.

Pompey let their opponents have the ball in the closing stages and there were eight minutes of stoppage-time for the hosts to do something special.

But the Blues – who brought on George Byers and Harvey White as the seconds ticked down – saw the game out to climb up to fourth in the table.

Charlton (4-1-2-1-2): Amos; Matthews, Gunter, Oshilaja, Maatsen; Pratley (c) (Watson 46); Forster-Caskey, Shinnie (Smith 77); Morgan (Millar 46); Schwartz (Aneke 61), Stockley
Goals: Stockley 52
Booked: Oshilaja, Pratley, Maatsen, Watson
Subs not used: Maynard-Brewer, Pearce, Purrington

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Bolton, Raggett, Daniels; Williams (Harness 53), Naylor (c), Cannon, Jacobs (White 90+5); Marquis (Byers 87), Harrison
Goals: Jacobs 39, Naylor 55, Cannon 61
Booked: Harrison, Naylor
Subs not used: Ward, Mnoga, Brown, Curtis

Referee: Lee Swabey

Oct 202020
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A League 1
Gillingham 0
Portsmouth 2


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Pompey roared back to winning ways in style with a comfortable – and confident – success against Gillingham at Priestfield.

Both goals arrived in the space of a few first half minutes, with John Marquis stroking home the opener.

And Michael Jacobs then finished off a flowing counter-attack to score his first goal since his summer arrival.

The margin of victory might have been even greater had it not been for the woodwork and some fine Jack Bonham saves.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten by Doncaster on home soil at the weekend.

Marquis came in for the injured Ellis Harrison, partnering Marcus Harness up front in a 4-4-2 formation.

Meanwhile, Ronan Curtis and Ben Close dropped to the bench to make way for Jacobs and Ryan Williams.

With Pompey one striker light, third year scholar Alfie Stanley was handed a place among the substitutes.

Both sides looked to get forward in the opening stages – perhaps inspired by the artificial crowd noise being pumped out over the public address system.

Gillingham had a couple of dangerous free-kicks, with Tom O’Connor sending one past the post and Jacob Mellis firing the other into the arms of Craig MacGillivray.

But the hosts were left stunned by a couple of impressive goals in quick succession from their clinical opponents.

The first saw Williams send a neat back-heel into the path of MARQUIS, who ran along the edge of the box before passing the ball neatly into the net.

And the advantage was soon doubled, courtesy of a lightning quick breakaway from the visitors that caught the Gills flat-footed.

Marquis held the ball up well before laying it off for Harness, who immediately played a perfect cross-field pass.

JACOBS was the recipient and he raced through on goal, holding off a challenge before firing home to open his Blues account.

Gillingham tried to hit back and Jordan Graham’s free-kick from the left was nodded narrowly over by Vadaine Oliver.

Graham then had a chance of his own, but could not quite keep his effort down after doing well to find space in the box.

But Pompey almost found a third goal just before the break, with Tom Naylor stooping to meet Williams’ cross and glancing a header against the post.


Half Time

Gillingham 0

Portsmouth 2


And the visitors went close again soon after the restart, when Jacobs cut inside from the left and drew a save from Bonham with his angled drive.

The ball then ran kindly for Williams, only for Declan Drysdale to dive in front of the Australian’s strike and divert it behind.

Callum Johnson and Harness soon combined well down the right, with the latter’s cut-back fired over by Jacobs.

Gillingham needed an inspiration and brought on John Akinde, who had a goalless spell at Fratton Park in 2013.

And they tried to take advantage of a cheap turnover on 58 minutes, with O’Connor’s shot deflected behind by Naylor.

There was another hairy moment a few minutes later, with Lee Brown trying to nod the ball back to MacGillivray and instead sending it inches past his own post.

But the Blues had a great opportunity to wrap things up when Williams lifted a fine delivery into the centre, where Marquis rose and headed off target.

Harness then raced onto a long ball over the head of Christian Maghoma and took a brilliant touch to send him through on goal, only for Bonham to make a key save with his feet.

Jackett freshened things up with a double substitution on 74 minutes, as Close and Curtis replaced Andy Cannon and Harness.

And Curtis immediately showcased some tricky footwork to get into the box, where a spot of pinball ensued before the visitors conceded a foul as they tried to force the ball into the net.

Gillingham came close to setting up a nervy finale, but MacGillivray saved Josh Eccles’ firmly-struk effort and Johnson mopped up the danger.

And Pompey also dealt with some dangerous deliveries into the box to see out the final few moments and seal all three points.

Gillingham (4-2-3-1): Bonham; Jackson (c), Maghoma, Drysdale, Ogilvie; Eccles, O’Connor; Samuel (Akinde 55), Mellis, Graham; Oliver (MacDonald 85)
Booked: Graham
Subs not used: Walsh, Tucker, McKenzie, Robertson, Coyle

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon (Close 74), Jacobs (Pring 90+2); Harness (Curtis 74), Marquis
Goals: Marquis 14, Jacobs 17
Booked: Johnson, Marquis
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Morris, Stanley

Referee: David Rock

Sep 142020
 

Portsmouth FC Transfers Career Stats


Michael Jacobs

(Free Agent)

Pompey have completed the signing of midfielder Michael Jacobs.

The 28-year-old has penned a two-year deal, with the club holding the option for a further 12 months.

He left Wigan at the end of last season and will wear the number 24 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Jacobs began his career with Northampton, where he impressed enough to earn a move to Championship side Derby.

He was then signed by Jackett – initially on loan – at Wolves and helped them secure the League One title with a record points tally of 103.

Jacobs moved to Wigan in the summer of 2015, where he picked up a medal for topping the third tier table on two more occasions.

He made a total of 188 appearances for the Latics and scored 32 goals, including a fine solo strike against Blackburn back in June.