On This Day
Checkatrade Trophy Winners
In the greater scheme of things it maybe a minor trophy but seeing you team at Wembley and lifting a trophy is never something to be taken lightly.
The added benefit of also taking away the one trophy Southampton had won that we hadn’t!
Transport was a nightmare, trains absolutely rammed full so Colin drove us to Horsham to try and get a train with some room on it which was a success.
Poor first half with Sunderland deserved leaders but what a turn around second half with the introduction of Gareth Evans and Oliver Hawkins. We thought we had won it with Jamal Lowe’s late extra time goal but as we have seen so many times we cannot defend or kill off the last few minutes of a game and so we faced the trauma of penalties and all five takers hit the spot.
Well done Portsmouth
Checkatrade Trophy – Final
Pompey won the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties following a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at a packed Wembley Stadium.
They were poor in the first half and an Aiden McGeady free-kick meant the Black Cats deservedly led at the interval.
But the Blues were rejuvenated following the restart and Nathan Thompson levelled to ensure an additional 30 minutes.
Jamal Lowe then struck to seemingly secure the win, only for McGeady to scramble the ball home at the death.
That meant a dreaded shoot-out, but Pompey scored all of their spot-kicks, meaning that Craig MacGillivray’s save from Lee Cattermole allowed Oli Hawkins to fire home the winner.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Shrewsbury in the league the previous week.
Ronan Curtis was fit enough to start after recovering from severing his finger, meaning that Gareth Evans dropped to the bench.
The teams emerged to a vociferous atmosphere created by a packed crowd at the national stadium.
Pompey’s contingent were whipped up by rousing pre-match speeches from former Fratton heroes David Norris and Hermann Hreidarsson.
But it was the Black Cats who made the brighter start, with Thompson forced to clear George Honeyman’s teasing cross behind.
Lee Brown then made a great challenge right in the corner to stop Lewis Morgan’s charge, as the side from the north-east looked threatening.
Lowe tried his best to cause problems at the other end, although a ball into the box flew straight into Jon McLaughlin’s grasp.
Sunderland were looking more likely to open the scoring and Matt Clarke threw himself in the path of McGeady’s strike.
Pompey’s best opportunity came when Omar Bogle was felled on the right and Brown swung the ball into the mixer.
Christian Burgess rose at the back post, but could not get enough power on his header to trouble McLaughlin.
An effort from Morgan was deflected behind by Brown, while a key Clarke challenge halted Will Grigg’s charge.
There was a rare shot for Pompey on 22 minutes, although Curtis’ effort was always swerving wide of the post.
Then, after Tom Naylor had conceded a free-kick, the midfielder had to nod behind Grant Leadbitter’s delivery.
Sunderland came close to breaking the deadlock soon after when the ball was only cleared as far as Morgan outside the box.
The winger hit a fierce volley that flew through a sea of bodies, but MacGillivray got down well to push the ball clear.
It was only a brief respite for the Blues, however, and they were undone after Thompson had conceded a foul.
McGeady was brought down and picked himself up to curl the ball home, albeit with the help of a deflection off Clarke’s shoulder.
Pompey tried to hit back after the break and when Bogle met a corner from Brown, his header was cleared from the line.
It would not have counted, though, as referee Dean Whitestone had spotted a foul on Luke O’Nien in the build-up.
The Blues were looking a lot brighter and trying to use Lowe as an outlet, but were still lacking a final ball.
Jackett tried to shake things up on 56 minutes, with Curtis being brought off and replaced by Evans on the left.
And it was a long pass from the newcomer that almost provided an equaliser just past the hour mark.
The ball was nodded down by Lowe and Pitman took one touch before hitting a neat half-volley that struck the base of the post.
Pompey were suddenly looking a real threat and when Sunderland failed to deal with another Evans delivery, Thompson was unable to find the target at the back post.
Lowe then had a great opportunity following good work from Pitman, but rolled his shot wastefully past the post.
Jackett made his second switch to the forward line on 69 minutes, as Bogle made way for Hawkins.
The striker was soon having his shirt tugged inside the area, although Whitestone did not think it was enough to warrant a penalty.
Evans then did well to hold off a challenge and burst forward, firing in a long-range strike that flashed past the post.
But Pompey did find themselves level on 82 minute – and the goal came from a very unlikely source.
THOMPSON had yet to score in 69 appearances, but certainly picked the right location to open his account, nodding home after Evans had collected the ball from Clarke and sent it into the box.
The Blues contingent of an EFL Trophy record crowd of 85,021 erupted as the players ran towards them in celebration.
It had been a dominant second half display, but Sunderland might have secured victory in stoppage-time when Denver Hume skipped through and sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal.
Full Time: Pompey 1 Sunderland 1
There were, unsurprisingly, a few tired legs on display at Wembley as the extra period of 30 minutes got started.
Pompey were still looking to get forward and Evans was tackled inside the box after playing a neat one-two with Brown.
Lowe then screwed a shot wide after Hawkins had laid the ball off, while an angled effort from Brown was comfortable for McLaughlin.
Following a brief break after the first set of 15 minutes, the Blues got straight back on the attack and Evans had a shot blocked after cutting in from the left.
Jackett was forced to make a change when Ben Close limped off and his replacement almost scored within seconds of coming on.
Anton Walkes received the ball on the edge of the box and his effort had to be clawed behind by McLaughlin.
But Pompey did go ahead on 114 minutes and it was a brilliant finish from LOWE, who collected a long Clarke pass and sent a glorious lob over McLaughlin and into the net.
The winger was booked for taking his shirt off in celebration, but it looked like being the decisive goal.
Sunderland had other ideas, however, and in the dying seconds McGeady scrambled home an equaliser, despite the best efforts of Clarke to clear from the line.
After Extra Time: Pompey 2 Sunderland 2
A penalty shoot-out is always a nervy occasion, but the Blues kept their nerve throughout, scoring all five of their spot-kicks.
Evans, Pitman, Brown and Lowe all tucked away their efforts, while Sunderland’s second from Cattermole was saved by MacGillivray.
It meant that Hawkins had the chance to win it for the Blues and he made no mistake, slotting the ball home to send the large travelling contingent home in joyous mood.
Pitman then led his side up the Wembley steps to collect the Checkatrade Trophy and send those fans wild with delight.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close (Walkes 113); Lowe, Pitman (c), Curtis (Evans 56); Bogle (Hawkins 69)
Goals: Thompson 82, Lowe 114
Booked: Curtis, Evans, Lowe
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, May, Vaughan
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; O’Nien, Flanagan, Baldwin, James (Hume 88); Leadbitter (Wyke 95), Cattermole; Morgan (Gooch 73), Honeyman (c), McGeady; Grigg (Power 77)
Goals: McGeady 38, 119
Booked: Baldwin, McGeady
Subs not used: Ruiter, Dunne, McGeouch
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Pompey romped to a 3-0 victory at Bury to book their place at Wembley in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy.
The first half was a relatively even affair, but the Blues exploded into life after the interval to put their League Two hosts to the sword.
A brilliant Gareth Evans free-kick got the ball rolling, while Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis then struck to effectively wrap up the contest.
Pompey will now have to wait for a week before they learn whether their opponents at the national stadium next month will be Bristol Rovers or Sunderland.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Barnsley in the league at the weekend.
Two of them were enforced, as Hawkins and skipper Evans replaced the injured Omar Bogle and cup-tied Bryn Morris respectively.
Nathan Thompson had also fully recovered from a knee problem, so Anton Walkes made way at right-back.
Christian Burgess was presented with the Player of the Round award for his quarter-final display before kick-off and made his 150th appearance for the club.
It was an open start to proceedings, with crosses from Byron Moore and Lee Brown causing problems at either end.
The hosts had a great chance to break the deadlock after just five minutes, with Craig MacGillivray getting down to his left to keep out Nicky Maynard’s curler.
But the danger was not over and Brown was forced to hack the ball to safety before a white-shirted player could capitalise.
Pompey then created an opportunity of their own just seconds later, as Curtis spun on the edge of the box and forced Joe Murphy to make a save at his near post.
Hawkins also had an effort blocked by Will Aimson from Brown’s cut-back, with both sides continuing to play with an attacking mindset.
It was Bury’s turn to try their luck on 18 minutes, but former Fratton loanee Caolan Lavery bent his shot narrowly past the post.
The hosts started to see more of the ball as the first half progressed, although were unable to cause MacGillivray any more problems.
Half-chances were the best the Blues could muster at the other end and Curtis drilled wide after Thompson’s teasing delivery was headed away.
And when Viv Solomon-Otabor’s path to goal was blocked, Brown crossed for Hawkins to head narrowly over.
A deep free-kick from Evans caused alarm for the Shakers on 36 minutes, but Curtis could not make a clean connection in the box.
Then, just before the break, Hawkins slipped a pass through to Curtis down the right and his centre had to be headed away by Aimson before it could reach Solomon-Otabor.
Solomon-Otabor did not emerge for the start of the second half, with Jamal Lowe replacing him and Curtis switching to the left.
Pompey looked bright once the action restarted, although a deep free-kick from Evans was dealt with by the Bury back-line.
And when the ball bounced up for Ben Close just inside the area, Aimson bravely dived in to block the midfielder’s volley.
The Blues were dominating possession and long-range attempts by Lowe and Burgess forced Murphy to make saves, albeit comfortable ones.
There was a scare at the other end when Burgess’ ball across goal was almost intercepted by Lavery, but MacGillivray got the ball clear.
Instead it was the visitors who made their pressure count with two goals in quick succession just past the hour mark.
Close was brought down by Callum McFadezen just outside the box and four players gathered around the ball.
But it was EVANS who eventually took the free-kick and bent home a fine effort that left Murphy rooted to the spot.
And the advantage was soon doubled, as Evans’ cross was nodded back across goal by Thompson for HAWKINS to slam into the roof of the net.
Bury soon had chances to reduce their deficit, as Maynard arrowed a shot agonisingly past the post, while Jay O’Shea hit a fierce effort straight at MacGillivray.
But Pompey were still looking to attack themselves and a long-range drive from Evans was parried away by Murphy, with a brilliant Aimson challenge stopping Curtis converting the loose ball.
CURTIS did have his goal on 77 minutes, however, with a fine finish that was lashed right into the side of the net.
And MacGillivray then ensured the visitors’ kept their three-goal lead, diving to his left to keep out a Lavery free-kick that appeared destined for the top corner.
But there was a blow for the Blues late on when Burgess limped off the pitch, with Walkes replacing him for the final few minutes.
Bury (3-5-2): Murphy; Aimson, Thompson, McFadzean (Omotayo 77); Adams (c) (Cooney 70), O’Shea, Rossiter, Mayor, Moore; Maynard (Telford 70), Lavery
Subs not used: Moloney, O’Connell, Stokes, Danns
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess (Walkes 88), Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Curtis, Evans (c), Solomon-Otabor (Lowe 46); Hawkins
Goals: Evans 61, Hawkins 64, Curtis 77
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Donohue, Vaughan, Pitman
Referee: Ross Joyce
Attendance: 3,900 (452 Pompey fans)
Pompey moved back up to third in the League One table with a 3-3 draw against Southend.
But the visitors were in no mood to celebrate after throwing away a three-goal advantage at Roots Hall.
Bryn Morris, Ben Close – on his 100th appearance for the club – and Oli Hawkins all found the target as the Blues cruised into a commanding advantage.
Simon Cox reduced the deficit before the break, however, then added a penalty before completing his treble late on.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew at Plymouth the previous weekend.
Viv Solomon-Otabor was handed his debut wide on the left, while Hawkins and Anton Walkes both returned to the starting line-up.
That meant a switch to a 4-4-2 system with Hawkins partnering Omar Bogle, as Matt Clarke claimed the captain’s armband.
Gareth Evans and Ronan Curtis both dropped the bench, while Nathan Thompson missed out with a knock.
There was a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off in memory of World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who passed away earlier in the week.
It was the hosts who had the first effort, but Craig MacGillivray got down to his right to keep out Stephen McLaughlin’s low drive.
Christian Burgess then cleared the danger before Michael Turner could capitalise after Cox’s initial effort had been blocked.
But the Blues soon took control and broke the deadlock on eight minutes, as MORRIS opened his account for the club.
Bogle and Jamal Lowe combined well down the right and when the latter’s cross was pushed out by Nathan Bishop, the midfielder hammered the loose ball into the roof of the net.
They came close to doubling the lead from a corner soon after, with Clarke’s shot blocked and Burgess’ follow-up nervously dealt with by Bishop.
The visitors were well on top, although MacGillivray spilled an effort from Sam Mantom and dived on the loose ball before Michael Kightly could pounce.
And Pompey immediately went up the other end to strengthen their advantage, although the Shrimpers could have dealt with it.
Solomon-Otabor combined well with Lowe, but first Sam Hart and then Mantom made a hash of their clearances and CLOSE sent a neat volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
It looked like they had gone even further ahead when Bogle managed to force the ball over the line, although it was controversially ruled out for offside.
But they did have a third goal on 31 minutes when, at the end of a neat passing move, Morris struck the post.
This time it was Taylor Moore’s chance to decline the opportunity to clear the ball and a grateful HAWKINS slotted home.
Southend looked out of the contest, but gave themselves a lifeline when Cox rose in the box to convert Hart’s delivery.
They almost grabbed another before the break when a corner fell for Turner, who curled his shot just past the post.
Southend United 1
The visitors began the second period brightly and a snap-shot from Bogle was saved by Bishop, while a heavy first touch from Lowe allowed the Southend keeper to claim the ball.
But Burgess then made a key challenge inside the box to stop Kightly collecting MacLaughlin’s pass following a quick break.
Pompey immediately created an opening of their own, but Bishop kept out Bogle’s effort and then beat the striker to the loose ball.
It was not as action-packed since the restart, however, and the chances started to dry up as the half progressed.
McLaughlin did try his luck from outside the box, but the ball struck Clarke to divert it wide of the post.
A couple of corners for the hosts also caused problems, although MacGillivray was on hand to deal with them on each occasion.
Solomon-Otabor had faded slightly following a lively start to the contest and was replaced by Curtis on 71 minutes.
And Jackett soon made a second substitution, with Bogle the man to make way as Evans provided fresh legs to the forward line.
The game seemed to be drifting towards a conclusion, but Southend were not done yet and set up a tense finale by pulling another goal back.
Morris caught Kightly in the box and referee Dean Whitestone pointed to the spot, with Cox stepping up to send MacGillivray the wrong way.
Pompey were not just sitting back, though, and Close had a low effort blocked following some patient build-up play.
But Southend completed a remarkable comeback on 88 minutes, as Cox raced onto Timothee Dieng’s fine pass and neatly tucked away his hat-trick goal.
James Vaughan was brought on as the Blues tried to hit back, but they were unable to find another goal before the final whistle blew.
Southend (4-4-2): Bishop; Bwomono, Turner, Moore, Hart; McLaughlin, Mantom (c) (Hutchinson 73), Dieng, Kightly (Wabo 82); Cox, Humphrys (Klass 25)
Goals: Cox 36, 78 (pen), 87
Booked: Klass, Moore
Subs not used: Smith, Kiernan, Lennon, Kelman
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke (c), Brown; Lowe (Vaughan 88), Morris, Close, Solomon-Otabor (Curtis 71); Hawkins, Bogle (Evans 75)
Goals: Morris 8, Close 20, Hawkins 31
Booked: Walkes, Vaughan
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Haunstrup, May
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Attendance: 7,300 (1,239 Pompey fans)
Pompey’s long wait for a Fratton league game was certainly worth it, as they maintained their table-topping form with victory over Walsall.
They dominated the opening 45 minutes, although only had an Oli Hawkins header to show for it at the break.
Their visitors did improve following the interval, but Ronan Curtis struck to ensure the Blues enjoyed their homecoming.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that secured a 2-1 victory away to Scunthorpe at the weekend.
And they showed no sign of weariness in the opening stages, looking to attack their mid-table opponents right from kick-off.
Saddlers skipper George Dobson had to throw himself in front of a shot from Gareth Evans, while Jamal Lowe’s threaded pass for Curtis just overran.
Evans missed a great chance to break the deadlock after being found unmarked by Curtis on eight minutes, sending his header high over the crossbar.
And Pompey’s captain should have been awarded a penalty after clearly being barged to the ground by Nicky Devlin on 17 minutes, only for referee Alan Young to inexplicably wave play on.
Still the hosts kept pouring forward and a fine block from Luke Leahy finally put an end to Lowe’s surging run.
Ben Thompson then fired narrowly wide, while Evans could not quite get on the end of a teasing Curtis cross.
But the goal finally arrived on 25 minutes when Curtis’ deflected delivery fell kindly for HAWKINS to head home at the far post.
And the lead was almost doubled moments later, with a screamer from Ben Thompson flying just past the outright.
Walsall did grow into the game more as the half progressed and Kane Wilson’s drive was deflected narrowly off target.
It was Pompey who came close to adding to the scoring just before the break, with Curtis hitting a fierce effort narrowly past the post.
There was still time for the visitors to put hearts in mouths in stoppage-time, however, as Nathan Thompson made a key sliding challenge to dispossess Josh Ginnelly in the box.
It was Walsall who were first to threaten after the break and Ginnelly wasted a decent opening by firing over after being found in the area by Russell Martin.
But despite looking a tad nervous at the start of the second half, Pompey were able to double their advantage on 49 minutes.
Lowe launched a quick counter-attack and found CURTIS, with the Republic of Ireland international swivelling to fire home after his first attempt had been blocked.
Hawkins then had two chances in quick succession to really put the hosts in full control, with the first seeing him nod an Evans corner over from close range.
The same duo combined again moments later and this time the striker’s header drifted just past the post.
There was a nervy moment at the opposite end of the pitch just past the hour mark, as Wilson went down in the box under pressure from Lee Brown.
Young blew his whistle, but decided the Walsall winger had taken to the floor too easily and booked him for diving.
The visitors brought on former Blues loanee Connor Ronan for Ginnelly in an attempt to find a route back into the game.
And Pompey made a change of their own soon after, with Curtis getting an ovation as he made way for David Wheeler.
They were struggling to see as much of the ball as the seconds ticked down, but their opponents could only manage half-chances.
One of those saw Ronan drill a low shot narrowly wide, but Craig MacGillivray was still not really being tested.
His opposite number, by contrast, just about managed to tip over a sweetly-struck 25-yard effort from Nathan Thompson.
And the Blues saw out the closing stages with relative ease to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 85), Curtis (Wheeler 74); Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 25, Curtis 49
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Green, Pitman
Walsall (4-4-2): Roberts; Devlin, Martin, Guthrie, Leahy; Wilson (Morris 88), Dobson (c), Kinsella, Ginnelly (Ronan 65); Gordon (Cook 78), Ferrier
Booked: Devlin, Wilson, Dobson
Subs not used: Dunn, Fitzwater, Johnson, Osbourne
Referee: Alan Young
Attendance: 16,794 (184 away fans)
Pompey fought from behind to beat Tottenham’s under-21 side and secure top spot in Southern Group A of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Phoenix Patterson had given the visitors the lead against the run of play in a first half that could best be described as flat.
But the Blues were much improved after the interval and Andre Green opened his account for the club to get them back on level terms.
There was only going to be one winner from that point, with substitutes Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins completing the job before Harvey White grabbed a late consolation.
Kenny Jackett changed his entire starting 11 following Saturday’s comfortable FA Cup victory at Maidenhead.
Bradley Lethbridge was handed his debut up front, while fellow academy player Haji Mnoga – who appeared in the previous Checkatrade Trophy game at Crawley – had another chance to impress.
There were also starts for on-loan wingers Green – back from a knee injury – and David Wheeler, with Louis Dennis completing the forward line.
With it being Pompey’s nearest match to Armistice Day, the club commemorated the occasion before kick-off.
Wreaths were laid by both captains and a video of D-Day veteran John Jenkins MBE reading the Ode of Remembrance was played on the big screen.
The sides – with the hosts having poppies embroidered into their shirts – then lined-up for a minute’s silence, accompanied by the Last Post.
There was not much to excite a smaller than usual crowd in the first half, although the hosts were largely in control.
They did not do much to threaten Alfie Whiteman, however, with the keeper making a comfortable save to deny Green.
And Tottenham broke the deadlock against the run of play on 20 minutes, as Patterson latched on to a through ball and bore down on goal.
Luke McGee was quickly off his line to make the save, but the loose ball was collected by the winger, who slotted home.
Lethbridge was causing a nuisance, although after doing well to bundle his way into the box, he was eventually crowded out.
Dennis also had an effort blocked, while Ben Close fired narrowly over after winning the ball on the edge of the box.
There was little threat at the other end of the pitch and when Kazaiah Sterling broke clear, skipper Christian Burgess was quickly across to make a perfectly-timed sliding challenge.
The hosts perked up a bit towards the end of the half and Wheeler glanced a corner inches past the post, while an inventive Burgess header drew a save from Whiteman.
Tottenham U21 1
The action had dragged before the interval, but it soon livened up after it, with a series of chances arriving at both ends of the pitch.
Anton Walkes – playing against his former club – was first to try his luck, with a low effort that took a slight deflection to divert it just off target.
But an equaliser did arrive moments later, as a corner from Dennis was nodded on by Burgess and GREEN forced the ball home at the far post.
Tottenham came close to an instant reply, though, with McGee getting down well to tip Patterson’s shot around the post.
And a breathless period of play was completed by Close seeing his deflected effort held by Whiteman.
Pompey were seeing more of the ball, but it still took another superb challenge by Burgess inside the box to stop Sterling getting a shot away.
Jackett made all three of his substitutions on 65 minutes, with Green, Lethbridge and Mnoga replaced by Evans, Hawkins and Matt Clarke.
And EVANS’ first contribution was to fire the Blues into the lead, smashing a free-kick through the wall after Dennis had been fouled on the edge of the box.
The game slowed slightly after that, although it was still the hosts who were well on top as the action neared a conclusion.
They made sure of the victory on 81 minutes, with Wheeler getting free down the right and cutting the ball back for HAWKINS to prod home from close range.
White did pull one back with a fine free-kick after Danny Rose had committed a foul, although Tottenham were unable to find a leveller.
The visitors could, however, console themselves with the fact that Crawley’s defeat to Gillingham means they join the Blues in the knockout stages.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Mnoga (Clarke 65), Burgess (c), Walkes, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Wheeler, Dennis, Green (Evans 65); Lethbridge (Hawkins 65)
Goals: Green 50, Evans 69, Hawkins 81
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Brown, B.Thompson, Smith
Tottenham U21 (4-2-3-1): Whiteman; Lyons-Foster, Tanganga, Marsh (c), Brown; Bowden (Shashoua 89), White; Oakley-Boothe (Parrott 86), Duncan (Richards 75), Patterson; Sterling
Goals: Patterson 20, White 90
Subs not used: Glover, Markanday
Referee: James Linington
Attendance: 3,138 (125 away fans)
FA Cup 1st Round
Pompey eased their way into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Maidenhead.
But the National League strugglers made the Blues work hard for their opening goal at York Road, with Ben Thompson finally netting just before the break.
It was less of a struggle in the second half, though, with Oli Hawkins, Jamal Lowe and David Wheeler all finding the target.
Kenny Jackett made a single change from the side that won at Bradford in the league the previous week.
Nathan Thompson – back from a one-match ban – replaced Anton Walkes at right-back, with the visitors clearly taking the game seriously.
Gareth Evans skippered the side on his 150th appearance for the club, while former Pompey striker Ryan Bird was among the Maidenhead substitutes.
Both captain’s laid a wreath on the pitch before kick-off and the teams wore poppies on their shirts, while a minute’s silence was held to commemorate Remembrance weekend.
When the action got underway, it was Pompey who dominated possession without being able to carve open many clear-cut chances.
Carl Pentney was being well protected, although the keeper comfortably claimed a Hawkins effort before punching clear under pressure from the same player.
The first noteworthy incident came on 18 minutes, when the tricky Ronan Curtis got free down the right and crossed for Hawkins, whose header was deflected behind.
And they should really have forged ahead midway through the first half, with Tom Naylor the guilty party.
He failed to connect with an ambitious over-head attempt, but when Evans’ shot was parried into his path moments later, the midfielder turned the ball against the crossbar from a few yards out.
Maidenhead then came close to scoring again soon after, with Ayo Obileye’s strike crashing against the post.
Remy Clerima was also causing problems with a series of long throws, while Nathan Thompson was unable to beat Pentney from a tight angle at the other end.
Pompey won a succession of corners as the half progressed and the heavens opened, although were being frustrated in their attempts to test Pentney.
But the deadlock was finally broken just before the interval, as Curtis whipped in a low cross and Ben THOMPSON fired home to open his account for the club.
Maidenhead United 0
The second half was slow to really click into gear, although it was still the Blues seeing most of the ball.
And they doubled their lead on 55 minutes, with Evans crossing from the right and HAWKINS sending a header looping over Pentney and into the net.
That gave the visitors a cushion, but their lead was even more comfortable when a third went in on the hour mark.
Ben Thompson sent a free-kick into the box and Jack Whatmough nodded the ball down for LOWE, who turned and sent a neat finish into the bottom corner.
Jackett decided the time was right to make a double change, with Lowe and Evans withdrawn for Brett Pitman and Wheeler.
Pompey’s play was more patient with such a commanding advantage, but they were still looking to get forward.
And when they were unable to find a path through the Magpies defence, Ben Thompson hit a long-range shot that was saved by Pentney.
The keeper also kept out a header from Pitman after he had been spotted in the box by Lee Brown.
Pompey’s captain also fired a shot narrowly over the bar after Nathan Thompson won the ball back when a fine passing move came to an end.
The same duo combined again moments later and this time Pentney was forced into a decent save low to his left to keep out Pitman’s sweet first time strike.
But it was WHEELER who wrapped things up on 83 minutes, stooping to head home after Brown’s free-kick had been superbly saved.
There was still time for Pitman to steer narrowly wide following a mad scramble in the box, but the visitors could be happy with their afternoon’s work.
Maidenhead (4-1-4-1): Pentney; Clerima, Kilgour, Massey (c), Steer; Obileye; Odametey, Comley (Owusu 54), Clifton (Bird 67), Upward (Akintunde 46); Kelly
Subs not used: Hamann, Mulley, Alves, Worsfold
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson (Burgess 85), Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe (Pitman 63), Evans (c) (Wheeler 63), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: B.Thompson 43, Hawkins 55, Lowe 60, Wheeler 83
Subs not used: McGee, Haunstrup, Close, Dennis
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Attendance: 3,205 (710 Pompey fans)
Pompey maintained their unbeaten record on the road, but failed to hold on to their lead in a 1-1 draw at Accrington.
The visitors had several chances to score before the break, but would have been happy to go in level after Craig MacGillivray conceded and saved a Billy Kee penalty.
Oli Hawkins finally broke the deadlock in the second half, only for Michael Ihiekwe to level seconds later.
Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that drew with Burton earlier in the week.
Gareth Evans returned to skipper the team in place of the injured Dion Donohue, with Ben Close replacing the suspended Tom Naylor.
There were also a couple of alterations at the back, with Anton Walkes and Jack Whatmough dropping to the bench to make way for Nathan Thompson and Christian Burgess.
Pompey dominated the opening stages and created several decent opportunities as they tried to break the deadlock.
Jamal Lowe was a particular thorn in Stanley’s side, but could not beat keeper Connor Ripley after showcasing some tricky footwork in the box.
The resulting corner from Evans found its way to Ben Thompson and his acrobatic effort flew narrowly wide.
It was Evans who was next to try his luck and a fierce effort on the volley from outside the box was palmed wide by the busy Ripley.
There was not much happening at the other end, although a weak effort from Kee was comfortably held by MacGillivray.
But it was soon the Blues back on the attack and Ronan Curtis’ long-range strike flashed past the post.
It was pretty much one-way traffic and Lowe’s first-time shot from the edge of the box was again kept out by Ripley.
The keeper was certainly earning his wage and saved an angled drive from Curtis as the visitors continued to apply pressure.
And the Irish forward went even closer when he rose at the far post to meet Lowe’s cross, only to see his header cannon back off the post.
But Accrington came into the game more as the half progressed and should have broken the deadlock on 33 minutes.
MacGillivray failed to hold on to a corner and in his eagerness to recover the ball, brought down Kee inside the box.
Referee Stephen Martin did not need much convincing that a foul had been committed, immediately pointing to the spot.
But MacGillivray quickly redeemed himself, flinging himself to the right to palm Kee’s penalty to safety.
And the keeper came to the rescue again before the break, denying the same player from converting a corner at the far post.
Accrington Stanley 0
The second half started with Nathan Thompson earning a yellow card from Martin for a foul on Offrande Zanzala.
It was the right-back’s fifth League One booking of the season, meaning he will miss next Saturday’s trip to Bradford.
Pompey needed some time to find their feet following the restart, but almost took the lead just before the hour mark.
Lowe won a corner and when it was only partially cleared, a volleyed attempt from Curtis cannoned off the crossbar.
Pompey did forge ahead moments later, however, when Evans whipped a free-kick into the box and HAWKINS stuck out a boot to force the ball home.
But the lead was short-lived and Stanley levelled from a set-piece of their own, as Ihiekwe rose to convert Sean McConville’s delivery.
Those goals aside, however, the second half had not been as incident-packed as the first, with both sides lacking a quality final ball.
Brett Pitman replaced Hawkins for the final 10 minutes in an attempt to inject some fresh attacking impetus.
But neither side particularly looked like scoring in a drab conclusion to a contest that had promised so much more.
Stanley substitute Connor Hall did draw a save from MacGillivray in stoppage-time, but the hosts could not capitalise on the loose ball and the game finished all square.
Accrington (4-4-2): Ripley; Johnson, Ihiekwe, Hughes, Anderton; Mingoia, Barlaser, Finley, McConville (c); Zanzala (Hall 88), Kee
Goals: Ihiekwe 64
Subs not used: Maxted, Richards-Everton, Sykes, Conneely, Brown, Mangan
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 81)
Goals: Hawkins 62
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Wheeler, Mason
Referee: Stephen Martin
Attendance: 3,558 (1,163 Pompey fans)
Pompey were forced to settle for a draw in an often breathless encounter with Burton at Fratton Park.
They looked stronger before the break and appeared comfortable after Oli Hawkins’ header had secured an interval advantage.
But Devante Cole and Jake Hesketh both netted at the start of the second half to leave the League One leaders stunned.
Matt Clarke soon nodded in an equaliser in a hectic period, although neither side was able to score again and snatch all three points.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that had beaten Fleetwood on home soil a few days earlier.
With Nathan Thompson’s wife having just given birth to a baby boy, Anton Walkes replaced him at right-back.
David Wheeler was named among the substitutes after recovering from an ankle problem that has kept him sidelined for the past three games.
A couple of Lee Brown crosses showed Pompey’s mentality in the opening stages, as they looked to get at their visitors.
Goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov was then called into action for the first time, getting his fingertips to a rasping Ronan Curtis drive.
The hosts were on top and when Tom Naylor stole possession in the middle of the pitch, the midfielder picked out Ben Thompson.
His fierce drive was kept out by Evtimov and the stopper dived on the loose ball before Jamal Lowe could capitalise.
But Naylor collected a booking soon after following a late challenge on Stephen Quinn. It was his fifth league caution of the season, earning a one-match suspension.
It was a fairly quiet time for Craig MacGillivray in the Blues goal, although he came off his line to deny Jamie Allen.
Will Miller then wasted a decent opportunity by hitting a tame effort straight at the keeper after being picked out by Ben Fox.
And there was a blow for Pompey when Dion Donohue limped off with an injury, with Gareth Evans on to replace him.
It was generally proving to be a positive evening for the hosts, though, with Jack Whatmough and Evans both having half-chances.
And the Blues broke the deadlock on 36 minutes when Thompson swung in a fine cross from the right and HAWKINS charged in to head home from close range.
The closest that Albion came to levelling before the break was a shot from Kyle McFadzean, although that went out for a throw.
There was still time for another Pompey opportunity, however, and Evtimov did well to stop Lowe’s cross reaching Curtis.
Burton Albion 0
But the Brewers started the second half strongly and Naylor had to slide bravely in to block Hesketh’s attempt.
The loose ball fell for Liam Boyce, however, and his shot was saved low to his left by a full-stretch MacGillivray.
An equaliser did arrive moments later, though, when Allen found Cole, who – having been brought on at the break – sent a neat finish nestling in the bottom corner.
And the Blues were left stunned on 52 minutes when Hesketh wriggled his way past a couple of challenges and hit a thunderous shot into the roof of the net.
The Fratton faithful raised the decibels to try to roar their side back into action and it seemed to have an effect.
Evans saw an effort blocked a few yards from the line, while Evtimov did well to keep out Lowe’s angled strike.
But the hosts were back on level terms on 57 minutes, with CLARKE rising highest in the box to convert an Evans corner.
Brett Pitman replaced Hawkins just past the hour mark, as Jackett opted to freshen up his forward line.
But it was Brown who had a chance to score when Lowe was brought down by Reece Hutchinson 20 yards out.
The left-back managed to send his free-kick through the wall, only for it to fly safely into the arms of Evtimov.
Pitman was then unable to make a connection with an attempted over-head kick after Whatmough’s long throw had been flicked on by Clarke.
A shot from Quinn at the other end lacked pace, but took a deflection and almost wrong-footed MacGillivray.
Both sides looked capable of scoring again, but it was Burton who almost grabbed a late winner following a quick break.
Cole tried to pick out an unmarked Lucas Akins in the box, with Naylor just about managing to intercept and MacGillivray diving on the loose ball.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c), Donohue (Evans 28); Lowe, B.Tompson, Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 64)
Goals: Hawkins 36, Clarke 57
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Close, Wheeler, Mason
Burton (4-2-3-1): Evtimov; Akins (c), Brayford, McFadzean, Hutchinson; Quinn, Allen (Beardsley 90+3); Hesketh, Fox (Cole 46), Miller (Buxton 77); Boyce
Goals: Cole 48, Hesketh 52
Subs not used: Collins, Hodge, Harness, Sbarra
Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 18,200 (156 away fans)
Oli Hawkins celebrated a half-century of appearances by netting the only goal to seal victory for Pompey against Fleetwood.
Neither side looked like scoring in an opening 45 minutes at Fratton Park that was totally devoid of any excitement.
But it was the Blues who dominated after the break and Hawkins headed home to ensure the hosts remained top of the League One standings.
And the Cod Army’s hopes of finding a leveller were dashed when Nathan Sheron was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at AFC Wimbledon the previous week.
Ronan Curtis came straight back into the team after returning from Republic of Ireland international duty.
Gareth Evans dropped to the bench, as Pompey switched to a 4-4-2 system, with Tom Naylor handed the captain’s armband.
The first half was a soporific affair, with neither keeper called into action to make even the most regulation of saves.
It was Naylor who probably had the best chance on six minutes when Ben Thompson’s free-kick was nodded down by Hawkins, but the midfielder hooked over the bar.
An Ashley Eastham clearance then ricocheted off Curtis, only to land safely for Craig Morgan to hack clear.
And when Dion Donohue’s deep free-kick was only partially dealt with, Ben Thompson hit a fierce effort narrowly over.
Hawkins was proving an aerial nuisance, but after doing well to win the ball, he sliced his shot wide of the post.
Fleetwood were not helping the pace of the game by taking an age over every set-piece and referee Lee Swabey lost patience with Lewie Coyle’s long-winded throw, brandishing a yellow card.
The fourth official was also being kept busy on the touchline, with visiting manager Joey Barton keen to argue every decision.
That was about as exciting as it got, however, and Hawkins blazed wide after doing well to steal possession from Morgan.
Fleetwood Town 0
There was a tactical switch at the start of the second half, with Pompey moving back to their usual 4-2-3-1 system.
It saw Ben Thompson move into the attacking hole behind Hawkins, as Donohue dropped into a deeper midfield role.
And it almost immediately paid dividends, with HAWKINS – in the 50th minute and on his 50th Blues appearance – breaking the deadlock.
The striker ran in to head home from close range after Donohue’s corner had been nodded towards goal by Naylor.
He might have had a second soon after, as Alex Cairns’ clearance ricocheted off his back and narrowly past the post.
Hawkins was also not too far off target after running in at the far post to meet a cross from Lee Brown.
A round of applause broke out on 58 minutes to pay tribute to Craig Bryden – aka the ‘Pompey Pirate’ – who sadly passed away earlier in the week.
The action on the pitch was certainly more vibrant than before the break, although it was still fairly quiet for both keepers.
Fleetwood’s quest for an equaliser saw Naylor head clear a free-kick, while Paddy Madden could not divert Ash Hunter’s cross on target.
There was a chance at the other end, with Curtis not quite able to thread a pass through to Hawkins, who was waiting in acres of space inside the box.
Pompey were dominating, but unable to put the game to bed and Curtis curled wide after a Donohue corner led to some pinball in the box.
And Fleetwood’s task was made a lot harder when Sheron – earlier booked for a foul on Curtis – tugged back the same player and received his marching orders on 84 minutes.
The Blues forward took the free-kick, but Matt Clarke could not adjust his body enough to divert a header on target.
Six minutes of stoppage-time gave the visitors hope of finding a leveller, but Pompey held on to ensure a return to Fratton form.
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Lowe, Naylor (c), B.Thompson, Donohue; Curtis (Evans 90+2), Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 50
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Close, Pitman, Mason
Fleetwood (4-1-4-1): Cairns; Sheron, Eastham, Morgan (c), Coyle (Bolger 90+1); Taylor; Burns, Holt (Evans 67), Wallace (Dempsey 79), Hunter; Madden
Sent off: Sheron (two yellow cards)
Booked: Coyle, Wallace
Subs not used: Jones, Rydel, Marney, Biggins
Referee: Lee Swabey
Attendance: 18,046 (76 away fans)
Pompey climbed to the top of the League One table after goals from Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe saw off Peterborough.
Both sides were unbeaten going into the contest, but it was the Blues who emerged with that record still intact.
The goals arrived in the second half, with Ronan Curtis continuing his fine start to the campaign by providing a couple of assists.
He teed-up Hawkins for his first goal of the season and then helped Lowe extend the advantage further.
Matt Godden reduced the deficit in stoppage-time, but the visitors held on to secure another three-point haul.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury on home soil the previous week.
Curtis returned from Republic of Ireland international duty to replace the injured Andre Green wide on the left.
The other switch came in the centre of midfield, where Ben Thompson dropped to the bench to make way for Ben Close.
Both sets of fans – including more than 2,500 from the south coast – contributed to a vibrant atmosphere as the game began at a breathless pace.
It was a hectic end-to-end affair, although neither goalkeeper was given much to do in the opening 45 minutes.
An early Christian Burgess header was blocked, while Rhys Bennett hooked over at the other end after Jason Cummings had flicked on Colin Daniel’s delivery.
Hawkins then did well to get on the end of a teasing Lee Brown cross and head narrowly over the bar.
The Peterborough coaching team had found reason to berate the fourth official and referee Roger East gave Steve Evans a ticking off.
But even they did not seem to think anything was amiss when Siriki Dembele went down in the box and half-hearted penalty appeals emerged from the stands.
Posh keeper Aaron Chapman was called into action for the first time midway through the first half and comfortably dealt with a long-range Evans effort.
There was a better opportunity at the other end moments later, with Cummings wastefully firing over when the ball fell kindly to him in the box.
Craig MacGillivray then got down at his near post to keep out a low angled drive from Jason Naismith.
Pompey finished the half brightly, but were lacking a decent final pass and with no time added on, the sides went in level at the break.
Peterborough United 0
While the first half had started frantically, there was a more measured approach from both sides when the action restarted.
Evans saw a shot blocked from the edge of the area, while MacGillivray commandingly claimed a Dembele free-kick.
That was for a foul on Cummings by Nathan Thompson, a challenge that earned the right-back the game’s first yellow card.
There was a nervy moment when MacGillivray failed to hold a cross from Naismith, but he gratefully gathered at the second attempt.
And it was the visiting army of fans that were celebrating when the Blues broke the deadlock just past the hour mark.
HAWKINS has been in excellent form so far this season and he opened his goalscoring account by meeting Curtis’ cross and guiding home a header.
Pompey then appealed for a penalty when Lowe’s strike hit Ivan Toney on the arm, although it would have been difficult for the Posh substitute to get out of the way.
It mattered not, though, as the visitors did double the advantage just seconds later, with Curtis providing another assist.
He headed Hawkins’ cross back into the mixer and a first-time finish from LOWE nestled comfortably in the net.
There were a smattering of bookings late on as tempers began to fray, but the Blues were looking solid at the back.
Curtis took a knock and limped off towards the end, while seven minutes of added time gave the hosts hope of a comeback.
That grew when Godden took advantage of some sloppy defending to pull one back, but Pompey saw out the closing stages to climb above Peterborough and into top spot.
Peterborough (4-1-2-1-2): Chapman; Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Daniel; Woodyard (c); Ward (Maddison 72), Dembele; O’Hara (Walker 66); Cummings (Toney 59), Godden
Goals: Godden 90+4
Booked: Daniel, Walker
Subs not used: Tyler, Yorwerth, Cooper, Reed
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 86), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Haunstrup 90); Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 62, Lowe 75
Booked: N.Thompson, Hawkins, Close, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Rose, Wheeler, Pitman, Mason
Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 10,472 (2,513 Pompey fans)