|Elizabeth Gillies199327||Thomasin McKenzie200020||Kate Beckinsale197347Monica Raymund198634Andre Green199822||Eve Myles197842Omar Bogle199326|
It was a dominant display from the Blues and there was a palpable sense of relief around the ground when Omar Bogle finally scored in the second half to make their dominance count.
Scunthorpe never looked like finding the net at the other end and the hosts made sure of the points thanks to a fine finish from Jamal Lowe late on.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that won at Walsall earlier in the week, with skipper Brett Pitman playing just behind Bogle.
But with James Vaughan having not recovered from a back injury, Lloyd Isgrove took his place on the bench.
It was a blustery afternoon on the south coast, with the conditions clearly making life difficult for both sides.
So it was perhaps understandable that the passing on show was wayward at best in the opening exchanges.
Lowe and Viv Solomon-Otabor were looking lively on the wings, however, and the former had an effort that sailed narrowly over.
It was pretty quiet at the other end of the pitch, although a tame effort from Tony McMahon flew comfortably into Craig MacGillivray’s arms.
Bogle had a couple of shots blocked, but the first decent opening did not arrive until 26 minutes had been played.
Solomon-Otabor threaded a fine pass through to Lowe, who took the ball around Iron keeper Jak Alnwick, but – from a tight angle – could not force it past defender Harrison McGahey.
Pompey were enjoying plenty of possession and applying pressure on the visitors’ defence as the first half progressed.
And they almost broke the deadlock just before the interval after Solomon-Otabor’s delivery was only cleared as far as Bogle.
He managed to dig out a shot that Alnwick did well to save and when Pitman put the ball back into the centre, a stretching Lowe could not make a clean connection with the goal gaping.
Solomon-Otabor then slipped off the ball and required treatment on the pitch, but was okay to continue.
It was only a brief return to action for the loanee, though, who soon had to make way for Gareth Evans.
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The substitute had the first chance of the second half with a drilled effort from the edge of the box that was deflected past the post.
He then hit another 20-yard effort narrowly wide after the ball had been worked to him from a throw.
Clear-cut openings were proving to be at a premium, although Alnwick leapt out a bending Lee Brown attempt on the hour mark.
A longer-range strike from Tom Naylor then fizzed past the post, as the hosts continued to dominate without really going close to scoring.
Pompey were trying their best to raise the tempo – with the wind still swirling around the ground – and Brown was denied what would have been a soft penalty for an apparent push.
Alnwick did well to stop his side falling behind on 68 minutes, tearing off his line to bravely prevent Lowe from converting Evans’ ball into the box.
But the Blues finally made their pressure count moments later following a foul on Lowe by Rory McArdle.
Evans’ free-kick was flicked on for Close, but BOGLE took the ball and spun sharply before leaving Alnwick flat-footed with his finish.
The hosts tried to put the result beyond doubt and Brown’s cross was just too high for Pitman, while the left-back then saw a shot deflected behind.
Bogle received a warm reception as he made his way off the pitch to be replaced by Oli Hawkins for the final few minutes.
And the win was wrapped up on 87 minutes when LOWE collected the ball from the right, used his touch to make space and then lashed home a fine finish.
It meant that the Fratton faithful could relax for the closing stages, as Pompey comfortably saw the game out.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Pitman (c) (Donohue 89), Solomon-Otabor (Evans 45+2); Bogle (Hawkins 85)
Goals: Bogle 71, Lowe 87
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Haunstrup, Isgrove
Scunthorpe (3-4-1-2): Alnwick; McGahey, McArdle (c), Burgess; McMahon (Hammill 74), Perch, Ojo, Pearce; Thomas (Lewis 78); Wootton (Olomola 76), Novak
Subs not used: Flatt, Butroid, Webster, Hallam
Referee: Peter Wright
Attendance: 17,308 (198 away fans)
Brett Pitman opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Omar Bogle made sure it was a commanding lead at the break.
The hosts were much better in the second half, but Viv Solomon-Otabor swept home his first Blues goal.
The Saddlers did not give up, however, and Jon Guthrie converted two corners – the second right at the death – to restore some pride.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten at Charlton at the weekend.
Skipper Pitman replaced Gareth Evans for his first start since the end of January, while Oli Hawkins made way for a fit-again Bogle up front.
And with Ronan Curtis suffering a freak injury on the morning of the game – getting his finger trapped in a door – Solomon-Otabor came in wide on the left.
Pompey made a bright start to the contest, although Bogle was unable to bend an early shot around Saddlers stopper Liam Roberts.
But they were temporarily down to 10 men when Matt Clarke reopened the wound in his head and started bleeding from the nose.
The medical team had to patch him up and with the defender requiring a change of outfit, he was stood without a shirt in cold conditions for a number of minutes.
It was during that time, however, that the visitors broke the deadlock, with Morgan Ferrier punished for a shove on Nathan Thompson inside the box.
Referee Trevor Kettle immediately whistled and PITMAN stepped up to send Roberts the wrong way from the spot.
Walsall were struggling to deal with the Blues’ attacks and just about forced the ball clear when Solomon-Otabor tried to convert a mis-hit effort from Jamal Lowe.
But the hosts soon had a chance to level when Ferrier raced on to a ball down the right and saw his shot saved by Craig MacGillivray.
And the keeper immediately provided the assist for Pompey’s second goal from a long punt up the pitch.
The ball reached BOGLE, whose shot appeared to be going over, only to dip on to the top of the post and bounce over the line.
Lowe thought he had added a third on 30 minutes after converting a quickly-taken Pitman free-kick, only for Kettle to decide Pompey had acted too soon.
Walsall failed to deal with the set-piece when it was played a second time and Tom Naylor’s strike was deflected behind.
Pitman then lifted a fine pass over the defence late in the half, although Lowe’s touch was slightly too heavy and Roberts was able to gather.
The hosts had been second best throughout the first half, but had a chance to reduce their deficit seconds after the restart.
A long ball forward bounced awkwardly for Clarke and Josh Gordon was not quite able to send his header looping over MacGillivray.
Gordon’s teasing delivery from the left then had to be headed behind by Lee Brown, as Walsall started to provide much more of a threat.
They were pushing Pompey back for long periods, but the defence were holding firm to repel the red-shirted tide before MacGillivray could be tested.
Lowe won a corner to offer some respite, but Brown’s cross was headed wide by Bogle to let the Saddlers off the hook.
But the Blues did have a third goal on 68 minutes – and it meant that all three of the players Jackett brought into the team had scored.
Pitman was falling to the turf as he sent a pass through to Lowe, who unselfishly squared for SOLOMON-OTABOR to slot home and open his Pompey account.
Bogle was soon withdrawn by Jackett and had his name chanted by the travelling fans as he trudged off to be replaced by James Vaughan.
It looked like it was game over, but Walsall gave themselves some hope when Guthrie nodded in a corner from George Dobson.
Pompey appeared to be seeing the game out with relative ease, only for the Saddlers to grab another goal in stoppage-time.
Another corner was scrambled into the net by Guthrie, but there was not enough time for them to mount any more attacks and the Blues were able to celebrate a victory.
Walsall (4-1-4-1): Roberts; Devlin, Scarr, Guthrie, Leahy; Dobson (c); Ismail (Oteh 87), Kinsella, Edwards (Blackett-Taylor 70), Ferrier; Gordon
Goals: Guthrie 75, 90+4
Booked: Kinsella, Gordon, Ferrier
Subs not used: Dunn, Fitzwater, Norman, Laird, Osbourne
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Pitman (c) (Walkes 86), Solomon-Otabor; Bogle (Vaughan 74)
Goals: Pitman 13 (pen), Bogle 25, Solomon-Otabor 68
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Donohue, Evans, Hawkins
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Attendance: 4,097 (598 Pompey fans)
They trailed at the break to Mallik Wilks’ finish, despite controlling the opening stages and recovered from a sloppy period to get a foothold back in the contest.
Bogle struck in the second half to return the Blues to level terms, but the hosts were unable to find the target again.
It ended a three-match losing run in League One, but saw Pompey drop out of the automatic promotion places.
Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were narrowly beaten by Luton earlier in the week.
Omar Bogle was promoted to the starting 11, having impressed after coming off the bench at Kenilworth Road.
There were also starts for Ben Close, Dion Donohue and a fit-again Nathan Thompson, with Bryn Morris suffering from an ankle injury.
Anton Walkes and Brett Pitman dropped out of the matchday squad, with Gareth Evans on the bench, meaning Tom Naylor took the captain’s armband.
The hosts started brightly and controlled possession in the opening stages, without managing to test Rovers keeper Marko Marosi.
Thompson was understandably a bit rusty after a spell on the sidelines, however, and was booked for an early foul on Wilks.
Ronan Curtis was sending some dangerous balls into the box from wide on the left, but Doncaster were holding firm.
It looked like Bogle might break the deadlock when Donohue swung a corner towards the far post, but the striker failed to make a clean connection from just a few yards out.
He managed a more powerful header from a Naylor delivery moments later, only for Marosi to cling on to the ball.
The hosts were then dealt a blow on 28 minutes when they were forced to make their first substitution.
Whatmough appeared to hurt his knee and after a brief period of treatment, was replaced by Christian Burgess, although managed to walk off the pitch unaided.
And Doncaster immediately made the most of any uncertainty that change had to the Blues back-line.
Wilks raced on to a long pass from Ben Whiteman, getting past Burgess and slotting a neat finish past Craig MacGillivray.
That left Pompey reeling and they were sloppy for the next 10 minutes, with the visitors looking to take advantage.
But Jackett’s side slowly started to find their footing again and began to look more dangerous as the interval approached.
Donohue whipped a superb corner into a packed box in stoppage-time and Marosi did well to flap the ball away.
A free-kick from Curtis was then not properly dealt with and a long-range attempt from Donohue was not too far off target.
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Donohue appeared to be limping as he came off for break and the midfielder did not emerge for the second half, with James Vaughan coming on for his debut.
It was the visitors who were first to threaten following the restart, though, with Danny Andrew flashing an angled drive narrowly wide.
Pompey were seeing plenty of the ball as they searched for a leveller, but struggling to breach an organised Rovers defence.
But there was a mix-up between Marosi and centre-back Paul Downing that allowed the hosts to level on 54 minutes.
They got in each other’s way when trying to deal with Curtis’ ball in from the left and Vaughan’s pass was deflected into the path of BOGLE, who fired home from close range.
Vaughan then tried his luck with an acrobatic overhead effort from Lee Brown’s cross, although the ball sailed over the bar.
It had been a quiet afternoon for Jamal Lowe, but he saw a shot deflected past the post after showing neat footwork to break into the box.
Doncaster were not merely content with a point, however, and a shot from Alfie May sailed over, while Thompson made a superb recovery challenge to deny Matty Blair.
Former Fratton loanee John Marquis then hit skidding low shot from outside the box that MacGillivray got his fingertips to.
But the Blues immediately had a chance at the other end when Lowe’s fine long pass set Curtis clear, only for Marosi to just about get there first.
And Close then hit a fierce first-time shot from the edge of the area that the Rovers keeper did well to tip over the bar.
Jackett made his final substitution on 77 minutes, as Evans came on for Bogle to add some fresh legs to the forward line.
Headers from Burgess and Curtis could not beat Marosi as the Blues tried their best to find another goal.
And Doncaster almost snatched a winner in stoppage-time when Matt Clarke gave away possession, but MacGillivray came to the rescue by saving May’s curling strike.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Whatmough (Burgess 28), Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c), Donohue (Vaughan 46); Lowe, Close, Curtis; Bogle (Evans 77)
Goals: Bogle 54
Booked: Thompson, Lowe, Burgess, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, May, Isgrove, Hawkins
Doncaster (4-1-4-1): Marosi; Lewis, Downing, Anderson, Andrew; Whiteman (Crawford 61); Smith (May 61), Blair (Rowe 83), Kane, Wilks; Marquis (c)
Goals: Wilks 30
Subs not used: Jones, Butler, Sadlier, Coppinger
Referee: Alan Young
Attendance: 17,800 (480 away fans)
They were comfortably second best before the break and James Collins ensured the hosts went in ahead at the interval.
It was a different story in the second half, however, and the Blues dominated for long periods, with Ronan Curtis levelling.
Collins netted from the penalty spot to restore the Hatters’ lead, only for substitute Omar Bogle to equalise on his debut.
Both sides looked capable of grabbing a late winner, but it was George Moncur who struck in the closing stages to strengthen Luton’s advantage at the summit.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Bryn Morris was handed a debut in the centre of midfield, while Jamal Lowe made an instant return after completing a one-match ban.
Dion Donohue and Louis Dennis dropped to the bench, where they were joined by recent loan signing Bogle.
There was also a change of formation, with Anton Walkes moving into the centre of a three-man defence, as Lee Brown and Jamal Lowe were used as wing-backs.
The snow fell persistently throughout the contest, although it was not heavy enough to leave more than a dusting on the surface.
It was the hosts who started on the front foot and it continued that way for most of the opening 45 minutes.
There were plenty of dangerous balls delivered into the Pompey box, although the majority were dealt with.
One cross from Kazenga LuaLua – younger brother of former Fratton favourite Lomana – caused difficulties, but Andrew Shinnie’s shot was blocked by Jack Whatmough.
Craig MacGillivray kept out a long-range effort from James Justin, who had earlier seen his corner headed away by Brett Pitman.
Luke Berry then sent a dangerous low ball across the face of goal, but a sliding Collins could not shake off Matt Clarke to convert.
Luton were well on top of and after a spell of intense pressure, LuaLua’s angled drive was kept out by MacGillivray.
Berry was next to try his luck, with a shot from outside the box that fizzed narrowly past the post midway through the half.
The hosts went close again on 29 minutes, as Jack Stacey swung in a dangerous cross that Berry glanced just wide.
Pompey were not creating much at the other end, although a flick from Pitman found Curtis, who was crowded out before he could get a shot away.
The action was soon back down the other end of the pitch, however, and Alan McCormack’s attempt was just off target, while a heavy touch from LuaLua allowed MacGillivray to save.
But Luton finally made their pressure count on 39 minutes, as Collins collected LuaLua’s pass and neatly slotted home.
Pompey’s first shot came just before the break, although Gareth Evans slipped as he connected with the ball, which sailed over the bar.
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Jackett made a double change at the start of the second half, with Bogle and Donohue replacing Pitman and Evans.
And the latter made an immediate impression with the visitors’ first shot on target, although James Shea was not overly troubled.
Bogle was also proving to be a real handful, using his strength to steal possession on a couple of occasions.
Pompey looked a different team than the one that had struggled to keep hold of the ball before the break.
And they found themselves back on level terms on 52 minutes, with Clarke getting into the box and Lowe teeing-up CURTIS to drill into the net.
They might have had another moments later when Lowe found Morris, whose fierce effort was tipped over by Shea.
The Blues were applying plenty of pressure and the ball had to be hacked clear when Shea parried clear an angled drive from Curtis.
Luton had a chance to retake the lead on 71 minutes, however, as a cleanly-struck effort from Justin was pushed over by MacGillivray.
But they were back ahead soon after, when referee Simon Hooper decided that Whatmough had brought down LuaLua in the box.
He pointed straight to the spot and Collins sent up to confidently fire the ball right into the bottom corner.
That only served to reinvigorate the visitors, though, and they were deservedly level when Lowe slipped a pass across for BOGLE to bundle home.
He came close to adding another soon after, but Shea managed to get down to his left to push the ball behind.
But there was late heartache as the game swung back in Luton’s favour following a disputed foul on Moncur by Walkes just outside the box.
It was Moncur who took the free-kick and he expertly bent a shot around the wall and into the net to seal victory for the hosts.
Luton (4-1-2-1-2): Shea; Stacey, Pearson, Bradley (c), Justin; McCormack; Mpanzu, Shinnie (Sheehan 88); Berry (Potts 73); Collins, LuaLua (Moncur 80)
Goals: Collins 39, 77 (pen), Moncur 86
Subs not used: Isted, Jones, Read, Tomlinson
Pompey (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke; Lowe, Evans (Donohue 46), Naylor, Morris, Brown; Pitman (c) (Bogle 46), Curtis
Goals: Curtis 52, Bogle 79
Booked: Donohue, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, May, Dennis
Referee: Simon Hooper
Attendance: 10,078 (1,033 Pompey fans)
Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed striker Omar Bogle on loan from Cardiff for the remainder of the season.
The 25-year-old – who spent the first half of the campaign at Birmingham – will wear the number 22 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
Bogle began his career in the non-league game with Hinckley and Solihull before signing for Grimsby and netting 38 goals in 78 games.
The former England ‘C’ international then had a short stint with Wigan before Cardiff brought him to Wales in the summer of 2017.
Bogle is the third arrival at Pompey during the January transfer window, following the permanent captures of Andy Cannon and Bryn Morris.