Apr 302019
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 2 3 Peterborough United

Pompey’s automatic promotion hopes are over after they suffered defeat to Peterborough in an eventful contest at Fratton Park.

They dominated for much of the evening, but Lee Tomlin and Ivan Toney both struck to give the visitors a commanding lead.

Ben Close pulled one back before the break and a grandstand finish looked on the cards when Christian Burgess levelled.

Substitute Viv Solomon-Otabor then had a goal disallowed and Posh took advantage, with Toney netting again to condemn the Blues to the play-offs.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that drew at Sunderland on Saturday, with James Vaughan continuing to lead the line.

Pompey came roaring out of the blocks and set about attacking a Peterborough side who got plenty of players behind the ball.

Brett Pitman diverted a Lee Brown delivery wide in the opening stages, while an effort from Ronan Curtis was blocked by Toney.

A quick break then saw another Brown cross nodded down by Vaughan, but Curtis’ shot struck team-mate Jamal Lowe.

It was pretty much one-way traffic and the hosts were only missing that clinical edge, with Nathan Thompson’s drive lacking enough power to trouble Aaron Chapman.

But the Fratton faithful were left stunned when Peterborough went ahead on 13 minutes, as Marcus Maddison cut the ball back for Tomlin to rifle home.

It looked as though Vaughan would level after more good work down the right from Lowe, only for a brilliant sliding challenge by Ben White to deny the striker his first goal for the club.

Instead it was Posh who were next to score when Maddison whipped a corner into the box and Toney was left in space to nod into the net.

Tomlin was not endearing himself to the home supporters and got away with kicking the ball away from a Blues free-kick.

But referee Dean Whitestone’s patience finally run out following another bout of time-wasting from the forward and brandished a yellow card.

Naylor fired over after Pitman brought down Matt Clarke’s cross, as Pompey tried to get back into the contest.

And they had a lifeline on 38 minutes, although it took an extremely scrappy goal to reduce the deficit.

Pitman swiped at a delivery from Curtis and completely mis-kicked the ball, but it landed for CLOSE to drive into the net via a deflection off White.

A quick break then almost provided a leveller in stoppage-time and after Lowe released Curtis, his low drive was saved by the foot of Chapman.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Peterborough United 2


There was a change at the break, with Vaughan failing to return and Oli Hawkins taking his place up front.

Curtis was first to try his luck with a free-kick from 30 yards that struck the wall and was deflected behind.

That was the last bit of action for the Irish winger, however, who was immediately replaced by Solomon-Otabor.

It was a similar to the first half, with Pompey looking to get at their opponents whenever possible and Hawkins nodded over from a corner.

Pitman then cut the ball back into the centre, where first Close and then Lowe saw efforts blocked in quick succession.

There was a spot of handbags following the award of a Blues free-kick, with both Maddison and Brown seeing yellow.

But the equaliser arrived seconds later, as Brown whipped the set-piece right into the mixer for Hawkins.

The tall striker was unable to get a shot away, but instead laid the ball off for BURGESS to drive into the net.

And there was almost another goal for the hosts soon after, with a dipping half-volley from Close narrowly clearing the crossbar.

Peterborough also needed to win, however, and when Craig MacGillivray could not hold Maddison’s drilled free-kick, Clarke had to hack clear.

But it was Pompey providing more of a threat, as the lively Solomon-Otabor cut in from the left and drilled narrowly past the post.

They almost came undone when nobody picked up Ryan Tafazolli from a Maddison free-kick and his thumping header bounced back off the bar.

What followed was an incredible couple of minutes that saw the hosts have a goal disallowed before falling behind again.

Pitman raced onto a Thompson pass and was sent through on goal, but rather than shoot he elected to slide the ball across to Solomon-Otabor.

The loanee had the simple task of sliding into an empty net, although he was in an offside position and the flag was raised.

As Fratton Park recovered from that blow, worse was to come, with Toney wriggling into space at the other end to fire Posh back in front.

Pompey tried their best to recover, but Peterborough saw out the closing stages and the hosts now have to prepare for the lottery of the play-offs.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Pitman (c), Curtis (Solomon-Otabor 54); Vaughan (Hawkins 46)
Goals: Close 38, Burgess 59
Booked: Brown, Lowe
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Morris, Evans, Bogle

Peterborough (4-4-2): Chapman; Naismith, White, Tafazolli, Lafferty; Maddison, Woodyard (c), Knight, Ward (Dembele 65); Tomlin, Toney
Goals: Tomlin 13, Toney 27, 75
Booked: Tomlin, Ward, Maddison, Woodyard
Subs not used: O’Malley, Bennett, Denton, Burrows, Cooke, Stevens

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 18,396 (235 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 222019
 

Match Report

Checkatrade Trophy

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 1    0 Peterborough
United

A late strike from David Wheeler saw Pompey see off Peterborough to reach the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The visitors were finishing the tie on the ascendency, with Christian Burgess and the crossbar coming to the Blues’ rescue.

But a penalty shoot-out looked likely until Wheeler scored with five minutes remaining to bring Wembley a step closer.

Kenny Jackett made seven changes from the side that were beaten at Oxford in the league on Saturday.

Skipper Gareth Evans kept his place in the starting line-up, as did Craig MacGillivray, Jamal Lowe and Wheeler.

There was plenty of youth on display, with academy full-back Haji Mnoga joined by third year scholars Matt Casey and Dan Smith.

Burgess, Brandon Haunstrup, Ben Close and Adam May added a bit more experience to a youthful side.

It was Pompey who looked the bigger threat for much of the first half and a low Haunstrup cross was turned narrowly past his own post by Rhys Bennett.

Evans then curled a free-kick just past the upright, while a scuffed May effort hit Smith’s heel and rebounded clear.

Their first clear-cut opportunity arrived on 22 minutes when Burgess lofted a fine pass over the Posh defence to find Wheeler.

The winger brought the ball down neatly, but Conor O’Malley was quickly off his line to block the shot.

Lowe then cut inside from the left and hit a fierce effort that was diverted over the bar by Ryan Tafazolli.

And Haunstrup found space to surge forward on 34 minutes, then flashed a low shot just past the post.

But Peterborough started to look dangerous as the interval approached and Joe Ward’s cross almost caught out MacGillivray.

The ball drifted towards goal, forcing the keeper to push it against the bar, with Wheeler clearing behind before Daniel Lafferty could pounce.

Lee Tomlin then found George Cooper with an incisive pass, but the midfielder’s first touch was heavy and the opportunity disappeared.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Peterborough United 0


It was the Blues who were first to have a chance after the interval, although Wheeler could not keep his shot down after Haunstrup’s pass had been fed into his path by Smith.

Burgess was enjoying a chance to impress and showed some silky footwork to twice leave Tomlin floundering.

The Posh winger was not amused, however, and kicked out at his opponent, with referee Andy Woolmer surprisingly deciding that a talking was all that was required.

And the official also kept his cards in his pocket moments later when Ivan Toney clattered into Burgess.

Jackett made a double substitution just before the hour mark, with Smith and Mnoga making way for Louis Dennis and Anton Walkes.

Toney had a couple of attempts for the visitors, scuffing one comfortably wide before a curling a second narrowly over.

Genuine chances were proving to be at a premium, though, and Evans sent a shot off target, while Close had an effort blocked.

Cooper wasted a good chance for the visitors by blazing wide after being teed-up by Siriki Dembele and tried to claim a corner to spare his blushes.

But the hosts somehow avoided falling behind during an incredible passage of play on 81 minutes.

MacGillivray did well to deny Cooper and Toney in quick succession, before Jason Naismith’s effort was cleared from the line by Burgess.

But the ball fell back to the Posh right-back and his header hit the bar, with Burgess again on hand to hack clear.

It was Pompey who broke the deadlock on 85 minutes, however, as Evans’ corner from the left was emphatically converted by WHEELER’s first-time finish.

The lead might have been doubled, but Dennis sent a shot just over the bar, while O’Malley denied Wheeler again.

One goal was enough, though, as the Blues comfortably saw out the final moments to reach the last four.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Mnoga (Walkes 58), Casey, Burgess, Haunstrup; May, Close (Clarke 87); Wheeler, Evans (c), Lowe; Smith (Dennis 58)
Goals: Wheeler 85
Booked: Close
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, Read, Lethbridge

Peterborough (4-2-3-1): O’Malley; Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Lafferty; Woodyard (c) (Godden 87), Cooke; Ward, Cooper, Tomlin (Dembele 69); Toney
Subs not used: Chapman, Lyon, Denton, Maddison, Stevens

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 3,313 (121 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Sep 152018
 

Match Report

League One

Peterborough
United
1    2 Portsmouth

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.


Half Time

Peterborough United 0

Portsmouth 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)

Portsmouth FC

May 052018
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 2 0 Peterborough United

Brett Pitman bagged a brace as Pompey secured a comfortable victory over Peterborough to finish eighth in League One.

They both arrived in an electric spell of first half football that belied the game’s status as an end of season dead rubber.

The prolific striker also missed a great chance to claim his first Blues hat-trick, while the fare on offer after the interval was significantly more forgettable.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side beaten at Bury the previous week.

The most notable incoming was Alex Bass, with the academy graduate handed his league debut between the sticks.

There were also starts for Brandon Haunstrup, Gareth Evans and Kal Naismith, with Luke McGee, Dion Donohue, Connor Ronan and Oli Hawkins all dropping to the bench.

Matt Clarke had plenty of reason to celebrate before kick-off, as he picked up The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season award – one of a host of trophies dished out.

And he was up for a Gareth Evans corner on 13 minutes, only for PITMAN to get there first and head Pompey into the lead.

It was a quiet evening for Bass in the south coast sunshine, although he did well to come from his line and dive at the feet of Idris Kanu.

Most of the action was taking place at the other end of the pitch, however, and it came as no surprise when the advantage was doubled on 25 minutes.

An angled drive from Jamal Lowe may well have been heading for net anyway, but PITMAN made sure by tapping the ball into the net from a yard out.

He really should have completed his treble before the break following some fine attacking play from Clarke.

The defender charged forward from the back and accepted a return pass from Haunstrup before back-heeling the ball into the path of Pitman, who blazed over from close range.

And the skipper went close again late in the half, with Jonathan Bond at full stretch to push clear his swerving strike.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Peterborough United 0


If the first half made you long for the season to continue, then the second would have had you booking your summer holiday.

There were certainly no notable opportunities to speak of in a period of football that was played at a pedestrian pace.

Evans dragged a long-range shot at one end, while Bass made a comfortable save at the other when Clarke’s block took the sting from Danny Lloyd’s effort.

Fratton Park was briefly livened when Lowe went down in the box, but referee John Busby waved away his appeals.

There were also a couple more half-chances for Pitman, but nothing that ever looked like increasing his impressive tally.

Matty Kennedy replaced Naismith for the closing stages, with the outgoing players receiving warm applause as he vacated the pitch.

The game then continued to meander towards its conclusion, as players and fans alike seemed happy to bask in the sunshine.

The whistle then blew to signal the end of Pompey’s first season back in the third tier and a final position they can certainly be satisfied with.

Pompey (4-1-4-1): Bass; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; O’Keefe; Lowe, Evans, Close, Naismith (Kennedy 77); Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 13, 25
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Donohue, May, Ronan, Chaplin, Hawkins

Peterborough (4-4-1-1): Bond; Shephard, Baldwin (c), Taylor, Hughes; Maddison, Da Silva Lopes, Grant, Edwards; Cooper (Lloyd 46); Kanu (Ward 46)
Subs not used: Tyler, Anderson, Doughty, Forrester, Marriott

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 18,118 (598 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 212017
 

Match Report

League One


Peterborough United 2    1 Portsmouth

Pompey’s winning run was brought to an end with a 2-1 defeat to Peterborough at London Road.

It was a fairly even contest, but a couple of fine deliveries from Marcus Maddison ultimately proved the difference.

The Posh midfielder provided the assist for Jack Marriott to open the scoring and then saw his free-kick headed into his own net by Matt Clarke.

Conor Chaplin came off the bench to pull a goal back for the Blues, but they were unable to find a leveller.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Southend at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Curtis Main made his second league start of the season in place of Brett Pitman, who missed out with a hamstring injury.

Matty Kennedy also returned in an attacking role wide on the left, with Kyle Bennett dropping to the bench.

But it was Jamal Lowe on the opposite flank who caused the hosts plenty of problems in the early stages.

One promising move saw him surge half the length of the pitch and whip in a cross that was met by Kal Naismith and deflected past the post.

And Naismith was then left alone at the far post to head stand-in skipper Gareth Evans’ corner back across goal, although the Posh defence were able to hack clear.

Peterborough soon began to settle, however, and dominate possession without creating too much of note.

They did go close on 18 minutes when Danny Lloyd threaded a pass through to Gwion Edwards, who lifted the ball over Luke McGee and against the crossbar.

Then, after Ben Close’s effort had been blocked, United charged straight down the other end and McGee – who along with Christian Burgess was facing his former club – palmed behind Maddison’s deflected effort.

But it was Pompey’s turn to threaten more towards the end of the first half and a fierce attempt from Main clipped the outside of the post.

There was one sensational cross-field pass from Oliver Hawkins to pick out Kennedy on the left, although the winger cross was claimed by keeper Conor O’Malley and the sides went in level at the break.


Half Time

Peterborough United 0

Portsmouth 0


The opening to the second half was also a pretty cagey affair, with little action to get either of the goalkeepers’ gloves dirty.

Maddison’s free-kick – given for a foul on the edge of the box by Kennedy – was headed clear by Main.

The striker was then involved at the other end of the pitch, sliding in but unable to make contact with Naismith’s teasing low delivery.

Naismith soon had a chance of his own and finally forced O’Malley into a meaningful save with a powerfully-struck effort from the edge of the box.

But it was Peterborough who finally broke the deadlock just before the hour mark when Maddison sent in a low cross from the left and Marriott arrived to bundle the ball home.

Jackett responded by making his first substitution, as the hard-working Main made way for Chaplin in attack.

It was Posh looking more likely to add to the scoring, however, and Hawkins had to turn one effort just past his own post, while Steven Taylor fired narrowly over from a corner.

But they needed a helping hand to double their advantage on 70 minutes after Burgess had been booked for a foul on Maddision.

It was the midfielder who dusted himself down to take the free-kick, which was inadvertently turned into his own net by Clarke.

Chaplin almost reduced the deficit soon after, although his miskicked shot was cleared from the line by a well-placed Anthony Grant.

But CHAPLIN did find the target on 78 minutes, sliding the ball into the net after O’Malley could only parry clear Danny Rose’s effort.

There were a few nerves starting to show for Peterborough as they tried to hang on to their now slender lead.

But for all of Pompey’s attacking intent, they were unable to test O’Malley again as time ran out in the search for a point.

Peterborough (3-5-2): O’Malley; Baldwin (c), Taylor, Tafazolli (Hughes 46); Lopes, Grant, Maddison (Anderson 85), Doughty, Edwards; Marriott, Lloyd
Goals: Marriott 58, Clarke 70 (og)
Booked: Grant, Edwards
Subs not used: Bond, Penny, Forrester, Kanu, Miller

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans (c), Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Close, Rose; Lowe, Naismith, Kennedy (Donohue 81); Main (Chaplin 64)
Goals: Chaplin 78
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Thompson, O’Keefe, May, Bennett

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 5,217 (841 Pompey fans)

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Jun 252015
 

Christian Burgess

PompeyRama

Transfer : Peterborough United – Portsmouth


Peterborough defender signs for Pompey.


Pompey have signed Christian Burgess from League One side Peterborough for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old defender has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.

Burgess played non-league football before being signed by Middlesbrough while he was studying for a degree in history.

He made one senior appearance for the Teessiders and spent a season on loan at Hartlepool.

The centre-back then moved to Peterborough last summer and scored four goals in 32 appearances.

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