Oct 222020
 

Jordy Hiwula

Player Stats

Free Agent


Pompey have completed the signing of striker Jordy Hiwula on a short-term contract until January 20.


The 26-year-old – who left Coventry at the end of last season – will wear the number 26 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Hiwula has spent the past two seasons at Coventry, helping them claim the League One title last term.

A former England under-19 international, he progressed through the ranks at Manchester City before signing for Huddersfield.

Hiwula had several loan spells during his time with the Terriers, most notably at Bradford and Fleetwood.

He could now make his Blues debut against Sunderland in Saturday’s League One clash at the Stadium of Light.

Portsmouth FC

Oct 202020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




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

Portsmouth FC

Oct 172020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




A late goal from Reece James ensured that Doncaster beat Pompey 1-0 to continue their impressive record at Fratton Park.

The hosts improved after an insipid opening 45 minutes, but never really found any kind of attacking fluency.

And Rovers took advantage in the closing stages, with James curling a shot into the net to secure all three points.

Kenny Jackett made a couple of changes from the side that beat MK Dons on home soil the previous week.

Ben Close was handed a first league start of the season, with Andy Cannon also returning, as Bryn Morris and Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench.

The visitors started brightly on the sunny south coast and Craig MacGillivray came off his line on a couple of occasions.

One of them resulted in a key save to deny Fejiri Okenabirhie after the striker had raced onto Madger Gomes’ threaded pass.

But the Blues soon settled and enjoyed more possession, without really looking like doing much with it.

In fact, clear-cut chances were proving extremely hard to come by at both ends of the pitch in a largely lethargic contest.

Pompey did go close on 26 minutes, however, when Lee Brown delivered a corner towards Jack Whatmough at the far post.

The centre-back headed the ball down into the ground and Josef Bursik was able to parry it behind for a corner.

Ellis Harrison was working hard as a lone frontman, but was not being given enough support by his fellow attacking players.

There was a scare when Tom Anderson flung himself at James Coppinger’s free-kick and sent the ball into the side netting.

The defender’s momentum took him over the advertising hoardings and into the Fratton End, although thankfully he emerged unscathed.

Pompey did finish the first half with a flourish, though, and sent plenty of dangerous deliveries into the box that Doncaster did well to deal with.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Doncaster Rovers 0


The hosts were quickly out of the blocks following the restart and Bursik flapped nervously at a corner before Cannon fired a shot over the bar.

And they almost broke the deadlock on 53 minutes, with Harrison glancing Callum Johnson’s delivery inches past the post.

A Tom Naylor slip then provided an opening at the other end, with Coppinger finding Okenabirhie, whose shot was deflected wide.

MacGillivray soon had to beat away another effort from the striker before Brown did well with the mopping up.

Jackett made his first change just before the hour mark, with Ronan Curtis making way to be replaced by Jacobs.

And he was soon forced to make another one, as Harrison was hurt in a collision and Maquis was given the call to feature against his former club.

Pompey had looked the more dangerous side since the interval, although Marcus Harness could not force his shot home from a tight angle.

And when the ball sat up nicely for Cannon, he sent a sweet long-range strike fizzing just the wrong side of the post.

But it was Rovers who took the lead on 79 minutes, as James was left in far too much space to collect a pass from Josh Sims and curl home a neat finish.

Ryan Williams quickly came on for Close, as the Blues looked to find a route back into the contest by adding another player to their forward line.

And Bursik did well to deny Marquis an equaliser, adjusting his feet when the ex-Rovers frontman’s shot took a big deflection.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close (Williams 81); Harness, Cannon, Curtis (Jacobs 59); Harrison (Marquis 62)
Booked: Harness
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Pring, Morris

Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Bursik; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, John; Whiteman (c), Gomes; Taylor (Sims 63), Coppinger (Richards 63), James; Okenabirhie (Smith 90)
Goals: James 79
Booked: James, Wright, Gomes
Subs not used: Jones, Butler, Williams, Lokilo

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Portsmouth FC

Oct 102020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey recorded a third successive victory – but were left hanging on against MK Dons at Fratton Park.

Tom Naylor headed the hosts into an early lead, only for the men from Milton Keynes to level through Scott Fraser’s spot-kick.

The Blues were awarded a first half penalty of their own, however, and it was converted by Ellis Harrison.

It was a nervy affair after the interval and the Dons dominated possession, but could not find a leveller.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were so impressive in victory at Burton the previous week.

Ronan Curtis – who bagged a brace against Southend in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night – replaced Ryan Williams out wide.

The visitors looked to attack straight from kick-off, but their opponents immediately broke up the other end and Harrison’s ball across goal was just out of reach for Marcus Harness.

And then – for the second league match in succession – the Blues broke the deadlock in the second minute.

Lee Brown whipped in a corner from the right and NAYLOR was left in space to head the ball off the underside of the bar and over the line.

But the Dons were soon given a chance to draw level when Bryn Morris was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Louis Thompson inside the box.

Fraser stepped up to take the spot-kick and stroked the ball straight down the middle, with Craig MacGillivray going low to his right.

Both sides were looking to get forward whenever possible, although were lacking that final killer ball to test the keepers.

And Lee Swabey evened things up midway through the first half, with the referee spotting George Williams’ push on Sean Raggett from a corner.

Lee Nicholls got his fingertips to the penalty from HARRISON, but there was too much power on the shot to keep it from flying into the net.

Dons boss Russell Martin was incensed with the decision and his furious reaction earned a yellow card.

Pompey tried to extend their advantage further, but Michael Jacobs could not quite dig the ball out from under his feet after being found in space by Naylor.

At the other end, Carlton Morris looked to have got past Jack Whatmough, only for the defender to make a fine recovery and dispossess the striker.

Then, in stoppage-time, Sam Nombe hit a fierce long-range effort that MacGillivray had to palm around the post.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

MK Dons 1


Jackett made a change of personnel and system after the interval, with Curtis withdrawn so Rasmus Nicolaisen could make his league debut.

That saw Pompey switch to a 3-4-1-2 formation, as Jacobs moved behind the front two of Harness and Harrison.

It was the visitors who started the half brighter, however, and MacGillivray denied Carlton Morris before Naylor was forced to block Fraser’s effort.

The keeper then needed a bandage applied to his head after colliding with team-mate Nicolaisen, with both players requiring treatment.

It did not seem to do MacGillivray much harm, though, as the keeper immediately made a fine save to turn behind Nombe’s angled effort.

Pompey then came close to scoring a third goal on the hour mark, when Harrison cut in from the left side of the area.

The striker was unable to force a fierce shot past Nicholls from an acute angle, though, and David Kasumu was able to hack away the loose ball.

It had turned into a fairly open affair and MacGillivray was called into action to deal with Nombe’s strike from the edge of the box.

A free-kick – which earned Dean Lewington a booking – then led to Raggett finding the net, although the flag had long since been raised for an offside against Whatmough.

And the defender almost scored at the other end soon after, turning Carlton Morris’ dangerous pass inches past his own post.

With the Blues looking to stem the tide, John Marquis was brought on for Harness for the final 10 minutes.

The hosts conceded several free-kicks in dangerous areas as the seconds ticked down and the Dons poured forward in search of an equaliser.

A display of five additional minutes was not what Pompey wanted to see, but they saw the time out to secure a welcome three points.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Curtis (Nicolaisen 46), Naylor (c), Morris, Jacobs (Williams 87); Harness (Marquis 80), Harrison
Goals: Naylor 2, Harrison 23 (pen)
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Pring, Close, Cannon

MK Dons (3-1-4-2): Nicholls; Williams, Keogh, Lewington (c); Kasumu; Sorinola (Sørensen 86), Thompson (Houghton 70), Fraser, Cargill; Nombe (Jerome 70), Morris
Goals: Fraser 12 (pen)
Booked: Lewington, Jerome
Subs not used: Walker, Davies, Freeman, Bird

Referee: Lee Swabey

Portsmouth FC

Oct 062020
 

Match Report

Highlights

ELF Trophy




Pompey eased to a comfortable victory at Southend to book their place in the EFL Trophy knockout stages with a game to spare.

John Marquis opened the scoring from the penalty spot, while Ronan Curtis added a goal in each half to secure all three points.

It means that next month’s Fratton contest against West Ham’s youngsters will merely decide who claims top spot in Southern Group A.

Kenny Jackett made 10 changes from the side that had beaten Burton in League One at the weekend.

Ryan Williams was the only player to keep his place in the starting line-up, with Rasmus Nicolaisen handed his debut at the heart of a three-man defence.

Alex Bass returned between the sticks, while Ben Close was handed the captain’s armband in Tom Naylor’s absence.

The other men handed a chance to impress were Haji Mnoga, James Bolton, Paul Downing, Cam Pring, Andy Cannon, Curtis and Marquis.

Despite all the alterations, the visitors looked bright from the beginning and created several early opportunities.

Williams dragged a shot narrowly wide from an acute angle, while Nicolaisen could not keep the ball down when he met Pring’s corner.

The former had another chance following a quick Blues break up the pitch, but was this time denied by Shrimpers stopper Mark Oxley.

And Pompey did break the deadlock midway through the first half following a clear foul on Mnoga by Tom Clifford.

Referee Paul Howard pointed straight to the spot and MARQUIS stepped up to calmly send Oxley the wrong way from 12 yards.

Southend had barely threatened, although Timothee Dieng should have done better than send his close-range header straight at Bass.

Matt Rush was then booked for a late challenge on Bass when the two raced to reach a loose ball first.

Oxley came to the rescue once more on 37 minutes, denying Marquis with his legs after Williams had stolen possession and slipped a pass across to the striker.

But he could do nothing to prevent the hosts falling further behind moments later, with a 25-yard CURTIS strike taking a wicked deflection off Richard Taylor to deceive the keeper.

There were more chances before the break, although Mnoga blazed one over the bar, while a rocket from Curtis flew just too high in stoppage-time.


Half Time

Southend United 0

Portsmouth 2


Pompey began where they had left off following the restart and Curtis hit a dangerous ball across the face of goal.

The visitors were then forced into a change when Lewis Gard went down injured and had to be stretchered from the pitch.

With the Blues coasting, however, the action was undoubtedly less intense and Bass was largely enjoying a watching brief.

There was a dangerous attack launched by Terrell Egbri, only for a perfectly-timed Mnoga challenge to stop him in his path.

Nicolaisen livened things up just past the hour by meeting Cannon’s corner with a firm header, but Oxley made a super stop to deny the Dane a debut goal.

Bass then appeared to tip over a header from Harry Kyprianou, although Howard infuriated the home side by failing to award a corner.

The visitors were still looking more likely to add to the scoring, however, and they duly wrapped things up on 77 minutes.

It was a fine solo effort from CURTIS, who was afforded space to surge forward before depositing a long-range strike into the bottom corner of Oxley’s net.

That was his last piece of meaningful action, as – perhaps with Saturday in mind – he was soon replaced by Callum Johnson.

And the closing stages passed by without much incident, as Pompey’s fine record in the EFL Trophy continued.

Southend (4-4-2): Oxley (c); Hobson, Dieng (K.Coker 46), Taylor, Clifford; Egbri, Gard (O.Coker 52), Phillips, Kyprianou; Acquah (Nathaniel-George 74), Rush
Booked: Rush, Taylor
Sub not used: Seaden

Pompey (3-4-3): Bass; Bolton, Dowing, Nicolaisen; Mnoga, Close (c), Cannon, Pring; Williams (Morris 88), Marquis, Curtis (Johnson 80)
Goals: Marquis 21 (pen), Curtis 40, 77
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Raggett, Jacobs, Harness, Harrison

Referee: Paul Howard

Portsmouth FC

Oct 032020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Marcus Harness netted a hat-trick as Pompey produced a dominant display at Burton to record their first league win of the season.

He struck in the second minute of each half, then wrapped up the three points with a fine turn and finish.

The first of his goals had been cancelled out by Lucas Akins, while Tom Naylor soon found his own net to ensure the Brewers led at the break.

But Harness – facing his former club – quickly levelled and, after Jack Whatmough had given the Blues the lead, finished things off to claim the matchball.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that were beaten on home soil by Wigan the previous weekend.

Ellis Harrison returned to lead the line, while there were also starts for Lee Brown and Ryan Williams.

John Marquis, Cam Pring and Ronan Curtis all dropped to the bench, with the latter looking to make his 100th appearance for the club.

The visitors got off to a blistering start in the wet and windy conditions, taking the lead with just 79 seconds on the clock.

Michael Jacobs showed neat footwork in the box, but was tackled as he shaped to shoot and the ball fell for HARNESS to drill home.

The advantage should probably have been doubled moments later, with Williams racing through on goal and bending his shot the wrong side of the post.

Instead it was the Brewers who got the next goal of the game when Ryan Edwards cut the ball back for Kane Hemmings.

His effort was blocked by Tom Naylor, but the follow-up from Akins was deflected in off the Pompey skipper.

And there was more misfortune for the midfielder when he tried to clear Joe Powell’s cross and inadvertently sliced the ball into his own net to give Burton the lead.

The Blues tried to hit back and Harrison was perhaps a bit too eager, earning a booking for a crunching challenge on Ben Fox.

Jacobs was looking the most dangerous outlet down the left, but the visitors were just missing that final ball.

Williams did combine well with Harness on 35 minutes and the latter’s drive flew narrowly past the post.

Harness then had a great chance to level deep into stoppage-time, when Williams’ cross was parried into his path by Ben Garratt, but he was unable to convert from close range.


Half Time

Burton Albion 2

Portsmouth 1


The visitors came charging out of the blocks following the restart and Harrison’s header was just about diverted wide by Garratt.

But an equaliser did arrive from the resulting corner, with HARNESS neatly back-heeling the ball home after Harrison had initially got his head to Brown’s delivery.

Harrison tried to restore the lead after receiving a lovely lifted pass from Naylor, but – under pressure from two defenders – could only hook over the bar.

Then, when the striker was brought down 20 yards out, Jacobs curled the free-kick onto the roof of the net.

It seemed only a matter of time before Pompey would score again and when two defenders collided, Harrison drew a smart save from Garratt.

The resulting corner did lead to a goal on the hour mark, though, as Brown’s cross was nodded back into the mixer by Harrison for WHATMOUGH to slot home.

Jackett soon made his first change of the afternoon, with Curtis bringing up his Blues century by replacing Williams.

Pompey were winning plenty of corners and another one ended with Harrison drawing a save from Garratt.

They were looking completely dominant and so it came as no surprise when the fourth arrived on 74 minutes.

Curtis played the ball across to HARNESS, who beat his man with a delightful flick before lifting the ball over Garratt.

He then turned provider to create an opportunity for Curtis, but the Republic of Ireland international saw his effort blocked.

Harrison was given warm applause by the Blues bench as he made his way off and Marquis came on for the final few minutes.

And it was a similar story when Harness made way for Andy Cannon, as the closing stages were negotiated with ease to ensure Pompey broke their duck and leapt up the table.

Burton (4-1-4-1): Garratt; Fox, Brayford (c), O’Toole, Daniel; Quinn (Roles 66); Akins, Edwards, Powell (Lawless 80), Vernam (Vassilev 66); Hemmings
Goals: Akins 14, Naylor 20 (og)
Booked: Hemmings
Subs not used: O’Hara, Wallace, Gallacher, Gilligan

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris; Williams (Curtis 62), Harness (Cannon 90), Jacobs; Harrison (Marquis 86)
Goals: Harness 2, 47, 74, Whatmough 60
Booked: Harrison
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Pring, Close

Referee: Tom Nield

Portsmouth FC

Sep 262020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey suffered a first league defeat at Fratton Park since April 2019 after losing 2-1 to Wigan.

They controlled possession and had periods of dominance, but did not do enough to test a nervous-looking Jamie Jones in the visitors’ goal.

And the Latics took advantage to claim all three points, courtesy of a slightly fortunate Lee Evans’ effort and a long-range Tom James free-kick.

Ellis Harrison came off the bench to reduce the deficit late on, but there was not enough time remaining for the Blues to find an equaliser.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that were held to a draw at Rochdale the previous week.

Michael Jacobs was handed a full debut against his former club, while Cam Pring came in at left-back.

Andy Cannon and Lee Brown both dropped to the bench, where they were joined by new arrival Rasmus Nicolaisen.

Former Pompey players Kal Naismith and Viv Solomon-Otabor started for the visitors, but Gary Roberts missed out with a hamstring injury.

The hosts came tearing out of the blocks and created plenty of opportunities in the opening 15 minutes.

An early effort from Jacobs was blocked, while crosses from him and the lively Marcus Harness caused problems for Jones.

A Ronan Curtis delivery from the right – perhaps assisted by the wind – then drifted towards the net and came back off the post.

The ball then ran loose for Harness, who sent it back into the centre, where John Marquis glanced narrowly wide.

Jacobs soon tried to pick out skipper Tom Naylor at the back post, forcing Naismith to head over his own crossbar.

Pring was providing a threat from set-pieces and a couple of corners were nervously dealt with by Jones.

And when Jacobs tried to find Curtis midway through the half, Tom James slid in to intercept and deny the Republic of Ireland international a simple finish.

But the Blues’ dominance began to wane after such a bright opening, allowing their opponents back into the contest.

It still came as somewhat of a surprise when Wigan broke the deadlock – in somewhat fortunate fashion – on 39 minutes.

Craig MacGillivray got down to try to deal with an Alex Perry effort that was blocked by Sean Raggett.

And with the keeper still down on the ground, he was unable to keep the follow-up from Evans finding the net.

It looked like an equaliser might arrive in stoppage-time when Jacobs’ free-kick was nodded back by Jack Whatmough, but Marquis was flagged offside.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Wigan Athletic 1


There was a controversial moment early in the second half when Marquis, racing through on goal, was taken down by Nathan Cameron on the edge of the box.

Pompey were demanding a red card for the defender, but referee Antony Coggins would only brandish a yellow.

It was Curtis who stepped up to take the free-kick, but his effort cannoned into the wall and was cleared to safety.

Wigan were next to threaten when Solomon-Otabor broke into the area on the left and rolled a cross-shot narrowly past the post.

The visitors wanted a penalty when Chris Merrie went down in the box, but Coggins immediately waved him back to his feet.

Jackett soon decided the time was right to make his first substitution, with Harness replaced by Harrison.

The Latics were waiting to take a free-kick while that substitution was taking place and that led to their second goal.

James was around 30 yards out and hit a rocket of a shot that flew between MacGillivray’s grasp and the net.

Pompey started to pick up again and they were awarded a free-kick inside the box when Jones picked up Perry’s back-pass.

The Wigan wall were stationed on the line and did their job to keep out Curtis’ fierce drive, while the resulting cross led to a Bryn Morris shot that was blocked.

A final throw of the dice from Jackett saw Jacobs and Morris replaced by Cannon and Ryan Williams on 71 minutes.

Harrison then started an encouraging move and almost finished it, but could not quite get on the end of Curtis’ cross.

The substitute striker was proving a menace and when he collected Williams’ cross and laid the ball off for Marquis, Cameron flung himself into the path of the resulting shot to divert it behind.

Pring took the corner and that found Sean Raggett, whose header clipped the post, as Wigan survived again.

It was Pompey’s most productive period of the game and Williams soon dragged a shot just past the post.

And HARRISON restored some hope on 89 minutes, lashing the ball home after the ball had ricocheted off Marquis and into his park.

But Wigan used up as much time as they could get away with to see out the closing stages and claim the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Morris (Cannon 71); Harness (Harrison 58), Jacobs (Williams 71), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Harrison 89
Subs not used: Turnbull, Nicolaisen, Brown, Close

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Jones; James, Cameron, Fox, Pearce (Gardner 22); Perry, Merrie (Crankshaw 90+2); Naismith, Evans, Solomon-Otabor (Massey 80); Garner (c)
Goals: Evans 39, James 59
Booked: Garner, Cameron
Subs not used: Evans, Long, Obi, Jolley

Referee: Antony Coggins

Portsmouth FC

Sep 252020
 

Gareth Evans

Player Stats

Mutual Consent


Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Gareth Evans has left the club by mutual consent.


The midfielder netted 38 goals in 218 appearances for the Blues after arriving on the south coast in the summer of 2015.

He was deployed at right-back for much of the memorable 2016/17 campaign, which saw the League Two title head to the south coast.

Evans scored from the spot in two matches that will live long in the memories of all Pompey supporters.

The first of those penalties came at Meadow Lane, where more than 4,000 fans saw a 3-1 victory over Notts County secure promotion.

And the second helped Paul Cook’s side thrash Cheltenham 6-1 on the final day, as a the Fratton faithful witnessed the Blues snatch the silverware from right under the noses of Plymouth and Doncaster.

Another memorable day came at Wembley in March 2019, with Evans coming off the bench and scoring in the penalty shoot-out to beat Sunderland and lift the EFL Trophy.

His final Pompey goal arrived in the Carabao Cup win at Stevenage last month, while he made his final appearance in the League One opener against Shrewsbury.

He has subsequently signed a two year deal at Bradford City.

Portsmouth FC

Sep 232020
 

Rasmus Nicolaisen

Player Stats

Loan : FC Midtjylland – Portsmouth


Pompey have signed defender Rasmus Nicolaisen on a season-long loan deal from FC Midtjylland.


The move for the 23-year-old former Denmark youth international is subject to international clearance.

Nicolaisen progressed through the FC Midtjylland academy and made his debut for their first team in 2017.

He was part of the squad that lifted the top-flight title in both 2017/18 and 2019/20, as well as the Danish Cup in between.

Nicolaisen has also appeared in the Europa League and has scored six goals in 51 appearances for FC Midtjylland.

‘The Wolves’ are currently managed by Brian Priske, who featured for Pompey in the Premier League during the 2005/06 campaign.

Portsmouth FC

Sep 212020
 

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild

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Loan : Portsmouth – Bromley


Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has returned to Bromley on loan until January 3.


But Pompey have an option to recall the 22-year-old forward from the National League side after the initial 28 days of the deal.

He arrived at Fratton Park from the London outfit at the start of 2020, making his debut in an EFL Trophy victory at Walsall.

But Hackett-Fairchild has been left frustrated by a series of knocks and will now be looking for a regular run of games back at Bromley.

He scored eight goals in 25 appearances for them during the first half of last season and previously played for Charlton.

Portsmouth FC

Sep 202020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey drew 0-0 for the second League One fixture in succession, but will be wondering how they left Rochdale with only a point.

The first half was a lifeless affair, but the visitors were on top throughout the second period and had several opportunities to score.

They were unable to take any of them, however, and Matty Done missed a glorious chance to make them pay for that profligacy at the death.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that exited the Carabao Cup at Brighton earlier in the week.

Andy Cannon replaced Ryan Williams, with the midfielder making his first start of the campaign against his former club.

The other switches both came in the full-back roles, as Cam Pring and James Bolton made way for Lee Brown and Callum Johnson.

But summer signing Michael Jacobs had to be content with a place among the substitutes as he waited to make a Blues bow.

It was a fairly uneventful opening 45 minutes in the Greater Manchester sunshine, with neither keeper forced into meaningful action.

Marcus Harness was looking the most dangerous player for the visitors and sent in a number of dangerous crosses that could not be capitalised on.

Ollie Rathbone tried a rocket of a 25-yard shot at the other end that flew not too wide of Craig MacGillivray’s post.

And when Stephen Humphrys did get into a decent position inside the Blues box, he fired wastefully over the bar.

Pompey’s best opportunity came on 27 minutes when Tom Naylor could not spot a free player and instead delivered a rasping strike that Gavin Bazunu had to turn around the post.

A run from Ronan Curtis then led to the ball ricocheting back into the winger’s path, although his eventual drive lacked another power to seriously trouble the keeper.

Humphrys – making his second Dale debut – limped off injured late in the half and his replacement might have made an instant impact.

Matty Done received a square pass from Alex Newby, but could only stab the ball straight at MacGillivray.


Half Time

Rochdale 0

Portsmouth 0


A deep cross from Brown created an opening soon after restart, but Harness’ angled header was claimed by Bazunu.

And they squandered a great chance to open the scoring moments later after the keeper played the ball straight to Harness.

He squared the ball for John Marquis, who slotted the ball wide of the post from inside the Rochdale box.

Pompey had looked a lot more positive since the break and a Curtis cross caused plenty of problems for the Dale defence.

Sean Raggett was then unable to guide Harness’ centre on target, with appeals for a push on the defender waved away by referee Michael Salisbury.

And the visitors went close again on the hour mark, as Harness flung himself at a Cannon pass, but could not quite make contact.

That was the last piece of meaningful action for Cannon, who was replaced by debutant Jacobs on 66 minutes.

Pompey then had the ball in the back of the net when Bazunu claimed Brown’s corner and was sent tumbling into the net, but Salisbury decided the keeper had been fouled.

Good work from Harness soon led to a cross that was partially cleared, with Tom Naylor snatching at his shot and seeing it fly wide.

The chances kept coming and two corners from Curtis saw a Raggett header deflected behind and Harness nod wide.

Ellis Harrison came on for Curtis, as the Blues continued to try to turn their second half dominance into a goal.

It was Marquis who had the next opportunity, though, and could not make a connection when he tried to deftly guide home Brown’s cross.

Bazunu then made two fine saves in quick succession, first keeping out another Marquis header from Johnson’s fine cross, then diving to his right to save from Raggett.

But the Blues were almost caught out by a sucker-punch when Harrison’s intended pass back to MacGillivray was intercepted by Done.

He was left with an empty net to slot into, but sliced his attempt horribly and when a second chance arrived, Jack Whatmough averted the danger.

And Whatmough almost starred at the other end in stoppage-time when he met Brown’s corner and saw his header cleared from the line.

Rochdale (4-3-1-2): Bazunu; McLaughlin, O’Connell (c) (McNulty 80), McShane, Keohane; Lund, Ryan, Morley; Rathbone; Humphrys (Done 38), Newby (Dooley 70)
Booked: McShane
Subs not used: Lynch, Brierley, Tavarez, Baah

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris; Harness, Cannon (Jacobs 66), Curtis (Harrison 79); Marquis
Booked: Brown, Naylor
Subs not used: Turnbull, Downing, Pring, Close, Williams

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Portsmouth FC

Sep 172020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey’s Carabao Cup adventure was ended by Premier League side Brighton in a second round contest at the Amex Stadium.

The visitors matched their higher-ranked opponents in the first half and only trailed to Alexis Mac Allister’s header at the break.

It was a different story after it, though, as the Seagulls struck three times in under 20 minutes – through Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo and Viktor Gyokeres – to ensure comfortable progress.

Sean Raggett almost restored some pride for the Blues late on, but his header was kept out by a stunning Jason Steele save.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury in the league at the weekend.

James Bolton came in for the cup-tied Callum Johnson, with Cam Pring replacing Lee Brown on the opposite flank.

And the final switch saw Ryan Williams handed a wide role in the attacking midfield trio, as Gareth Evans made way.

Brighton had an early chance to break the deadlock, with Craig MacGillivray making a fine save to deny Gyokeres and Bernardo sending the loose ball wildly off target.

But the Blues were not looking over-awed against their top-flight opponents and created several opportunities of their own in the opening 45 minutes.

The first was a low Ronan Curtis free-kick from the left that was turned inches past his own post by Dan Burn.

Marcus Harness then came close to scrambling a John Marquis header over the line, although an offside flag had been raised against the Pompey striker.

Brighton were almost gifted an opener midway through the first half, courtesy of a poor Raggett back-pass.

Pascal Gross tried to take advantage, but MacGillivray took the sting off his shot and Jack Whatmough headed clear from the line.

It was then the turn of skipper Dale Stephens to go close, with his low drive clipping the outside of the post.

The visitors were looking a threat on the counter, though, and Curtis broke quickly up the pitch from a Seagulls corner, only to see his shot blocked.

But it was Brighton who broke the deadlock on 38 minutes, as Mac Allister charged in unmarked to firmly head home Jahanbakhsh’s cross.

Pompey were still posing a threat at the other end and thought they should have been awarded a spot-kick just before the break.

A strike from Harness might have deflected onto the arm of a prostrate Joel Veltman, although it was certainly not deliberate from the defender.


Half Time

Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Portsmouth 0


The Blues had a chance to level following the restart, when Curtis was fouled on the left and was not quite able to sneak the resulting free-kick inside Steele’s near post.

But the Premier League side had a cushion moments later following a quick passing move up the pitch.

The ball eventually found Jahanbakhsh on the edge of the box and he hit a rocket of a shot into the top corner.

And the situation soon got even worse for the visitors, as a cross from Gross was deftly glanced home by Bernardo.

It took a heroic piece of defending from Tom Naylor to deny Brighton a fourth goal, with the skipper – making his 100th appearance – somehow stopping the ball crossing the line and ending up in a heap in the net.

Jackett made a double change just past the hour mark, with Curtis and Marquis replaced by Ellis Harrison and Andy Cannon.

But Brighton continued to dominate and put the result beyond doubt on 71 minutes, as Gyokeres twisted one way and the other before sliding the ball past MacGillivray.

Whatmough was immediately removed and on came Paul Downing, perhaps with one eye on Sunday’s league visit to Rochdale.

It was fellow centre-back Raggett who came close to a consolation, though, meeting Pring’s corner and seeing his header brilliantly repelled by Steele.

And the Seagulls had to play out the final few minutes with just 10 men, as Stephens limped off with all three substitutions having already been made.

Brighton (4-2-3-1): Steele; Molumby, Veltman (Sanders 68), Burn, Bernardo; Propper, Stephens (c); Jahanbakhsh (Roberts 68), Gross (Gwargis 77), Mac Allister; Gyokeres
Goals: Mac Allister 38, Jahanbakhsh 54, Bernardo 57, Gyokeres 71
Booked: Gross
Subs not used: Sanchez, Yapi, Dendoncker, Cochrane

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Whatmough (Downing 71), Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Morris; Williams, Harness, Curtis (Cannon 63); Marquis (Harrison 63)
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: Turnbull, Brown, Close, Evans

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Portsmouth FC

Sep 142020
 

Michael Jacobs

Player Stats

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.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Michael’s an exciting player with good Championship experience and an excellent track record of getting out of this division.

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.

Portsmouth FC

Sep 122020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey had to settle for a point in their League One opener with Shrewsury at a warm and sunny Fratton Park.

Most of the action took place in the second half, with Jack Whatmough – making his 100th appearance for the club – among those to go close.

And both sides came close to snatching a late winner, as Rekeil Pyke was denied by Craig MacGillivray, while Tom Naylor’s header struck the woodwork.

But the visitors had to play the final few seconds with just 10 men after Aaron Pierre was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Colchester in the EFL Trophy earlier in the week.

That came at left-back, where summer loan signing Cam Pring dropped to the bench to make way for Lee Brown.

It did not take long for Jason Cummings to collect an early booking following a late challenge on Marquis.

And Bryn Morris then came close to haunting his former club with a fierce drive that was parried by Matija Sarkick.

The ball ran loose and John Marquis desperately tried to get there first, but the keeper was able to smother it.

But it was, generally, a laboured start from the hosts and Shrewsbury almost made them pay from a corner on 12 minutes.

The ball was headed against the post by Brad Walker and, with the goal gaping, Ethan Ebanks-Landell then nodded it wide.

There was controversy when Marquis collected a Ronan Curtis pass and was fouled outside the box by Pierre.

The Blues striker felt he was last man and it should have warranted a red card, but referee Charles Breakspear opted to brandish only a yellow.

Several players were hovering over the free-kick and when Brown eventually took it, he curled the ball inches past the post.

There were half-chances at both ends of the pitch, although it had certainly not been the most entertaining period of football.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Shrewsbury Town 0


Marquis came close to breaking the deadlock soon after the restart, trying an inventive lofted effort from the right side of the box that drifted narrowly wide.

And their opponents then went close at the other end, as Brad Walker danced past a number of challenges, only to screw his shot horribly off target.

Jackett made his first change 10 minutes into the second half, with Andy Cannon on to replace Gareth Evans.

Both sides were looking to counter with pace and one such attack led to Marquis having a header deflected over the bar.

Clear-cut chances were still proving to be few and far between, though, and it took an unlikely source to find the next shot on target.

A Curtis free-kick was nodded back into the centre by Sean Raggett and Whatmough’s volley was saved by Sarkic.

Ryan Williams came on for Marcus Harness on 69 minutes, as Jackett decided to freshen up his forward options.

And when the newcomer was hacked down by Josh Vela, Breakspear played the advantage and Pompey broke.

Cannon timed his run to stay onside and collect Curtis’ pass, but could not get the ball on his right foot and the move broke down.

Vela was then shown a booking and so was substitute Marlon Fossey for a foul on Curtis down the left.

Brown was the one to take it and tried to send the ball over Sarkic, with the keeper back-pedalling to just about prevent it finding the net.

Pompey were well on top now and Scott Golbourne was well-placed just in front of the line to block Raggett’s header.

Then, after Ben Close had replaced Morris, the left-back also managed to divert Williams’ goal-bound header to safety.

But it was Shrewsbury who almost grabbed a late winner from a corner, with MacGillivray – who had experienced a quiet afternoon – making a stunning save to deny Pyke.

The ball was still loose and the danger was not over, however, with Whatmough managing to hack from the line.

Pompey then almost secured all three points for themselves, with Naylor meeting another fine Brown free-kick and rattling the crossbar with his header.

Pierre was sent off late in stoppage-time, picking up a second booking for a clear foul on Marquis 20 yards out.

It meant that Brown had the final chance to secure victory, sending his low free-kick through the wall and seeing Sarkic turn it around the post.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris (Close 80); Harness (Williams 69), Evans (Cannon 55), Curtis; Marquis
Booked: Harness, Morris
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Pring, Harrison

Shrewsbury (4-3-3): Sarkic; Williams (Fossey 72), Pierre, Ebanks-Landell (c), Golbourne; Vela (Norburn 78), Walker, High; Cummings (Barnett 84), Pyke, Whalley
Sent off: Pierre (two yellow cards)
Booked: Cummings, Whalley, Vela, Fossey
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Love, Daniels, Udoh

Referee: Charles Breakspear

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