Jan 262021
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey were left cursing a controversial red card for Jack Whatmough as they were narrowly beaten by Lincoln at Fratton Park.

The defender was sent off for a challenge on Jorge Grant in the first half, despite appearing to win the ball cleanly.

It looked like the Blues would still hold on for a point, but Morgan Rogers came off the bench to grab a late winner for the visitors.

Kenny Jackett – in his 200th game in charge of Pompey – kept faith with the same side that were beaten by Hull at the weekend.

It meant that new signings George Byers and Charlie Daniels had to be content with a place among the substitutes.

The game started at an electric pace and a threaded Grant pass was just too heavy for Anthony Scully to get a vital touch on.

Ronan Curtis tried to get on the end of a teasing Callum Johnson’s delivery at the other end, but TJ Eyoma nodded clear.

Both sides were looking to launch quick attacks, although neither keeper was being particularly troubled by the end product.

That was until Craig MacGillivray had to get down to make a smart stop to deny Anthony Scully midway through the first half.

But the big talking point arrived on 29 minutes when Whatmough made a firm challenge on Grant and yet emerged with the ball.

The defender was miffed that referee Sam Purkiss blew for a foul and his look changed to one of incredulity when a red card was brandished.

Lincoln almost took immediate advantage when the free-kick was lofted forward and Conor McGrandles’ header had to be parried away by MacGillivray.

Skipper Tom Naylor had dropped back alongside Sean Raggett in defence, as Pompey fielded a 4-4-1 system.

It was, unsurprisingly, the visitors who finished the half on top and Pompey were fortunate to see McGrandles’ goal-bound header ricochet off Lee Brown’s leg and loop over.

And Tayo Edun was then inches away from breaking the deadlock just before the break, courtesy of a fizzing effort that rattled the crossbar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Lincoln City 0


Marcus Harness was the man sacrificed to shore up the back-line after the break, as Rasmus Nicolaisen replaced him.

Purkiss continued to frustrate the home side when Scully clearly tugged down Johnson and, this time, kept his cards in his pocket.

Pompey were being forced back, as their opponents tried to find a breakthrough, but were making sure to get their bodies in between the ball and their goal.

Alex Palmer then dwelled far too long with the ball at his feet at the other end, with a sliding Curtis not quite able to make him pay.

But the keeper did better just past the hour mark to get a hand on Williams’ cross, taking the ball away from the waiting John Marquis and Curtis.

The hosts felt that a Curtis free-kick was blocked by the hand of Eyoma on 67 minutes, but their appeals were ignored by Purkiss.

MacGillivray was being well protected, but had to beat away an effort from McGrandles, with Nicolaisen hooking the loose ball over his own bar.

Marquis had worked hard up front without much reward and was replaced by the fresh legs of Ellis Harrison.

There were then penalty appeals at the other end when Rogers felt he was tripped by Nicolaisen, but again the referee was unmoved.

Williams was given a rest following his tireless display, as Michael Jacobs entered the fray on 76 minutes.

But the Blues’ resolve was finally broken on 79 minutes when McGrandles teed-up Rogers to slot the ball home.

Jackett immediately threw on Daniels and Byers for their debuts and the former almost set-up an equaliser.

He swung in a fine corner that was met by the head of Curtis, although a defender was able to head from the line.

Pompey tried their best to get men forward and find a last gap leveller, but the Imps held on to secure top spot in League One.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown (Daniels 81); Harness (Nicolaisen 46), Naylor (c), Cannon (Byers 81), Curtis; Williams (Jacobs 76); Marquis (Harrison 70)
Sent off: Whatmough
Booked: Harness, Raggett
Subs not used: Turnbull, White

Lincoln (4-1-4-1): Palmer; Eyoma, Jackson, Walsh, Edun (Melbourne 86); Bridcutt (c); Scully (Rogers 70), McGrandles, Grant, Johnson (Anderson 89); Hopper
Goals: Rogers 79
Booked: Edun, Jackson, McGrandles
Subs not used: Long, Montsma, Jones, Howarth

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Portsmouth FC

Jan 232021
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey missed the chance to climb above promotion rivals Hull in the table after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Fratton Park.

Jack Whatmough twice put the ball in his own net, although there was little he could do to prevent the first one.

Sandwiched between was a goal for George Honeyman, while substitute Josh Magennis also found the target in stoppage-time as the Tigers strengthened their position at the League One summit.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that eased to victory over AFC Wimbledon earlier in the week.

Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench to make way for Republic of Ireland international Ronan Curtis, who started wide on the left.

Charlie Daniels – who completed his Pompey switch less an hour before kick-off – was watching from the stands, alongside fellow new arrival George Byers.

Chances were at a premium throughout the opening 45 minutes, with both sides having promising spells that usually faded once they reached the final third.

John Marquis did have the ball in the net after collecting a Curtis pass, but referee Ben Toner had already blown his whistle for a foul on Jacob Greaves.

But Hull broke the deadlock midway through the first half and after benefitting from two own-goals at the KCOM Stadium before Christmas, it seemed only fair that Pompey returned the favour.

A free-kick from Honeyman was whipped into the box, where it was met by the head of Keane Lewis-Potter.

Craig MacGillivray got down to his right to make the save, but the ball bounced against the foot of Whatmough and ricocheted into the net.

The hosts might have hit back when Marquis was the recipient of another Curtis pass, with his effort deflected behind.

Whatmough then had to stretch to meet the resulting corner at the back post and could not guide his header on target.

But there were only half-chances before Toner signalled the interval, as Hull were able to keep the Blues at bay.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Hull City 1


Jackett made a double change at the break, with Ryan Williams and Andy Cannon replaced by Ben Close and Harvey White.

But it was the Tigers who were quickest out of the blocks and Lewis-Potter had three chances to extend their lead in quick succession.

The first was a stabbed effort from a corner that lacked enough power to trouble MacGillivray, while the second flew wide.

It was the third that was the best of the bunch, though, as a free-kick from the edge of the box flashed narrowly off target.

Pompey had looked organised – if a little lacking creatively before the break, but some sloppy play allowed Hull to double their advantage just past the hour mark.

Mallik Wilks was all alone in the centre to meet Lewis-Potter’s cut-back, although Whatmough was able to dispossess the winger.

His second attempt was then blocked on the line by Sean Raggett, but Honeyman nipped in to slot home.

And they soon had another goal, as the unfortunate Whatmough again turned the ball into his own net, this time while trying to deal with Lewie Coyle’s low delivery.

Ellis Harrison immediately replaced Curtis and soon drew a smart stop from the otherwise underworked George Long.

Pompey were trying to at least salvage some pride and a White free-kick fizzed narrowly over the bar after Richie Smallwood had been booked for fouling Close.

They poured forward in the closing stages, but Hull had plenty of men back and were even able to add some icing to the cake in stoppage-time.

A spell of neat passing play ended with Magennis driving home a precise low effort from outside the box.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon (White 46), Curtis (Harrison 64); Williams (Close 46); Marquis
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Jacobs

Hull (4-2-3-1): Long; Coyle, Jones, Greaves, Elder; Smallwood (c), Docherty (Slater 85); Whyte (Crowley 72), Honeyman, Wilks (Magennis 72); Lewis-Potter (Chadwick 85)
Goals: Whatmough 23 (og), 63 (og), Honeyman 61, Magennis 90+1
Booked: Lewis-Potter, Smallwood
Subs not used: Ingram, Emmanuel, Burke

Referee: Ben Toner

Portsmouth FC

Jan 232021
 

Transfer News

George Byers - Career Stats

Loan : Swansea City – Portsmouth


George ByersPompey have signed George Byers on loan from Swansea for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 24-year-old midfielder will wear the number 16 shirt during his time on the south coast.

Byers is a product of Watford’s academy, but made a single senior appearance for them before joining Swansea in the summer of 2016.

Initially featuring for their under-21 side in the EFL Trophy, he was handed his first team debut in a Carabao Cup loss to Crystal Palace in August 2018.

He was a regular for the Welsh side in the Championship last season, but missed the play-off games with Brentford through injury.

Byers – who is a former Scotland youth international – has scored eight goals in 65 outings for the Swans.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 232021
 

Transfer News

Charlie Daniels - Career Stats

Free Agent


Charlie DanielsPompey have completed the signing of Charlie Daniels on a deal until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 34-year-old left-back recently left Shrewsbury and will wear the number 21 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Daniels progressed through the ranks at Tottenham before making more than 150 appearances for Leyton Orient.

He signed for Bournemouth in 2011 and was part of their dramatic rise under Eddie Howe, climbing from the third tier into the Premier League.

Daniels netted 17 goals in 265 games for the Cherries, but left in the summer of 2020 and agreed a short-term deal with Shrewsbury.

He featured 16 times for them this season, finding the net in victories over Cambridge – in the FA Cup – and Hull.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 192021
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey moved to within a point of the League One summit following a comfortable victory over struggling AFC Wimbledon.

It was the first Fratton fixture in more than a month and the hosts brushed off the wet conditions to seal another valuable three points in the battle for promotion.

The damage was done in the opening 45 minutes, with leading marksman John Marquis breaking the deadlock with a close-range finish.

Ryan Williams then doubled the lead in impressive fashion, while Sean Raggett headed home a third goal before the interval.

And Ben Close came off the bench to complete an enjoyable evening for the Blues with a neat effort late on.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that had secured victory at Fleetwood a few days earlier.

It meant that new loan signing Harvey White had to be content with a place on the bench, where he was joined by Ronan Curtis, who had completed his self-isolation period.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former Pompey midfielder Bobby Kellard, who passed away earlier in the month at the age of 77.

The game took a while to get going, with neither side helped by the heavy rain that was swirling around the ground.

It was the hosts who had the first decent chance on 15 minutes, with Sam Walker getting down to parry clear a bending Andy Cannon effort.

Craig MacGillivray was not being troubled at the other end, although a corner caused a few concerns before it was prodded wide in a packed area.

Pompey were showcasing some neat build-up play – despite the tough conditions – without finding an end product.

But that arrived on 28 minutes when Michael Jacobs slipped a pass across to Callum Johnson, who sent the ball in from the right.

It was met by a glancing Williams header that was heading for the far corner, with MARQUIS nipping in at the back post to force the ball home.

Jack Whatmough might have doubled the lead with a bullet header from a Marcus Harness cross, but the ball was directed straight at Walker.

The Blues did have a second goal soon after, though, as Marquis laid the ball off for WILLIAMS, who took a couple of touches before curling a fine left-footed strike into the net from the edge of the area.

And there was time for a third just before the interval, when Jacobs sent a dangerous free-kick into the mixer.

It was attacked by both Whatmough and RAGGETT, but the latter got there first to firmly head the ball home.


Half Time

Portsmouth 3

AFC Wimbledon 0


The visitors started the second half brightly and Ryan Longman’s shot was blocked by Raggett, while a dangerous corner also had to be negotiated.

And they almost reduced their deficit when Jack Rudoni rose to meet a fine Luke O’Neill cross, only to guide his header past the post.

It was soon Pompey’s turn to threaten following some good play from Marquis, who slipped a pass across to Harness, although Williams was not able to flick home the winger’s delivery.

A teasing Lee Brown corner was then not properly deal with and Marquis tried to scoop the ball into the net, but could not find the target.

Jackett made a switch just past the hour mark, with the lively Jacobs withdrawn and replaced on the left by Curtis.

Pompey were cruising, but a deflected cross from Nesta Guinness-Walker – the great-grandson of Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Alec Guinness – had to be scrambled around the post by MacGillivray.

A further double change followed, with White coming on for his debut alongside Ellis Harrison, as Cannon and Marquis made way.

The newcomer soon made a good sliding challenge that would have drawn warm applause from the Fratton faithful, had any of them been inside the ground.

Pompey then saw off a spell of Dons pressure and Harrison had two chances to extend the advantage in quick succession.

A drilled effort was parried away by Walker, while he then headed a Curtis cross down and the ball bounced over.

But it was left for substitute CLOSE to wrap things up, racing onto Curtis’ pass and neatly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon (White 70), Jacobs (Curtis 64); Williams (Close 83); Marquis (Harrison 70)
Goals: Marquis 28, Williams 36, Raggett 44, Close 89
Subs not used: Turnbull, Nicolaisen, Hiwula

AFC Wimbledon (3-5-2): Walker; O’Neill (Kalambayi 64), Nightingale (c), Czoka; Alexander, Rudoni, Woodyard, Reilly, Guinness-Walker; Pigott, Longman (Robinson 78)
Subs not used: Tzanev, McLoughlin, Oksanen, Hartigan, Chislett

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Portsmouth FC

Jan 182021
 

Transfer News

Bryn Morris - Career Stats

Loan : Portsmouth – Northampton Town


Bryn MorrisBryn Morris has been loaned to Northampton for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

The 24-year-old midfielder has made 18 appearances this term, most recently appearing in the Papa John's Trophy defeat at Peterborough.

Morris joined Pompey from Shrewsbury in January 2019, with his only goal arriving in the infamous 3-3 draw at Southend.

Northampton won the League Two play-offs last season and are currently sitting 20th in the third tier standings.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 182021
 

Transfer News

Harvey White - Career Stats

Loan : Tottenham Hotspur – Portsmouth


Harvey WhitePompey have signed midfielder Harvey White on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

The 19-year-old England youth international will wear the number 23 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

White is a product of the Spurs academy and scored a fine free-kick for their under-21 side in an EFL Trophy defeat at Pompey in November 2018.

He made his senior debut as a late substitute, as Ludogorets were thrashed in a Europa League tie at the start of the current campaign.

White then played the full 90 minutes of the 5-0 FA Cup third round victory at Marine earlier this month.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 162021
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




John Marquis found the target as Pompey won at Fleetwood on their long-awaited return to League One action.

It was certainly not the most fluent performance of the season so far, but the striker’s header proved enough to secure all three points.

Their opponents saw plenty of the ball – particularly after the break – without asking any serious questions of Craig MacGillivray.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that visited Bristol City in the FA Cup the previous week.

Jack Whatmough came off the bench in that game, but started against Fleetwood, as Rasmus Nicolaisen dropped to the bench.

Both sides took a while to find their radar, perhaps still a bit rusty having not previously contested a league match in 2021.

But the visitors went ahead with the game’s first proper chance on 16 minutes, as Ryan Williams swung in a fine cross from the right.

It was a difficult delivery to deal with and MARQUIS took advantage, diving forward to head the ball home.

Fleetwood might have grabbed an immediate leveller, but Callum Camps could not beat MacGillivray after Paddy Madden had slipped a neat pass into the box.

Pompey were the side on top, though, and enjoyed a period of possession, without being able to test Joe Hilton between the sticks.

But their opponents gradually started to find their feet and the Blues had to deal with a number of set-pieces sent into the mixer.

They tried to capitalise on a loose ball and Andy Cannon intercepted it and drove forward before finding Williams, whose shot was blocked.

Callum Connolly should have done better at the other end soon after, unable to guide Kyle Vassell’s cross on target.

Pompey were struggling to carve open any more meaningful openings and Marquis could not make firm contact as he tried to glance home a Williams centre.

Cannon and Williams did combine well again before the break, though, and the latter saw another shot blocked by the stretching Camps.

It was the Cod Army who finished the half on top, although Vassell sent two headers off target, while a Josh Morris free-kick was easily dealt with by MacGillivray.


Half Time

Fleetwood Town 0

Portsmouth 1


The home side were showing more attacking intent immediately following the restart, with plenty of possession in and around the Pompey area.

But it was the Blues who had a chance to extend their lead when Michael Jacobs collected a Marquis pass and fired straight at Hilton.

The keeper then took a poor touch and Williams tried to take advantage, laying the ball off for Marquis, who could not keep his effort down.

It was still an incredibly tight and scrappy encounter, however, with neither side able to find any attacking fluency.

Fleetwood were certainly seeing more of the ball, but some stubborn defending was keeping MacGillivray well protected.

Tom Naylor also flung himself in the path of one fierce strike to ensure the keeper was not called into action.

Pompey were still posing a threat on the counter, though, and Charlie Mulgrew did well to recover after an initial failure to clear had given the ball to Marquis.

The visitors were still holding firm at the other end and when the ball fell to Camps following a spot of pinball, his shot found a path through to MacGillivray.

A Shayden Morris header was also dealt with by the keeper, as the Blues saw out the closing stages to secure all three points.

Fleetwood (4-2-3-1): Hilton; Connolly, Hill, Mulgrew, Rydel; Whelan (Rossiter 72), Coutts (c); Vassell, Camps, J.Morris (S.Morris 79); Madden
Subs not used: Holgate, Duffy, Finley, Matete, Saunders

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon, Jacobs; Marquis, Williams
Goals: Marquis 16
Booked: Whatmough
Subs not used: Turnbull, Mnoga, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Close, Hiwula, Harrison

Referee: James Bell

Portsmouth FC

Jan 122021
 

Match Report

Highlights

Papa John’s Trophy




Pompey were dumped out of the Papa John’s Trophy for the first time in three years after being convincingly beaten at Peterborough.

Goals from Jack Taylor, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Frankie Kent, Siriki Dembele and Ethan Hamilton saw the hosts progress to the quarter-finals.

There was at least a fine stoppage-time consolation for Ellis Harrison to restore some pride at the death.

But while the Blues selected a mixture of fringe players and youngsters, their opponents were almost at full strength.

Kenny Jackett retained just one starter from the narrow FA Cup defeat at Bristol City a couple of days earlier.

Rasmus Nicolaisen kept his place in the side, featuring in a defence that also included Paul Downing and James Bolton in front of debutant keeper Duncan Turnbull.

Teenagers Harry Kavanagh, Harvey Rew and Harry Jewitt-White joined Ben Close and Bryn Morris in midfield, while Harrison partnered Jordy Hiwula up front.

Peterborough, meanwhile, named a much more familiar looking line-up, which included former Blues players Nathan Thompson and Dan Butler.

But the visitors did not look over-awed in the early stages and almost took the lead with just four minutes on the clock.

Close swung a fine free-kick into the box for Harrison to meet at the back post and his header was blocked by Hamilton.

It was their opponents who did break the deadlock on 15 minutes, though, as the defence failed to cut-out Joe Ward’s low delivery and Taylor took advantage to drill into the bottom corner.

Pompey went close to levelling moments later as Bolton nodded on a Close corner and Hiwula’s acrobatic effort was tipped over the bar by Christy Pym.

The keeper was then called into action from the resulting flag-kick, this time keeping out a Jewitt-White header.

Turnbull came to the rescue at the other end, making a point-blank save to deny Siriki Dembele after the forward had stolen possession from Downing.

But he could do nothing to prevent Clarke-Harris doubling Posh’s lead with a fine free-kick after Downing had been penalised for a handball.

And they had a third goal just before the interval, as Ward’s delivery ricocheted off Kent and into the net.


Half Time

Peterborough United 3

Portsmouth 0


It did not get any easier for the Blues when the action restarted and Peterborough soon had a fourth goal.

Butler sent a low cross into the area and Dembele was left in acres of space to turn the ball home from close range.

Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Taylor Seymour replacing Turnbull to become the second Pompey keeper to make his debut.

The other switch came in the centre of midfield, where Jewitt-White was replaced by fellow academy player Charlie Bell.

He was unable to take advantage on 69 minutes when a cross from Rew was cleared back into his path.

And although the visitors continued to work extremely hard against their more experienced hosts, they were struggling to create meaningful opportunities.

Harrison did win a free-kick in a dangerous position, although Close’s delivery was commandingly punched clear by Pym.

Alfie Bridgman then became the latest Pompey player to make his debut, with the youth team prospect replacing Rew for the closing stages.

But Posh wrapped things up late on, as a free-kick from Hamilton was drilled underneath the wall and nestled in the bottom corner.

There was still time for an impressive Pompey consolation, though, as HARRISON bent home a fine strike from outside the box.

Peterborough (3-4-1-2): Pym; Kent, Thompson, Beevers (c) (Mason 69); Ward (Kanu 46), Taylor, Hamilton, Butler (Burrows 63); Szmodics; Clarke-Harris (Eisa 57), Dembele (Jones 57)
Goals: Taylor 15, Clarke-Harris 29, Kent 45+1, Dembele 52, Hamilton 87
Booked: Beevers
Subs not used: Gyollai, Brown

Pompey (3-5-2): Turnbull (Seymour 61); Bolton, Downing (c) (Johnson 72), Nicolaisen; Kavanagh, Jewitt-White (Bell 61), Close, Morris, Rew (Bridgman 81); Harrison, Hiwula
Goals: Harrison 90+2
Subs not used: Brook, Stanley, Marquis

Referee: Robert Lewis

Portsmouth FC

Jan 072021
 

Transfer News

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild - Career Stats

Loan : Portsmouth – Southend United


Reeco Hackett-FairchildReeco Hackett-Fairchild has joined Southend on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

The 22-year-old forward spent the first half of the campaign with Bromley in the National League.He netted twice in 12 league and FA Cup appearances, finding the target at Maidenhead and King's Lynn.

Hackett-Fairchild now links up with a Shrimpers side looking to climb off the foot of the fourth tier table.

He joined Pompey 12 months ago and made his debut in an EFL Trophy victory at Walsall the following day.

Portsmouth FC

Dec 182020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey climbed to the top of the League One table with a hard-fought – and deserved – victory over previous leaders Hull.

The goals came early in each half, but the visitors were giving a helping hand on each occasion at the KCOM Stadium.

Jacob Greaves appeared to send the first into the net under pressure from Sean Raggett, while Josh Magennis then did the honours after the break.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that drew with Fleetwood on home soil earlier in the week.

Jack Whatmough was feeling ill on the morning of the match, so his place in the centre of defence was taken by Rasmus Nicolaisen.

The visitors made a bright start and Marcus Harness’ effort was deflected behind after the winger had swapped passes with John Marquis.

And the deadlock was then broken from the resulting corner, although Hull were upset that the goal was allowed to stand.

Raggett tried to attack the delivery Cam Pring, but GREAVES stooped to try to clear and ended up heading the ball into his own net.

He complained of a boot to the head from the Pompey centre-back, although referee Michael Salisbury disagreed.

The Tigers tried to hit back immediately and when Josh Emmanuel cut the ball back into the box, Mallik Wilks slotted wastefully wide.

It was Pompey looking the more dangerous side, though, and Ryan Williams – who featured in the Blues’ last visit to the KCOM Stadium in 2011 – saw a shot diverted past the post.

Josh Magennis then did well to head clear another Pring corner, as Nicolaisen came charging in to try to meet it himself.

But the hosts grew into the contest and began to threaten themselves, with a James Scott cross drifting towards the net and having to be tipped over by Craig MacGillivray.

And Pompey also had to deal with a series of corners towards the end of the half, but defended resolutely to go in ahead at the break.


Half Time

Hull City 0

Portsmouth 1


The visitors had to survive a scramble in their box straight after the restart, with Hull unable to take advantage of several mis-kicks.

It was a similar story just a few seconds later, although this time Pring was well-placed to hack the ball clear.

But Pompey shook off that shaky opening to the second period and soon managed to double their advantage.

Once again, however, it appeared to be another Tigers player who gained the unwanted credit for the ball crossing the line.

A Ronan Curtis free-kick was nodded on by Nicolaisen towards Marquis, but MAGENNIS got there first and sent the ball past Matt Ingram and into his own net.

MacGillivray stopped an instant reply from the hosts, beating away a fiercely-struck fizzer from Regan Slater.

Pompey were looking pretty comfortable, although Mallik Wilks could not connect with a teasing Keane Lewis-Potter delivery at the back post.

But the Tigers finally roared into life in the closing stages, with a couple of dangerous crosses causing problems.

Greg Docherty then lifted a pass into the box and it looked like Magennis had reduced the deficit, only for his header to come back off the bar, with Nicolaisen doing the mopping up.

There were to be no more scares, however, as the Blues saw out the final few minutes to leapfrog their opponents at the summit.

Hull (4-2-3-1): Ingram; Emmanuel, Burke, Greaves, Elder; Smallwood (c), Docherty; Wilks, Slater (Eaves 62), Scott (Lewis-Potter 46); Magennis
Subs not used: Long, Coyle, McLoughlin, Batty, Adelakun

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen, Pring; Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness (Jacobs 88), Williams (Close 87), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Greaves 6 (og), Magennis 55 (og)
Subs not used: Bass, Mnoga, Morris, Hiwula, Harrison

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Portsmouth FC

Dec 152020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey missed out on snatching top spot in League One after being a held to a goalless draw by Fleetwood.

They looked the more likely side to score in a fractious affair, but could not break down their stubborn opponents.

And Craig MacGillivray then had to make a superb save right at the death to stop the Blues ending up with nothing.

Kenny Jackett made one enforced change from the side that eased to victory at Ipswich at the weekend.

Lee Brown injured his hamstring in that contest, so Cam Pring came in to replace him at left-back, with a space opening up for Haji Mnoga on the bench.

The contest was a bad-tempered affair before the break, with referee Alan Young having to dish out seven yellow cards – and it could have been more.

Both sides had certainly looked threatening going forward in the opening stages, without either goalkeeper being tested.

That changed on 12 minutes, however, as Jack Whatmough’s long ball was nodded down by John Marquis and Ronan Curtis hit a fierce low shot that was well saved by Jayson Leutwiler.

MacGillivray was then called into action at the other end, getting down to deny Wes Burns following good work from Danny Andrew and Paddy Madden.

But the Blues immediately launched a quick break and Leutwiler was again in top form to keep out a deflected Ryan Williams drive.

Curtis was the man into Young’s book for a foul and Whatmough soon followed him following a challenge on Sam Finley.

Madden, bizarrely, felt the punishment should have been more and his over-the-top remonstrations were also punished by a booking.

Williams and Marcus Harness were next to be carded, as the contest threatened to boil over and the man in black struggled to keep control.

Andrew and Burns also saw yellow as the half drew to a close, but there was almost something better to celebrate just before the break.

Leutwiler did well to adjust his feet and stop the ball crossing the line when Harness’ cross took a deflection and drifted towards the net.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Fleetwood Town 0


There was a similarly frenetic start to the second period and Pompey were first to go close when a corner was only partially cleared.

The defenders stayed up for when the ball was pumped back into the mixer, but Whatmough could not connect when Sean Raggett headed it across to him.

Jackett made his first change on the hour mark, with Ellis Harrison replacing Williams to join Marquis up front.

Tempers had calmed a bit since the restart, but the game had turned into a scrappy encounter, with both sides struggling to maintain possession.

Pompey were looking fairly controlled, though, and a moment of quality saw them come close to breaking the deadlock.

Curtis collected the ball on the left and played a neat one-two with Marquis before hitting a low shot that fizzed just past the post.

The referee was then the centre of attention again, awarding a back-pass against Fleetwood, but changing his mind after learning from his assistant that the ball came off the defender’s knee.

A second change followed for Pompey on 74 minutes, with Michael Jacobs replacing Curtis wide on the left.

The hosts were showing more ambition as the seconds ticked down, but Fleetwood were proving a difficult nut to crack.

A ball into the box from Jacobs caused problems, though, and when it was only half cleared, a Marquis follow-up was deflected wide.

And a large percentage of those inside the ground thought there was a winner on 85 minutes after Harness had stolen possession.

He burst forward and hit a fierce strike that rippled the net – but, unfortunately, it was the outside of the goal.

Fleetwood almost snatched it at the death, though, with MacGillivray doing brilliantly to deny substitute James Hill from point-blank range.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness, Williams (Harrison 60), Curtis (Jacobs 73); Marquis
Booked: Curtis, Whatmough, Williams, Harness
Subs not used: Bass, Mnoga, Nicolaisen, Close, Hiwula

Fleetwood (4-4-2): Leutwiler; Burns, Connolly (c), Mulgrew, Andrew; Camps, Rossiter, Finley (Coutts 78), McKay (Hill 74); Morris (Duffy 78), Madden
Booked: Madden, Andrew, Burns, Duffy
Subs not used: Cairns, Boyes, Matete, Saunders

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 2,000

Portsmouth FC

Dec 122020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Ryan Williams bagged a brace as Pompey comfortably won at promotion rivals Ipswich to move to within a point of the top two.

The visitors were totally dominant in the first half, just as they had been when the sides met in the FA Cup last month.

And Williams scored his first two goals of the season before the break, completing a fine passing move and then firing home another.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that eased to victory against Peterborough on home soil the previous week.

But there was a welcome return to the bench for Michael Jacobs, who had not featured since injuring his knee at Sunderland seven weeks earlier.

Jack Whatmough just about managed to get a long ball back to Craig MacGillivray soon after the game got started.

But, that aside, the visitors were totally dominant in the opening exchanges, without being able to test their former loan keeper David Cornell.

A series of Lee Brown corners did cause trouble among the Ipswich back-line, but they managed to survive that period of pressure.

John Marquis came close to breaking the deadlock on nine minutes, but Cornell got down low to his left to push behind the striker’s curling shot.

The stopper’s poor clearance immediately put the Tractor Boys in a spot of bother and Alan Judge recovered well to stop Andy Cannon taking advantage.

Another good chance feel the Blues’ way midway through the first half, with Ronan Curtis blazing over after being found in the box by Marcus Harness.

And the hosts then almost broke the deadlock themselves, with Craig MacGillivray using his legs to deny Armando Dobra.

Pompey got the goal their overall play deserved on 29 minutes, however – and it was an absolute beauty that started with a throw.

A pass from Cannon was deftly flicked on by Williams for Harness, who drilled a low cross into the area from the right.

The ball was unselfishly laid off by Marquis and WILLIAMS made no mistake with his finish, rifling into the top corner to open his account for the season.

It almost got even better for the Blues when Brown’s delivery was missed by Curtis and Tom Naylor drove a shot wide.

They did have a second goal to celebrate just before the break, though, as Naylor’s long ball was nodded on by Curtis for WILLIAMS to drill home his second of the afternoon.


Half Time

Ipswich Town 0

Portsmouth 2


Williams then set up a great opportunity once the action restarted, whipping in a teasing cross that was nodded wide by Marquis.

He went closer soon after, heading against the crossbar when Curtis delivered a fine free-kick from the left.

A quick break at the other end led to a corner that was only partially cleared and Sean Raggett had to bravely fling himself into the path of a fierce effort from Dobra.

Pompey were forced to make a change just before the hour mark, with Brown picking up an injury and being replaced by Cam Pring.

It was soon the turn of Curtis to rattle the crossbar after Marquis had played the ball across to him on the edge of the area.

And Cornell then came to the Tractor Boys’ rescue, somehow managing to claw away a Raggett header that appeared destined for the net.

Ipswich made changes to try to find a route back into the contest, with former Blues striker Oli Hawkins among those to enter the fray.

Pompey were working extremely hard to protect their lead and still pose threats at the other end, with Williams a tireless presence all over the pitch.

And the Blues were even able to give a few minutes to Jacobs, who replaced Curtis for the closing stages.

Ipswich (4-1-4-1): Cornell; Chambers (c),Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward; Dozzell; Dobra, Judge (Bennetts 61), Nolan (McGavin 33), Lankester (Hawkins 70); Jackson (Drinan 61)
Booked: Lankester, McGuinness, McGavin
Subs not used: Holy, Nsiala, Kenlock

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown (Pring 59); Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness, Williams, Curtis (Jacobs 86); Marquis
Goals: Williams 29, 44
Booked: Curtis, Raggett, Whatmough
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Close, Hiwula, Harrison

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Attendance: 2,000

Portsmouth FC

Dec 082020
 

Match Report

Highlights

EFL Trophy




Jordy Hiwula bagged a brace as Pompey cruised to victory at Cheltenham to reach the third round of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Haji Mnoga broke the deadlock with his first goal for the club early in the contest against the League Two high-flyers

Hiwula then took charge by scoring in each half, as the Blues continued their fine record in the competition.

Kenny Jackett made 11 changes from the side that impressively saw off Peterborough in the league at the weekend.

In fact, nobody who set foot on the Fratton turf for that fixture even made the trip to Whaddon Road.

Alex Bass returned between the sticks, behind a back three of James Bolton, Rasmus Nicolaisen and skipper Paul Downing.

Academy midfielder Charlie Bell was joined by Ben Close and Bryn Morris in the centre of the park, with Mnoga and Cam Pring out wide.

Young striker Alfie Stanley partnered Hiwula up front, with a host of teenage prospects on the bench.

The hosts threatened in the opening stages, with Downing having to head behind a dangerous cross and from the resulting corner, Ben Tozer hooked over.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, as Close picked out MNOGA at the back post.

The teenage wing-back cut onto his left foot and drilled a shot into the bottom corner to open his account for the club.

Hiwula might have doubled the lead soon after, but his effort took a deflection to divert the ball over the bar.

Pompey did score again on 29 minutes, though, with Pring’s delivery nodded down by Stanley for HIWULA to fire into the net.

The visitors were, as usual, looking threatening on the break and caused more problems for their opponents before the interval.

But the Robins almost reduced their deficit late in the half, as Andy Williams collected Dan Bowry’s delivery and drilled a shot narrowly past the post.


Half Time

Cheltenham Town 0

Portsmouth 2


Any hopes of a Cheltenham comeback were dashed shortly after the restart when HIWULA raced onto a Morris free-kick down the line and fired in a shot that Scott Flinders was unable to keep out.

The keeper did much better moments later, though, to prevent the striker completing his hat-trick by converting Pring’s cross.

Then, from the resulting corner that was whipped into the box by Bell, a close-range Bolton header went over.

Jackett made a first change just past the hour mark and brought on Gerard Storey for his senior debut in place of Bell.

Pring then went close to increasing the visitors’ lead further with an angled volley from Mnoga’s cross that Flinders gathered at his near post.

The Robins almost pulled once back from a corner and Bolton was well placed to head the ball off the line.

But most of the action was taking place at the other end of the pitch and Flinders made a fine save to deny Downing after the skipper met Pring’s free-kick.

Seok Jae Lee replaced Stanley for his second Blues appearance, but it was a Cheltenham substitute who almost scored seconds after coming on.

The midfielder was sent haring through on goal, but wasted the opportunity by firing straight at Bass.

Hiwula was still working hard to complete his treble, although was not able to force his shot through a sea of bodies following a spot of pinball in the box.

But the Blues had already done more than enough to seal their progress and maintain their grip on the silverware.

Cheltenham (3-4-3): Flinders; Bowry, Tozer (c) (Lloyd 46), Freestone; Sang, Azaz (Miles 77), Chamberlain, Chapman; Williams, Reid, May (Blair 46)
Booked: Tozer
Subs not used: Griffiths, Hussey, Jakeways, Ebanks

Pompey (3-5-2): Bass; Bolton, Downing (c), Nicolaisen; Mnoga, Bell (Storey 62), Close, Morris, Pring; Stanley (Lee 77), Hiwula
Goals: Mnoga 15, Hiwula 29, 50
Booked: Mnoga
Subs not used: Seymour, Kavanagh, Rew, Jewitt-White, Brook

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Portsmouth FC