Feb 162019
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Southend United 3    3 Portsmouth

Pompey moved back up to third in the League One table with a 3-3 draw against Southend.

But the visitors were in no mood to celebrate after throwing away a three-goal advantage at Roots Hall.

Bryn Morris, Ben Close – on his 100th appearance for the club – and Oli Hawkins all found the target as the Blues cruised into a commanding advantage.

Simon Cox reduced the deficit before the break, however, then added a penalty before completing his treble late on.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew at Plymouth the previous weekend.

Viv Solomon-Otabor was handed his debut wide on the left, while Hawkins and Anton Walkes both returned to the starting line-up.

That meant a switch to a 4-4-2 system with Hawkins partnering Omar Bogle, as Matt Clarke claimed the captain’s armband.

Gareth Evans and Ronan Curtis both dropped the bench, while Nathan Thompson missed out with a knock.

There was a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off in memory of World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who passed away earlier in the week.

It was the hosts who had the first effort, but Craig MacGillivray got down to his right to keep out Stephen McLaughlin’s low drive.

Christian Burgess then cleared the danger before Michael Turner could capitalise after Cox’s initial effort had been blocked.

But the Blues soon took control and broke the deadlock on eight minutes, as MORRIS opened his account for the club.

Bogle and Jamal Lowe combined well down the right and when the latter’s cross was pushed out by Nathan Bishop, the midfielder hammered the loose ball into the roof of the net.

They came close to doubling the lead from a corner soon after, with Clarke’s shot blocked and Burgess’ follow-up nervously dealt with by Bishop.

The visitors were well on top, although MacGillivray spilled an effort from Sam Mantom and dived on the loose ball before Michael Kightly could pounce.

And Pompey immediately went up the other end to strengthen their advantage, although the Shrimpers could have dealt with it.

Solomon-Otabor combined well with Lowe, but first Sam Hart and then Mantom made a hash of their clearances and CLOSE sent a neat volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

It looked like they had gone even further ahead when Bogle managed to force the ball over the line, although it was controversially ruled out for offside.

But they did have a third goal on 31 minutes when, at the end of a neat passing move, Morris struck the post.

This time it was Taylor Moore’s chance to decline the opportunity to clear the ball and a grateful HAWKINS slotted home.

Southend looked out of the contest, but gave themselves a lifeline when Cox rose in the box to convert Hart’s delivery.

They almost grabbed another before the break when a corner fell for Turner, who curled his shot just past the post.


Half Time

Southend United 1

Portsmouth 3


The visitors began the second period brightly and a snap-shot from Bogle was saved by Bishop, while a heavy first touch from Lowe allowed the Southend keeper to claim the ball.

But Burgess then made a key challenge inside the box to stop Kightly collecting MacLaughlin’s pass following a quick break.

Pompey immediately created an opening of their own, but Bishop kept out Bogle’s effort and then beat the striker to the loose ball.

It was not as action-packed since the restart, however, and the chances started to dry up as the half progressed.

McLaughlin did try his luck from outside the box, but the ball struck Clarke to divert it wide of the post.

A couple of corners for the hosts also caused problems, although MacGillivray was on hand to deal with them on each occasion.

Solomon-Otabor had faded slightly following a lively start to the contest and was replaced by Curtis on 71 minutes.

And Jackett soon made a second substitution, with Bogle the man to make way as Evans provided fresh legs to the forward line.

The game seemed to be drifting towards a conclusion, but Southend were not done yet and set up a tense finale by pulling another goal back.

Morris caught Kightly in the box and referee Dean Whitestone pointed to the spot, with Cox stepping up to send MacGillivray the wrong way.

Pompey were not just sitting back, though, and Close had a low effort blocked following some patient build-up play.

But Southend completed a remarkable comeback on 88 minutes, as Cox raced onto Timothee Dieng’s fine pass and neatly tucked away his hat-trick goal.

James Vaughan was brought on as the Blues tried to hit back, but they were unable to find another goal before the final whistle blew.

Southend (4-4-2): Bishop; Bwomono, Turner, Moore, Hart; McLaughlin, Mantom (c) (Hutchinson 73), Dieng, Kightly (Wabo 82); Cox, Humphrys (Klass 25)
Goals: Cox 36, 78 (pen), 87
Booked: Klass, Moore
Subs not used: Smith, Kiernan, Lennon, Kelman

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke (c), Brown; Lowe (Vaughan 88), Morris, Close, Solomon-Otabor (Curtis 71); Hawkins, Bogle (Evans 75)
Goals: Morris 8, Close 20, Hawkins 31
Booked: Walkes, Vaughan
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Haunstrup, May

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 7,300 (1,239 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 092019
 

Mick Kennedy

9 April 1961   –   9 February 2019

Pompey are mourning the death of Mick Kennedy, who has passed away at the age of 57.

Tributes have been flooding in after the passing of former Portsmouth great and Clare man Mick Kennedy.

The former Republic of Ireland international passed away last weekend at 57 years of age, having spent his later years in Ennistymon.

Mick’s parents hailed from Kilmaley, and moved to Salford where Mick was born in 1961.

His first club was Halifax, and during his career he made over 500 league appearances for 10 different clubs.

Described as the quintessential hard-man in midfield, Kennedy was known for his no nonsense style.

Portsmouth was where he came to real prominence, after he was signed by the then manager Alan Ball for a fee of £100,000. He quickly became a cult figure at the club, and captained his beloved Pompey to the First Division in 1987. He made 144 appearances for Portsmouth, and in 2018 was inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Mick also came to the attention of Irish manager Jack Charlton during this period, and was capped twice during a competition held in Iceland in May 1986. Ireland faced the hosts and Czechoslovakia, and won both games to capture the trophy. It was Mick’s only time to be included in an Irish senior squad, with controversy surrounding an alleged tackle on one of the Czech players. He also made four appearances for the Irish U-21 side, scoring twice, including against former England international David Seaman.

There was uproar at the Portsmouth club when Kennedy was sold to Bradford midway through their first season back in the top flight, with several fans expressing their discontent at the time.

During the latter part of his career, Kennedy moved to a number of clubs including Leicester City, Luton, Stoke City, Chesterfield and Wigan Athletic.

He made the move back to Clare in the late 1990’s, and got involved in coaching with Clare Youth teams and Kennedy Cup squads. This was thanks in part to the involvement of Mick’s uncle Frank Healy who was chairman of the CDSL at the time.

Mick developed a great affinity with the Lifford club in Ennis, and was in charge of the club’s junior and youth sides over a ten-year period from 2000-2010.

He was also manager of his native Kilmaley United, guiding them to the Premier League Cup title.

The FAI have announced it will pay its respects to Mick at the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Georgia on March 26 in the Aviva Stadium.

Mick is survived by his mother Mary, brother Larry, sister Noreen and is pre-deceased by his father Flan.

Mick Kennedy

Feb 092019
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Plymouth Argyle 1    1 Portsmouth

A first league goal of the season for Ben Close was not enough to secure a return to winning ways, as Pompey drew 1-1 with Plymouth.

The first half at Home Park was a turgid non-event, but the game really exploded into life after the break.

Close’s effort was reward for the fine support from the travelling Blue Army, but Graham Carey’s impressive free-kick ensured the spoils would be shared.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that exited the FA Cup at QPR earlier in the week.

Omar Bogle returned to lead the line, while there were also recalls for Nathan Thompson, Bryn Morris, Ronan Curtis and skipper Gareth Evans.

Oli Hawkins, Anton Walkes and Adam May all dropped to the bench, Louis Dennis missed out completely and Tom Naylor started a two-match ban for collecting 10 yellow cards.

The sold-out away contingent made plenty of noise in the build-up to kick-off and that did not change once the action started.

But they did not have much to get excited about in an opening 45 minutes that was full of endeavour, if short on quality in the final third.

A corner from Evans led to Bogle having a couple of shots blocked in quick succession, although referee Ben Toner spotted an infringement and blew for a foul.

The swirling wind would have been causing problems, especially with Home Park currently boasting only three sides.

And that was perhaps a reason why the contest failed to spark into life, although deliveries into the box from Evans and Close both had to be dealt with.

Both goalkeepers might as well have stayed in the dressing room, as their gloves remained unsoiled as the interval approached.

Half-chances were about as good as it got, with Curtis scuffing a shot wide after Thompson’s effort had been deflected into his path.

Not much was happening at the other end, with Ruben Lameiras’ dangerous low delivery turned behind, while Freddie Ladapo hit a long-range effort high over the bar.

Argyle keeper Kyle Letheren was finally called into action just before the break, but was not overly troubled by Matt Clarke’s tame header.


Half Time

Plymouth Argyle 0

Portsmouth 0


Pompey were first to threaten following the restart when Bogle rose at the far post to meet Lee Brown’s cross with a firm header that was gathered by Letheren.

But the hosts then had a decent opening of their own, as Antoni Sarcevic dug the ball out for Ladapo, whose effort was deflected narrowly over the bar.

It was certainly proving to be a more action-packed contest and when Curtis picked the ball up on the left, he drove inside and hit a fierce drive that Letheren did well to tip over.

And the Blues were ahead from the resulting corner, with Evans’ delivery only cleared as far as CLOSE, who drilled the ball home from the edge of the box.

The midfielder then sent a fine pass over the top for Bogle to race on to, with Ryan Edwards doing well to prevent the striker getting a shot away.

That was Bogle’s last contribution to the game, as Jackett replaced him with Oli Hawkins on 67 minutes.

Argyle boss Derek Adams then began ranting on the touchline when he felt Evans’ free-kick should have warranted a second yellow card, instead earning a booking for himself.

But his mood changed when Thompson was adjusged to have fouled Yann Songo’o 25 yards from goal and Carey stepped up to curl home a fine free-kick.

They might have had another after Morris failed to clear, but Lameiras’ curler was deflected past the post.

Pompey were being pegged back, but had a chance to capitalise when Evans kept the ball in play on the right.

His fine deep pass found Hawkins, who nodded the ball down to Curtis, but the Republic of Ireland international fired high over the bar.

A curler from Evans was plucked from the air by Letheren, while Argyle also applied late pressure before the referee’s whistle brought a competitive clash to a close.

Plymouth (4-2-3-1): Letheren; Smith-Brown, Edwards, Canavan, Sawyer (c); Songo’o, Fox; Lameiras, Sarevic, Carey; Ladapo (Taylor 80)
Goals: Carey 70
Subs not used: Macey, Riley, Jones, Wootton, Threlkeld, Jephcott

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Morris, Close; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis; Bogle (Hawkins 67)
Goals: Close 56
Booked: Evans, Thompson, Curtis
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Haunstrup, May, Solomon-Otabor, Vaughan

Referee: Ben Toner

Attendance: 12,052 (1,180 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 052019
 

Match Report

FA Cup 4th Round Replay

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Queens Park Rangers 0    2 Portsmouth

Pompey were beaten 2-0 by QPR in a fourth round replay to end their FA Cup adventure at Loftus Road.

There were just short of 3,000 fans who made the trip to the capital and they saw their side look solid for most of the contest, without creating many opportunities.

Craig MacGillivray also had little to do, although Darnell Furlong did strike the woodwork for the hosts before the break.

But the Championship hosts made sure of a home clash Watford in the next stage, as Nahki Wells and Matt Smith struck in quick succession during the second half.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that drew with Doncaster in the league at the weekend.

A fit-again Oli Hawkins made his first start since New Year’s Day, with Louis Dennis, Adam May, Anton Walkes and Christian Burgess also returning.

Jack Whatmough and Dion Donohue made way because of injury, Ronan Curtis was suspended and Omar Bogle ineligible, while Nathan Thompson dropped to the bench.

The hosts had an early chance to break the deadlock, but Smith could not divert Furlong’s cross on target with a powerful header.

Rangers were enjoying plenty of pressure, although there were not many clear-cut openings at either end of the pitch.

A corner led to a scramble in the box and when the ball eventually fell for Massimo Luongo, he blazed over.

The visitors grew in confidence as the first half progressed, but continuously saw attacking moves break down in the final third.

Perhaps their best opening came when May’s corner was not properly dealt with, although the ball would not fall for a black-shirted player.

It was the Championship side who had the best chance of the half when Furlong glanced Freeman’s delivery against the crossbar.

May tried to send Walkes away with a fine pass from deep just before the break, only for Jake Bidwell to spot the danger and make a vital interception.


Half Time

Queens Park Rangers 0

Portsmouth 0


Chances continued to be at a premium once the action restarted, with Luongo clearing the crossbar again before Matt Clarke headed clear a dangerous Freeman delivery.

Josh Scowen then became the first player to be punished by referee David Coote, earning a yellow card for a late challenge on Ben Close.

It was still Rangers looking more of a threat, although Luongo could not divert his header on target after finding space to meet Freeman’s free-kick.

Wells looked like he might break the deadlock after surging into the box, only for Clarke to arrive with a perfectly-timed challenge before he could get a shot away.

Jackett made a couple of changes soon after, with May and Dennis making way for Bryn Morris and Gareth Evans.

It was the latter who had a rare shot for the visitors, but could not divert Lee Brown’s low cross on target.

But QPR forged ahead on 70 minutes when a corner from Freeman was nodded down by Smith for Joel Lynch.

His shot was heading for the target, but might have been stopped by MacGillivray before Wells stuck out a boot to flick the ball into the net.

Jackett immediately made an attacking substitution, throwing on another striker in Brett Pitman to replace Close.

But Rangers soon strengthened their advantage, as Smith converted a Freeman free-kick with a bullet header.

They might have had another moments later, with MacGillivray tearing from his line to deny Bidwell.

Pompey kept battling away in the closing stages, but QPR saw out the final few minutes to book their place in the fifth round for the first time since 1997.

QPR (4-4-2): Lumley; Furlong, Hall, Lynch, Bidwell; Freeman (c), Scowen, Luongo, Osayi-Samuel (Eze 71); Smith (Hemed 90), Wells (Manning 82)
Goals: Wells 70, Smith 77
Booked: Scowen
Subs not used: Ingram, Leistner, Kakay, Wszolek

Pompey (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c); Lowe, May (Morris 59), Close (Pitman 74), Dennis (Evans 60); Hawkins
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Thompson, Haunstrup

Referee: David Coote

Attendance: 13,115 (2,941 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 022019
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 1    1 Doncaster Rovers

Omar Bogle scored on his Fratton debut as Pompey fought from behind to draw 1-1 with Doncaster on a chilly afternoon on the south coast.

They trailed at the break to Mallik Wilks’ finish, despite controlling the opening stages and recovered from a sloppy period to get a foothold back in the contest.

Bogle struck in the second half to return the Blues to level terms, but the hosts were unable to find the target again.

It ended a three-match losing run in League One, but saw Pompey drop out of the automatic promotion places.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were narrowly beaten by Luton earlier in the week.

Omar Bogle was promoted to the starting 11, having impressed after coming off the bench at Kenilworth Road.

There were also starts for Ben Close, Dion Donohue and a fit-again Nathan Thompson, with Bryn Morris suffering from an ankle injury.

Anton Walkes and Brett Pitman dropped out of the matchday squad, with Gareth Evans on the bench, meaning Tom Naylor took the captain’s armband.

The hosts started brightly and controlled possession in the opening stages, without managing to test Rovers keeper Marko Marosi.

Thompson was understandably a bit rusty after a spell on the sidelines, however, and was booked for an early foul on Wilks.

Ronan Curtis was sending some dangerous balls into the box from wide on the left, but Doncaster were holding firm.

It looked like Bogle might break the deadlock when Donohue swung a corner towards the far post, but the striker failed to make a clean connection from just a few yards out.

He managed a more powerful header from a Naylor delivery moments later, only for Marosi to cling on to the ball.

The hosts were then dealt a blow on 28 minutes when they were forced to make their first substitution.

Whatmough appeared to hurt his knee and after a brief period of treatment, was replaced by Christian Burgess, although managed to walk off the pitch unaided.

And Doncaster immediately made the most of any uncertainty that change had to the Blues back-line.

Wilks raced on to a long pass from Ben Whiteman, getting past Burgess and slotting a neat finish past Craig MacGillivray.

That left Pompey reeling and they were sloppy for the next 10 minutes, with the visitors looking to take advantage.

But Jackett’s side slowly started to find their footing again and began to look more dangerous as the interval approached.

Donohue whipped a superb corner into a packed box in stoppage-time and Marosi did well to flap the ball away.

A free-kick from Curtis was then not properly dealt with and a long-range attempt from Donohue was not too far off target.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Doncaster Rovers 1


Donohue appeared to be limping as he came off for break and the midfielder did not emerge for the second half, with James Vaughan coming on for his debut.

It was the visitors who were first to threaten following the restart, though, with Danny Andrew flashing an angled drive narrowly wide.

Pompey were seeing plenty of the ball as they searched for a leveller, but struggling to breach an organised Rovers defence.

But there was a mix-up between Marosi and centre-back Paul Downing that allowed the hosts to level on 54 minutes.

They got in each other’s way when trying to deal with Curtis’ ball in from the left and Vaughan’s pass was deflected into the path of BOGLE, who fired home from close range.

Vaughan then tried his luck with an acrobatic overhead effort from Lee Brown’s cross, although the ball sailed over the bar.

It had been a quiet afternoon for Jamal Lowe, but he saw a shot deflected past the post after showing neat footwork to break into the box.

Doncaster were not merely content with a point, however, and a shot from Alfie May sailed over, while Thompson made a superb recovery challenge to deny Matty Blair.

Former Fratton loanee John Marquis then hit skidding low shot from outside the box that MacGillivray got his fingertips to.

But the Blues immediately had a chance at the other end when Lowe’s fine long pass set Curtis clear, only for Marosi to just about get there first.

And Close then hit a fierce first-time shot from the edge of the area that the Rovers keeper did well to tip over the bar.

Jackett made his final substitution on 77 minutes, as Evans came on for Bogle to add some fresh legs to the forward line.

Headers from Burgess and Curtis could not beat Marosi as the Blues tried their best to find another goal.

And Doncaster almost snatched a winner in stoppage-time when Matt Clarke gave away possession, but MacGillivray came to the rescue by saving May’s curling strike.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Whatmough (Burgess 28), Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c), Donohue (Vaughan 46); Lowe, Close, Curtis; Bogle (Evans 77)
Goals: Bogle 54
Booked: Thompson, Lowe, Burgess, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, May, Isgrove, Hawkins

Doncaster (4-1-4-1): Marosi; Lewis, Downing, Anderson, Andrew; Whiteman (Crawford 61); Smith (May 61), Blair (Rowe 83), Kane, Wilks; Marquis (c)
Goals: Wilks 30
Booked: Lewis
Subs not used: Jones, Butler, Sadlier, Coppinger

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 17,800 (480 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 312019
 

Viv Solomon-Otabor

Loan : Birmingham City – Portsmouth


Viv Solomon-Otabor


Pompey have signed winger Viv Solomon-Otabor on loan from Birmingham for the remainder of the season.

The 23-year-old becomes the sixth addition to the Blues squad during the January transfer window following the arrivals of Andy Cannon, Bryn Morris, Omar Bogle, Lloyd Isgrove and James Vaughan.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “He’s an exciting young player who can be used on either side and impressed at this level with Blackpool last season.

“But he’s been a bit frustrated at Birmingham and that’s because of the standard of wingers they have at the club.

“We’re delighted to add a talented and pacy player to our group and he’ll be determined to prove that he can be part of Pompey’s future.”

Solomon-Otabor turned professional with Birmingham in the summer of 2014 and has had spells on loan with Bolton and Blackpool.

He made 47 appearances for the latter last season, with one of his five goals coming in a 3-2 home defeat to Pompey.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 312019
 

James Vaughan

Loan : Wigan Athletic – Portsmouth


James Vaughan


Pompey have signed striker James Vaughan on loan from Wigan for the remainder of the season.

The 30-year-old – who was capped by England up to under-21 level – will wear the number 32 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “James is an experienced centre-forward and has been excellent for clubs for a number of years – we’re delighted to bring him here.

“He’ll bring physicality to our front line between now and the end of the season, which is something we’ve lacked at times.”

Vaughan progressed through the ranks at Everton and a goal against Crystal Palace in April 2005 means he still holds the record for being the youngest Premier League scorer.

He appeared for the Toffees in the 2009 FA Cup final and went on to appear for Norwich, Huddersfield, Birmingham and Bury.

A prolific spell for the latter saw him named in the League One Team of the Season and led to a move to Sunderland.

Vaughan signed for Wigan last January and helped them secure promotion to the Championship, where he has netted three times this term.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 302019
 

Lloyd Isgrove

Loan : Barnsley – Portsmouth


LLoyd Isgrove


Pompey have signed winger Lloyd Isgrove on loan from Barnsley for the remainder of the season.

The 26-year-old – who has been capped once by Wales – came off the bench when the sides drew 1-1 at Oakwell last month.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Lloyd’s a player I’ve followed for a number of years and seen in action plenty of times for Barnsley in League One.

“He has got very good technique, can trouble defenders and is comfortable being used on either wing.

“Lloyd’s at an age now where he’s coming into his peak and I’m sure he’ll be eager to prove himself at Pompey.”

Isgrove turned professional at Southampton and spent most of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Barnsley.

He played for them twice at Wembley that term, first appearing in the Football League Trophy final success over Oxford.

Isgrove then scored when they enjoyed a 3-1 play-off success over Millwall to secure promotion to the Championship.

He joined the Tykes permanently in the summer of 2016 and has made a total of 59 appearances for them.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 292019
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Luton Town 3    2 Portsmouth

Pompey twice fought from behind, but a late goal saw them leave League One leaders Luton empty-handed.

They were comfortably second best before the break and James Collins ensured the hosts went in ahead at the interval.

It was a different story in the second half, however, and the Blues dominated for long periods, with Ronan Curtis levelling.

Collins netted from the penalty spot to restore the Hatters’ lead, only for substitute Omar Bogle to equalise on his debut.

Both sides looked capable of grabbing a late winner, but it was George Moncur who struck in the closing stages to strengthen Luton’s advantage at the summit.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Bryn Morris was handed a debut in the centre of midfield, while Jamal Lowe made an instant return after completing a one-match ban.

Dion Donohue and Louis Dennis dropped to the bench, where they were joined by recent loan signing Bogle.

There was also a change of formation, with Anton Walkes moving into the centre of a three-man defence, as Lee Brown and Jamal Lowe were used as wing-backs.

The snow fell persistently throughout the contest, although it was not heavy enough to leave more than a dusting on the surface.

It was the hosts who started on the front foot and it continued that way for most of the opening 45 minutes.

There were plenty of dangerous balls delivered into the Pompey box, although the majority were dealt with.

One cross from Kazenga LuaLua – younger brother of former Fratton favourite Lomana – caused difficulties, but Andrew Shinnie’s shot was blocked by Jack Whatmough.

Craig MacGillivray kept out a long-range effort from James Justin, who had earlier seen his corner headed away by Brett Pitman.

Luke Berry then sent a dangerous low ball across the face of goal, but a sliding Collins could not shake off Matt Clarke to convert.

Luton were well on top of and after a spell of intense pressure, LuaLua’s angled drive was kept out by MacGillivray.

Berry was next to try his luck, with a shot from outside the box that fizzed narrowly past the post midway through the half.

The hosts went close again on 29 minutes, as Jack Stacey swung in a dangerous cross that Berry glanced just wide.

Pompey were not creating much at the other end, although a flick from Pitman found Curtis, who was crowded out before he could get a shot away.

The action was soon back down the other end of the pitch, however, and Alan McCormack’s attempt was just off target, while a heavy touch from LuaLua allowed MacGillivray to save.

But Luton finally made their pressure count on 39 minutes, as Collins collected LuaLua’s pass and neatly slotted home.

Pompey’s first shot came just before the break, although Gareth Evans slipped as he connected with the ball, which sailed over the bar.


Half Time

Luton Town 1

Portsmouth 0


Jackett made a double change at the start of the second half, with Bogle and Donohue replacing Pitman and Evans.

And the latter made an immediate impression with the visitors’ first shot on target, although James Shea was not overly troubled.

Bogle was also proving to be a real handful, using his strength to steal possession on a couple of occasions.

Pompey looked a different team than the one that had struggled to keep hold of the ball before the break.

And they found themselves back on level terms on 52 minutes, with Clarke getting into the box and Lowe teeing-up CURTIS to drill into the net.

They might have had another moments later when Lowe found Morris, whose fierce effort was tipped over by Shea.

The Blues were applying plenty of pressure and the ball had to be hacked clear when Shea parried clear an angled drive from Curtis.

Luton had a chance to retake the lead on 71 minutes, however, as a cleanly-struck effort from Justin was pushed over by MacGillivray.

But they were back ahead soon after, when referee Simon Hooper decided that Whatmough had brought down LuaLua in the box.

He pointed straight to the spot and Collins sent up to confidently fire the ball right into the bottom corner.

That only served to reinvigorate the visitors, though, and they were deservedly level when Lowe slipped a pass across for BOGLE to bundle home.

He came close to adding another soon after, but Shea managed to get down to his left to push the ball behind.

But there was late heartache as the game swung back in Luton’s favour following a disputed foul on Moncur by Walkes just outside the box.

It was Moncur who took the free-kick and he expertly bent a shot around the wall and into the net to seal victory for the hosts.

Luton (4-1-2-1-2): Shea; Stacey, Pearson, Bradley (c), Justin; McCormack; Mpanzu, Shinnie (Sheehan 88); Berry (Potts 73); Collins, LuaLua (Moncur 80)
Goals: Collins 39, 77 (pen), Moncur 86
Subs not used: Isted, Jones, Read, Tomlinson

Pompey (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke; Lowe, Evans (Donohue 46), Naylor, Morris, Brown; Pitman (c) (Bogle 46), Curtis
Goals: Curtis 52, Bogle 79
Booked: Donohue, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, May, Dennis

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 10,078 (1,033 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jan 282019
 

Omar Bogle

Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth


Omar Bogle


Pompey have signed striker Omar Bogle on loan from Cardiff for the remainder of the season.

The 25-year-old – who spent the first half of the campaign at Birmingham – will wear the number 22 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We’re very pleased to have Omar and he’s someone that we’ve followed from his early days at Grimsby.

“He’s got pace, he’s got power and a strong left-foot to score goals, so I’m looking forward to working with him.

“It strengthens an area of the pitch where we were lacking in options and he makes a good addition to our front line.”

Bogle began his career in the non-league game with Hinckley and Solihull before signing for Grimsby and netting 38 goals in 78 games.

The former England ‘C’ international then had a short stint with Wigan before Cardiff brought him to Wales in the summer of 2017.

Bogle is the third arrival at Pompey during the January transfer window, following the permanent captures of Andy Cannon and Bryn Morris.

Portsmouth FC

Jan 262019
 

Match Report

FA Cup 4th Round

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 1    1 Queens Park Rangers

Pompey will head to Loftus Road for an Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay following a 1-1 draw with QPR.

A full-blooded encounter was short on chances before the break, but exploded into life in the second half.

The hosts took the lead when Lee Brown’s cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Joel Lynch.

But Nahki Wells levelled for the Championship side, ensuring both teams would be in Monday evening’s draw for the fifth round.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten at Oxford in the last league outing.

Brett Pitman returned to skipper the team, while Louis Dennis and Dion Donohue were also handed starts.

Jamal Lowe missed out through suspension and Andy Cannon was cup-tied, with David Wheeler having been recalled from his loan spell by the visitors.

A minute’s silence was held before kick-off to show support for missing Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace, with plenty of hustle and bustle, but few clear-cut openings at either end.

A long-range effort from Luke Freeman flew comfortably wide, while Craig MacGillivray comfortably claimed when a cross was flicked on by Darnell Furlong.

Ronan Curtis did well to win a corner at the other end, with the ball ricocheting off Jack Whatmough and flying past the post.

The centre-back was more fortunate with a deflection on 27 minutes, as Furlong’s delivery hit him and landed safely in MacGillivray’s arms.

QPR should have done better moments later when Lynch was left in space to meet Freeman’s free-kick, but could only divert the ball straight at the Blues keeper.

It was Pompey who finished the half on the attack, however, and Pitman did find the back of the net, only for the officials to spot an infringement.

Dennis then went close just before the break with a half-volley from the edge of the area that Joe Lumley did well to tip over the bar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Queens Park Rangers 0


Pompey came flying out of the traps after the interval, although Curtis could not keep his shot down after a slip presented him with a chance.

Dennis then played a delightful pass over the Rangers defence for Pitman, whose first time effort just cleared the bar.

And when Gareth Evans whipped a cross in from the right, Pitman was not quite able to divert a glancing header on target.

Dennis had been relatively subdued before the break, but was proving a real threat after it and has low centre had to be turned behind by Toni Leistner.

Pompey were on top and they finally made the pressure count by taking the lead just past the hour mark.

Brown sent a teasing ball into the box from wide on the left and LYNCH could only slice the ball into his own net.

QPR looked to hit back and it took a vital headed clearance from Whatmough to ensure the Blues remained in the lead.

But the visitors were level on 74 minutes when a corner pinged around the box and Wells stabbed it into the roof of the net from close range.

A challenge from Curtis on Josh Scowen then led to a huge melee in the centre of the pitch and when peace was eventually restored the winger was booked, along with Brown and Lynch.

Rangers came close to turning the contest on its head soon after, but Freeman fired wide when he should at least have tested MacGillivray.

That proved to be the last decent opening for either side, meaning another game will be fitted into Pompey’s busy schedule.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Donohue (Close 80); Evans, Dennis, Curtis; Pitman (c)
Goals: Lynch 63 (og)
Booked: Whatmough, Curtis, Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Morris, May, Maloney

QPR (4-2-3-1): Lumley; Furlong, Leistner (c), Lynch, Bidwell; Scowen, Manning; Wszolek (Smith 71), Oteh (Osayi-Samuel 64), Freeman; Wells (Chair 90+1)
Goals: Wells 74
Booked: Manning, Lynch
Subs not used: Ingram, Kakay, Hall, Cousins

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 19,378 (2,881 away fans)

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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)

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