Dec 022018
 

Match Report

FA Cup 2nd Round

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Rochdale 0    1 Portsmouth

Andre Green scored at the death to see off Rochdale and send Pompey into the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Both sides had struck the woodwork in a Spotland contest that otherwise failed to ignite, with Ronan Curtis hitting the bar for the Blues.

But the visitors were unusually subdued after the break and a replay was looming until a deflected effort from substitute Green settled the tie.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Walsall in the league earlier in the week.

Tom Naylor missed out with a slight groin problem, meaning that Ben Close was recalled to Pompey’s midfield.

Both sides took a while to hit their stride on a soggy Sunday afternoon in the north-west, with the keepers enjoying a quiet opening 45 minutes.

An Oli Hawkins header was deflected comfortably into the arms of Josh Lillis, while the Blues back-line dealt with a couple of deliveries into their box.

Jordan Williams should at least have tested Craig MacGillivray on 11 minutes, but fired wastefully wide after doing well to bring the ball under control.

The visitors began to look the more assured side, although efforts from Ben Thompson and Gareth Evans were off target and blocked respectively.

Pompey’s skipper went closer midway through the half, hitting a fierce and cleanly-struck volley narrowly over the crossbar.

There was plenty of neat build-up play on display, but they were too often let down by the final pass or shot.

And Jordan Williams might have made them pay at the other end late in the half, sending an attempt just past the post.

There was still time for two noteworthy moments for the Blues just before the sides went in for the interval.

Curtis smashed the ball against the crossbar and such was the ferocity of his effort, it came back to the Republic of Ireland international, who was unable to get a second shot away.

His fellow forward Jamal Lowe then went down in the box and despite the travelling fans appealing for a penalty, referee Seb Stockbridge instead booked him for diving.


Half Time

Rochdale 0

Portsmouth 0


A foul by Close gave Dale the first opportunity of the second half, but Matt Done’s free-kick struck the wall and was deflected behind.

The hosts then broke quickly up the pitch soon after, but MJ Williams’ shot was so high it flew out of the stadium.

Pompey had struggled to get going after the break and were perhaps fortunate not to have been punished for that.

There was certainly no lack of commitment, though, with Nathan Thompson’s fury at not being awarded a throw earning the right-back a booking.

Rochdale had another opening just past the hour mark when Calvin Andrew latched on to Ian Henderson’s pass, but MacGillivray saved with his feet.

And they went even closer on 69 minutes, as Done’s thunderous drive came back off the corner of post and bar.

A craning Hawkins saw his header saved by Lillis at the other end, as the Blues tried to pose more of a threat.

Brett Pitman – who has netted five times in the previous three meetings with Rochdale – provided an extra option on 72 minutes, with Evans making way.

But it was Jack Whatmough who missed a decent chance soon after, nodding wide after racing in to meet Lee Brown’s free-kick.

Jackett then made his second substitution, with Lowe withdrawn for Aston Villa loanee Green out wide.

It was Rochdale that were next to go close, however, as Henderson hit a sweet volley that dripped just over the Blues bar.

But, with a replay looking likely, Ryan Delaney brought down Green right on the edge of the box, earning the defender a yellow card.

Brown squared the free-kick to GREEN, whose shot took a wicked deflection to deceive Lillis and leave Rochdale reeling.

They almost levelled in stoppage-time, but MacGillivray denied Henderson from close range to ensure Pompey booked their place in the third round.

Rochdale (4-4-2): Lillis; Rafferty, McGahey, Delaney, Done; Dooley (Cannon 55), Adshead, M.Williams, Henderson (c); J.Williams, Andrew
Booked: Delaney
Subs not used: Norman, McNulty, Rathbone, Perkins, Gillam, Inman

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Close; Lowe (Green 76), Evans (c) (Pitman 72), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Green 90
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Haunstrup, Rose

Referee: Seb Stockbridge

Attendance: 2,555 (599 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Sep 292018
 

Match Report

League One

Rochdale 1    3 Portsmouth

Pompey fought from behind to beat Rochdale and return to the top of the League One table.

The hosts took an early lead in some style when Aaron Wilbraham struck a sensational shot from long-range.

But the Blues were impressive in the opening 45 minutes and Jamal Lowe deservedly ensured the scores would be level at the break.

It was not quite so strong after the interval, but Brett Pitman showed typical striking instincts to turn the game around on his 50th appearance for the club.

And Matt Clarke added a fine third goal to wrap the points up for the visitors in the closing stages of an enjoyable Spotland contest.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Wycombe on home soil the previous week.

Pitman returned to skipper the team, while there was also a start for Jack Whatmough at the back, with Oli Hawkins and Christian Burgess dropping to the bench.

Pompey got off to the worst possible start by falling behind in the fourth minute – not that they could have done much to prevent it.

It was a phenomenal effort from Wilbraham, who hit a stunning strike on the half-volley from almost 30 yards that left Craig MacGillivray with no chance.

But it was the Blues largely on top for the remainder of the half and an ambitious over-head effort from Gareth Evans flew past the post.

Nathan Thompson almost grabbed an unlikely leveller after collecting a pass from Pitman and firing a rocket against the crossbar.

Ollie Rathbone then had another long-range attempt for the hosts, although this one thankfully flew wide.

But Pompey were level on 25 minutes, thanks to a well-worked goal involving all three of the forward line.

Pitman collected the ball from Ronan Curtis, swivelled and sent in a low centre for LOWE to slide into the net.

He might have had another after being picked out by Pitman, but a poor first touch allowed Joe Rafferty to clear the danger.

The trio linked up well again when the skipper flicked on Lowe’s cross and Curtis met it with a deft touch, but Josh Lillis got down to his right to save.

Pompey were looking to attack at every opportunity and there were some nervy moments for the Dale back-line.

But Lillis was not being over-worked and made relatively comfortable stops to deny both Curtis and Lowe.

The keeper then came tearing from his line in stoppage-time to stop Lowe reaching Pitman’s threaded pass after Curtis had nipped in to steal possession from a Rochdale throw.


Half Time

Rochdale 1

Portsmouth 1


It was the hosts that were first to threaten after the restart, but when MacGillivray parried Andy Cannon’s effort, Rathbone skied the loose ball over.

There was certainly some of the excitement from the first half missing, however, with both sides guilty of some misplaced passes.

Ian Henderson curled a shot wide for Rochdale, while a well-placed Ben Close headed clear Cannon’s dangerous cross.

Then – after Lowe had been booked for a foul – Rathbone came close to sneaking the free-kick inside MacGillivray’s near post.

There was not too much happening at the other end of the pitch, although an Evans set-piece was glanced wide by Tom Naylor.

But the Blues took the lead on 71 minutes when a low ball from Lee Brown was deftly turned home by PITMAN at the near post.

A substitution soon followed, with Ben Thompson coming on for Evans to shore up the Blues midfield.

But it was not the end of Pompey’s attacking intent and they were able to extend their advantage on 81 minutes.

Rochdale failed to properly deal with a corner and CLARKE showed he is not just a class act at the back.

The defender brought the ball under control, beat his man and angled home a fierce strike that arrowed into the net.

David Wheeler and Hawkins were both introduced from the bench late on, as the visitors comfortably saw out the final few moments.

Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Lillis; Rafferty, McNulty, Delaney, Hart (Cannon 45); Camps (Clough 77), Perkins; J.Williams (Andrew 50), Rathbone, Henderson (c); Wilbraham
Goals: Wilbraham 4
Subs not used: Norman, Morley, MJ Williams, Gillam

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (B.Thompson 76), Curtis (Wheeler 89); Pitman (c) (Hawkins 90+2)
Goals: Lowe 25, Pitman 71, Clarke 81
Booked: Lowe
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 3,796 (966 Pompey fans)

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Apr 072018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Rochdale    3

 


 

Portsmouth    3

 


A last-gasp own-goal saw Pompey continue their unbeaten run with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Rochdale at Spotland.

They showed their fighting spirit by battling back to level on three separate occasions, as the prolific Brett Pitman cancelled out efforts from Bran Inman and Stephen Humphrys.

Ian Henderson scrambled home what seemed to be a Dale winner, only for Matt Done to find his own net deep into stoppage-time.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Wigan on home soil on Easter Monday.

Dion Donohue missed that game to attend the birth of his son, but returned at left-back, with Brandon Haunstrup dropping to the bench.

There was a minute of applause before kick-off to remember former England international Ray Wilkins, who sadly passed away earlier in the week.

The hosts might have been sitting inside the drop zone, but had won each of their past two games and made a bright start.

A hooked effort from Humphrys was deflected wide, while several crosses into the box caused Pompey problems in the opening stages.

But the Blues could have broken the deadlock when Gareth Evans picked out Pitman, only for the unmarked skipper to guide the ball over.

Instead it was Dale who scored on 13 minutes, as Inman bent a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

They thought they had another when Joe Rafferty flicked on Inman’s corner and Ian Henderson bundled the ball over the line, only to be flagged offside.

And Pompey made the most of that let-off by levelling midway through the first half, thanks to some great work from Pitman and Jamal Lowe.

The skipper held the ball up well in the centre of the pitch before releasing Lowe, who showed lightning pace to surge into the box.

He slipped at a pivotal moment, only to recover well and square for PITMAN to lash home his 20th league goal of the campaign.

The Blues then came close to forging ahead, courtesy of a thunderbolt from Evans that crashed against the crossbar.

It was Rochdale that finished the half on top, however, and Luke McGee was twice called into action to deny Rafferty and Humphrys, while Oliver Rathbone saw a shot deflected past the post.

But there was one more chance for the visitors before the break, with Pitman diverting an Evans centre over the top.


Half Time

Rochdale 1

Portsmouth 1


Rochdale were quicker from the blocks once the action restarted and Matt Clarke was well-placed to head clear a couple of dangerous deliveries.

But it took another fine finish for the hosts to retake the lead, as Humphrys collected Done’s pass and arrowed the ball past McGee’s grasp.

Jackett responded with a double switch on the hour mark, withdrawing Nathan Thompson and Kal Naismith for Matty Kennedy and Stuart O’Keefe.

And his side were level moments later when Donohue clipped in a free-kick that was only partially dealt with.

The ball was headed back into the danger zone by Clarke, where PITMAN was waiting to slot home again.

But the action soon switched back to the other end of the pitch and an Inman effort took a deflection to send the ball just over the bar.

Rochdale were back ahead on 71 minutes, though, when Calvin Andrew nodded Inman’s delivery across goal and Henderson bundled the ball over the line.

Jackett soon made his third and final change, with Oli Hawkins adding more firepower in place of Evans.

There was a nervy moment for the hosts when Josh Lillis failed to claim a high ball, but they were eventually able to scramble clear.

Hawkins did well to shake off having his shirt tugged and get a shot away late on, although the attempt failed to trouble Lillis.

The visitors tried to get the ball forward and four minutes of stoppage-time gave them hope of finding an equaliser.

And it arrived when Jack Whatmough’s centre was nodded towards goal by Pitman, with DONE only able to head the ball into his own net from a couple of yards out.

Rochdale (4-1-4-1): Lillis; Rafferty, McGahey, McNulty, Done; Camps; Andrew, Rathbone, Henderson (c), Inman (Delaney 80); Humphrys (Thompson 74)
Goals: Inman 13, Humphrys 57, Henderson 71
Subs not used: Moore, Wiseman, Ntlhe, Dobre, Davies

Pompey (4-1-4-1): McGee; Thompson (Kennedy 60), Whatmough, Clarke, Donohue; Walkes; Lowe, Evans (Hawkins 72), Close, Naismith (O’Keefe 60); Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 26, 62, Done 90+2 (og)
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Ronan

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 3,781


Portsmouth FC

Aug 052017
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 2    0 Rochdale

Brett Pitman scored a brace on his debut to ensure Pompey began life in League One with victory over Rochdale.

The striker bagged an impressive individual goal after Keith Keane had been dismissed for the visitors at Fratton Park.

But there was a nervous edge to the closing stages, with substitute Jamal Lowe also sent off for the Blues.

That changed to elation in stoppage-time, however, as Pitman headed home to complete a memorable afternoon for the skipper.

Kenny Jackett handed starts to three summer signings in his first competitive match as Pompey manager.

Luke McGee, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and Pitman all featured, while there was also a surprise appearance for Drew Talbot at right-back.

There were a mixture of emotions before kick-off, with Michael Eisner and other members of the Tornante Company applauded onto the pitch.

It was a more sombre occasion after that, however, with a minute’s applause to remember former Blues players Fred Evans, Pat Neil and Jimmy White, who all passed away over the summer.

Supporters were also paying their respects to fan Alan Dobson, who sadly died during the recent friendly against Bournemouth.

Once the action got underway at a sunny Fratton Park, it was the visitors who looked the more threatening.

Andy Cannon blasted a shot over the crossbar, although there were not too many opportunities to test McGee.

And Rochdale’s threat was blunted somewhat when they were reduced to 10 men on 21 minutes.

Conor Chaplin collected a loose ball and charged towards goal, only to be crudely upended by Keane just outside the box.

Referee Lee Probert immediately brandished a red card and the centre-back was forced to trudge off to the dressing room.

Pompey were unable to make the free-kick count, though, as Carl Baker’s delivery evaded everyone and went behind.

Calvin Andrew then did well to nip in ahead of Christian Burgess and head behind Baker’s dangerous corner.

The hosts went close again from the resulting flag-kick, as Pitman found space to nod narrowly past the post.

But the Blues were dealt a blow of their own late in the first half, with Holmes-Dennis going down injured on the left.

He limped off to be replaced by Lowe, with Gareth Evans dropping to right-back and Talbot moving across to the left.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Rochdale 0


The first half had been rather slow to get going, but the second exploded into life after just 34 seconds.

It was a fine effort from PITMAN, who picked the ball up on the left and – through a mixture of skill and persistence – found space to slot it into the net.

There was soon an opening for the visitors at the other end of the pitch, although Ollie Rathbone dragged his effort wide.

Rochdale then won a free-kick 25 yards out, but Reece Brown could not quite force his shot through the defensive wall.

An error from Josh Lillis almost handed Pompey a second goal on 69 minutes, with the keeper tearing off his line to try to beat Chaplin to the ball.

But he only succeeded in chesting it into the path of Lowe, whose cheeky lob landed narrowly wide of the post.

Jackett made his second substitution moments later, with Chaplin making way for Kal Naismith in the Blues attack.

And Lowe made way on 81 minutes – although there was nobody to replace him after the substitute was shown a red card.

He stretched to win the ball, but caught Jamie Allen and Probert decided it was enough to warrant a sending off.

That ensured a more fraught end to proceedings than perhaps was necessary, but Pitman eased those nerves in stoppage-time.

Evans got free down the right and picked out the unmarked striker in the box, with PITMAN expertly guiding his header past Lillis and into the net.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Talbot, Burgess, Whatmough, Holmes-Dennis (Lowe 39); Baker, Rose; Evans, Pitman (c), Bennett; Chaplin (Naismith 71)
Goals: Pitman 46, 90+2
Sent off: Lowe
Subs not used: Bass, Davies, May, Main, Kabamba

Rochdale (4-4-2): Lillis; Brown, Keane, McNulty, Ntlhe; Cannon (Davies 75), Camps (Rafferty 59), Allen, Rathbone; Henderson (c), Andrew (Done 59)
Sent off: Keane
Subs not used: Collis, Canavan, Inman, Williams

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 18,009 (471 away fans)


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