Feb 272021
 


H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Gillingham 1


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)50 %

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Pompey dropped more League One points at Fratton Park after being held to a draw by mid-table Gillingham.

They forged ahead through Sean Raggett’s header, only for some sloppy defending to gift Vadaine Oliver a leveller before the interval.

Both sides had chances to secure victory, but failure to take them was – taking into account the sides’ respective positions in the table – more costly for the hosts.

Kenny Jackett made one enforced change from the side that won at in-form Oxford earlier in the week.

Callum Johnson missed out with a calf injury, so Haji Mnoga came in for just his second league start for the club.

It meant that Ronan Curtis continued to be used as a striker, partnering Ellis Harrison in a 4-4-2 system.

There was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, with former Fratton loanee Stuart O’Keefe starting for the Gills, while John Akinde was named among the substitutes.

It did not take long for the game to explode into life, with the hosts going close to breaking the deadlock after breaking quickly up the pitch from a corner.

Andy Cannon and Harvey White combined to find Curtis and he slipped a pass across to Marcus Harness, whose effort came back off the post.

Harness then tried to convert a dangerous Curtis delivery from wide on the left, but could only hook the ball over.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Craig MacGillivray did well to adjust his body and save when Connor Ogilvie’s header deflected off Curtis.

There were appeals for a penalty at the other end after Raggett and Rasmus Nicolaisen both tried to attack a corner.

Neither could make a clean connection, though, with the ball bouncing up and striking the arm of Tom O’Connor, but referee Tim Robinson decided any contact was accidental.

Pompey were looking the more likely side to open the scoring and Jack Bonham got down to save after Harrison met White’s cross.

The duo reversed roles a few minutes later and this time a well-struck effort from White was again kept out by the Gills keeper.

And the Blues did finally make the breakthrough on 32 minutes, as Harness skinned Ogilvie and sent the ball into the box.

RAGGETT timed his run to perfection, racing into the centre to stoop and send a header past the helpless Bonham.

But Gillingham hit back to draw level before the break – and it was a poor goal for the hosts to concede.

Lee Brown tried to chest the ball back to MacGillivray, but his touch was not strong enough, allowing Oliver to nip in and score.

There was still time for both sides to carve open another great opportunity before the whistle below.

Curtis showed a neat touch to bring the ball down inside the box and drill in a low shot that was again kept out by the impressive Bonham.

And MacGillivray then kept out a thunderous Olly Lee effort moments later, with Raggett on hand to do the mopping up.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Gillingham 1


Pompey came tearing out of the blocks and Jack Tucker made a key interception when Harrison tried to play a cute pass through to Curtis.

Head physio Bobby Bacic was then kept busy, having to enter the pitch to treat Harrison and Nicolaisen in quick succession following collisions.

Pompey had the ball in the back of the net just before the hour mark, when Brown beat Jordan Graham and squared for Harrison to slot home.

But the hosts were furious that Robinson decided the left-back had fouled his man and awarded a free-kick.

That was the last touch of the ball for Harrison, with Jackett deciding to replace him up front with John Marquis.

The Blues were trying to force their way through and an effort from White was pushed behind by Bonham.

Then, from the resulting corner, the keeper beat away Tom Naylor’s angled header, with the loose ball not landing for Raggett at the back stick.

But the hosts had fallen a bit flat as the action progressed and were looking for an attacking spark to get them back on track.

Instead it was their opponents who might have scored on 78 minutes, with Oliver unable to keep his header down from a Graham cross.

A second switch soon followed for Pompey, with Ryan Williams adding some fresh legs in place of Curtis.

And after Mnoga was booked for a clumsy challenge on Ogilvie, Jackett also decided to swap the teenager for Jack Whatmough.

There were half-chances for Tom O’Connor and Kyle Dempsey, as Gillingham tried to snatch a late winner.

The best fell to Akinde deep into stoppage-time, with the striker racing through as Pompey committed men forward, only for MacGillivray to come off his line and make a key save.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Mnoga (Whatmough 85), Raggett, Nicolaisen, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon, White; Curtis (Williams 79), Harrison (Marquis 59)
Goals: Raggett 32
Booked: Mnoga
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Byers, Hiwula

Gillingham (4-4-2): Bonham; Jackson, Cundy, Tucker, Ogilvie; Graham, Dempsey (c), O’Keefe, O’Connor; Lee (Akinde 73), Oliver
Goals: Oliver 40
Booked: O’Keefe
Subs not used: Bastien, McKenzie, Morton, Johnson, Woods, Willock

Referee: Tim Robinson

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Jan 192021
 


WON (H) League 1
Portsmouth 4
AFC Wimbledon 0

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 Season 20/21

Nov 282020
 

FA Cup 2




Pompey eased into the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a clinical display against non-league King’s Lynn at Fratton Park.

The television cameras had arrived on the south coast hoping to capture an upset, only for Rasmus Nicolaisen to open the scoring in just the second minute.

A stunning strike from Tom Naylor increased the lead and there were chances for it to be extended in the first half.

But the Blues got the job done after the interval, with Sean Raggett and Marcus Harness getting in on the act.

Dayle Southwell came off the bench to reduce the National League side’s deficit, but that was a rare bright spot for them.

Ellis Harrison soon increased their misery by scoring from the spot and Jordy Hiwula added an impressive sixth goal late on.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that drew with Oxford in the league earlier in the week.

Three of them came at the back, where Alex Bass was preferred between the sticks, and Cam Pring and Nicolaisen also returned.

Ben Close and Ryan Williams were handed starts, with Craig MacGillivray, Lee Brown, Jack Whatmough, Andy Cannon and John Marquis all dropping to the bench.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off in memory of all those who have passed away during these tough times.

That includes footballing greats Diego Maradona and Ray Clemence, as well as former Pompey players Ray Hiron, Fred Smith, John Collins, Alan Garner, Malcolm Manley and Cyril Rutter

When the action started, fears of a giant-killing were quickly soothed, as Pompey took the lead after just 108 seconds.

Williams won a corner on the right and Pring swung the ball into the box for NICOLAISEN to head home his first goal for the club.

The visitors did not look over-awed in the opening stages, however, and Sonny Carey glanced a flag-kick narrowly wide.

Bass was then called into action and got down to his right to push away a cleanly-struck effort from Adam Marriott.

But the Blues soon began to take control and started to play some neat passing football to trouble the opposition defence.

And the pressure paid off on 30 minutes, as the skipper continued his run of fine goalscoring form to double the advantage.

It was a superb strike, with Ronan Curtis’ delivery laid off by Williams for NAYLOR to hit a 25-yard rocket that flew in off the underside of the crossbar.

The floodgates might have opened after that, as the hosts unleashed a deluge of pressure, with the Linnets hanging on as the interval approached.

Harrison – who was being held by Rory McAuley – saw his header saved by Archie Mair after a Close effort had been blocked.

There was then an almighty scramble in the King’s Lynn box, with Raggett and Williams unable to force the ball home, while a defender flung himself in the path of Nicolaisen’s effort.

And Curtis was inches away from getting his name on the scoresheet when he intercepted a loose ball and hit a fine 30-yard strike that rattled the bar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

King’s Lynn Town 0


The second half began at the same frantic pace as the first, with a perfectly-timed Kyle Callan-McFadden challenge stopping Close from racing clear.

But the hosts did increase their lead on 51 minutes, when RAGGETT charged towards the far post to firmly convert a Curtis corner.

King’s Lynn were still posing a threat going forward, but whenever their moves broke down, Pompey would break with menace.

And they soon had a fourth, as Harrison stole possession in the middle of the pitch and burst forward.

The striker then laid the ball off for HARNESS, who calmly slipped it into the bottom corner to kill any lingering hopes of a Linnets comeback.

Hiwula and Bryn Morris were both brought on, as Jackett gave Curtis and Naylor the chance to rest any tired limbs ahead of a midweek trip to Blackpool.

But the visitors reduced their deficit when McAuley held the ball up for Southwell to slot neatly into the net.

It was a brief reprieve for King’s Lynn, however, and Pompey had the chance to grab a fifth goal when Pring was fouled in the area by Ross Barrows.

Referee Will Finnie made the simple decision to point to the spot and HARRISON sent Mair the wrong way.

That was not the end of the action, though, and HIWULA opened his Blues account in impressive fashion, cutting inside from the left and curling home a fine strike.

Harness came close to wrapping things up in style following good work by Williams, but Mair was equal to his strike.

And Bass also kept his concentration at the other end, doing well to stop Southwell’s effort flying inside his near post.

But the contest almost finished the same way it had started – with a Nicolaisen goal. The defender nodded a Harness free-kick against the post seconds before the final whistle blew.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen, Pring; Williams, Close, Naylor (c) (Morris 66), Curtis (Hiwula 59); Harrison (Marquis 81), Harness
Goals: Nicolaisen 2, Naylor 30, Raggett 51, Harness 58, Harrison 72 (pen), Hiwula 80
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, Cannon

King’s Lynn (3-4-3): Mair; Callan-McFadden, Smith, McAuley; Barrows, Clunan (c), Carey, Brown; Power (Gash 81), Marriott (Southwell 63), Loza (King 63)
Goals: Southwell 68
Booked: McAuley
Subs not used: Fleming, Richards, Jarvis

Referee: Will Finnie

Portsmouth FC

Nov 242020
 

League 1




Sean Raggett’s goal was not enough to earn victory for Pompey, as they were held to a draw by Oxford at Fratton Park.

It was probably not a surprising outcome given that all four meetings between the sides last term finished all square.

The hosts looked comfortable after Raggett’s firm header had broken the deadlock, but their opponents were invigorated by some switches in the second half.

And Alex Gorrin levelled for United from the penalty spot, while both teams then had chances to win the contest.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that eased to a comfortable victory over Crewe at the weekend.

They both came in the full-back berths, where Cam Pring and Haji Mnoga made way for Lee Brown and Callum Johnson.

Former Oxford winger Ryan Williams was fit enough to appear on the bench following a hip injury, while ex-Blues stopper Simon Eastwood started for the visitors.

It was a fairly nondescript opening to the contest, with nothing to trouble either keeper in the opening stages.

The hosts were happy to let their opponents see plenty of the ball and then look to hit them on the break.

And Pompey took the lead with their first chance of the game on 19 minutes when RAGGETT decided to stay up after a Jack Whatmough free-kick had been partially dealt with.

Ronan Curtis swung the ball back in the area, where the defender got in front of three players to firmly head home.

They probably should have doubled the lead soon after, but John Marquis uncharacteristically fired high and wide from Ellis Harrison’s centre.

It was the Blues looking more likely to add to the scoring and when Whatmough met a Marcus Harness cross, his header cannoned back off the bar, with Harrison unable to force in the loose ball.

The striker then thought he had been brought down by Elliott Moore as he tried to race through on goal.

Both players glanced across to the officials, with the defender likely to have been shown a red card if referee Tim Robinson had not waved play on.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Oxford United 0


The visitors had to deal with a couple of dangerous left-sided deliveries from Curtis and Brown following the restart.

Pompey were working hard all over the pitch, with Curtis epitomising that by tracking back and halting a dangerous foray forward from Sean Clare.

They were not doing much to trouble Eastwood between the sticks, but the hosts were looking comfortable.

Karl Robinson responded by making a triple substitution and one of the newcomers, Marcus McGuane, immediately drew a fine save from Craig MacGillivray.

The Blues soon hit back at the other end, as Harrison met Brown’s cross with a neat flick that Eastwood tipped over the bar.

But United had a chance to level on 69 minutes when Robinson deemed Whatmough’s challenge on Dan Agyei to be foul, despite the defender protesting that he won the ball.

And Gorrin made no mistake from the spot, coolly sending MacGillivray the wrong way to draw the visitors level.

Pompey looked to restore their lead and a fine delivery from Tom Naylor was met by Curtis, who screwed his shot wide.

Andy Cannon and Harness made way for Bryn Morris and Williams, as Jackett injected some fresh energy into his midfield for the closing stages.

But it was the Oxford substitutes causing more problems and MacGillivray had to palm away a low Mark Sykes effort, with the ball thankfully not falling for the lurking Matty Taylor.

The Blues also had opportunities to turn one point into three, however, and Williams had two efforts blocked before Raggett glanced a header wide.

Curtis also headed Johnson’s delivery straight at Eastwood, as neither side managed to find a winner during a frantic finish.

But there was a melee after the final whistle, with Taylor escaping punishment for grabbing Curtis in an uncomfortable area.

Instead it was the Pompey winger that received a yellow card, along with Oxford defender John Mousinho.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness (Williams 82), Cannon (Morris 80), Naylor (c), Curtis; Marquis, Harrison
Goals: Raggett 19
Booked: Cannon, Raggett, Curtis
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Pring, Close, Hiwula

Oxford (4-1-4-1): Eastwood; Long, Moore, Atkinson, Ruffels; Gorrin; Clare (Mousinho 86), Henry (c) (Sykes 62), Forde (McGuane 62), Shodipo (Obita 62); Agyei (Taylor 82)
Goals: Gorrin 69 (pen)
Booked: Clare, Taylor, Mousinho
Subs not used: Stevens, Kelly

Referee: Tim Robinson

Portsmouth FC

Nov 072020
 

FA Cup 1




Sean Raggett scored late in extra-time at Ipswich to send Pompey into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The defender lashed the ball into the net just when it looked like penalties would be required to separate the two League One sides.

It did not look the contest was going to be a close when the Blues roared into a commanding lead through early Ronan Curtis and Tom Naylor goals.

But the Tractor Boys reduced their deficit through Jon Nolan and James Norwood came off the bench to draw them level after the break.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were so impressive in victory at Lincoln in the league on Tuesday evening.

That meant Cam Pring continued to deputise for Lee Brown – who injured his hamstring in the Sincil Bank warm-up – at left-back.

Oli Hawkins led the line for the hosts against his former club, while ex-Blues loanee David Cornell was between the sticks.

With Armistice Day approaching, there was a period of remembrance observed ahead of kick-off, while a bugler paid the Last Post.

And when the action started, Pompey got off to a blistering start and found themselves with a commanding lead inside the opening 13 minutes.

The first goal came after Ryan Williams was fouled 25 yards from goal by defender Mark McGuinness.

CURTIS stepped up to take the free-kick and managed to squeeze his effort between Cornell’s glove and the post.

The advantage was then doubled moments later, as Andy Cannon cut the ball back for NAYLOR to find the net – via a McGuinness deflection – from the edge of the area.

But that was Cannon’s last meaningful piece of action, as he soon limped off the pitch to be replaced by Ben Close.

The newcomer was immediately in the thick of the action, playing a fine pass through to Curtis, whose first time strike had to be turned behind by Cornell.

But the keeper – who did not make an appearance during his short stint with the Blues in 2015 – then almost saw a clearance charged down by the ever lively Ryan Williams.

Instead the ball flew to Marcus Harness and he won a corner that was taken by Cam Pring and headed clear by Hawkins.

Pompey were looking capable of adding to their lead, but instead found their advantage reduced just before the break.

Raggett intervened to stop Nolan’s header reaching Freddie Sears, but the ball flew straight back to the midfielder, who spun sharply and fired home.


Half Time

Ipswich Town 1

Portsmouth 2


The hosts then had a couple of opportunities to get back on level terms immediately after the restart.

Nolan’s effort was deflected narrowly past the post and Brett McGavin’s corner then almost snuck in at the near post, with Craig MacGillivray making the save with his legs.

Jackett soon made his second switch of the afternoon, as Callum Johnson made way and Haji Mnoga was given another chance to impress.

The game had quietened down a bit since Ipswich’s fast start, although a dangerous McGavin delivery into the box somehow evaded everyone on its path out of play.

Curtis showed some neat footwork at the other end of the pitch on 60 minutes, but his effort was comfortably dealt with by Cornell.

Hawkins was soon replaced by Norwood and the striker made an instant impact, racing between the Blues back-line and neatly slotting in an equaliser for the Tractor Boys.

Fellow substitute Gwion Edwards then came close to giving the hosts a lead, courtesy of a fierce strike that was beaten away by MacGillivray.

Ellis Harrison was also brought on to see if he could find a winner against his former club in the closing stages, with Curtis the man to head off.

It was Ipswich looking more likely to score again, though, and Emyr Huws nodded wastefully wide after meeting a McGavin corner.

And they almost did settle the tie in stoppage-time following a spot of pinball in the Pompey box, but Close was in the right place to stop the ball finding the net.

He then had a chance to score for the visitors a few moments later, but fired over from a Williams cut-back.


Full Time

Ipswich Town 2

Portsmouth 2


Teams are allowed to make an additional substitution if ties go into extra-time and Jackett immediately used his, swapping John Marquis with Bryn Morris.

And the visitors suddenly looked bright again, creating a few half-chances before Harness sent a shot crashing against the post.

Cam Pring then lifted a cross into the area from wide on the left, with Harrison rising to meet it and drawing a save from Cornell.

But the Blues did retake the lead in the second period of extra-time after Janoi Donacien had been booked for a foul on Harrison.

Harness’ delivery was met by Naylor, but his header was saved by Cornell. The loose ball was turned towards goal by Rasmus Nicolaisen, though, and RAGGETT made sure that it crossed the line.

And Mnoga almost added icing on the cake at the death, but could not keep his shot down after racing through on goal.

Ipswich (4-3-3): Cornell; Donacien, Nsiala (c), McGuiness, Kenlock; Huws (Judge 102), Nolan, McGavin; Bennetts (Edwards 67), Hawkins (Norwood 62), Sears (Lankester 94)
Goals: Nolan 43, Norwood 66
Booked: Hawkins, Donacien, Norwood
Subs not used: Holy, Wilson, Jackson

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson (Mnoga 50), Raggett, Nicolaisen, Pring; Naylor (c), Cannon (Close 23); Harness, Williams, Curtis (Harrison 74); Marquis (Morris 91)
Goals: Curtis 11, Naylor 13, Raggett 111
Booked: Pring
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Hiwula

Referee: Andy Haines

Portsmouth FC

Mar 102020
 


H League 1
Portsmouth 2
Fleetwood Town 2


FORM GUIDE 55 % (All competitions)

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Pompey had to settle for a point at Fratton Park against an in-form Fleetwood side also pushing for a place in the top two.

They conceded a sloppy opener to Barrie McKay, but Sean Raggett nodded the hosts back on level terms before the break.

Harry Souttar then turned the ball into his own net, with the Cod Army defender soon making amends by securing them a point.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten on the road at Peterborough at the weekend.

Ellis Harrison missed that game after becoming a father for the first time, but was back to lead the line.

There were also returns for Ross McCrorie and Andy Cannon, as John Marquis dropped to the bench, while Jack Whatmough and the injured Ben Close missed out completely.

Pompey were first to threaten when the ball broke for Ronan Curtis in the box and, from a tight angle, he sent a shot dipping over the crossbar.

But it was relatively slow start to the contest, with a scything Glenn Whelan challenge on Ryan Williams the main point of focus, earning the midfielder a yellow card.

Fleetwood then capitalised on some sloppy play from the hosts to break the deadlock on 19 minutes.

Ched Evans cut the ball back for McKay and his first attempt was saved by Alex Bass, only for the keeper to get into a tangle with Steve Seddon.

It was McKay who was quickest to the loose ball and was able to force it home from a couple of yards out.

The same player then curled a teasing corner into the box and Tom Naylor was forced to head narrowly past his own post.

Fleetwood were looking more likely to add to the scoring and Jack Sowerby’s effort took a deflection, with Bass adjusting well to save.

Pompey finally began to move through the gears, with Harrison forcing Alex Cairns to drop a cross and have to grasp the ball at the second attempt.

And an equaliser did arrive on 36 minutes, when McCrorie’s fine delivery from deep on the right was met by RAGGETT, whose header looped over Cairns and into the net.

Lewis Gibson was booked late in the first half for a terrible dive in the box that, which – for some reason – peeved the Cod Army bench.

They were almost celebrating in stoppage-time, though, as Josh Morris curled a fine free-kick against the post.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Fleetwood Town 1


The hosts were caught napping immediately following the restart and Morris’ centre was pushed out by Bass, with Cameron McGeehan on hand to clear the danger.

But the Blues took the lead moments later, thanks to a searing burst of pace from Williams down the right.

He surged past Lewis Gibson to get on the end of Cannon’s pass and sent in a low delivery that was thundered into his own net by SOUTTAR.

Both sides were looking capable of adding to the scoring, although Harrison scuffed wide after being played through by Curtis.

The Cod Army then broke quickly up the pitch and Morris was left with just Bass to beat, with the keeper coming off his line to make a crucial save.

But the visitors were level on 55 minutes, as Souttar atoned for his earlier indiscretion by nodding home when a corner was headed back across goal by Evans.

Jackett made a double switch to try to regain the advantage, as Williams and McGeehan made way for Marcus Harness and Marquis.

The action continued to swing from one end to the next and Curtis could only nod wide at the back post after meeting a fine cross from Harness.

But there was generally a lack of quality from both sides in the final third, with a point enough to move the Blues up two places fourth.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Bolton, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan (Marquis 65), Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 65), Cannon, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Raggett 36, Souttar 48 (og)
Booked: Curtis, Harrison
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Downing, Brown, Evans, Hawkins

Fleetwood (3-4-3): Cairns; Connolly, Souttar, Gibson; Coyle, Sowerby (Coutts 69), Whelan, Andrew (Burns 54); Morris (Madden 75), Evans (c), McKay
Goals: McKay 19, Souttar 55
Booked: Whelan, Gibson, Connolly, McKay
Subs not used: Crellin, Thorvaldsson, Biggins, Saunders

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 16,775 (64 away fans)

Portsmouth FC Season 19/20

Feb 082020
 

League 1




Sean Raggett and Ryan Williams were on target as Pompey won at Tranmere to set a new club record.

It is the first time they have won nine successive games in all competitions since entering the Football League in 1920.

Raggett opened his Blues account with an early close-range header and Williams made sure of the points with a low strike after the break.

The relegation-threatened Rovers kept battling away, but were all too often let down by their play in the final third.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Sunderland on home soil the previous week.

One was enforced, with Andy Cannon’s glute injury seeing Ben Close recalled to midfield and Cameron McGeehan pushed further forward.

Ellis Harrison also returned to lead the line and John Marquis dropped to the bench, where he was joined by Gareth Evans.

The hosts had received plenty of negative publicity for their pitch, which was lacking much grass and included big patches of sand in the wide areas.

Both sides found the conditions – not helped by the windy weather – difficult to deal with and there were plenty of misjudged passes.

But a lovely touch from Ronan Curtis provided an early opening and when his shot was beaten away by Scott Davies, the loose ball was cleared by Calum Woods before Williams could capitalise.

The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes, however, with Curtis providing the assist after he had been fouled by Kane Wilson.

A free-kick was swung into the box by the winger and although Christian Burgess could not make a connection, RAGGETT was in position to head home his opening Blues goal from a few yards out.

Tranmere fought back and almost gained an immediate leveller after Burgess had made a key block to deny former Fratton loanee James Vaughan.

The ball was sent straight back into the area and Andy Cook’s neat back-heel was well saved by Alex Bass from point-blank range.

Still the danger was not over, though, and Close had to go sliding in to prevent Kieron Morris having a free shot on goal.

Harrison had an attempt at the other end midway through the first half, but angled the ball wide after being teed-up by Curtis.

George Ray then did well to get ahead of Burgess at the far post and prevent the defender meeting Steve Seddon’s free-kick.

But it was Tranmere who finished the opening period on top and Bass got down well to stop Cook from nodding home Wilson’s cross.

A delivery from Corey Blackett-Taylor then appeared to present Cook with a free header, only for the striker to somehow miss the ball completely.

Another attempt from the same player soon crept pass the post after Woods had this time provided the cross.

And Burgess came to the rescue in stoppage-time to block Cook’s centre after Bass had come charging from his box and misjudged the bounce of the ball.


Half Time

Tranmere Rovers 1

Portsmouth 0


A couple of Seddon free-kicks caused the hosts problems once the action restarted, while Curtis scuffed a chance off target.

But the lead was doubled on 51 minutes after McGeehan slipped a neat pass through to Curtis, who had stayed onside.

The Republic of Ireland international’s cut-back went behind WILLIAMS, who recovered well to drill a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

Pompey kept looking for more goals, though, and a firm header from Harrison was sent straight into Davies’ arms.

Their opponents started to look more of a threat as the half progressed, although were constantly being let down by a poor final ball.

A corner – which Bass was booked for holding up – then led to an almighty scramble and Morris eventually prodded wastefully wide.

Rovers were seeing a lot of the ball, without doing much with it, while the visitors were trying to break quickly.

One delivery from Seddon was neatly flicked on by Harrison, but Davies was able to scramble behind before Close could pounce.

And Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease to continue their charge up the League One table.

Tranmere (4-4-2): Davies (c); Wilson (Ridehalgh 46), Ray, Monthe, Woods (Danns 59); Morris, Woodyard, McCullough, Blackett-Taylor; Vaughan (Ferrier 59), Cook
Booked: Vaughan
Subs not used: Pilling, Perkins, Gilmour, Jennings

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, McGeehan, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Raggett 13, Williams 51
Booked: Bass, Williams
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Evans, Harness, Marquis

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Attendance: 6,985 (1,379 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Jun 272019
 

Sean Raggett

Player Stats

Loan : Norwich City – Portsmouth


Pompey have signed defender Sean Raggett on a season-long loan from Norwich.


There is no option for the player – who had a stint at Rotherham last term – to be recalled by his parent club.

Raggett came through the ranks at Dover and made more than 100 appearances before signing for Lincoln in the summer of 2016.

He has played twice for the Canaries and appeared alongside fellow Blues newcomer Ryan Williams while on loan at Rotherham last season.

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