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

Jan 082019
 

Match Report

Checkatrade Trophy

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Southend United 0    2 Portsmouth

A youthful Pompey side eased past Southend at Roots Hall to reach the last eight of the Checkatrade Trophy for the first time.

They went ahead through Louis Dennis almost immediately from kick-off and never looked like relinquishing that lead.

Gareth Evans then wrapped things up on the stroke of half-time before a turgid second period that did little to excite the small Essex crowd.

Kenny Jackett made 10 changes from the side that secured a dramatic FA Cup victory at Norwich at the weekend.

Evans – who wore the captain’s armband – was the only man to keep his place, although substitute goalscorer Andre Green also featured.

Dan Smith was handed a debut at right-back, with fellow teenagers Matt Casey and Bradley Lethbridge also given an opportunity to impress.

Christian Burgess, Brandon Haunstrup and David Wheeler added first team experience to a young side, with Dennis, Adam May and Alex Bass making up the starting 11.

The hosts – by contrast – were fielding a much more experienced side and yet found themselves behind with just 93 seconds on the clock.

Wheeler played the ball to Smith on the right and his smart delivery into the box was nodded into the net by DENNIS to open his Blues account.

Pompey looked the more dominant outfit throughout the first half and a free-kick from Evans was unconvincingly punched behind by Ted Smith.

May screwed a shot wide of the post after being teed-up by Lethbridge, who then fired a fierce effort narrowly over the bar.

It looked like the lead would be doubled on 28 minutes when Wheeler raced on to Green’s threaded pass, but the winger slotted inches past the post.

Southend had done little to threaten the visitors’ goal, although a short free-kick routine almost saw them level.

The ball was played to former Fratton triallist Theo Robinson and his low delivery somehow evaded both Harry Bunn and Taylor Moore as they slid in at the far post.

Pompey immediately went up the other end to create an opening of their own, as Burgess met an Evans corner and saw his header cleared from the line by a well-placed Robinson.

But they did score again in stoppage-time when Dennis showed neat footwork to tee-up EVANS, who lashed the ball past a helpless Smith.


Half Time

Southend Uited 0

Portsmouth 2


Jackett made a change at the start of the second half, with academy midfielder Freddie Read replacing Green.

And Evans almost got the half off to the perfect start, curling a free-kick past Smith’s grasp and just wide of the upright.

Leon Maloney then became the second Blues player to make his debut, with the youth team forward coming on for Lethbridge.

It was still the visitors looking more likely to add to the scoring and May fired over when Casey sent Evans’ free-kick back into the centre.

The traffic was not totally heading in one direction, however, and Burgess had to block a Stephen McLaughlin shot following a spell of Shrimpers pressure.

But, in truth, neither side was doing much to raise the tempo as the minutes ticked down with very little in the way of noteworthy incidents.

Southend did win a series of corners towards the end of the contest, but it was proving to be a comfortable evening for Bass between sticks

A long-range volley from Read was not too far off target, but Pompey had already done comfortably enough to ensure their name would be in Thursday evening’s quarter-final draw.

Southend (4-2-3-1): Smith; Bwomono, White, Moore (Hutchinson 60), Hendrie; Hyam, Yearwood (c); Kightly (Dieng 46), Cox (McLaughlin 46), Bunn; Robinson
Subs not used: Bishop, Turner, Mantom, Klass

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Smith, Casey, Burgess, Haunstrup; Evans (c), May; Wheeler, Dennis, Green (Read 46); Lethbridge (Maloney 54)
Goals: Dennis 2, Evans 45+1
Subs not used: Durin, Mnoga, Clarke, Hancott, Lowe

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 1,649 (189 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Dec 082018
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 2    0 Southend United

Pompey stretched their winning run to an incredible eight games after comfortably seeing off Southend at a wet and windy Fratton Park.

Michael Turner gave them a helping hand with an early own-goal, while Jamal Lowe wrapped things up before the break with a header.

There were chances to extend the lead even further, but the Blues could still be pretty content with their afternoon’s work.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that progressed in the FA Cup at Rochdale the previous week.

Tom Naylor had recovered from a minor groin problem and replaced Ben Close in the centre of midfield.

Harry Bunn and Simon Cox both had half-chances for the visitors in the opening stages, but after that Pompey were in almost total control throughout the first half.

The conditions were certainly making life difficult, with strong winds swirling rain around the ground.

It did not seem to affect the Blues that much, though, and after playing a neat one-two with Oli Hawkins, Ronan Curtis saw his shot ricochet off Taylor Moore and into the arms of Mark Oxley.

They did break the deadlock on 11 minutes, although received a helping hand, with TURNER inadvertently turning Curtis’ delivery into his own net.

Matt Clarke perhaps should have doubled the lead after being found in space by Curtis, but nodded over the bar.

Hawkins also went close to scoring when he met Clarke’s lofted pass and guided a header inches past the post.

Instead it was LOWE who gave the hosts a cushion, leaping to connect with yet another Curtis cross and sending the ball into the net off the post.

There were cries for a penalty just before the break when Lowe’s pass struck Luke Hyam on the arm, but referee Lee Collins decided it was not enough to warrant pointing to the spot.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Southend United 0


Pompey continued to look comfortable following the restart, although there was, unsurprisingly, not so much urgency in their attacking play.

Curtis did find space to burst through the centre and his thunderous strike had to be beaten away by Oxley.

The Shrimpers enjoyed a spell of possession as the second half progressed, but the home defence were making sure that Craig MacGillivray was untested.

A second penalty request was then turned down just before the hour mark, with Nathan Thompson getting eased off the ball after collecting a threaded Naylor pass.

It was proving to be pretty tame fare as Pompey continued to just ease their way through the contest.

Even when MacGillivray failed to hold on to a corner, he did enough to get the ball clear enough for it to be hacked to safety.

Southend finally went close to scoring on 70 minutes, but Stephen McLaughlin’s effort was deflected past the post.

Close was brought on for the Blues and almost scored with his first touch, although was unable to divert Lowe’s centre on target.

And Ben Thompson then saw his free-kick parried clear by Oxley, with Clarke unable to convert the loose ball after taking a heavy first touch.

It was still the hosts on top as the seconds ticked down and the final whistle was met by a roar of approval from the stands.

Pompey (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor; Lowe, B.Thompson (Pitman 89), Evans (c) (Close 73), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Turner 11 (og), Lowe 29
Booked: B.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Dennis, Green

Southend (4-2-3-1): Oxley; Moore, White, Turner (Hendrie 46), Bwomono; Mantom (c) (Yearwood 71), Hyam McLaughlin, Dieng, Bunn (Robinson 64); Cox
Booked: Hyam, Moore, White
Subs not used: Bishop, Hutchinson, Kightly, McCoulsky

Referee: Lee Collins

Attendance: 18,062 (726 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 172018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Southend United    3

 


 

Portsmouth    1

 


Pompey suffered a nightmare afternoon in Southend, with injuries and suspensions adding to a 3-1 defeat.

Matt Clarke’s own-goal and a Jason Demetriou strike saw the hosts roar into an early lead at Roots Hall.

Gareth Evans reduced the deficit before the break, only to pick up a knock and have to be withdrawn.

Hopes of a comeback were then dashed in the second half, as Nathan Thompson was sent off before Brett Pitman also limped down the tunnel and Demetriou added a third for the Shrimpers.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were narrowly beaten by Blackburn on home soil earlier in the week.

And it looked to be a good decision as the visitors came flying out of the traps in the warm Essex sunshine.

They should have broken the deadlock when Evans fed Conor Chaplin in the box, but the striker could only fire narrowly past the post.

Instead it was Southend who took the lead against the run of play – and thanks to a large slice of fortune – on six minutes.

Anton Walkes was caught in possession by Shayon Harrison and when Clarke tried to nick the ball from him, he could only succeed in burying the ball into the net.

That saw the confidence levels switch, with Southend unsurprisingly lifted and the Blues looking stunned.

The hosts soon capitalised on that by doubling their advantage, as Demetriou collected a pass from Stephen McLaughlin and lashed the ball home.

They almost added a third goal moments later, but Dru Yearwood’s drive flew inches wide of Luke McGee’s post.

It failed to dampen the spirits of the travelling fans packed into the North Stand, who kept backing their side.

But they were not given much reward, as Pompey struggled to find any kind of fluency going forward.

They managed to reduce the deficit on 36 minutes, however, thanks to good work from Jamal Lowe on the right.

He sent in a teasing cross and Pitman was able to turn it back into the centre, where EVANS was waiting to bundle the ball over the line.

Unfortunately, the winger got injured in the process of scoring and limped off to be replaced by Connor Ronan.

There might have been a leveller in stoppage-time, but Pitman could not quite get on the end of another dangerous delivery from Lowe.

It was Southend who had the final say of the first half, though, and Freddie Lapado should have done better than divert a free header straight at McGee.


Half Time

Southend United 2

Portsmouth 1


Chaplin had a speculative strike that only narrowly missed the target just after the action got back underway.

A Southend break then looked concerning for the Blues, only for McLaughlin to over-hit a pass and the danger to subside.

Lowe was looking lively at the other end of the pitch, but was unable to find the net from an acute angle after leaving his marker on the turf.

It was the visitors now looking the more ambitious side, although they were struggling to test Mark Oxley in the Shrimpers goal.

But Pompey’s task was made much tougher when Thompson caught Ben Coker with a late challenge on 64 minutes and was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Probert.

It almost – and really should have – got worse for them, as Harrison glanced Michael Timlin’s cross wide from a few yards out.

More bad news was just around the corner, though, with Pitman limping off to be replaced by Oli Hawkins.

Southend came close to making their numerical advantage count when McGee failed to claim McLaughlin’s cross.

But the keeper redeemed himself with a superb save using his legs from Simon Cox’s ferocious follow-up.

Lowe was looking the biggest threat for the Blues and after twisting his way into space on the right, the winger’s cross somehow evaded everyone as it flew out of play.

Southend wrapped up the points on 84 minutes, however, as Demetriou collected a pass from Yearwood and rolled the ball home.

Southend (4-4-2): Oxley; Demetriou (Bwomono 90+4), Turner, Ferdinand, Coker (c); McLaughlin, Yearwood, Timlin, Harrison; Cox (Wright 87), Ladapo (Fortune 73)
Goals: Clarke 6 (og), Demetriou 12, 84
Subs not used: Bishop, Kyprianou, McGlashan, Robinson

Pompey (4-4-2): McGee; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Evans (Ronan 38), Close, Thompson, Lowe; Chaplin, Pitman (c) (Hawkins 69)
Goals: Evans 36
Sent off: Thompson
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, Haunstrup, May, Naismith

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 9,397 (1,920 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Nov 182017
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 1    0 Southend United

Brett Pitman increased his impressive tally of Pompey goals by heading the winner against Southend at a packed Fratton Park.

Both sides created decent openings in a stop-start first half and Nile Ranger blazed a controversial penalty high over the bar.

Pitman was not so profligate, however, and his effort ensured the Blues claimed a second successive League One victory.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that dramatically won at Blackpool the previous week.

That meant Oliver Hawkins continued to be used as a makeshift centre-back, with Matt Clarke playing on the left.

Nathan Thompson and former Shrimpers midfielder Stuart O’Keefe both had to be content with a place on the bench after returning from suspension.

With it being Pompey’s closest home match to Armistice Day, Normandy veteran John Jenkins MBE read the Ode of Remembrance before kick-off.

A bugler then played the Last Post before everyone inside Fratton Park observed a minute of silence.

The Blues came flying out of the traps and almost broke the deadlock inside the opening five minutes.

Clarke sent a superb cross into the box from wide on the left, but Pitman could not quite steer the ball on target from close range.

Anton Ferdinand then had to hack clear when a deep Ben Close free-kick was headed into the mixer by Christian Burgess.

The hosts were looking dangerous going forward and John White was forced to head behind at the far post when Jamal Lowe centred.

But Southend settled and enjoyed their own spell of pressure midway through the first half, with Luke McGee diving to keep out a snap-shot from former Pompey trialist Theo Robinson.

Kal Naismith then inadvertently diverted the resulting corner into Ranger’s path, although the striker could only fire wide.

It was a contest that offered flurries of excitement in the middle of long spells when the action lulled.

Kyle Bennett almost bagged a rare headed goal when he managed to rise highest in the box to meet Lowe’s delivery, only for Michael Turner to clear off the line.

Shrimpers keeper Mark Oxley was then forced to get down quickly in order to keep out a fierce drive from Close.

There were more half chances at both ends of the pitch before the game controversially exploded into life just before the break.

First Danny Rose and then Clarke bravely threw themselves into the path of shots to protect McGee’s goal.

But the linesman was waving his flag furiously on the sidelines and told referee Carl Boyeson that a hand had been used by Clarke.

The hosts were furious with the decision and Burgess led the protests – backed, of course, by the Fratton faithful.

But it mattered not, as the wasteful Ranger stepped up to take the penalty and blasted it high over the bar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Southend United 0


Bennett did not emerge from the tunnel at the start of the second half, with Matty Kennedy brought on to replace him.

And it was the newcomer who provided the assist as Pompey broke the deadlock on 54 minutes.

He used his right foot to deliver a pin-point cross from wide on the left and PITMAN rose to expertly guide the ball into the net.

Fratton Park was then united in a minute of applause just before the hour mark to honour Blues fan Gary Martin, who recently passed away at the age of 58.

Pitman’s 12th goal of the season had been the only real moment of action in an otherwise slow start to the second half.

But a quiet spell ended when Cox’s shot was blocked by a well-placed Hawkins, with Gareth Evans getting the ball to safety.

Pompey were still looking a threat at other end, although Kennedy’s shot was not powerful enough to trouble Oxley.

Lowe then played a poor pass behind Pitman after being picked out on the right by Naismith’s threaded pass.

Southend tried their best to find an equaliser as they brought more men forward in the closing stages, but the Blues comfortably held on for victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Close, Rose; Lowe (Thompson 87), Bennett (Kennedy 46), Naismith; Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 54
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, O’Keefe, Chaplin, Main

Southend (4-1-2-1-2): Oxley; White (McGlashan 82), Turner, Ferdinand (c), Timlin; Leonard; Wright, Kightly; Cox; Robinson (Fortune 77), Ranger (McLaughlin 64)
Booked: White
Subs not used: Bishop, Hendrie, Bwomono, Yearwood

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 18,431 (1,422 away fans)

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Aug 042016
 

Noel Hunt

PompeyRama

Free Agent


Pompey have completed the signing of striker Noel Hunt on a one-year deal.


The 33-year-old has already featured for the Blues in pre-season and will wear the number 20 shirt.

Hunt started his career at Shamrock Rovers in his homeland before spells with Scottish sides Dunfermline and Dundee United.

He is perhaps best known for his time with Reading, however, where he scored 39 goals in 162 appearances and won promotion to the Premier League.

Hunt moved on to feature for Leeds and Ipswich, spending last season with Southend before departing in May.

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