Transfer : Portsmouth – Swindon Town
Transfer : Portsmouth – Swindon Town
|Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Danny Rose has left the club by mutual consent and signed for Swindon.
The 30-year-old midfielder arrived on the south coast in the summer of 2016 and netted five goals in 64 appearances for the club.
He was a key member of the side that secured the League Two title in his first season at Fratton Park.
There were chances at both ends during an opening 45 minutes that occasionally burst into life amidst quiet spells.
But Hawkins headed home the opener following the restart and Lowe tucked in a second to secure victory for Kenny Jackett’s troops.
A healthy following made the journey up from the south coast and they were vocal in their support for former Fratton hero Matt Taylor, who was skippering the hosts.
Pompey were quickly out of the blocks and there were just 16 seconds on the clock when Ronan Curtis’ long-range effort dipped narrowly over the crossbar.
Chris Robertson soon made a key block after Lowe had latched on to a threaded pass from Conor Chaplin.
A corner then caused the Robins problems and when the ball fell to Lowe on the edge of the box, he dragged his shot wide.
But it was the hosts who almost broke the deadlock on seven minutes when Ellis Iandolo met Kyle Knoyle’s cross, only for Craig MacGillivray to get down to his left and make a fine save.
The intensity of the game slowed after that bright opening, although Pompey were still looking dangerous from corners.
Lee Brown sent some dangerous deliveries into the box, which both Hawkins and Matt Clarke failed to capitalise on.
Chaplin attempted a more ambitious effort midway through the first half, with an acrobatic over-head volley that flew past the post.
It was Swindon who finished the half on top, however, and Steven Alzate curled narrowly wide, while Iandolo was inches away from meeting a cross from the evergreen Taylor.
Swindon Town 0
Pompey made a change at the start of the second half, as Anton Walkes made way for Danny Rose in the centre of midfield.
It was their opponents who first to threaten following the restart, however, as Alzate’s drive was deflected wide.
Then, at the other end, Hawkins rose at the far post to meet a Curtis cross and the ball flew into the side netting.
And when Lowe was fouled on the right, Elijah Adebayo had to nod clear Brown’s free-kick before Clarke could pounce.
But the deadlock was finally broken just before the hour mark, as HAWKINS converted Lowe’s cross with a thumping header.
Swindon tried to get back on level terms, with Tom Naylor – wearing the captain’s armband – and Rose both making brave blocks.
Clarke then had to clear from the line when Dion Conroy juggled the ball and hooked it inventively towards the net.
Swindon were looking the more adventurous side by this point, but it was certainly not all one-way traffic and Hawkins glanced Chaplin’s centre narrowly wide.
The action soon switched back up the other end of the pitch and Adebayo’s hit a fierce strike that fizzed past the upright.
But victory was secured on 72 minutes after a low drive from Curtis was deflected into Chaplin’s path.
He sent the ball across the face of goal and LOWE was there to bundle home and double the Blues’ lead.
Swindon made a triple substitution late on, with former Pompey players James Dunne and Toumani Diagouraga both entering the fray.
They were unable to help the hosts mount a comeback, however, as the closing stages passed by without much incident.
Swindon (4-1-4-1): Vigouroux; Knoyle, Robertson, Conroy (Romanski 66), Taylor (c); Smith (McCourt 81); McGlashan (Edwards 88), Alzate (Diagouraga 81), Iandolo (Dunne 81), Anderson; Adebayo
Subs not used: McCormick, Young, Twine, Pryce, Henry
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c), Walkes (Rose 46); Lowe, Chaplin, Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 58, Lowe 72
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Casey, Haunstrup, May, Evans, Dennis, Smith, Pitman
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Pompey have signed Nathan Thompson from Swindon Town
Defender becomes Jackett's first Pompey signing.
Pompey have signed defender Nathan Thompson on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old will officially become a Blues player on July 1 when his contract with Swindon expires.
Thompson progressed through the ranks at the County Ground and made 187 appearances for the Robins.
He was awarded his first professional contract in 2009, while his senior debut arrived in a victory over Torquay the following year.
Thompson helped Swindon secure the League Two title in 2012 and skippered them to the League One play-off final in 2015.
He can play at right-back or in the centre of defence, while he is also comfortable in a midfield role.
Transfer : Swindon Town – Portsmouth
Blues bring in Swindon striker.
Pompey have signed striker Michael Smith from Swindon on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old spent three months on loan at Fratton Park last season and scored four times in 16 appearances.
He netted winning goals against Carlisle and AFC Wimbledon and was also on target in clashes with Bristol Rovers and Plymouth.
The Darlington youth product – who also spent time on loan at Barnsley last term – joined Swindon from Charlton in 2014.
He scored 26 goals in 72 games during his time with the Robins, helping them reach the League One play-off final in May 2015.
Smith becomes Paul Cook’s fifth summer signing, following the captures of Matt Clarke, Danny Rose, Carl Baker and Drew Talbot
Loan : Swindon Town – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed striker Michael Smith on a 93-day loan deal from Swindon
The 24-year-old will wear the number 21 shirt during his time at Fratton Park and is available for selection at Morecambe on Tuesday.
Smith joined the Robins in the summer of 2014 and has scored 26 goals in 72 appearances, while he spent time at Barnsley earlier in the current campaign.
He previously featured for Darlington and Charlton, and netted against Pompey during a spell on loan at AFC Wimbledon in 2013.