Feb 022021
 


WON (A) League 1
Charlton Athletic 1
Portsmouth 3


Pompey returned to winning ways in style with a deserved victory over promotion rivals Charlton at The Valley.

The game – which was rearranged from the weekend because of a waterlogged pitch – saw the visitors create a hatful of chances.

They led at the break thanks to a superb Michael Jacobs strike, although Jayden Stockley levelled against his former club.

But the Blues were not to be denied and Tom Naylor restored the advantage before Andy Cannon wrapped things up with a fierce finish.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten by Lincoln on home soil the previous week.

Charlie Daniels came in for his full Pompey debut, while there were also starts for James Bolton, Ellis Harrison and Jacobs.

Jack Whatmough started a three-match ban following his red card against the Imps, with Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness dropping to the bench.

The possession stats did not give a true indication of how the first half unfolded, with the hosts seeing more of the ball, but their opponents largely on top.

An early John Marquis effort did not overly trouble Addicks keeper Ben Amos, while it was the Londoners who were first to properly threaten.

A fizzing effort from the edge of the box by Albie Morgan on 10 minutes clipped the top of the crossbar.

But Pompey soon found their feet and looked particularly dangerous on the break, causing plenty of problems.

When Sean Raggett intercepted the ball, Harrison probably took too long to find Marquis, who was unable to keep his effort down.

A Daniels free-kick was blocked by the Charlton wall, while the follow-up from Harrison met the same fate.

Jacobs’ superb pass then found Marquis in the area, but Amos was quickly off his line to deny the striker.

Addicks skipper Darren Pratley was perhaps fortunate not to make a fuller connection with Cannon after lunging in on the midfielder and escaped with a booking.

That failed to stop Pompey’s attacking mindset, though, and Marquis’ shot was deflected wide after Deji Oshilaja’s slip opened up space.

But the deadlock was finally broken on 39 minutes – and it was a fine strike to give the Blues their deserved lead.

Naylor collected the ball from a corner and slipped a pass to JACOBS, who launched a rocket of a shot right into the top corner.

Pompey almost added a second in stoppage-time after the lively Harrison had stolen possession, but this time the attempt from Jacobs was deflected narrowly past the post.


Half Time

Charlton Athletic 0

Portsmouth 1


It was the visitors who had created most of the game’s best moments before the break, but their opponents levelled with the first decent chance of the second half.

A corner was sent into the box by Andrew Shinnie and Stockley rose highest to nod the ball past Craig MacGillivray.

Harrison came close to restoring the lead almost immediately, but Amos stuck out a hand to somehow deny him after Daniels’ free-kick had been nodded on by Marquis.

The goal did come soon after, however, as Harness – who had come on for Williams – whipped in a free-kick that was headed home by NAYLOR.

And it soon got even better, with CANNON stealing the ball from Ben Watson and hammering in a fierce shot that found the net off the inside of the post.

There were worries following a clash of heads between Raggett and Oshilaja, although both were fine to continue after getting bandaged up.

Charlton committed men forward in search of a route back into the contest, only for attempts from Watson and Liam Millar to fail to find the target.

Pompey let their opponents have the ball in the closing stages and there were eight minutes of stoppage-time for the hosts to do something special.

But the Blues – who brought on George Byers and Harvey White as the seconds ticked down – saw the game out to climb up to fourth in the table.

Charlton (4-1-2-1-2): Amos; Matthews, Gunter, Oshilaja, Maatsen; Pratley (c) (Watson 46); Forster-Caskey, Shinnie (Smith 77); Morgan (Millar 46); Schwartz (Aneke 61), Stockley
Goals: Stockley 52
Booked: Oshilaja, Pratley, Maatsen, Watson
Subs not used: Maynard-Brewer, Pearce, Purrington

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Bolton, Raggett, Daniels; Williams (Harness 53), Naylor (c), Cannon, Jacobs (White 90+5); Marquis (Byers 87), Harrison
Goals: Jacobs 39, Naylor 55, Cannon 61
Booked: Harrison, Naylor
Subs not used: Ward, Mnoga, Brown, Curtis

Referee: Lee Swabey

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Jan 292021
 


Lewis Ward

(Loan : Exeter City – Portsmouth)

Pompey has signed goalkeeper Lewis Ward on loan from Exeter for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

The 23-year-old former England youth international will wear the number 22 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.

Ward progressed through the ranks at Reading, but never made a senior appearance for them and gained experience with a host of loan stints, including at Northampton at Forest Green.

He signed for Exeter in the summer of 2019, keeping a clean sheet on his debut in a victory over Macclesfield.

Ward has played 33 times for the Grecians, most recently featuring in their FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.

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Jan 262021
 


LOST (H) League 1
Portsmouth 0
Lincoln City 1


Pompey were left cursing a controversial red card for Jack Whatmough as they were narrowly beaten by Lincoln at Fratton Park.

The defender was sent off for a challenge on Jorge Grant in the first half, despite appearing to win the ball cleanly.

It looked like the Blues would still hold on for a point, but Morgan Rogers came off the bench to grab a late winner for the visitors.

Kenny Jackett – in his 200th game in charge of Pompey – kept faith with the same side that were beaten by Hull at the weekend.

It meant that new signings George Byers and Charlie Daniels had to be content with a place among the substitutes.

The game started at an electric pace and a threaded Grant pass was just too heavy for Anthony Scully to get a vital touch on.

Ronan Curtis tried to get on the end of a teasing Callum Johnson’s delivery at the other end, but TJ Eyoma nodded clear.

Both sides were looking to launch quick attacks, although neither keeper was being particularly troubled by the end product.

That was until Craig MacGillivray had to get down to make a smart stop to deny Anthony Scully midway through the first half.

But the big talking point arrived on 29 minutes when Whatmough made a firm challenge on Grant and yet emerged with the ball.

The defender was miffed that referee Sam Purkiss blew for a foul and his look changed to one of incredulity when a red card was brandished.

Lincoln almost took immediate advantage when the free-kick was lofted forward and Conor McGrandles’ header had to be parried away by MacGillivray.

Skipper Tom Naylor had dropped back alongside Sean Raggett in defence, as Pompey fielded a 4-4-1 system.

It was, unsurprisingly, the visitors who finished the half on top and Pompey were fortunate to see McGrandles’ goal-bound header ricochet off Lee Brown’s leg and loop over.

And Tayo Edun was then inches away from breaking the deadlock just before the break, courtesy of a fizzing effort that rattled the crossbar.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Lincoln City 0


Marcus Harness was the man sacrificed to shore up the back-line after the break, as Rasmus Nicolaisen replaced him.

Purkiss continued to frustrate the home side when Scully clearly tugged down Johnson and, this time, kept his cards in his pocket.

Pompey were being forced back, as their opponents tried to find a breakthrough, but were making sure to get their bodies in between the ball and their goal.

Alex Palmer then dwelled far too long with the ball at his feet at the other end, with a sliding Curtis not quite able to make him pay.

But the keeper did better just past the hour mark to get a hand on Williams’ cross, taking the ball away from the waiting John Marquis and Curtis.

The hosts felt that a Curtis free-kick was blocked by the hand of Eyoma on 67 minutes, but their appeals were ignored by Purkiss.

MacGillivray was being well protected, but had to beat away an effort from McGrandles, with Nicolaisen hooking the loose ball over his own bar.

Marquis had worked hard up front without much reward and was replaced by the fresh legs of Ellis Harrison.

There were then penalty appeals at the other end when Rogers felt he was tripped by Nicolaisen, but again the referee was unmoved.

Williams was given a rest following his tireless display, as Michael Jacobs entered the fray on 76 minutes.

But the Blues’ resolve was finally broken on 79 minutes when McGrandles teed-up Rogers to slot the ball home.

Jackett immediately threw on Daniels and Byers for their debuts and the former almost set-up an equaliser.

He swung in a fine corner that was met by the head of Curtis, although a defender was able to head from the line.

Pompey tried their best to get men forward and find a last gap leveller, but the Imps held on to secure top spot in League One.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown (Daniels 81); Harness (Nicolaisen 46), Naylor (c), Cannon (Byers 81), Curtis; Williams (Jacobs 76); Marquis (Harrison 70)
Sent off: Whatmough
Booked: Harness, Raggett
Subs not used: Turnbull, White

Lincoln (4-1-4-1): Palmer; Eyoma, Jackson, Walsh, Edun (Melbourne 86); Bridcutt (c); Scully (Rogers 70), McGrandles, Grant, Johnson (Anderson 89); Hopper
Goals: Rogers 79
Booked: Edun, Jackson, McGrandles
Subs not used: Long, Montsma, Jones, Howarth

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Jan 232021
 


LOST (H) League 1
Portsmouth 0
Hull City 4


Pompey missed the chance to climb above promotion rivals Hull in the table after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Fratton Park.

Jack Whatmough twice put the ball in his own net, although there was little he could do to prevent the first one.

Sandwiched between was a goal for George Honeyman, while substitute Josh Magennis also found the target in stoppage-time as the Tigers strengthened their position at the League One summit.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that eased to victory over AFC Wimbledon earlier in the week.

Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench to make way for Republic of Ireland international Ronan Curtis, who started wide on the left.

Charlie Daniels – who completed his Pompey switch less an hour before kick-off – was watching from the stands, alongside fellow new arrival George Byers.

Chances were at a premium throughout the opening 45 minutes, with both sides having promising spells that usually faded once they reached the final third.

John Marquis did have the ball in the net after collecting a Curtis pass, but referee Ben Toner had already blown his whistle for a foul on Jacob Greaves.

But Hull broke the deadlock midway through the first half and after benefitting from two own-goals at the KCOM Stadium before Christmas, it seemed only fair that Pompey returned the favour.

A free-kick from Honeyman was whipped into the box, where it was met by the head of Keane Lewis-Potter.

Craig MacGillivray got down to his right to make the save, but the ball bounced against the foot of Whatmough and ricocheted into the net.

The hosts might have hit back when Marquis was the recipient of another Curtis pass, with his effort deflected behind.

Whatmough then had to stretch to meet the resulting corner at the back post and could not guide his header on target.

But there were only half-chances before Toner signalled the interval, as Hull were able to keep the Blues at bay.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Hull City 1


Jackett made a double change at the break, with Ryan Williams and Andy Cannon replaced by Ben Close and Harvey White.

But it was the Tigers who were quickest out of the blocks and Lewis-Potter had three chances to extend their lead in quick succession.

The first was a stabbed effort from a corner that lacked enough power to trouble MacGillivray, while the second flew wide.

It was the third that was the best of the bunch, though, as a free-kick from the edge of the box flashed narrowly off target.

Pompey had looked organised – if a little lacking creatively before the break, but some sloppy play allowed Hull to double their advantage just past the hour mark.

Mallik Wilks was all alone in the centre to meet Lewis-Potter’s cut-back, although Whatmough was able to dispossess the winger.

His second attempt was then blocked on the line by Sean Raggett, but Honeyman nipped in to slot home.

And they soon had another goal, as the unfortunate Whatmough again turned the ball into his own net, this time while trying to deal with Lewie Coyle’s low delivery.

Ellis Harrison immediately replaced Curtis and soon drew a smart stop from the otherwise underworked George Long.

Pompey were trying to at least salvage some pride and a White free-kick fizzed narrowly over the bar after Richie Smallwood had been booked for fouling Close.

They poured forward in the closing stages, but Hull had plenty of men back and were even able to add some icing to the cake in stoppage-time.

A spell of neat passing play ended with Magennis driving home a precise low effort from outside the box.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon (White 46), Curtis (Harrison 64); Williams (Close 46); Marquis
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Jacobs

Hull (4-2-3-1): Long; Coyle, Jones, Greaves, Elder; Smallwood (c), Docherty (Slater 85); Whyte (Crowley 72), Honeyman, Wilks (Magennis 72); Lewis-Potter (Chadwick 85)
Goals: Whatmough 23 (og), 63 (og), Honeyman 61, Magennis 90+1
Booked: Lewis-Potter, Smallwood
Subs not used: Ingram, Emmanuel, Burke

Referee: Ben Toner

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Jan 232021
 


George Byers

(Loan : Swansea City – Portsmouth)

Pompey has signed George Byers on loan from Swansea for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 24-year-old midfielder will wear the number 16 shirt during his time on the south coast.

Byers is a product of Watford’s academy but made a single senior appearance for them before joining Swansea in the summer of 2016.

Initially featuring for their under-21 side in the EFL Trophy, he was handed his first-team debut in a Carabao Cup loss to Crystal Palace in August 2018.

He was a regular for the Welsh side in the Championship last season but missed the play-off games with Brentford through injury.

Byers – who is a former Scotland youth international – has scored eight goals in 65 outings for the Swans.

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