May 112019
 

Match Report

League One Play-Offs

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Sunderland 1 0 Portsmouth

Pompey will have to overcome a first leg deficit if they are to beat Sunderland and reach the League One play-off final.

Former Fratton loanee Chris Maguire came off the bench to net an impressive winner in a match that was otherwise short of a spark.

The Black Cats played the final quarter of the contest with just 10 men after Alim Ozturk was shown a straight red card.

Gareth Evans struck the woodwork from the resulting free-kick, but the Blues were unable to find an equaliser.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Accrington on the final day of the regular campaign.

Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis were rested for that Fratton fixture, but returned to replace Viv Solomon-Otabor and Bryn Morris.

Lee Brown failed a fitness test on an Achilles injury, with Nathan Thompson coming back into the starting line-up as expected and Anton Walkes moving across to the left.

Skipper Brett Pitman was on the bench against Stanley, but missed out with a hamstring problem, so Evans retained the armband.

Pompey were not the only side to be suffering, however, and after picking up an injury in the warm-up, Aiden McGeady was swapped with Lynden Gooch.

There was not an abundance of quality on display once the action got underway, with both teams perhaps shackled by what was at stake.

The visitors enjoyed plenty of early possession, although Jon McLaughlin comfortably dealt with a couple of crosses into his box.

Evans did cut the ball back into the danger zone, where first Lowe and then Ben Close saw efforts blocked.

There was also an opening when Curtis advanced towards goal, although his strike from outside of the box was scuffed wide of the post.

Sunderland were also struggling to find their feet at the other end and a delivery from Gooch was nodded over by Charlie Wyke.

Wyke looked the most likely player to break the deadlock, with Walkes doing well to stop him from meeting Lewis Morgan’s centre.

Max Power soon sent the ball back into the area for the striker and this time he fired over the crossbar.

The Black Cats had one more opening before the break and Gooch finally had an attempt on target, although it was no bother for MacGillivray.


Half Time

Sunderland 0

Portsmouth 0


The entertainment value did not immediately increase once the action restarted, with niggly fouls at both ends interrupting the flow.

Evans did try to thread a precise pass through to the onrushing Lowe, but Tom Flanagan was able to cut the ball out.

And Flanagan was then involved at the other end of the pitch after collecting the ball from a corner, with Naylor flinging himself in the path of the shot.

A clear-cut opportunity was finally created just before the hour mark – and it was the Black Cats who came close to scoring.

Gooch whipped the ball into the box from wide on the left and George Honeyman’s header was brilliantly tipped over by MacGillivray.

And Sunderland were ahead just moments later and it came from a man who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes.

Bryan Oviedo swung in a teasing cross that Matt Clarke headed clear, but the ball fell for Maguire to fire home a fine volley from the edge of the box.

But the hosts were soon reduced to 10 men after Clarke released Evans, who was brought down just outside the area by Ozturk.

Referee Andy Woolmer reached into his pocked and pulled out a red card, leaving the defender to trudge from the pitch.

Jackett immediately made a double substitution, with Oli Hawkins and Curtis making way for Solomon-Otabor and Omar Bogle.

Evans then stepped up to take the free-kick and curled a brilliant effort against the bar, with the ball bouncing clear.

Another opportunity soon came from a corner, as Bogle’s close-range shot was diverted behind by a well-placed Luke O’Nien.

But the Blues were almost undone at the other end after losing possession, with Maguire’s low drive clipping the outside of the post.

Pompey were trying their best to find a leveller and after bundling his way into a shooting position, Bogle could not quite lift the ball over McLaughlin.

There was plenty of endeavour at both ends of the pitch as the seconds ticked down, but it is Sunderland who will head back to the south coast with a narrow advantage.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Flanagan, Oviedo; Cattermole, Power; Gooch (Dunne 70), Honeyman (c), Morgan (Maguire 58); Wyke
Goals: Maguire 62
Sent off: Ozturk
Booked: Honeyman
Subs not used: Ruiter, Matthews, Hume, Leadbitter, Grigg

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Walkes; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Bogle 69); Hawkins (Solomon-Otabor 69)
Subs not used: Bass, May, Cannon, Morris, Dennis

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 26,610 (1,288 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

May 102019
 

Jon Gittens

22 January 1964   –   10 May 2019

Former Portsmouth defender Jon Gittens has passed away, aged 55.

Gittens, who also played for Swindon Town, Torquay United and Exeter City, had a three-year spell as Fareham Town manager (2002-04) before coaching Team Solent and then leading Blackfield & Langley (2007-10) into the Sydenhams Wessex League.

The Birmingham-born defender began his league career with Saints as a 21 year-old in 1985 after being spotted playing for Midlands Combination Paget Rangers.

He joined Saints shortly after competing a menswear tailoring course but moved to Swindon Town after being restricted to 18 appearances.

Gittens was the subject of Saints’ first transfer tribunal in 1987.

Signed by Saints for £10,000, he left for £40,000 after learning his trade alongside the likes of Mark Wright and Kevin Bond.

He made 126 appearances during his four years at Swindon, including victory in the 1990 second division play-off final, only for the Robins to be denied promotion due to financial irregularities.

Chris Nicholl re-signed Gittens for Saints in 1991 but only made another 19 appearances for the club. Gittens moved to Middlesbrough a year later after Ian Branfoot took charge.

He then moved to Pompey, making his 99th and final appearance in a 3-0 FA Cup defeat against Saints in 1996, before returning to Hampshire after ending his playing career in Devon.

May 052019
 

Carry On Jack

1964





Plot

This is the tale of Albert Poop-Decker, a newly commissioned Midshipman (although he took 8 1/2 years to qualify). He joins the frigate Venus, and adventures through Spanish waters, mutinee and Pirates taking his Captain, his sweet-heart and his best-friend with him! With mistaken identities and shipwrecks awash, it's a surprise any of them live to tell the tale!

Summary

Colour again! Not many of the regular cast here but the brilliant Bernard Cribbins is a welcome addition.


IMDb5.9

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May 052019
 

Carry On Cabby

1963





Plot

Speedee Taxis is a great success, which means its workaholic owner Charlie starts neglecting Peggy, his wife. Suddenly a fleet of rival taxis appears from nowhere and start pinching all the fares. The rivals are Glamcabs, and they have a secret weapon. All their drivers are very attractive women! Who's behind Glamcabs? It's open warfare and only one fleet can survive!

Summary

Back to Black & White for this one, not sure how that happened. Probably one the BBC won't show nowadays as it involves a rival female taxi crew whose main selling point is their sex.


IMDb6.4

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