|Dakota FanningAmerican actressBorn : 23 February 1994Age : 26||RATED10|
The hosts improved after an insipid opening 45 minutes, but never really found any kind of attacking fluency.
And Rovers took advantage in the closing stages, with James curling a shot into the net to secure all three points.
Kenny Jackett made a couple of changes from the side that beat MK Dons on home soil the previous week.
Ben Close was handed a first league start of the season, with Andy Cannon also returning, as Bryn Morris and Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench.
The visitors started brightly on the sunny south coast and Craig MacGillivray came off his line on a couple of occasions.
One of them resulted in a key save to deny Fejiri Okenabirhie after the striker had raced onto Madger Gomes’ threaded pass.
But the Blues soon settled and enjoyed more possession, without really looking like doing much with it.
In fact, clear-cut chances were proving extremely hard to come by at both ends of the pitch in a largely lethargic contest.
Pompey did go close on 26 minutes, however, when Lee Brown delivered a corner towards Jack Whatmough at the far post.
The centre-back headed the ball down into the ground and Josef Bursik was able to parry it behind for a corner.
Ellis Harrison was working hard as a lone frontman, but was not being given enough support by his fellow attacking players.
There was a scare when Tom Anderson flung himself at James Coppinger’s free-kick and sent the ball into the side netting.
The defender’s momentum took him over the advertising hoardings and into the Fratton End, although thankfully he emerged unscathed.
Pompey did finish the first half with a flourish, though, and sent plenty of dangerous deliveries into the box that Doncaster did well to deal with.
Doncaster Rovers 0
The hosts were quickly out of the blocks following the restart and Bursik flapped nervously at a corner before Cannon fired a shot over the bar.
And they almost broke the deadlock on 53 minutes, with Harrison glancing Callum Johnson’s delivery inches past the post.
A Tom Naylor slip then provided an opening at the other end, with Coppinger finding Okenabirhie, whose shot was deflected wide.
MacGillivray soon had to beat away another effort from the striker before Brown did well with the mopping up.
Jackett made his first change just before the hour mark, with Ronan Curtis making way to be replaced by Jacobs.
And he was soon forced to make another one, as Harrison was hurt in a collision and Maquis was given the call to feature against his former club.
Pompey had looked the more dangerous side since the interval, although Marcus Harness could not force his shot home from a tight angle.
And when the ball sat up nicely for Cannon, he sent a sweet long-range strike fizzing just the wrong side of the post.
But it was Rovers who took the lead on 79 minutes, as James was left in far too much space to collect a pass from Josh Sims and curl home a neat finish.
Ryan Williams quickly came on for Close, as the Blues looked to find a route back into the contest by adding another player to their forward line.
And Bursik did well to deny Marquis an equaliser, adjusting his feet when the ex-Rovers frontman’s shot took a big deflection.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close (Williams 81); Harness, Cannon, Curtis (Jacobs 59); Harrison (Marquis 62)
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Pring, Morris
Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Bursik; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, John; Whiteman (c), Gomes; Taylor (Sims 63), Coppinger (Richards 63), James; Okenabirhie (Smith 90)
Goals: James 79
Booked: James, Wright, Gomes
Subs not used: Jones, Butler, Williams, Lokilo
Referee: Brett Huxtable
After a show, Kumail has a one-night stand with Emily, a white student, and they begin a relationship. Kumail does not tell his family, fearful they will disown him. After five months, Emily finds photos of the women Kumail’s parents have set him up with. When he tells her he does not know if they have a future, she breaks up with him.
Kumail learns that Emily has been hospitalized; she has a serious lung infection and must be immediately placed in an induced coma. He signs the permission form and calls her parents, Beth and Terry. Aware of their daughter’s messy breakup with Kumail, they tell him he is not needed, but Kumail stays and the three become closer as they deal with Emily’s illness. Beth and Terry attend one of Kumail’s stand-up gigs, during which a racist audience member heckles Kumail, causing Beth to defend him.
Surgery is ineffective and the infection spreads to Emily’s kidneys. Beth wants to transfer Emily to a different hospital, but Kumail and Terry disagree. Beth and Terry argue, and Terry stays at Kumail’s apartment. Terry reveals that he cheated on Beth before and regrets it.
Kumail’s parents visit, angry that he is not taking their marriage suggestions seriously. Kumail tells them that he does not want an arranged marriage and reveals his relationship with Emily. His parents disown him. Before an audition for the Montreal Comedy Festival, Kumail learns that the infection has reached Emily’s heart. Distraught, Kumail tearfully recounts his fears about Emily’s condition and fails the audition.
When Kumail mentions that Emily had an ankle injury that was slow to heal, the doctors realize she has adult-onset Still’s disease, a serious but treatable illness. Emily wakes from her coma and, still pained from their breakup, Emily tells Kumail to leave. Nevertheless, Beth invites Kumail to Emily’s homecoming party. Emily refuses to take Kumail back, reminding him that while he may have had a transformative experience during her illness, from her perspective nothing has changed.
Kumail decides to move to New York City with two comedian friends. He tells his family about his plans and refuses to allow them to reject him. Emily discovers a video of Kumail’s disastrous audition in which he spoke about his feelings for her, and goes to find him after his show. Before she can explain, he tells her he is moving. Emily tells him she appreciates everything he did for her while she was in the coma and wishes him well in New York.
As Kumail prepares to depart, his parents visit. His father tells him they are still angry, but gives him a dish of his favorite food and asks him to stay in touch. As Kumail performs in New York, he is heckled by someone in the crowd; he sees that it is Emily.
Tom Naylor headed the hosts into an early lead, only for the men from Milton Keynes to level through Scott Fraser’s spot-kick.
The Blues were awarded a first half penalty of their own, however, and it was converted by Ellis Harrison.
It was a nervy affair after the interval and the Dons dominated possession, but could not find a leveller.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were so impressive in victory at Burton the previous week.
Ronan Curtis – who bagged a brace against Southend in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night – replaced Ryan Williams out wide.
The visitors looked to attack straight from kick-off, but their opponents immediately broke up the other end and Harrison’s ball across goal was just out of reach for Marcus Harness.
And then – for the second league match in succession – the Blues broke the deadlock in the second minute.
Lee Brown whipped in a corner from the right and NAYLOR was left in space to head the ball off the underside of the bar and over the line.
But the Dons were soon given a chance to draw level when Bryn Morris was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Louis Thompson inside the box.
Fraser stepped up to take the spot-kick and stroked the ball straight down the middle, with Craig MacGillivray going low to his right.
Both sides were looking to get forward whenever possible, although were lacking that final killer ball to test the keepers.
And Lee Swabey evened things up midway through the first half, with the referee spotting George Williams’ push on Sean Raggett from a corner.
Lee Nicholls got his fingertips to the penalty from HARRISON, but there was too much power on the shot to keep it from flying into the net.
Dons boss Russell Martin was incensed with the decision and his furious reaction earned a yellow card.
Pompey tried to extend their advantage further, but Michael Jacobs could not quite dig the ball out from under his feet after being found in space by Naylor.
At the other end, Carlton Morris looked to have got past Jack Whatmough, only for the defender to make a fine recovery and dispossess the striker.
Then, in stoppage-time, Sam Nombe hit a fierce long-range effort that MacGillivray had to palm around the post.
MK Dons 1
Jackett made a change of personnel and system after the interval, with Curtis withdrawn so Rasmus Nicolaisen could make his league debut.
That saw Pompey switch to a 3-4-1-2 formation, as Jacobs moved behind the front two of Harness and Harrison.
It was the visitors who started the half brighter, however, and MacGillivray denied Carlton Morris before Naylor was forced to block Fraser’s effort.
The keeper then needed a bandage applied to his head after colliding with team-mate Nicolaisen, with both players requiring treatment.
It did not seem to do MacGillivray much harm, though, as the keeper immediately made a fine save to turn behind Nombe’s angled effort.
Pompey then came close to scoring a third goal on the hour mark, when Harrison cut in from the left side of the area.
The striker was unable to force a fierce shot past Nicholls from an acute angle, though, and David Kasumu was able to hack away the loose ball.
It had turned into a fairly open affair and MacGillivray was called into action to deal with Nombe’s strike from the edge of the box.
A free-kick – which earned Dean Lewington a booking – then led to Raggett finding the net, although the flag had long since been raised for an offside against Whatmough.
And the defender almost scored at the other end soon after, turning Carlton Morris’ dangerous pass inches past his own post.
With the Blues looking to stem the tide, John Marquis was brought on for Harness for the final 10 minutes.
The hosts conceded several free-kicks in dangerous areas as the seconds ticked down and the Dons poured forward in search of an equaliser.
A display of five additional minutes was not what Pompey wanted to see, but they saw the time out to secure a welcome three points.
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Curtis (Nicolaisen 46), Naylor (c), Morris, Jacobs (Williams 87); Harness (Marquis 80), Harrison
Goals: Naylor 2, Harrison 23 (pen)
Subs not used: Bass, Pring, Close, Cannon
MK Dons (3-1-4-2): Nicholls; Williams, Keogh, Lewington (c); Kasumu; Sorinola (Sørensen 86), Thompson (Houghton 70), Fraser, Cargill; Nombe (Jerome 70), Morris
Goals: Fraser 12 (pen)
Booked: Lewington, Jerome
Subs not used: Walker, Davies, Freeman, Bird
Referee: Lee Swabey