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Pompey were dumped out of the EFL Trophy for the first time in three years after being convincingly beaten at Peterborough.
Goals from Jack Taylor, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Frankie Kent, Siriki Dembele and Ethan Hamilton saw the hosts progress to the quarter-finals.
There was at least a fine stoppage-time consolation for Ellis Harrison to restore some pride at the death.
But while the Blues selected a mixture of fringe players and youngsters, their opponents were almost at full strength.
Kenny Jackett retained just one starter from the narrow FA Cup defeat at Bristol City a couple of days earlier.
Rasmus Nicolaisen kept his place in the side, featuring in a defence that also included Paul Downing and James Bolton in front of debutant keeper Duncan Turnbull.
Teenagers Harry Kavanagh, Harvey Rew and Harry Jewitt-White joined Ben Close and Bryn Morris in midfield, while Harrison partnered Jordy Hiwula up front.
Peterborough, meanwhile, named a much more familiar looking line-up, which included former Blues players Nathan Thompson and Dan Butler.
But the visitors did not look over-awed in the early stages and almost took the lead with just four minutes on the clock.
Close swung a fine free-kick into the box for Harrison to meet at the back post and his header was blocked by Hamilton.
It was their opponents who did break the deadlock on 15 minutes, though, as the defence failed to cut-out Joe Ward’s low delivery and Taylor took advantage to drill into the bottom corner.
Pompey went close to levelling moments later as Bolton nodded on a Close corner and Hiwula’s acrobatic effort was tipped over the bar by Christy Pym.
The keeper was then called into action from the resulting flag-kick, this time keeping out a Jewitt-White header.
Turnbull came to the rescue at the other end, making a point-blank save to deny Siriki Dembele after the forward had stolen possession from Downing.
But he could do nothing to prevent Clarke-Harris doubling Posh’s lead with a fine free-kick after Downing had been penalised for a handball.
And they had a third goal just before the interval, as Ward’s delivery ricocheted off Kent and into the net.
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It did not get any easier for the Blues when the action restarted and Peterborough soon had a fourth goal.
Butler sent a low cross into the area and Dembele was left in acres of space to turn the ball home from close range.
Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Taylor Seymour replacing Turnbull to become the second Pompey keeper to make his debut.
The other switch came in the centre of midfield, where Jewitt-White was replaced by fellow academy player Charlie Bell.
He was unable to take advantage on 69 minutes when a cross from Rew was cleared back into his path.
And although the visitors continued to work extremely hard against their more experienced hosts, they were struggling to create meaningful opportunities.
Harrison did win a free-kick in a dangerous position, although Close’s delivery was commandingly punched clear by Pym.
Alfie Bridgman then became the latest Pompey player to make his debut, with the youth team prospect replacing Rew for the closing stages.
But Posh wrapped things up late on, as a free-kick from Hamilton was drilled underneath the wall and nestled in the bottom corner.
There was still time for an impressive Pompey consolation, though, as HARRISON bent home a fine strike from outside the box.
Peterborough (3-4-1-2): Pym; Kent, Thompson, Beevers (c) (Mason 69); Ward (Kanu 46), Taylor, Hamilton, Butler (Burrows 63); Szmodics; Clarke-Harris (Eisa 57), Dembele (Jones 57)
Goals: Taylor 15, Clarke-Harris 29, Kent 45+1, Dembele 52, Hamilton 87
Subs not used: Gyollai, Brown
Pompey (3-5-2): Turnbull (Seymour 61); Bolton, Downing (c) (Johnson 72), Nicolaisen; Kavanagh, Jewitt-White (Bell 61), Close, Morris, Rew (Bridgman 81); Harrison, Hiwula
Goals: Harrison 90+2
Subs not used: Brook, Stanley, Marquis
Referee: Robert Lewis
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They were level at the break after Callum Johnson’s first goal for the club cancelled out Famara Diedhiou’s opener.
And the Blues looked the more likely side to score a winner as the seconds ticked down, only for a fine Chris Martin strike to settle the tie in favour of the hosts.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that won at Hull to reach the League One summit before Christmas.
Michael Jacobs made his first start for more than two months, with Ronan Curtis left out as a precaution after feeling unwell.
And with Cam Pring being recalled from his Robins loan spell, the fit-again Lee Brown returned at left-back.
The visitors were first to threaten, but Johnson’s cross was just too high for Ryan Williams, allowing Adrian Mariappa to head the ball safely into the arms of Dan Bentley.
Their opponents went closer at the other end, with Craig MacGillivray preventing Martin from finding the net from an acute angle.
And there were half-chances at either end, as both sides looked confident, without managing to find a clinical touch.
That changed on 19 minutes, however, as Diedhiou played a neat one-two with Hakeeb Adelakun before bending home a neat left-footed finish.
The Blues tried to hit back and carved out an opening following some good combination work down the right by Marcus Harness and Johnson.
A cross from the latter was nodded down by Jacobs for Marquis, who spun neatly and saw his shot blocked.
It appeared as though Bristol City would be taking their lead into the interval, only for a leveller to arrive in stoppage-time.
Cannon received a return pass from Harness and surged into the box, cutting the ball back for JOHNSON to arrow home.
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Jackett made a change at the break, with Rasmus Nicolaisen – who was on a yellow card – being replaced by Jack Whatmough.
The Robins were quicker out of the traps, though, and Tommy Rowe fired a warning shot with an effort from the edge of the box that cleared the crossbar.
But Pompey soon threatened themselves and after a fierce Harness strike was blocked by Tomas Kalas, Tom Naylor’s placed follow-up was saved by Bentley.
And a red-shirted defender then got in the way of another attempt from Harness, who had been teed-up by Williams.
It was then the turn of Bristol City to look dangerous, with Antoine Semenyo spinning sharply in the box to meet Rowe’s delivery and hit a shot that was smothered by MacGillivray.
Pompey’s second substitution followed on 65 minutes, as Ellis Harrison came on to lead the line in place of Marquis.
And the newcomer immediately looked lively, scuffing an attempt wide and then playing a part in a neat move that ended with Harness unable to dig out a shot inside the area.
The visitors were starting to cause a lot of problems and a jinking run by Naylor ended with the skipper forcing a save from Bentley.
And the keeper was soon called into action again to deny both Cannon and Jacobs in quick succession.
He was certainly the much busier of the two stoppers, although a Harrison header lacked enough power to cause too much trouble.
But then, out of nothing, Bristol City restored their lead – and there was little MacGillivray could do to prevent a Martin rocket finding the top corner.
Jordy Hiwula was thrown on for the closing stages, as the Blues fought to take the tie into extra-time.
And he had a chance to equalise right at the death, only for that man Bentley to come to the Robins’ rescue once more.
Bristol City (4-4-2): Bentley; Mariappa, Kalas (c), Mawson (Moore 66), Rowe; Semenyo, Nagy (Massengo 77), Bakinson (Vyner 81), Adelakun (Wells 66); Diedhiou, Martin
Goals: Diedhiou 19, Martin 83
Subs not used: O’Leary, Towler, Edwards, Pearson, Bell
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Whatmough 46), Brown; Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness, Williams, Jacobs (Hiwula 87); Marquis (Harrison 65)
Goals: Johnson 45+1
Booked: Nicolaisen, Brown, Naylor
Subs not used: Turnbull, Mnoga, Bolton, Downing, Morris, Close
Referee: Leigh Doughty
Loan : Portsmouth – Southend United
|Reeco Hackett-FairchildReeco Hackett-Fairchild has joined Southend on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The 22-year-old forward spent the first half of the campaign with Bromley in the National League.He netted twice in 12 league and FA Cup appearances, finding the target at Maidenhead and King's Lynn.
Hackett-Fairchild now links up with a Shrimpers side looking to climb off the foot of the fourth tier table.
He joined Pompey 12 months ago and made his debut in an EFL Trophy victory at Walsall the following day.