Entertainment Weekly Pre-SAG Awards Celebration, Los Angeles
28 January 2017
John Marquis opened the scoring from the penalty spot, while Ronan Curtis added a goal in each half to secure all three points.
It means that next month’s Fratton contest against West Ham’s youngsters will merely decide who claims top spot in Southern Group A.
Kenny Jackett made 10 changes from the side that had beaten Burton in League One at the weekend.
Ryan Williams was the only player to keep his place in the starting line-up, with Rasmus Nicolaisen handed his debut at the heart of a three-man defence.
Alex Bass returned between the sticks, while Ben Close was handed the captain’s armband in Tom Naylor’s absence.
The other men handed a chance to impress were Haji Mnoga, James Bolton, Paul Downing, Cam Pring, Andy Cannon, Curtis and Marquis.
Despite all the alterations, the visitors looked bright from the beginning and created several early opportunities.
Williams dragged a shot narrowly wide from an acute angle, while Nicolaisen could not keep the ball down when he met Pring’s corner.
The former had another chance following a quick Blues break up the pitch, but was this time denied by Shrimpers stopper Mark Oxley.
And Pompey did break the deadlock midway through the first half following a clear foul on Mnoga by Tom Clifford.
Referee Paul Howard pointed straight to the spot and MARQUIS stepped up to calmly send Oxley the wrong way from 12 yards.
Southend had barely threatened, although Timothee Dieng should have done better than send his close-range header straight at Bass.
Matt Rush was then booked for a late challenge on Bass when the two raced to reach a loose ball first.
Oxley came to the rescue once more on 37 minutes, denying Marquis with his legs after Williams had stolen possession and slipped a pass across to the striker.
But he could do nothing to prevent the hosts falling further behind moments later, with a 25-yard CURTIS strike taking a wicked deflection off Richard Taylor to deceive the keeper.
There were more chances before the break, although Mnoga blazed one over the bar, while a rocket from Curtis flew just too high in stoppage-time.
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Pompey began where they had left off following the restart and Curtis hit a dangerous ball across the face of goal.
The visitors were then forced into a change when Lewis Gard went down injured and had to be stretchered from the pitch.
With the Blues coasting, however, the action was undoubtedly less intense and Bass was largely enjoying a watching brief.
There was a dangerous attack launched by Terrell Egbri, only for a perfectly-timed Mnoga challenge to stop him in his path.
Nicolaisen livened things up just past the hour by meeting Cannon’s corner with a firm header, but Oxley made a super stop to deny the Dane a debut goal.
Bass then appeared to tip over a header from Harry Kyprianou, although Howard infuriated the home side by failing to award a corner.
The visitors were still looking more likely to add to the scoring, however, and they duly wrapped things up on 77 minutes.
It was a fine solo effort from CURTIS, who was afforded space to surge forward before depositing a long-range strike into the bottom corner of Oxley’s net.
That was his last piece of meaningful action, as – perhaps with Saturday in mind – he was soon replaced by Callum Johnson.
And the closing stages passed by without much incident, as Pompey’s fine record in the EFL Trophy continued.
Southend (4-4-2): Oxley (c); Hobson, Dieng (K.Coker 46), Taylor, Clifford; Egbri, Gard (O.Coker 52), Phillips, Kyprianou; Acquah (Nathaniel-George 74), Rush
Booked: Rush, Taylor
Sub not used: Seaden
Pompey (3-4-3): Bass; Bolton, Dowing, Nicolaisen; Mnoga, Close (c), Cannon, Pring; Williams (Morris 88), Marquis, Curtis (Johnson 80)
Goals: Marquis 21 (pen), Curtis 40, 77
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Raggett, Jacobs, Harness, Harrison
Referee: Paul Howard
Will agrees to help Charlotte’s band (later called I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On) which includes Bug (Charlie Saxton) and Omar (Tim Jo), eventually expanding it with more like-minded outcasts. The group’s sound starts to come together and their prospects for success look bright. Will starts losing his “loser-status”, but the band gets in the way of completing a project he was going to do with Sa5m. After spending a day with Sa5m, Charlotte teaches Will how to properly kiss a girl, by demonstrating on him that night, which his mother sees. Will takes Sa5m to the overlook and, after an awkward start, successfully kisses her, after which Sa5m shyly asks Will to accompany her to a movie screening, which he agrees to. However, Will stands Sa5m up, breaking the date for a concert with Charlotte. After that, Sa5m starts ignoring Will at school; he visits her house, hoping to apologize. Her mom shows him a video of a younger Sa5m performing “Everything I Own”, leading Sa5m to be outraged and order Will to leave. As an apology, he makes a touching documentary short about her for his Human Studies project and she eventually forgives him.
After Will accidentally ruins Ben’s attempt to reconcile with Charlotte, Ben decides to do a little research on him, in order to ruin his image. He finds out about Will’s father, who was sent to prison years ago when he accidentally killed a child while driving drunk. Ben then starts to call Will “Dewey” (just as other students did at his old school), which stands for “DUI” (“Driving Under the Influence”). Will detests this nickname because it reminds him of his father, whom he is ashamed of. Soon after, Charlotte’s father dies and she decides to quit the band. Her father hated how she acted when she was with her ex-boyfriend, so after he got sick, she decided to change her image and be nicer to “people like Will.” The band members are hurt by this discovery, but they decide to go on nonetheless, with Sa5m taking over as lead singer.
On the night of Bandslam, Charlotte comes backstage to apologize to the band, and after a moment of hesitation, Will accepts her apology. Right before going on stage, however, they discover that Ben’s band (the “Glory Dogs”) have decided to play the song that I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On were planning to perform, forcing them to change their act at the last minute. Will suddenly remembers the video Sa5m’s mother showed him earlier and suggests that they perform “Everything I Own”, since it is the only other song Sa5m knows. To buy some time, Will comes out first onstage, but at first he is embarrassingly silent. The students begin to chant “Dewey! Dewey! Dewey!”. He starts to walk off the stage, but then comes back and decides to chant with them instead. After carrying the chant for a while, he finally changes it to, “Do we wanna ROCK?!”. The band then takes the stage and performs “Everything I Own”.
Although they fail to win the competition, a YouTube video of their performance gains the band popularity at school. David Bowie sees the video and sends an e-mail to Will, explaining that he is starting an indie music label and is interested in having the band as one of their first acts. Will is so excited and overwhelmed that he falls down in the middle of the school hallway (in a similar position as the front cover of Bowie’s Lodger album).
Will and Sa5m, happily together, attend Charlotte’s graduation ceremony.
He struck in the second minute of each half, then wrapped up the three points with a fine turn and finish.
The first of his goals had been cancelled out by Lucas Akins, while Tom Naylor soon found his own net to ensure the Brewers led at the break.
But Harness – facing his former club – quickly levelled and, after Jack Whatmough had given the Blues the lead, finished things off to claim the matchball.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that were beaten on home soil by Wigan the previous weekend.
Ellis Harrison returned to lead the line, while there were also starts for Lee Brown and Ryan Williams.
John Marquis, Cam Pring and Ronan Curtis all dropped to the bench, with the latter looking to make his 100th appearance for the club.
The visitors got off to a blistering start in the wet and windy conditions, taking the lead with just 79 seconds on the clock.
Michael Jacobs showed neat footwork in the box, but was tackled as he shaped to shoot and the ball fell for HARNESS to drill home.
The advantage should probably have been doubled moments later, with Williams racing through on goal and bending his shot the wrong side of the post.
Instead it was the Brewers who got the next goal of the game when Ryan Edwards cut the ball back for Kane Hemmings.
His effort was blocked by Tom Naylor, but the follow-up from Akins was deflected in off the Pompey skipper.
And there was more misfortune for the midfielder when he tried to clear Joe Powell’s cross and inadvertently sliced the ball into his own net to give Burton the lead.
The Blues tried to hit back and Harrison was perhaps a bit too eager, earning a booking for a crunching challenge on Ben Fox.
Jacobs was looking the most dangerous outlet down the left, but the visitors were just missing that final ball.
Williams did combine well with Harness on 35 minutes and the latter’s drive flew narrowly past the post.
Harness then had a great chance to level deep into stoppage-time, when Williams’ cross was parried into his path by Ben Garratt, but he was unable to convert from close range.
Burton Albion 2
The visitors came charging out of the blocks following the restart and Harrison’s header was just about diverted wide by Garratt.
But an equaliser did arrive from the resulting corner, with HARNESS neatly back-heeling the ball home after Harrison had initially got his head to Brown’s delivery.
Harrison tried to restore the lead after receiving a lovely lifted pass from Naylor, but – under pressure from two defenders – could only hook over the bar.
Then, when the striker was brought down 20 yards out, Jacobs curled the free-kick onto the roof of the net.
It seemed only a matter of time before Pompey would score again and when two defenders collided, Harrison drew a smart save from Garratt.
The resulting corner did lead to a goal on the hour mark, though, as Brown’s cross was nodded back into the mixer by Harrison for WHATMOUGH to slot home.
Jackett soon made his first change of the afternoon, with Curtis bringing up his Blues century by replacing Williams.
Pompey were winning plenty of corners and another one ended with Harrison drawing a save from Garratt.
They were looking completely dominant and so it came as no surprise when the fourth arrived on 74 minutes.
Curtis played the ball across to HARNESS, who beat his man with a delightful flick before lifting the ball over Garratt.
He then turned provider to create an opportunity for Curtis, but the Republic of Ireland international saw his effort blocked.
Harrison was given warm applause by the Blues bench as he made his way off and Marquis came on for the final few minutes.
And it was a similar story when Harness made way for Andy Cannon, as the closing stages were negotiated with ease to ensure Pompey broke their duck and leapt up the table.
Burton (4-1-4-1): Garratt; Fox, Brayford (c), O’Toole, Daniel; Quinn (Roles 66); Akins, Edwards, Powell (Lawless 80), Vernam (Vassilev 66); Hemmings
Goals: Akins 14, Naylor 20 (og)
Subs not used: O’Hara, Wallace, Gallacher, Gilligan
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris; Williams (Curtis 62), Harness (Cannon 90), Jacobs; Harrison (Marquis 86)
Goals: Harness 2, 47, 74, Whatmough 60
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Pring, Close
Referee: Tom Nield