Feb 212018
 

On This Day

21 February 2018


Births



1946

Alan Rickman

(Died: 14 Jan 2016)

Aged 69
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television role came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.
1978

Helen Marnie

Age 40
Helen Marnie is a Scottish musician, known as the lead vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron. In 2012, she started a solo career as Marnie and released her debut solo album Crystal World on 11 June 2013. Her second solo album, Strange Words and Weird Wars, was released on 2 June 2017.
1979

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Age 39

  
Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer and director. Hewitt began her career as a child actress and singer, appearing in national television commercials before joining the cast of the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated (1989–1991) as well as performing as a backup singer before recording her debut studio album at the age of 12, Love Songs (1992), which was released exclusively in Japan. Hewitt received her breakthrough role as Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox teen drama Party of Five (1995–1999), and rose to fame as a teen star for her role as Julie James in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its 1998 sequel.
1980

Elize du Toit

Age 38
Elize du Toit is a South African-born British actress best known for playing the role of Izzy Davies in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2000 to 2004, with a brief return in 2007.
1983

Katie McGrath

Age 35
Katie McGrath is an Irish actress. In television, she is best known for portraying Morgana on the BBC One series Merlin (2008–2012), Lucy Westenra on the British-American series Dracula (2013–2014), Sarah Bennett in the first season of the Canadian horror anthology series Slasher (2016) and for her role as Lena Luthor on the American superhero series Supergirl (2016–present). Her film roles include Lady Thelma Furness in the drama film W.E. (2011), Zara Young in the science fiction adventure film Jurassic World (2015) and Elsa in the epic fantasy film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).
1986

Charlotte Church

Age 32
Charlotte Maria Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress, and television presenter. She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States. She hosted a Channel 4 chat show titled The Charlotte Church Show. Church released her first album in five years, titled Back to Scratch, on 17 October 2010.
1987

Tuppence Middleton

Age 31
Tuppence Middleton is an English actress. She was nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards 2010 for Most Promising Newcomer. Since 2015, she portrays Riley Blue in the Netflix webseries Sense8.
1988

Danny Rose

Age 30
Daniel Stephen Rose is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Portsmouth. He also captained the England C team in 2012.
1994

Hayley Orrantia

Age 24

Sarah Hayley Orrantia is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for portraying Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. She was a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country-pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of The X Factor.
1996

Sophie Turner

Age 22

 
Sophie Turner is an English actress. Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–present), which brought her international recognition.


Deaths



2004

Les Gray

(Born: 09 Apr 1946)

Died Aged 57
Thomas Leslie "Les" Gray was an English musician best known for his work with glam rock pop band Mud. Gray was also known for his distinctive vocal impersonation of Elvis Presley.


On This Day   .   Alan Rickman Obituary   .   Jennifer Love Hewitt   .   Sophie Turner

Feb 202018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Fleetwood Town    1

 


 

Portsmouth    2

 


Jamal Lowe and Oli Hawkins were on target as Pompey returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Fleetwood.

They edged a fairly uneventful first half at Highbury Stadium and forged ahead through Lowe’s smart finish.

Hawkins’ close-range effort looked to have wrapped up a comfortable night for the Blues, although a stunning strike from Conor McAleny ensured a nervy finale.

Kenny Jackett made three enforced changes from the side beaten at Southend on Saturday.

Matty Kennedy, Hawkins and Adam May were all recalled, with the injured duo of Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman making way, along with the suspended Nathan Thompson.

Matt Clarke was handed the captain’s armband in Pitman’s absence, while there was a welcome return to the bench for a fit-again Jack Whatmough.

The first half was not one to get the pulses racing, with clear-cut chances at a premium at both ends of the pitch.

There was a shot from Conor Chaplin that took a deflection and looped safely into the arms of Alex Cairns.

Fleetwood then went close at the other end when, following good build-up play from Joe Maguire and Bobby Grant, a drive from Kyle Dempsey flew just past the post.

It was Pompey looking more dangerous, though, and Cairns had to get down to his right to keep out an effort from the impressive May.

And they broke the deadlock on 24 minutes after Ben Close’s strike from the edge of the box had been blocked.

LOWE was on to the loose ball in a flash and showed great composure to curl it past Cairns’ grasp and into the net.

Kennedy then bent a free-kick over the wall after Chaplin had been fouled, but Cairns was equal to this attempt.

The goal had given the Blues a spike in confidence and Dion Donohue’s dangerous low delivery had to be intercepted by Cian Bolger before Chaplin could convert it.


Half Time

Fleetwood Town 0

Portsmouth 1


The visitors made a bright start to the second half and Bolger cut out Donohue’s cross with Hawkins ready to pounce.

Then, from the resulting corner, the ball almost flew into the net off a Fleetwood player before it was scrambled clear.

But the Cod Army soon had a chance up the other end, as Ashley Hunter’s daisy-cutter flew inches past the post.

It was the Blues looking more likely to add to the scoring and Chaplin had a couple of efforts blocked, while a third chance flashed wide.

Hawkins then did well to juggle the ball and get a shot away that narrowly cleared the crossbar in front of the noisy travelling support.

Fleetwood substitute Wes Burns was off target from an acute angle on 65 minutes, while Close also saw an effort fly wide.

It looked like the visitors’ lead was to be doubled soon after when May hit a sweet curling effort from 30 yards.

The ball flew towards goal and clipped the inside of the post, but instead of nestling in the net it bounced back out.

But Pompey did have a second goal on 75 minutes, when Chaplin fed a pass through to Lowe down the right.

The winger’s low cross could only be parried away by Cairns and HAWKINS was there to convert the loose ball from close range.

Fleetwood almost pulled one back immediately, as Hunter rose in the box to meet Burns’ cross and glance a header narrowly wide.

Jackett decided the time was right to bring on some fresh legs, with Chaplin withdrawn for Connor Ronan.

And the Cod Army then saw their spirits raised, courtesy of a thunderous shot from McAleny that flew past Luke McGee and into the top corner.

Hawkins soon had a fierce effort of his own, although the Blues player was not quite able to beat Cairns.

Fleetwood poured forward in search of a late leveller, but the visitors held on to secure a welcome three-point haul.

Fleetwood (3-5-2): Cairns; Eastham, Pond (c), Bolger; Coyle (Burns 61), Dempsey, Biggins (McAleny 69), Grant, Maguire; Hunter (Sowerby 82), Madden
Goals: McAleny 81
Booked: Hunter, McAleny
Subs not used: Neal, Oliver, Jones, Schwabl

Pompey (4-4-2): McGee; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke (c), Donohue; Lowe, May, Close, Kennedy; Chaplin (Ronan 78), Hawkins
Goals: Lowe 24, Hawkins 75
Subs not used: Bass, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Deslandes, Widdrington, Smith

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 2,561 (470 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Feb 202018
 

On This Day

20 February 2018


Births



1950

Peter Marinello

Age 68
Peter Marinello is a former Scottish football player.

Marinello played 110 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1973 – 1975
1953

Dave Kemp

Age 65
David Michael Kemp is an English former professional footballer and manager.

Kemp played 74 times for Portsmouth scoring 38 goals between 1976 – 1978
1954

Anthony Head

Age 64
Anthony Stewart Head is an English actor and musician. He rose to fame in the UK following his role in the Gold Blend couple television advertisements for Nescafé Gold Blend, and is known for his roles as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Uther Pendragon in Merlin, the Prime Minister in Little Britain, and as Herc Shipwright in BBC Radio 4's Cabin Pressure.
1964

Rodney Rowland

Age 54
Rodney G. Rowland is an American actor. He is credited as Rod Rowland in more recent productions, given his predilection to being called Rod. Rowland's most noted appearances to date were as 1st Lieutenant Cooper Hawkes in 1995's Space: Above and Beyond and P. Wiley in The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
1978

Lauren Ambrose

Age 40
Lauren Ambrose (born Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso) is an American actress and singer. Ambrose is most known for her television roles as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under (2001–2005), for which she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and as Jilly Kitzinger in Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011). Her film credits include Can't Hardly Wait (1998), Psycho Beach Party (2000) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009). She is the lead singer of the ragtime band Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class.


On This Day

Feb 192018
 

On This Day

19 February 2018


Births



1915

Dick Emery

(Died: 02 Jan 1983)

Aged 67
Richard Gilbert Emery was an English comedian and actor. Beginning on radio in the 1950s, an eponymous television series ran from 1963 to 1981.
1972

Lisa Faulkner

Age 46
Lisa Tamsin Faulkner is an English actress and celebrity chef. She played the role of Fi Browning in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 2017.
1981

Nicky Shorey

Age 37
Nicholas Robert Shorey is an English former professional footballer who played as a left back or a defensive midfielder. He is a coach at League Two club Stevenage.

Shorey played 44 times for Portsmouth between 2014 – 2015
1985

Arielle Kebbel

Age 33
Arielle Caroline Kebbel is an American model and actress. She is known for her television roles on The Vampire DiariesLife Unexpected90210Gilmore GirlsUnREAL, and Ballers. As of 2015, she has been featured in three Hallmark Channel movies.
1986

Ophelia Lovibond

Age 32
Ophelia Lucy Lovibond is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Kitty Winter in the American television series Elementary, as Izzy Gould in the BBC's W1A, and as Lady Alex Lindo-Parker in Sky 1's Hooten & the Lady.
1993

Victoria Justice

Age 25

    
Victoria Dawn Justice is an American actress and singer. In 2003, she began an acting career, appearing in films, television shows and commercials. She rose to fame on Nickelodeon, starring as Lola Martinez in the television series, Zoey 101 (2005–2008), and Tori Vega in the sitcom, Victorious (2010–2013). She starred in the films The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010), Fun Size (2012), The First Time (2012) and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2015).


On This Day   .   Victoria Justice

Feb 182018
 

On This Day

18 February 2018


Births



1943

Graeme Garden

Age 75
David Graeme Garden OBE  is a British comedian, actor, author, artist and television presenter, best known as a member of The Goodies and for being a cast member on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.
1984

Genelle Williams

Age 34
Genelle Williams is a Canadian actress, who is best known for her roles as Kim Carlisle in Radio Free Roscoe, as DJ in The Latest Buzz, and as the innkeeper Leena in Warehouse 13.
1992

Kal Naismith

Age 26
Kal Naismith is a Scottish footballer. A Rangers youth graduate, Naismith made his breakthrough into the first team in the 2012–13 season, after loan spells at Cowdenbeath and Partick Thistle. He has represented Scotland at under-16 and under-17 level. He plays either as an out and out striker, as a winger or in an attacking midfield position.

Naismith played 95 times for Portsmouth scoring 21 goals between 2015 – 2018


Deaths



1993

Jacqueline Hill

(Born: 17 Dec 1929)

Died Aged 63
Grace Jacqueline Hill was a British actress known for her role as Barbara Wright in the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who. As the history teacher of Susan Foreman, the Doctor's granddaughter, Barbara was the first Doctor Who companion to appear on-screen in 1963, with Hill speaking the series' first words. She played the role for nearly two years, leaving the series in 1965 at the same time as fellow actor William Russell (who played the companion Ian Chesterton).


On This Day

Feb 172018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Southend United    3

 


 

Portsmouth    1

 


Pompey suffered a nightmare afternoon in Southend, with injuries and suspensions adding to a 3-1 defeat.

Matt Clarke’s own-goal and a Jason Demetriou strike saw the hosts roar into an early lead at Roots Hall.

Gareth Evans reduced the deficit before the break, only to pick up a knock and have to be withdrawn.

Hopes of a comeback were then dashed in the second half, as Nathan Thompson was sent off before Brett Pitman also limped down the tunnel and Demetriou added a third for the Shrimpers.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were narrowly beaten by Blackburn on home soil earlier in the week.

And it looked to be a good decision as the visitors came flying out of the traps in the warm Essex sunshine.

They should have broken the deadlock when Evans fed Conor Chaplin in the box, but the striker could only fire narrowly past the post.

Instead it was Southend who took the lead against the run of play – and thanks to a large slice of fortune – on six minutes.

Anton Walkes was caught in possession by Shayon Harrison and when Clarke tried to nick the ball from him, he could only succeed in burying the ball into the net.

That saw the confidence levels switch, with Southend unsurprisingly lifted and the Blues looking stunned.

The hosts soon capitalised on that by doubling their advantage, as Demetriou collected a pass from Stephen McLaughlin and lashed the ball home.

They almost added a third goal moments later, but Dru Yearwood’s drive flew inches wide of Luke McGee’s post.

It failed to dampen the spirits of the travelling fans packed into the North Stand, who kept backing their side.

But they were not given much reward, as Pompey struggled to find any kind of fluency going forward.

They managed to reduce the deficit on 36 minutes, however, thanks to good work from Jamal Lowe on the right.

He sent in a teasing cross and Pitman was able to turn it back into the centre, where EVANS was waiting to bundle the ball over the line.

Unfortunately, the winger got injured in the process of scoring and limped off to be replaced by Connor Ronan.

There might have been a leveller in stoppage-time, but Pitman could not quite get on the end of another dangerous delivery from Lowe.

It was Southend who had the final say of the first half, though, and Freddie Lapado should have done better than divert a free header straight at McGee.


Half Time

Southend United 2

Portsmouth 1


Chaplin had a speculative strike that only narrowly missed the target just after the action got back underway.

A Southend break then looked concerning for the Blues, only for McLaughlin to over-hit a pass and the danger to subside.

Lowe was looking lively at the other end of the pitch, but was unable to find the net from an acute angle after leaving his marker on the turf.

It was the visitors now looking the more ambitious side, although they were struggling to test Mark Oxley in the Shrimpers goal.

But Pompey’s task was made much tougher when Thompson caught Ben Coker with a late challenge on 64 minutes and was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Probert.

It almost – and really should have – got worse for them, as Harrison glanced Michael Timlin’s cross wide from a few yards out.

More bad news was just around the corner, though, with Pitman limping off to be replaced by Oli Hawkins.

Southend came close to making their numerical advantage count when McGee failed to claim McLaughlin’s cross.

But the keeper redeemed himself with a superb save using his legs from Simon Cox’s ferocious follow-up.

Lowe was looking the biggest threat for the Blues and after twisting his way into space on the right, the winger’s cross somehow evaded everyone as it flew out of play.

Southend wrapped up the points on 84 minutes, however, as Demetriou collected a pass from Yearwood and rolled the ball home.

Southend (4-4-2): Oxley; Demetriou (Bwomono 90+4), Turner, Ferdinand, Coker (c); McLaughlin, Yearwood, Timlin, Harrison; Cox (Wright 87), Ladapo (Fortune 73)
Goals: Clarke 6 (og), Demetriou 12, 84
Subs not used: Bishop, Kyprianou, McGlashan, Robinson

Pompey (4-4-2): McGee; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Evans (Ronan 38), Close, Thompson, Lowe; Chaplin, Pitman (c) (Hawkins 69)
Goals: Evans 36
Sent off: Thompson
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, Haunstrup, May, Naismith

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 9,397 (1,920 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Feb 172018
 

On This Day

17 February 2018


Births



1996

Sasha Pieterse

Age 22
Sasha Pieterse is a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Upon the success of the series, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming. In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F.. She also starred in the Netflix Original film Coin Heist, which premiered in 2017. Pieterse also starred in the Lionsgate film ‘The Honor List’, which was released in 2018.


Deaths



2013

Richard Briers

(Born: 14 Jan 1934)

Died Aged 79
Richard David Briers CBE was an English actor. His fifty-year career encompassed television, stage, film and radio. Briers first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines (1961–66), but it was a decade later, when he narrated Roobarb and Noah and Nelly in… SkylArk (1974–76) and when he played Tom Good in the BBCsitcom The Good Life (1975–78), that he became a household name. Later, he starred as Martin in Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–89), and he had a leading role as Hector in Monarch of the Glen (2000–05). From the late 1980s, with Kenneth Branagh as director, he performed Shakespearean roles in Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), and As You Like It (2006).


On This Day

Feb 162018
 

On This Day

16 February 2018


Births



1957

Levar Burton

Age 61
Levardis Robert Martyn "LeVarBurton Jr. is an American actor, presenter, director and author. He is best known for his roles as the host of the long-running PBS children's series Reading Rainbow, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots. He has also directed a number of television episodes for various iterations of Star Trek, among other programs.
1957

Malcolm Shotton

Age 61
Malcolm Shotton is an English former professional footballer and manager. He played for Atherstone United and Nuneaton Borough in non-league football before signing for Oxford United in 1980. His finest moment as captain was lifting the Milk Cup at Wembley Stadium in April 1986. At the end of the following season he was transferred to Portsmouth. He later played for Huddersfield TownBarnsleyHull City and Ayr United and, after his playing career ended, served as assistant manager at Barnsley.

Shotton played 12 times for Portsmouth in 1987
1958

David Crown

Age 60
David Ian Crown is an English retired professional football forward who played in the Football League, most notably for Cambridge United and Southend United. He also played for ReadingGillinghamBrentfordPortsmouth and Exeter City. He later player-managed Purfleet in non-league football and after retiring, was assistant manager at former club Southend United.

Crown played 31 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1981 – 1982
1964

Christopher Eccleston

Age 54
Christopher Eccleston is an English actor. He portrayed the Ninth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who and Matt Jamison in the American drama series The Leftovers on HBO. He has also appeared on stage and in films such as Let Him Have ItShallow GraveJudeElizabethGone in 60 SecondsThe Others28 Days LaterThe Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, and Thor: The Dark World.
1989

Elizabeth Olsen

Age 29

   
Elizabeth Chase Olsen is an American actress. Her breakthrough came in 2011 when she starred in the independent thriller drama Martha Marcy May Marlene. She subsequently starred in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Oldboy(2013), Godzilla (2014), I Saw the Light (2015), Ingrid Goes West (2017), and Wind River (2017). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe she plays the role of Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, with her first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) in the end credit scene, then a lead in Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
1997

Conor Chaplin

Age 21
Conor Mark Chaplin is an English professional footballer who plays for Portsmouth of the EFL League One as a striker
2001

Chloe East

Age 17

  
Chloe East is an American actress and dancer. She stars in the 2017 ABC television series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.


On This Day   .   Elizabeth Olsen   .   Chloe East

Feb 152018
 

On This Day

15 February 2018


Births



1953

Ernie Howe

Age 65
Ernie Howe is an English football manager and former player who is currently no longer managing a team after he mutually parted company with Sutton United on 30 March 2008, having failed to pull them out of the Conference South relegation zone. He was Basingstoke Town's manager for 13 years until 2006, winning the Hampshire Senior Cup and promotion during his tenure.

Howe played 41 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 1982 – 1983
1971

Renee O'Connor

Age 47
Evelyn Renée O'Connor is an American actress, producer, and director known for the role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
1992

Greer Grammer

Age 26
Kandace Greer Grammer is an American actress and former beauty queen. She is best known for her role as Lissa Miller in the hit MTV series Awkward.


Deaths



2002

Kevin Smith

(Born: 16 Mar 1963)

Died Aged 38
Kevin Tod Smith was a New Zealand actor and musician, best known for starring as the Greek god of war, Ares, in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and in its two spin-offs – Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules.


On This Day

Feb 142018
 

Up Pompeii

1971

  



PLOT SUMMARY

Roman slave Lurkio inadvertently becomes the possessor of a scroll naming the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero. Administering to the participants of his master's orgy guests seems small compared to the trouble the scroll brings – but all are in for a nasty shock when Mount Vesuvius decides to erupt.


REVIEW

A good throwback to the comedies of the 70s when you could have scantily clad ladies, gay jokes and even a blacked up man without a load of liberals getting their knickers in a twist. Featuring a supremely hot Madeline Smith and the wonderful Frankie Howerd




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IMDb

Feb 142018
 

On This Day

14 February 2018


Births



1963

Enrico Colantoni

Age 55
Enrico Colantoni is a Canadian actor, best known for portraying Elliot DiMauro in the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, Keith Mars on the television series Veronica Mars, and Sergeant Greg Parker on the television series Flashpoint. He has also had supporting roles in such films as The Wrong GuyGalaxy QuestA.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Contagion, and guest appearances on MonkNumb3rsParty DownStargate SG-1and Bones. More recently, he starred as Allen Conner in Remedy, and played crime boss Carl Elias in a recurring role on Person of Interest. He played Laura Hollis' father in season three of the online web series Carmilla.
1970

Simon Pegg

Age 48
Simon John Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He co-wrote and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He and Nick Frost wrote and starred in the sci-fi film Paul (2011). Pegg portrayed Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible film series (2006–present) and Montgomery Scott in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016), co-writing the latter.
1983

Julia Ling

Age 35
Julia Ling, (born Xiao Wei Lin) is an American actress. Her television work includes recurring roles on NBC series such as ERStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and as a series regular on Chuck.
1984

Stephanie Leonidas

Age 34

Stephanie Leonidas is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Helena in the fantasy film MirrorMask and as Irisa on the American science fiction television series, Defiance.
1997

Madison Iseman

Age 21

Madison Iseman is an American actress. She is known for her role on the CMT comedy television series Still the King, where she played the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus' character.


On This Day   .   Stephanie Leonidas

Feb 132018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Portsmouth    1

 


 

Blackburn Rovers    2

 


Pompey conceded a late goal as high-flying Blackburn left a chilly Fratton Park with all three points.

It looked like Conor Chaplin would be the hero for a second game in succession when he headed the Blues level early in the second half.

Adam Armstrong had earlier scored for Rovers and the same player struck again to deflate a large home crowd.

Lewis Travis saw red for the visitors in stoppage-time, but they held on to boost their automatic promotion hopes.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that dramatically beat MK Dons at the weekend.

Chaplin was rewarded for his stoppage-time winner with a start, along with Jamal Lowe and – returning from suspension – Christian Burgess.

Matty Kennedy, Connor Ronan and Oli Hawkins were the men to make way, with the trio dropping to the bench.

There was an early warning for the hosts when Ben Close lost possession to Jack Payne. He found Bradley Dack, only for Luke McGee to come to the rescue with a smart stop.

Pompey tried to make an impact at the other end and Dion Donohue’s volley was kept out by David Raya, while the keeper then prevented Chaplin’s cross from reaching an unmarked Brett Pitman.

It was the visitors looking more dangerous, though, and when Charlie Mulgrew whipped a free-kick into the box, Paul Downing glanced just wide.

And the deadlock was broken on 21 minutes, as Mulgrew flicked on Richie Smallwood’s cross and Armstrong turned the ball home.

The Blues picked up the pace in the search for an equaliser, with Chaplin and Close both seeing efforts blocked in quick succession.

Ryan Nyambe then made a vital header when Nathan Thompson tried to float a pass to Close in the Rovers box.

Pitman had the hosts’ best chance on 32 minutes, as he wriggled into a shooting position, with Raya getting down to save his angled drive.

Pompey kept plugging away, but Gareth Evans ballooned over when Donohue picked him out in the area.

Pitman also lacked his usual composure by firing wide, while Lowe was then off target with a diving header.

But the Blues finished the half strongly and Raya got down to save when Evans met another dangerous Donohue delivery with a deft flick.

Anton Walkes also had a decent effort in stoppage-time and there were gasps as the ball curled agonisingly past the post.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Blackburn Rovers 1


The hosts had improved as the first half progressed and found themselves level within five minutes of the restart.

Donohue sent a cross in from the left and Walkes did well to hook it back into the centre, where CHAPLIN was waiting to head home from close range.

They might have had another soon after when Raya came tearing from his box, but failed to collect the ball.

Pitman did gather it and steadied himself on the left side of the area, although he was unable to curl his shot on target.

Raya had collided with team-mate Nyambe in that incident and the defender received warm applause as he was stretched off towards a waiting ambulance.

McGee denied Dack at the other end, but the action had started to lull following a breathless start to the second half.

But Pompey injected life back into proceedings when Donohue’s cross was not properly dealt with and Close’s follow-up was deflected narrowly wide.

There was a sense of urgency at both ends of the pitch as the clock ticked down into the final 15 minutes.

Close did well to get down the right and centre the ball, with it being headed behind before Lowe could take advantage on the back post.

A seemingly innocuous cross from Armstrong then crept narrowly wide, as did Mulgrew’s deep free-kick moments later.

Chaplin was cheered off the pitch when Jackett decided to replace him with Hawkins for the final few minutes.

But the mood soon soured, as Rovers restored their advantage. Darragh Lenihan’s cross ricocheted off Matt Clarke and fell kindly for Armstrong to lash in his second of the night.

Hopes were raised by the display of seven additional minutes, while Travis’ red card for a late challenge on Thompson provided more cause for optimism.

Pompey threw men forward in a desperate search for another equaliser, but Blackburn held on to secure the spoils.

Pompey (4-4-2): McGee; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Evans, Thompson, Close, Lowe (Kennedy 90+2); Chaplin (Hawkins 85), Pitman (c)
Goals: Chaplin 50
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, May, Ronan, Naismith

Blackburn (4-2-3-1): Raya; Nyambe (Lenihan 56), Downing, Mulgrew (c), Williams; Bennett, Smallwood; Payne (Travis 56), Dack, Armstrong; Samuel (Graham 82)
Goals: Armstrong 21, 87
Sent off: Travis
Booked: Dack
Subs not used: Leutwiler, Bell, Evans, Conway

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 18,152 (884 away fans)


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