Mar 072017
 
League 2
Crawley Town 0 – 2 Portsmouth

 

Blues move up to third

Pompey stormed into the top three with a comfortable victory at Crawley.

After a solid – if unspectacular – first half from the visitors, they took control following the interval.

Christian Burgess headed them into the lead almost immediately after Eoin Doyle had seen his penalty saved.

And Kyle Bennett made sure that the Blues would climb above Luton and Carlisle with a deflected second.

Paul Cook made two changes from the side beaten at home by Crewe at the weekend.

Danny Rose replaced the injured Amine Linganzi in midfield, while Gary Roberts dropped to the bench to make way for Carl Baker.

It was a fairly comfortable first half for the visitors, who controlled proceedings without creating too many clear-cut chances.

There was plenty of probing from Pompey who sent some dangerous balls into the box that Crawley had to deal with.

And they had the first shot on target on 22 minutes, although Danny Rose’s drilled shot forced no more than a regulation save from Glenn Morris.

A dangerous delivery from the left by the lively Bennett was then just out of reach for Baker at the far post.

David Forde was having a quiet evening at the other end of the pitch, although the Blues back-line did have to mop up a couple of Crawley breaks.

Rose then tested Morris once more on 32 minutes, but again the shot did not overly trouble Morris between the sticks.

The best chance arrived soon after, when Baker released Eoin Doyle and Morris had to spread himself to deny the on-loan striker.

Crawley enjoyed their best period just before the break, with Rhys Murphy bending a shot narrowly wide before Enzio Boldewijn’s stoppage-time header was held by Forde.

Half Time: Crawley 0 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The hosts were first to threaten after the restart, with James Collins electing to shoot from a tight angle and unable to keep the ball on target.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 54 minutes – although they certainly could have done it in an easier manner.

Enda Stevens did well to break into the box and draw a late tackle from Red Devils right-back Josh Lelan.

Referee Kevin Johnson pointed to the spot and Eoin Doyle stepped up to take it, but Pompey’s penalty woes continued as Morris guessed the right way to make the save.

The ball was hacked behind, but Kal Naismith swung the corner into the box and BURGESS headed home from close range.

Naismith fancied another, though, and after being unable to catch Morris out from long-range, he surged half the length of the pitch before seeing a shot blocked.

But he was forced back on 64 minutes, filling the left-back role when Stevens limped off injured to be replaced by Noel Hunt.

That did not mean Naismith had to stop providing an attacking threat, however, and one cross from the left was held up by Hunt before Eoin Doyle’s fierce drive was blocked.

Pompey were not content to sit on their slim advantage and their attacking impetus was rewarded on 71 minutes.

Hunt sent the ball through Lelan’s legs, with BENNETT picking it up and launching a shot that was deflected past Morris’ grasp.

Crawley responded with a double substitution and one of the newcomers almost reduced the deficit, with Forde doing well to deny Billy Clifford with his legs.

They had to be more adventurous and Collins rose to meet a corner from the left, with the ball flashing inches wide of the post.

But the fact that Red Devils keeper Morris was awarded the home side’s man-of-the-match award was telling.

And the 2,300 travelling fans were in celebratory mood as the Blues comfortably saw out the closing stages to secure a valuable victory.

Crawley (4-2-3-1): Morris; Lelan, Connolly, McNerney, Young; Smith (c), Payne (Henderson 72); Boldewijn (Bawling 76), Murphy, Cox (Clifford 72); Collins
Booked: Young
Subs not used: Mersin, Blackman, Djalo

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens (Hunt 64); Rose, M.Doyle (c); Baker, Naismith, Bennett (T.Davies 90); E.Doyle
Goals: Burgess 54, Bennett 71
Booked: Hunt, E.Doyle
Subs not used: O’Brien, Aborah, Lowe, Roberts, Chaplin

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 5,350 (2,300 Pompey fans)

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Mar 052017
 

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Mar 042017
 
League 2
Portsmouth 0 – 1 Crewe Alexandra

 

Blues suffer Fratton defeat

Pompey produced a flat performance at Fratton Park as they were beaten by Crewe.

It was the second time in less than a week that they spurned the opportunity to climb into the automatic promotion places.

The hosts controlled possession, but opposition keeper Ben Garratt’s clean sheet rarely looked under threat.

And Crewe made the most of a spell of second half pressure to secure all three points, courtesy of skipper George Ray’s firm header.

Paul Cook made one change from the side that drew with Morecambe earlier in the week.

It came wide on the right, where Carl Baker dropped to the bench to make way for Tuesday’s goalscorer Kal Naismith.

Crewe had a chance to break the deadlock in the opening seconds, with David Forde getting down to save Jordan Bowery’s header.

But it was the Blues who dominated the majority of the first half, without being able to carve out many clear-cut openings.

Their best opportunity came when Enda Stevens whipped in a cross from the left, but it came at Eoin Doyle quickly and he could only glance over from close range.

And the on-loan Irishman was then not quite able to get on the end of a teasing low Naismith delivery.

Gary Roberts also went close with a free-kick from 20 yards that curled narrowly over the crossbar and onto the roof of the net.

There was plenty of probing from Pompey – with Kyle Bennett looking bright – but they struggled to break through a resolute Crewe back-line.

Naismith had a couple of chances late in the half, but on both occasions missed the target after electing to shoot rather than pass.

And the visitors almost grabbed the lead against the run of play before the break when Forde failed to get enough on his punch clear.

The ball was sent back into the box and Ben Nugent’s header was flying towards the net, only for Stevens to clear from the line.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Crewe 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The second half was less than five minutes old when Cook made his first substitution, as Amine Linganzi made way for Conor Chaplin.

Pompey were still looking lethargic, however, as they struggled to impose themselves in the opposition half.

And it was Crewe who had a decent opportunity when Ollie Turton found himself in space on the edge of the box, only to fire over.

Cook’s second switch arrived just past the hour mark, with Baker replacing Bennett as the Blues continued to search for a source of inspiration.

But there was growing frustration both on and off the pitch, as the hosts were labouring away with little reward.

Not that there was much to worry about at the other end pitch, with Callum Cooke finding the side netting in a rare Railwaymen attack.

But that seemed to spark the visitors into life and they twice came close to breaking the deadlock.

First, following a quick break from a Pompey corner, Cooke’s cross hit Stevens and flew inches past the post.

Stevens then came to rescue from the resulting corner, as – for the second time in the game – he cleared from the line, this time to deny Billy Bingham.

It was third time lucky for Alexandra, however, as the ball was sent back into the box, where Ray rose highest to convert a thumping header.

Noel Hunt was thrown on as the hosts committed plenty of men forward in desperate search of an equaliser.

But Crewe held firm at the back, seeing out four minutes of stoppage-time to leave Fratton Park feeling deflated at the final whistle.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Linganzi (Chaplin 50), M.Doyle (c); Naismith, Roberts (Hunt 79), Bennett (Baker 63); E.Doyle
Booked: Evans
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Rose, Lowe

Crewe (4-4-2): Garratt; Turton, Ray (c), Nugent, Bakayogo; Wintle, Jones, Bingham, Cooke (Cooper 80); Kiwomya (Ainley 90+3), Bingham
Goals: Ray 77
Booked: Jones
Subs not used: Richards, Ng, Pickering, Finney, Kirk

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 16,810 (216 away fans)

Feb 282017
 
League 2
Portsmouth 1 – 1 Morecambe

 

Naismith strike not enough for victory

Pompey missed a chance to climb into the automatic promotion places after conceding a late equaliser against Morecambe.

It was the hosts showing all the ambition, although their dominance was receiving no reward as the Shrimps held firm.

But Kal Naismith came off the bench to break the deadlock after the interval and the points looked to have been secured.

Lee Molyneux spoiled the party, however, with a leveller to stop the Blues overhauling defeated Carlisle.

Paul Cook unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat their promotion rivals at the weekend.

And they immediately set about trying to attack their opponents, who were prepared to sit back and soak up the pressure.

The Blues were passing the ball around with style and were only let down by some wayward finishing.

But Morecambe were also indebted to their goalkeeper Barry Roche, who tipped over a Carl Baker shot before using his feet to deny Gary Roberts.

Roberts was dictating play in the middle of the park and played an exquisite pass through to Eoin Doyle, only for Alex Whitmore to come across and make a fine challenge.

There was not too much action at the other end of the pitch, although Christian Burgess headed off the line before referee Stephen Martin finally spotted his assistant flagging for a foul on David Forde.

It was soon the Blues back on the attack and when another fine Roberts pass released Gareth Evans, it took another Roche save to keep the scores level.

Kyle Bennett then sent a couple of long-range efforts narrowly off target, while Eoin Doyle headed over from a Baker cross.

But Morecambe almost forged ahead completely against the run of play on 32 minutes, with Forde doing brilliantly to stop Aaron Wildig from converting Paul Mullin’s cut-back.

Normality resumed for the rest of the half, but despite Pompey’s dominance, they couldn’t find a way through.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Morecambe 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Paul Merson was introduced to the crowd at half-time ahead of his induction into the club’s Hall of Fame.

And Roberts was certainly trying to match the former Blues star in the creativity stakes, with a low cross just about grabbed by Roche before it could reach Eoin Doyle.

But the second half was lacking the excitement of the first and Cook tried to liven things up with a substitution on 56 minutes, replacing Baker with Conor Chaplin.

Bennett and Roberts combined well as the hosts tried to find a breakthrough, although the latter’s ball was not quite right for Eoin Doyle.

Cook’s second switch saw Naismith replace Bennett on the left – and it paid instant dividends.

NAISMITH controlled Michael Doyle’s pass with his first touch and then, with his second, steered the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

The Blues continued to attack and Chaplin sent a snap-shot wide before Roberts saw his effort saved after being teed-up by Naismith.

But the game was drifting towards a conclusion, until Morecambe suddenly found themselves level on 83 minutes when the ball was worked across to Molyneux, who drove home a precise finish.

Pompey tried to hit back and the award of six additional minutes provided some hope that a winner could arrive.

But the Shrimps somehow survived a corner that ricocheted around their box to depart with a share of the spoils.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Linganzi (Rose 79), M.Doyle (c); Baker (Chaplin 56), Roberts, Bennett (Naismith 63); E.Doyle
Goals: Naismith 64
Booked: Roberts
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Lowe, Hunt

Morecambe (4-2-3-1): Roche; Wakefield (McGowan 72), Edwards, Whitmore, Molyneux; Fleming (Murphy 79), Rose (c); Turner (Conlan 55), Wildig, Ellison; Mullin
Goals: Molyneux 83
Booked: Rose
Subs not used: Nizic, Duckworth, Evans, Jordan

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 15,592 (71 away fans)

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