Sep 032017
 

League One

0 – 1


Pompey suffered their first home defeat since March, as Rotherham left Fratton Park with all three points.

Jon Taylor netted the only goal during the first half of a televised contest that improved as it went on.

The Blues were much better after the break, but were unable to convert any of the numerous chances they carved out.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that drew at Wigan the previous week.

He handed debuts to Stuart O’Keefe and Oliver Hawkins, while fellow deadline day signings Damien McCrory and Matty Kennedy had to be content with a place on the bench.

Matt Clarke returned from the groin injury that had kept him sidelined since pre-season and there was also a start for Conor Chaplin.

That saw a switch to a 3-4-1-2 system, with Brandon Haunstrup and Jamal Lowe occupying the wide roles, and skipper Brett Pitman playing behind Chaplin and Hawkins.

The rain was falling heavily when the game got underway and the action on the pitch was doing little to brighten the mood.

It was a fairly lethargic opening to proceedings, with both sides struggling to keep hold of the ball, perhaps hindered by the wet conditions.

The first chance fell for the hosts, though, and Pitman ran at the Rotherham defence, beat his man and fired narrowly over the bar.

But the Millers soon threatened themselves, with Michael Ihiekwe failing to find the target before O’Keefe bravely blocked Lee Frecklington’s effort.

Kieffer Moore than tried his luck from the edge of the box, but could not make a clean connection and the ball bobbled safely into Luke McGee’s arms.

There were not too many clear-cut openings, but the Blues did have opportunites to break the deadlock.

Haunstrup saw a shot deflected past the post after meeting Adam May’s delivery, while Hawkins’ long-range attempt only flew narrowly wide.

Instead it was Rotherham who took the lead on 36 minutes, as Taylor latched onto a ball down the right and lashed home a powerful strike.

Pompey immediately set about trying to find a leveller and Clarke failed to divert Chaplin’s corner on target.

A superb cross Haunstrup cross from wide on the left was then headed over by Lowe, as the hosts went in behind at the break.


Half Time

(0 – 1)


Jackett made a change of personnel and system for the start of the second half, with a return to four at the back.

Jack Whatmough and Chaplin both failed to emerge from the tunnel and were replaced by debutants Nathan Thompson and Kennedy.

And the latter made in instant impression with a cross that Millers keeper Richard O’Donnell could not get to.

The ball landed at the feet of Lowe at the far post and he took a touch before sending in a low drive that was deflected behind.

Pompey fans were baying for a penalty when Hawkins took a boot to the face on 57 minutes, although referee Gavin Ward was not interested.

There was then a lighter moment just past the mark, as Pitman and Kennedy both tried to keep the ball in play and the former ended up taking out the latter!

The hosts were looking much more dangerous than before the break and when a bandaged Hawkins met May’s free-kick, his header had to be cleared from the line by Darren Potter.

Jackett made a final throw of the dice on 70 minutes, with Hawkins given a generous ovation as he made way for Kal Naismith.

But the Scottish forward was getting patched up on the sidelines following a challenge with O’Donnell when the Blues came close to levelling on 79 minutes.

It was a dangerous low ball into the box from a slightly out-of-position Clarke, but a stretching Lowe could not quite make a connection at the far post.

Pompey poured forward in the closing stages, which were played out almost entirely in Rotherham’s half.

And the display of six additional minutes gave the Fratton faithful hope of salvaging something, but the visitors held on for victory.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): McGee; Burgess, Whatmough (Thompson 46), Clarke; Lowe, May, O’Keefe, Haunstrup; Pitman (c); Chaplin (Kennedy 46), Hawkins (Naismith 70)
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, McCrory, Close, Donohue

Rotherham (4-2-3-1): O’Donnell; Cummings, Ihiekwe, Wood, Purrington; Potter, Vaulks; Williams (Forde 54), Frecklington (c) (Towell 90+1), Taylor (Newell 85); Moore
Goals: Taylor 36
Booked: Potter, Purrington, Vaulks
Subs not used: Bilboe, Ajayi, Clarke-Harris, Ball

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 17,118 (436 away fans)


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Sep 022017
 

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Aug 312017
 

Matty Kennedy

Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Matty Kennedy from Cardiff on a season-long loan deal, subject to international clearance.

The Scottish winger becomes the fourth deadline day arrival at Fratton Park, following the captures of Oliver Hawkins, Stuart O’Keefe and Damien McCrory.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Matty’s a very skilful attacking midfielder with the great ability to go past players.

“He also has a good record of assists and will be able to provide for our strikers with quality crosses.

“He played against us in the Carabao Cup and produced an impressive performance, so I’m sure he’ll be a very effective player for us.”

Kennedy began his career with Kilmarnock and had a spell at Everton before signing for Cardiff in February 2015.

He appeared in three games for the Welsh outfit this season – including August’s cup clash – and has represented Scotland up to under-21 level.


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Aug 312017
 

Nicke Kabamba

Loan : Portsmouth – Colchester United



Nicke Kabamba has joined Colchester on loan until January.

The 24-year-old striker has made six appearances since joining Pompey from Hampton & Richmond in January.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “In terms of League football he’s still very young.

“This move gives him the opportunity to play some senior games and continue his route towards the Pompey first team.”


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Aug 312017
 

Damien McCrory

Loan : Burton Albion – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Damien McCrory on loan from Burton until January.

The 27-year-old Irishman is primarily a left-back, but can also be utilised in a more advanced position.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “He’s an experienced player who provides competition for Brandon Haunstrup in that role.

“It’s a specialist position and we’ve been looking to bring someone in since Tareiq Holmes-Dennis’ unfortunate injury on the opening day.

“He’s won promotion from this division before and has also played in the Championship, so we’re delighted to bring him in on loan.”

McCrory started his career at Plymouth and enjoyed a successful stint with Dagenham before joining Burton in 2012.

He has made almost 200 appearances for the Brewers and represented Republic of Ireland at youth level.


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Aug 312017
 

Michael Smith

Released



Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Michael Smith has left the club by mutual consent.

The striker netted 10 goals in his 37 appearances for the Blues after arriving – initially on loan – in February 2016.

Three of those came in League Two last term, with a crucial equaliser at Cheltenham that helped secure the title.

Smith also bagged a hat-trick at Yeovil in a 4-3 group stage defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Michael Smith subsequently signed for Bury


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Aug 312017
 

Stuart O’Keefe

Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed midfielder Stuart O’Keefe from Cardiff on a season-long loan, subject to international clearance.

The 26-year-old has previously helped Crystal Palace win promotion from the Championship and featured for them in the Premier League.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We’re very pleased to bring Stuart in for the rest of the season.

“He brings experience and aggression into our midfield and will complement the young ball-playing guys in that area of the pitch.”

O’Keefe progressed through the ranks at Southend before joining the Eagles and then arriving at Cardiff in 2015.

He has scored twice in 45 appearances for the Welsh club and appeared against Pompey in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.


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Aug 312017
 

Oliver Hawkins

Transfer : Dagenham and Redbridge – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Oliver Hawkins from Dagenham & Redbridge.

The towering 25-year-old striker has arrived for an undisclosed fee and penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We’re really pleased to get Oliver over the line and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He’s someone I’ve watched for a long time and is capable of stepping out of non-league and doing well for us, complementing the players we’ve already got.

“He will obviously add some physicality to our squad. He holds the ball up and is a big threat in the box – in fact he’s useful in both boxes.”

Hawkins started his career with North Greenford United and enjoyed prolific spells with Hillingdon Borough, Northwood and Hemel Hempstead before signing for Dagenham in January 2016.

He netted 18 goals for the Daggers in the National League last season, including hat-tricks against Wrexham and Solihull.


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Aug 312017
 

Carl Baker

Released



Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Carl Baker has left the club by mutual consent.

The 34-year-old midfielder arrived at Fratton Park in June 2016 and netted nine times in 50 appearances during his time on the south coast.

He scored crucial goals against the likes of Carlisle, Cambridge and Mansfield to help the Blues secure the League Two title last season.

Baker also appeared four times this term, featuring in the games against Rochdale, Cardiff, Oxford and Fulham under-21s.

Carl Baker subsequently signed for Atlético de Kolkata (India)


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Aug 312017
 

Tom Davies

Transfer : Portsmouth – Coventry City



Tom Davies has signed for Coventry for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old centre-back will join former Pompey team-mates Michael Doyle and Liam O’Brien at the Ricoh Arena.

He joined the Blues from Accrington last summer and made a total of 16 first team appearances during his time on the south coast.

Davies only featured once this term, however, partnering Jack Whatmough in defence for the Checkatrade Trophy draw with Fulham under-21s.


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Aug 262017
 

League One

1 – 1


Chaplin to the rescue

Conor Chaplin came off the bench to rescue a point for Pompey at promotion favourites Wigan.

It did not look a likely outcome when Ivan Toney fired the hosts ahead early in the contest and they then dominated the rest of the first half.

The Latics hit the woodwork on three occasions, but Chey Dunkley’s red card turned the tide in the Blues’ favour.

And Chaplin’s header ensured that the noisy travelling faithful had plenty to cheer on the long trip home, despite Gareth Evans also being dismissed late on.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Walsall the previous week.

Dion Donohue was handed a debut wide on the left, with Jamal Lowe returning from suspension to lead the line and Kyle Bennett also given a recall.

Kal Naismith dropped to the bench, while there was no place in the squad for Milan Lalkovic or the injured Drew Talbot.

Wigan immediately showed why they are the favourites for League One promotion and it took just eight minutes for them to break the deadlock.

Nick Powell threaded a pass through to Gavin Massey and he slid the ball across the face of goal for Toney to tap home from close range.

That failed to temper the hosts’ attacking intent and the only surprise at half-time was that they failed to extend their advantage.

It was a combination of Luke McGee and the woodwork that came to Pompey’s rescue to limit the damage.

The keeper made a fine save with his feet to deny Toney a second when the striker looked to convert a dangerous Massey delivery.

Reece James then teed-up Powell, whose fierce strike cannoned back off the crossbar on 22 minutes.

The Blues had created little at the other end of the pitch, with an uncharacteristic heavy touch from Brett Pitman denying him a shooting opportunity.

Wigan, by contrast, were looking dangerous with every attack and Christian Burgess did well to block Samy Morsy’s effort after the midfielder had initially given him the slip.

Pompey did provide more of a threat towards the end of the half and when Evans’ met a Donohue free-kick, his downwards header had to be scrambled clear.

A couple of corners also caused the Latics problems, but although Christian Walton flapped at one, they both ultimately came to nothing.

Paul Cook would have enjoyed seeing his new side dominate his old one, although that failed to stop Wigan’s boss berating the fourth official for some perceived poor refereeing decisions.

And he had more reason to moan when Toney, under pressure from Evans, could only turn Massey’s cross against the post.

The hosts looked like they would grab a second before the break, with Lee Evans’ strike heading for the net until a diving McGee managed to palm it behind.


Half Time

(0 – 1)


It had been virtually one-way traffic before the break, but the Blues came close to levelling just 56 seconds after the restart.

Brandon Haunstrup sent the ball into the box from wide on the left, only for Lowe to turn it wide from close range.

Wigan were soon back on the attack, however, and McGee was at his best once more to keep out Michael Jacobs’ fiercely-struck attempt.

The keeper then failed to hold another effort from the same player, but was quickly able to smother the loose ball.

Jackett made a double switch on 53 minutes in an attempt to spark a reversal of fortunes, with Donohue and Danny Rose withdrawn for Naismith and Ben Close.

And a Wigan player was also departing soon after – although there was nobody coming on to replace Dunkley.

The centre-back lashed out at Pitman off the ball and referee Robert Jones had no choice but to brandish a red card.

But it was the Latics who almost scored again on 69 minutes, with the post coming to Pompey’s rescue once more when an effort from substitute Terell Thomas beat McGee’s grasp.

The Blues were trying to make their numerical advantage count, but were finding it difficult to test Walton.

There was an equaliser for the large travelling support to cheer on 76 minutes, however.

Haunstrup swung in a fine cross from wide on the left and CHAPLIN – who had only just been brought on – deftly nodded it home.

It almost got even better for the visitors soon after, but Walton just about got down quick enough to palm clear Adam May’s daisy-cutter.

There were still chances at the other end, though, and Will Grigg should have done better than divert his far-post header straight into McGee’s arms.

But the Blues also had to play out the closing stages with 10 men when Evans’ foul earned him a second booking of the afternoon.

The fourth official’s display of six additional minutes spurred the home side on in their search for a winner.

But Pompey were able to see that out to secure a point and end Wigan’s 100 per cent start to the League One campaign.

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Evans, Morsy (c); Massey (Colclough 83), Powell (Grigg 73), Jacobs; Toney (Thomas 61)
Goals: Toney 8
Sent off: Dunkley
Subs not used: Jones, Perkins, Gilbey, Hunt

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup; May, Rose (Close 53); Bennett (Chaplin 73), Pitman (c), Donohue (Naismith 53); Lowe
Goals: Chaplin 76
Sent off: Gareth Evans (two yellow cards)
Booked: Donohue, Pitman, Whatmough
Subs not used: Bass, Thompson, Davies, Kabamba

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 9,685 (1,966 Pompey fans)

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