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|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
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
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
Subs not used: Richards, Ng, Pickering, Finney, Kirk
Referee: John Busby
Attendance: 16,810 (216 away fans)
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|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
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
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
Subs not used: Nizic, Duckworth, Evans, Jordan
Referee: Stephen Martin
Attendance: 15,592 (71 away fans)
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