Aug 202016
 
League 2
Portsmouth 2 – 0 Colchester United

 

Roberts brace secures victory

Pompey collected their first victory of the season thanks to a late Gary Roberts brace against Colchester.

The visitors did not offer much in attack, but looked like they might be leaving the south coast with a point after frustrating the Blues.

Roberts won and scored a penalty to relieve the tension, however, and then grabbed a second moments later to secure all three points.

Paul Cook made one change from the side that were beaten at Morecambe earlier in the week.

That came up front, where Michael Smith missed out completely and was replaced by Curtis Main.

The blustery conditions made things difficult for both sides early on, with several passes going astray.

But it was the Blues who settled the quickest and carved out the majority of the chances before the break.

The first of those arrived after six minutes when Roberts swung in a cross that Main flicked narrowly past the post.

Kyle Bennett then played a neat one-two with Roberts down the left, only to see his low delivery cleared by Doug Loft.

Pompey were dominating possession without really troubling United keeper Sam Walker and Carl Baker headed wide after being found in the box.

The hosts were winning plenty of corners, however, and one from Bennett caused a scramble in the box before eventually being hacked clear.

Despite being penned back in their own half, Colchester looked dangerous on the break, although David Forde was not exactly being overworked.

It was the Blues still doing most of the attacking, however, and they started to put more pressure on the opposition back-line as the break drew closer.

Their best chance came on 40 minutes and it was Roberts who once again started the move.

He cut the ball back for Main, but Walker made a fine save to keep out the striker’s shot and then used his feet to stop Danny Rose from converting the loose ball.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Colchester 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Pompey started the second half on the front foot and, with Main waiting to pounce, Walker had to quickly recover after fumbling Baker’s shot.

The keeper looked more assured moments later, however, when he gathered a Roberts cross-shot at his near post.

But the chances began to dry up and Cook attempted to inject some fresh impetus into proceedings with a double switch.

The crowd had been calling for Conor Chaplin and he was brought on alongside Noel Hunt, with Bennett and Main making way.

Walker immediately came for – and missed – a Roberts corner, but got away with it as there was no-one at the far post to capitalise.

Forde might have been a virtual spectator, but he had not let his concentration slip and made a key save on 70 minutes to deny Craig Slater.

Chaplin did well soon after, beating his man and chipping the ball up to the far post, where it was just out of reach for a stretching Baker.

But the Blues did finally break the deadlock on 80 minutes, thanks to a penalty that was won and converted by ROBERTS.

He was clearly tripped inside the box by Drey Wright before stepping up and sliding the ball straight down the middle.

And the Fratton faithful were soon celebrating a second goal when ROBERTS raced onto a fine pass from Chaplin.

He just about beat the onrushing Walker to the ball, which looped up and landed in the net to double the Blues’ advantage.

Colchester tried to find a route back into the game, but Forde made a decent double save to deny Chris Porter and Doug Loft late on and preserve the clean sheet.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Burgess, Barton, Stevens; Rose (Linganzi 86), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Bennett (Hunt 62); Main (Chaplin 62)
Goals: Roberts 80 (pen), 84
Booked: Doyle
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Evans, Lalkovic

Colchester (4-2-3-1): Walker; Brindley, Eastman, Prosser (c), Kinsella; Lapslie, Loft; Guthrie (Wright 59), Slater (Bonne 82), Dickenson; Johnstone (Porter 71)
Booked: Guthrie, Kinsella
Subs not used: Bransgrove, Wynter, Vincent-Young, Szmodics

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 15,967 (442 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 162016
 
League 2
Morecambe 2 – 0 Portsmouth

 

Pompey still await first win

Pompey made the long trip home from Morecambe disappointed after suffering a first league defeat of the season.

They were poor in the first half and the hosts took advantage with goals from Ryan Edwards and Tom Barkhuizen.

There was a marked improvement after the interval, but a string of fine saves from Barry Roche kept the Blues at bay.

Paul Cook made three changes from the side that drew with Crewe at the weekend.

Enda Stevens recovered from the groin problem that kept him sidelined at Alexandra Stadium to replace Kal Naismith at left-back.

Adam Barton came in for the injured Jack Whatmough in the centre of defence, while Milan Lalkovic dropped to the bench to make way for Kyle Bennett.

Pompey made an encouraging start, with Stevens and Drew Talbot sending in a couple of dangerous deliveries that the hosts were able to clear.

But Morecambe soon settled and a free-kick from skipper Michael Rose had to be cleared by his namesake Danny.

Cole Stockton then cut along the edge of the Blues box and fired in a shot that hit Christian Burgess and looped over the bar.

Pompey were being allowed to see plenty of the ball and were not having any trouble getting into the opposition half, but were struggling to get through the defence and test Roche.

And the Shrimps were looking an increasing threat on the counter-attack before they broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes.

The visitors failed to deal with a ball in from the left and it fell kindly for Edwards to hit through a host of bodies and into the net.

It was becoming a familiar story at the other end of the pitch, with plenty of teasing crosses, but no end product.

Morecambe, meanwhile, were looking far more clinical and broke quickly upfield after Carl Baker had a penalty appeal turned down to double their advantage.

It was a fine finish from Barkhuizen that flew past the grasp of David Forde and into the top corner, but he was allowed far too much space to burst forward.

Roche was finally called into action on 25 minutes, just about beating Baker to the ball as the midfielder tried to latch onto Bennett’s incisive pass.

Michael Smith then rose highest in the box to meet another cross from Stevens, but could only glance his header wide.

They failed to build on that spell of pressure, however, and instead almost fell further behind.

Barkhuizen ran into the box from the right and lifted the ball over Forde, only to see the ball hit the side netting.

Half Time: Morecambe 2 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Baker was trying to be positive at the start of the second half and hit a couple of efforts that did not really trouble Roche.

He certainly made a clean connection on 52 minutes, though, hitting a fierce effort that Roche did well to turn behind.

Baker was single-handedly trying to bring the Blues back into the contest and his next attempt flashed narrowly past the post.

Pompey were looking a lot brighter since the restart and Barton twice found himself in the opposition area to have shots that were deflected wide.

Cook tried to keep the momentum flowing by making a double switch on 64 minutes, with Smith and Bennett making way for Curtis Main and Lalkovic.

But it was Roberts who soon had a chance to reduce the deficit with a firm low drive that Roche managed to get a hand to and palm clear.

And the Shrimps stopper made an even better save soon after, somehow keeping out a Main header from point-blank range.

Then, after Lalkovic was fouled 30 yards out, Baker stepped up to curl a free-kick over the wall, but also over the bar.

Pompey were totally dominant, with Morecambe unsurprisingly content to sit back and soak up pressure.

But they were indebted to Roche, who added to his tally of super stops by denying first Main and then Burgess.

The keeper was not done yet, flinging himself to his right on 82 minutes to keep out a free-kick from Roberts that was heading for the top corner.

Noel Hunt replaced Rose for the closing stages as Cook made one last attacking throw of the dice.

But that failed to spark an improbable late comeback as Pompey’s wait for a first win of the campaign continued.

Morecambe (4-2-3-1): Roche; Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan; Fleming, Rose (c); Barkhuizen (Kenyon 87), Dunn (Molyneux 60), Ellison; Stockton (Mullin 75)
Goals: Edwards 10, Barkhuizen 21
Booked: Stockton, Fleming, Molyneux
Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Turner

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Barton, Burgess, Stevens; Rose (Hunt 85), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Bennett (Lalkovic 64); Smith (Main 64)
Booked: Doyle, Stevens
Subs not used: O’Brien, Buxton, T.Davies, Linganzi

Referee: Nigel Miller

Attendance: 1,838 (546 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 142016
 

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Aug 132016
 
League 2
Crewe Alexandra 0 – 0 Portsmouth

 

Stalemate at Crewe

Pompey collected their second successive league draw with a goalless stalemate at Crewe.

Both sides had chances to turn one point into three on a nippy August afternoon at Alexandra Stadium.

Chris Dagnall missed the best of the chances for the hosts, while Curtis Main had several openings after coming off the bench.

Paul Cook made one enforced change from the side that drew with Carlisle in the last league outing.

That came at left-back where Kal Naismith deputised for Enda Stevens, who missed out with a groin problem.

The game was only a few seconds old when Carl Baker attempted a long-range effort that flew narrowly over.

Naismith then whipped in a dangerous cross that was just out of reach for Michael Smith running in at the far post.

The stand-in defender was looking an attacking threat and when his run was illegally halted, Baker curled in a free-kick that was comfortably dealt with by Alex keeper Ben Garratt.

Pompey had started brightly and a Naismith delivery had to be turned over his own bar by Jon Guthrie, while Milan Lalkovic saw a shot blocked after exchanging intelligent passes with Baker.

It was the visitors dominating possession, but some unsure moments at the back allowed Crewe chances to score before the break.

Dagnall was first to go close, only to see his header deflected wide after being picked out from a corner.

Then, after Lalkovic wasted a decent opportunity by firing a free-kick straight into the wall, Drew Talbot was caught out of position, but recovered well to deny Charlie Kirk.

Dagnall proved wasteful again on 26 minutes, opting to head the ball back to no-one rather than test David Forde when he was found unmarked in the box.

There were still openings at the other end and a cross-shot from Lalkovic looped over Garratt and narrowly cleared the crossbar.

But Crewe were gifted another chance late in the half when Christian Burgess collected a throw and hit the ball straight at Ryan Lowe.

The striker spotted Forde off his line and had an audacious effort from long-range, but the ball flashed wide.

Half Time: Crewe 0 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The second half began in a very open fashion, with both sides keen to get forward whenever they could.

Neither goalkeeper was being overworked, although Burgess did well to mop up the danger after Dagnall had been picked out by a fine Billy Bingham pass.

And Cook clearly wanted to see more from his attacking players as he made a double switch on 54 minutes, with Smith and Lalkovic making way for Main and Kyle Bennett.

The duo immediately looked lively, with the former doing good work to win a corner and the latter looking to test Crewe right-back Oliver Turton.

But it was Michael Doyle who came close to breaking the deadlock just past the hour mark. The skipper’s shot was deflected wide after Bingham had lost the ball to Gary Roberts.

Bennett then did well to cut inside from the left and put the ball into the box, but it would not sit up kindly for Roberts and the hosts were able to clear.

Alex substitute Alex Kiwomya was looking a real threat and, after breaking clear down the right, his cut-back somehow evaded everyone on its journey across the box.

Cook was then forced to make his third and final change when Jack Whatmough went down injured on 74 minutes.

It looked worrying when he lay on the ground clutching his leg, but the defender was able to hobble off and be replaced by Adam Barton.

The Blues soon had a chance to take the lead, but Main could not guide his header on target after a header had been flicked into his path.

It was Main who was involved again moments later when he could not quite make a clean connection with Talbot’s low cross.

And the striker should have done better on 81 minutes, but he failed to turn home Naismith’s low delivery at the near post.

Main did have the ball in the back of net soon after, but referee Dean Whitestone had already blown for a foul before his crisp finish.

Crewe were after a late winner themselves, though, and Talbot threw himself into the path of a Bingham drive.

The same player then drew a smart stop from Forde in the closing stages, while Main’s header failed to beat Garratt at the other end.

It was a frantic end to proceedings, but neither side was able to find a winner and the spoils were shared.

Crewe (4-4-2): Garratt; Turton, Davies, Guthrie, Bakayogo; Cooper (Kiwomya 59), Jones, Bingham, Kirk (Ainley 66); Lowe (c), Dagnall
Booked: Dagnall
Subs not used: Richards, Ray, Nugent, Saunders, Udoh

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Whatmough (Barton 74), Burgess, Naismith; Rose, Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Lalkovic (Bennett 54); Smith (Main 54)
Booked: Naismith
Subs not used: O’Brien, Buxton, Chaplin, Hunt

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 4,742 (1,257 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 092016
 
EFL Cup 1
Coventry City 3 – 2 Portsmouth

 

Extra time defeat for Blues

Pompey produced a brave performance, but were beaten after extra-time to exit the EFL Cup at Coventry.

They were certainly not over-awed against their League One opponents and took the lead courtesy of a Curtis Main penalty.

But the hosts were much better after the break and goals from Ryan Haynes and Vladimir Gadzhev looked to have secured safe passage into the second round.

Kal Naismith levelled late on with a free-kick to ensure another 30 minutes, however, before Andy Rose finally won it for Coventry.

Paul Cook changed the entire side that started Saturday’s draw with Carlisle in the league.

He handed debuts to summer signings Adam Buxton, Tom Davies, Amine Linganzi and Main, while there was also a first appearance for teenage keeper Alex Bass.

Adam Barton was handed the captain’s armband against his former club, while Naismith featured in an unfamiliar left-back role.

But there was no sign of nerves from the visitors against their higher-ranked hosts in a half that was low on clear-cut chances.

Bass was able to steady any nerves by holding onto a couple of ambitious Coventry efforts from long-range.

Ben Tollitt scuffed a shot wide at the other end, while a Kyle Bennett cross was headed clear after the midfielder had done well to beat his man down the right.

But the Blues did break the deadlock on 19 minutes – and it was down to more good work from Bennett.

He tricked his way into the box and after being brought down by Marcus Tudgay, referee Andrew Madley pointed to the spot.

It was MAIN who stepped up to take the penalty and he confidently hammered it home, giving Reice Charles-Cook no chance.

But the keeper prevented the same player from having a chance to double the lead moments later, racing from his line to get to the ball first.

And it was Main who came close again on 22 minutes, forcing a decent stop from Charles-Cook after being teed-up by Bennett.

The hosts’ best chance of the first half arrived soon after, with Bass adjusting well to keep out Tudgay’s close-range header.

But Pompey were still proving to be an attacking threat themselves and Gareth Evans fizzed a shot narrowly over following good work from Tollitt and Adam May.

Half Time: Coventry 0 Pompey 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Coventry looked sharper after the restart, but were still finding it difficult to breach the Blues back-line and test Bass.

Ben Stevenson decided it would be better to try his luck from long-range on 54 minutes and saw the ball fly wide.

Ruben Lameiras had a better chance moments later, firing over the bar following an almighty scramble in the box.

And the hosts finally made the pressure count by levelling the tie on the hour mark.

Davies could only head Lameiras’ cross as far as Haynes, who drilled a precise low shot past the grasp of Bass and into the bottom corner.

Pompey had looked ragged since the break, so Cook freshened things up by replacing Evans with Conor Chaplin on 64 minutes.

He immediately made an impact by getting free down the right, but his cut-back fell in between Bennett and Tollitt and the chance disappeared.

It was still Coventry looking more dangerous, however, and Lameiras skipped past Naismith, but could not beat Bass from an acute angle.

Kyel Reid then sent in a dangerous cross from the right that was inches too high for Jodi Jones, who was only able to head over.

And the hosts did go ahead on 82 minutes when Gadzhev collected Lameiras’ threaded pass and confidently tucked the ball home.

The lead did not last long, though, as NAISMITH was fouled by Stevenson just outside the box and picked himself up to curl a stunning free-kick into the top corner.

There might have even been a late winner before the full-time whistle when Chaplin and Noel Hunt exchanged passes, but the latter dragged his shot wide.

The duo combined again in stoppage-time and this time it was Chaplin who was off target with a looping header.

After 90 Minutes: Coventry 2 Pompey 2

Extra-time took a while to get going, but both sides had opportunities to score in the first period.

Bass made a couple of key saves, stopping Jones from sliding one in at the near post and also keeping out a drive from Lameiras.

Pompey’s best chance came when Tollitt released Hunt down the right and the striker squared for Bennett, who could not take it round Charles-Cook with just the keeper to beat.

But Coventry scored just moments into the second period, with Rose pouncing to tuck home the loose ball after Bass had pushed clear Haynes’ attempt.

They almost added another, only for Bass to produce a stunning stop to deny Lameiras from point-blank range.

And Pompey were unable to find a late moment of inspiration to take the tie to a penalty shoot-out.

Coventry (3-4-3): Charles-Cook; Willis (Finch 76), Ricketts (c), Harries; Rose, Gadzhev, Stevenson, Haynes; Thomas (Jones 46), Tudgay (Reid 68), Lameiras
Goals: Haynes 60, Gadzhev 82, Rose 106
Booked: Gadzhev, Stevenson, Lameiras
Subs not used: Burge, Page, Kelly-Evans, Thomas

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Buxton (Talbot 77), T.Davies, Barton (c), Naismith; May, Linganzi; Tollitt, Bennett, Evans (Chaplin 64); Main (Hunt 84)
Goals: Main 19 (pen), Naismith 85
Booked: Naismith
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Doyle, Baker

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 4,976 (722 Pompey fans)

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Aug 092016
 

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Pompey have signed Liam O’Brien and Amine Linganzi on one-month contracts.

The deal for 26-year-old midfielder Linganzi is subject to international clearance.

Goalkeeper O’Brien, 24, came through the ranks at Fratton Park and was capped at England under-19 level while with the club.

He left without making a senior appearance in 2010 and went on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham, featuring 39 times for the latter.

Algeria-born Congo international Linganzi moved to England in 2010 and has featured for Blackburn, Accrington – where he was managed by Leam Richardson – and Gillingham.

He most recently appeared for French club Frejus and has turned out for the Blues in pre-season.

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Aug 062016
 
League 2
Portsmouth 1 – 1 Carlisle United

 

Baker hits debut equaliser

Pompey had to settle for a point on the opening day of the season after coming from behind to draw with 10-man Carlisle.

They created plenty and had their visitors pinned back for most of the match, but could not quite manage to find a winner.

United had taken an early lead through Reggie Lambe, only to be reduced to 10 men when Jamie Devitt collected a couple of bookings.

Carl Baker fired in an equaliser on his Blues bow, but a string of fine saves from Mark Gillespie frustrated the hosts.

Paul Cook handed full debuts to five players, with David Forde, Drew Talbot, Danny Rose, Milan Lalkovic and Baker all starting.

There was a raucous atmosphere to accompany the opening stages, as Pompey set about trying to attack their opponents.

And it was the hosts who were first to threaten when Baker broke quickly up field and teed-up Lalkovic, whose shot had to be beaten away by Gillespie.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Enda Stevens was forced to head clear a dangerous Danny Grainger cross.

But Pompey were looking the more likely to forge ahead and Gary Roberts curled narrowly wide after cutting inside.

Baker then had an effort blocked from the edge of the box, before Lalkovic’s free-kick somehow evaded everyone on its way out of play.

So Fratton was left stunned when Carlisle broke the deadlock on 14 minutes, as Lambe raced onto Shaun Miller’s pass and slotted past Forde.

That was the cue for the visitors to sit back and try to waste as much time as legally possible.

Referee Graham Salisbury was soon forced to issue the first booking of the afternoon after Devitt crudely brought down Talbot.

And it was Devitt who also received the second following a tug on Roberts on 28 minutes, reducing United to 10 men.

Pompey immediately sought to make their numerical advantage count and Macaulay Gillesphey did well to get in the way of Talbot’s well-struck volley.

Baker then forced a smart save from Gillespie following some encouraging build-up play from Roberts.

But the Blues did find themselves level just before the break, with BAKER firing a fierce drive under the keeper’s body after once again receiving a pass from Roberts.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Carlisle 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Roberts and Baker had combined effectively before the break and it was the same when the second half got underway.

The former did well to set-up his fellow midfielder in the area, but Baker took too long and his effort was blocked.

Michael Smith then turned a Lalkovic cross wide from close range, only to see his blushes spared by the linesman’s flag.

Roberts was soon back on the ball, though, and his cut-back was agonisingly out of reach for Baker in the box.

Pompey came close again just past the hour mark when Roberts was able to nick the ball away from the onrushing Gillespie and find Smith, who did not have time to get a shot away before a Carlisle defender came to the rescue.

Then, from the resulting corner, Jack Whatmough was left alone to glance a header narrowly past the post.

It was Baker’s turn to try his luck again on 64 minutes and after turning a defender inside-out, his shot was saved by the outstretched foot of Gillespie.

The midfielder was certainly not afraid to have a crack and one long-range effort was brilliantly tipped over the bar.

Cook made a double substitution on 68 minutes to add some attacking impetus, with Smith and Lalkovic making way for Conor Chaplin and Kyle Bennett.

The latter immediately combined well with Stevens down the left, leading to a chance for Rose that went wide.

But the midfielder went a lot closer moments later, sending a shot cannoning off the inside of the post after being given time to drive forward.

Gillespie then had to get quickly down low to his left to stop an effort from Bennett creeping inside the post.

Cook threw on an extra striker for the closing stages, with Rose making way to give Noel Hunt is first taste of competitive action in a Blues shirt.

But it was still Baker looking most likely to score and his shot was again kept out by the legs of Gillespie.

And skipper Michael Doyle then had two long-range attempts in the space of a few seconds that were both superbly palmed behind by the over-worked keeper.

Pompey continued to pour forward in search of a late winner, but Carlisle held on for a share of the spoils.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Talbot, Whatmough, Burgess, Stevens; Rose (Hunt 83), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Lalkovic (Bennett 68); Smith (Chaplin 68)
Goals: Baker 42
Subs not used: Bass, T.Davies, Barton, Main

Carlisle (4-2-3-1): Gillespie; T.Miller, Raynes, Gillesphey, Grainger (c); Kennedy, Jones; Lambe (Joyce 58), Devitt, Adams; S.Miller (Ellis 70)
Goals: Lambe 14
Sent off: Devitt (two yellow cards)
Booked: Gillespie
Subs not used: Crocombe, Penn, Brough, Wyke

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Attendance: 17,570 (481 away fans)

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