Aug 082016
 

Nicke Kabamba

Loan : Portsmouth – Colchester United


    


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.

Portsmouth FC

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)

Portsmouth FC
Aug 042016
 
IN
Noel Hunt

(33)
Southend United


Blues bring in Irish striker

Pompey have completed the signing of striker Noel Hunt on a one-year deal.

The 33-year-old has already featured for the Blues in pre-season and will wear the number 20 shirt.

“This is a fantastic club,” said the former Republic of Ireland international. “They have a great reputation and manager, so it was a no-brainer for me.

“The gaffer wanted me to come down here and see what a professional standard it is. It’s a really high quality.

“I’ve turned down a few clubs from higher leagues because I felt that this was the right one for me.

“This is a club with plenty of ambition and I spoke to friends of mine who have played here before – like Andy Griffin, Jason Pearce and David Norris – and speak very highly about the place.

“It’ll be great to play in front of such large crowds and it gives you an extra buzz when you take to the pitch.”

Hunt started his career at Shamrock Rovers in his homeland before spells with Scottish sides Dunfermline and Dundee United.

He is perhaps best known for his time with Reading, however, where he scored 39 goals in 162 appearances and won promotion to the Premier League.

Hunt moved on to feature for Leeds and Ipswich, spending last season with Southend before departing in May.

Portsmouth FC
Aug 042016
 
IN
Adam Buxton

(24)
Accrington Stanley


Defender arrives from Accrington

Pompey have signed versatile full-back Adam Buxton on an initial one-year deal.

The 24-year-old – who turned down the offer of a new contract at Accrington – has been handed the number 21 shirt.

He said: “I’m happy to have signed for such a massive club – it feels like we’re only going to go in one direction.

“Hopefully I can help the lads get out of this division and back to where everyone wants to be.

“The fan-base here speaks for itself – it’s the best in the league and only Sheffield United from the one above are on a par with Pompey.

“I’ve played here at Fratton Park and seen first-hand that the supporters really get behind their team.”

Buxton came through the ranks at Wigan and had a spell on loan with Accrington before joining them permanently in the summer of 2014.

He scored two goals in 62 appearances during his time with Stanley and featured twice against the Blues last season.

Portsmouth FC
Aug 042016
 
OUT
Paul Jones

(30)
Norwich City


Keeper departs Fratton Park

Pompey have reached a mutual agreement with Paul Jones to terminate the goalkeeper’s contract.

The 30-year-old has now signed a deal with Championship side Norwich.

Jones said: “I want to thank the fans and can assure them that I always gave 100 per cent during my time at Fratton Park.

“I loved my time here and am sad to be leaving, but I received a great opportunity and they don’t come around too often.

“I wish the club well and the manager’s put together a strong squad, so I have every faith that they’ll get over the line this season.”

Jones signed for the Blues in the summer of 2014 and made 64 appearances in his two years at the club.

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Jul 312016
 

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Jul 302016
 
Friendly
Bristol City 0 – 0 Portsmouth

 

Blues look bright in Ashton Gate stalemate

Pompey impressed in a goalless draw at Bristol City in their final dress rehearsal for the 2016/17 campaign.

They more than held their own against a City side who were skippered by Blues academy graduate Marlon Pack.

Paul Cook’s side created plenty of chances against higher-ranked opposition, but were not quite able to find a winner at the impressively-renovated Ashton Gate.

Pompey did not look over-awed against their Championship hosts and were passing the ball around confidently.

But despite enjoying plenty of possession in the opposition half, there were not too many clear-cut chances for either side before the break.

A stretching Aden Flint could not quite get enough on Joe Bryan’s free-kick to divert the ball on target.

Carl Baker had a couple of attempts at the other end of the pitch, only to clear the crossbar on each occasion.

Pompey’s best opening arrived on 14 minutes when Milan Lalkovic sent in a teasing cross that Christian Burgess could only glance wide of the post.

David Forde was not being overworked on his first appearance in a Blues shirt, but made a regulation save to deny Bryan from an acute angle.

He also looked confident when coming off his line to palm a Bobby Reid corner to safety amidst a sea of bodies.

It was generally positive stuff from Pompey, but that was a sour note on 34 minutes when Jack Whatmough went down injured.

The centre-back walked gingerly to the sidelines and had to be replaced in the Blues back-line by Tom Davies.

Half Time: Bristol City 0 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Pompey continued to impress after the interval, with Michael Smith not quite able to chase down dithering Robins keeper Richard O’Donnell.

The lively Lalkovic then went close when his shot caught a deflection and fizzed narrowly past the post.

It was the visitors who looked the more threatening side, although they were not quite able to really test O’Donnell.

There was a scary moment at the other end just past the hour mark when Forde failed to hold a corner, but the visitors were able to scramble the ball behind.

And Bristol City suddenly came alive, creating three chances in the space of a breathless minute.

First Forde came tearing off his line to deny Jonathan Kodija after the forward had been sent through on goal.

Substitute Luke Freeman then saw a shot deflected inches wide before Forde made a super stop to keep out Hordur Magnusson’s close-range header.

It was soon Pompey’s turn to threaten and O’Donnell had to fly across his goal to tip Baker’s cleanly-struck effort over the bar.

Gary Roberts was next to try his luck, with his shot hitting Kodjia, looping up in the air and having to be cleared from the line by a well-placed Luke Ayling.

And Michael Doyle twice went close to grabbing a late winner, first seeing his low drive turned past the post by O’Donnell, who then just about kept out the skipper’s volley.

But the home keeper soon dropped the ball at the feet of Conor Chaplin, only to see his blushes spared by Magnusson, who made a key block to ensure a stalemate.

Bristol City (4-3-3): O’Donnell; Matthews (Ayling 60), Flint, Magnusson, Golbourne (Smith 83); Reid (Brownhill 60), Pack (c), Bryan; O’Dowda (Freeman 61), Kodjia (Agard 77), Tomlin (Wilbraham 77)
Subs not used: Lucic, Williams, De Girolamo

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde (Bass 85); Talbot (Oxlade-Chamberlain 87), Whatmough (T.Davies 34), Burgess, Stevens (Naismith 87); Rose (Close 83), Doyle (c); Baker (Tollitt 83), Roberts (Main 83), Lalkovic (Bennett 68); Smith (Chaplin 68)
Subs not used: May, Linganzi, Evans, Hunt

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 5,317 (721 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Jul 302016
 

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