Mar 062021
 


A League 1
Northampton Town 4
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)40 %

LOST LOST DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON DRAWN WON LOST

Pompey’s run of poor form continued as they were comprehensively beaten by relegation-threatened Northampton at Sixfields Stadium.

All of the home side’s goals arrived in the first half and showcased a mixture of neat finishing and sloppy defending.

Ryan Watson bagged a brace in quick succession, with Fraser Horsfall and Sam Hoskins adding to the Blues’ misery.

They did at least improve after the interval and substitute Ellis Harrison grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten at fellow promotion hopefuls Doncaster earlier in the week.

George Byers was handed his second start for the club, with John Marquis, Andy Cannon and Lee Brown all returning.

Harvey White, Harrison and Charlie Daniels joined a fit-again James Bolton on the bench, while Haji Mnoga missing out completely with a groin injury.

It meant a switch to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Byers in the ‘number 10’ role behind Marquis and Jack Whatmough deputising at right-back.

Northampton were forced to rest midfielder Bryn Morris, who was unable to feature against his parent club.

Pompey started quite brightly and Jonathan Mitchell had to prevent Peter Kioso from heading a Byers delivery into his own net.

And the on-loan Swansea player then sent in another cross that was met by Marquis, only for Horsfall to make a block.

But the Blues soon capitulated in horrendous fashion, conceding four goals in the space of under 25 minutes.

The first was, in fairness, an impressive finish from Watson, who curled home a fine free-kick from 25 yards after Cannon had fouled Mickel Miller.

And the second arrived just a few moments later, as a corner from Miller was nodded home by Watson at the far post.

Marquis soon raced through and found the net at the other end, but the flag had already been raised for offside.

It was the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring, though, and Craig MacGillivray beat away a fierce Hoskins strike at his near post.

But he was unable to collect the resulting corner from Miller, allowing Horsfall to bundle the ball over the line from close range.

MacGillivray was certainly being kept busy and did well to tip an acrobatic effort from Ryan Edmondson over the crossbar.

But when he then charged out of his area to head clear, the ball landed straight at the feet of Hoskins.

He lifted it over the back-pedalling keeper and into the net, although Edmondson charged in to make sure it was definitely over the line.

Pompey had a chance to reduce their deficit just before the break, but Sean Raggett could not quite find the target after Cannon’s scuffed effort had fallen for him inside the box.


Half Time

Northampton Town 4

Portsmouth 0


The visitors had controlled possession before the break and that continued once the action restarted.

But for all their domination of the ball, there was little happening for the Blues in the final third of the pitch.

And Jackett responded by doing something never before seen in a competitive Pompey match – a quadruple substitution.

Marquis, Byers, Ronan Curtis and Rasmus Nicolaisen were the players to make way, as Harrison, Jordy Hiwula, White and Bolton came on.

Hiwula soon had an opportunity to pull a goal back for the visitors, flashing an angled shot narrowly wide.

The changes certainly livened the Blues up, although they were still unable to properly test Mitchell between the sticks.

But they were given a chance to get on the scoresheet when some neat footwork by White drew a clumsy challenge by Horsfall inside the area.

HARRISON stepped up to take the spot-kick and his shot was powerful enough to find the net, despite Mitchell getting a hand on the ball.

And although Pompey spent the remainder of the contest camped out in the opposition half, they were unable to find another goal.

Northampton (4-2-3-1): Mitchell; Kioso, Horsfall, Jones, Mills (c) (Harriman 68); Sowerby, McWilliams (Rose 75); Hoskins, Watson, Miller; Edmondson
Goals: Watson 20, 23, Horsfall 32, Hoskins 43
Booked: Miller, Mitchell
Subs not used: Arnold, Marshall, Korboa, Chukwuemeka, Jones

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Whatmough, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Bolton 59), Brown; Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness, Byers (White 59), Curtis (Hiwula 59); Marquis (Harrison 59)
Goals: Harrison 73 (pen)
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Williams

Referee: Andy Haines

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Mar 062021
 


Well, it took me a while but I finally got to the end of Burn Notice, all 7 seasons (111 episodes).

Now, what did I honestly think of it? Well, it’s okay but possibly not something I’d sit through again. The premise is good for some light action TV and it doesn’t seem like it was made on a budget, for me, the problem is the casting.

Bruce Campbell is, well, Bruce Campbell an actor with natural charisma who brings fun to the role if not entirely convincing as an ex-Navy SEAL. We also have Coby Bell who joins partway through as another agent and he also brings a strong performance. Sharon Gless also adds some quality strength and warmth as the matriarch of the team.

For me, the problem lies with the two main leads in Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar.

Donovan is a good supporting actor but not a leading actor, some of his attempts at playing a hard man are often hit and miss and the voices he uses for his “disguises” are frequently laughable.

As for Anwar at least they had the sense to ditch her Irish accent after the pilot episode. She is a fine actress but she is portrayed as this stunningly beautiful woman who can use her charms to sway men, maybe it’s just me but I don’t find her that stunningly beautiful.

In summary, it was fun and I’m glad I made the effort to finish even if it was becoming a chore at the end.

Mar 062021
 



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Madison Iseman (born February 14, 1997) is known for her role on the CMT comedy television series Still the King, where she played Charlotte, the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus’ character, Vernon Brownmule. She is also known for playing the role of Bethany Walker in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and its sequel, Sarah Quinn in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and Mary Ellen in Annabelle Comes Home.

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Mar 022021
 


A League 1
Doncaster Rovers 2
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)40 %

LOST DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON DRAWN WON LOST LOST

Pompey dropped a place to fifth in the League One standings after losing to fellow promotion hopefuls Doncaster, despite a late rally at the Keepmoat Stadium.

An early goal from Reece James was all that separated the sides at the break and the Blues looked much more of a threat in the second half.

But they were unable to take their chances and a finish from Rovers substitute Fejiri Okenabirhie seemingly ended their hopes.

John Marquis reduced the deficit deep into stoppage-time, however, and the visitors almost managed to force home an equaliser with the last kick of the ball.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Gillingham on home soil at the weekend.

Jack Whatmough and Charlie Daniels both returned to the starting line-up, as Andy Cannon and Lee Brown dropped to the bench.

It led to a switch to a 3-4-1-2 system, with Marcus Harness floating just behind the front two of Ellis Harrison and Ronan Curtis.

There was a familiar face in the opposition team, with former Pompey loanee Omar Bogle leading the attack.

It was almost a dream start for the visitors, who came close to taking the lead with just 15 seconds on the clock.

They stole possession from the kick-off and a cross from Harrison was brought down by Curtis, who turned in the box and fired a shot inches past the post.

Doncaster hit back almost immediately and Brad Halliday angled the ball narrowly wide following good work from the evergreen James Coppinger.

And the hosts did forge ahead on 12 minutes, when Haji Mnoga was unable to cut out John Bostock’s pass and James raced through to score.

It was certainly a lively opening – a bit too much for referee Ross Joyce, who showed yellow cards to Jon Taylor and Harness for late challenges.

Jack Whatmough had an opportunity to level when Daniels’ deep free-kick was nodded down, but could not keep his effort down.

Pompey thought they should have won a penalty midway through the first half after Mnoga received the ball back from Harness and went down in the box under Tom Anderson’s challenge.

The Rovers skipper certainly looked relieved when Joyce shook his head to dismiss the teenager’s appeals.

They were forced to make a change soon after, with Taylor getting injured by a crunching – yet fair – challenge from Sean Raggett.

Bostock tried to double the home team’s advantage with an ambitious strike from 35 yards that was well held by Craig MacGillivray.

But the Blues finished the half with a flourish, with an attempt from Harness deflected wide before a Harrison header was claimed by keeper Louis Jones.

And Harrison was inches away from connecting with a fine Curtis delivery in stoppage-time, only for an apparent flick by Anderson to deny him.


Half Time

Doncaster Rovers 1

Portsmouth 0


Jackett made a double switch at the interval, with Mnoga and Curtis taken off and replaced by Cannon and Marquis.

It meant a more traditional 4-4-2 formation for the Blues, albeit with Whatmough filling in at right-back.

The latter soon received a fine return pass from Harvey White, but his low ball into the centre was intercepted and cleared by Bostock.

White was looking much more assured and a stinging drive from the edge of the area just cleared the angle of post and bar.

Marquis then thought he got a push as he tried to reach a teasing low Whatmough cross, but Joyce disagreed.

And the striker soon bundled ball and keeper into the net after Rasmus Nicolaisen had nodded Daniels’ free-kick towards the target, with a foul awarded against the striker.

Pompey continued to knock at the door and the hosts were relieved to see the ball land safe when Joe Wright and Jones made a mess of dealing with White’s cross.

Instead it was the visitors who scored against the run of play on 70 minutes, courtesy of a fine finish from Okenabirhie, who somehow forced a shot home from the tightest of angles.

Brown immediately replaced Daniels, but it was a cross from Harness that was agonisingly out of reach for Marquis just moments later.

Jordy Hiwula was the latest player introduced, coming on for Harrison to offer some fresh legs to the attacking line.

It was clearly not Pompey’s night, however, and the was best summed up in the closing stages when an on target Cannon strike was deflected wide by team-mate White.

But they did have something to show for their efforts in the fourth minute of added time, as MARQUIS met Harness’ cross, spun sharply and neatly found the net.

And they almost grabbed an unlikely leveller with the last kick off the ball, but White could not quite force the ball home in a packed box.

Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Jones; Halliday, Wright, Anderson (c), James; Bostock (Robertson 64), Smith; Taylor (Okenabirhie 28), Coppinger (Richards 76), Sims (Lokilo 64); Bogle
Goals: James 12, Okenabirhie 70
Booked: Taylor, Smith
Subs not used: Balcombe, John, Greaves

Pompey (3-4-1-2): MacGillivray; Whatmough, Raggett, Nicolaisen; Mnoga (Marquis 46), Naylor (c), White, Daniels (Brown 70); Harness; Curtis (Cannon 46), Harrison (Hiwula 76)
Goals: Marquis 90+4
Booked: Harness, Nicolaisen, Marquis
Subs not used: Ward, Byers, Williams

Referee: Ross Joyce

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Mar 022021
 


Ian St John has died aged 82.

Ian was manager during my early days of watching Portsmouth having taken over from John Mortimore, this was not a happy time for Portsmouth seemingly always in money troubles.

His greatest achievements during this time were probably the discovery of Dave Kemp and the conversion of future England International Steve Foster from an average striker to a class centre half.

He was more widely known first as a member of the Liverpool of the 60s and 70s and then later as part of the very popular TV double act with Jimmy Greaves.

RIP: Ian St John

Feb 272021
 


H League 1
Portsmouth 1
Gillingham 1


FORM GUIDE (All competitions)50 %

DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON DRAWN WON LOST LOST WON

Pompey dropped more League One points at Fratton Park after being held to a draw by mid-table Gillingham.

They forged ahead through Sean Raggett’s header, only for some sloppy defending to gift Vadaine Oliver a leveller before the interval.

Both sides had chances to secure victory, but failure to take them was – taking into account the sides’ respective positions in the table – more costly for the hosts.

Kenny Jackett made one enforced change from the side that won at in-form Oxford earlier in the week.

Callum Johnson missed out with a calf injury, so Haji Mnoga came in for just his second league start for the club.

It meant that Ronan Curtis continued to be used as a striker, partnering Ellis Harrison in a 4-4-2 system.

There was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, with former Fratton loanee Stuart O’Keefe starting for the Gills, while John Akinde was named among the substitutes.

It did not take long for the game to explode into life, with the hosts going close to breaking the deadlock after breaking quickly up the pitch from a corner.

Andy Cannon and Harvey White combined to find Curtis and he slipped a pass across to Marcus Harness, whose effort came back off the post.

Harness then tried to convert a dangerous Curtis delivery from wide on the left, but could only hook the ball over.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Craig MacGillivray did well to adjust his body and save when Connor Ogilvie’s header deflected off Curtis.

There were appeals for a penalty at the other end after Raggett and Rasmus Nicolaisen both tried to attack a corner.

Neither could make a clean connection, though, with the ball bouncing up and striking the arm of Tom O’Connor, but referee Tim Robinson decided any contact was accidental.

Pompey were looking the more likely side to open the scoring and Jack Bonham got down to save after Harrison met White’s cross.

The duo reversed roles a few minutes later and this time a well-struck effort from White was again kept out by the Gills keeper.

And the Blues did finally make the breakthrough on 32 minutes, as Harness skinned Ogilvie and sent the ball into the box.

RAGGETT timed his run to perfection, racing into the centre to stoop and send a header past the helpless Bonham.

But Gillingham hit back to draw level before the break – and it was a poor goal for the hosts to concede.

Lee Brown tried to chest the ball back to MacGillivray, but his touch was not strong enough, allowing Oliver to nip in and score.

There was still time for both sides to carve open another great opportunity before the whistle below.

Curtis showed a neat touch to bring the ball down inside the box and drill in a low shot that was again kept out by the impressive Bonham.

And MacGillivray then kept out a thunderous Olly Lee effort moments later, with Raggett on hand to do the mopping up.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Gillingham 1


Pompey came tearing out of the blocks and Jack Tucker made a key interception when Harrison tried to play a cute pass through to Curtis.

Head physio Bobby Bacic was then kept busy, having to enter the pitch to treat Harrison and Nicolaisen in quick succession following collisions.

Pompey had the ball in the back of the net just before the hour mark, when Brown beat Jordan Graham and squared for Harrison to slot home.

But the hosts were furious that Robinson decided the left-back had fouled his man and awarded a free-kick.

That was the last touch of the ball for Harrison, with Jackett deciding to replace him up front with John Marquis.

The Blues were trying to force their way through and an effort from White was pushed behind by Bonham.

Then, from the resulting corner, the keeper beat away Tom Naylor’s angled header, with the loose ball not landing for Raggett at the back stick.

But the hosts had fallen a bit flat as the action progressed and were looking for an attacking spark to get them back on track.

Instead it was their opponents who might have scored on 78 minutes, with Oliver unable to keep his header down from a Graham cross.

A second switch soon followed for Pompey, with Ryan Williams adding some fresh legs in place of Curtis.

And after Mnoga was booked for a clumsy challenge on Ogilvie, Jackett also decided to swap the teenager for Jack Whatmough.

There were half-chances for Tom O’Connor and Kyle Dempsey, as Gillingham tried to snatch a late winner.

The best fell to Akinde deep into stoppage-time, with the striker racing through as Pompey committed men forward, only for MacGillivray to come off his line and make a key save.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Mnoga (Whatmough 85), Raggett, Nicolaisen, Brown; Harness, Naylor (c), Cannon, White; Curtis (Williams 79), Harrison (Marquis 59)
Goals: Raggett 32
Booked: Mnoga
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Byers, Hiwula

Gillingham (4-4-2): Bonham; Jackson, Cundy, Tucker, Ogilvie; Graham, Dempsey (c), O’Keefe, O’Connor; Lee (Akinde 73), Oliver
Goals: Oliver 40
Booked: O’Keefe
Subs not used: Bastien, McKenzie, Morton, Johnson, Woods, Willock

Referee: Tim Robinson

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Feb 272021
 


Alex Bass

(Loan : Portsmouth – Southend United)

Alex Bass has joined Southend on a seven-day emergency loan deal.

The Shrimpers are allowed to make the signing outside of the transfer window because of an injury to their regular keeper Mark Oxley.

Mark Molesley’s side have bounced back from a poor start to the season to climb out of the League Two drop zone and won 3-1 at promotion-chasing Forest Green earlier in the week.

The move gives Bass a chance of spending time out on the pitch again after recovering from a stress fracture in his leg.

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Feb 272021
 



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Milana Vayntrub (born Milana Aleksandrovna Vayntru; March 8, 1987) is an Uzbekistan-born American actress, comedian, and activist. She came to prominence for her appearances in AT&T television commercials as saleswoman Lily Adams from 2013 to 2016 and since 2020. In addition to her commercial appearances, she was a series regular on Other Space (2015) and had a recurring role on This Is Us (2016–2017). Vayntrub has also voiced Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Rising franchise after being cast as the character in the unaired television pilot, New Warriors, based on the comics team of the same name.

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