Oct 142018
 

On This Day

14 October 2018


Births



1946

Katy Manning

Age 72
Catherine Ann "Katy" Manning is an English actress best known for her part as the companion Jo Grant in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.
1958

Thomas Dolby

Age 60
Thomas Morgan Robertson, known by the stage name Thomas Dolby, is an English musician, singer and producer. His hit singles include "She Blinded Me with Science" from 1982 and the 1984 single "Hyperactive!".
1965

Steve Coogan

Age 53
Stephen John Coogan is an English actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He began his career in the 1980s, working as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image.While working with Armando Iannucci on On the Hour and The Day Today, Coogan created his most developed and popular character: Alan Partridge, a socially awkward and politically incorrect regional media personality.
1986

Tom Craddock

Age 32
Thomas Craddock is an English professional footballer who plays for Spennymoor Town as a striker.

Craddock played 11 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal in 2013
2001

Rowan Blanchard

Age 17

  
Rowan Blanchard is an American actress. She is known for her role as Riley Matthews on the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World that aired from 2014 until 2017. She also makes appearances on The Goldbergs as Jackie Geary.


On This Day

   Rowan Blanchard

   Tom Craddock


Oct 132018
 

Match Report

League One


AFC Wimbledon 1    2 Portsmouth

Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans were on target as Pompey secured a deserved victory at AFC Wimbledon.

But they were forced to endure a nervy conclusion after a fine James Hanson strike reduced the Dons’ deficit.

Up until that point it had been a dominant afternoon for the visitors, with Naylor’s header opening his account for the club.

Evans doubled the advantage before the break and the Blues had several more chances to extend the lead further.

But Hanson pulled one back for Wimbledon and a tense finale ensued before the final whistle was blown.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten by Gillingham in the last league fixture.

Dion Donohue was rewarded for his winning Checkatrade Trophy goal earlier in the week, while there were also returns for Ben Thompson in midfield and Oli Hawkins up front.

Brett Pitman and Ben Close both dropped to the bench, with Ronan Curtis absent on international duty.

There were a couple of familiar faces on the Wimbledon flanks, with former Pompey players Jake Jervis and Andy Barcham both starting.

The first half was a breathless affair, with the visitors in almost total control from first whistle until last.

AFC Wimbledon were indebted to Joe McDonnell in the opening stages, with the keeper saving Naylor’s header with his legs following a corner from Donohue.

He then raced off his line to deny Evans after the stand-in skipper had raced on to a great pass from Nathan Thompson.

It was an unseasonably warm afternoon in south-west London, but conditions proved difficult when the breeze picked up.

Craig MacGillivray was relatively untroubled, although he was called into action to keep out a deflected Tom Soares free-kick.

A rare spell of prolonged Dons pressure then ended with the stopper keeping out a low attempt from Jervis.

But it was Pompey on top and they deservedly broke the deadlock on 24 minutes – much to the delight of the lucky ballot winners packed into the away end.

Another fine corner from Donohue was met by NAYLOR, whose header deflected off Liam Trotter and managed to cross the line.

They kept pouring forward and Hawkins nodded narrowly wide from a Lee Brown cross, while Deji Oshilaja did well to dispossess the lively Jamal Lowe in the box.

But the advantage was doubled on 31 minutes, as Brown sent a low delivery across the face of goal and EVANS raced in at the far post to arrow a shot home.

The wind almost caught out MacGillivray at the other end, with Jervis’ cross catching a gust and landing on the roof of the net.

Still the Blues kept up their attacking intent, however, and a long-range effort from Naylor was just about pushed wide by McDonnell.

A vital block from Oshilaja then came to Wimbledon’s rescue after Lowe had bamboozled the back-line and picked out Hawkins.

The only down side for the visitors was a couple of bookings they collected from referee Lee Probert just before the interval.

Donohue was penalised for an alleged dive in the box, with Jack Whatmough booked for a late challenge on Joe Pigott.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 2


Such had been Pompey’s dominance, that opposition manager Neal Ardley made all three of his substitutions at the break.

Tennai Watson, Barcham and Pigott were all hauled off, with Will Nightingale, Anthony Hartigan and Hanson replacing them.

The three newcomers were out there on their own for a while, however, with the rest of the home side taking an age to take to the pitch.

It was the Blues that were first to threaten after Soares had been booked for a swipe at Nathan Thompson.

Whatmough’s free-kick was nodded on by Hawkins for Lowe, who tried a cheeky back-heel that McDonnell got down to keep out.

The traffic was continuing to head in the same direction and a couple of corners almost led to more goals.

When the first of them was only partially cleared, a thunderbolt from Donohue flew narrowly off target.

He took the second himself and it was met by the head of Matt Clarke, with a well-placed Jervis clearing from the line.

But Wimbledon suddenly found themselves back in the game with a goal of their own just past the hour mark.

It was slightly unfortunate for the visitors, with Evans mis-cueing his clearance and Hanson capitalising with a fine finish that curled around MacGillivray’s dive and into the net.

The Dons might have had another soon after, but Jervis could only head the ball straight to the keeper after meeting Oshilaja’s cross.

A corner from Evans was nodded inches wide by Clarke, as Pompey tried to restore their grip on the contest.

Jackett made his first switch on 74 minutes, with Donohue the man to make way for Ben Close in midfield.

Wimbledon were playing with much more belief by this point, though, with Whatmough and Clarke both making blocks to deny Kwesi Appiah.

A second Blues change occurred soon after, with Hawkins being replaced by Pitman in the lone striking role.

The visitors were more content to use up time as the seconds ticked down, before the Pompey fans could finally celebrate another victory.

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): McDonnell; Watson (Nightingale 46), Oshilaja (c), McDonald, Purrington; Jervis, Trotter, Soares, Barcham (Hartigan 46); Appiah, Pigott (Hanson 46)
Goals: Hanson 63
Booked: Soares
Subs not used: King, Sibbick, Egan, Pinnock

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Evans (c) (Walkes 89), Lowe, Donohue (Close 74); Hawkins (Pitman 80)
Goals: Naylor 24, Evans 31
Booked: Donohue, Whatmough
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Dennis, Mason

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 4,569 (769 Pompey fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Oct 132018
 

Alexandra Chando

   



Alexandra Chando (born July 28, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Maddie Coleman in the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns and for her dual role as identical twins, Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer in the ABC Family drama series, The Lying Game.

Chando appeared on the television soap opera As the World Turns from 2005 to 2007 and again for several months beginning in late 2009 and ended in early 2010.

In 2009, Chando was cast as Deb in The WB web series Rockville CA from Josh Schwartz. In 2011, she played Danielle Anderson in the web series Talent, which is based on the novel series by Zoey Dean. Later, Chando was cast as identical twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer in the ABC Family series The Lying Game, which ran for two seasons. After The Lying Game ended, she appeared as Monique Sims from the episode "Make Me Kai" in Hawaii Five-0.

In 2018, Chando made her directorial debut with her short film LPM, Likes Per Minute. It screened at the inaugural Mammoth Film Festival, where Chando also serves as an operations manager.


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13 October 2018


Births



1964

Christopher Judge

Age 54
Douglas Christopher Judge is an American actor best known for playing Teal'c in the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. He attended the University of Oregonon a football scholarship and was a Pacific-10 Conference player. Judge played Kratos the 2018 video game God of War, replacing long-time voice actor Terrence C. Carson.
1976

Carl Robinson

Age 42
Carl Robinson is a retired Welsh footballer who played as a midfielder. He is currently the head coach for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer.

Robinson played 20 times for Portsmouth between 2002 – 2004
1999

Nell Tiger Free

Age 19
Nell Tiger Free is an English actress and singer best known for her role as Myrcella Baratheon in seasons 5 and 6 of the television series Game of Thrones, where she replaced Aimee Richardson. She is also known for roles as Chloe Crumb in the film version of Mr. Stink and Anna in the film Broken.


On This Day

   Carl Robinson


Oct 122018
 

On This Day

12 October 2018


Births



1949

Paul Went

(Died: 04 Jan 2017)

Aged 67
Paul Went was an English footballer with a quick turn of pace who played professionally for five clubs over a fifteen-year period.

Went played 111 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 1973 – 1976
1992

Josh Hutcherson

Age 26
Joshua Ryan Hutcherson is an American actor. His first film role was in Miracle Dogs (2003) on Animal Planet, followed by a motion-capture performance in The Polar Express(2004) and a voice-acting role in Howl's Moving Castle (2005). Hutcherson's other early film appearances include Little ManhattanZathura: A Space Adventure (both 2005), RV (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), and The Kids Are All Right(2010). In 2011, he landed the leading role of Peeta Mellark in the box office record-setting film series The Hunger Games.


On This Day

   Paul Went


Oct 112018
 

On This Day

11 October 2018


Births



1960

Nicola Bryant

Age 58
Nicola Jane Bryant is an English actress known for her role as Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown, a companion of the Doctor in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1984 to 1986.
1965

Jeff Peron

Age 53
Jean-François Péron, more commonly known in England as Jeff Peron, is a retired French professional footballer who played as a midfielder for several teams in the Football League.

Peron played 54 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1998 – 1999
1972

Claudia Black

Age 46
Claudia Lee Black is an Australian actress and voice actress, known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in the science fiction series Farscape and Vala Mal Doran in the science fiction series Stargate SG-1, as well as Sharon "Shazza" Montgomery in the film Pitch Black. She has also had several prominent roles in video games, such as Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series, the witch Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Inquisition, Admiral Daro'Xen and Matriarch Aethyta in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, and squadmate Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3.She also starred as Doctor Sabine Lommers in the miniseries Containment.
1976

Emily Deschanel

Age 42
Emily Erin Deschanel is an American actress, director and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan from 2005 to 2017.
1980

Nyron Nosworthy

Age 38
Nyron Paul Henry Nosworthy is an English-born Jamaican former footballer. Beginning his career with Gillingham he moved to Sunderland in 2005 with whom he played in the Premier League. After two lengthy loan spells with Sheffield United he made a permanent switch to Watford in 2012 but was released in the summer of 2014 after a loan spell with Bristol City. Born in Brixton, South London, Nosworthy has represented Jamaica at international level, playing ten games and scoring once.

Nosworthy played 7 times for Portsmouth in 2015
1985

Margaret Berger

Age 33
Margaret Berger is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, music director, and DJ. She made her debut on Sony BMG after she placed second on the second season of Norwegian Idol in 2004. She released the studio albums Chameleon (2004) and Pretty Scary Silver Fairy (2006). Her upcoming third album is set to be released in October 2015. Berger represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, finishing in fourth place with the song "I Feed You My Love".
1985

Michelle Trachtenberg

Age 33

  
Michelle Christine Trachtenberg is an American actress. She is best known for playing the lead role of Harriet M. Welsch in Harriet the Spy, Nona F. Mecklenberg in The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl.


On This Day

   Michelle Trachtenberg

   Jeff Peron   .   Nyron Nosworthy


Oct 102018
 

On This Day

10 October 2018


Births



1923

Nicholas Parsons

Age 95
Christopher Nicholas Parsons CBE is an English radio and television presenter and actor. Still active in his 90s, Parsons' long career in television, radio and theatre has made him a household name and he has been described as "the ultimate quiz show host" because of his "geniality, clarity of diction and the speed with which he rattled through questions".
1953

Midge Ure

Age 65
James "MidgeUre OBE is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name. Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and '80s in bands including SlikThin LizzyRich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984, Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK.
1959

Vince Hilaire

Age 59
Vincent Mark Hilaire is a retired professional footballer who played in the Football League for Crystal PalaceLuton TownPortsmouthLeeds UnitedStoke City and Exeter City.

Hilaire played 174 times for Portsmouth scoring 27 goals between 1984 – 1988
1963

Jim Glennie

Age 55
James Patrick Glennie is the bassist for and namesake of English rock band, James. Glennie is the band's longest-serving member, having been there from the first line-up through to the present.
1970

Dean Kiely

Age 48
Dean Laurence Kiely is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is the goalkeeping coach at Premier League club Crystal Palace. He won eleven caps for the Republic of Ireland as a player. Kiely has previously worked as the goalkeeping coach at West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City.

Kiely played 17 times for Portsmouth in 2006
1988

Rose McIver

Age 30

    
Frances Rose McIver is a New Zealand actress. Her mainstream feature film debut came in 2009's The Lovely Bones; other works include the films Predicament and Blinder; as well as guest appearances in New Zealand-based shows Xena: Warrior PrincessHercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Legend of the Seeker. McIver was a series regular on Power Rangers RPM, and she had recurring roles in both Showtime's Masters of Sex and on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She is the lead in The CW's iZombie as medical examiner Olivia "Liv" Moore.
1989

Aimee Teegarden

Age 29

  
Aimee Richelle Teegarden is an American actress, model, and producer. She starred as Julie Taylor in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights (2006–2011). In 2014, she starred as Emery Whitehill in The CW's short-lived science fiction romantic drama Star-Crossed.
1992

Gabrielle Aplin

Age 26

 
Gabrielle Ann Aplin is an English singer-songwriter. Aplin came to public attention after she gained a large online following by posting acoustic covers of songs on her YouTube channel.


On This Day

Rose McIver   .   Aimee Teegarden   .   Gabrielle Aplin

Vince Hilaire   .   Dean Kiely


Oct 092018
 

Match Report

Checkatrade Trophy


Crawley Town 0    1 Portsmouth

Dion Donohue netted his first Pompey goal to secure victory at Crawley in an uneventful Checkatrade Trophy contest at Broadfield Stadium.

But the result was enough to ensure that the Blues have reached the knockout stages with a group game to spare.

There was not a lot for either goalkeeper to do on a mild evening in Sussex and Donohue’s effort was comfortably enough to secure all three points.

Joe Mason could even afford to miss a late penalty in a game that will not live long in the memory of anyone present – bar Donohue, perhaps.

Kenny Jackett made nine changes from the side that finally suffered a league defeat to Gillingham at the weekend.

Gareth Evans – who wore the captain’s armband – and Ben Close were the only players to keep their places.

There were debuts for Louis Dennis and 16-year-old academy full-back Haji Mnoga, while a fit-again Donohue made his first appearance of the season.

Meanwhile, another member of Pompey’s youth set-up, midfielder Freddie Read, was an unused substitute.

Both sides took a while to grow into the game, with clear-cut chances at a premium at both ends throughout the first half.

A shot from Tarryn Allarakhia flew straight at Luke McGee, while the keeper also dealt with David Sesay’s deflected drive.

Then when a George Francomb delivery was only partially cleared, Panutche Camara and Dannie Bulman both had efforts blocked in quick succession.

There were a few crosses for Crawley to deal with at the other end of the pitch, but nothing that the visitors could capitalise on

Dennis did try his luck from the edge of the box, although the ball flew harmlessly wide of Yusuf Mersin’s post.

There was a scare when Evans lost possession inside his own area, although the skipper did well to win it back.

And Pompey went straight up the other end to break the deadlock, with Mason feeding DONOHUE, who cut in from the left and arrowed home a neat finish.


Half Time

Crawley Town 0

Portsmouth 0


Jackett replaced Evans with Matt Clarke at the start of the second half, as he matched the hosts by playing with three at the back.

But the Reds should have been level soon after the restart, with Sesay doing the hard work by beating Donohue down the right.

He squared for an unmarked Brian Galach, but the striker somehow side-footed his shot wide from 12 yards.

Close was not far away from making him pay for his profligacy, with a trickier attempt that flew narrowly over.

It was still not proving to be a game full of excitement, however, with Pompey content to play some patient passing football.

Josh Doherty had an opening for Crawley when he sent the ball into the danger zone and it evaded everyone to roll inches past the post.

Jackett made his final two changes just past the hour mark, as Mnoga and Donohue were withdrawn for Ben Thompson and Tom Naylor, with the latter slotting into defence.

The visitors tried to make sure of the victory and Close’s shot was gathered by Mersin after Anton Walkes had headed down Clarke’s free-kick.

Thompson’s low centre for Mason was just about intercepted, while Clarke nodded a corner wide as the match wound down.

Allarakhia sent a 25-yard thunderbolt fizzing narrowly wide, as the Reds tried their best to force a draw.

But Mason should really have wrapped things up for Pompey from 12 yards after Walkes had been tripped in the box by Mark Randall.

Referee Tim Robinson pointed straight to the spot, but the striker blazed his penalty high over the bar.

Crawley (3-1-4-2): Mersin; Francomb, McNerney, Vincelot; Bulman (c); Sesay, Allarakhia, Camara (Randall 61), Doherty; Poleon, Galach (Maguire 58)
Booked: Vincelot, Randall
Subs not used: Morris, Young, Connolly, Payne

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Mnoga (Naylor 65), Burgess, Walkes, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Evans (c) (Clarke 46), Dennis, Donohue (B.Thompson 64); Mason
Goals: Donohue 37
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Read, Pitman, Hawkins

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 1,268 (484 Pompey fans)

HIGHLIGHTS


Portsmouth FC

Oct 092018
 

On This Day


Births



1936

Brian Blessed

Age 82
Brian Blessed OBE is an English actor, writer, presenter, and comedian. He is known for his booming voice and his roles in Z-CarsI, ClaudiusBlackadder, and Flash Gordon.
1954

Scott Bakula

Age 64
Scott Stewart Bakula is an American actor, singer and director best known for his lead roles in two science-fiction television series: as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap (for which he received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award), and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise.
1976

Michael Panopoulos

Age 42
Michael Panopoulos, also written Michalis Panopoulos, is an Australian-Greek association football player. He has currently retired from playing, but now coaches the Altona City U12/U13 boys team and also the state of Victoria.

Panopoulos played 58 times for Portsmouth scoring 6 goals between 1999 – 2001
1979

Brandon Routh

Age 39
Brandon James Routh is an American actor. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on multiple television series throughout the early 2000s including Gilmore Girls. In 2006, he gained greater recognition for his role as the titular superhero of the 2006 film Superman Returns. He also had a recurring role in the TV series Chuck, as Daniel Shaw. Following this, he had notable supporting roles in the films Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In 2014, he began a recurring role on Arrow as Ray Palmer/Atom which spun off into a guest role on The Flash and a starring role on Legends of Tomorrow.
1979

Chris O'Dowd

Age 39
Christopher O'Dowd is an Irish actor, best known for his television roles such as Miles Daly in the Epix comedy series Get Shorty and Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O'Dowd created and starred in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy, which aired between 2012 and 2015. He had a recurring role on the comedy-drama series Girls.
1992

Louis Dennis

Age 26
Louis Hugh Dennis is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for EFL League One club Portsmouth.
1994

Jodelle Ferland

Age 24

Jodelle Micah Ferland is a Canadian actress. She is known for her portrayals of Mary Jensen in the 2004 ABC television series Kingdom Hospital, Bree Tanner in the 2010 film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Five in the 2015 Syfy television series Dark Matter. She is also known by her roles in multiple horror or horror-related films, such as Sharon/Alessa in Silent Hill, Lillith Sullivan in Case 39, Jenny in The Tall Man, Patience Buckner in The Cabin in the Woods, and Agatha Prenderghast in ParaNorman.


On This Day

Jodelle Ferland

Mike Panopoulos   .   Louis Dennis


Oct 082018
 

On This Day

08 October 2018


Births



1943

Chevy Chase

Age 75
Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American actor, comedian and writer. He is known for his portrayals of Clark Griswold in five National Lampoon's Vacation films and Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher in both Fletch (1985) and Fletch Lives (1989). Other prominent titles include Caddyshack (1980), Seems Like Old Times (1980), Spies Like Us (1985), Three Amigos (1986), Memoirs of an Invisible Man(1992), Orange County (2002) and Hot Tub Time Machine (2010). He played the character Pierce Hawthorne on the NBC comedy series Community from 2009 to 2014.
1965

Ardal O'Hanlon

Age 53
Ardal O'Hanlon is an Irish comedian and actor. He played Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted, George Sunday/Thermoman in My Hero, and DI Jack Mooney in Death in Paradise.
1987

Ksenia Solo

Age 31
Ksenia Solo  is a Latvian-Canadian actress, known for portraying Mackenzie "Kenzi" Malikov on Lost Girl. She portrayed Peggy Shippen on Turn: Washington's Spies. Solo also portrayed the character "Natasha" in the 2010 American television series Life Unexpected and Shay Davydov in Season 3 of Orphan Black.
1993

Molly Quinn

Age 25

  
Molly Caitlyn Quinn is an American actress—credited as Molly C. Quinn since 2013—whose work includes theatre, film, and television. Her notable roles include Alexis Castle, daughter of the title character, on ABC's Castle and the voice of Bloom, one of the main characters in Winx Club.


On This Day

Molly Quinn


Oct 072018
 

On This Day

07 October 2018


Births



1979

Aaron Ashmore

Age 39
Aaron Richard Ashmore is a Canadian film and television actor. He is known for his roles on American television series, such as Jimmy Olsen on Smallville and Steve Jinks on Warehouse 13. He plays Johnny Jaqobis on the Canadian television series Killjoys. He is the identical twin brother of actor Shawn Ashmore.
1982

Jermain Defoe

Age 36
Jermain Colin Defoe OBE is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.

Defoe played 36 times for Portsmouth scoring 17 goals in 2008
1987

Lauren Mayberry

Age 31

 
Lauren Eve Mayberry is a Scottish singer, songwriter, writer and journalist. She is best known as the front woman of the Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches.
1991

Christian Burgess

Age 27
Christian Thomas Kerran Burgess is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Portsmouth.
1997

Kira Kosarin

Age 21

    
Kira Nicole Kosarin is an American actress. She is known for her role as Phoebe Thunderman on the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans.


On This Day

Lauren Mayberry   .   Kira Kosarin

Jermain Defoe   .   Christian Burgess


Oct 062018
 

Match Report

League One


Portsmouth 0    2 Gillingham

Pompey’s unbeaten run finally came to an end at the 12th time of asking, as they lost to Gillingham at a sodden Fratton Park.

It was a disappointing display from the hosts, although they remain top of the League One table with Peterborough also suffering a home defeat.

A wonder goal from Tom Eaves opened the scoring, while Alex Lacey doubled the advantage in first half stoppage-time.

The Blues looked much brighter after the break, but despite their best efforts, were unable to find a breakthrough.

Kenny Jackett named an unchanged side for the third game in a row following successive wins on the road at Rochdale and Coventry.

The wet and windy conditions were undoubtedly making life tough for both sides in the opening stages.

It was certainly not conducive to any kind of free-flowing contest, although the visitors seemed to adapt better.

A shot from Luke O’Neill took a slight deflection to deceive Craig MacGillivray, with the keeper recovering to push the ball clear.

Then, after Jack Whatmough had cut out Dean Parrett’s low delivery, Mark Byrne’s effort cannoned into his own player.

There was a moment of levity midway through the first half, as a shot from Max Ehmer went out for a throw.

But the Gills were still looking more likely to break the deadlock and Ehmer’s drive was cleared by Whatmough.

The ball came straight back into the box, however, where it was collected by Eaves, who spun and hammered a sumptuous volley into the roof of the net.

Pompey tried to hit back, although their final ball was mostly lacking, with too many passes being overhit.

They did have a decent opportunity just before the break, with Ben Close’s long-range attempt nervously cleared over his own crossbar by Ehmer.

But there was still time for Gillingham to double their advantage – although this goal was more stoppable than the first.

A corner from Parrett made its way through a crowded area and Lacey was left unmarked to turn it home.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Gillingham 2


Jackett made a double switch at the break, with Gareth Evans and Close withdrawn for David Wheeler and Ben Thompson.

There was immediately some more urgency about their play, with an early attempt from Brett Pitman blocked.

Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe then both saw shots blocked in quick succession, as the noise from the stands began to rise.

And Gills keeper Tomas Holy was called into action for the first time on 51 minutes, getting down to his left to keep out Lowe’s drive.

It was certainly looking a lot livelier than before the interval, although the ball was not quite landing for the Blues, especially with a series of corners that the visitors managed to scramble clear.

O’Neill then made a vital interjection, just about nipping into nod clear with Pitman waiting to convert Lee Brown’s delivery.

With something special needed, Jackett made an attacking change on 74 minutes, replacing Nathan Thompson with Oli Hawkins.

But when Pitman did well to meet Ben Thompson’s cross and turn the ball back across goal, there was nobody in the centre to meet it.

Gillingham had weathered the storm, though, and saw out the final moments in relative comfort to become the first team this season to inflict a league loss on the Blues.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson (Hawkins 74), Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close (B.Thompson 46); Lowe, Evans (Wheeler 46), Curtis; Pitman (c)
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Mason

Gillingham (4-1-2-1-2): Holy; O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani (c), Fuller; Lacey; Byrne, Reilly; Parrett; Hanlan (List 80), Eaves
Goals: Eaves 26, Lacey 45+2
Subs not used: Hadler, Garmston, Simpson, Nasseri, Rees, Parker

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 18,158 (542 away fans)

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