Dec 042018
 

Match Report

Checkatrade Trophy

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 2    1 Arsenal U21

Pompey booked their spot in the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy with a dominant display against Arsenal under-21s.

Brett Pitman gave the Blues an early lead at Fratton Park, but their quest for a healthier advantage was denied three times by the woodwork.

The skipper and, on two occasions, man-of-the-match Adam May were both left frustrated before Bukayo Saka impressively brought the scores level.

But the hosts got the victory their impressive performance deserved thanks to a second goal in three days from Andre Green.

Kenny Jackett made 11 changes from the side that progressed in the FA Cup at Rochdale on Sunday.

He handed debuts to youngsters Matt Casey and Freddie Read, while May was back from a loan spell at Aldershot.

There was also a return for skipper Pitman up front, flanked by Green and Louis Dennis in the Pompey attack.

Arsenal handed a start to 33-year-old former French international Laurent Koscielny, who added plenty of experience to an otherwise youthful side.

One of his highly-rated team-mates was the first to threaten, although after spinning neatly in the box, Saka fired straight at Luke McGee.

The Blues soon took control and after collecting a pass from Casey, Anton Walkes saw his shot cleared from the line by Danny Ballard.

Brandon Haunstrup then had a fierce effort well saved by Deyan Iliev, but the hosts forged ahead from the resulting corner.

Dennis’ delivery was headed back by Walkes at the far post and PITMAN acrobatically flicked the ball home from close range.

It was a lively display from Dennis, who had a chance of his own by nodding Green’s cross wide on 15 minutes.

May came a lot closer to doubling the advantage, stealing possession from James Olayinka and hitting a 25-yard shot against the post.

And Dennis then tried his luck with a long-range effort that dipped narrowly over as Pompey continued to dominate.

Arsenal looked neat on the ball, but were not really troubling their hosts, who seemed the more likely to add to the scoring.

An angled attempt from Christian Burgess was blocked by Ballard, while Pitman sent a free-kick into the Gunners wall.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Arsenal U21 0


A corner from Dennis led to some pinball in the visitors box once the action restarted, with the ball eventually hacked to safety.

McGee was still not being overworked at the other end and an effort from Charlie Gilmour was well off target.

But May came close to scoring for the Blues, neatly controlling the ball 25 yards out and sending the ball crashing against the crossbar.

That came after Read left the pitch to warm applause, with a fit-again Joe Mason on to replace him and provide some more firepower.

The hosts appeared to be cruising, only for the Gunners to level against the run of play. It was a fine effort from Saka, though, who cut in from the left before firing into the top corner.

And the Londoners might have gone ahead soon after, with Burgess throwing himself in front of Tyreece John-Jules’ effort.

Pompey tried to restore their advantage, but were denied by the woodwork for an incredible third time on 76 minutes.

Pitman met a cross from the right by Walkes, only to see his header come back off the inside of the post and be cleared by the Arsenal defence.

The hosts were starting to move through the gears again and Dennis was sent through on goal by Mason. He lifted a shot over Iliev, but the ball flew agonisingly wide.

It was Green who was next to have a go just a few seconds later and this time the keeper saved with his feet.

And the on-loan Aston Villa winger finally made the pressure count by restoring Pompey’s lead on 83 minutes.

It was a lovely move, with Dennis playing a neat one-two with Pitman before arrowing the ball across the face of goal for GREEN to emphatically fire into the roof of the net.

And the Blues comfortably saw out the final few minutes to seal the win that ensures their place in Saturday’s third round draw.

Pompey (4-3-3): McGee; Walkes, Casey, Burgess, Haunstrup; May, Rose, Read (Mason 58); Green, Pitman (c), Dennis
Goals: Pitman 10, Green 83
Booked: Dennis, Walkes
Subs not used: L.Pitman, Mnoga, Johnston, Flint, Smith, Maloney

Arsenal U21 (3-4-3): Iliev; Ballard, Koscielny (Tormey 85), Medley; Osei-Tutu, Omole (Coyle 65), Gilmour (c), Bramall; Saka, John-Jules, Olayinka
Goals: Saka 66
Booked: Omole
Subs not used: Hein, Bola, Olowu, Thompson, Zelalem

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Attendance: 3,109 (188 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Dec 022018
 

Match Report

FA Cup 2nd Round

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Rochdale 0    1 Portsmouth

Andre Green scored at the death to see off Rochdale and send Pompey into the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Both sides had struck the woodwork in a Spotland contest that otherwise failed to ignite, with Ronan Curtis hitting the bar for the Blues.

But the visitors were unusually subdued after the break and a replay was looming until a deflected effort from substitute Green settled the tie.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Walsall in the league earlier in the week.

Tom Naylor missed out with a slight groin problem, meaning that Ben Close was recalled to Pompey’s midfield.

Both sides took a while to hit their stride on a soggy Sunday afternoon in the north-west, with the keepers enjoying a quiet opening 45 minutes.

An Oli Hawkins header was deflected comfortably into the arms of Josh Lillis, while the Blues back-line dealt with a couple of deliveries into their box.

Jordan Williams should at least have tested Craig MacGillivray on 11 minutes, but fired wastefully wide after doing well to bring the ball under control.

The visitors began to look the more assured side, although efforts from Ben Thompson and Gareth Evans were off target and blocked respectively.

Pompey’s skipper went closer midway through the half, hitting a fierce and cleanly-struck volley narrowly over the crossbar.

There was plenty of neat build-up play on display, but they were too often let down by the final pass or shot.

And Jordan Williams might have made them pay at the other end late in the half, sending an attempt just past the post.

There was still time for two noteworthy moments for the Blues just before the sides went in for the interval.

Curtis smashed the ball against the crossbar and such was the ferocity of his effort, it came back to the Republic of Ireland international, who was unable to get a second shot away.

His fellow forward Jamal Lowe then went down in the box and despite the travelling fans appealing for a penalty, referee Seb Stockbridge instead booked him for diving.


Half Time

Rochdale 0

Portsmouth 0


A foul by Close gave Dale the first opportunity of the second half, but Matt Done’s free-kick struck the wall and was deflected behind.

The hosts then broke quickly up the pitch soon after, but MJ Williams’ shot was so high it flew out of the stadium.

Pompey had struggled to get going after the break and were perhaps fortunate not to have been punished for that.

There was certainly no lack of commitment, though, with Nathan Thompson’s fury at not being awarded a throw earning the right-back a booking.

Rochdale had another opening just past the hour mark when Calvin Andrew latched on to Ian Henderson’s pass, but MacGillivray saved with his feet.

And they went even closer on 69 minutes, as Done’s thunderous drive came back off the corner of post and bar.

A craning Hawkins saw his header saved by Lillis at the other end, as the Blues tried to pose more of a threat.

Brett Pitman – who has netted five times in the previous three meetings with Rochdale – provided an extra option on 72 minutes, with Evans making way.

But it was Jack Whatmough who missed a decent chance soon after, nodding wide after racing in to meet Lee Brown’s free-kick.

Jackett then made his second substitution, with Lowe withdrawn for Aston Villa loanee Green out wide.

It was Rochdale that were next to go close, however, as Henderson hit a sweet volley that dripped just over the Blues bar.

But, with a replay looking likely, Ryan Delaney brought down Green right on the edge of the box, earning the defender a yellow card.

Brown squared the free-kick to GREEN, whose shot took a wicked deflection to deceive Lillis and leave Rochdale reeling.

They almost levelled in stoppage-time, but MacGillivray denied Henderson from close range to ensure Pompey booked their place in the third round.

Rochdale (4-4-2): Lillis; Rafferty, McGahey, Delaney, Done; Dooley (Cannon 55), Adshead, M.Williams, Henderson (c); J.Williams, Andrew
Booked: Delaney
Subs not used: Norman, McNulty, Rathbone, Perkins, Gillam, Inman

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Close; Lowe (Green 76), Evans (c) (Pitman 72), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Green 90
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Haunstrup, Rose

Referee: Seb Stockbridge

Attendance: 2,555 (599 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Dec 022018
 

One Day

2011






Plot

Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their university graduation. We see them every year on the anniversary of that date – July 15th. Emma is smart but success doesn't come quickly for her, whereas for Dexter, success and women come very easily. Through the years they grow apart as their lives take different directions and they meet other people. But as they grow apart from those other people and their lives start taking opposite directions again, Emma and Dexter find that they belong with each other.

Summary

A good film to tug on the heartstrings with an unexpected ending. Amusing Americn view of London with red phone boxes, buses and not a foreigner or burqa in sight


IMDb7.0

Film IMDb Emilia Jones

Nov 272018
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Portsmouth 2    0 Walsall

Pompey’s long wait for a Fratton league game was certainly worth it, as they maintained their table-topping form with victory over Walsall.

They dominated the opening 45 minutes, although only had an Oli Hawkins header to show for it at the break.

Their visitors did improve following the interval, but Ronan Curtis struck to ensure the Blues enjoyed their homecoming.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that secured a 2-1 victory away to Scunthorpe at the weekend.

And they showed no sign of weariness in the opening stages, looking to attack their mid-table opponents right from kick-off.

Saddlers skipper George Dobson had to throw himself in front of a shot from Gareth Evans, while Jamal Lowe’s threaded pass for Curtis just overran.

Evans missed a great chance to break the deadlock after being found unmarked by Curtis on eight minutes, sending his header high over the crossbar.

And Pompey’s captain should have been awarded a penalty after clearly being barged to the ground by Nicky Devlin on 17 minutes, only for referee Alan Young to inexplicably wave play on.

Still the hosts kept pouring forward and a fine block from Luke Leahy finally put an end to Lowe’s surging run.

Ben Thompson then fired narrowly wide, while Evans could not quite get on the end of a teasing Curtis cross.

But the goal finally arrived on 25 minutes when Curtis’ deflected delivery fell kindly for HAWKINS to head home at the far post.

And the lead was almost doubled moments later, with a screamer from Ben Thompson flying just past the outright.

Walsall did grow into the game more as the half progressed and Kane Wilson’s drive was deflected narrowly off target.

It was Pompey who came close to adding to the scoring just before the break, with Curtis hitting a fierce effort narrowly past the post.

There was still time for the visitors to put hearts in mouths in stoppage-time, however, as Nathan Thompson made a key sliding challenge to dispossess Josh Ginnelly in the box.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Walsall 0


It was Walsall who were first to threaten after the break and Ginnelly wasted a decent opening by firing over after being found in the area by Russell Martin.

But despite looking a tad nervous at the start of the second half, Pompey were able to double their advantage on 49 minutes.

Lowe launched a quick counter-attack and found CURTIS, with the Republic of Ireland international swivelling to fire home after his first attempt had been blocked.

Hawkins then had two chances in quick succession to really put the hosts in full control, with the first seeing him nod an Evans corner over from close range.

The same duo combined again moments later and this time the striker’s header drifted just past the post.

There was a nervy moment at the opposite end of the pitch just past the hour mark, as Wilson went down in the box under pressure from Lee Brown.

Young blew his whistle, but decided the Walsall winger had taken to the floor too easily and booked him for diving.

The visitors brought on former Blues loanee Connor Ronan for Ginnelly in an attempt to find a route back into the game.

And Pompey made a change of their own soon after, with Curtis getting an ovation as he made way for David Wheeler.

They were struggling to see as much of the ball as the seconds ticked down, but their opponents could only manage half-chances.

One of those saw Ronan drill a low shot narrowly wide, but Craig MacGillivray was still not really being tested.

His opposite number, by contrast, just about managed to tip over a sweetly-struck 25-yard effort from Nathan Thompson.

And the Blues saw out the closing stages with relative ease to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 85), Curtis (Wheeler 74); Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 25, Curtis 49
Booked: Wheeler
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Green, Pitman

Walsall (4-4-2): Roberts; Devlin, Martin, Guthrie, Leahy; Wilson (Morris 88), Dobson (c), Kinsella, Ginnelly (Ronan 65); Gordon (Cook 78), Ferrier
Booked: Devlin, Wilson, Dobson
Subs not used: Dunn, Fitzwater, Johnson, Osbourne

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 16,794 (184 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 242018
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Scunthorpe
United
1    2 Portsmouth

Pompey continued their fine form on the road with a 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe, despite a tense conclusion to the contest.

They appeared to be cruising to three points at Glanford Park, with goals from Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans giving them a comfortable interval lead.

But Evans missed a great chance to extend the advantage further after the break and Lee Novak immediately reduced The Iron’s deficit.

The hosts applied some under intense pressure in the closing stages, but the Blues held on to secure more away-day joy for the travelling support.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that comfortably progressed in the FA Cup at Maidenhead a fortnight ago.

It mean that the in-form Oli Hawkins continued to lead the line, having netted five goals in his previous six appearances.

Brett Pitman recovered from a slight knee problem to take his place on the bench, but there was no room for the fit-again Andre Green.

Pompey looked in control for much of the first half and dominated possession, with plenty of the action taking place in and around the opposition area.

There were not too many clear-cut chances at either end of the pitch, although some dangerous deliveries from Jamal Lowe were just out of reach for his team-mates.

Nathan Thompson made a timely block to deny Andy Dales at the other end, while Funso Ojo injured himself as he blazed wildly over and had to be replaced.

A corner from Evans was glanced agonisingly past the post by Matt Clarke and Hawkins then had appeals for a penalty turned down following an apparent push by Cameron Burgess.

Scunthorpe’s best opening came when George Thomas’ corner was nodded narrowly over the bar by Matthew Lund.

Evans almost caught out Jak Alnwick with a set-piece of his own that came close to dipping under the bar before the keeper turned it over.

But the next corner did lead to a goal on 34 minutes, as Jack Whatmough turned Ronan Curtis’ cross back into the centre, where NAYLOR was left in space to hook home.

Pompey were in control by this point and it came as no surprise when they doubled their lead soon after.

Nathan Thompson fed EVANS and the skipper showed neat footwork in the box before lofting a fine shot past Alnwick.

The only sour note for the visitors before the break came when Hawkins was booked following an aerial challenge.


Half Time

Scunthorpe United 0

Portsmouth 2


The Blues picked up where they left off following the interval and Lee Brown’s free-kick was not too far over the bar after Hawkins had been fouled.

Scunthorpe started to enjoy more of the ball as the second half progressed, although it was still their opponents looking more dangerous.

And Evans should really have wrapped things up on 58 minutes, somehow firing wide from just a few yards out after being picked out by Naylor.

The Iron made Pompey pay for that miss just moments later, with Novak arrowing the ball into the net after Craig MacGillivray had pushed clear Thomas’ cross.

More goals were looking possible at both ends by this point and it was the visitors’ time to go close on 66 minutes.

Alnwick failed to hold a low cross from Lowe under pressure from Evans, but dived on the loose ball before Curtis could capitalise.

There were hearts in mouths at the opposite side of the pitch, with a mad scramble in the Blues box before Whatmough eventually hacked clear.

And another spell of sustained Iron pressure finished with Thomas curling a shot past MacGillivray’s grasp, but also the post.

Jackett was forced to make a change on 79 minutes, with Evans limping off to be replaced by Christian Burgess and a switch to three at the back.

It was proving to be a nervy finale and a free-kick from Thomas somehow evaded everyone on its way out of play, although referee Martin Coy spotted a slight Pompey touch.

But the Blues managed to see out five minutes of stoppage-time, much to the delight of the 913 fans who had travelled up from the south coast,

Scunthorpe (4-1-4-1): Alnwick; McArdle (c), Goode, Burgess, Borthwick-Jackson (Butroid 46); Horsfield (Humphrys 75); Lund, Ojo (Ugbo 13), Thomas, Dales; Novak
Goals: Novak 60
Booked: Goode, Lund, Novak, McArdle
Subs not used: Flatt, Ben El-Mhanni, Morris, Wootton

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe (Wheeler 84), Evans (c) (Burgess 79), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Naylor 34, Evans 40
Booked: Hawkins, Curtis
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, Close, Pitman

Referee: Martin Coy

Attendance: 4,365 (913 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 242018
 

Abigail Breslin

Born : 14 April 1996 ( 22 )






Abigail Breslin is an American actress and singer.

She appeared in her first commercial when she was three years old and in her first film, Signs (2002), at the age of five. Her other film roles include Raising Helen (2004), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, No Reservations (2007), Nim's Island (2008), Definitely, Maybe (2008), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Zombieland (2009), Rango (2011), and August: Osage County (2013). In September 2015, she began acting in the horror-comedy Scream Queens on Fox, in which she had her first regular role on a television series.

Celebrity Abigail Breslin

Nov 192018
 

Celeste And Jesse Forever

2012






Plot

Celeste and Jesse have been best friends forever. They dated in high school, got married, and now they're getting divorced. Their best friends don't think they can maintain their friendship throughout the dissolution of their marriage, but Celeste and Jesse don't think there will be a problem. But that's before Jesse gets into a relationship that Celeste doesn't think he can handle, and Celeste finds it harder to move on than she originally thought.

Summary

I quite enjoyed this film even if not one of the best of it's type. Rashida Jones is great as part of the relationship but I just can't warm to Andy Samberg.


IMDb6.6

Film IMDb Emma Roberts

Nov 182018
 

The Hobbit : The Battle Of The Five Armies

2014

   






Plot

Atop the reclaimed Lonely Mountain, Bilbo Baggins and the fellowship of Dwarves witness the mighty winged drake, Smaug, swooping down upon Laketown in a fit of fiery rage, as refugee denizens and Elves converge on Erebor to claim the realm's inestimable treasure. However, as Prince Thorin II Oakenshield rapidly succumbs to the hypnotic allure of the corrupting mounds of gold, friendships shatter over greed, and a war is brewing. And just as all races prepare for battle, dark lord Sauron's evil forces led by the Orc chieftain, Azog, emerge from the dark bowels of the earth, flanking the vast battlefield, in Middle-earth's greatest conflict that will decide everyone's future.

Summary

Well I finally made it to the end of this drawn out saga. It's better than the first two with less "comedy" moments although Legolas appears to be more Spiderman than Elf. The best part was probably the haunting end credit song sung by Billy Boyd


IMDb7.4

Film IMDb