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.
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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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.
Bristol City 0
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
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Loan : Millwall – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed goalkeeper David Forde on a season-long loan from Millwall.
The 36-year-old Irishman has made 339 appearances for the Lions since joining them in the summer of 2008.
He progressed through the ranks at Galway United and later featured for Barry Town and West Ham before returning to his first club.
Derry was Forde’s next stop and he won three cup competitions with the Candystripes, then moved back to the English leagues with Cardiff and Millwall.
He helped the Londoners win promotion to the Championship via the play-offs in 2010 and was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2013/14.
Forde has won 24 Republic of Ireland caps and was part of the squad that travelled to Poland for Euro 2012.
Chaplin, Main, Smith and May on target
Pompey eased to victory in their penultimate pre-season test against Isthmian League outfit Bognor at Nyewood Lane.
They created plenty of openings before the break, with Conor Chaplin and Curtis Main both finding the target.
Harvey Whyte reduced the deficit early in the second half, but Michael Smith then scored from the spot before Adam May wrapped things up.
Chaplin started particularly brightly and after one early shot was saved, Ben Close wastefully fired over the bar.
He was then sent through on goal, but Billy Granger was quickly off his line to make a crucial save.
The Rocks keeper was almost single-handedly keeping the Blues at bay and made another key stop to deny Ben Tollitt from long-range on 15 minutes.
Main was next to try to break the deadlock, but could not find the target after Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain had laid the ball into his path.
It was Chaplin with another go on 19 minutes and his deflected shot was heading for the net until Granger showed superb reflexes to divert it over the bar.
Tollitt’s set-piece delivery was also causing trouble, with Amine Linganzi and Tom Davies not quite able to take advantage.
Pompey finally got the goal their attacking dominance deserved on 23 minutes after CHAPLIN was brought down just outside the box.
The teenage forward stepped up to take the free-kick and expertly curled it over the wall and beyond Granger’s grasp.
Bognor then enjoyed their best spell of the game and should really have bagged an equaliser.
Paul Jones did well to deny Dylan Barnett from point-blank range and when the ball popped up nicely for James Fraser, he could only fire against the woodwork.
Pompey then made the hosts pay for their profligacy just before the break, as MAIN got above his marker to convert Chaplin’s teasing cross.
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Jones was called into action early in the second half, flinging himself to the right to keep out Barnett’s effort.
But he was unable to keep hold of the ball from the resulting corner, giving Whyte the chance to poke home.
The chances were not arriving as frequently as they had before the break, although one good move involving May and Main ended with Close firing over.
Paul Cook gave his two scorers a breather just past the hour mark, as Main and Chaplin made way for Smith and trialist Dean O’Halloran.
And it was SMITH who restored the Blues’ two-goal lead on 67 minutes, sending substitute stopper Joe Taylor the wrong way from the penalty spot after Darren Budd had brought down Tollitt.
The game was meandering towards its conclusion, but MAY livened things up again with a fourth goal, driving a 25-yard shot into the bottom corner.
A couple of academy starlets entered the fray late on and Tommy Scutt came close to adding his name to the scorers, meeting Theo Widdrington’s cross and volleying into the side netting.
And Oxlade-Chamberlain denied the Rocks a late consolation when he cleared Jimmy Wild’s drive from the line.
Bognor (4-3-3): Granger (Taylor 56); Crane, Field (Wollers 70), El-Abd (Sanders 56), Barnett; Whyte (Budd 56), Beck (c) (Robinson 81), Tuck (Consaro 70); Davies, Pearce (Penfold 81), Fraser (Wild 56)
Goals: Whyte 48
Pompey (4-diamond-2): Jones; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Davies, Barton (c), Widdringron; May, Linganzi (Yates 69), Tollitt, Close (Scutt 75); Main (Smith 62), Chaplin (O’Halloran 62)
Goals: Chaplin 27, Main 43, Smith 67 (pen), May 74
Sub not used: Bass
Referee: Tim Robinson
Plenty of goals for Macca benefit
Pompey twice led against Bournemouth in Alan McLoughlin’s benefit match, but had to settle for a 3-3 draw in the only Fratton friendly of the summer.
Gary Roberts fired the hosts into an early lead and although Lewis Grabban levelled, Michael Smith immediately restored the advantage.
But the usual flood of second half substitutions left the Blues a bit ragged, with Jordan Ibe and Dan Gosling appearing to secure victory for the Premier League visitors.
There was still time for Adam May to snatch a late leveller, however, and cap an entertaining afternoon on the sunny south coast.
The man of the moment greeted the crowd before kick-off and received warm applause from the Fratton faithful.
It was the visitors who were first to threaten once the game got underway, with Alex Bass getting down low to keep out Ryan Fraser’s drive.
But the Blues broke the deadlock after just five minutes, courtesy of a fine effort from ROBERTS.
The midfielder collected a pass and showed fancy footwork to beat Simon Francis before curling the ball into the bottom corner.
Pompey were passing the ball around nicely and Rhoys Wiggins did well to stop Smith getting a shot away after a corner had only been partially cleared.
But the Cherries soon started to settle and Grabban drilled inches past the post after being teed-up by Lewis Cook.
Roberts came close to scoring again at the other end, this time curling wide after playing a neat one-two with Carl Baker.
It was Bournemouth who got the next goal on 24 minutes, however, as Fraser burst into the box and cut the ball back for Grabban to slide past Bass.
But it took the hosts just a minute to restore their lead, with SMITH on hand to calmly stroke home after Enda Stevens’ effort was deflected into his path.
The Cherries tried to restore parity and an acrobatic effort from Marc Pugh was deflected behind before the same player headed over at the far post.
As well as enjoying an entertaining contest on the pitch, the crowd were keen on showing their support for a certain former player, with chants of ‘Alan McLoughlin’ and ‘sign him up’ ringing out.
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Paul Cook introduced a couple of trialists for the second half, with Chris Konopka taking over between the sticks and Amine Linganzi coming on soon after the restart.
But it was a contracted player who threatened for Pompey, as Smith had a shot deflected behind before heading over from the resulting corner.
Cherries substitute Joshua King had the ball in the back of the net before then, but his celebrations were interrupted by the linesman’s flag.
The changes kept flowing and Noel Hunt was denied by a superb Adam Federici save from point-blank range after Roberts had sent a teasing cross into the box.
But the Cherries found themselves level on 70 minutes when Ibe dropped his shoulder and finished at the near post.
Pompey came close to restoring their advantage once more when Hunt charged down Federici’s clearance, only for the keeper to recover and deny his opponent from a tight angle.
The Cherries forged ahead for the first time on 79 minutes, though, as Wiggins squared for Gosling to poke in from close range.
With Cook changing the entire squad, the Blues had lost their shape somewhat, but there was still time for MAY to scramble home an untidy late equaliser.
Pompey had shown plenty of encouraging moments against their top-flight visitors and, more importantly, the fans were able to pay tribute to a Blues legend.
Thanks for the memories, Macca
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass (Konopka 46); Talbot (May 82), Whatmough (Davies 78), Burgess (Barton 78), Stevens (Haunstrup 78); Rose (Hunt 61), Doyle (c) (Close 69); Baker (Oxlade-Chamberlain 80), Roberts (Tollitt 80), Lalkovic (Linganzi 52); Smith (Main 61)
Goals: Roberts 5, Smith 25, May 88
Subs not used: Bennett, Chaplin
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Federici; O’Kane, Francis (c), Daniels, Wiggins (Butcher 84); Cook (MacDonald 46), Arter; Fraser (Ibe 46), Grabban (Mousset 46), Pugh (Gosling 46); Wilson (King 46)
Goals: Grabban 24, Ibe 70, Gosling 79
Subs not used: Stanton, Cornick, Jordan, Harfield, Buckley, Lee, Travers
Referee: James Linington
Striker departs Pompey
Pompey and Adam McGurk have agreed a deal for the striker to leave Fratton Park.
The 27-year-old Northern Irishman has now signed for fellow League Two side Cambridge.
He joined the Blues last summer after two years with Burton, where he was a fourth tier title winner.
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Hunt and Roberts net for Blues
Pompey were twice pegged back by Salisbury and had to settle for a draw in their latest pre-season outing at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.
They created a host of chances and finally forged ahead through Noel Hunt, only for Justin Bennett to immediately equalise.
Gary Roberts’ restored the lead after the interval, but the Whites – despite rarely posing a threat – levelled again when Eddie Perrett headed home.
On a sweltering evening in Wiltshere, it was the hosts who made the brighter start and Pompey had to deal with a couple of free-kicks.
But Paul Cook’s side soon started to take control and Milan Lalkovic saw a shot deflected wide following a quick counter-attack.
Jack Whatmough then missed a great opportunity to break the deadlock on eight minutes, heading Gary Roberts’ cross wide after being left unmarked in the box.
Carl Baker has already shown that he is unafraid to have a pop, but appeared to leave his shooting boots at home with a couple of efforts that failed to find the target.
And Lee Angel then made a superb diving block to deny the midfielder as the Blues continued to threaten.
Hunt was looking a danger up front for the visitors and lifted a shot narrowly wide following a fine through ball by Roberts.
One fine flowing move involved Hunt and Baker, but Enda Stevens was unable to beat Whites keeper Charlie Searle after being teed-up.
Searle then made a stunning save to keep out a close-range Roberts header that seemed destined for the net.
But Pompey’s pressure finally paid dividends on 42 minutes when HUNT collected Stevens’ low cross and steered a shot inside the near post.
The lead lasted for just a minute, however, as a corner from Lewis Benson was emphatically headed home by Bennett.
There was still time for the Blues to go close before the break, but another superb Angel block denied Lalkovic.
Pompey continued to look bright after the interval and Roberts’ header was deflected wide after the midfielder had met Drew Talbot’s cross.
Baker then slid a pass across the face of goal that was just out of the reach of substitute Michael Smith.
It was Smith who probably should have restored the Blues’ lead on 54 minutes, but he failed to find the target with a close-range header.
Pompey were dominating and it came as no surprise when they did score a second soon after.
Lalkovic slid a pass through to ROBERTS in the box and the midfielder’s shot creeped over the line, despite the best efforts of the Salisbury back-line to get the ball clear.
Salisbury were not doing much to test trialist keeper Chris Kanopka at the other end, with an effort from Tony Lee almost going out for a throw.
But they found themselves level on 72 minutes with another goal from a corner, as Benson’s cross was headed back for Perrett to flick home.
Pompey had an immediate chance to restore their advantage, but Smith could not quite squeeze the ball in from a tight angle.
Kyle Bennett then fired over the bar after Stevens had been released down the left by Roberts and delivered a low cross into the box.
Pompey continued to dominate possession as the game drew to a conclusion, but were unable to convert that into a winning goal.
Salisbury (4-4-2): Searle (Childs 62); Colson, Wheeler (c) (Leigh 74), Angel, Perrett; Herbert (Jones 46), Whelan, Benson, Young (Masterton 59); Wright (Lee 46), Bennett (Flint 67)
Goals: Bennett 43, Perrett 72
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Konopka; Talbot, Whatmough, Burgess, Stevens; Rose, Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts, Lalkovic (Bennett 62); Hunt (Smith 46)
Goals: Hunt 42, Roberts 59
Subs not used: Bass, Barton, Haunstrup, Close, May, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Linganzi, Tollitt, Chaplin
Referee: Roger East
Oxlade-Chamberlain on target for Blues
Pompey’s unbeaten start to pre-season was ended by Sutton on a muggy afternoon at the Borough Sports Ground.
The hosts dominated the first half and deservedly led at the break thanks to goals from Roarie Deacon – who was on trial with the Blues earlier in the summer – and Bedsente Gomis.
But Paul Cook’s side looked much stronger following a host of second half substitutions and grabbed a consolation through Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After a slow start, it was the non-league side who were first to threaten – and they immediately forged ahead.
It was Deacon who opened the scoring on eight minutes, steering the ball into the bottom corner after Dan Spence’s low cross had been laid into his path.
The hosts were, unsurprisingly, looking more comfortable on their artificial surface and caused the Blues back-line a few problems.
Ross Worner was not being overly troubled in the United goal, although he made a regulation save to deny Conor Chaplin following good work by Adam May and Brandon Haunstrup.
Instead it was Sutton providing most of the attacking threat and Ryan Burge swung a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar.
Alex Bass then had to beat away a shot from Dan Wishart after the left-back had beaten Chris Sessegnon and burst into the box.
Gomis was next to go close when he met Deacon’s cross and sent a header crashing against the crossbar.
And it was the midfielder who doubled the hosts’ advantage on 33 minutes, arriving at the far post to convert Ross Stearn’s cross.
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Sutton should have had a third goal early in the second half, but Craig Eastmond blazed over the bar after being picked out by Deacon.
Pompey were still struggling to find a way through at the other end, although Curtis Main was not too far away with an audacious long-range effort that flashed over the bar.
They had another opening after breaking quickly up the pitch moments later, but Ben Close was crowded out and Main’s neat flick landed on the bar.
Main was the pick of the bunch for the Blues and he went close again on 65 minutes, with an effort that was deflected narrowly over.
Jack Whatmough came on just past the hour mark, with a further nine changes following a few moments later as Cook looked to give his whole squad a run-out.
And the visitors immediately looked brighter, with only a brave block preventing Theo Widdrington from reducing the deficit.
Pompey were suddenly providing a real attacking threat, with Carl Baker keen to add to his brace at Havant & Waterlooville during the week.
The summer signing fired a free-kick just past the post and then saw a shot kept out by the feet of Worner.
In between those chances, Gary Roberts was also denied by the Sutton keeper as the Blues tried to reduce the deficit.
And that is exactly what they did on 81 minutes when trialist Noel Hunt played a quick free-kick to Baker, whose low cross was converted by OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN.
A resurgent Pompey tried to grab an equaliser, but it was last season’s National League South champions who able to celebrate the victory.
Sutton (4-1-4-1): Worner; Spence, Beckwith (John 69), Collins (c), Wishart (Amankwaah 63); Eastmond; Deacon, Gomis (Bailey 75), Burge (Downer 74), Stearn (Hudson-Odoi 66); Fitchett (Dundas 60)
Goals: Deacon 8, Gomis 33
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Sessegnon (Talbot 69), Burgess (c) (Whatmough 63), Barton (Widdrington 69), Haunstrup (Stevens 69); Close (Rose 69), May (Doyle 69); Tollitt (Baker 69), Chaplin (Roberts 69), Lalkovic (Oxlade-Chamberlain 69); Main (Hunt 69)
Goals: Oxlade-Chamberlain 81
Referee: Craig Hicks