Apr 262016
 
League 2
AFC Wimbledon 0 – 1 Portsmouth

 

Michael Smith scored the only goal as Pompey won at AFC Wimbledon to guarantee a top-seven finish.

The striker fired home in the first half to settle a match that became extremely stretched in stages.

The Blues had chances to make it a more comfortable finale, but were not made to pay for their profligacy.

Paul Cook made three changes from the side that beat Wycombe at the weekend.

Adam Barton was deployed as an emergency centre-back in place of the injured Matt Clarke (groin).

Marc McNulty (hamstring) made way for Smith up front, while Ben Davies dropped to the bench, with Kieron Freeman coming in at right-back.

Kyle Bennett (ankle), Conor Chaplin (groin), Ryan Fulton (thigh), Adam Webster (ankle), Jack Whatmough (back) and Conor Wilkinson (groin) were also sidelined for the visitors.

That meant teenage academy graduates Adam May and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain were named among the substitutes.

It was a fairly even affair in the opening stages, with both sides looking to get forward, but neither managing to carve out many clear-cut openings.

The best fell to the hosts after eight minutes, but an unmarked Darius Charles guided his header straight at Paul Jones after meeting Callum Kennedy’s corner.

It was a similar story at the other end of the pitch, where Gareth Evans could only divert Freeman’s cross safely into the arms of Kelle Roos.

Gary Roberts then rightly picked up the game’s first booking for a mis-timed challenge on former Pompey winger Andy Barcham.

Team-mate Smith and Tom Elliott, however, seemed rather harshly punished when referee Andy Madley brandished yellow cards to both of them.

But SMITH – just like the large travelling support – was celebrating on 35 minutes when he broke the deadlock.

The home fans thought that Roberts had fouled Sean Rigg in the build-up, but Madley was uninterested and the midfielder fed Smith for a calm finish.

And the striker had the ball in the net again moments later, but this time an infringement was spotted and the goal ruled out.

There was not too many opportunities in a frantic end to the half, although the Pompey fans made their own entertainment by serenading Roberts.

Half Time: AFC Wimbledon 0 Pompey 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

There was a surprise at the start of the second half, when Brian Murphy emerged to take Jones’ place between the sticks.

He did well to claim a high ball after the Blues had failed to deal with Barry Fuller’s cross while, moments earlier, Barcham flashed a shot narrowly over.

The visitors had a chance at the other end after ex-Pompey skipper Paul Robinson had been booked for a challenge on Kal Naismith.

He was then picked out by Roberts at the far post, but the winger’s fierce drive was parried clear by Dons keeper Roos.

AFC Wimbledon were causing problems from set-pieces, though, and a free-kick was eventually scrambled clear before a corner was headed over by Elliott.

Another flag-kick then found Charles at the far post, but he headed the ball into the turf and it bounced over the bar.

And Barcham really should have punished his former side just past the hour mark, drilling a shot wide after bursting through on goal.

But Pompey missed a gilt-edged chance of their own on 72 minutes, when Roberts hurriedly shot over despite having time after collecting Evans’ pass.

And, with the Dons committing men forward, they soon had another decent opening, with Fuller well-placed on the line to stop Naismith scoring from point-blank range.

Then, just seconds later, Roberts charged through on goal, but with just Roos to beat, he sent his shot wide.

AFC Wimbledon tried to make their opponents pay for their missed chances, although Connor Smith only received a yellow card for trying to win a penalty.

And the Blues saw out the final few moments to secure all three points and leave the Dons still looking to confirm their spot in the play-offs.

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): Roos; Fuller (c), Robinson, Charles, Kennedy; Rigg (Reeves 46), Bulman, Smith, Barcham (Murphy 75); Taylor, Elliott (Azeez 68)
Booked: Elliott, Robinson, Smith
Subs not used: Shea, Sweeney, Fitzpatrick, Akinfenwa

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones (Murphy 46); Freeman, Burgess, Barton, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Naismith; Smith
Goals: Smith 35
Booked: Roberts, Smith
Subs not used: Davies, Haunstrup, Close, May, Oxlade-Chamberlain, McGurk

Referee: Andy Madley

Attendance: 4,799 (911 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Apr 242016
 

The Nina Dobrev Page

Nina Dobrev (born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva : January 9, 1989) is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. She portrayed Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2006–09), and then played the role of Elena Gilbert on The CW’s supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009–15). Dobrev has also starred in the 2012 drama film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2014 comedy Let’s Be Cops, and the 2015 horror comedy The Final Girls.


Celebrity Pictures . Nina Dobrev
Apr 232016
 
League 2
Portsmouth 2 – 1 Wycombe Wanderers

 

Roberts and Chaplin secure victory

Pompey have all but secured a place in the top seven following a 2-1 victory over Wycombe at Fratton Park.

The completely controlled the first half and the impressive Gary Roberts deservedly fired them ahead.

Conor Chaplin then came off the bench to double the advantage and seemingly wrap up all three points.

But Sido Jombati’s fine free-kick set-up a nervy finale and there were plenty of chewed fingernails by the time referee Dean Whitestone blew the final whistle.

Paul Cook made three changes from the side so comprehensively beaten at York earlier in the week.

Two of them were enforced, with the injured duo of Adam Webster and Kyle Bennett making way for a fit-again Christian Burgess and Roberts.

The other switch saw Michael Smith drop to the bench and Kal Naismith come in wide on the left.

Wycombe were first to threaten once the game got started and Paul Jones had to gather the ball on the edge of his box to deny the rampaging Gozie Ugwu.

But as the half progressed, the hosts began to take complete control of proceedings in front of another large crowd.

Michael Doyle fed a fine pass through to Roberts, although he then cut the ball back to absolutely no-one.

Roberts, however, was at the heart of everything the Blues did going forward, dictating play with a number of clever passes.

Pompey kept knocking at the door in search of an opening goal and Gareth Evans fired into the side netting before Naismith’s cross was nervously dealt with.

They almost broke the deadlock on 23 minutes when Doyle dispossessed former Fratton loanee Marcus Bean in the centre to start an attack.

Roberts picked the ball up and his drive was parried clear by Ryan Allsop, while Danny Hollands’ follow-up was deflected safely into the keeper’s arms.

It was Roberts who went close again moments later, but after brilliantly controlling Christian Burgess’ pass and side-stepping a defender, he curled his shot over the bar.

Matt Clarke’s surging run then created a chance for the lively Marc McNulty and his effort was also narrowly off target.

Wycombe were struggling to hang on, with their rare attacks quickly blunted and their defence then having to deal with a wave of blue.

Naismith should have scored on 36 minutes, only to completely mis-hit his shot after being picked out in the box by Burgess.

The Fratton faithful did not have to wait long for a goal to celebrate, however.

It was ROBERTS who deservedly scored, sliding in to poke the ball home from close range following more excellent McNulty work down the right.

That failed to dampen Pompey’s attacking mentality and they continued to pour forward in search of more goals.

Naismith almost obliged just before the break after collecting a short corner, but his lashed effort cannoned back off the inside of the post.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Wycombe 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

Despite the hosts’ almost total dominance in the first half, they almost found themselves back on level terms just after the restart.

Ugwu rose highest to flick on Jombati’s cross and Jones flung himself to the left to palm the ball behind.

But Pompey then had a chance to double their lead, only for Roberts to hit a tame effort straight at Allsop when a pass for McNulty looked the better option.

Cook made a double substitution on the hour mark, with McNulty and Ben Davies making way for Chaplin and Kieron Freeman.

And CHAPLIN only had to wait seven minutes to get his name on the scoresheet and halt the Chairboys’ revival.

The striker latched onto an excellent long pass from Doyle and although his shot was scuffed, the ball trickled into the bottom corner.

That appeared to settle the nerves, but the tension soon ramped up when Wycombe reduced the deficit on 73 minutes.

Doyle was penalised for a foul on Bean on the edge of the box and Jombati stepped up to curl the free-kick over the wall and into the net.

There was a sense of panic around the stadium and that only grew when Jason McCarthy drilled in a shot that had to be hacked from the line by a well-placed Freeman.

Pompey were soon looking dangerous on the break, however, and Allsop did well to deny Roberts following a sumptuous pass over the top by Chaplin.

Wycombe were pushing men forward in search of a leveller and Garry Thompson’s volley was pushed clear by Jones.

Burgess then did well to clear the ball from a crowded box after a corner had led to a nervy scramble.

There were a few groans when the fourth official announced an additional five minutes, but Pompey held on to secure the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies (Freeman 60), Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Naismith (McGurk 77); McNulty (Chaplin 60)
Goals: Roberts 37, Chaplin 67
Booked: Chaplin
Subs not used: Murphy, Barton, Close, Smith

Wycombe (4-1-4-1): Allsop; McCarthy, Stewart, Pierre, Jombati; Rowe; Sellars (Liburd 82), Bean, Harriman (Kretzschmar 72), Hayes (c) (Thompson 67); Ugwu
Goals: Jombati 73
Booked: Stewart, Bean
Subs not used: Siegrist, Jacobson, McGinn, Sellers

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 16,187 (737 away fans)

Apr 232016
 

The actress Pearl Mackie has been revealed as the new companion for Doctor Who. The announcement was made in a preview clip broadcast during half-time at the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United, shown on BBC1 on Saturday.

Mackie will be the Doctor’s 41st companion, and the 10th since the show was rebooted in 2005 – give or take (fans are divided on the official status of several characters who travelled only briefly with the Doctor). Mackie, who will play a character called Bill, takes over from Jenna Coleman to star alongside the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi. She will make her debut at the beginning of the show’s next season in 2017.

On joining the cast in her first major television role, Mackie said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It’s such an extraordinary British institution – I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home. I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.

“Reading the script at the audition, I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable, with a bit of geekiness thrown in.” The actress described shooting the trailer as “absolutely mental”.

Capaldi said it was “a genuine delight” to welcome Mackie to Doctor Who. “A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the Tardis and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to the Doctor’s adventures.”

Steven Moffat, outgoing lead writer and executive producer, said: “A new face in the Tardis, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard, the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”

Mackie trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010. Since drama school, she has worked across theatre, film, radio and television. Her acting credits include Svengali, a British film released in 2013, and she is currently appearing in the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Among the other actors who had been speculated to take the role were Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan, and Maisie Williams, star of Game of Thrones and a guest star in the last season of the sci-fi show.

In January, Steven Moffat revealed that he was stepping down as the lead writer and executive producer of the show. He will be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who will start work as executive producer in 2018. Series 10 is to be Moffat’s last.

Apr 232016
 

The Jenna Coleman Page

Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986), known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress. Her notable roles are Clara Oswald in the British television series Doctor Who and Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera Emmerdale.

Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, and began her acting career at an early age as a member of a theatre company called In Yer Space. While auditioning for drama schools in 2005, she was chosen to play Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale. She received critical acclaim for her performance and was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award at the 2006 National Television Awards.

Coleman went on to play “hard girl” Lindsay James in the BBC school-based drama series Waterloo Road, Susan Brown in a BBC Four television adaptation of the John Braine novel Room at the Top, Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes’ four part mini-series Titanic, and Rosie in Stephen Poliakoff’s original drama series Dancing on the Edge.

From 2012 to 2015, Coleman portrayed Clara Oswald, companion to the eleventh and twelfth incarnations of the Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who. She appeared as Lydia Wickham in the BBC drama Death Comes to Pemberley.


Celebrity Pictures . Jenna Coleman
Apr 192016
 
League 2
York City 3 – 1 Portsmouth

 

York and Pompey made a mockery of their respective league positions as the former stormed to a convincing victory at Bootham Crescent

The Blues were well off the pace before the break and trailed to strikes from Bradley Fewster and Lewis Alessandra.

A stunning effort from Luke Summerfield then gave the destined-to-be-relegated Minstermen a three-goal advantage.

Gareth Evans pulled one back as Pompey finally started to click and both sides might have added to the scoring as the game became extremely stretched.

Paul Cook made three changes from the side that were beaten at home by Plymouth at the weekend.

With Christian Burgess and Gary Roberts both nursing knocks, there were starts for Adam Webster and Marc McNulty.

The other switch saw Evans come in wide on right, with Adam McGurk dropping to the bench.

There was a comical moment in the opening stages when referee Nigel Miller awarded a Pompey goal-kick – despite the ball clearly striking Ben Davies on its way out of play.

But there was little else to cheer the large travelling support in a contest that the struggling hosts dominated.

There were a couple of half-chances early on, with Evans’ cross drifting onto the roof of the net and Webster heading wide from a corner.

But it was York looking the more threatening and Paul Jones did well to deny Fewster following a fine surging run from Luke Hendrie.

The keeper was called into action again on 25 minutes, this time preventing Summerfield from finding the net from a free-kick wide on the left.

And there was a further scare when McNulty lost possession, with the ball eventually scrambled behind from a corner.

But it was from that set-piece that the hosts broke the deadlock, as Summerfield’s delivery was headed back by Scot Bennett for Fewster to convert from close range.

Pompey were looking extremely sloppy and were guilty of gifting their opponents the ball on a number of occasions.

York, meanwhile, did not look like a side destined for non-league and doubled their lead on 34 minutes following a quick counter-attack.

Hendrie eventually received the ball wide on the right and sent in a fine low cross that Alessandra slotted home from a few yards out.

There was brief respite at the other end of the pitch when Kyle Bennett shrugged off a couple of challenges and sent a shot flying narrowly over the bar.

But there was still time for the Blues’ evening to get even worse, as Webster went down off the ball and had to be replaced just before the break.

There was no recognised centre-back among the substitutes, so Adam Barton was once again called upon to deputise in defence.

Half Time: York 2 Pompey 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

York continued to impress after the restart and Ben Davies was called into action to block Galbraith’s drive.

But the hosts did forge further ahead on 48 minutes – not that there was much the Blues could do to prevent it.

It was a stunning strike from Summerfield, who picked up the ball 30 yards out and sent it arrowing into the net.

Pompey came close to reducing the deficit soon after when Michael Smith collected a pass down the left, cut inside and curled a shot narrowly wide.

But they did have a goal in fortunate fashion on 55 minutes, when EVANS was fed by Davies and saw his shot fumbled over the line by Scott Flinders.

The keeper did better to keep out McNulty’s header a few seconds later, although the flag had already been raised for offside.

And the Blues were suddenly look a lot brighter, with Evans flicking Bennett’s corner into the side netting.

But they were still guilty of some sloppy play, with one turnover of possession resulting in Jones saving well to deny James Berrett.

Pompey were soon back on the attack, though, and when Bennett was fouled on the edge of the box, Davies stepped up to curl the free-kick just wide.

Cook made his second switch on 66 minutes, with Tollitt given a chance to impress as Bennett was withdrawn.

The winger was soon involved in the action, reacting quickly after his first effort was blocked and sending a second just over the bar.

But Fewster then missed two chances to wrap the points up as the game became extremely open, sending two shots wide when he should have found the target.

Conor Chaplin was introduced for the closing stages, although it was fellow substitute Tollitt who came close to setting up a grandstand finale on 78 minutes.

He beat his man in the box and drove the ball towards goal, only for a well-placed Hendrie to clear it from the line.

The match was now a breathless affair and it took a fine double save from Jones to stop first Fewster and then Galbraith grabbing a fourth for York late on.

York (4-3-3): Flinders; Hendrie, Bennett, Cameron, Carson; Summerfield, Berrett, Penn (c); Alessandra, Fewster, Galbraith (McEvoy 90+1)
Goals: Fewster 30, Alessandra 34, Summerfield 48
Booked: Summerfield, Carson
Subs not used: Ingham, Swan, Dixon, Riordan, Thompson

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies, Webster (Barton 45+1), Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); Evans, McNulty (Chaplin 74), Bennett (Tollitt 66); Smith
Goals: Evans 55
Booked: Davies
Subs not used: Murphy, Freeman, Naismith, McGurk

Referee: Nigel Miller

Attendance: 3,214 (841 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC
Apr 172016
 

The Lucy Hale Page

Karen Lucille “Lucy” Hale (born June 14, 1989) is an American actress and singer. Earlier in her career, she was sometimes credited as Lucy Kate Hale. Hale was one of five winners of the reality show American Juniors. She is known for her role as Aria Montgomery on the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars, which won her a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress in 2014. The same year, she released her debut studio album, Road Between.


Celebrity Pictures . Lucy Hale
Apr 162016
 
League 2
Portsmouth 1 – 2 Plymouth Argyle

 

Late goals stun Blues

Pompey were left shell-shocked after somehow managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Plymouth.

Michael Smith’s first half header looked to have wrapped up the points against their promotion rivals at a packed Fratton Park.

The hosts were comfortably holding on for a valuable win, only for Jamille Matt and Gregg Wylde to turn the game on its head late on.

Paul Cook, unsurprisingly, stuck with a winning side, naming the same starting 11 for a fourth match in succession.

There was a minute’s silence before kick-off to remember those who lost their lives in the Battle of Jutland, with the centenary of the naval battle approaching.

It was the visitors who got off to a brighter start when the game started and they had two good chances in the opening stages.

They both came from corners, with the first headed against the inside of the post by Carl McHugh on four minutes.

It was centre-back Peter Hartley who connected with this second, but Enda Stevens was well stationed on the post to clear the danger.

But Pompey grew stronger as the half progressed, putting their opponents under the cosh by pressing high up the pitch.

The home fans were baying for a red card when Argyle keeper Luke McCormick slid out of the box with the ball in his hands, but referee Christopher Sarginson rightly opted for a yellow one.

Kyle Bennett teed-up a chance for Michael Doyle on 29 minutes, but the skipper bent his effort narrowly wide.

Gary Roberts then showed great footwork just inside the box, only to see his shot curl onto the roof of the net.

There was a bit of needle creeping into the game as the interval approached, with a few niggly challenges.

But Fratton Park erupted on 37 minutes when the build-up of Pompey pressure finally resulted in a goal.

It was SMITH who scored it, stooping to head the ball into the bottom corner after Matt Clarke had sent a cross into the box.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Plymouth 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The scrappy element of the contest was on display again early in the second half, with Doyle and Hartley both booked for fouls.

It was the Blues who had the first opening following the restart after the Pilgrims failed to properly deal with Stevens’ low delivery.

The ball fell to the tireless Danny Hollands on the edge of the box and his low drive was deflected inches past the post.

Plymouth were opened up with another neat move just past the hour mark, but after Roberts had flicked Doyle’s pass into Stevens’ path, the left-back lifted a shot over the bar.

Cook made his first switch on 67 minutes, with Adam McGurk making way for Gareth Evans wide on the right.

And the hosts almost doubled their advantage moments later, with Christian Burgess turning Bennett’s free-kick wide from close range.

Plymouth had not threatened since the break, but Paul Jones was called into action on 72 minutes, diving to his right to turn Graham Carey’s shot around the post.

A second substitution soon followed, as Marc McNulty came on for Roberts in the Blues’ attack.

There were a few nervy moments as the seconds ticked down, but Pompey were looking dangerous on the break, with Smith firing one shot wide and seeing another saved by McCormick.

But Argyle deflated the vibrant mood around the ground by levelling on 84 minutes, with Matt heading in Carey’s corner.

And it was Carey who provided the assist for Plymouth’s second goal moments later, clipping the ball back for Wylde to slam home.

There was hope of salvaging something from the game when the fourth official displayed five minutes of stoppage-time.

But despite throwing on an extra forward in the shape of Conor Chaplin, Pompey were unable to find a leveller.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies (Chaplin 89), Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); McGurk (Evans 67), Roberts (McNulty 76), Bennett; Smith
Goals: Smith 37
Booked: Doyle, Burgess
Subs not used: Murphy, Webster, Close, Naismith

Plymouth (4-diamond-2): McCormick; Mellor, Nelson (c), Hartley, Purrington (Wylde 70); Carey, McHugh, Houghton, Boateng; Jervis (Reid 78), Matt
Goals: Matt 84, Wylde 86
Booked: McCormick, McHugh, Hartley
Subs not used: Dorel, Bentley, Tanner, Harvey, Rooney

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 18,423 (2,405 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Apr 132016
 

The Hawks held their nerve to win the Hampshire Senior Cup for the first time tonight, after beating gutsy Winchester City on penalties at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.

Lee Bradbury’s side recovered from going a goal behind at the break to former Gosport man Andy Forbes’ effort as they avoided an upset thanks to Dan Strugnell’s late leveller.

With no extra-time to be played, it was straight to a shoot-out, where ruthless Hawks converted all five spot-kicks, with Ryan Young saving the first City penalty from Jamie Barron to give them victory.

Andy Robinson netted the decisive effort as the favourites triumphed 5-3 on penalties, with substitutes James Hayter and George Barker joining Scott Donnelly and Matt Paterson in converting from 12 yards.

Boss Bradbury, who led the Hawks to a first Hampshire Senior Cup triumph in four attempts, said: ‘It feels good to finally win the cup.

‘I felt we bossed the game only to find ourselves a goal down and chasing the game.

‘They made it hard for us and although we had a lot of possession we never really hurt them enough

‘We did that well and made better decisions in the second half and were a lot better higher up the pitch.

‘When we sent James Hayter and Ben Swallow on it turned the game.

‘Once it went to penalties we were great.

‘It is great for our confidence going into our massive league game at St Albans on Saturday.’

The Hawks had an early escape when Robinson got back to clear off the line after Adam Roberts rounded goalkeeper Young.

In response, Nic Ciardini skipped through the City defence before firing wide of the far post.

Donnelly then flashed a 30-yard free-kick narrowly past the post and did the same with another effort from the edge of the area.

But on 29 minutes the Southern League side took a shock lead, following a poor mistake by Theo Lewis in midfield.

Warren Bentley intercepted his crossfield pass and burst into the area.

Young kept his low shot out with his foot but Forbes reacted quickest to slide the loose ball into the net.

Ten minutes into the second period, Shamir Mullings volleyed wide at the far post after being picked out by a terrific Paterson cross.

With 20 minutes remaining, City goalkeeper Brendan Norris did well to keep out a fierce drive from substitute Hayter at the near post, with the veteran striker an instant threat.

The Hawks were piling the pressure on their visibly tiring opponents and it finally paid off seven minutes from time.

A lofted ball dropped to Strugnell inside the area and the defender drove the ball in from eight yards.

The full-time whistle signalled a penalty shootout with Bradbury’s men netting all five of their spot-kicks to claim trophy glory after Young had earlier saved from Barron.

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Haran, Lewis, Robinson, Hill, Ciardini, Donnelly, Mullings, Paterson, Mitchell. Subs: Molyneaux, Swallow, Hayter, Barker, Cummings