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Portsmouth FC vs Grimsby Town – Match Report

Portsmouth cemented their position in the automatic places of League Two last night following a convincing four nil victory over travelling Grimsby Town.

In a good-humoured yet noisy atmosphere, the home side scored three first half goals to all but secure the three points before the teams had even gone for a break.

 

The end-to-end start to the game brought promise for an entertaining game to the 16,500 fans who came to support their in-form side.

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Kyle Bennett celebrates his opening goal

Grimsby however came closest following Zak Mills’ drive which deflected off the Pompey defence and smashed against the post going wide for a corner.

Again The Mariners came close with Asante’s curling effort towards the top corner tipped wide by ‘keeper David Forde.

Pompey however took full advantage of the counter attack off the corner, and Kyle Bennett’s effort cruelly deflected off the Grimsby defence and over the goalkeeper to give the home side the lead.

Blues winger Kal Naismith then grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck by sending multiple crosses into the box with no avail, only for the home side to then double their advantage.

Danny Rose replicated the first goal by having his left footed drive deflected up and over the helpless James McKeown to give Pompey a two nil lead just past the half-hour mark.

Shortly afterwards, goal scorer Bennett was force off the pitch with what seemed to be a hamstring injury, replaced by Gary Roberts.

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Gareth Evans challenges for possession

Just shy of half time, as the atmosphere around Fratton Park becomes deafeningly loud, the home side rewarded their fans support with a third goal on the scoresheet.

Midfielder Carl Baker was found at the near post by Gareth Evans, who then stabbed the ball into the top corner of the inside post.

Home supporters went into half time chanting “We are going up” repeatedly whilst also taunting Grimsby’s 527 followers “you might as well go home”.

It was another entertaining start after the interval, as Portsmouth made it four nil within seconds through Kal Naismith’s tap in after Kyle Bakers’ long range effort was spilled by the Grimsby ‘keeper.

Grimsby who were starting to fend off their attack on goal made two quick substitutions bringing off midfielders Sam Jones and Jamey Osborne for Craig Disley and Brandon Comley.

A period of passing play ensued between both sides, until scorer Naismith sat down towards the touch line clutching his hamstring, soon to be replaced by Jamal Lowe.

The forced substitution didn’t ease off the home side’s constant threat, and they continued to press on the Grimsby goal.

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The team cement their position in the automatic promotion places

Pompey eased down proceedings by bringing on local lad Conor Chaplin for forward Eoin Doyle.

With one last volley at goal by Captain Michael Doyle, the final whistle sounded to confirm the home side’s position in League Two, and also catch up on 2nd place Plymouth Argyle who dropped two points in their fixture.

Portsmouth now await their crunch match this Saturday away to Stevenage, looking to take a huge step to promotion.

 

Pompey Team: David Forde (GK), Enda Stevens, Danny Rose, Matt Clarke, Christian Burgess, Carl Baker, Michael Doyle (C), Eoin Doyle (Conor Chaplin), Kal Naismith (Jamal Lowe), Kyle Bennett (Gary Roberts), Gareth Evans

Grimsby Town Team: James McKeown (GK), Ben Davies, Danny Andrew, Shaun Pearson (C), Zak Mills, Scott Vernon, Danny Collins, Jamey Osborne (Brandon Comley), Akwasi Asante (Adi Yussuf), Luke Maxwell, Sam Jones (Craig Disley)

 

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Manchester City vs Watford FC – Half Time

Manchester City have found the goals again against Watford following their 0-0 draw on the weekend away to Crystal Palace.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with just 38-seconds on the clock, the fastest goal scored in the Premier League this season.

The slick move was the first attack of the game.

The goal came off a sweet run from German winger Leroy Sane who slipped down the left wing and put a beautiful cross into the box which bobbled along the 6-yard box and fell to an unmarked Sterling at the back post.

The young Englishman was left with the simplest of tap-ins to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Just moments later City looked set for 2-0 as yet again Sane tip-toed his was around the Watford box and his low drive over the 6-yard area found defender John Stones all alone.

But his ability as a striker shone through as he blazed the simple effort over the bar.

Close!!

The home side had no need to worry about the scoreline not doubling, as on the 13th minute Watford defender, Christian Kabasele, slid in to deflect away Kevin De Bruyne’s low drive into the box.

Inadvertently he sliced the cross into the back post of his own goal giving the goalkeeper no chance to prevent the deflection.

City 2-0.

The rest of the half saw a number of tame efforts from both sides with no result.

Even featuring Blues superstar Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick smashing against the cross bar in the 17th minute.

The only booking came the direction of City midfielder David Silva, who was given a yellow card for tugging on the shirt of Hornets midfielder Ben Watson.

Half Time.

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Man City set for Sanchez bid?

Manchester City finally have the chance to revist their opportunity to sign Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez from fellow Premier League side Arsenal.

City’s explosive start to the campaign has been nothing short of astounding and magnificent.

The Blues have entered 2018 having only lost one game this season, a 2-0 defeat away to Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

Having showed their dominance on the field, it demonstrates they don’t need to go berserk in the January transfer window.

Given that the side have performed badly on so few occasions this season, the side shouldn’t feel any need to sell or buy this window.

The constant speculation that Arsenal superstar winger, Sanchez, could be on his way to The Etihad is ongoing, with reports of a £30 million bid on the table.

At Arsenal it would surely be hard to turn down this offer given the Chilean is a free transfer in the summer, and with their current form the real achievement for them this season will to remain in the top 4.

With the possibility of Sanchez on his way to Manchester, the real question is where will he fit into the team?

With the top scorer – Raheem Sterling – generally playing on the wing, and talented strikers Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero still banging goals, it’s hard to see where the former Barcelona man would fit in.

However it is difficult to deny the skill and talent Sanchez posseses and how effective he would to City’s current title campaign.

The debate as to whether this would be a good signing or not will go on, as for whether the transfer will go ahead. We’ll wait and see the drama unfold from behind closed Etihad doors.

 

Portsmouth FC vs Grimsby Town – Live Commentary

Tuesday 14th March 2017                      

Attendance: Home Fans – 16,492

Away Fans – 527

Fratton Park                                                

19:45 K.O

2 – Shot high and wide over the bar by Carl baker

4 – Shot from Grimsby, deflected wide for corner

5 – POST! Grimsby hit post with long range drive

7 – Naismith shot near post is saved

10 – Asante shot is saved, wide for corner kick

12 – GOAL! Bennett deflected goal, right foot cut in from width, bounced off the defender and over the GK

1-0

13 – Naismith shot deflected wide for corner

18 – Cross from Naismith across face of goal, wide for goal kick

25 – Foul on Naismith, middle of pitch

25 – Naismith header wide of the back post from E. Doyle’s cross

27 – Naismith shot 35 yards out, wide of goal

29 – Shot from Grimsby, Vernon shoots over the crossbar

31 – Evans shot deflected wide of goal, GK collects

34 – GOAL! Danny Rose, replicated first goal with left foot drive at goal deflected off defender over the GK, dummy from Bennett led to goal

2-0

37 – Pompey fans in good voice, chants are deafeningly loud

38 – Injury to Naismith, continues the game

42 – CLOSE, Naismith cross across goal deflected away by defender before it can reach E. Doyle

43 – Injury, Bennett injured

44 – SUB Pompey – Bennett OFF, Roberts ON

3 minutes added time

45 + 1 – GOAL! Carl Baker found at the near post, Evans cross in, smashes the ball into the GK near post, top corner finish

3-0

45+2 – Pompey fans starting to joke in chants, “You might as well go home”, “We are going up”

Half Time — 3-0

Second Half

46 – GOAL! Naismith taps in spilled shot off the GK, long range effort from Baker

4-0

48 – Rose shot deflected, edge of box

49 – Volley over the bar from Baker

51 – PENALTY APPEAL! E. Doyle fell in box

53 – Grimsby corner, header off the corner high and wide

56 – SUB Grimsby – Jones OFF, Disley ON – Osborne OFF, Comley ON

63 – Baker shot, cut inside off left foot

67 – Injury, Naismith sat down

68 – SUB Pompey – Naismith OFF, Lowe ON

70 – Baker 35-yard shot – saved for corner kick

72 – Grimsby force three cross-ins with no resulting shots

75 – Header wide from E. Doyle

77 – Fans chanting in tune with all stands “South stand give us a song”, “North stand give us a song”, “Grimsby give us a song”

79 – E. Doyle shot wide on the turn, GK off his line

80 – SUB Grimsby – Asante OFF, Yussuf ON

83 – Low drive from Roberts across goal collected by GK

84 – SUB Pompey – E. Doyle OFF, Chaplin ON

87 – Baker 25-yard curler, wide at post

2 minutes added time

90 + 1 – Roberts’ half volley cross just wide of the back post

90 + 2 – M. Doyle volley off corner, edge of box, wide of goal

Full Time — 4-0

Pompey Team: David Forde (GK), Enda Stevens, Danny Rose, Matt Clarke, Christian Burgess, Carl Baker, Michael Doyle (C), Eoin Doyle (Conor Chaplin), Kal Naismith (Jamal Lowe), Kyle Bennett (Gary Roberts), Gareth Evans

Grimsby Town Team: James McKeown (GK), Ben Davies, Danny Andrew, Shaun Pearson (C), Zak Mills, Scott Vernon, Danny Collins, Jamey Osborne (Brandon Comley), Akwasi Asante (Adi Yussuf), Luke Maxwell, Sam Jones (Craig Disley)