Hvis fansene skulle synge en sang til dagens kamp, så kunne den gamle Beatlessang Can’t buy me Lowe være passende.
For Jamal Lowe var her, der og allevegne. Lowe var afgørende for Pompey, imponerende at han holder så højt niveau, og hvem skulle tro han havde 4 sæsoner i non league inden skiftet til Pompey.
Manager Kenny Jackett var tilbage til sin traditionelle start XI, dog med to nye backer da Nathan Thompson og Lee Browne er skadet.
Pompey kom flyvende ud fra start, og satte sig hurtigt på kampen og efter 8 min scorede Lowe til 1-0. Arkitekten bag målet var Ronan Curtis, der fik snoet sig fri af et par spillere på kanten, og afslutningen kunne Wimbledons keeper ikke holde, og vupti scorede Lowe på riposten.
Ben Thompson var igen særdeles involveret på midten og satte mange gode ting i gang for Pompey, han havde et fint forsøg efter 35 min, og det var andet gode forsøg fra hjemmeholdet, da Hawkins headede lige i armene på Wimbledons keeper tidligere i kampen.
Det var samtidig hans sidste League One kamp for Pompey, da Millwall åbenbart henter ham retur!
Foran 1-0 ved pausen, og hvor hjemmeholdets fans egentlig bare ventede på 2-0 målet, ja så kom gæsterne stærkt ud efter pauseteen.
Det startede med et fint hovedstød, som McGillivray dog klarede uden problemer, herefter var det igen to gode chancer til Pompey ved Curtis og Gareth Evans.
Som kampen skred frem, og Pompey ikke fik lukket med 2-0 målet, ja så kom udligningen, da Wimblons Appiah trykkede af fra distancen på en nedfaldsbold.
Udligningen kom med blot 15 min igen, og The Fratton End tænkte nok sit, men Ronan Curtis ville det anderledes.
Jamal Lowe får sendt Ben Thompson afsted til baglinjen, og indlægget fandt Ronan Curtis midt for målet, som headede 2-1 målet ind.
Dermed kunne fansene, spillerne og manager Kenny Jackett ånde lettet op. Det er tæt i toppen, og dumme pointtab skal undgås, så 2-1 sejren var vigtig.
Kommentarer fra twitter
We made hard work of that but it’s 3 points for Team Average. Onto Norwich where we can chill out and enjoy it with no pressure.
We are very different than we were last year. We don’t panic when losing or when we get pegged back & that is such a key difference between going up & not. Let’s keep it up!
Fair play to
@bennthompsonn – realised he wasn’t going to get a game here so went out on loan, put in a lot of hard work, some good performances, a few goals and made a name for himself at #Pompey. Hopefully this gives NH something to think about and gives him a run out #Millwall @BenThomsonn_ what a player. Really hope he stays. At least till end of season. That would be a great signing in itself. Hard game today but great result. Ben please stay #signhimup @Michael_Eisner @eric_eisner #pup #Pompey
Jack has improved so much this season. Looking more and more like a seasoned League 1 CB each week
— Greg. Play Up Pompey ? (@WalkesThisWay) January 1, 2019
Matt Clark is magic He wears the magic hat And if you throw a brick at him he’ll head the fucker back He heads it up the pitch He heads it in the net And when he scores another one we’ll sing this song all night
Massive blow Thompson being recalled, doubt he will want that either
Stillingen i toppen
Wimbledon manager Wally Downes:
“I thought we could have played better in the first-half on the ball. It was a bit of a body blow to let the goal in and that has obviously shaken our confidence a bit, but we got into some good positions in the first-half and didn’t utilise the ball well enough. I told them to believe in themselves a bit more for the second-half and I think they played much better. We were on the front foot in the second-half.
“Portsmouth did not really get up a head of steam because I thought we matched them in the first-half. It was only the goal that was the difference between the two sides. I felt we could have played better, but if you come in 1-0 down at half-time then you are still in the game. The longer the game goes on at 1-0, the more the home side get anxious and the crowd get a bit on edge. That’s what proved to be the outcome. When we got back to 1-1 I thought there was a chance of going on and winning it. I just think that we were ineffective in our defending for the second goal.
Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett
“It’s hard to win games of football and, however you do it, you just have to find a way.
“I thought we played well in the first half and looked in control without really putting Wimbledon to the sword.
“Did we put the ball in early enough? Did we find the final pass around the box? Maybe not, but we were the better side and deserved the lead.
“We had two big chances – through Ronan and Gareth Evans – inside the first 15 minutes after the break.
“But we didn’t put those away and let our opponents get big into the game with, what I have to say, was a fantastic strike. It gave my keeper no chance.
“The sign of a good side, though, is what you do after that and we found an excellent goal to move things back our way.
“They had got on top of us slightly in midfield in the second half and had some hope, but I can’t remember too many other chances that Craig MacGillivray had to deal with.”
League One, Fratton Park, 1. januar 2019
Portsmouth – Wimbledon 2-1 (1-0)
8 min 1-0 Jamal Lowe
74 min 1-1 Appiah
80 min 2-1 Ronan Curtis
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Haunstrup; B.Thompson (Burgess 90+4), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 69), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 69)
Gult kort: Curtis
Bænken: Bass, Donohue, Wheeler, Green, Burgess, Pitman, Close
Tilskuere: 18,732 (634 away fans)