Goals and Highlights: Portsmouth 3-0 Birmingham City, 2019 Carabao Cup
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23:04a year ago

Watch the goals here

New signing Ellis Harrison was at the double for Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Ben Close's goal was the pick of the bunch however; a sumptuous volley from outside the area.

21:59a year ago

Thank you for joining us!

That's it from us for tonight! It was a commanding victory for Kenny Jackett's side and we will see them in the Second Round of the Carabao Cup!
21:58a year ago

Whats up next?

Portsmouth are up against Tranmere Rovers at home on Saturday.

Birmingham City are also at home as they take on Bristol City on Saturday too.

21:55a year ago

Man of the moment

Harrison will be very pleased with his contributions tonight having missed much of last season through injury.

He has already scored double what he managed last year for Ipswich Town!

21:52a year ago

Should have got a hat-trick

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Ellis Harrison felt he was unfortunate to not get his hat-trick but joked Lee Brown's miss relieved the pressure on him:

"I knew that (his first goal) it went in but I was just waiting for that certainty.

"When the second one crossed I was a lot happier. 

"Actually I felt I was  unfortunate to not get the hat-trick but Lee Brown by missing that made it look a bit better on me!"

21:45a year ago

The Pompey fans were fantastic tonight, loud from start to finish.

They will be very very happy with their team's performance tonight. 

21:41a year ago

FULL TIME: PORTSMOUTH 3-0 Birmingham City

Portsmouth will be in the next rounds draw of the Carabao Cup after a dominating display against Birmingham.
21:40a year ago

90+2' Pompey will be going through to the next round but Birmingham will definitely be disappointed with themselves. It was the wrong call from Pep Clotet tonight to throw in a side filled with youth.
21:38a year ago

90' Gardner has had another long range attempt from out of nowhere and once again he draws a save from MacGilivray. The resulting corner is over-cooked and goes out for a goal kick.

Three minutes added on here.

21:37a year ago

Man of the match

New boy Ellis Harrison will be presented with the man of the match award after his brace. He has put himself about today and looks a capable replacement for Jamal Lowe.
21:35a year ago

88' Pompey are still playing the ball around with swagger in these final moments and Fratton Park is loving it. Birmingham just haven't threatened at all.
21:32a year ago

85' SUB! Sean Raggett comes on for Pompey replacing Paul Downing in the heart of defence.
21:31a year ago

83' Despite his side losing 3-0, Pep Clotet remains a lively figure on the touchline, encouraging his young players - a sight that has to be admired.
21:28a year ago

80' A trip on Bellingham results in a free kick about 35 yards out. Gardner has a strike at goal and the ball swerves around but in the end is comfortably parried away.

SUB! Record breaker Bellingham's game has come to an end and he is replaced by Caolon Boyd-Munce.

21:25a year ago

77' SUBS! Brandon Haunstrup comes on for Lee Brown and Ellis Harrison will not score a hat-trick on his debut as he is replaced by club captain Brett Pitman.
21:24a year ago

Record breaker breaks another - but not the one he hoped for

75' 16-year-old Jude Bellingham became the youngest player in Birmingham history today, and he has now just became Birmingham's youngest player to receive a yellow card.
21:21a year ago

73' Fantastic tackle from Bajrami who denies Curtis a chance to get a clean strike on goal from close range. He has to be careful though - especially sliding in like that in the penalty area, after his final warning.
21:19a year ago

71' The Blues begin to finally build a bit of possession before giving the ball cheaply away to Curtis. However he loses the ball cheaply too in the final third.

Birmingham go up the other end with Bailey who has time to pick out a shot which flies over the bar. The youngster probably should have done better there.

21:16a year ago

68' Pompey have oozed class ever since the first goal went in and they are still dictating the game, patiently waiting for a chance to crack open this young Birmingham defence.
21:13a year ago

How is it not 4-0?

65' Another piece of scrappy defending ends in Ellis Harrison being presented the chance to score his hat-trick. Stockdale closes the angle and saves well but Lee Brown is there on the follow-up but he hits the side netting from close range!
21:12a year ago

64' Birmingham's youngsters have struggled with dealing with Pompey's set-pieces today and more times then not has a set-piece resulted in a scrappy bit of defending.
21:11a year ago

63' Cannon and Curtis have been exceptional today for Portsmouth and Cannon wins a corner after a fantastic one-two with Curtis. 

The corner eventually ends up being cleared for another corner and that one comes to nothing after a scrappy bit of play once again.

21:09a year ago

61' On second viewing, you do have to sympathise with Bajrami there. The youngster has been given a torrid time on his first senior appearance and he has clearly slipped before bringing down Harrison. Not a second yellow for me.
21:07a year ago

60' SUB! Apologies for missing this but after the goal Birmingham replaced Dan Crowley with youngster Odin Bailey.
21:06a year ago


57' Geraldo Bajrami gets away with not receiving a second yellow card. 

The referee gives the youngster the benefit of the doubt having slipped as he brings Harrison down.

21:04a year ago

55' Surely Pompey are through now! Fantastic header from Harrison who peels away at the back post and guides it in back across goal past Stockdale.
21:02a year ago

GOAL! PORTSMOUTH! (Harrison) 3-0!

21:01a year ago

53' Tom Naylor intercepts in the middle of the park and the centre back drives Pompey forward with a Harry Maguire like run from defence.
20:59a year ago

50' Bellingham has had a few bright touches in the game. He is a player who is extremely confident and has shown glimpses of his quality so far for Birmingham.
20:52a year ago

Second half is underway!

Pompey will get the second half underway here at Fratton Park.
20:51a year ago

A special volley from Close

Ben Close take a bow!

A fantastic volley from the 22-year-old has given Pompey a comfortable lead.

20:45a year ago

Harrison does not give up

Ellis Harrison's determination was rewarded with a goal after a goalmouth scramble.

The new signing has been lively so far and the Pompey fans and Kenny Jackett will be delighted with his contributions.

20:38a year ago

Half time

Half time here at Fratton Park and Portsmouth are in the driving seat here. Goals from new signing Ellis Harrison and Ben Close give Pompey a commanding 2-0 lead here - despite Birmingham's positive start. 
20:37a year ago

45+5' So close! Ronan Curtis almost extends Portsmouth's lead to 3-0 but his shot is just inches past the post.
20:36a year ago

45+3' Kenny Jackett will definitely be happy with his side at half time. Pompey have shown great character to get into this game.
20:33a year ago

45' As half time approaches it must be said, Portsmouth deserve to be two up front. They have gambled by pressed well up the pitch and have been rewarded.

Five minutes added on here.

20:30a year ago

42' Harrison shouts for a penalty but the referee waves play away. However, the ref does stop play for a head injury. Looking at the incident, both players were scrapping for the ball and it doesn't look like a penalty.
20:29a year ago

41' Wow what a goal from Ben Close. The ball falls perfectly for him to hit on the volley and wow did he hit that sweetly. A sumptuous volley from Close and Pompey deserve to be two up.
20:27a year ago


What a strike!
20:26a year ago

39' Birmingham need half time to come sooner so they can re-group and re-shape here. Things are not going their way at all now that Pompey are playing much higher.
20:23a year ago

36' The goal has given Pompey a much needed confidence boost and they are now well in control of the match here.
20:21a year ago

33' Handbags here at Fratton Park. Harrison presses Bajrami and sends him tumbling which sparks an unnecessary reaction from the young Blues defender. Both players receive a yellow card.
20:20a year ago

31' Harrison capitalises on another scrappy piece of defending! His header just about gets over the line after a last piece ditch of defending almost keeps it out of the goal and onto the crossbar.
20:18a year ago


Harrison scores on his debut for Pompey!
20:17a year ago

29' It's a super corner from Harness and Stockdale has to claw it away.

A number of shots result in a goalmouth scramble and Harrison's effort is turned behind.

20:15a year ago

28' The resulting corner is cleared but Pompey continue their pressure in and around the final third.
20:14a year ago

27' Much better from Portsmouth as Marcus Harness - Carabao Cup semi finalist with Burton Albion last year, drives towards goal and has a strike which is deflected wide for a corner.

Perhaps he could have sent Curtis through to his left?

20:12a year ago

25' Curtis delivers a good ball in to a dangerous area for Pompey not for the first time this game, but again no one attacks it.

Both sides are perhaps looking for someone to conjure up a bit of inspiration from somewhere.

20:11a year ago

24' Still no clear cut opportunities for either side here at Fratton Park.
20:08a year ago

21' First yellow card of the game goes to Wes Harding of Birmingham after a poor challenge on Ronan Curtis.

His resulting free kick is a good one and is dealt with well by the Blues - who get a stroke of luck when Ellis Harrison gets his head on to the ball despite it going out for a corner already.

20:05a year ago

18' Birmingham have resumed control here, having a ball  possession percentage of 62%.

Credit to this young Blues side - they are showing confidence and knocking the ball around well.

20:04a year ago

17' The resulting corner ends up in a scramble after a poor clearance from Pompey puts them straight back into trouble. 

They eventually clear for another corner which is dealt with.

20:03a year ago

15' Record breaker Jude Bellingham is showing fantastic confidence at the age of 16 years old.

He links up with Dan Crowley well before taking a shot which is deflected for a corner.

20:00a year ago

12' Lee Brown skips past a few Birmingham players with some good footwork but loses out to Craig Gardner before cynically bringing down the Blues' captain.
19:57a year ago

10' Portsmouth are steadily beginning to control the game with their high tempo and compactness in midfield.
19:55a year ago

8' David Stockdale of Birmingham is put under pressure by a short back-pass but he just about deals with it.
19:53a year ago

6' Former Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley smartly takes two Pompey players out of the game with a Cruyff turn but the Blues' attack breaks down.
19:51a year ago

5' First chance of the game falls to Pompey and Ellis Harrison but the ball is diverted away for a corner which is cleared.
19:50a year ago

3' Birmingham are looking quite comfortable on the ball already here and Pompey haven't had a sniff of it.

Blues manager Pep Clotet wanted his team to retain possession in this game and they are doing that so far.

19:48a year ago

Kick off

1' And we are away here at Fratton Park as Birmingham retain possession for the first minute.
19:47a year ago

Quick reminder, Birmingham won this trophy in 2011 against Arsenal after a last minute winner from Obafemi Martins.

How the Blues would love to challenge for the trophy again!

19:43a year ago

Almost ready on the south coast

The teams are walking out and shaking hands. 

Not long now until kick-off!

19:33a year ago

Mick McCarthy in the stands tonight

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy is scouting Portsmouths's Marcus Harness and Ronan Curtis tonight.

He will be also making notes on Birmingham's Dan Crowley in preparation for naming his first squad.

19:28a year ago

Birmingham debuts

Chelsea player Jake Clarke-Salter is making his debut for the Blues tonight having joined on loan.

He is joined by Agus Medina and youngster Geraldo Bajrami who are also making their first team debuts.

19:22a year ago

Despite being a division below Birmingham, Pompey are being considered the favourites for this tie by bookmakers.
19:20a year ago

The rest of the First Round matches for the Carabao Cup will take place next week.
19:15a year ago

Point to prove

Former Rochdale midfielder Andy Cannon makes his first start tonight for Portsmouth since January. 

The 23-year-old signed for Kenny Jackett's side in the same month and has only featured twice for Pompey.


19:10a year ago

Record breaker

Birmingham City's Jude Bellingham will become their youngest player in history when he steps out onto the pitch tonight.

The midfielder is only 16 years and 38 days old!

18:58a year ago

In case you missed it

The Blues strengthened their squad further today with the acquisition of Almeria striker Alvaro Gimenez.
18:54a year ago

The Blues will be competing for the first time this season in their away kit.
18:50a year ago

Birmingham team news

Starting XI: Stockdale, Dacres-Cogley, Harding, Bajrami, Clarke-Salter, Seddon, C Gardner, Medina, Bellingham, Lakin, Crowley

Subs: Trueman, Redmond, Bailey, O'Keeffe, Boyd-Munce, Burke, Stirk

18:50a year ago

Portsmouth team news

Starting XI: MacGillivray, Walkes, Downing, Burgess, Brown, Close, Naylor, Curtis, Cannon, Harness, Harrison

Subs: Bass, Raggett, Haunstrup, Evans, Maloney, Pitman, Hawkins

18:48a year ago

Last meeting between the clubs

Portsmouth beat Birmingham 4-1 in their last meeting, with Nikola Zigic on the scoresheet for Birmingham and Chris McGuire, David Norris, Kelvin Etuhu and Marco Futacs scoring for Portsmouth.
18:44a year ago

Head to head record

There have been 96 games between these two clubs, with Birmingham coming out on top in 42 of them. Portsmouth have beaten the Blues in 29 games while the tie has ended in a draw 25 times. 
18:33a year ago

Team news to come soon

Team news will arrive in the next 15 minutes from Fratton Park.
00:08a year ago

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00:08a year ago

The central referee for this match will be Neil Hair who averages 0.23 red cards and 3.52 yellow cards per game.
00:07a year ago

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00:07a year ago

Looking for promising midfielder

Manager Pep Clotet is looking to strengthen Blues’ roster with the potential signing of Valencia’s midfielder Fran Villalba, Spanish newspaper AS reported.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was handed his Valencia debut by Gary Neville in 2015, and has made four appearances for the Spanish giant’s first-team, as well as 80 appearances for the club’s B-side, during which time he has scored eight goals.

00:03a year ago

Sweet start

On the other hand, foe Birmingham City tasted a sweet victory in their Championship season debut. Kristian Pedersen scored on the 18th minute to secure an away win for the Blues.

00:02a year ago

Good opportunity

For that reason, boss Kenny Jacket expects to turn things around today. “It’s important to build up some momentum, an understanding and cohesion to bounce back from Saturday. It will be a pretty similar team to the weekend, with one or two changes. Everybody’s feeling fresh and looking to play.”
00:02a year ago

Bad start

League One’s Portsmouth kicked off the 2019-20 season with a sad loss on Shrewsbury’s home ground.

00:01a year ago

The 2019 Carabao Cup edition starts off today with the first round of the English cup tournament. Kenny Jacket’s Portsmouth will host Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City.
00:01a year ago

Kick-off time

The Portsmouth vs Birmingham City match will be played at the Fratton Park, in Portsmouth, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 19:45 BST.
00:00a year ago

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