Goals and Highlights: Portsmouth 3-0 Birmingham City, 2019 Carabao Cup
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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.

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!
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.

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!

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!"

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

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

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
85' SUB! Sean Raggett comes on for Pompey replacing Paul Downing in the heart of defence.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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!
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.
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.

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.
60' SUB! Apologies for missing this but after the goal Birmingham replaced Dan Crowley with youngster Odin Bailey.
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.

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.
GOAL! PORTSMOUTH! (Harrison) 3-0!
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.
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.
Second half is underway!
Pompey will get the second half underway here at Fratton Park.
A special volley from Close
Ben Close take a bow!

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

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.

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. 
45+5' So close! Ronan Curtis almost extends Portsmouth's lead to 3-0 but his shot is just inches past the post.
45+3' Kenny Jackett will definitely be happy with his side at half time. Pompey have shown great character to get into this game.
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.

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.
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.
What a strike!
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.
36' The goal has given Pompey a much needed confidence boost and they are now well in control of the match here.
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.
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.
Harrison scores on his debut for Pompey!
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.

28' The resulting corner is cleared but Pompey continue their pressure in and around the final third.
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?

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.

24' Still no clear cut opportunities for either side here at Fratton Park.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
10' Portsmouth are steadily beginning to control the game with their high tempo and compactness in midfield.
8' David Stockdale of Birmingham is put under pressure by a short back-pass but he just about deals with it.
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.
5' First chance of the game falls to Pompey and Ellis Harrison but the ball is diverted away for a corner which is cleared.
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.

Kick off
1' And we are away here at Fratton Park as Birmingham retain possession for the first minute.
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!

Almost ready on the south coast
The teams are walking out and shaking hands. 

Not long now until kick-off!

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.

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.

Despite being a division below Birmingham, Pompey are being considered the favourites for this tie by bookmakers.
The rest of the First Round matches for the Carabao Cup will take place next week.
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.


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!

In case you missed it
The Blues strengthened their squad further today with the acquisition of Almeria striker Alvaro Gimenez.
The Blues will be competing for the first time this season in their away kit.
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

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

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

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.
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. 
Team news to come soon
Team news will arrive in the next 15 minutes from Fratton Park.
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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.

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.

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

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.
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.
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