Pompey cruised to their first victory of the season as they hit three goals past 10-man Morecambe.
All the damage was done in the first half, with Jed Wallace’s cool finish setting the tone.
Connolly then made it three goals in the space of two matches before
Andrew Wright was sent off for a second bookable offence.
And Patrick Agyemang curled home a third before the break to secure a comfortable three-point haul.
Whittingham handed a debut to Marcos Painter, with the left-back
replacing Danny East in the only change from the side that drew at
Accrington last week.
were forced to make a late adjustment to their line-up, with Barry Roche
falling ill during the warm-up and replaced between the sticks by
Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause in memory of former Pompey duo Steve Aizlewood and Aaron Flahavan.
Aizlewood passed away last week, while it was recently the 12th anniversary of Flahavan’s tragic death.
Pompey almost broke the deadlock on two minutes after Andy Barcham’s cross found its way to Wallace at the far post.
youngster’s fierce angled drive struck Morecambe skipper Mark Hughes
and rolled across the line before hitting Robbie Threlfall and bouncing
Romain Padovani also went close with a volley that flew narrowly over after the visitors had failed to fully clear a free-kick.
only contribution early on was two pick up two yellow cards. Wright’s
name was taken by referee Darren Drysdale for a cynical foul on Barcham,
while Andy Parrish was punished for a handball.
Pompey were looking dangerous going forward and took the lead after 20
minutes when WALLACE raced onto an incisive pass from Agyemang and
coolly steered the ball past Arestidou.
And things soon got even better for the Blues as they doubled their advantage thanks to a move started and finished by Connolly.
striker won possession just outside his own area and fed Wallace, who
ran half the length of the pitch before passing to Barcham.
winger was challenged just as he shaped to shoot, but the ball fell
kindly for CONNOLLY to slide home his third of the season.
day then went from bad to worse on 36 minutes when Wright went in late
on Barcham and was shown a second yellow card before a subsequent red.
almost managed to exploit the numerical advantage straight away, but
his close-range header was clawed off the line by Arestidou.
the stand-in skipper played a big part in Pompey’s third of the
afternoon on 39 minutes, teeing-up AGYEMANG to curl home a fine finish
off the inside of the post.
Half Time: Pompey 3 Morecambe 0
Pompey were not content to sit on their three-goal lead and came out for the second half with an attacking mindset.
They had an early chance to extend their lead, but Agyemang fired into the side netting after receiving a pass from Wallace.
Whittingham then made his first change on 56 minutes, with East replacing Simon Ferry in the centre of midfield.
Blues kept trying to drive at Morecambe’s defence, although both
Connolly and Agyemang were frustrated by the linesman’s flag.
Holmes replaced Yassin Moutaouakil for Pompey’s second substitution on
67 minutes, taking his place on the wing with East dropping into
Phil Smith was enjoying a quiet
afternoon at the other end of the pitch and watched on comfortably as
Ryan Williams’ long-range drive sailed wide.
Tom Craddock was then sent on for the final 15 minutes, with the hard-working Agyemang making way to rapturous applause.
second half was certainly not as fluid as the first, although Painter
went close to making it a memorable debut with a low drive that was held
The keeper than raced quickly
off his line to stop Holmes from opening his goalscoring account and
limit the damage for the Shrimps.
Smith; Moutaouakil (Holmes 67), Devera, Bradley, Painter; Wallace,
Padovani, Ferry (East 56), Barcham; Agyemang (Craddock 78), Connolly (c)
Goals: Wallace 20, Connolly 26, Agyemang 39
Subs not used: Sullivan, N’Gala, Butler, Bird
Morecambe (3-5-2): Arestidou; Parrish, Hughes (c), Diagne; Wright, Fleming, Drummond, Williams, Threlfall; Sampson (Mwasile 81), Amond (Kenyon 46)
Sent off: Wright (two yellow cards)
Booked: Parrish, Kenyon
Subs not used: Doyle, McGee, Marshall, Ellison
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Attendance: 14,590 (113 Morecambe fans)