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Carabao Cup: Portsmouth 3-0 Birmingham City - Ellis Harrison heads double on home debut

By Michael BeardmoreBBC Sport
Ellis Harrison celebrates his goal for Portsmouth against Birmingham City
Ellis Harrison (right) celebrates his opening goal for Portsmouth against Birmingham City

Ellis Harrison scored twice on his home debut as League One outfit Portsmouth eased past Championship side Birmingham in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Blues - the 2011 League Cup winners - made nine changes and Pompey took full advantage.

Harrison's first-half header defied Wes Harding's efforts to clear off the line and Ben Close volleyed a fine second.

Another header after the break from Harrison - a summer signing from Ipswich - ensured Pompey's progress.

The closest Blues came to a consolation was a long-range free-kick from Craig Gardner that brought an excellent save from Portsmouth keeper Craig MacGillivray.

Blues teenager Jude Bellingham became the club's youngest ever player at 16 years and 38 days, breaking the record set by Trevor Francis in 1970.

Birmingham manager Pep Clotet confirmed to BBC Radio WM 95.6 after the game that Blues had accepted a bid from an unnamed club for striker Isaac Vassell.

Reports have linked Vassell - who was withdrawn from the squad for the visit to Fratton Park - with a move to Championship rivals Cardiff City.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 5DowningSubstituted forRaggettat 85'minutes
  • 6Burgess
  • 3BrownSubstituted forHaunstrupat 77'minutes
  • 14Cannon
  • 4Naylor
  • 33Close
  • 19Harness
  • 22HarrisonBooked at 34minsSubstituted forPitmanat 78'minutes
  • 11Curtis

Substitutes

  • 8Pitman
  • 9Hawkins
  • 20Raggett
  • 26Evans
  • 29Maloney
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2HardingBooked at 20mins
  • 43BajramiBooked at 34mins
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 8Gardner
  • 21Medina DelgadoBooked at 41mins
  • 42Seddon
  • 22BellinghamBooked at 75minsSubstituted forBoyd-Munceat 81'minutes
  • 31Lakin
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forBaileyat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 27Trueman
  • 30O'Keeffe
  • 37Bailey
  • 44Boyd-Munce
  • 45Burke
  • 46Redmond
  • 47Stirk
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
9,913

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Agus Medina tries a through ball, but Josh Dacres-Cogley is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Harness (Portsmouth).

  6. Post update

    Charlie Lakin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Odin Bailey.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Cannon (Portsmouth).

  10. Post update

    Caolan Boyd-Munce (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Geraldo Bajrami (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anton Walkes with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sean Raggett.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

  17. Post update

    Josh Dacres-Cogley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Sean Raggett replaces Paul Downing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Harness (Portsmouth).

  20. Post update

    Charlie Lakin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.