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Football: Pompey manager ahead of Thursday's game

The Portsmouth FC manager Paul Cook has been talking to ITV News Meridian ahead of his side's play-semi-final against Plymouth at Fratton Park on Thursday evening.

The second leg is at Home Park, Plymouth, on Sunday. The winners will then meet either Wimbledon or Accrington at Wembley for a place in League One next season.

Aldershot FC knock Portsmouth out of the FA cup

Mark Molesley netted a late winner as Conference side Aldershot knocked 2008 winners Portsmouth out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at the Recreation Ground.

Sky Bet League Two outfit Pompey, who also reached the FA Cup final in 2010, were the victims of a giant-killing as the home side's battling performance was rewarded when Molesley scrambled the ball home after 81 minutes.

In a frantic opening to the first-round replay, the visitors could have taken the lead inside the first minute, but Chris Barker was on hand to clear Jack Whatmough's header off the line.

And the best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Portsmouth midway through the first half when Ricky Holmes did well on the left to dig out a cross before Jed Wallace's acrobatic volley was parried to safety by home goalkeeper Phil Smith.

Aldershot top scorer Brett Williams almost broke the deadlock after 71 minutes when his low strike was turned around the post by Paul Jones before Manny Oyeleke flashed a shot wide moments later.

Aldershot pressed forward and Jones had to be alert again to deny Dan Holman from 25 yards with 10 minutes remaining.

But the hosts got their reward from the resulting corner as Molesley bundled the ball over the line after an almighty scramble in the six-yard box to delight the home fans.

Aldershot manager Andy Scott said "I'm very proud of the team. We had a big crowd, on television, and the players took it in their stride.

"We play Rochdale at home next. It's an opportunity to get in the third-round hat and that's what we've been looking for."

Richie Barker sacked as Portsmouth manager

Richie Barker has been sacked as manager of Portsmouth Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Richie Barker has been sacked as manager of Portsmouth FC after only 20 games in charge.

The 38-year-old won only four of his games in charge of the League Two side which sits two points above the relegation zone.

Pompey take on Newport this Saturday. Academy boss Andy Awford is expected to be placed in temporary charge.


Richie Barker takes over at Pompey

Richie Barker is taking over as Portsmouth manager Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pompey have appointed Richie Barker as their new manager, with Steve Coppell also arriving in a Director of Football role.

Barker, 38, arrives following an 18-month spell at Crawley. He guided them to a 10th-place finish in League One.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” he said. “I’m very excited to be at this club with its great history. Everyone knows how passionate the people of Portsmouth are about their football club.”

Barker’s first managerial post was at Bury. He took over in April 2011 with eight games of the season remaining, winning six in succession to secure promotion from League Two.

Pompey notch up first win, Oxford go top

Jed Wallace opened the scoring in the 20th minute, David Connolly made it two six minutes later and, after Andy Wright had been sent off, Patrick Agyemang wrapped up a 3-0 victory six minutes before the break.

Southend have made their best start to a season in 23 years and share top billing with Oxford.

The Shrimpers defeated Northampton 2-0 at Roots Hall today thanks to Anthony Straker (38) and Freddy Eastwood (62).

Oxford lead the table on goal difference after a 3-1 victory over Torquay.Striker James Constable was instrumental in Chris Wilder's side claiming their third league win in a row, scoring a superb 62nd-minute goal and laying on the third for fellow substitute Asa Hall (78).

Oxford United trounce Portsmouth at Fratton Park sell-out

Oxford United's Dave Kitson (left) and Portsmouth's Sonny Bradley battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League Two match Credit: Clive Gee/PA wire

Portsmouth suffered a sorry start to life in SkyBet League Two as they crashed to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Oxford. Pompey are considered one of the favourites for promotion and things looked promising for Guy Whittingham's relegated side.

They took a 25th-minute lead through Patrick Agyemang in front of a league-record 18,000 strong crowd at Fratton Park.

Oxford United's Alfie Potter (centre) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring his sides third goal of the game Credit: Clive Gee/PA wire
It was a capacity crowd at Fratton Park for the first game of the season Credit: Clive Gee/PA wire

However, Oxford had not read the script and they turned things round to go into the break 2-1 up with goals from Deane Smalley and Alfie Potter.

Things got worse for Portsmouth just before the hour-mark when they lost Johnny Ertl to a red card and Oxford made the most of their numerical advantage to add salt to their opponents' wounds with further goals from Potter and Smalley.

Portsmouth fan John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood shows his support for his team - but was left disappointed Credit: Clive Gee/PA wire

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