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Match Preview: Pompey v Charlton

All you need to know about League One clash

20 April 2018

Pompey v Charlton Athletic

Fratton Park plays host to a huge contest on Saturday, as Pompey and Charlton go in search of a crucial League One points.

Both sides are right in the hunt for the play-offs, although it is the Londoners who currently hold the upper hand.

They sit fifth following a midweek victory at Shrewsbury that saw them climb three places in the standings.

The Addicks have a couple more points than Pompey, who suffered contrasting emotions at Bradford on Tuesday evening.

Charlton’s form has improved since former England international Lee Bowyer was installed as caretaker manager – in place of Karl Robinson – last month.

It has left fans hopeful of a return to the Championship following their relegation at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Pompey have already beaten the Addicks twice this season, securing 1-0 wins at The Valley in the Checkatrade Trophy and league.

Curtis Main grabbed the winner in the former in November, while a Josh Magennis own-goal proved the difference the following month.

TEAM NEWS
Matty Kennedy could return from a calf problem, but the Blues are still without Stephen Henderson (groin), Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain (leg), Danny Rose (leg) and Anton Walkes (hamstring).

Charlton defender Jason Pearce will make his first return to Fratton Park since leaving Pompey for Leeds in 2012.

Bowyer has stated that five of his players are struggling with hamstring injuries, but declined to reveal any names.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Nathan Thompson or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 43 Wins
Charlton: 33 Wins
27 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 26 Wins
Charlton: 14 Wins
11 Draws

TICKETS
Fratton Park is full to capacity for Saturday’s game, so no tickets will be available to buy on the day. Click here to see if any seats are available via the ticket exchange.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of the game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will also have updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Pompey are the 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/4.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Oldham
Doncaster v Oxford
Fleetwood v Wigan
Gillingham v Blackpool
Northampton v Plymouth
Rochdale v Bradford
Rotherham v Bristol Rovers
Scunthorpe v Walsall
Shrewsbury v Bury
Southend v MK Dons

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Pompey 0 Charlton 1

Blues are beaten in crucial Fratton contest

21 April 2018

Nathan Thompson in action for Pompey against Charlton Athletic at Fratton Park

Pompey’s play-off hopes received a huge blow as they produced a disappointing display to lose to top six rivals Charlton at Fratton Park.

The visitors dominated the first half and took the lead through Nicky Ajose’s cool finish just before the break.

There was an improvement following the interval, though, with Brett Pitman and Connor Ronan going closest to finding the net.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Bradford earlier in the week.

Brandon Haunstrup returned at left-back, with Ronan dropping to the bench, Dion Donohue moving into midfield and Jamal Lowe playing a more advanced role just behind Pitman.

The game began at an extremely high-tempo, as both sets of fans contributed to a pulsating atmosphere in the south coast sunshine.

But there were not any scoring opportunities at either end, with the frantic pace not matched by any real quality.

It was Charlton who settled first, however, and the hosts struggled to make any inroads going forward, too often let down by errant passing.

At least there was plenty of commitment at the back, with Ben Close and Donohue making timely challenges to deny Tariqe Fosu and Josh Magennis.

Then, when a Pompey free-kick broke down, the Addicks broke quickly up field and Jake Forster-Caskey saw his drive deflected wide.

The midfielder went even closer from the resulting corner, only for a well-placed Nathan Thompson to hack the ball clear before it could find the net.

Ben Amos had not been tested between the visitors’ sticks and Lowe ensured that continued by shanking a 30-yard effort well wide.

Pitman was furious moments later when he tried to meet a Kal Naismith delivery, only to have his shirt tugged by former Blues defender Jason Pearce.

It was a clear infringement missed by referee Mark Heywood and his assistants, and the respective skippers squared up before getting a talking to by the official.

Charlton were clearly on top, though, and it was not a huge surprise when they broke the deadlock on 40 minutes.

Thompson failed to cut out Magennis’ header through to Ajose and the striker calmly slid the ball past Luke McGee.

There was almost an equaliser just before, as Matt Clarke bundled his way through a host of red-shirted bodies to meet a Gareth Evans free-kick, but Amos got down to save.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Charlton 1

Jackett made a double switch at the start of the second half, with Jack Whatmough and Thompson making way for Christian Burgess and Stuart O’Keefe.

And the hosts came close to a leveller within a few minutes, as Pitman turned another Evans free-kick narrowly over the bar.

The skipper then had a tougher chance that he was not quite able to guide on target when Naismith headed a Close set-piece into his path.

Pompey had looked much more positive since the interval and the Fratton faithful responded by turning up the volume.

The Addicks were still posing a threat themselves, however, and when a corner was only partially cleared, Ben Reeves volleyed inches past the post.

When the action switched down the other end, the visiting defence did well to prevent Naismith from converting Evans’ teasing low cross.

Jackett’s final throw of the dice arrived on 66 minutes when Haunstrup made way for Ronan, with Evans dropping deeper.

Pompey were still struggling to create many meaningful openings, though, and the visitors were looking a real threat on the break.

An opportunity did arise when Pitman hung in the air to meet Ronan’s cross, although there was not quite enough power on his header to beat Amos.

Ronan was looking lively and he took a great touch after the visitors could only half clear a corner, opening up space to try a shot that Amos kept out.

And Pitman almost levelled late on, with his bending free-kick palmed over by Amos after O’Keefe had been felled 30 yards out.

A couple of late corners gave the Blues hope of finding a late goal – with McGee going up for the second – but there was to be no late drama.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): McGee; Thompson (O’Keefe 46), Whatmough (Burgess 46), Clarke, Haunstrup (Ronan 66); Evans, Close, Donohue, Naismith; Lowe; Pitman (c)
Booked: Pitman, Evans
Subs not used: Bass, Kennedy, Chaplin, Hawkins

Charlton (4-4-2): Amos; Konsa, Bauer, Pearce (c), Page (Marshall 62); Reeves, Kashi, Forster-Caskey, Fosu (Dasilva 57); Magennis, Ajose (Kaikai 90+2)
Goals: Ajose 40
Booked: Kashi, Dasilva
Subs not used: Phillips, Lennon, Aribo, Zyro

Referee: Mark Heywood

Attendance: 19,210 (2,448 away fans)

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Charlton & Peterborough: Fratton Full To Capacity

Use ticket exchange scheme to secure your seat

3 April 2018

View of the Fratton End at Fratton Park

Fratton Park is full to capacity for Pompey’s final two scheduled home matches against Charlton and Peterborough*.

But supporters who have missed out on a place still have an opportunity to be there cheering on the Blues.

Season ticket holders who cannot make either game can make their seat available via our ticket exchange scheme.

If a buyer is found they will receive a £5 credit in their online ticketing account, which can be used towards the renewal of their season ticket.

The easiest way to secure a seat from the ticket exchange is online here.

But supporters can also contact the ticket office, either in person at Frogmore Road or by calling 0345 646 1898.

Click here for more information on how you can make your seat available or buy a seat using the ticket exchange.

*Additional seating for the Blues’ fixture against Peterborough may become available depending on away ticket sales.

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