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Match Preview: Oxford v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

11 August 2017

Pompey and Oxford return to league action on Saturday following extra-time defeats for both sides in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.

A loss at Championship outfit Cardiff for the Blues would, however, have been more palatable than United’s 4-3 reverse at home to Cheltenham.

The clubs are currently separated in the League One standings by alphabetical order, although it is perhaps wise not to take much notice of positions at this very early stage.

While Pompey saw off Rochdale 2-0 on home soil last weekend, Oxford triumphed by the same scoreline at Oldham.

Pep Clotet is the new man in charge at the Kassam Stadium following the decision of former Blues boss Michael Appleton to become Leicester’s assistant manager.

United narrowly missed out on a spot in the play-offs last term, finishing four points outside the top six.

They also saw off both Rotherham and Newcastle to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup and enjoyed a day out at Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

Pompey will be looking to continue their unbeaten record at the Kassam Stadium, having won two and drawn two of their previous four visits.

Pompey were dealt a blow earlier in the week when it was revealed that Tareiq Holmes-Dennis is likely to miss at least four months with a knee injury.

Jackett will also be without Matt Clarke (groin) and Milan Lalkovic (ankle), while Nathan Thompson is not being considered for selection after only just returning to training following a foot problem.

Jamal Lowe will serve the second game of a three-match ban following his red card against Rochdale.

Former Blues players Simon Eastwood, Wes Thomas and Mike Williamson are expected to feature for the hosts.

They will be without the injured Charlie Raglan (ankle), while Oxford are awaiting international clearance for new signing Gino Van Kessel.

Read what Kenny Jackett and Luke McGee have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below pre-match videos.

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Pompey: 22 wins
Oxford: 19 wins
17 draws

At Oxford
Pompey: 7 wins
Oxford: 15 wins
8 wins

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and none will be available to buy at the Kassam Stadium. Please do not travel without a ticket.

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Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. Use the cog function to turn on commentary.

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Fans are reminded that there was an update to the app earlier in the week to fix some bugs and some users might need to do a manual update.

We will also have match 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, while The News will also have extensive coverage.

Oxford are 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the Blues can be backed at 19/10.

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Match Reports

Oxford 3 Pompey 0

Blues suffer first league loss

12 August 2017

Pompey in action at Oxford United

Wes Thomas struck against his former club to ensure that Pompey left the Kassam Stadium empty-handed.

A tight encounter was short on clear-cut chances, although Kyle Bennett and Brett Pitman both went close, while the latter also had a goal disallowed.

But Thomas found the net just after the restart before substitute Gino van Kessel and Josh Ruffels both notched late on to ensure the Blues suffered their first league loss of the season.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were narrowly beaten at Cardiff in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.

That meant Kal Naismith continued to lead the line, with teenager Adam May given another chance to impress in midfield.

Oxford handed starts to three former Blues players, with keeper Simon Eastwood, defender Mike Williamson and striker Thomas all featuring.

It was the hosts who dominated possession during the first half, although Pompey laid claim to the better of the scoring chances.

Jack Whatmough could not get on the end of a Gareth Evans corner in the opening stages, while Pitman met May’s centre and sent a firm header narrowly past the post.

Bennett then tried his luck with a snap-shot from outside the box, with Eastwood scrambling across his goal to palm the ball behind.

The hosts started to look more threatening as the half progressed and Drew Talbot did well to cut across and prevent Thomas from getting a shot away.

Then, moments later, Christian Burgess made a crunching tackle to dispossess Christian Ribeiro on the edge of the box.

Pompey won a few corners and one of them from Evans was nodded back across goal by Burgess, only for Whatmough to head into Eastwood’s arms.

But United then had their best chance of the half on 39 minutes, as Curtis Nelson turned Williamson’s pass wide from close range.

Pitman did have the ball in the back of the net at the other end moments later when he met Brandon Haunstrup’s cross, but referee Graham Salisbury spotted a foul.

There were still time for Bennett have a shot in stoppage-time, although his cleanly-struck effort was straight at Eastwood.

Half Time: Oxford 0 Pompey 0

It had been a fairly calm opening first half, but Oxford broke the deadlock within a couple of minutes of the restart.

McGee failed to hold on to an angled drive from Ribeiro and Thomas was well placed to force home the loose ball.

A substitution then had to be made, as referee Salisbury – who seemed to walk off relatively untroubled – was replaced by fourth official Marc Wilson.

Naismith was not too far away from an equaliser when he sent in a corner from the right that almost swung in at the far post.

But that was his last piece of the action as, just seconds later, the Scottish forward was replaced by Conor Chaplin.

It became an end-to-end affair, as Pompey went in search of a leveller and Oxford looked to hit them on the break.

A couple of dangerous crosses from Talbot and Brandon Haunstrup were dealt with assuredly by Williamson.

On both occasions the hosts were quickly up the other end to go close themselves and twice Burgess came to the rescue, first with a key tackle and then a crucial block.

The Blues made their second switch on 69 minutes and it was an attacking one, with Talbot making way for Carl Baker and Evans moving to right-back.

A moment of confusion between Burgess and Evans almost gave Oxford a second goal soon after, but McGee managed to push Jon Obika’s effort over the bar.

The hosts did wrap things up on 82 minutes, however, when van Kessel – who had only just come on – cut in from the left and coolly fired home.

Pompey kept battling away, but were unable to send the large travelling support home with at least a consolation effort to cheer.

And their misery was compunded deep into stoppage-time when Jack Payne slipped in Ruffels to slot home a third for the hosts.

Oxford (4-2-3-1): Eastwood; Ribeiro, Nelson (c), Williamson, Ricardinho; Ledson, Ruffels; Henry (Hall 76), Payne, Johnson (van Kessel 79); Thomas (Obika 69)
Goals: Thomas 47, van Kessel 82, Ruffels 90+4
Subs not used: Shearer, Carroll, Martin, Rothwell

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Talbot (Baker 69), Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup; May, Rose; Evans, Pitman (c), Bennett; Naismith (Chaplin 56)
Subs not used: Bass, Davies, Close, Main, Kabamba

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Marc Wilson 51)

Attendance: 9,510 (1,810 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Oxford (A): Tickets Sold Out

31 July 2017

Seats quickly snapped up for Kassam Stadium clash

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for the first League One away match at Oxford on Saturday, August 12.

All 1,794 seats were snapped up within a few hours of going on sale on Monday morning.

Supporters who have bought concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel is priced £24 for adults and £18 for children and can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

The opening home game against Rochdale has also sold out, with limited availability for the Fratton clashes with Walsall, Rotherham and Fleetwood.

Tickets are still on sale for the Blues’ Carabao Cup visit to Cardiff on Tuesday, August 8. Click here for more details.

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