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Match Preview: Pompey v Walsall

All you need to know about League One clash

18 August 2017

It is a return to league action for Pompey this weekend following Wednesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy exertions.

Walsall are the visitors for a clash between the sides sitting 11th and 12th in the embryonic third tier table.

They have also won one and lost one of their opening two fixtures and are above the Blues on goal difference.

Jon Whitney’s side were beaten 1-0 at Bury on the opening day and then – following a Carabao Cup exit at Sheffield United – were 2-1 victors over Oldham last Saturday.

But they had to battle from behind, with Erhun Oztumer grabbing a last-gasp winner after Joe Edwards cancelled out Ryan McLaughlin’s opener.

Walsall are currently in their 11th successive League One campaign and reached the play-offs in 2016.

But they were nearer the relegation places than the top six last term and seven players were released in a May clear-out.

It was the Saddlers who came out on top in both encounters when the sides last shared a division in 2012/13.

The Blues hold the better overall record, however, and the Fratton faithful will want to see that extended on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS
Milan Lalkovic could feature after recovering from the ankle injury that has kept him out for the past fortnight.

Nathan Thompson is back in training, but the game comes too soon for him, while Matt Clarke (groin) is still sidelined.

Jamal Lowe – who was able to feature in the Checkatrade Trophy during the week – completes his three-match ban.

Former Blues trainee Florent Cuvelier is available for the visitors, having missed their last match through illness.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Kal Naismith have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below pre-match video.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 Wins
Walsall: 7 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 7 Wins
Walsall: 3 Wins
3 Draws

TICKETS
Fans can click here to secure their seat online. Please note that ticket prices increase if bought on the day of the game. Click here for a full list of prices.

The Frogmore Road ticket office will be open from 10am for sales and upgrades, while collections can be made from the booths behind the Fratton End.

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

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

Click here for more information about subscribing to iFollow and click here for information on downloading the app so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will also have match updates on Twitter and 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.

REMAIN VIGILANT
Pompey have been working closely with the police and the EFL over the summer to review security at club stadiums, with stadium managers having been briefed by counter terrorism police.

It is vital that everyone – players, staff and supporters – remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and it is unlikely that supporters will be caught up in one, nonetheless the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

To help keep yourself and others safe, you should:
- Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
- Minimise what you carry – fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
- Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
- If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
- In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
- If told to evacuate, you should do so immediately – do not wait around to film events on your mobile
- Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
- Once safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates

BETTING
Pompey are 7/10 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/4.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions.

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

LAST GAME AT FRATTON PARK

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Walsall 1

Pitman penalty secures a point

19 August 2017

Brett Pitman struck from the spot as Pompey fought from behind to secure a draw with Walsall at Fratton Park.

After a lethargic first half, Luke Leahy capitalised on some sloppy defending early in the second to score for the visitors.

But Pitman confidently netted a penalty following a foul on Nicke Kabamba and it was the Blues who ended the contest on top.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side beaten at Oxford in the last league outing.

Milan Lalkovic had recovered from an ankle injury to feature against his former club, with Kyle Bennett dropping to the bench.

The 4-2-3-1 system remained, although this time it was skipper Pitman up front, with Kal Naismith just behind.

New signing Dion Donohue had to watch from the stands after completing his Fratton switch too late to feature.

Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence in memory of all those who lost their lives in the Barcelona tragedy.

Once the action got underway, referee Brett Huxtable soon had to reach for his pocket, showing Saddlers skipper Adam Chambers a yellow card following a late challenge on Adam May.

But it was the visitors who looked brighter in the opening stages and Leahy unleashed a fierce shot that flew narrowly past the post.

The wing-back then missed a great opportunity to break the deadlock on 15 minutes, heading wide from close range after good work down the right by James Wilson.

Christian Burgess came to the rescue moments later when a sloppy Jack Whatmough pass gifted possession to Amadou Bakayoko.

But it was Whatmough – celebrating his 21st birthday – who then started the move that led to Pompey’s best chance of the half on 31 minutes.

The defender’s superb cross-field ball picked out Gareth Evans on the right and his cross was met by the head of a diving Pitman, only for Shaun Donnellan to make a vital block.

Evans then sent a header over the bar from Danny Rose’s cross, as the hosts finally started to pick up the pace.

But there was a blow for the Blues on 36 minutes, as Drew Talbot became the latest victim of the defensive injury curse.

He went down clutching his hamstring and limped to the sidelines, with Bennett coming on to make his 100th appearance.

The remainder of the half did little to excite a large Fratton crowd, though, with the half-time whistle greeted by yawns rather than cheers.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Walsall 0

It was pretty sleepy stuff before the break and Pompey clearly had not woken up for the start of the second half.

Wilson sent in a low cross from wide on the right and Leahy was left all alone to tap home at the far post.

The Blues were struggling to create much at the other end of the pitch, as Mark Gillespie continued to enjoy a comfortable afternoon between the sticks.

He was not tested by Bennett on the hour mark, with the substitute firing wide from the edge of the box after being teed-up by Naismith.

Jackett opted to make a double substitution on 65 minutes, as Naismith and Lalkovic made way for Curtis Main and Kabamba.

But Walsall almost doubled their lead soon after, with Luke McGee saving well from Amadou Bakayoko and then Burgess blocking a shot from the same player.

The Blues were presented with an excellent chance to level on 74 minutes, though, when Gillespie tripped Kabamba, who did not appear to be posing a threat.

Huxtable immediately pointed to the spot and PITMAN made no mistake, slamming home his third goal of the season.

That provided a spark for Pompey and they immediately started to display more energy going forward.

Pitman almost grabbed his second with a shot that dipped narrowly over the bar after Bennett had done well to steal possession.

It was the Blues looking more likely to grab a winner and Pitman in particular was looking a threat, not quite able to guide Adam May’s pass on target on 87 minutes.

But, despite five minutes being added on for stoppages, Pompey were not able to complete the turnaround by finding a winner.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Talbot (Bennett 36), Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup; Rose, May; Evans, Naismith (Kabamba 65), Lalkovic (Main 65); Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 74 (pen)
Booked: Pitman
Subs not used: Bass, Davies, Close, Chaplin

Walsall (3-5-2): Gillespie; Wilson, Donnellan, Guthrie; Devlin, Morris (Cuvelier 69), Chambers (c), Edwards, Leahy; Oztumer, Bakayoko (Jackson 77)
Goals: Leahy 47
Booked: Chambers, Guthrie, Devlin, Bakayoko
Subs not used: L.Roberts, K.Roberts, Kouhyar, Kinsella, Candlin

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Attendance: 17,198 (464 away fans)

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Ticket News

Fulham U21 & Walsall: Ticket Update

Secure your seat for Fratton fixtures

14 August 2017

The Frogmore Road entrance to Fratton Park

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s next two home matches against Fulham U21s and Walsall.

Kenny Jackett’s side host a young Cottagers side in the group stages of the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday, August 16 (7.45pm kick-off).

Only the South Stand Upper and Family Section are open for this game and seating is unreserved.

Most of the tickets remaining for the Sky Bet League One clash with Walsall on Saturday, August 19 (3pm kick-off) are located in the Milton End, although there are seats remaining in the North and South Stands.

The quickest way to purchase tickets for both matches is by visiting our eticketing site.

Fans can also secure their seat by calling 0345 646 1898 or paying a visit to the Frogmore Road ticket office.

Category Fulham U21 Walsall***
Adult £10 £23
Senior (63+) £5 £17
Young Person (18-22) £5 £15
Ambulant* £5 £15
Wheelchair* £5 £14
Unaccompanied Junior (U18) £1 £10
Accompanied Junior (U18)** £1 £5

*Includes carer if on highest rate of DLA or PIP.
**Accompanied by a paying adult, senior or ambulant supporter.
***Adult and senior Walsall tickets increase by £2 if bought on the day of the game.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. There is an additional £1 charge for tickets that are posted out.

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