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Match Preview: Wigan v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

25 August 2017

There will be a host of familiar faces for Pompey fans to reacquaint themselves with at Wigan this weekend.

Paul Cook left Fratton Park at the end of last season to take over at the DW Stadium, bringing assistant Leam Richardson and other backroom members with him.

He has since signed former Blues striker Noel Hunt, as the Latics try to bounce straight back from relegation.

They have certainly made a bright start to life in the third tier and have a 100 per cent league record going into Saturday’s clash.

An opening day victory at MK Dons has been followed by triumphs over Bury and Oldham, with the Latics topping the table on goal difference.

The sides have not met since an insipid midweek goalless draw in the north-west towards the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

Aruna Dinadane bagged a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for Pompey at Fratton Park a few months earlier – a rare bright spot in a season that ended in Premier League relegation.

But surely the most memorable encounter was a 2-1 away victory for Harry Redknapp’s Blues in April 2006 – with goals from Benjani and Matt Taylor – that completed a ‘Great Escape’ from the drop.

TEAM NEWS
Nathan Thompson could feature after making his comeback for the reserves earlier in the week.

Jamal Lowe is also available following a three-match ban, while new signing Dion Donohue is in line to make his debut.

But the Blues will be without the injured defensive duo of Matt Clarke (groin) and Drew Talbot (hamstring).

Wigan are expected to revert to the side that beat Oldham in the league last Saturday after ringing the changes for a midweek Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 9 wins
Wigan: 5 wins
3 draws

At Wigan
Pompey: 4 wins
Wigan: 3 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Fans can buy tickets at the DW Stadium ticket office or from the cash turnstiles on the day of the game. Click here for a list of prices.

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 subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. They can select commentary by clicking on the cog-shaped settings icon and choosing ‘away’.

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 (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Wigan are evens favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 29/10.

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

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Substitute Chaplin secures a point for Blues

26 August 2017

Conor Chaplin came off the bench to rescue a point for Pompey at promotion favourites Wigan.

It did not look a likely outcome when Ivan Toney fired the hosts ahead early in the contest and they then dominated the rest of the first half.

The Latics hit the woodwork on three occasions, but Chey Dunkley’s red card turned the tide in the Blues’ favour.

And Chaplin’s header ensured that the noisy travelling faithful had plenty to cheer on the long trip home, despite Gareth Evans also being dismissed late on.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Walsall the previous week.

Dion Donohue was handed a debut wide on the left, with Jamal Lowe returning from suspension to lead the line and Kyle Bennett also given a recall.

Kal Naismith dropped to the bench, while there was no place in the squad for Milan Lalkovic or the injured Drew Talbot.

Wigan immediately showed why they are the favourites for League One promotion and it took just eight minutes for them to break the deadlock.

Nick Powell threaded a pass through to Gavin Massey and he slid the ball across the face of goal for Toney to tap home from close range.

That failed to temper the hosts’ attacking intent and the only surprise at half-time was that they failed to extend their advantage.

It was a combination of Luke McGee and the woodwork that came to Pompey’s rescue to limit the damage.

The keeper made a fine save with his feet to deny Toney a second when the striker looked to convert a dangerous Massey delivery.

Reece James then teed-up Powell, whose fierce strike cannoned back off the crossbar on 22 minutes.

The Blues had created little at the other end of the pitch, with an uncharacteristic heavy touch from Brett Pitman denying him a shooting opportunity.

Wigan, by contrast, were looking dangerous with every attack and Christian Burgess did well to block Samy Morsy’s effort after the midfielder had initially given him the slip.

Pompey did provide more of a threat towards the end of the half and when Evans’ met a Donohue free-kick, his downwards header had to be scrambled clear.

A couple of corners also caused the Latics problems, but although Christian Walton flapped at one, they both ultimately came to nothing.

Paul Cook would have enjoyed seeing his new side dominate his old one, although that failed to stop Wigan’s boss berating the fourth official for some perceived poor refereeing decisions.

And he had more reason to moan when Toney, under pressure from Evans, could only turn Massey’s cross against the post.

The hosts looked like they would grab a second before the break, with Lee Evans’ strike heading for the net until a diving McGee managed to palm it behind.

Half Time: Wigan 1 Pompey 0

It had been virtually one-way traffic before the break, but the Blues came close to levelling just 56 seconds after the restart.

Brandon Haunstrup sent the ball into the box from wide on the left, only for Lowe to turn it wide from close range.

Wigan were soon back on the attack, however, and McGee was at his best once more to keep out Michael Jacobs’ fiercely-struck attempt.

The keeper then failed to hold another effort from the same player, but was quickly able to smother the loose ball.

Jackett made a double switch on 53 minutes in an attempt to spark a reversal of fortunes, with Donohue and Danny Rose withdrawn for Naismith and Ben Close.

And a Wigan player was also departing soon after – although there was nobody coming on to replace Dunkley.

The centre-back lashed out at Pitman off the ball and referee Robert Jones had no choice but to brandish a red card.

But it was the Latics who almost scored again on 69 minutes, with the post coming to Pompey’s rescue once more when an effort from substitute Terell Thomas beat McGee’s grasp.

The Blues were trying to make their numerical advantage count, but were finding it difficult to test Walton.

There was an equaliser for the large travelling support to cheer on 76 minutes, however.

Haunstrup swung in a fine cross from wide on the left and CHAPLIN – who had only just been brought on – deftly nodded it home.

It almost got even better for the visitors soon after, but Walton just about got down quick enough to palm clear Adam May’s daisy-cutter.

There were still chances at the other end, though, and Will Grigg should have done better than divert his far-post header straight into McGee’s arms.

But the Blues also had to play out the closing stages with 10 men when Evans’ foul earned him a second booking of the afternoon.

The fourth official’s display of six additional minutes spurred the home side on in their search for a winner.

But Pompey were able to see that out to secure a point and end Wigan’s 100 per cent start to the League One campaign.

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Evans, Morsy (c); Massey (Colclough 83), Powell (Grigg 73), Jacobs; Toney (Thomas 61)
Goals: Toney 8
Sent off: Dunkley
Subs not used: Jones, Perkins, Gilbey, Hunt

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup; May, Rose (Close 53); Bennett (Chaplin 73), Pitman (c), Donohue (Naismith 53); Lowe
Goals: Chaplin 76
Sent off: Gareth Evans (two yellow cards)
Booked: Donohue, Pitman, Whatmough
Subs not used: Bass, Thompson, Davies, Kabamba

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 9,685 (1,966 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Wigan (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

25 August 2017

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s League One match at Wigan on Saturday.

Blues fans have already snapped up more than 1,800 seats for the DW Stadium clash, which kicks-off at 3pm.

They are available by calling 0345 646 1898 (collections from Wigan ticket office) or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office until 3.30pm today.

Tickets can be bought from the DW Stadium ticket office or at the cash turnstiles on the day of the game, although adult and senior prices increase by £2.

Category Price
Adult £25*
Senior (65+) £22*
Junior (U18) £15
Child (U11) £10
Child (U5) £2

Wheelchair spaces are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

*Prices increase by £2 if bought on the day of the game.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought over the phone. Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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