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Match Preview: Pompey v AFC Wimbledon

All you need to know about League One clash

24 December 2017

Pompey v AFC Wimbledon

The presents will have been opened by the time Pompey host AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.

But will there be one last gift of three points waiting under the tree for the Fratton faithful to gleefully receive?

They will certainly hope so after seeing their encouraging run of form ended by defeat at Shrewsbury.

Neal Ardley’s Dons – who face Tottenham at Wembley in the FA Cup in January – are going to arrive full of confidence, however, having seen off Bradford on Saturday.

It was not enough to help them climb out of the League One drop zone, although they are just a point from safety.

They have won three times on their travels so far this term, collecting a maximum haul at Blackburn (1-0), Northampton (1-0) and Bristol Rovers (3-1).

AFC Wimbledon will no doubt be buoyed by the fact they have been given permission to return to their spiritual Plough Lane home to build a new stadium.

But Pompey triumphed when the sides met at Kingsmeadow earlier in the season, courtesy of Brett Pitman’s penalty and a goal from Conor Chaplin.

TEAM NEWS
Kal Naismith (knee) and Stuart O’Keefe (adductor) are both doubts for Pompey after sitting out the Shrewsbury game.

Long-term injury victims Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Former Pompey defender Paul Robinson could miss out for the Dons with a back strain, but Harry Forrester is available after serving a one-match ban.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read Kenny Jackett’s views on the game and how Pompey will be training on Christmas Day.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 13 Wins
Wimbledon: 12 Wins
9 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 Wins
Wimbledon: 3 Wins
5 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be bought online here. Subject to availability, they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End on the day of the game.

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 Wednesday.

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 5/6 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Gillingham v Oxford (1pm)
Southend v Charlton (1pm)
Blackburn v Rochdale
Blackpool v Scunthorpe
Bradford v Peterborough
Bury v Rotherham
Doncaster v Northampton
MK Dons v Plymouth
Oldham v Fleetwood
Walsall v Bristol Rovers
Wigan v Shrewsbury

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 AFC Wimbledon 1

Close and Pitman on target for Blues

26 December 2017

Ben Close celebrates scoring for Pompey against AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park

The big day might have passed, but there was still plenty of Christmas cheer on show as Pompey beat AFC Wimbledon.

Ben Close livened up a dull first half with a fine strike on a wet and windy Boxing Day afternoon on the south coast.

Lyle Taylor hit back with a penalty just after the break, only for Brett Pitman to net a spot-kick of his own to secure the points for the Blues.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Shrewsbury before Christmas.

It came in attack, where Matty Kennedy dropped to the bench to make way for Conor Chaplin just behind lone striker Pitman.

Both sides had perhaps indulged themselves a tad too much the previous day, with the first half limping along.

Pompey enjoyed the majority of possession and territory, but George Long was largely untroubled in the Dons goal.

It was actually the visitors who were first to threaten, with Cody McDonald – perhaps put off by Luke McGee’s presence – poking the ball wide of the post.

Close sent a couple of dangerous deliveries into the box, only for the Londoners’ back-line to deal with them both.

A snap-shot from the returning Chaplin was well-struck on 19 minutes, but the ball flew straight at Long.

The lively Gareth Evans also had an effort that flew narrowly wide, as the contest struggled to move out of second gear.

Pompey fans were finally given reason to sit up and take notice when Chaplin’s shot took a deflection and hit Jamal Lowe.

He was unable to adjust his feet quickly enough, however, with the ball ricocheting off the winger and being saved by Long.

A couple of Wimbledon corners caused hearts to flutter at the other end, but it was the hosts who finally forged ahead just before the break.

Lowe slide in to win back possession and feed CLOSE, whose 25-yard effort skimmed off the wet surface and into the bottom corner.

Half Time: Pompey 1 AFC Wimbledon 0

The mood was buoyant inside Fratton Park at the break, but it soon soured when the visitors levelled just after the restart.

There was plenty of controversy about the goal, however, with AFC Wimbledon awarded a penalty after the ball bounced up and struck Christian Burgess on the arm.

Referee Craig Hicks decided it was deliberate and Taylor smashed the resulting penalty into the roof of the net.

There was growing frustration from fans and players alike, as a few more decisions started to go against them.

Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark to try to inject some fresh impetus into his side.

Chaplin and Lowe were the men to make way, with Oliver Hawkins and Kennedy coming on to replace them.

Hicks looked to have ensured he was off next season’s Christmas card list for anyone living in Portsmouth, but the official was soon back in the home side’s good books.

He spotted Barry Fuller’s shove on Pitman inside the box and, much to the delight of the Fratton faithful, pointed to the spot.

It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the penalty and confidently sent Long the wrong way with a thunderous finish.

Wimbledon almost hit back, as an angled drive from former Blues winger Andy Barcham flashed across the face of goal.

But Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease to ensure a return to winning ways in League One.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Evans, Chaplin (Hawkins 64), Lowe (Kennedy 64); Pitman (c)
Goals: Close 45, Pitman 72 (pen)
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, May, Bennett, Main

AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): Long; Fuller (c), Oshilaja, Charles, Meades; Trotter, Soares (Kaja 78), Abdou, Barcham; Taylor, McDonald
Goals: Taylor 50 (pen)
Booked: Soares, Barcham, Fuller, Trotter
Subs not used: McDonnell, Nightingale, Kennedy, Hartigan, Egan, Francomb

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 18,644 (728 away fans)

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Capacity Reached For Boxing Day Clash

Use ticket exchange for AFC Wimbledon game

20 December 2017

The Frogmore Road entrance to Fratton Park

Fratton Park is full to capacity for Pompey’s home match against AFC Wimbledon.

Kenny Jackett’s side will be backed by another large crowd for the Boxing Day contest, which kicks-off at 3pm.

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 the match can make their seat available via our new 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.

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