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Match Preview: Pompey v Northampton

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

1 December 2017

Pompey v Northampton Town

Pompey fans were perhaps planning to start their Christmas shopping when an early FA Cup exit meant a free weekend at the start of December.

But the Blues moved fast to fill that gap by bringing forward their Checkatrade Trophy clash with Northampton.

The tie will kick-off at 12.30pm and see both sides battling it out for a place in the last 16 of the competition.

Pompey have home advantage after finishing top of Southern Group A, with a draw against Fulham U21s followed by victories over Crawley and Charlton.

Their opponents drew all three of their previous games against Cambridge, Peterborough and Southampton’s youngsters.

But they showed their penalty prowess by winning a shoot-out to claim a bonus point from all three fixtures.

There has been one meeting in this competition before, with the Cobblers coming out on top at Fratton Park in 2014.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbain’s men also triumphed at Sixfields Stadium in the league back in September, with Matty Kennedy on target for the Blues in a 3-1 defeat.

TEAM NEWS
Dion Donohue (back), Oliver Hawkins (hamstring), Kal Naismith (knee) and Brett Pitman (hamstring) are all missing for this match.

They join long-term absentees Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) on the sidelines.

Aaron Phillips (thigh) and Alex Revell (groin) are both out for the visitors, but John-Joe O’Toole, Aaron Pierre and Daniel Powell could be involved after returning to training following injuries.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Oliver Hawkins have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 16 Wins
Northampton: 10 Wins
7 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 10 Wins
Northampton: 3 Wins
4 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be bought online here or at Fratton Park on the day of the game.

They will be sold from the Frogmore Road ticket office and the Fratton End booths, which open from 10am on Saturday.

Please note that the Victory Bar will not be open for this match due to a private function.

MATCH COVERAGE
This match will be screened live on iFollow via the match centre to both international and domestic subscribers as part of a trial.

Supporters can also purchase a one-off match pass for £5. Click here for more information.

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 8/11 favourites with Sky Bet to win the game after 90 minutes, while the visitors can be backed at 4/1.

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 CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Saturday
Walsall v Bury

Tuesday
Bradford v Oldham
Fleetwood v Chesterfield
Gillingham v Oxford
Lincoln v Accrington
Luton v West Ham U21
Port Vale v Shrewsbury
Scunthorpe v Leicester U21
Swansea U21 v Charlton
Swindon v Forest Green
Yeovil v AFC Wimbledon

Wednesday
Blackpool v Mansfield
MK Dons v Chelsea U21
Peterborough v Southend

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Northampton 0

Evans and O'Keefe send Blues into last 16 of Checkatrade Trophy

2 December 2017

Gareth Evans scores for Pompey against Northampton Town at Fratton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy

Gareth Evans and Stuart O’Keefe were on target as Pompey cruised into the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

A small crowd were not treated to a chance-laden encounter against Northampton, but it was always the hosts who looked more likely to progress.

Evans completed an attractive passing counter-attack to open the scoring a few minutes before the interval.

O’Keefe doubled their lead in the second half and only some impressive saves from David Cornell prevented the margin of victory being even greater.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat Plymouth in the league the previous week.

Christian Burgess returned from suspension to replace the injured Oliver Hawkins in defence, while the sidelined Kal Naismith made way for Curtis Main up front.

The other switch saw loanee O’Keefe recalled in the centre of the pitch, with Ben Close, who was nursing a knock, missing out.

A sparse attendance ensured there was an eerie atmosphere inside Fratton Park when the game got underway.

And the action on the pitch did little to warm the spirits of those fans who decided to spurn Christmas shopping to watch the contest.

There were a couple of half chances for the hosts, with O’Keefe’s volleyed effort flying over, while an audacious long-range free-kick from Christian Burgess landed on the roof of the net.

Neither side looked particularly threatening in the opening stages, however, as the game drifted along.

Main headed a difficult chance wide after rising above two defenders to meet Nathan Thompson’s cross.

Evans then drilled a low shot narrowly past the post, while Cornell – who previously had a loan spell at Fratton Park – just about beat Conor Chaplin to a loose ball.

The tie finally got going on 35 minutes, when Danny Rose slipped a fine pass through to Evans, who was denied by Cornell’s save.

Northampton had offered little at the other end, although Burgess made a timely challenge to dispossess Chris Long in the box.

And it was the Blues who broke the deadlock just before the break, courtesy of a fine passing move up the pitch.

Brandon Haunstrup released Evans, who in turn found Chaplin before bursting into the box to receive the ball back.

Chaplin dinked a cross into the centre, and EVANS was there to head home his first goal of the season.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Northampton 0

The advantage was almost doubled early in the second half, as Haunstrup delivered a dangerous low cross that Ash Taylor had to turn over his own crossbar.

But it then took a superb save from Luke McGee to stop the Cobblers from levelling, with the keeper diving to his right to stop Taylor from converting Lewis McGugan’s corner.

Cornell made his own decent stop when Main inventively flicked Rose’s centre towards the net, although the linesman had raised his flag for offside.

The lead did increase just before the hour mark, however, as Thompson cut the ball back for O’KEEFE to neatly steer into the bottom corner.

A third might have followed when Thompson stole back possession, but Evans’ effort from out wide flashed past the post.

Jackett made his first switch on 69 minutes, with Drew Talbot given a chance to impress in place of Haunstrup at left-back.

Evans and Chaplin were off target with shots, as the Blues tried to wrap the tie up with plenty of time to spare.

Main then saw an attempt roll agonisingly wide following good work from Rose and Chaplin to tee him up.

And Cornell made a string of fine saves to limit the damage late on, denying Main, Evans and Chaplin in quick succession.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup (Talbot 69); O’Keefe, Rose; Evans (c), Chaplin, Lowe (Kennedy 88); Main
Goals: Evans 41, O’Keefe 58
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, May, Bennett, Lethbridge

Northampton (4-4-2): Cornell; Moloney, Barnett, Taylor, Buchanan; Hoskins (Bowditch 63), Poole (Waters 78), McGugan, Crooks; Richards (c), Long (Foley 46)
Subs not used: Coddington, Smith, McGivern, Kasim

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 1,780 (128 away fans)

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