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Match Preview: Shrewsbury v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

22 December 2017

Shrewsbury Town v Pompey

Pompey will aim to gift wrap the perfect present for their supporters by winning at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The final match before Christmas sees Kenny Jackett’s side come up against a team currently sitting second in the League One standings.

And the hosts will be keen for a victory, as otherwise Blackburn or Bradford could snatch their spot in the top two.

The Shropshire outfit have been magnificent on their own patch so far this term, dropping just five points from 10 games.

Bradford are the only side to have left Montgomery Waters Meadow with a maximum haul, while Blackburn managed to secure a draw.

Paul Hurst’s men also have an FA Cup third round encounter with West Ham to look forward to on home soil, having already seen off Aldershot and Morecambe.

Saturday’s contest marks the midway point of the season, with the Shrews the only side Pompey have yet to face.

And the Blues will be keen to get back on track, having lost each of the clubs’ three most recent meetings.

Oliver Hawkins will be available for Pompey after recovering from a hamstring problem, but Stuart O’Keefe has picked up an adductor injury.

The midfielder joins Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Kal Naismith (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) on the sidelines.

Shrewsbury will still be without long-term absentees Junior Brown (knee) and Zak Jules (hamstring).

Read what Kenny Jackett has to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 12 wins
Shrewsbury: 7 wins
2 draws

At Shrewsbury
Pompey: 2 wins
Shrewsbury: 6 wins
2 draws

Seats can still be secured (cash only) from the away end of the ground at Shrewsbury on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary 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.

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.

Shrewsbury are narrow 17/10 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/5.

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Match Reports

Shrewsbury 2 Pompey 0

Whalley and Payne on target as Blues are beaten

23 December 2017

It was not exactly the Nightmare before Christmas.

But Pompey were certainly lacking festive cheer after individual errors saw their fine run of form brought to an end at high-flying Shrewsbury.

Things appeared to be going the visitors’ way when Luke McGee saved Shaun Whalley’s penalty following a lifeless first half.

But Whalley and substitute Stefan Payne both capitalised on sloppy defending to maintain the Shrews’ magnificent home record.

The game began in cautious fashion and neither side really looked like scoring in a scrappy opening 45 minutes.

Pompey’s three bookings were arguably the most noteworthy incidents, although the Blues could perhaps feel aggrieved to see Matt Clarke, Jamal Lowe and Brandon Haunstrup’s names all taken.

There were a few balls pumped into Shrewsbury’s box, but nothing to trouble Dean Henderson between the sticks.

More concerning was a long-range attempt by Kennedy on 19 minutes, with the keeper managing to push the ball clear after it bounced awkwardly in front of him.

Not too much was happening at the other end of the pitch, although Clarke had to head away Alex Rodman’s curling effort.

And Christian Burgess then made a well-timed challenge inside the box to halt Carlton Morris’ path to goal.

But, with the game drifting towards the interval, neither stopper had realistically looked like conceding.

That almost changed in stoppage-time, though, as McGee showed good reactions after Whalley’s cross was diverted towards the net by an inadvertent Haunstrup deflection.

Half Time: Shrewsbury 0 Pompey 0

The first half had been forgettable – and Blues fans will be keen for the second period to also escape their memories.

Shrewsbury were given an excellent opportunity to break the deadlock soon after the restart when Christian Burgess lost the ball to Whalley.

He burst into the box and when McGee came charging from his line to deal with the danger, referee Darren Handley decided he took the man and not the ball.

It was Whalley who stepped up to take the spot-kick, only for his tame effort to be saved by the diving Blues keeper.

Pompey almost made him pay for his profligacy when Brett Pitman won a free-kick, but Henderson was equal to the skipper's effort.

And it was the hosts who took the lead just before the hour mark when McGee tried to stop a deflected Jon Nolan effort from going out for a corner.

The keeper could not keep hold of the ball, however, and Whalley capitalised by sliding it into the net.

Jackett immediately made a double substitution, with Lowe and Kennedy making way for Oliver Hawkins and Kyle Bennett.

But the Blues were looking ragged after falling behind and McGee did well to beat Whalley to Carlton Morris’ threaded pass.

Conor Chaplin replaced Pitman in one last effort by Pompey to try to find a spark of magic and grab an equaliser.

Instead, Shrewsbury grabbed a late second goal, as Payne stole the ball from Clarke and found the target, despite McGee’s best efforts to keep it out.

Pompey kept plugging away – no doubt inspired by a noisy travelling army – but there was to be no Christmas miracle.

Shrewsbury (4-1-4-1): Henderson; Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; B.Morris; Whalley, Nolan, Ogogo (c), Rodman (Godfrey 87); C.Morris (Payne 75)
Goals: Whalley 59, Payne 81
Booked: C.Morris, Nolan
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Riley, Gnahoua, Dodds, John-Lewis

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Lowe (Hawkins 60), Evans, Kennedy (Bennett 60); Pitman (c) (Chaplin 77)
Booked: Clarke, Lowe, Haunstrup
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, May, Main

Referee: Darren Handley

Attendance: 7,429 (1,094 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Shrewsbury (A): Pay On The Day

Support Blues on the road

18 December 2017

Shrewsbury Town

Pompey fans have snapped up 1,000 tickets for the league visit to Shrewsbury just before Christmas.

Seats for the Montgomery Waters Meadow clash on Saturday, December 23 (3pm kick-off) are no longer available to purchase directly from Fratton Park.*

But they can be bought at the away end on the day of the game. Please note that only cash will be accepted.

Category Price
Adult £20
Senior (65+) £15
Student (ID required) £15
Young Person (19-21) £15
Junior (12-18) £8
Child (8-11) £6
Child (U8) Free

*There are still three wheelchair spaces available by calling 0345 646 1898 or visiting the Frogmore Road ticket office. These are priced £15 and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

Supporters who have bought 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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