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Match Preview: Fleetwood v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

20 February 2018

Fleetwood Town v Pompey

Pompey make their longest trek of the season with a stamina-busting midweek visit to Fleetwood this evening.

The match was originally scheduled for the first Saturday in January, but the hosts’ run to the third round of the FA Cup – where they took Leicester to a replay – dictated a switch.

Those clashes with the recent Premier League champions came in the midst of an encouraging spell for the Cod Army.

They had finished 2017 with successive victories and a win at Southend just over a month ago left the Lancashire outfit just seven points adrift of the final play-off place.

But a disastrous string of five successive league defeats – with a Checkatrade Trophy exit sandwiched in the middle – means it is now just goal difference keeping them outside the drop zone.

That poor form resulted in the dismissal of manager Uwe Rosler at the weekend, with coaches Barry Nicholson and David Lucas taking temporary charge.

Braces from Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe saw Pompey ease to a 4-1 win when the sides clashed at Fratton Park back in September.

But they were beaten 3-1 on their only previous visit to Highbury in 2014, with Fleetwood going on to win League Two promotion via the play-offs.

Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman will both miss out, having suffered hamstring injuries against Southend on Saturday.

Nathan Thompson starts a four-match ban after being sent off for the second time this season at Roots Hall.

Matty Kennedy returns from an ankle problem, but the Blues are still without Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

Fleetwood are close to having a fully-fit squad available, with midfielder George Glendon (calf) the only doubt.

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Pompey: 1 win
Fleetwood: 2 wins
0 Draws

At Highbury Stadium
Fleetwood: 1 win
Pompey: 0 wins
0 draws

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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.

Pompey are the 8/5 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 19/10.

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Match Reports

Fleetwood 1 Pompey 2

Lowe and Hawkins score in Blues victory

20 February 2018

Jamal Lowe scores for Pompey at Fleetwood Town

Jamal Lowe and Oli Hawkins were on target as Pompey returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Fleetwood.

They edged a fairly uneventful first half at Highbury Stadium and forged ahead through Lowe’s smart finish.

Hawkins’ close-range effort looked to have wrapped up a comfortable night for the Blues, although a stunning strike from Conor McAleny ensured a nervy finale.

Kenny Jackett made three enforced changes from the side beaten at Southend on Saturday.

Matty Kennedy, Hawkins and Adam May were all recalled, with the injured duo of Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman making way, along with the suspended Nathan Thompson.

Matt Clarke was handed the captain’s armband in Pitman’s absence, while there was a welcome return to the bench for a fit-again Jack Whatmough.

The first half was not one to get the pulses racing, with clear-cut chances at a premium at both ends of the pitch.

There was a shot from Conor Chaplin that took a deflection and looped safely into the arms of Alex Cairns.

Fleetwood then went close at the other end when, following good build-up play from Joe Maguire and Bobby Grant, a drive from Kyle Dempsey flew just past the post.

It was Pompey looking more dangerous, though, and Cairns had to get down to his right to keep out an effort from the impressive May.

And they broke the deadlock on 24 minutes after Ben Close’s strike from the edge of the box had been blocked.

LOWE was on to the loose ball in a flash and showed great composure to curl it past Cairns’ grasp and into the net.

Kennedy then bent a free-kick over the wall after Chaplin had been fouled, but Cairns was equal to this attempt.

The goal had given the Blues a spike in confidence and Dion Donohue’s dangerous low delivery had to be intercepted by Cian Bolger before Chaplin could convert it.

Half Time: Fleetwood 0 Pompey 1

The visitors made a bright start to the second half and Bolger cut out Donohue’s cross with Hawkins ready to pounce.

Then, from the resulting corner, the ball almost flew into the net off a Fleetwood player before it was scrambled clear.

But the Cod Army soon had a chance up the other end, as Ashley Hunter’s daisy-cutter flew inches past the post.

It was the Blues looking more likely to add to the scoring and Chaplin had a couple of efforts blocked, while a third chance flashed wide.

Hawkins then did well to juggle the ball and get a shot away that narrowly cleared the crossbar in front of the noisy travelling support.

Fleetwood substitute Wes Burns was off target from an acute angle on 65 minutes, while Close also saw an effort fly wide.

It looked like the visitors’ lead was to be doubled soon after when May hit a sweet curling effort from 30 yards.

The ball flew towards goal and clipped the inside of the post, but instead of nestling in the net it bounced back out.

But Pompey did have a second goal on 75 minutes, when Chaplin fed a pass through to Lowe down the right.

The winger’s low cross could only be parried away by Cairns and HAWKINS was there to convert the loose ball from close range.

Fleetwood almost pulled one back immediately, as Hunter rose in the box to meet Burns’ cross and glance a header narrowly wide.

Jackett decided the time was right to bring on some fresh legs, with Chaplin withdrawn for Connor Ronan.

And the Cod Army then saw their spirits raised, courtesy of a thunderous shot from McAleny that flew past Luke McGee and into the top corner.

Hawkins soon had a fierce effort of his own, although the Blues player was not quite able to beat Cairns.

Fleetwood poured forward in search of a late leveller, but the visitors held on to secure a welcome three-point haul.

Fleetwood (3-5-2): Cairns; Eastham, Pond (c), Bolger; Coyle (Burns 61), Dempsey, Biggins (McAleny 69), Grant, Maguire; Hunter (Sowerby 82), Madden
Goals: McAleny 81
Booked: Hunter, McAleny
Subs not used: Neal, Oliver, Jones, Schwabl

Pompey (4-4-2): McGee; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke (c), Donohue; Lowe, May, Close, Kennedy; Chaplin (Ronan 78), Hawkins
Goals: Lowe 24, Hawkins 75
Subs not used: Bass, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Deslandes, Widdrington, Smith

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 2,561 (470 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Fleetwood (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

19 February 2018

Fleetwood Town

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s match at Fleetwood.

Blues fans have already snapped up almost 400 tickets for Tuesday night’s visit to Highbury Stadium, which kicks-off at 7.45pm.

They can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office until 5pm today (February 19).

Tickets can also be bought from the ticket offices at Highbury Stadium on the day of the game, with no price increases.

Category Seat Terrace
Adult £24 £22
Senior (65+) £19 £17
Student* £12 £10
Young Person (U18) £12 £10
Junior (U16) £7 £5
Child (U5) Free Free

*Photocopies of valid student IDs will need to be sent to Fleetwood. Please bring this with you if you are purchasing student tickets from the Frogmore Road ticket office. If you are buying online or over the phone, you will need to email a copy to with ‘Student ID Fleetwood’ as the subject.

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

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/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.

Please note that tickets will be marked with the fixture’s original date of January 6.

Tickets bought online/over the phone can be collected from Pompey's ticket office until 5pm today (February 19) or from the white booth (next to main ticket office and club shop) at Fleetwood on the evening of the game.

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