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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

31 December 2017

Bristol Rovers v Pompey

Pompey will be looking to start 2018 how they finished 2017 – with a victory.

Kenny Jackett’s men moved into the play-off places by seeing off struggling Northampton on home soil on Saturday.

So they will want to cement their position inside the top six by beating a Bristol Rovers outfit who are currently sitting 16th.

They ended the year with a 1-1 stalemate at Oldham, which stretched their winless run to four matches.

Darrell Clarke’s side did achieve back-to-back three-point hauls against Rotherham and Southend at the beginning of December.

But they represent the only triumphs – in any competition – the Pirates have enjoyed since the end of October.

Rovers are certainly stronger on home soil, with seven of their nine league wins arriving at the Memorial Stadium.

It finished 3-0 to Pompey when the sides met on the south coast back in September, courtesy of an Oli Hawkins goal and Brett Pitman brace.

Gareth Evans (hamstring) and Danny Rose (leg) will both miss out after suffering injuries against Northampton.

They join the quintet of Brandon Haunstrup (knee), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Kal Naismith (knee), Stuart O’Keefe (adductor) and Jack Whatmough (knee) on the sidelines.

Bristol Rovers will be without Daniel Leadbitter, who limped off with a hamstring problem at Walsall on Boxing Day.

Read the thoughts of Joe Gallen and Dion Donohue on Monday’s game.

Pompey: 22 wins
Bristol Rovers: 10 wins
7 draws

At Bristol Rovers
Pompey: 7 wins
Bristol Rovers: 8 wins
5 draws

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be available on the day of the game.

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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 Tuesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

Pompey are 8/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 13/8.

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Match Reports

Bristol Rovers 2 Pompey 1

Late goals leave Blues empty-handed

1 January 2018

Pompey suffered a cruel opening to 2018 after Bristol Rovers struck two late goals to secure all three points at the Memorial Stadium.

The visitors took the lead in an often scrappy contest when Oliver Hawkins headed home in the second half.

And there were opportunities to extend the advantage before Stuart Sinclair struck following a period of Pirates pressure.

It looked like the spoils were to be shared, only for Liam Sercombe to drill a winner in the dying moments.

Kenny Jackett made two enforced changes from the side that saw off Northampton on home soil at the weekend.

Danny Rose and Gareth Evans both limped off against the Cobblers, so in came Adam May and Jamal Lowe.

Pompey’s injury problems were clear from a look at the bench, with Theo Widdrington recalled from a loan spell with the Hawks and joining academy prospects Matt Casey and Dan Smith.

It was the hosts who looked brighter in the opening stages and Luke McGee got down well to deal with a long-range attempt from Billy Bodin.

But the Blues soon grew into the game and were enjoying plenty of possession, without being able to test Adam Smith between the sticks.

A couple of balls into the box had to be hacked to safety, while Lowe’s effort was deflected narrowly wide.

There was danger at the other end when Lee Brown sent a dangerous delivery into the mixer, only for Bodin to collide with Sinclair as they both tried to meet it.

It was certainly the hosts looking more fluent as the half progressed and May charged down Rory Gaffney’s strike, before Tom Broadbent’s surging run was halted by Christian Burgess.

Pompey were still trying to create chances of their own, however, and Smith had to keep out Brett Pitman’s drive at his near post following good work down the right from Nathan Thompson.

Matt Clarke then looked like he was about to convert Dion Donohue’s free-kick, only for the keeper to come off his line and punch clear.

It was a decent spell from Pompey and Joe Partington had to divert the ball behind when Pitman – given plenty of stick for his Bristol City connections – stretched to reach Thompson’s cross.

The action then swung back in Rovers’ favour, although pressing from the Blues back-line was leaving the home crowd frustrated.

Half Time: Bristol Rovers 0 Pompey 0

Pompey won an early corner once play restarted and Burgess sent a header looping narrowly over from Donohue’s delivery.

But it was Rovers who came close to breaking the deadlock on 51 minutes, as the ball pinged around the Blues box.

Bodin’s effort was kept out by the feet of McGee and when it was sent back into the area, Tom Nichols diverted it narrowly off target.

There was a melee in the opposite area on the hour mark, but when Pitman centred the ball, Chris Lines was well-placed to hack it clear.

And the visitors did forge ahead on 64 minutes, as a HAWKINS rose to meet May’s fine cross and guide a precision header past the desperate dive of Smith.

They came close to doubling their advantage, only for a Ben Close thunderbolt to be blocked by a Rovers shirt in a packed box.

And Matty Kennedy then did well to trick his way into space and flash a low shot narrowly past the post.

But Bodin came close to a leveller at the other end on 77 minutes, with a rising effort that McGee had to palm over the crossbar.

Rovers were piling on plenty of pressure in the closing stages and it finally paid off with a late leveller.

Bodin’s strike was saved by McGee, but he could not keep hold of the ball and Sinclair followed up to find the net.

And the Blues were left heartbroken when, in the 90th minute, a free-kick was played to Sercombe, who drilled a shot into the bottom corner.

Bristol Rovers (4-3-3): Smith; Partington, Lockyer (c), Broadbent (Sweeney 59), Brown; Sinclair, Clarke (Sercombe 74), Lines; Bodin, Nichols, Gaffney (Harrison 74)
Goals: Sinclair 84, Sercombe 90
Booked: Partington
Subs not used: Slocombe, Bola, Moore, Telford

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, May; Lowe (Bennett 90+2), Pitman (c) (Main 81), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 64
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Widdrington, Smith, Chaplin

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 10,014 (1,165 Pompey fans)

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Bristol Rovers (A): Tickets Sold Out

Large Blues following on New Year's Day

29 December 2017

Bristol Rovers

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for the New Year's Day trip to Bristol Rovers.

The final few terrace places were snapped up by supporters on Friday morning.

It means that the Blues will be backed by more than 1,100 fans at the Memorial Stadium for their first fixture of 2018.

Tickets can be collected from the Frogmore Road ticket office until 4pm today or at the Bristol Rovers away turnstiles on the day of the game.

Supporters who have purchased 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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