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Match Preview: Pompey v Scunthorpe

All you need to know about League One clash

12 January 2018

Pompey v Scunthorpe United

Pompey’s run of games against promotion-chasing sides begins with the visit of Scunthorpe to Fratton Park.

Kenny Jackett’s side are searching for their first victory of 2018 following defeat at Bristol Rovers and Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy exit to Chelsea’s under-21 side.

But they still occupy the final position in the League One play-off places, albeit just a single point ahead of Rotherham and Charlton.

The Iron are two spots higher in fourth position and should be feeling fresh – they have not been in action since New Year’s Day.

Graham Alexander’s men will also have one eye on trying to close the five-point gap between them and the automatic promotion spots.

Scunthorpe just missed out on that prize last term and there was further disappointment when they were beaten over two legs by Millwall in the play-offs.

They came out on top when the sides met at Glanford Park last September, with goals from Lee Novak and Duane Holmes securing a 2-0 victory.

In fact, United have won each of the past four clashes, with the last Pompey triumph occurring at Fratton Park in September 2012.

TEAM NEWS
There could be a late decision made over the fitness of Ben Close (quad) and Nathan Thompson (ankle).

But Gareth Evans (hamstring), Brandon Haunstrup (knee), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Stuart O’Keefe (groin), Danny Rose (leg) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all definitely sidelined.

Scunthorpe could hand debuts to January signings Cameron McGeehan, Ivan Toney and Ryan Yates.

They will be missing the injured pair of Jordan Clarke (hamstring) and Jonathon Margetts (knee), with Andrew Crofts (ankle) and Sam Mantom (thigh) both doubts.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett on Saturday’s game and Jamal Lowe on signing a new contract or subscribe to a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 8 Wins
Scunthorpe: 9 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 Wins
Scunthorpe: 3 Wins
4 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be secured online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

Subject to availability, they can be bought on the day of the game from the booths behind the Fratton End.

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 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 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/4.

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
Blackburn v Shrewsbury
Blackpool v Bristol Rovers
Bradford v Northampton
Bury v Charlton
Doncaster v Plymouth
Gillingham v Rochdale
MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon
Oldham v Rotherham
Southend v Fleetwood
Walsall v Oxford
Wigan v Peterborough

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Lowe on target in Fratton stalemate

13 January 2018

Jamal Lowe celebrates scoring for Pompey against Scunthorpe United at Fratton Park

Jamal Lowe celebrated his new contract with a goal, but Pompey had to settle for a 1-1 draw with play-off rivals Scunthorpe at Fratton Park.

Both sides looked bright before the break, although it was the hosts who led thanks to some inventive play from Lowe.

The Iron were more dominant in the second half, however, and Kevin van Veen grabbed a deserved leveller.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that exited the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the week.

Top scorer Brett Pitman returned to lead the line, partnered by a fit-again Kal Naismith, who was making his first start for seven weeks.

There was also a system switch, with Oli Hawkins joining Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess in a three-man back-line.

That meant Nathan Thompson advanced into the centre of midfield, where he was joined by Ben Close and recent loan signing Connor Ronan.

Pompey took time to get used to the change in formation and looked a bit shaky at the back in the early stages.

Their opponents almost took advantage, with Luke McGee doing well to deny Tom Hopper and Lowe taking care of the loose ball.

But the hosts were lively at the other end and Ronan was especially bright as he attempted to thread passes through to the front two.

It was LOWE who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, though, stealing the ball off the foot of Josh Morris and finding the net from a tight angle with a shot that went in off the post.

The Iron were now shaky at the back and it took some desperate blocks to deny both Pitman and Naismith.

And the lead was almost doubled following a fine passing move involving more than half the side, with Pitman drilling a low effort narrowly past the post.

Scunthorpe were providing an attacking threat of their own, although McGee watched Funso Ojo’s attempt sail safely wide.

Their best opportunity to level came when Murray Wallace let fly from outside the box, but McGee was equal to the shot and punched the ball over the bar.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Scunthorpe 0

And the Iron also had a great chance just after the restart when Hopper cut the ball back for van Veen in the box.

The striker found himself in far too much space, only for Clarke to make a great recovery challenge to deny the visitors.

But there was nothing that Pompey could do to prevent Scunthorpe from drawing level on 53 minutes.

Hopper got free down the left and picked out van Veen in the box, with the Dutchman swivelling and firing home an unstoppable shot.

And it almost got even worse for the Blues, with McGee having to make a fine reaction save from point-blank range to deny Morris.

Pompey tried to make an impression at the other end and Charlie Goode’s slip let in Naismith, only for the defender to recover and make a key block.

Jackett made a double change to try to steady the ship, with Ronan and Dion Donohue making way for Matty Kennedy and Adam May.

That resulted in a change of system to 4-1-4-1, with Naismith and Kennedy out wide and Pitman playing as a lone striker.

And Naismith had a chance to score when Scunthorpe failed to deal with a corner, but saw his angled drive gathered by Rory Watson at the second attempt.

That proved to be the end of the chances, as the final few moments passed by with little goalmouth incident to provide any late drama.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): McGee; Hawkins, Burgess, Clarke; Lowe, Close, Thompson, Donohue (May 71); Ronan (Kennedy 71); Pitman (c), Naismith
Goals: Lowe 15
Booked: Clarke, Hawkins
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Deslandes, Bennett, Chaplin

Scunthorpe (3-4-1-2): Watson; Goode, Burgess, Wallace (c); Holmes, Bishop, Ojo, Morris; Adelakun; van Veen, Hopper (Novak 84)
Goals: van Veen 53
Booked: Bishop, Adelakun
Subs not used: Kelsey, McArdle, Townsend, Sutton, McGeehan, Toney

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 17,741 (386 away fans)

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