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Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One clash

26 January 2018

Pompey v Shrewsbury Town

Pompey’s run of fiendish fixtures continues with the visit of promotion-chasing Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The visitors had been in the top two for most of the season, only to drop out after failing to beat Doncaster last week.

That allowed Blackburn to leapfrog them in the table, although it is only goal difference separating the sides.

It is not just the league that Shrewsbury are impressing in, however, as they took West Ham to an FA Cup third round replay before eventually bowing out after extra-time.

And fans will no doubt start dreaming of Wembley now that Paul Hurst’s men have reached the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Shrews enjoy the best home record in League One and have secured 10 victories at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

That includes a 2-0 defeat of Pompey – courtesy of goals from Shaun Whalley and Stefan Payne – just before Christmas.

But the Blues can perhaps take heart from the fact that their opponents have only won six times on their travels

TEAM NEWS
Gareth Evans could feature for Pompey after recovering from a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the past four games.

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

Shrewsbury have been dealt a blow by the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been hit with a three-game ban, while Junior Brown (knee) also misses out.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 Wins
Shrewsbury: 8 Wins
2 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 10 Wins
Shrewsbury: 1 Win
0 Draws

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

On the day of the game, they can be purchased – subject to availability – 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 the 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 5/2.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up to www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn v Northampton
Blackpool v Charlton
Bradford v AFC Wimbledon
Doncaster v Bristol Rovers
Gillingham v Fleetwood
Oldham v Plymouth
Southend v Scunthorpe

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Pompey 0 Shrewsbury 1

Blues suffer narrow defeat at Fratton Park

27 January 2018

Oli Hawkins in action for Pompey against Shrewsbury Town at Fratton Park

Pompey’s barren start to 2018 continued as they suffered a narrow defeat to high-flying Shrewsbury at a damp Fratton Park.

James Bolton was left in space to score the only goal of the game midway through a first half that failed to sparkle.

But there was plenty of controversy before the break, with two decent shouts for a penalty turned down.

The Blues looked more inventive following the interval, but keeper Craig MacGillivray and the woodwork came to the Shrews’ rescue.

Adam May’s late dismissal for a second bookable offence only served to compound the hosts’ misery.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that suffered a dramatic defeat at Rotherham the previous week.

Gareth Evans returned from injury to skipper the side, while there were also recalls for May and Oli Hawkins.

Regular captain Brett Pitman dropped to the bench, along with Sylvain Deslandes and Matty Kennedy.

Pompey were guilty of some sloppy play before the break, although the wet conditions were undoubtedly making life tough for both sides.

But they dominated possession throughout the first half and Hawkins could not quite connect with Evans’ cross after leaping in the box.

May then received the game’s first booking for a late challenge on Shaun Whalley as the contest continued to meander.

And the goal that gave Shrewsbury the lead was indicative of what had come before, as the Blues failed to deal with a corner and Bolton took advantage at the far post.

There might have been a second when Luke McGee lost out in a race for the ball with Abu Ogogo, but Ben Close was on hand to clear the danger.

But the hosts were soon back on the attack and when Close’s free-kick was only partially cleared, Donohue’s follow-up volley was deflected wide.

Pompey were even closer to a leveller on 31 minutes, as Hawkins met Evans’ delivery, only for MacGillivray to make a superb save.

There was controversy either side of that, however, as the hosts were controversially denied a penalty on two occasions.

Referee David Coote had a clear view of Christian Burgess’ shirt being tugged as he tried to attack a corner, but opted to do nothing.

The official then failed to spot Whalley’s handball in the box, much to the fury of the home side, who rushed to complain, earning Evans a booking.

The Blues had to put that to the back of their minds and Hawkins almost capitalised when the Shrews defence failed to deal with May’s pass.

Evans also had a shot blocked by Omar Beckles and another effort that went over, as the hosts went in behind at the break.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Shrewsbury 1

Former Fratton favourite Ricardo Rocha – who made almost 100 appearances for the club – was introduced to the crowd during the interval.

That provided a lift, but the supporters were soon up in arms again when Coote missed another handball, although at least this one was not in the box.

Pompey were still struggling to find any fluidity and Jackett soon made a switch, replacing Jamal Lowe with Pitman.

That certainly provided the required spark, as the hosts soon began to take control and had a series of chances to draw level.

Toto Nsiala was well-placed in the box to keep out Evans’ shot and when the skipper delivered the ball back into the box, Pitman’s guided header was saved by MacGillivray.

Matt Clarke then saw an opening from the resulting corner, but could not force the ball through a sea of orange shirts.

And MacGillivray came to Shrewsbury’s rescue once again when he dived to his right to expertly keep out Kal Naismith’s 30-yard drive.

But the chances began to dry up again and so Naismith was withdrawn on 70 minutes for the fresh legs of Connor Ronan.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, and McGee managed to claw away Carlton Morris’ header at point-blank range.

Whalley then arrowed an angled drive narrowly past the post after Shrewsbury had countered quickly.

Time was rapidly running out for the hosts, but they almost found an equaliser on 84 minutes.

Ronan’s looping header was volleyed towards goal by Pitman and a deflection took the ball onto the crossbar.

And there was more controversy late on when the ball bounced up and hit the arm of Beckles, only for Coote to remain unmoved.

But there was still time for the afternoon to get even worse for the hosts, as May’s foul on Stefan Payne saw him receive a second yellow card and subsequent red.

Pitman almost rescued an unlikely point deep into stoppage-time, however, with an angled shot rolling agonisingly past the post.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; May, Close; Evans (c), Naismith (Ronan 70), Lowe (Pitman 55); Hawkins
Sent off: May (two yellow cards)
Booked: Evans, Donohue
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, Bennett, Kennedy, Chaplin

Shrewsbury (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; Godfrey; Whalley (John-Lewis 90+2), Nolan, Ogogo (c), Rodman; C.Morris (Payne 83)
Goals: Bolton 21
Booked: C.Morris, Rodman, Payne
Subs not used: Rowley, Hendrie, Lowe, B.Morris, Gnahoua

Referee: David Coote

Attendance: 17,779 (498 away fans)

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