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Match Preview: Pompey v Oxford

All you need to know about League One clash

24 March 2018

Pompey v Oxford United

Pompey will aim to revitalise their play-off push when they take on Oxford on Sunday afternoon.

Kenny Jackett’s side go in search of their first home victory of 2018 in a match that is being screened live on Sky Sports.

Plenty of results went the Blues’ way on Saturday and it means a win would leave them just two points outside the top six.

But they will be wary about facing a United side who might well be lifted by the appointment of Karl Robinson earlier in the week.

Derek Fazackerley had been in caretaker charge for two months following January’s dismissal of Pep Clotet.

Oxford are currently lying in 16th position and will be keen to increase the five-point gap above the League One drop zone.

They, like Pompey, go into the game on the back of a win, with Rob Dickie and James Henry on target in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Peterborough.

The eight league fixtures before that, however, had resulted in just a solitary victory, while there was also a Checkatrade Trophy exit to Chelsea’s under-21s.

Pompey are searching for their first Fratton win over United since 1997 and trying to avenge a 3-0 loss at the Kassam Stadium back in August.

TEAM NEWS
Gareth Evans is available again following a hamstring injury, while Nathan Thompson has completed a four-match ban.

But the Blues are still without Oli Hawkins (hamstring), Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

Oxford trio Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (England U20), Canice Carroll (Republic of Ireland U19) and Gino van Kessel (Curacao) are all away on international duty.

The visitors will also be missing Rob Hall (knee), Curtis Nelson (Achilles) and Joe Rothwell (hamstring).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Matt Clarke or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 22 Wins
Oxford: 20 Wins
17 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 15 Wins
Oxford: 4 Wins
9 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be secured online here or from the booth behind the Fratton End on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

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 will not be able to watch the game on iFollow because it is a televised fixture. Click here for more details.

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 Monday.

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 17/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 10/3.

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

NEXT WEEK IN LEAGUE ONE
Thursday
Blackburn v Bradford (7.45pm)
Gillingham v MK Dons (7.45pm)

Good Friday
Oxford v Scunthorpe (12.45pm)
Wigan v Oldham
AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood
Blackpool v Doncaster
Bristol Rovers v Bury
Northampton v Charlton
Plymouth v Southend
Rochdale v Shrewsbury
Rotherham v Peterborough

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Pompey 3 Oxford 0

Pitman and Naismith on target in convincing Blues victory

25 March 2018

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring for Pompey against Oxford United at Fratton Park

Pompey made a mockery of their poor Fratton form in 2018 with a resounding victory over Oxford.

Kal Naismith grabbed an early opener, although the visitors responded well and it looked as though there might be a nervy finale.

That all changed when Alex Mowatt saw his penalty saved and was promptly sent off for lashing out at Nathan Thompson.

There was only going to be one winner from that point and Brett Pitman twice capitalised on good work from Jamal Lowe to wrap things up.

There was a single change from the side that won away at snowy Oldham the previous week.

Thompson came straight back into the starting line-up after returning from a four-match ban, with Brandon Haunstrup dropping to the bench.

A fit-again Gareth Evans – who had missed the same number of games with a hamstring injury – had to be content with a place among the substitutes.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the visitors’ line-up, with former Pompey players Simon Eastwood and Wes Thomas both featuring.

The hosts made a bright start and the fans inside Fratton Park – as well as those watching on Sky Sports – had a goal to celebrate in just the fifth minute.

Connor Ronan sent a corner into the box and Matt Clarke nodded it back into the centre, where NAISMITH was waiting to hook home from close range.

He might have had a second after getting down well to meet another Ronan delivery with a diving header that flashed wide.

Oxford were all over the place and Ryan Ledson collected an early booking following a late challenge on the energetic Ronan.

Eastwood then grabbed Dion Donohue’s free-kick before Naismith could make a connection, while a cross from the Scottish forward had to be turned past his own post by Ashley Smith-Brown.

But United improved as the half progressed and James Henry turned sharply on the edge of the box before crashing a shot against the bar.

The Blues soon had a chance at the other end, with Lowe’s centre agonisingly out of reach for Pitman, as the skipper slid in at the far post.

Pitman was then brought down by Rob Dickie as he burst through on goal. The Fratton faithful were baying for a red card, but referee Charles Breakspear instead brandished a yellow.

It was Oxford who dominated as the interval approached, though, and Malachi Napa’s effort was diverted wide by Luke McGee’s fingertips.

Then, from the resulting corner, a well-placed Pitman had to hack Dickie’s goal-bound header from the line.

And the United defender should have done better just before the break, rising at the far post to meet a corner, only to send the ball wide from just a few yards out.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Oxford 0

Oxford were still on top in the early stages of the second half, with Jack Whatmough doing well to deal with Todd Kane’s dangerous cross.

And the hosts made a change after just 51 minutes, with Evans making a welcome return to action in place of Ronan.

Pompey were struggling to keep hold of the ball and United were growing in confidence as they pushed forward, without forcing McGee into too much action.

And it looked as though the visitors would draw level just past the hour mark – only to miss a penalty and then be reduced to 10 men.

Clarke was penalised for a tug on Dickie inside the box, with Mowatt sending the spot-kick cannoning against the post.

The Oxford forward immediately clashed with Thompson, lashing out to send the Blues player tumbling to the turf.

That sparked a melee, involving plenty of pushing and shoving. When it all calmed down, Breakspear booked McGee for his reaction, before dismissing Mowatt.

It did not take long for the hosts to make the most of their numerical advantage, with the lead doubled on 69 minutes.

The delivery from Lowe on the right was superb and PITMAN was there to lash the ball into the roof of the net from a few yards out.

Pompey were, unsurprisingly, completely on top, with Evans seeing a shot blocked as home players started to fancy seeing their name on the scoresheet.

Instead it was the familiar figure of PITMAN who extended the advantage – with Lowe again playing a key role.

He raced onto a Thompson pass and rounded Eastwood with ease, only to be forced wide.

But the winger maintained his composure and squared for the Blues’ top scorer to stab into the net and complete an enoyable afternoon.

Pompey (4-1-4-1): McGee; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Donohue; Thompson (May 87); Lowe, Close, Ronan (Evans 51), Naismith; Pitman (c)
Goals: Naismith 5, Pitman 69, 79
Booked: Thompson, Naismith, McGee
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Kennedy, Chaplin

Oxford (4-1-2-1-2): Eastwood; Kane, Dickie, Mousinho (c), Smith-Brown (Ricardinho 77); Brannagan; Ledson, Mowatt; Henry (Mehmeti 77); Napa (Rothwell 66), Thomas
Sent off: Mowatt
Booked: Ledson, Dickie, Brannagan
Subs not used: Shearer, Martin, Ashby, Ruffels

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 17,892 (1,050 away fans)

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Oxford (H): Ticket & Parking Update

Secure your seat for Fratton contest

24 March 2018

The Frogmore Road entrance to Fratton Park

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s clash with Oxford at Fratton Park (4pm kick-off).

Fans are advised to secure their seat in advance and take advantage of cheaper ticket prices.

The majority of remaining places are available in the Milton End and can be bought via our eticketing site. Click here for a list of prices and booking charges.

Subject to availability, they can also be purchased from the booth behind the Fratton End on the day of the game, which is open from midday.

Please note that on Sunday, the ticket office in Frogmore Road is open for enquiries, upgrades and ticket sales for future games only.

Due to the match being televised live on Sky Sports, there will be fewer than 100 car parking spaces available for fans behind the North Stand.

These are priced £10 each and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Victory Lounge is open to supporters from 1pm on Sunday.

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