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Match Preview: Pompey v Peterborough

All you need to know about League One clash

5 May 2018

Pompey v Peterborough United

Pompey bring the curtain down on the 2017/18 campaign by welcoming Peterborough to the sunny south coast (5.30pm kick-off).

And it is fair to say that both sets of supporters will perhaps be wondering what might have been as they take to their seats.

It looked at one point like this evening’s contest could be a ‘winner takes all’ clash in the race for the play-offs.

But with both sides enduring a poor past few weeks, it has now become the rather more underwhelming ‘battle for eighth place’.

Three points for the Blues would see them finish in that position – a credible achievement for their first season back in League One. However, defeat could see them end up as low as 12th.

Their opponents are certainly an attacking threat, with only three sides in this division scoring more goals than the Posh this term.

A lot of that is down to the prolific form of Jack Marriott, whose 27 strikes (33 in all competitions) will surely deny Brett Pitman the Golden Boot.

Pompey were beaten 2-1 at London Road back in November, but won the last meeting at Fratton Park, with Miles Storey’s early goal settling a League Cup tie in August 2014.

TEAM NEWS
Alex Bass is a doubt with an ankle injury, although it failed to prevent him sitting on the bench at Bury last week.

Pompey are still without Stephen Henderson (groin), Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain (leg), Danny Rose (leg), Anton Walkes (hamstring) and Jack Whatmough (leg).

The visitors have Junior Morias, Alex Penny and Ryan Tafazolli all out, but Marcus Maddison came through last week’s game against Fleetwood unscathed following a spell on the sidelines.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 8 Wins
Peterborough: 7 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 Wins
Peterborough: 5 Wins
2 Draws

TICKETS
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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.

FINAL DAY
As is the tradition for the final match of a season, several awards will be presented on the side of the pitch before kick-off.

Several supporter clubs will be handing out their Player of the Season prizes, before the latest recipient of The News/Sports Mail trophy is announced.

This is due to start from approximately 5pm, so please make sure you are in your seats by this point.

Then, just before kick-off, there will be a minute of applause to remember all those Pompey supporters who have sadly passed away over the course of the season.

BETTING
Pompey are the 19/20 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 visit www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
(All games kick-off at 5.30pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Bury
Blackburn v Oxford
Doncaster v Wigan
Fleetwood v Walsall
Gillingham v Plymouth
Northampton v Oldham
Rochdale v Charlton
Rotherham v Blackpool
Scunthorpe v Bradford
Shrewsbury v MK Dons
Southend v Bristol Rovers

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Peterborough 0

Pitman nets twice as Blues end season in style

5 May 2018

Brett Pitman in action for Pompey against Peterborough United at Fratton Park

Brett Pitman bagged a brace as Pompey secured a comfortable victory over Peterborough to finish eighth in League One.

They both arrived in an electric spell of first half football that belied the game’s status as an end of season dead rubber.

The prolific striker also missed a great chance to claim his first Blues hat-trick, while the fare on offer after the interval was significantly more forgettable.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side beaten at Bury the previous week.

The most notable incoming was Alex Bass, with the academy graduate handed his league debut between the sticks.

There were also starts for Brandon Haunstrup, Gareth Evans and Kal Naismith, with Luke McGee, Dion Donohue, Connor Ronan and Oli Hawkins all dropping to the bench.

Matt Clarke had plenty of reason to celebrate before kick-off, as he picked up The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season award – one of a host of trophies dished out.

And he was up for a Gareth Evans corner on 13 minutes, only for PITMAN to get there first and head Pompey into the lead.

It was a quiet evening for Bass in the south coast sunshine, although he did well to come from his line and dive at the feet of Idris Kanu.

Most of the action was taking place at the other end of the pitch, however, and it came as no surprise when the advantage was doubled on 25 minutes.

An angled drive from Jamal Lowe may well have been heading for net anyway, but PITMAN made sure by tapping the ball into the net from a yard out.

He really should have completed his treble before the break following some fine attacking play from Clarke.

The defender charged forward from the back and accepted a return pass from Haunstrup before back-heeling the ball into the path of Pitman, who blazed over from close range.

And the skipper went close again late in the half, with Jonathan Bond at full stretch to push clear his swerving strike.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Peterborough 0

If the first half made you long for the season to continue, then the second would have had you booking your summer holiday.

There were certainly no notable opportunities to speak of in a period of football that was played at a pedestrian pace.

Evans dragged a long-range shot at one end, while Bass made a comfortable save at the other when Clarke’s block took the sting from Danny Lloyd’s effort.

Fratton Park was briefly livened when Lowe went down in the box, but referee John Busby waved away his appeals.

There were also a couple more half-chances for Pitman, but nothing that ever looked like increasing his impressive tally.

Matty Kennedy replaced Naismith for the closing stages, with the outgoing players receiving warm applause as he vacated the pitch.

The game then continued to meander towards its conclusion, as players and fans alike seemed happy to bask in the sunshine.

The whistle then blew to signal the end of Pompey’s first season back in the third tier and a final position they can certainly be satisfied with.

Pompey (4-1-4-1): Bass; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; O’Keefe; Lowe, Evans, Close, Naismith (Kennedy 77); Pitman (c)
Goals: Pitman 13, 25
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Donohue, May, Ronan, Chaplin, Hawkins

Peterborough (4-4-1-1): Bond; Shephard, Baldwin (c), Taylor, Hughes; Maddison, Da Silva Lopes, Grant, Edwards; Cooper (Lloyd 46); Kanu (Ward 46)
Subs not used: Tyler, Anderson, Doughty, Forrester, Marriott

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 18,118 (598 away fans)

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Ticket News

More Peterborough Tickets Available

Secure your seat for final Fratton fixture

24 April 2018

The Frogmore Road entrance to Fratton Park

More tickets have been made available for Pompey’s final home game of the 2017/18 campaign.

Around 500 seats can now be bought in the Milton End for the Fratton Park contest against Peterborough on Saturday, May 5 (5.30pm kick-off).

They can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office (open between 10am and 5pm from Monday to Friday).

Click here for a list of ticket prices and booking charges for Pompey’s home games.

Seats are also still available for the Blues’ match at Bury this weekend. Click here for more details.

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