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Match Preview: Charlton v Pompey

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

7 November 2017

Charlton Athletic v Pompey

Pompey can book their place in the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy at Charlton this evening.

Victory would see them secure top spot in Southern Group A, while two points (a draw with a penalty shoot-out bonus) would be enough to nail down second place.

However, should the Blues leave The Valley with one point or fewer, they face a long wait to see whether they will compete in the last 32.

In that instance they could still be caught by Fulham’s under-21 side, but they do not play their final group match at already-eliminated Crawley for another three weeks.

Charlton have already sealed their progress and are looking to record a fifth successive win in all competitions.

That run includes Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup defeat of non-league Truro and a Checkatrade Trophy comeback against Fulham, which saw them trailing 2-1 entering the 89th minute.

Karl Robinson’s men are currently sitting fourth in the League One standings and are six points adrift of the automatic promotion places, albeit with a game in hand.

The last meetings between the sides took place in the Premier League during the 2006/07 campaign.

Both won 1-0 on their opponents’ patch, with Lomana LuaLua’s strike sealing victory for Pompey at The Valley.

TEAM NEWS
Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are still sidelined, but Pompey otherwise have a full-strength squad to choose from.

Stuart O’Keefe and Nathan Thompson can both feature, as their one-match bans do not include games in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Charlton are expected to make plenty of changes for the game, with former Blues winger Ricky Holmes unlikely to appear.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Milan Lalkovic have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 41 wins
Charlton: 33 wins
27 draws

At Charlton
Pompey: 15 wins
Charlton: 19 wins
16 draws

TICKETS
Seats can be secured from the West Stand ticket office (cash only) at The Valley this evening. Click here for a list of prices.

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of tonight’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Please note that there is no live video coverage for overseas subscribers, but they can also listen to audio 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 match 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 Wednesday.

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

BETTING
Charlton are 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the Blues can be backed at 2/1.

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

ALSO IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Tonight
Bradford v Rotherham (7.30pm)
Newport v Cheltenham (7.30pm)
Oldham v Newcastle U21 (7.30pm)
Cambridge v Peterborough
Coventry v West Brom U21
Gillingham v Reading U21
Lincoln v Notts County
Morecambe v Leicester U21
Northampton v Southampton U21
Oxford v MK Dons
Port Vale v Crewe
Rochdale v Blackburn
Shrewsbury v Walsall
Southend v Colchester
Stevenage v Brighton U21
Wigan v Accrington

Tomorrow
Bristol Rovers v Swindon
Bury v Stoke U21
Carlisle v Fleetwood
Grimsby v Sunderland U21

LAST TIME OUT IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY

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Match Reports

Charlton 0 Pompey 1

Blues progress in Checkatrade Trophy

7 November 2017

Pompey in action at Charlton Athletic in Checkatrade Trophy

Pompey progressed to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy after beating Charlton in their final group match.

Curtis Main netted the only goal in a lethargic contest at The Valley that was watched by very few spectators.

The result ensured that the Blues finished top of Southern Group A and will be at home in the last 32.

Kenny Jackett made eight changes from the side that exited the FA Cup against Luton at the weekend.

Luke McGee, Nathan Thompson and Oliver Hawkins were the only players to keep their place, with the latter two moved to centre-back roles.

Gareth Evans skippered the side at right-back, while Dion Donohue completed the defensive line on the opposite flank.

Danny Rose and Adam May anchored the midfield, with Kal Naismith, Conor Chaplin and Milan Lalkovic making up an attacking trio behind lone frontman Main.

There was also a change made to the substitutes just ahead of kick-off, as Brett Pitman felt a twinge in his knee and was replaced by Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But it was the hosts who got off to the faster start and Anfernee Dijksteel’s cross was turned into the side netting by Karlan Ahearne-Grant at the far post.

Ahmed Kashi then fired a shot straight at McGee, as the Blues felt their way cautiously into the contest.

The Addicks were forced into an early change, however, when Tariqe Fosu hobbled off and Ben Reeves was brought on.

McGee had to come tearing out of box moments later to beat striker Joe Dodoo to a long punt up the pitch.

But Pompey soon found their feet and Naismith picked Hawkins out from a free-kick, with the stand-in defender unable to beat Dillon Phillips from an acute angle.

And they broke the deadlock on 19 minutes, when Lalkovic’s delivery was turned back across goal by Naismith for MAIN to slide home.

He might have had another before the interval, but could not quite make a clean connection to turn Chaplin’s flick on target.

Dodoo was a dangerous presence up front for the hosts, meanwhile, although one shot was comfortable for McGee, while Rose nipped in to prevent him from testing the keeper again.

Charlton’s best chance to level came from one of the opposition players, as Patrick Bauer’s header hit May and was arrowing towards the net until McGee intervened.

Half Time: Charlton 0 Pompey 1

There was a slow start to the second half, with little to warm the hearts of the small number of fans who had braved the wet weather.

Dijksteel did create an opportunity when he stole the ball from Naismith and fed Billy Clarke, whose shot did little to trouble McGee.

Jackett made a double switch just before the hour mark, with Main and Lalkovic making way for Jamal Lowe and Matty Kennedy.

Pompey soon created a couple of openings, with Hawkins having a header deflected behind after meeting Naismith’s free-kick.

Chaplin then saw an effort blocked and when Lowe picked up the loose ball, he was unable to beat Phillips with a shot.

But, in truth, it was pretty turgid stuff, as both sides went about their business without really looking like scoring.

Lowe was showing a bit more urgency, though, and he surged into the box on 75 minutes before watching his fierce drive parried clear by Phillips.

The introduction of former Blues winger Ricky Holmes also saw the hosts pick up the pace as they went in search of a leveller.

But there was to be no late London drama, as Naby Sarr wasted a late chance to level and the visitors saw out the closing stages to secure their progress.

Charlton (4-2-3-1): Phillips; Dijksteel, Bauer (c), Sarr, Mascoll; Kashi, Aribo; Fosu (Reeves 9), Clarke, Ahearne-Grant (Holmes 70); Dodoo (Hackett-Fairchild 59)
Subs not used: Maynard-Brewer, Barnes, Marshall, Forster-Caskey

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans (c), Hawkins, Thompson, Donohue; May, Rose; Lalkovic (Kennedy 58), Chaplin (O’Keefe 86), Naismith; Main (Lowe 58)
Goals: Main 19
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Haunstrup, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Attendance: 1,307 (206 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Charlton (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

6 November 2017

Charlton Athletic

Tickets are still available for Pompey's Checkatrade Trophy match at Charlton.

Kenny Jackett's side make the trip to The Valley for their final group stage fixture on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

Blues fans have snapped up around 160 tickets and they will remain on sale from Pompey until midday tomorrow.

Seats can be secured online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

They can also be bought from the West Stand ticket office (cash only) at Charlton on the evening of the game.

Category Price
Adult £10
Senior (65+) £5
Junior (U21) £5
One Adult/One U18 £11

Wheelchair spaces can be booked by contacting Charlton directly on 03330 144444 and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone.

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

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