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Match Preview: Pompey v Bradford

All you need to know about League One clash

27 October 2017

Pompey v Bradford City

It has been almost 15 years since Pompey last faced Bradford.

But Blues fans who were at the most recent clash will not require their memories being jogged about that Valley Parade clash in 2003.

A hat-trick from Svetoslav Todorov helped the visitors – who had been crowned Division One champions the previous week – roar to a 5-0 victory.

It preceded a seven-year spell in the Premier League for Pompey, but both sides have since suffered an ignominious slide down the divisions.

The Bantams spent six seasons in the basement before a play-off victory in 2013 led them to their current position.

But they have come close to reaching the Championship in each of the past two campaigns, losing out to Millwall at Wembley back in May.

They currently sit third in the table, although already have an eight-point deficit to make up on the automatic promotion places.

Stuart McCall’s men beat Manchester City’s youngsters in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the week, but their past three league games have yielded just a single point.

Luke McGee is available to feature after recovering from a foot injury suffered at Blackburn.

But Adam May (ankle) and Damien McCrory (knee) are not yet ready to play, despite returning to training.

Bradford are missing suspended centre-back Nathaniel Knight-Percival, while Adam Chicksen (calf) is injured and Tony McMahon (hamstring), Dominic Poleon (hamstring) and Paul Taylor (rib) are all doubts.

Read what Kenny Jackett and Matt Clarke have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 16 Wins
Bradford: 16 Wins
4 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 Wins
Bradford: 6 Wins
1 Draws

There are a limited number of tickets available in the Milton End that can be bought online here.

Subject to availability, they will also be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End on the day of the game.

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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 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 Sunday.

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

Pompey are 11/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 13/5.

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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Bradford 1

Blues caught out by late sucker punch

28 October 2017

Pompey were the victims of a smash and grab raid by Bradford, as they slipped to a third successive defeat.

The hosts were on top for much of the contest, with Kyle Bennett and Matty Kennedy both coming close to scoring.

But they were made to play for their profligacy late on when Matthew Kilgallon headed home a late winner for the third-placed Bantams.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Blackburn the previous week.

Brett Pitman – wearing a mask to protect his recently broken nose – was fit enough to start after recovering from a knee operation, with Oliver Hawkins dropping to the bench.

The first half was a lively affair, although neither goalkeeper was given too much to do, with the hosts in particular misplacing their shooting boots.

Bennett had an early attempt charged down by Adam Thompson, while Christian Burgess was unable to turn Dion Donohue’s corner on target at the far post.

The former was producing an energetic performance and he did well to hold the ball up on the right and feed Jamal Lowe, who charged into the box and drew a save from Colin Doyle.

Pompey were looking the more threatening side and when Kennedy whipped in a dangerous free-kick, Pitman’s header was deflected wide.

There were a couple of scrambles in the area at the other end of the pitch, but the ball was cleared to safety on each occasion.

Some of Bennett’s build-up play was superb, but he was lacking a clinical touch when picked out by Kennedy, ballooning a shot high into the Milton End.

Kennedy than had a chance of his own on 36 minutes, trying his luck with a 20-yard curler that dipped narrowly over the crossbar.

Bradford almost took a shock lead just before the break after Matt Clarke had been punished for a foul out wide.

Tony McMahon sent a superb delivery into the Blues box and Romain Vincelot’s header was inches off target.

But it was the hosts who finished the half on top and Ben Close had an effort blocked after being teed-up by Bennett’s clever pass.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Bradford 0

Bennett’s mixed afternoon continued after the interval when he did brilliantly to intercept a back-pass and round Doyle.

But that forced him out wider than he would have liked and he was left with head in hands after only being able to fire into the side netting.

The home fans’ frustrations grew further when McMahon took an age to tie his shoelaces, with referee Dean Whitestone doing little to hurry him up.

Bradford then missed an opportunity to forge ahead themselves, with Charlie Wyke directing his free header at Luke McGee.

But the action was soon back down the other end of the pitch and the ball had to be cut out when Lowe tricked his way into the box and tried to send it into the mixer.

The second half was being played at a frenetic pace, as both sides looked to get forward and find an opener.

Jackett made his first change on 67 minutes, with Bennett afforded a standing ovation as he made way for Conor Chaplin.

The newcomer made an instant impact by feeding Close, only for Doyle to leave his line and make a block.

And the keeper then got to his feet and made an even better save when Kennedy thundered the loose ball towards goal.

Donohue sent the resulting corner into the danger zone and a leaping Burgess looped his header onto the roof of the net.

But it was Bradford who were celebrating on 80 minutes after Dion Donohue had been booked for a foul on Alex Gilliead.

McMahon whipped the ball into the box, where Kilgallon was left in too much space to send a header past McGee.

Hawkins came on for Donohue as Jackett added an extra forward option to try to engineer some late drama.

But despite pushing plenty of men up the pitch for the closing stages, the Bantams held on to secure the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue (Hawkins 86); Close, O’Keefe; Lowe, Bennett (Chaplin 67), Kennedy; Pitman (c)
Booked: Donohue, Pitman
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Rose, Evans, Naismith

Bradford (4-4-2): Doyle; McMahon, Thompson, Kilgallon, Field; Gilliead, Reeves, Vincelot (c), Law; Wyke, Taylor (Dieng 84)
Goals: Kilgallon 80
Booked: McMahon
Subs not used: Raeder, Hendrie, Robinson, Jones, McCartan, Patrick

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 18,067 (1,003 away fans)

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Ticket News

Bradford (H): More Tickets Available

Space in the Milton End for Saturday's game

26 October 2017

The Frogmore Road entrance to Fratton Park

More seats have been made available for Pompey’s clash with Bradford at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Around 500 tickets in the Milton End are now on general sale for Blues fans.

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

Click here for a full list of ticket prices and charges for matches at Fratton Park during the 2017/18 season.

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