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Match Preview: Pompey v Crawley

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

3 October 2017

Pompey v Crawley Town

The group stage of the Checkatrade Trophy continues tonight as Pompey host Crawley in the second round of fixtures.

Kenny Jackett’s side drew 3-3 with Fulham U21s last month, but missed out on a bonus point in the resulting penalty shoot-out.

This evening’s opponents, meanwhile, have yet to get off the mark after being beaten at home by Charlton.

Red Devils fans might have other things on their mind, however, with their side struggling in 20th position in League Two.

They have won just three games so far this season, although that included matches on the road at Swindon and Barnet.

Harry Kewell’s men were beaten 1-0 by Carlisle at Broadfield Stadium on Saturday in a bad-tempered contest that saw three players dismissed.

Tonight sees just the seventh competitive meeting between the sides, although Pompey came out on top in a pre-season encounter back in July.

The Blues won both fourth tier encounters last term, with a 2-0 triumph in Sussex sparking an incredible run of form that secured the title.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have a host of injury worries, with Christian Burgess (calf), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Damien McCrory (knee), Brett Pitman (nose), Nathan Thompson (head) and Jack Whatmough (knee) all sidelined.

But Conor Chaplin is available after recovering from the hamstring injury that has kept him out for the past couple of games.

Thomas Verheydt (knee) is missing for the visitors, but Josh Yorwerth can feature as his suspension does not include Checkatrade Trophy matches.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 4 Wins
Crawley: 1 Win
1 Draw

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 Wins
Crawley 1 Win
0 Draws

TICKETS
Supporters can secure their seat online here or by visiting the Frogmore Road ticket office. Click here for a list of prices.

The ticket office will be open for sales tonight, while fans will also be able to buy tickets underneath the South Stand.

Please note that only the South Stand Upper and Family Section are open tonight, and seating is unreserved.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic and overseas iFollow subscribers can listen to live coverage of tonight's game by signing in to their account and visiting the match centre.

Please note that there is no live video stream for overseas subscribers, as that feature is only available for league matches.

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, while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Pompey are 1/2 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/2.

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

ALSO IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Accrington v Blackpool
AFC Wimbledon v Tottenham U21
Blackburn v Bury
Cambridge v Southampton U21
Carlisle v Leicester U21
Cheltenham v Forest Green
Colchester v Gillingham
Crewe v Oldham
Doncaster v Sunderland U21
Fleetwood v Morecambe
Luton v Barnet
MK Dons v Stevenage
Oxford v Brighton U21
Peterborough v Northampton
Plymouth v Exeter
Port Vale v Newcastle U21
Rochdale v Stoke U21
Rotherham v Chesterfield
Scunthorpe v Grimsby
Shrewsbury v West Brom U21
Southend v Reading U21
Walsall v Coventry

LAST CHECKATRADE TROPHY GAME

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Match Reports

Pompey 3 Crawley 1

Clarke, Hawkins and O'Keefe on target

3 October 2017

Pompey v Crawley Town at Fratton Park in Checkatrade Trophy

Pompey boosted their chances of a qualifying for the Checkatrade Trophy knockout stages with victory over Crawley at a sparsely-populated Fratton Park.

Matt Clarke opened the scoring with the type of goal you would not normally associate with a defender.

His stand-in back-line partner Oliver Hawkins then doubled the lead, only for Moussa Sanoh to pull one back after the break.

But Stuart O’Keefe added a third for the hosts to wrap the points up and move the Blues to the top of Southern Group A.

Kenny Jackett made six changes from the side that were beaten at home by Oldham at the weekend.

Gareth Evans returned to skipper the side at right-back, while Danny Rose and Adam May were recalled in midfield.

Curtis Main led the line and there were also starts in attacking roles for both Kal Naismith and Kyle Bennett.

Pompey’s defensive injury crisis meant that striker Hawkins had to continue partnering Clarke in the centre of defence.

It was a fairly quiet start to proceedings, with neither side managing to create any clear-cut openings.

Bennett had an effort blocked, while Rose’s diagonal pass was just too heavy for Main, allowing Red Devils keeper Yusuf Mersin to claim.

Main did go close on 12 minutes, though, collecting Naismith’s through ball and fizzing an angled drive just past the post.

Crawley then forced Luke McGee into action for the first time midway through the first half, with the keeper doing well to push behind Kaby Djalo’s fierce drive.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 30 minutes and it was an impressive goal from CLARKE.

He ran more than half the length of the pitch before feeding Main and was on hand to calmly convert when the striker’s shot was saved.

And his central defensive partner HAWKINS soon doubled the lead, slamming home the loose ball after Main’s header from a Naismith free-kick had been kept out by Mersin.

The visitors then missed an opportunity to reduce the deficit just before the break when Panutche Camara fired wide.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Crawley 0

The Red Devils made a bright start to the second half, but a couple of half-chances failed to test McGee.

Ibrahim Meite then took a heavy touch from Sanoh’s dangerous low delivery to waste another decent opening.

And when Sanoh crossed dangerously for a second time, the ball was just out of reach for both Meite and Camara, as the visitors continued to threaten.

The impressive Sanoh had a shot of his own just before the hour mark, but McGee was equal to his powerful effort.

Jackett made a double switch soon after, withdrawing May and Rose for Brandon Haunstrup and Jamal Lowe.

But it was Bennett who had a great chance to wrap the game up when he took the ball past Mersin, only to fire over with the goal gaping.

And Crawley immediately went down the other end to reduce their deficit, with Sanoh racing onto Camara’s flick and sliding past McGee.

But Bennett soon made up for his miss by providing the assist for Pompey’s third goal of the evening on 71 minutes.

He jinked his way into the box and teed-up O’KEEFE to slot home and open his scoring account for the club.

Bennett might have added a gloss to the scoreline late on when he was left unmarked to meet Lowe’s cross, but sent his header wide.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans (c), Hawkins, Clarke, Donohue; May (Haunstrup 62), Rose (Lowe 62); O’Keefe (Close 87), Bennett, Naismith; Main
Goals: Clarke 30, Hawkins 34, O’Keefe 71
Booked: May
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Kennedy, Chaplin

Crawley (4-2-3-1): Mersin; Tajbakhsh (Lewis 76), McNerney, Yorwerth, Djalo (Smith 87); Payne, Bulman (c); Camara (Boldewijn 76), Clifford, Sanoh; Meite
Goals: Sanoh 65
Booked: Djalo
Subs not used: Morris, Evina, Connolly, Lelan

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 1,527 (44 away fans)

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Crawley (H): Ticket Information

Secure your seat for Checkatrade Trophy clash

20 September 2017

Tickets for Pompey’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Crawley are now on sale to all supporters.

The League Two side visit Fratton Park for the second round of group stage fixtures on Tuesday, October 3 (7.45pm kick-off).

Visit our eticketing site for the quickest and easiest way to secure your seat.

But supporters can also call 0345 646 1898 or pay a visit to the Frogmore Road ticket office (open between 10am and 5pm from Monday to Friday).

Please note that only the South Stand Upper and Family Section will be open for this game, with seating unreserved.

Category Price
Adult £10
Senior (63+) £5
Young Person (18-22) £5
Ambulant* £5
Wheelchair* £5
Junior (U18) £1

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. There is an additional £1 charge for tickets that are posted out.

*Includes carer if on highest rate of DLA or PIP.

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