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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

8 September 2017

AFC Wimbledon v Pompey

Pompey make their shortest journey of the season this weekend when they travel to AFC Wimbledon.

But while a quick trip up the A3 should not hold any fears, the game itself will likely not be quite so simple.

The Dons have made a habit of punching well above their weight and have enjoyed plenty of success against the Blues in recent years.

They enjoyed a meteoric rise through the divisions after their reformation in 2002, which followed the controversial decision to allow the old Wimbledon side to relocate to Milton Keynes.

And they reached the third tier a year earlier than Pompey, courtesy of play-off success against Plymouth at Wembley in 2016.

The step up in class was clearly not a problem, however, as Neal Ardley’s men finished a comfortable 15th in League One last term.

But the Blues finished on top on their most recent visit to Kingsmeadow, with a Michael Smith strike enough to secure the points in April 2016.

And a repeat of that 1-0 scoreline would certainly be more welcome than the 4-0 reverse Pompey suffered three years earlier.

Wimbledon are currently one point and one place below Kenny Jackett's side, sitting 17th in the standings following last week's defeat at Blackpool.

Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are both out, but Drew Talbot has returned to training following a hamstring injury.

Gareth Evans is available after serving a one-match ban, while deadline day signing Damien McCrory could make his debut.

The hosts are without Nadjim Abdou (suspended), Darius Charles (thigh) and Tom Soares (thigh), but former Pompey players Andy Barcham and Paul Robinson are expected to feature.

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

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Pompey: 12 wins
Wimbledon: 12 wins
7 draws

At Wimbledon
Pompey: 4 wins
Wimbledon: 9 wins
3 draws

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be available to buy. Please do not travel without a ticket.

Fans collecting tickets for the live showing in the Victory Lounge can do so from the booth behind the Fratton End on Saturday.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live coverage of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live following the same instructions. They can select commentary by clicking on the settings icon and choosing ‘away’.

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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 narrow 13/8 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

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Match Reports

AFC Wimbledon 0 Pompey 2

Pitman and Chaplin on target for Blues

9 September 2017

Brett Pitman celebrates for Pompey at AFC Wimbledon

Goals from Brett Pitman and Conor Chaplin helped Pompey secure their first away victory of the season against AFC Wimbledon.

It was Pitman who broke the deadlock in the first half at Kingsmeadow after first winning and then converting a penalty.

Chaplin came off the bench immediately following the interval and took just five minutes to wrap the points up.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side narrowly beaten at home by Rotherham the previous week.

Damien McCrory was handed a debut at left-back, while there were first starts for both Matty Kennedy and Nathan Thompson.

Chaplin dropped to the bench, while there was no place in the matchday squad for Brandon Haunstrup or the injured Jack Whatmough.

There was also a change of system, with the wing-backs dropped in favour of a more familiar four-man defensive line.

AFC Wimbledon included a couple of familiar names in their line-up, giving starts to former Fratton stars Paul Robinson and Andy Barcham.

A large grey cloud made its way ominously across the sky as the first half progressed, although the action on the pitch was fairly sedate to start with.

There were a couple of half-chances, but certainly nothing of note as both keepers enjoyed a watching brief.

Barcham did enjoy a surging run through the Blues back-line, only to end the move with a wild effort that flew over the bar.

Matty Kennedy then did well to pick out Pitman in the box, but the visiting skipper had strayed narrowly offside.

It was midway through the first period when the first noteworthy opportunity finally arrived, as Dean Parrett curled a shot narrowly past the post.

Adam May was slightly more off target at the other end of the pitch, with his effort on the bounce clearing the stadium.

Pompey threatened more on 31 minutes following some great work by Jamal Lowe to beat his man down the right.

But Pitman slipped at the worst possible moment before recovering and seeing a shot deflected just off target.

The resulting corner was swung in by McCrory and led to an almighty scramble, with Matt Clarke eventually poking wide.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 38 minutes, however, after Pitman was pushed to the ground by Barry Fuller.

Referee Kevin Johnson immediately pointed to the spot and PITMAN dusted himself down to confidently send George Long the wrong way.

A stretching Oliver Hawkins was then only able to send the ball into the keeper’s arms following some good build-up from Kennedy and Lowe.

The home fans were left angry by a couple of challenges just before the break, feeling that Pitman should have been punished for a clash with Robinson that left the defender with a large gash on its head.

There was then a nasty collision between Hawkins and Callum Kennedy that resulted in both players sprawled on the turf.

Johnson decided to blow for half-time and Pompey’s striker was left bandaged and covered in blood, while the Wimbledon full-back had to be stretchered off.

Half Time: AFC Wimbledon 0 Pompey 1

A large flash of lightning and clap of thunder meant that the start of the second half had to be delayed for a few minutes.

Hawkins, unsurprisingly, was not present when the sides did emerge, with Chaplin on to replace him up front.

And it was CHAPLIN who doubled the advantage just five minutes after the restart, showing typical predatory instincts to capitalise on Anthony Hartigan’s fluffed clearance and slot home.

Another substitute almost reduced the Dons’ deficit at the other end, though, with Luke McGee doing just enough to put off Lyle Taylor as he bore down on goal.

Wimbledon were trying to find a route back into the game and Christian Burgess headed George Francomb’s cross clear, while McCrory’s block kept out Taylor’s follow-up.

But the Blues almost extended their lead on 68 minutes, with a powerful free-kick from Pitman superbly kept out by Long.

The visitors were comfortably holding onto their advantage, although Harry Forrester bundled his way into space before McCrory cleared the danger.

Pompey had understandably tempered their ambitions, although an audacious 35-yard lob from May had to be tipped over by a back-pedalling Long.

The hosts’ day soon got even worse when Burgess attempted an over-head kick and inadvertently caught Robinson.

It was clearly accidental and Burgess was booked, but the defender had to go off and the Dons had already made all three of their substitutions.

But, in truth, a comeback always looked unlikely for Wimbledon, as Pompey comfortably saw out the closing stages to secure all three points.

AFC Wimbledon (4-3-3): Long; Fuller (c), Robinson, Nightingale, Kennedy (Hartigan 46); Parrett (Forrester 57), Francomb, Trotter; Appiah, McDonald, Barcham (Taylor 57)
Subs not used: McDonnell, Sibbick, Kalambayi, Kaja

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, McCrory; May, O’Keefe; Lowe, Pitman (c), Kennedy (Bennett 67); Hawkins (Chaplin 46)
Goals: Pitman 38 (pen), Chaplin 50
Booked: O’Keefe, Kennedy, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Close, Donohue, Naismith

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 4,585 (786 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Watch AFC Wimbledon Game At Fratton Park

Tickets on sale for Victory Lounge event

4 September 2017

The Frogmore Road entrance to Fratton Park

Pompey fans received a limited number of tickets for the match at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, September 9.

The ballot has now concluded and successful applicants have been notified.

But do not worry if you were not one of the lucky supporters to secure a ticket, as the game will now be screened in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park.

Tickets for this event are on general sale now, priced £10 for adults and £5 for juniors (17 and under), but there is a limit on the number of spaces we can offer.

The quickest and easiest way to secure your ticket is online here.

Alternatively, you can call 0345 646 1898 or pay a visit to the Frogmore Road ticket office.

The Victory Lounge will open at 1.30pm on the day ahead of a 3pm kick-off. The bar will be open and hot food available to buy,

Please note that the video is provided by a single-camera feed from AFC Wimbledon, with no replays available. The price of tickets has been set to cover the cost to the club of providing this service.

Entry is strictly by ticket only.

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