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Match Preview: Northampton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

12 September 2017

Northampton Town v Pompey

Pompey are hunting for a second successive away victory when they visit Northampton this evening.

Kenny Jackett’s men are looking to build on their impressive 2-0 triumph at AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

But the Cobblers were also celebrating on Saturday after finally registering their first points of the 2017/18 campaign.

A goal from Matt Crooks after just 21 seconds proved enough to beat Doncaster and see them climb off the foot of the League One table.

It was a dream start for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who replaced former Blues defender Justin Edinburgh as manager earlier in the week.

Northampton had lost all of their previous four league fixtures – including 4-1 defeats to both Charlton and Peterborough – and exited the Carabao Cup at QPR.

Supporters will now be hoping that they can put a run together and ultimately improve on last season’s 16th-placed finish.

Pompey fans will have fond memories of their most recent trip to Sixfields Stadium, with goals from Gareth Evans and Conor Chaplin securing a 2-1 triumph in December 2015.

That failed to stop the Cobblers romping to the League Two title, however – a feat that the Blues emulated last term.

TEAM NEWS
Oliver Hawkins (head), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all sidelined, while Stuart O’Keefe (arm) is a slight doubt.

John-Joe O’Toole will not feature for the hosts as he requires surgery on a groin problem, while Sam Foley (knee), Sam Hoskins (knee) and Aaron Phillips (thigh) are also injured.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey 16 Wins
Northampton: 9 Wins
7 Draws

At Northampton
Pompey: 6 Wins
Northampton: 6 Wins
3 Draws

TICKETS
There will be around 300 tickets available to buy (cash only) from the away cabin at Sixfields Stadium this evening. Click here for a list of matchday prices.

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and no more are available to buy directly from Pompey.

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

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

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
Pompey are the 11/8 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 2/1.

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 LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
Bristol Rovers v Oldham
Charlton v Wigan
Fleetwood v Bury
Oxford v Bradford
Peterborough v MK Dons
Plymouth v Blackpool
Rochdale v Doncaster
Rotherham v Walsall
Scunthorpe v Blackburn
Shrewsbury v Southend

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Northampton 3 Pompey 1

Kennedy goal not enough on rainy night at Sixfields Stadium

12 September 2017

Stuart O'Keefe in action for Pompey at Northampton Town

Pompey’s inconsistent start to the season continued as they were beaten 3-1 by Northampton at a sodden Sixfields Stadium.

The visitors were well below-par in the first half and trailed to a Chris Long strike and Matt Clarke’s unfortunate own-goal.

But they dominated after the break and Matty Kennedy deservedly pulled one back, with several more chances to level the game soon following.

A healthy travelling support were not able to celebrate a leveller, however, and Long netted again for the hosts to wrap up victory for the Cobblers.

Kenny Jackett made one enforced change from the side that won at AFC Wimbledon three days earlier.

Oliver Hawkins suffered a nasty head wound in that fixture and was replaced up front by Conor Chaplin.

A mixture of driving rain and strong winds made conditions difficult for both sets of players throughout the contest.

Pompey carved out a couple of half-chances in the early stages before Kennedy curled a 20-yard effort narrowly over the bar.

But it was the hosts who almost broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, with Matt Grimes’ free-kick causing confusion between Luke McGee and Clarke before eventually swinging out of play.

It was only a brief respite for the Blues, however, as the Cobblers did forge ahead just a few moments later.

Shaun McWilliams slipped a fine pass through to Long and although McGee came off his line to narrow the angle, the striker neatly slotted home.

Unfortunately, McWilliams’ evening was soon cut short, as he went down injured and had to be stretchered from the pitch.

That did not stop the Cobblers’ charge, though, and some poor defending allowed them to double their advantage on 32 minutes.

Grimes delivered a free-kick from wide on the right and no Pompey player was able to get it clear, with the helpless Clarke only able to turn the ball into his own net at the far post.

It seemed to stun the Blues into action and they had a few opportunities to reduce the deficit before the interval.

Northampton almost provided a helping hand when Ash Taylor diverted Jamal Lowe’s cross against his own post.

Stuart O’Keefe then tried a long-range effort deep into stoppage-time that Matt Ingram did well to tip over the bar.

Half Time: Northampton 2 Pompey 0

Pompey had been poor before the break, but whatever Jackett told them during the interval seemed to do the trick.

They came roaring out of the blocks and soon reduced the deficit when O’Keefe teed-up KENNEDY for a fine finish into the bottom corner.

Adam May then had an effort deflected over before Lowe arrived at the far post to head Damien McCrory’s cross just past the post.

The Blues kept pouring forward and Brett Pitman received the ball inside the box, only for some decent Cobblers defending to prevent him getting a shot away.

Lowe then had another excellent opportunity to draw the visitors level, as there was time for him to bring Kennedy’s cross under control before a wild shot that flew wide.

Jackett made his first switch of the evening just before the hour mark, as May made way for Ben Close in midfield.

Lowe seemed to be involved in everything that was happening and soon after being booked for a foul on Daniel Powell, his low centre was deflected into the arms of a grateful Ingram.

It was pretty much one-way traffic and when McCrory’s free-kick was only partially cleared, Kennedy sent the ball back into the box, where it was turned wide by Chaplin.

But rising hopes were dashed on 70 minutes when Northampton scored against the run of play to strengthen their advantage.

There was some good work on the right by Brendan Moloney and Crooks, with the latter’s cross flicked on by Alex Revell for Long to lash home his second of the night.

Pompey, to their credit, kept trying to get the ball into their opponents’ box, but the Cobblers were holding firm at the back.

They forged a decent opening late on, however, when McCrory whipped a fine free-kick into the box, where Christian Burgess’ header was kept out by Ingram.

And the keeper made an even better stop on 87 minutes, flinging himself to the right to palm clear O’Keefe’s cleanly-struck attempt and ensure there was no late drama.

Northampton (4-4-2): Ingram; Moloney, Taylor, Pierre, Buchanan (c); Crooks, McWilliams (Kasim 29), Grimes, Smith (Powell 56); Revell (Richards 78), Long
Goals: Long 18, 70, Clarke 32 (og)
Subs not used: Cornell, Barnett, Poole, Waters

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, McCrory; May (Close 57), O’Keefe; Lowe, Pitman (c), Kennedy; Chaplin
Goals: Kennedy 49
Booked: Thompson, Clarke, Lowe
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Donohue, Bennett, Naismith, Main

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 5,855 (1,153 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Northampton (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

11 September 2017

Tickets for Tuesday night’s match at Northampton are still available.

Blues fans were allocated around 1,400 seats for the Sixfields Stadium clash (7.45pm kick-off) and almost 1,100 have already been snapped up.

They will remain on sale from the Frogmore Road tickets office or by calling 0345 646 1898 until 5pm today.

Tickets can also be bought online here until midnight and then collected at Northampton on the evening of the game.

Any unsold tickets will be on sale from the away cabin at Sixfields Stadium (cash only) on Tuesday night, although prices will increase.

Category Advance
Prices
Matchday
Prices
Adult £22 £24
Senior (65+) £18 £20
Young Person (U21) £18 £20
Junior (U18) £10 £12
Accompanied Child (U7) Free Free

Wheelchair spaces are priced at the above rates 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. There is an additional £1 charge for tickets that are posted out.

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

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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