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Match Preview: Burton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

18 April 2019

Burton v Pompey

Pompey begin what could be a crucial bank holiday weekend with a trip to the Pirelli Stadium to face Burton.

The importance of the occasion for Kenny Jackett’s side is highlighted by the presence of the Sky Sports cameras at both Easter fixtures.

They are behind Sunderland only on goal difference, with both clubs having a game in hand on Barnsley.

It is the Tykes – two points better off – who currently hold that all-important second spot behind leaders Luton, while Charlton are also in the automatic promotion mix.

The Blues’ next opponents are mathematically still in with a chance of maxing the play-offs, although it appears an unlikely scenario.

Nigel Clough’s Brewers have nine points to make up on sixth-placed Doncaster and only four games left to do so.

They are in a rich vein of form, however, failing to win just one of their past five fixtures – and helping Pompey in the process.

Burton beat Barnsley 3-1 on home soil at the start of the month and then held Sunderland to a draw in the north-east a few days later.

Unfortunately, though, they appear to have left it too late to make an instant return to the Championship following last season’s relegation.

The sides played out a 2-2 stalemate on the south coast earlier in the season, while the Blues lost 2-0 when they last visited the Pirelli Stadium in 2014.

TEAM NEWS
Dion Donohue (ankle) and Lloyd Isgrove (groin) are expected to miss the Easter fixtures, but Andy Cannon and Viv Solomon-Otarbor are available again.

The duo came through a reserve match at Bournemouth unscathed earlier in the week, although Jack Whatmough (knee) is still sidelined.

David Templeton (knee) will miss the rest of the season for Burton, who also have a doubt over Jake Buxton (calf).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ben Close or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 1 win
Burton: 1 win
3 draws

At Pirelli Stadium
Pompey: 1 win
Burton: 1 win
0 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can buy terrace tickets at the cash turnstiles on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Friday.

The game has been selected for live television coverage, so there will be no live video on iFollow for overseas subscribers.

Viewers in the UK can watch the game live on Sky Sports Football, while overseas supporters should check their local listings.

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 have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Saturday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Kick-off 3pm unless stated

Good Friday
Coventry v Bradford (1pm)
Oxford v Charlton (1pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers
Barnsley v Shrewsbury
Fleetwood v Peterborough
Gillingham v Plymouth
Rochdale v Wycombe
Scunthorpe v Blackpool
Walsall v Southend
Sunderland v Doncaster (5.15pm)

Saturday
Accrington v Luton (5.30pm)

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Burton 1 Pompey 2

Close and Clarke on target as Blues grab dramatic victory

19 April 2019

Ben Close celebrates after scoring for Pompey at Burton
Photo: Daniel Chesterton/PinPep

Matt Clarke struck right at the death as Pompey beat Burton to keep their automatic promotion quest on track.

A fine strike from Ben Close – just days after the midfielder had penned a new contract – gave them an interval lead.

But the Brewers hit back through Liam Boyce early in the second half and it looked like a stalemate was on the cards.

There was time for a late dose of drama, however, as Clarke fired home following a stoppage-time bundle to seal victory.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that eased past Rochdale on home soil the previous week.

Gareth Evans came on to score at Fratton Park and was rewarded with a starting berth, as Ronan Curtis dropped to the bench.

He was joined by a fit-again Viv Solomon-Otabor following the winger’s return to action for the reserves on Tuesday.

There was also a switch of system for the Blues, who began in a 4-3-3 formation, with Jamal Lowe and skipper Brett Pitman flanking Oli Hawkins.

The travelling fans were in fine voice as they enjoyed the Burton sunshine, with plenty packed into the terrace behind the goal and seated on one side.

Their team made a bright start and won a couple of early corners, the first of which was taken by Lee Brown and glanced wide by Clarke at the near post.

Evans then sent one in from the other end, but it was just too high for Tom Naylor – appearing against his former club – at the back post.

It was certainly not one-way traffic, though, and the Brewers caused plenty of problems before the break, without really testing Craig MacGillivray.

Jamie Allen went closest to opening the scoring and drilled a fierce low effort inches wide on 16 minutes.

Stephen Bywater had to come quickly off his line at the other end and just about beat Evans to Close’s delivery.

And it was the latter who broke the deadlock on 31 minutes, playing a key role in the build-up before finishing the move in style.

The midfielder’s initial cross was headed clear, but Nathan Thompson picked the ball back up and laid it off for CLOSE to bend home from the edge of the box.

The visitors charged forward again moments later and Bywater did just enough to stop Lowe slipping a pass across to Hawkins.

Burton looked dangerous themselves, though, and caused an almighty scramble in the Blues box before the ball was eventually hacked to safety.

And there was a repeat just before the break, with Clarke and Evans forced to make blocks inside the area.

There was still time for Pompey to have another chance, however, and Pitman bent a shot narrowly over after being teed-up by Hawkins.

Half Time: Burton 0 Pompey 1

The second half was not even two minutes old when the hosts found themselves level, as Boyce converted Colin Daniel’s fine cross with a firm header from close range.

Lucas Akins soon had another chance for the Brewers, although his effort forced a regulation save from MacGillivray.

Pompey tried to hit back and when Christian Burgess met a free-kick from Evans, his header had to be tipped over by Bywater.

And MacGillivray then did well at the other end, getting down low to his left to push behind a low drive from Stephen Quinn.

Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Hawkins and Pitman making way for Omar Bogle and Bryn Morris.

But Burton were still causing problems as the second half progressed and forcing their opponents into some sloppy play.

There was some fine bits of individual defending from the Blues, though, including a headed clearance from Burgess and a fine tackle on Scott Fraser by Thompson.

Bogle did have an opportunity for the Blues when he found space to advance down the left, but a weak effort was easily dealt with by Bywater.

And a better opening was wasted moments later, as Morris skied the ball over after Brown had laid it off for him.

Jackett made a final throw of the dice on 77 minutes, with Curtis replacing Evans to inject some attacking impetus.

The newcomer soon did well to beat his man and get into the box, but Lowe was unable to get a shot away.

Both sides were trying their best to grab a late leveller as time ticked away, although it looked like heading for a draw.

Then, deep into stoppage-time, Curtis' cross caused a melee in the Burton box and Thompson somehow managed to keep the play alive.

The ball fell for CLARKE, who slotted it into the net to spark scenes of delirium among the travelling support.

Burton desperately appealed for both offside and a handball, but their cries fell on deaf ears and referee Craig Hicks blew the final whistle soon after.

Burton (4-3-3): Bywater; Brayford (c), McFadzean, Wallace, Daniel; Allen, Quinn (Fox 81), Fraser (Hutchinson 85); Akins, Boyce, Harness (Miller 85)
Goals: Boyce 47
Booked: McFadzean
Subs not used: Hawkins, McCrory, Bradley, Clarke

Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor, Evans (Curtis 77); Lowe, Hawkins (Bogle 61), Pitman (c) (Morris 61)
Goals: Close 31, Clarke 90+2
Booked: Close, Bogle
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Haunstrup, Solomon-Otabor

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 4,034 (1,290 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Burton (A): Ticket Latest

Pompey fans can pay on the day

18 April 2019

Burton Albion

Tickets for Pompey’s Good Friday match at Burton can be bought at the Pirelli Stadium on the day of the game.

Blues fans have already snapped up 1,300 seats and terrace places for the League One contest, which is being televised live on Sky Sports.

Supporters who have yet to secure a ticket will be able to purchase them (cash only) at the turnstiles on Friday.

Please note that only terrace spaces are available and tickets are no longer available to buy from Pompey.

Category Price
Adult £18
Senior (65+) £16
Young Person (17-22) £13
Junior (U17) £5

Fans collecting tickets at Burton should visit the club shop (next to the main entrance) or the ticket windows.

If you are expecting tickets in the post and they have not arrived, please contact the Pompey ticket office by 5pm today. We will be unable to help those who try to contact us on the day of the game.

Supporters who have bought 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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