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Match Preview: Blackpool v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

10 August 2018

Blackpool v Pompey

Pompey are on the road for the first time this season as they make the long trip north to face Blackpool in League One.

Fans of the hosts were left stunned at the start of the week when Gary Bowyer stepped down as manager and his assistant Terry McPhillips will be in charge on Saturday.

There is currently plenty of uncertainty around the club, with a number of fans planning protests against the owners before the game.

It was a busy summer of arrivals and departures at Bloomfield Road, with several of last season’s regulars departing.

Blackpool began the campaign by playing out a goalless draw away at newly-promoted Wycombe, thanks largely to an impressive performance from goalkeeper Mark Howard.

They finished 12th in the third tier last term, having secured promotion – alongside Pompey – via the play-offs the previous year.

Both sides won on each other’s turf, with Kenny Jackett’s men securing a dramatic 3-2 victory in the north-west.

The Seasiders twice fought back to cancel out efforts from Brett Pitman and Ben Close, only for the former to then grab a late winner.

Pompey will likely be without Nathan Thompson (knee), but recent loan signing David Wheeler could make his debut.

Blackpool have doubts over Ryan McLaughlin (hamstring) and Jimmy Ryan (knee), while Donervon Daniels could feature after returning to the club on deadline day.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ben Close or watch the video below.

Pompey: 21 wins
Blackpool: 26 wins
22 draws

At Bloomfield Road
Pompey: 6 wins
Blackpool: 16 wins
12 draws

Pompey fans can buy tickets from the kiosk next to the away end (North Stand) at Bloomfield Road on the day of the game.

Domestic 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 Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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 Sunday.

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

Travelling by road
Leave the M6 at Junction 32 and follow the M55 towards Blackpool. After approximately 12 miles at the end of the M55, continue on to the A5230 and then Yeadon Way towards the town centre, which leads directly to Seasiders Way and Bloomfield Road.

There is very limited parking at the ground, but there are pay and display car parks in Seasiders Way near the ground. Please note that the pay and display car parks still charge after 6pm. There are restrictions on street parking near the ground.

Travelling by train
The journey from Portsmouth takes around six-and-a-half hours. Trains run from London Euston with a change at Preston for Blackpool North, with some return journeys via Wolverhampton and Guildford. Blackpool North station is about two miles from the ground, and you can take a taxi or cross the road to the bus station and catch the number 11 towards Lytham St Annes. Get off at the Old Bridge House pub and walk down Lonsdale Road to the ground. Please note that there is industrial action planned on South Western Railway routes on Saturday, which is likely to affect trains from Portsmouth to London Waterloo. It is advised to click here and check before you travel.

Travel updates
Follow @PompeyfcCop on Twitter for travel updates on the day of the game.

Pompey are the 7/5 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 visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Blackpool 1 Pompey 2

Curtis brace secures Bloomfield Road victory

11 August 2018

Ronan Curtis celebrates scoring for Pompey at Blackpool
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Ronan Curtis bagged a brace as Pompey continued their winning start to the season with a 2-1 victory against Blackpool.

The summer signing netted in each half, as the visitors appeared to be cruising towards three points at a grey Bloomfield Road.

Mark Cullen’s late effort meant the ending was perhaps nervier than it might have been and the same player also had a goal disallowed, as the Blues held on for what was a deserved win.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat Luton on home soil on the opening day.

With Brett Pitman on the bench, Gareth Evans skippered the side and lined up alongside Ben Close in a 4-1-4-1 system.

Oli Hawkins was handed the striking role, as Brandon Haunstrup and the injured Nathan Thompson made way.

The stands were sparsely populated in all but the away end, as the Seasiders support staged protests against their club’s owners outside the ground.

But those who had made their way through the turnstiles almost witnessed a goal in the opening seconds, with Joe Dodoo striking the post from a narrow angle.

The danger was not over for the visitors, however, as Nathan Delfouneso’s follow-up effort had to be blocked by Lee Brown.

A promising spell of possession soon led to a chance at the other end and an Evans cross was headed narrowly wide by Hawkins.

But the deadlock was broken on nine minutes and it was a moment to remember for CURTIS as he opened his Blues account.

The Blackpool defence failed to deal with Hawkins’ header, allowing the summer signing to pick the ball up and force it home, with Mark Howard’s hand not forceful enough to divert it wide.

Pompey were in control and looking more likely to add to the scoring as the half progressed, although there were not an abundance of clear-cut opportunities.

Curtis and Hawkins both glanced wide from dangerous deliveries into the box, while a tightly-marked Jamal Lowe was unable to get a shot away following good work from Close.

The Blues started to look more dangerous as the interval approached, though, and Howard was forced into action to deny Curtis.

Evans then whipped in a free-kick from wide on the left that a stretching Hawkins was inches away from connecting with.

It had been a quiet start for Craig MacGillivray and he was not overly troubled by Chris Taylor’s attempt from a tight angle.

Curtis went much closer on 38 minutes, surging through the centre of the pitch and unleashing a strike from outside the box that crashed against the post.

There were a couple of half-chances for the hosts before the whistle, although nothing to overly trouble MacGillivray.

Half Time: Blackpool 0 Pompey 1

Blackpool had been poor before the break, but did look more assured following the restart, albeit without creating much.

The town’s air show was causing more of a nuisance, with hair-raising stunts overhead meaning it was often difficult to focus on what was happening on the pitch.

There was a booking for Evans for clattering into Taylor, while the midfielder then saw his free-kick nodded wide by Curtis.

The hosts did have a decent opening just before the hour mark, although Delfouneso could not convert Marc Bola’s low cross as he slid in.

Instead Pompey went straight back up the other end to double their advantage after a long ball had been headed on by Hawkins.

It was CURTIS who picked the ball up, advancing on goal and neatly slotting it through the legs of Howard.

There was more good news when Danny Rose replaced Close on 66 minutes, with the midfielder making his first competitive appearance since suffering a leg break at the end of December.

MacGillivray had a couple of comfortable saves to make as Blackpool tried to find a way back, while Joe Bunney drilled narrowly wide.

But the Blues did not look under too much threat and David Wheeler was introduced for his debut, with Lowe the player to make way.

Blackpool did have a goal on 81 minutes, though, and it came just seconds after Evans had volleyed narrowly over.

The ball was pumped up the pitch and went straight into the path of substitute Cullen, who lifted it home under pressure from Matt Clarke.

Taylor and John O’Sullivan both had chances as the seconds ticked down, while Cullen did find the net again – only for his celebrations to be cut short by the linesman’s flag.

It was a heart-stopping moment for those travelling fans in the North Stand, but the final whistle came moments later to spark jubilant scenes.

Blackpool (4-3-3): Howard; Turton, Heneghan, O’Connor, Bola (Gnanduillett 72); Taylor, Spearing (c), Pritchard (O’Sullivan 60); Delfouneso, Dodoo (Cullen 60), Bunney
Goals: Cullen 81
Booked: O’Connor
Subs not used: Mafoumbi, Nottingham, Thompson, Sinclair-Smith

Pompey (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor; Lowe (Wheeler 79), Evans (c), Close (Rose 66), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Curtis 9, 59
Booked: Evans, Naylor
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Dennis, Pitman

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 4,154 (1,638 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Blackpool (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

8 August 2018


Tickets are still available for Pompey’s first away game of the season at Blackpool.

Kenny Jackett’s side make the long trip north to Bloomfield Road for a League One contest on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Blues fans have already snapped up 1,500 tickets and they will remain on sale until 4pm on Friday.

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

Supporters can also purchase tickets from the kiosk next to the away end (North Stand) at Blackpool on the day of the game.

Category Price
Adult £22
Senior (60+) £18
Junior (U18) £10
Child (U11) Free**

*Tickets bought on Wednesday will be sent out in the post. After this time, tickets bought online/over the phone can be collected from the away kiosk at Blackpool.

If you are expecting tickets in the post and they do not arrive, please contact the ticket office by 4pm on Friday. We will not be able to help supporters who contact us on the morning of the game.

**When accompanied by an adult or senior.

Wheelchair and ambulant 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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