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Match Preview: Pompey v Luton

All you need to know about League One test

3 August 2018

Pompey v Luton

It’s the equivalent of Christmas Eve for all supporters of EFL clubs.

The waiting is almost over and Saturday sees clubs up and down the country begin the 2018/19 campaign.

It is set to be a warm and sunny day on the south coast, as Luton visit Fratton Park for Pompey’s League One opener.

The visitors are sure to still be in a confident mood following their automatic promotion from the fourth tier last term.

Nathan Jones’ men finished second in League Two and were five points behind champions Accrington.

And they certainly entertained their fans along the way, with 7-1, 7-0 and 8-2 victories ensuring they finished as the division’s top scorers.

The Hatters have not been too busy in the transfer market, but snapped up former Pompey centre-back Sonny Bradley from Plymouth.

Fellow defender Matty Pearson has also arrived from Barnsley, while a season-long loan deal was agreed for Nottingham Forest midfielder Jorge Grant.

It was Luton who came out on top when the sides met at Kenilworth Road in the first round of the FA Cup last term, with James Collins netting the only goal of a thrilling contest just before the break.

Pompey will be without Dion Donohue (illness) and Jamal Lowe (ankle), but otherwise have a full-strength squad to choose from.

Summer signings Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis, Louis Dennis, Craig MacGillivray and Tom Naylor could all make their competitive debuts.

Former Pompey players Bradley, Jake Jervis and Dan Potts might feature for the visitors, whose assistant manager is ex-Blues boss Paul Hart.

But they are missing last season’s 23-goal top scorer Danny Hylton, who serves a one-match ban after being sent off at Notts County on the final day of last season.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Lee Brown or watch the below videos.

Pompey: 16 wins
Luton: 22 wins
13 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Luton: 4 wins
8 draws

Fratton Park is full to capacity for Saturday’s game, so no tickets will be available to buy on the day. Click here for more information about our ticket exhange service.

Supporters collecting tickets should visit the Anson Road ticket office (North Stand/Fratton End) or the Frogmore Road ticket office (South Stand).

Parking in the North Stand car park is priced £10 per car and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Click here for a Q&A about season cards.

The Victory Lounge behind the Fratton End is open for supporters from 12pm and will be open at half-time and after the game.

Please note that after taking police advice, recyclable plastic cups will be used on Saturday.

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 Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 5/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/4.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Luton 0

Lowe the hero as Blues begin with a win

4 August 2018

Pompey celebrate scoring against Luton
Photo: Andrew Fosker

Jamal Lowe celebrated his miraculous recovery from injury with a goal that ensured Pompey began the new season with victory over Luton.

He slotted home in the first half to cap an enjoyable afternoon at a Fratton Park that was bathed in south coast sunshine.

But the Blues had to withstand some heavy pressure at times, with the Hatters twice hitting the woodwork in their quest for an equaliser.

Kenny Jackett handed debuts to four of his summer signings, with Craig MacGillivray, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor and Ronan Curtis all starting.

But the big surprise when the teams were announced was the inclusion of Lowe, who was expected to miss out after injuring his ankle against Utrecht the previous week.

There was also a start for Brandon Haunstrup on the left of midfield, as Jackett opted to stick with the 4-4-2 system he had preferred towards the end of pre-season.

The visitors received an early scare as skipper Alan Sheehan crashed into the advertising hoardings and ended up in the Milton End moat.

It was nervy few moments as the crowd waited for the centre-back to emerge, but thankfully he was unscathed.

Luton – who were promoted from League Two last term – started the brighter side and when Sheehan’s delivery was flicked on by Harry Cornick, the ball flashed dangerously across the face of goal.

A moment of controversy followed as Curtis rose for a challenge and there were suggestions of an elbow being used as he crashed to the turf.

The Fratton faithful certainly appealed for a red card, but after consulting with his assistant, referee Gavin Ward decided to take no action.

Pompey’s fans did have cause to cheer on 16 minutes, however, as their side managed to break the deadlock.

It was LOWE who grabbed the first goal of the season, slotting in from inside the box after Curtis had done well to get to the byline and cut the ball back.

Most of the game’s clearest chances were still falling Luton’s way, though, and Nathan Thompson had to intervene when Jorge Grant tried to pick out James Collins in the box.

They then had two excellent opportunities to draw level within the space of a few minutes – and on both occasions some visiting fans thought they had.

First up was Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, whose low effort from the edge of the box could not quite creep into the bottom corner.

Then, after Brown had been booked for a foul on James Justin, Sheehan’s free-kick cannoned back off the upright.

But the closing stages of the half passed by relatively incident free, although former Fratton loanee Dan Potts did receive a booking for a foul on Lowe.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Luton 0

Brett Pitman did not emerge from the tunnel for the start of the second half, with Oli Hawkins taking his place up front and Naylor claiming the captain's armband.

But it was fellow striker Curtis who forced Marek Stech into action with a curling shot on 50 minutes, although the flag had been raised for offside.

The Blues were looking a threat on the counter-attack and when Curtis surged towards goal, Alan McCormack decided to take one for the team.

Luton’s midfielder deliberately clipped the heels of his opponent and there was no surprise when he received a yellow card.

But the Hatters were looking dangerous themselves and when the hosts lost possession, Collins smashed a shot against the woodwork.

MacGillivray then came to the rescue just past the hour mark, doing well to deny Cornick from close range.

Pompey made their second change in between those chances, with Anton Walkes making way for Ben Close in the centre of the pitch.

Thompson’s shot flew off target, as the hosts tried to ease the pressure and injured himself in the process.

It forced Jackett into his final change of the afternoon, with Christian Burgess taking up an unfamiliar right-back role.

Fellow defender Jack Whatmough was looking assured and halted one Hatters attack with a couple of key tackles in quick succession.

There was also persistence from Naylor to win the ball back after losing possession, while MacGillivray did well to cut out Mpanzu’s low centre.

Nerves started to creep in as the seconds ticked down and only rose when Whatmough conceded a free-kick just outside the box.

It was Sheehan who stepped up to curl a shot around the wall, but MacGillivray dived to his right to push the ball clear.

Former Blues players Jake Jervis and Sonny Bradley both came on and were thrown up front for the closing stages, but Luton were unable to find a late leveller.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Thompson (Burgess 71), Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Lowe, Naylor, Walkes (Close 60), Haunstrup; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 46), Curtis
Goals: Lowe 16
Booked: Brown, Curtis
Subs not used: McGee, Donohue, Evans, Chaplin

Luton (4-1-2-1-2): Stech; Justin (Bradley 90+1), Pearson, Sheehan (c), Potts; McCormack (Jervis 87); Mpanzu, Grant; Lee; Cornick (Shinnie 78), Collins
Booked: Potts, McCormack, Justin, Sheehan
Subs not used: Shea, Rea, Stacey, Gambin

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 19,018 (2,392 away fans)

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Ticket News

Luton Ticket Collections

3 August 2018

Pompey ticket office

Both of Pompey’s ticket offices will be open for collections on Saturday.

Fans seated in either the North Stand or the Fratton End should visit the new site inside the club shop on Anson Road.

Supporters collecting tickets for the South Stand should go to the Frogmore Road office, which will now only be open on home matchdays.

Both ticket offices will be open from 9am on Saturday and will also be selling tickets for forthcoming matches.

Fans using the club shop or ticket office can park in the North Stand car park up until 1.30pm on Saturday. Stewards will be on hand to guide you to an available space.

Any supporter who has used the ‘Print at Home’ service will need to print each ticket individually on to A4 paper in order for the turnstile readers to accept the bar codes.

Fans are reminded that Fratton Park is full to capacity for the opening game of the season against Luton, but the ticket exchange is now open.

Click here for a Q&A on season ticket cards for the 2018/19 campaign.

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