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Match Preview: Rochdale v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

30 November 2018

Rochdale v Pompey

The quest to remain at the League One summit takes a break this weekend, as Pompey turn their attention towards securing FA Cup progress.

Kenny Jackett’s side will visit Spotland for the third time in 2018 to face Rochdale for a place in the third round.

Both teams know that a potential clash with one of the Premier League big-boys is the reward for going through.

The Blues have only cleared the first hurdle on one other occasion since reaching the FA Cup final in 2010, making it as far as the fourth round in 2015/16.

Jamal Lowe, Brett Pitman and Matt Clarke were on target when Pompey recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a 3-1 triumph at Rochdale earlier in the season.

Their opponents are currently sitting 17th in the League One table and left Oxford on the back of a 4-2 defeat on Tuesday evening.

Dale reached this stage of the competition with a narrow win over non-league Gateshead on home soil.

But they got all the way to the fifth round last term, holding Tottenham to a draw before eventually losing 6-1 in the Wembley replay.

TEAM NEWS
David Wheeler (back/hamstring) is missing for Pompey after collecting an injury in Tuesday’s victory over Walsall.

Joe Mason (groin) is not quite ready for a return, while Dion Donohue (hamstring) is also still sidelined.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 6 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
2 draws

At Spotland
Pompey: 3 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
1 draw

TICKETS
Pompey fans will be able to purchase tickets from the cash turnstiles at Spotland on the day of the game.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Mark Kelly by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 1.30pm on Sunday.

Overseas subscribers should note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected for overseas broadcast and supporters should check their local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region.

Fans in the UK will be able to watch goals and key moments as part of the Final Score programme on BBC One.

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 Monday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 23/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure progress on Sunday, while the hosts can be backed at 11/5.

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 EMIRATES FA CUP
Kick-off 3pm unless stated

Tonight
Solihull v Blackpool (7.55pm)

Saturday
Halifax v AFC Wimbledon (12.30pm)
Accrington v Cheltenham
Charlton v Doncaster
Lincoln v Carlisle
Maidstone v Oldham
Peterborough v Bradford
Plymouth v Oxford
Southend v Barnsley
Walsall v Sunderland
Wrexham v Newport (8pm)

Sunday
Barnet v Stockport (2pm)
Bury v Luton (2pm)
Chesterfield v Grimsby (2pm)
Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe (2pm)
Slough v Gillingham (2pm)
Swindon v Woking (2pm)
Tranmere v Southport (2pm)

Monday
Guiseley v Fleetwood (8pm)

LAST MEETING

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Rochdale 0 Pompey 1

Green strikes late FA Cup winner for Blues

2 December 2018

Pompey celebrate scoring at Rochdale in the FA Cup
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Andre Green scored at the death to see off Rochdale and send Pompey into the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Both sides had struck the woodwork in a Spotland contest that otherwise failed to ignite, with Ronan Curtis hitting the bar for the Blues.

But the visitors were unusually subdued after the break and a replay was looming until a deflected effort from substitute Green settled the tie.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Walsall in the league earlier in the week.

Tom Naylor missed out with a slight groin problem, meaning that Ben Close was recalled to Pompey’s midfield.

Both sides took a while to hit their stride on a soggy Sunday afternoon in the north-west, with the keepers enjoying a quiet opening 45 minutes.

An Oli Hawkins header was deflected comfortably into the arms of Josh Lillis, while the Blues back-line dealt with a couple of deliveries into their box.

Jordan Williams should at least have tested Craig MacGillivray on 11 minutes, but fired wastefully wide after doing well to bring the ball under control.

The visitors began to look the more assured side, although efforts from Ben Thompson and Gareth Evans were off target and blocked respectively.

Pompey’s skipper went closer midway through the half, hitting a fierce and cleanly-struck volley narrowly over the crossbar.

There was plenty of neat build-up play on display, but they were too often let down by the final pass or shot.

And Jordan Williams might have made them pay at the other end late in the half, sending an attempt just past the post.

There was still time for two noteworthy moments for the Blues just before the sides went in for the interval.

Curtis smashed the ball against the crossbar and such was the ferocity of his effort, it came back to the Republic of Ireland international, who was unable to get a second shot away.

His fellow forward Jamal Lowe then went down in the box and despite the travelling fans appealing for a penalty, referee Seb Stockbridge instead booked him for diving.

Half Time: Rochdale 0 Pompey 0

A foul by Close gave Dale the first opportunity of the second half, but Matt Done’s free-kick struck the wall and was deflected behind.

The hosts then broke quickly up the pitch soon after, but MJ Williams’ shot was so high it flew out of the stadium.

Pompey had struggled to get going after the break and were perhaps fortunate not to have been punished for that.

There was certainly no lack of commitment, though, with Nathan Thompson’s fury at not being awarded a throw earning the right-back a booking.

Rochdale had another opening just past the hour mark when Calvin Andrew latched on to Ian Henderson’s pass, but MacGillivray saved with his feet.

And they went even closer on 69 minutes, as Done’s thunderous drive came back off the corner of post and bar.

A craning Hawkins saw his header saved by Lillis at the other end, as the Blues tried to pose more of a threat.

Brett Pitman – who has netted five times in the previous three meetings with Rochdale – provided an extra option on 72 minutes, with Evans making way.

But it was Jack Whatmough who missed a decent chance soon after, nodding wide after racing in to meet Lee Brown’s free-kick.

Jackett then made his second substitution, with Lowe withdrawn for Aston Villa loanee Green out wide.

It was Rochdale that were next to go close, however, as Henderson hit a sweet volley that dripped just over the Blues bar.

But, with a replay looking likely, Ryan Delaney brought down Green right on the edge of the box, earning the defender a yellow card.

Brown squared the free-kick to GREEN, whose shot took a wicked deflection to deceive Lillis and leave Rochdale reeling.

They almost levelled in stoppage-time, but MacGillivray denied Henderson from close range to ensure Pompey booked their place in the third round.

Rochdale (4-4-2): Lillis; Rafferty, McGahey, Delaney, Done; Dooley (Cannon 55), Adshead, M.Williams, Henderson (c); J.Williams, Andrew
Booked: Delaney
Subs not used: Norman, McNulty, Rathbone, Perkins, Gillam, Inman

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Close; Lowe (Green 76), Evans (c) (Pitman 72), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Green 90
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Haunstrup, Rose

Referee: Seb Stockbridge

Attendance: 2,555 (599 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Rochdale (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

30 November 2018

Emirates FA Cup

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup trip to Rochdale this weekend.

Blues fans have already snapped up around 600 unreserved seats for the second round Spotland contest, which kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday.

They can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or from the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm today (November 30).

Supporters can also purchase tickets from the cash turnstiles at Rochdale on the day of the game.

Category Price
Adult £15
Senior (65+) £10
Young Person (17-21) £10
Junior (U17) £5

Wheeler and ambulant tickets are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

Tickets booked online/over the phone before 3pm on Wednesday will have been sent out in the post, otherwise they can be collected from the Spotland ticket office on Sunday.

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

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. 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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