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Match Preview: Charlton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

8 March 2019

Charlton v Pompey

For the third away match in succession, Pompey will be appearing in front of the Sky Sports cameras this weekend.

The previous two have provided mixed emotions, with the Blues letting a three-goal lead slip to draw with Southend, before a 3-0 victory at Bury secured a spot at Wembley.

It is Charlton who host the latest televised encounter, which sees a clash between the sides sitting fifth and fourth in League One.

Kenny Jackett’s troops currently hold a five-point advantage over the Londoners, with both clubs having 11 games remaining.

That is the same difference that currently separates Pompey from the second automatic promotion spot.

The Addicks are playing their third campaign at this level following relegation in 2016 and were beaten by Shrewsbury in the play-offs last term.

Charlton were 2-1 victors when the sides met at Fratton Park in December, with Andre Green grabbing a late consolation before Ben Thompson was sent off – a decision that was successfully appealed.

But the Blues have won 1-0 on each of their past three visits to The Valley, including last season’s league clash which was settled by a Josh Magennis own-goal.

TEAM NEWS
Matt Clarke, Ronan Curtis, Oli Hawkins and Nathan Thompson are all available, despite limping off the field last Saturday.

Omar Bogle (hamstring) is a doubt, while Andy Cannon (quad), Bryn Morris (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are definitely out.

Former Pompey defender Jason Pearce is missing for the hosts with an ankle problem and Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is currently serving a touchline ban.

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 video.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 45 wins
Charlton: 35 wins
27 draws

At Charlton
Pompey: 18 wins
Charlton: 19 wins
16 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of more than 3,000 tickets and no more will be available.

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 5pm on Saturday.

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 Sunday.

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

BETTING
Charlton are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the Blues 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

Tonight
Coventry v Burton (7.45pm)

Saturday
AFC Wimbledon v Doncaster
Barnsley v Accrington
Blackpool v Southend
Bradford v Peterborough
Gillingham v Oxford
Plymouth v Luton
Rochdale v Shrewsbury
Scunthorpe v Bristol Rovers
Walsall v Fleetwood
Wycombe v Sunderland

LAST MEETING AT THE VALLEY

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Match Reports

Charlton 2 Pompey 1

Blues beaten at The Valley

9 March 2019

Ronan Curtis scores for Pompey at Charlton
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey failed to extend the gap on promotion rivals Charlton after going down to a 2-1 defeat at The Valley.

The hosts went ahead through Joe Aribo just before the break, only for Ronan Curtis to hit back with an immediate equaliser.

But Lyle Taylor restored the Addicks’ advantage early in the second half and despite a late rally from the visitors, they held on for the victory.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that fired five goals past Bradford on home soil the previous week.

Nathan Thompson, Matt Clarke, Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis all went off injured last Saturday, but were passed fit to play.

Pompey started brightly and a dangerous delivery from Jamal Lowe was just out of reach for Curtis at the back post.

A cross-field pass from Clarke was soon nodded on first by Thompson and then Hawkins, but Lowe’s effort was blocked before it could trouble Dillon Phillips.

Charlton slowly started to take control of the contest, however, and looked lively without being able to test Craig MacGillivray.

When Thompson was dispossessed in the middle of the park, it took a fine challenge from Clarke to deny Jonny Williams.

And the hosts should have broken the deadlock on 20 minutes following a neat passing move wide on the left.

Williams played a quick one-two with Aribo and sent the ball into the centre to give Josh Cullen a simple close-range finish, only for his shot to hit the back of team-mate Igor Vetokele and fly clear.

Tom Naylor then diverted a Patrick Bauer effort past the post, while efforts from Taylor and Cullen were off target.

Clarke – who is normally so positive in possession – lost the ball to Krystian Bielik, although Taylor’s shot was comfortably kept out by MacGillivray.

But Charlton did make their pressure count late in the first half, as Aribo collected Cullen’s pass, turned sharply and drilled the ball home.

There was, however, still time for the Blues to level before the break, with CURTIS racing forward to convert Lee Brown’s corner with a thumping header.

Half Time: Charlton 1 Pompey 1

The Addicks made a strong start to the second half, although it was the visitors who had the ball in the net on 49 minutes.

Lowe’s shot was diverted into the net by Curtis from a few yards out, although a flag was immediately raised for offside.

Charlton did score soon after, however, to restore their lead after Clarke had attempted to clear Aribo’s cross.

But the ball ricocheted to the feet of substitute Ben Reeves and he squared it for Taylor to convert from close range.

Pompey made a positive reaction to falling behind again, although were unable to capitalise on dangerous deliveries from Lowe and Gareth Evans.

Jackett then made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Hawkins and Ben Close withdrawn for James Vaughan and Dion Donohue.

Pompey were trying to get the ball forward and persistence from Curtis and Vaughan forced Naby Sarr to make an error, but the defender recovered to scramble clear.

The Addicks then came close to extending their advantage, with MacGillivray getting down low to his right to keep out Bauer’s effort.

Donohue released Evans down the left with a fine pass on 73 minutes and the skipper tried to score from a tight angle, but instead fired wildly off target.

Brett Pitman replaced Evans soon after, as the club captain took up residence just behind fellow Vaughan in the forward line.

And he almost provided a leveller late on, with a fine ball into the box that was sent across the face of goal by Lowe and agonisingly out of reach for Curtis to convert.

A dipping long-range effort from Pitman was not too far over the bar, as the Blues started to look a real threat.

It was a vibrant end to the contest from the visitors, with Lowe and Pitman seeing shots blocked inside the box in quick succession.

But despite pushing Charlton back deep for the final stages, the hosts held on to close the gap on Pompey to two points.

Charlton (4-1-2-1-2): Phillips; Dijksteel, Bauer (c), Sarr, Purrington; Bielik (Reeves 46); Cullen, Aribo; Williams (Fosu 59); Vetokele (Pratley 84), Taylor
Goals: Aribo 41, Taylor 51
Subs not used: Maxwell, Solly, Lapslie, Parker

Pompey (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Pitman 76), Close (Donohue 61), Curtis; Hawkins (Vaughan 61)
Goals: Curtis 45
Booked: Hawkins, Burgess, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Haunstrup, Solomon-Otabor

Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 14,451 (3,097 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Charlton (A): Sold Out

All tickets snapped up for League One test

1 March 2019

Charlton Athletic

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for their League One visit to Charlton.

It means that Kenny Jackett's side will be backed by 3,000 fans at The Valley on Saturday, March 9 (5.30pm kick-off).

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.

Fans without a ticket will be able to watch the match live on Sky Sports Football.

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