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Checkatrade Trophy Final Preview: Pompey v Sunderland

All you need to know about Wembley clash

30 March 2019

Pompey v Sunderland

Pompey make their first Wembley visit since 2010 when they face Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday.

The two sides are also currently locked in the fight for League One promotion, currently sitting just outside the automatic promotion places.

It is the third-placed Blues who currently have a single-point advantage, although the Black Cats have two games in hand.

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They will put that battle to one side this weekend, however, and concentrate on securing a piece of silverware.

Neither have previously won this competition – in any of its guises – and it will be the first final to have featured two former Premier League clubs.

Pompey won Southern Group A with maximum points, securing wins over Gillingham, Crawley and Tottenham U21s.

They then saw off Arsenal’s youngsters, Southend, Peterborough and Bury to book their spot at the national stadium.

Sunderland beat Carlisle and Morecambe after drawing with Stoke U21s in the group stage and later beat Notts County, Newcastle U21s, Manchester City U21s and Bristol Rovers.

The sides will meet again in what could be a crucial league clash at the Stadium of Light towards the end of April.

But Pompey came out on top at Fratton Park just before Christmas, with Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis and Ben Thompson on target in a 3-1 triumph.

Kenny Jackett will make a late call on the fitness of Ronan Curtis, who has returned to training after severing his finger.

But the Blues will definitely be without the trio of Dion Donohue (groin), Viv Solomon-Otabor (calf) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Andy Cannon (thigh) and Bryn Morris (knee) are also injured, although they – along with Lloyd Isgrove – are also cup-tied.

Will Grigg is likely to be available for the Black Cats, despite missing Northern Ireland’s recent games with an ankle problem.

There is also a doubt over Adam Matthews (hamstring), while Duncan Watmore (ankle) and former Pompey loanee Chris Maguire (leg) are sidelined.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett, Lee Brown, Ben Close, Christian Burgess, Tom Naylor and Brett Pitman.

You can also register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos, as well as chats with Omar Bogle, Matt Clarke and Oli Hawkins.

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Pompey: 33 wins
Sunderland: 37 wins
33 draws

Cup Competitions
Pompey: 1 win
Sunderland: 2 wins
1 draw

Fixture News

Checkatrade Trophy Final: Key Information

25 March 2019

- Wembley Stadium has a restricted bag policy. Watch the below video for details.

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Wembley Travel Information

25 March 2019

- A matchday programme is available around the ground for £10 and can also be ordered online here.

- In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, there will be 30 minutes of extra-time. If the tie is still level, there will be a penalty shoot-out.

- Please be aware that clocks go forward one hour at 1am on Sunday, marking the start of British Summer Time.

- Fans should note that, with staff working at Wembley, the Anson Road ticket office will be closed on Monday.

- More information – including full travel details – can be found in the articles on the left.

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for Sunday’s game and no more will be available to purchase.

iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 12pm on Sunday.

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 a list of overseas EFL broadcasters.

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.

Sunderland are the narrow 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to lift the trophy, while Pompey can be backed at 10/11.

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

Pompey Win The Checkatrade Trophy

Blues triumph on penalties in an exciting Wembley contest

31 March 2019

Brett Pitman lifts the Checkatrade Trophy for Pompey at Wembley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey won the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties following a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at a packed Wembley Stadium.

They were poor in the first half and an Aiden McGeady free-kick meant the Black Cats deservedly led at the interval.

But the Blues were rejuvenated following the restart and Nathan Thompson levelled to ensure an additional 30 minutes.

Jamal Lowe then struck to seemingly secure the win, only for McGeady to scramble the ball home at the death.

That meant a dreaded shoot-out, but Pompey scored all of their spot-kicks, meaning that Craig MacGillivray’s save from Lee Cattermole allowed Oli Hawkins to fire home the winner.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Shrewsbury in the league the previous week.

Ronan Curtis was fit enough to start after recovering from severing his finger, meaning that Gareth Evans dropped to the bench.

The teams emerged to a vociferous atmosphere created by a packed crowd at the national stadium.

Pompey’s contingent were whipped up by rousing pre-match speeches from former Fratton heroes David Norris and Hermann Hreidarsson.

But it was the Black Cats who made the brighter start, with Thompson forced to clear George Honeyman’s teasing cross behind.

Lee Brown then made a great challenge right in the corner to stop Lewis Morgan’s charge, as the side from the north-east looked threatening.

Lowe tried his best to cause problems at the other end, although a ball into the box flew straight into Jon McLaughlin’s grasp.

Sunderland were looking more likely to open the scoring and Matt Clarke threw himself in the path of McGeady’s strike.

Pompey's best opportunity came when Omar Bogle was felled on the right and Brown swung the ball into the mixer.

Christian Burgess rose at the back post, but could not get enough power on his header to trouble McLaughlin.

An effort from Morgan was deflected behind by Brown, while a key Clarke challenge halted Will Grigg’s charge.

There was a rare shot for Pompey on 22 minutes, although Curtis’ effort was always swerving wide of the post.

Then, after Tom Naylor had conceded a free-kick, the midfielder had to nod behind Grant Leadbitter’s delivery.

Sunderland came close to breaking the deadlock soon after when the ball was only cleared as far as Morgan outside the box.

The winger hit a fierce volley that flew through a sea of bodies, but MacGillivray got down well to push the ball clear.

It was only a brief respite for the Blues, however, and they were undone after Thompson had conceded a foul.

McGeady was brought down and picked himself up to curl the ball home, albeit with the help of a deflection off Clarke’s shoulder.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Sunderland 1

Pompey tried to hit back after the break and when Bogle met a corner from Brown, his header was cleared from the line.

It would not have counted, though, as referee Dean Whitestone had spotted a foul on Luke O’Nien in the build-up.

The Blues were looking a lot brighter and trying to use Lowe as an outlet, but were still lacking a final ball.

Jackett tried to shake things up on 56 minutes, with Curtis being brought off and replaced by Evans on the left.

And it was a long pass from the newcomer that almost provided an equaliser just past the hour mark.

The ball was nodded down by Lowe and Pitman took one touch before hitting a neat half-volley that struck the base of the post.

Pompey were suddenly looking a real threat and when Sunderland failed to deal with another Evans delivery, Thompson was unable to find the target at the back post.

Lowe then had a great opportunity following good work from Pitman, but rolled his shot wastefully past the post.

Jackett made his second switch to the forward line on 69 minutes, as Bogle made way for Hawkins.

The striker was soon having his shirt tugged inside the area, although Whitestone did not think it was enough to warrant a penalty.

Evans then did well to hold off a challenge and burst forward, firing in a long-range strike that flashed past the post.

But Pompey did find themselves level on 82 minute – and the goal came from a very unlikely source.

THOMPSON had yet to score in 69 appearances, but certainly picked the right location to open his account, nodding home after Evans had collected the ball from Clarke and sent it into the box.

The Blues contingent of an EFL Trophy record crowd of 85,021 erupted as the players ran towards them in celebration.

It had been a dominant second half display, but Sunderland might have secured victory in stoppage-time when Denver Hume skipped through and sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal.

Full Time: Pompey 1 Sunderland 1

There were, unsurprisingly, a few tired legs on display at Wembley as the extra period of 30 minutes got started.

Pompey were still looking to get forward and Evans was tackled inside the box after playing a neat one-two with Brown.

Lowe then screwed a shot wide after Hawkins had laid the ball off, while an angled effort from Brown was comfortable for McLaughlin.

Following a brief break after the first set of 15 minutes, the Blues got straight back on the attack and Evans had a shot blocked after cutting in from the left.

Jackett was forced to make a change when Ben Close limped off and his replacement almost scored within seconds of coming on.

Anton Walkes received the ball on the edge of the box and his effort had to be clawed behind by McLaughlin.

But Pompey did go ahead on 114 minutes and it was a brilliant finish from LOWE, who collected a long Clarke pass and sent a glorious lob over McLaughlin and into the net.

The winger was booked for taking his shirt off in celebration, but it looked like being the decisive goal.

Sunderland had other ideas, however, and in the dying seconds McGeady scrambled home an equaliser, despite the best efforts of Clarke to clear from the line.

After Extra Time: Pompey 2 Sunderland 2

A penalty shoot-out is always a nervy occasion, but the Blues kept their nerve throughout, scoring all five of their spot-kicks.

Evans, Pitman, Brown and Lowe all tucked away their efforts, while Sunderland’s second from Cattermole was saved by MacGillivray.

It meant that Hawkins had the chance to win it for the Blues and he made no mistake, slotting the ball home to send the large travelling contingent home in joyous mood.

Pitman then led his side up the Wembley steps to collect the Checkatrade Trophy and send those fans wild with delight.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close (Walkes 113); Lowe, Pitman (c), Curtis (Evans 56); Bogle (Hawkins 69)
Goals: Thompson 82, Lowe 114
Booked: Curtis, Evans, Lowe
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, May, Vaughan

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; O’Nien, Flanagan, Baldwin, James (Hume 88); Leadbitter (Wyke 95), Cattermole; Morgan (Gooch 73), Honeyman (c), McGeady; Grigg (Power 77)
Goals: McGeady 38, 119
Booked: Baldwin, McGeady
Subs not used: Ruiter, Dunne, McGeouch

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 85,021

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Ticket News

Wembley Tickets: Sold Out

Pompey will be backed by more than 40,000 fans for Checkatrade Trophy final

19 March 2019

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for the Checkatrade Trophy final.

It means that Kenny Jackett’s side will be backed by more than 40,000 fans when they take on Sunderland at Wembley on Sunday, March 31 (2.30pm kick-off).

More than 34,000 seats were sold to season ticket holders, former shareholders and those who have been to previous games in the competition.

The remaining tickets were then quickly snapped up by eager supporters after being released for general sale on Monday morning.

Fans who were unable to buy tickets can join an online waiting list in case any more become available.

Official coach travel to the game can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

Please note that it is an offence under Section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 for any unauthorised person to sell tickets. Click here for a full list of Wembley ground regulations and click here to read conditions of issue.

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