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Match Preview: Walsall v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

12 March 2019

Walsall v Pompey

Pompey are back on the road this evening, as they face Walsall in their final scheduled midweek away fixture of the season.

And the Blues will be searching for a performance like the one they produced in the 5-1 rout of Bradford, rather than in Saturday’s narrow loss at Charlton.

Their opponents are in decent form and have collected seven points from their past three fixtures, including a 2-0 home victory over Fleetwood at the weekend.

But those recent results followed a run of just one win in 13 matches in all competitions, which saw the Saddlers dragged right into the battle for survival.

Dean Keates’ men have since moved up to 16th position, but are still just three points above the drop zone.

Walsall are now in their 12th successive season at this level, having won the League Two title back in 2007.

They narrowly missed out on automatic promotion three years ago before being thrashed by Barnsley in the play-offs.

But it was a different story last term, as they only managed to secure their third tier status in the penultimate fixture.

Gareth Evans scored the only goal when Pompey visited the Bescot Stadium last March, while Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis were on target in a 2-0 victory at Fratton Park earlier this season.

TEAM NEWS
Omar Bogle is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring problem, but the Blues are still without Andy Cannon (quad), Bryn Morris (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Walsall have a doubt over winger Matt Jarvis (ankle), but expect Joe Edwards to recover from a knock that saw him substituted at the weekend.

The hosts are definitely missing top scorer Andy Cook, who completes a three-match ban following his red card against Bradford last month.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Walsall: 7 wins
9 draws

At Walsall
Pompey: 4 wins
Walsall: 4 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Seats are still available and can be purchased from the cash turnstiles tonight. Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass. Click here for more details.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

Please note that subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action, with commentary starting 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 Wednesday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the evens favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 11/4.

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

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Walsall 2 Pompey 3

Pitman, Bogle and Solomon-Otabor on target for Blues

12 March 2019

Brett Pitman celebrates with Viv Solomon-Otabor after scoring for Pompey at Walsall
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey recorded their first League One win on the road in 2019, despite a late comeback by Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

Brett Pitman opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Omar Bogle made sure it was a commanding lead at the break.

The hosts were much better in the second half, but Viv Solomon-Otabor swept home his first Blues goal.

The Saddlers did not give up, however, and Jon Guthrie converted two corners – the second right at the death – to restore some pride.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten at Charlton at the weekend.

Skipper Pitman replaced Gareth Evans for his first start since the end of January, while Oli Hawkins made way for a fit-again Bogle up front.

And with Ronan Curtis suffering a freak injury on the morning of the game – getting his finger trapped in a door – Solomon-Otabor came in wide on the left.

Pompey made a bright start to the contest, although Bogle was unable to bend an early shot around Saddlers stopper Liam Roberts.

But they were temporarily down to 10 men when Matt Clarke reopened the wound in his head and started bleeding from the nose.

The medical team had to patch him up and with the defender requiring a change of outfit, he was stood without a shirt in cold conditions for a number of minutes.

It was during that time, however, that the visitors broke the deadlock, with Morgan Ferrier punished for a shove on Nathan Thompson inside the box.

Referee Trevor Kettle immediately whistled and PITMAN stepped up to send Roberts the wrong way from the spot.

Walsall were struggling to deal with the Blues’ attacks and just about forced the ball clear when Solomon-Otabor tried to convert a mis-hit effort from Jamal Lowe.

But the hosts soon had a chance to level when Ferrier raced on to a ball down the right and saw his shot saved by Craig MacGillivray.

And the keeper immediately provided the assist for Pompey’s second goal from a long punt up the pitch.

The ball reached BOGLE, whose shot appeared to be going over, only to dip on to the top of the post and bounce over the line.

Lowe thought he had added a third on 30 minutes after converting a quickly-taken Pitman free-kick, only for Kettle to decide Pompey had acted too soon.

Walsall failed to deal with the set-piece when it was played a second time and Tom Naylor’s strike was deflected behind.

Pitman then lifted a fine pass over the defence late in the half, although Lowe’s touch was slightly too heavy and Roberts was able to gather.

Half Time: Walsall 0 Pompey 2

The hosts had been second best throughout the first half, but had a chance to reduce their deficit seconds after the restart.

A long ball forward bounced awkwardly for Clarke and Josh Gordon was not quite able to send his header looping over MacGillivray.

Gordon’s teasing delivery from the left then had to be headed behind by Lee Brown, as Walsall started to provide much more of a threat.

They were pushing Pompey back for long periods, but the defence were holding firm to repel the red-shirted tide before MacGillivray could be tested.

Lowe won a corner to offer some respite, but Brown’s cross was headed wide by Bogle to let the Saddlers off the hook.

But the Blues did have a third goal on 68 minutes – and it meant that all three of the players Jackett brought into the team had scored.

Pitman was falling to the turf as he sent a pass through to Lowe, who unselfishly squared for SOLOMON-OTABOR to slot home and open his Pompey account.

Bogle was soon withdrawn by Jackett and had his name chanted by the travelling fans as he trudged off to be replaced by James Vaughan.

It looked like it was game over, but Walsall gave themselves some hope when Guthrie nodded in a corner from George Dobson.

Pompey appeared to be seeing the game out with relative ease, only for the Saddlers to grab another goal in stoppage-time.

Another corner was scrambled into the net by Guthrie, but there was not enough time for them to mount any more attacks and the Blues were able to celebrate a victory.

Walsall (4-1-4-1): Roberts; Devlin, Scarr, Guthrie, Leahy; Dobson (c); Ismail (Oteh 87), Kinsella, Edwards (Blackett-Taylor 70), Ferrier; Gordon
Goals: Guthrie 75, 90+4
Booked: Kinsella, Gordon, Ferrier
Subs not used: Dunn, Fitzwater, Norman, Laird, Osbourne

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Pitman (c) (Walkes 86), Solomon-Otabor; Bogle (Vaughan 74)
Goals: Pitman 13 (pen), Bogle 25, Solomon-Otabor 68
Booked: Clarke
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Donohue, Evans, Hawkins

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Attendance: 4,097 (598 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Walsall (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

11 March 2019

Walsall

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s midweek trip to Walsall.

Blues fans have already snapped up almost 700 seats for Tuesday night’s League One contest at the Bescot Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).

They can be bought online here or from the Anson Road ticket office until 5.30pm this evening (March 11).

Supporters can also buy from the cash turnstiles at Walsall on the evening of the game (fans buying Family Tickets should visit the ticket office), but there is an increase in prices.

Category Advance
Sales
Matchday
Sales
Adult £21.50 £23.50
Senior (60+) £17 £19
Junior (U18) £17 £19
Family Ticket* £23.50 £25.50

*One adult and one junior

Wheelchair and ambulant tickets 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.

Fans who are collecting pre-purchased tickets at Walsall should visit window number five at their ticket office.

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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