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Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Accrington

All you need to know about League One clash

3 May 2019

Pompey v Accrington Stanley

Pompey had hoped to still be in the race for automatic promotion ahead of Saturday’s tea-time clash with Accrington (5.30pm).

But a midweek defeat to Peterborough means they now cannot catch Luton and Barnsley at the top of the League One standings.

It means the Blues will compete in the play-offs, although they do not yet know who they will be playing.

If Kenny Jackett’s side remain in third spot, it would be a trip to either Doncaster or Peterborough next weekend.

Dropping down to fourth or fifth position, however, would mean they take on Sunderland or Charlton. Click here to see a list of dates.

Pompey will reach the 90-point mark if they can secure victory over Accrington, a feat they have not managed since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2002/03.

Their opponents secured their place in the third tier for another season with a 5-1 rout of Plymouth last week.

It leaves them sitting 13th in the table, although they are unable to catch Oxford and end up in the top half.

Oli Hawkins’ goal was cancelled out by Michael Ihiekwe when the sides met at the Crown Ground back in October, with Craig MacGillivray having earlier saved a penalty.

Pompey are close to having a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Jack Whatmough (knee) the only player missing.

Callum Johnson (ankle) is doubt for the visitors, but goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov is available again following a two-match ban.

Read the thoughts of Joe Gallen and Christian Burgess or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

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Pompey: 6 wins
Accrington: 2 wins
5 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 4 wins
Accrington: 1 win
1 draw

Fratton Park is full to capacity for this fixture and no more tickets will be made available.

Supporters are advised to get to their seats early, as from 5pm, a host of Player of the Season awards will be presented.

A minute’s applause will also be held before kick-off in memory of all those Pompey fans who have passed away over the course of the campaign.

The players will return to the pitch after the final whistle to take part in a lap of appreciation.

Due to railway engineering works over the bank holiday weekend, a replacement bus service will run between Fratton and Havant/Petersfield/Chichester. Click here for more details.

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 4.30pm 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 either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 2/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 6/1.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

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


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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Accrington 1

Close on target as Blues finish fourth

4 May 2019

Ben Close celebrates scoring for Pompey against Accrington
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey will be facing Sunderland in the play-offs following a 1-1 draw with Accrington at Fratton Park.

They fell behind to Sean McConville’s strike just after the break, but Ben Close’s ninth goal of the season drew them level.

Close also hit the woodwork as the Blues chased a winner, with the dropped points allowing Charlton to climb above them into third spot.

Kenny Jackett made five changes to the side that were narrowly beaten by Peterborough earlier in the week.

Gareth Evans returned to skipper the team, while there were also starts for Oli Hawkins, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Bryn Morris and Anton Walkes.

Brett Pitman, James Vaughan, Ronan Curtis and Nathan Thompson all dropped to the bench, with Jamal Lowe missing out completely.

With it being the final game of the regular campaign, there were plenty of awards given out prior to kick-off.

They all went to Matt Clarke, who collected the main The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season prize, as well as trophies from 12 supporter groups.

The fans then fell silent as the names of all those fans – and former players – who have passed away over the course of the campaign were read out.

When the action got underway, there was a rather pedestrian pace to proceedings and a flat atmosphere to accompany it.

Accrington almost livened things up with an early goal, as McConville met Janoi Donacien’s cross with a header that bounced back off the bar.

Solomon-Otabor had an effort blocked at the other end, with a long-range Close strike comfortably dealt with by Dimitar Evtimov between the Stanley sticks.

Pompey really should have been awarded a penalty on 18 minutes, with Donacien clearly tugging at Hawkins’ shirt, but referee Scott Duncan appeared not to notice.

It certainly did not feel like the end of the campaign, with an unseasonable chill in the air causing coats to be put back on.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut opportunities on the pitch, although an angled drive from Paul Smyth was saved by Craig MacGillivray.

Pompey then had a great chance when Evans’ free-kick found Christian Burgess in the box, but the defender did not get enough on his header and the ball flew past the post.

Hawkins and Morris also sent efforts over the crossbar just before the break, as the hosts tried to find a breakthrough.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Accrington 0

Morris did not emerge following the interval, with Curtis brought on and Evans moving to a more central role.

There were just 44 seconds on the clock when Accrington opened the scoring, courtesy of McConville’s fine low strike from the edge of the box.

Pompey looked to hit back immediately and Curtis’ teasing delivery took a slight deflection to prevent Hawkins from tapping in from close range.

There was another opportunity for Burgess, with the defender heading wide after rising to meet a cross from Evans.

But it was CLOSE who levelled just before the hour mark, swapping passes with Hawkins and surging forward before beating Evtimov with a low finish at the keeper’s near post.

Hawkins was immediately brought off, with a fit-again Omar Bogle coming on to lead the Blues’ forward line.

Pompey were trying to find a winner and an acrobatic Bogle effort went past the post, while a clearance hit Pitman and flew off target just moments after the skipper had replaced Evans.

It was certainly a busy introduction for the striker, who scuffed wide after Bogle’s pass had gone just behind him.

But it was Close who almost gave the hosts the lead with a superb shot from outside the box that thundered against the angle of bar and post.

Pompey were pouring forward in search of a winner, while Accrington looked to exploit that on the break.

But despite a frantic conclusion to the action, neither keeper was really tested as the teams had to settle for a point each.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Evans (c) (Pitman 74), Morris (Curtis 46), Solomon-Otabor; Hawkins (Bogle 60)
Goals: Close 59
Subs not used: Bass, Thompson, Haunstrup, Vaughan

Accrington (4-4-2): Evtimov; Donacien, Sykes, Hughes, Richards-Everton; Clark (Sousa 66), Barlaser, Conneely (c), McConville; Armstrong, Smyth
Goals: McConville 46
Subs not used: Warner, Rodgers, Ogle, Brown, Simmons, Zanzala

Referee: Scott Duncan

Attendance: 18,439 (241 away fans)

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Ticket News

Capacity Crowd For Accrington Game

Ticket exchange is now open

26 February 2019

Accrington Tickets

Fratton Park is full to capacity for Pompey’s final game of the 2018/19 season.

Seats have sold out in the home sections of the ground for Accrington’s League One visit on Saturday, May 4 (5.30pm kick-off).

But the ticket exchange is now open for season ticket holders who are unable to make the game.

They can make their seat available to fellow Blues fans and receive part of the sale price, with proceeds received by the club being donated to the academy.

Once a buyer is found, the seller’s season card will be disabled for the game and the purchaser has the option to receive a paper ticket or e-ticket.

The season ticket holder will receive a £5 credit in their online ticketing account, which can be used towards the renewal of their season ticket.

Any credits received up to May 5, 2019 can be used towards the purchase of a 2019/20 season ticket.

If the season ticket holder does not renew their seat for the 2019/20 campaign, all ticket exchange credits will be lost.

Supporters who want to attend the Accrington match are advised to continue checking our eticketing site for any additional seats that become available.

Ticket Exchange Q&A – selling tickets

Q. How do I post my ticket for sale?
A. Online by selecting ‘manage my tickets’ for the relevant fixture and agreeing to the terms and conditions of sale, then clicking ‘post’ tickets. You will receive confirmation by email that your ticket has been listed for sale.

Q. How long does my ticket have to sell?
A. You can select a time for your ticket to be sold by. If not, it will automatically be set to midnight on the night before the fixture.

Q. Can I check the status of my posted seat(s) online?
A. View your ticket exchange account by entering your email address and password in the eticketing site. Under the ‘Account History’ section, select ‘Ticket Exchange’.

Q. Can I post tickets on behalf of friends and family?
A. Yes, but please ensure that if you are posting tickets on behalf of another season ticket holder, they are part of your online network prior to the process.

Q. What happens if my ticket sells?
A. You will receive email notification if your ticket is bought. Your season card is deactivated for the match you have selected to sell as soon as someone buys the ticket. Your account will be credited with £5 to use towards next year’s season ticket.

Q. What happens if my ticket does not sell?
A. If your ticket does not sell by the time you selected, then the ticket is taken off sale. You will receive email notification that your ticket did not sell and it is available for you to use for that match.

Ticket Exchange Q&A – buying tickets

Q. Who is eligible to use the new ticket exchange service to buy a ticket?
A. Any Pompey supporter.

Q. How do I buy a ticket via the ticket exchange?
A. Tickets can only be purchased via our eticketing website.

Q. What will I be charged to use this service?
A. There is no additional charge on top of the standard booking fees that are in place for online sales.

Q. When will the ticket exchange service be available?
A. The ticket exchange will only be used for certain fixtures once all tickets have been sold. In the event of this happening, an announcement will be made on the website.

Q. What happens after I have purchased a ticket?
A. You will receive a confirmation email containing the relevant seat information along with a ticket via the delivery method selected.

Q. If I purchase a ticket via the ticket exchange but am no longer able to attend the match, can I get a refund?
A. Unfortunately, refunds will not be issued.

Q. Who do I contact if I have a problem?
A. Call the ticket office team on 0345 646 1898 or email

Tickets purchased via the ticket exchange are subject to the Ground Regulations and Terms & Conditions.

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