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Play-Off Preview: Sunderland v Pompey

All you need to know about Stadium of Light clash

10 May 2019

Sunderland v Pompey

There will be a feeling of déjà vu for many Pompey fans, as they prepare to make the long trip north to Sunderland.

It was just two weeks ago that the sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, with Jamal Lowe cancelling out Tom Flanagan’s opener.

Now the Blues are heading back to the north-east for the first leg of the play-offs (7.30pm kick-off), with a spot at Wembley up for grabs.

The two sides have already been to the national stadium this season, of course, with Kenny Jackett’s side emerging triumphant from a penalty shoot-out in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

And Pompey also came out on top in a league meeting at Fratton Park just before Christmas, as Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis and Ben Thompson all scored in a 3-1 win.

There will be a slight feeling of frustration in both camps about missing out on automatic promotion to the Championship.

They are only facing off at this stage because a late goal for Charlton in their final day rout of Rochdale saw them snatch third spot from the Blues on goal difference.

The Fratton faithful are looking for their side to secure Championship football for the first time since 2012.

But the Black Cats are aiming for an instant return, having suffered a second successive relegation after finishing rock bottom last term.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are close to having a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Dion Donohue (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) the only absentees.

Sunderland have no major injury concerns, with Aiden McGeady returning to training after recovering from a broken bone in his foot.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 34 wins
Sunderland: 37 wins
34 draws

At Sunderland
Pompey: 9 wins
Sunderland: 26 wins
17 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure tickets up until 3pm this afternoon, with no sales on the day. Click here for more details.

No tickets have been posted out. They can be collected from the Anson Road ticket office until 7pm this evening or at Sunderland on Saturday.

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Alan McLoughlin by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 6.45pm 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
Sunderland are the 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure a first leg victory, while the visitors 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 LEAGUE ONE

Sunday
Doncaster v Charlton (12.15pm)

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Sunderland 1 Pompey 0

Black Cats have narrow advantage in play-off battle

11 May 2019

Gareth Evans in action for Pompey at Sunderland
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey will have to overcome a first leg deficit if they are to beat Sunderland and reach the League One play-off final.

Former Fratton loanee Chris Maguire came off the bench to net an impressive winner in a match that was otherwise short of a spark.

The Black Cats played the final quarter of the contest with just 10 men after Alim Ozturk was shown a straight red card.

Gareth Evans struck the woodwork from the resulting free-kick, but the Blues were unable to find an equaliser.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Accrington on the final day of the regular campaign.

Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis were rested for that Fratton fixture, but returned to replace Viv Solomon-Otabor and Bryn Morris.

Lee Brown failed a fitness test on an Achilles injury, with Nathan Thompson coming back into the starting line-up as expected and Anton Walkes moving across to the left.

Skipper Brett Pitman was on the bench against Stanley, but missed out with a hamstring problem, so Evans retained the armband.

Pompey were not the only side to be suffering, however, and after picking up an injury in the warm-up, Aiden McGeady was swapped with Lynden Gooch.

There was not an abundance of quality on display once the action got underway, with both teams perhaps shackled by what was at stake.

The visitors enjoyed plenty of early possession, although Jon McLaughlin comfortably dealt with a couple of crosses into his box.

Evans did cut the ball back into the danger zone, where first Lowe and then Ben Close saw efforts blocked.

There was also an opening when Curtis advanced towards goal, although his strike from outside of the box was scuffed wide of the post.

Sunderland were also struggling to find their feet at the other end and a delivery from Gooch was nodded over by Charlie Wyke.

Wyke looked the most likely player to break the deadlock, with Walkes doing well to stop him from meeting Lewis Morgan’s centre.

Max Power soon sent the ball back into the area for the striker and this time he fired over the crossbar.

The Black Cats had one more opening before the break and Gooch finally had an attempt on target, although it was no bother for MacGillivray.

Half Time: Sunderland 0 Pompey 0

The entertainment value did not immediately increase once the action restarted, with niggly fouls at both ends interrupting the flow.

Evans did try to thread a precise pass through to the onrushing Lowe, but Tom Flanagan was able to cut the ball out.

And Flanagan was then involved at the other end of the pitch after collecting the ball from a corner, with Naylor flinging himself in the path of the shot.

A clear-cut opportunity was finally created just before the hour mark – and it was the Black Cats who came close to scoring.

Gooch whipped the ball into the box from wide on the left and George Honeyman’s header was brilliantly tipped over by MacGillivray.

And Sunderland were ahead just moments later and it came from a man who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes.

Bryan Oviedo swung in a teasing cross that Matt Clarke headed clear, but the ball fell for Maguire to fire home a fine volley from the edge of the box.

But the hosts were soon reduced to 10 men after Clarke released Evans, who was brought down just outside the area by Ozturk.

Referee Andy Woolmer reached into his pocked and pulled out a red card, leaving the defender to trudge from the pitch.

Jackett immediately made a double substitution, with Oli Hawkins and Curtis making way for Solomon-Otabor and Omar Bogle.

Evans then stepped up to take the free-kick and curled a brilliant effort against the bar, with the ball bouncing clear.

Another opportunity soon came from a corner, as Bogle’s close-range shot was diverted behind by a well-placed Luke O’Nien.

But the Blues were almost undone at the other end after losing possession, with Maguire’s low drive clipping the outside of the post.

Pompey were trying their best to find a leveller and after bundling his way into a shooting position, Bogle could not quite lift the ball over McLaughlin.

There was plenty of endeavour at both ends of the pitch as the seconds ticked down, but it is Sunderland who will head back to the south coast with a narrow advantage.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Flanagan, Oviedo; Cattermole, Power; Gooch (Dunne 70), Honeyman (c), Morgan (Maguire 58); Wyke
Goals: Maguire 62
Sent off: Ozturk
Booked: Honeyman
Subs not used: Ruiter, Matthews, Hume, Leadbitter, Grigg

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Walkes; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Bogle 69); Hawkins (Solomon-Otabor 69)
Subs not used: Bass, May, Cannon, Morris, Dennis

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 26,610 (1,288 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Sunderland (A): Ticket Update

Secure your seat for play-off clash

9 May 2019

Sunderland

Tickets are still on sale for the away leg of Pompey’s League One play-off clash with Sunderland.

Kenny Jackett’s side make the long trip north to the Stadium of Light on Saturday (7.30pm kick-off).

Supporters have until 3pm on Friday to secure the seat and all tickets must be bought in advance.

The quickest and easiest way to is by visiting our eticketing site, with no booking fee for online purchases.

Fans can also call the Ticketmaster call centre (0844 847 1898), the Pompey ticket office (0345 646 1898 – option one) or visit the Anson Road ticket office.

All phone calls will be charged at 7p per minute from landlines, but charges from mobile phones may be considerably more.

Please note that tickets were only delivered to the club on Wednesday and will not be posted out.

They can be collected on Thursday and Friday, with the Anson Road ticket office remaining open until 7pm on both days.

Supporters will also be able to collect tickets at the Stadium of Light on the day of the game.

Category Price
Adult £20
Senior (65+) £17.50
Young Person (U22) £12.50
Junior (U16) £7.50

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

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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