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Match Previews

Match Preview: Scunthorpe v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

23 November 2018

Scunthorpe United

Recent games have seen Pompey put their league ambitions on hold to focus on progressing in cup competitions.

But the battle for points resumes at Glanford Park on Saturday when Kenny Jackett’s side visit Scunthorpe.

International call-ups saw last week’s clash with Charlton postponed and Sunderland missed the chance to knock the Blues off top spot.

But they know that the only way to guarantee staying there is by securing a first victory on The Iron’s patch since 1963.

It has not been a happy hunting ground for Pompey in recent years, with a 5-1 hammering in 2014 their biggest low.

Lee Novak and Duane Holmes were on target to secure a comfortable win for the hosts in last season’s meeting.

Scunthorpe have reached the third tier play-offs in each of the past two campaigns, but are finding life a bit trickier this time around.

Stuart McCall’s men are currently in 17th spot and recently suffered five successive league defeats, although did beat Bristol Rovers in their last outing.

Brett Pitman has recovered from a minor knee problem, but Pompey are still without Dion Donohue (hamstring) and Joe Mason (groin).

Ryan Coloclough is a long-term absentee for Scunthorpe, while the hosts are also missing Jordan Clarke (shoulder), Matt Gilks (knee), Josh Morris (jaw), Levi Sutton (thigh) and Rory Watson (arm).

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Pompey: 8 wins
Scunthorpe: 9 wins
9 draws

At Scunthorpe
Pompey: 2 wins
Scunthorpe: 6 wins
4 draws

Seats can be secured from Pompey until 4pm on Friday or bought from the cash turnstiles at Scunthorpe on the day of the game. Click here for more information.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm 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 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 11/4.

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Match Reports

Scunthorpe 1 Pompey 2

Naylor and Evans on target as Blues win on the road again

24 November 2018

Tom Naylor celebrates scoring for Pompey at Scunthorpe United
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey continued their fine form on the road with a 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe, despite a tense conclusion to the contest.

They appeared to be cruising to three points at Glanford Park, with goals from Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans giving them a comfortable interval lead.

But Evans missed a great chance to extend the advantage further after the break and Lee Novak immediately reduced The Iron’s deficit.

The hosts applied some under intense pressure in the closing stages, but the Blues held on to secure more away-day joy for the travelling support.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that comfortably progressed in the FA Cup at Maidenhead a fortnight ago.

It mean that the in-form Oli Hawkins continued to lead the line, having netted five goals in his previous six appearances.

Brett Pitman recovered from a slight knee problem to take his place on the bench, but there was no room for the fit-again Andre Green.

Pompey looked in control for much of the first half and dominated possession, with plenty of the action taking place in and around the opposition area.

There were not too many clear-cut chances at either end of the pitch, although some dangerous deliveries from Jamal Lowe were just out of reach for his team-mates.

Nathan Thompson made a timely block to deny Andy Dales at the other end, while Funso Ojo injured himself as he blazed wildly over and had to be replaced.

A corner from Evans was glanced agonisingly past the post by Matt Clarke and Hawkins then had appeals for a penalty turned down following an apparent push by Cameron Burgess.

Scunthorpe’s best opening came when George Thomas’ corner was nodded narrowly over the bar by Matthew Lund.

Evans almost caught out Jak Alnwick with a set-piece of his own that came close to dipping under the bar before the keeper turned it over.

But the next corner did lead to a goal on 34 minutes, as Jack Whatmough turned Ronan Curtis’ cross back into the centre, where NAYLOR was left in space to hook home.

Pompey were in control by this point and it came as no surprise when they doubled their lead soon after.

Nathan Thompson fed EVANS and the skipper showed neat footwork in the box before lofting a fine shot past Alnwick.

The only sour note for the visitors before the break came when Hawkins was booked following an aerial challenge.

Half Time: Scunthorpe 0 Pompey 2

The Blues picked up where they left off following the interval and Lee Brown’s free-kick was not too far over the bar after Hawkins had been fouled.

Scunthorpe started to enjoy more of the ball as the second half progressed, although it was still their opponents looking more dangerous.

And Evans should really have wrapped things up on 58 minutes, somehow firing wide from just a few yards out after being picked out by Naylor.

The Iron made Pompey pay for that miss just moments later, with Novak arrowing the ball into the net after Craig MacGillivray had pushed clear Thomas’ cross.

More goals were looking possible at both ends by this point and it was the visitors’ time to go close on 66 minutes.

Alnwick failed to hold a low cross from Lowe under pressure from Evans, but dived on the loose ball before Curtis could capitalise.

There were hearts in mouths at the opposite side of the pitch, with a mad scramble in the Blues box before Whatmough eventually hacked clear.

And another spell of sustained Iron pressure finished with Thomas curling a shot past MacGillivray’s grasp, but also the post.

Jackett was forced to make a change on 79 minutes, with Evans limping off to be replaced by Christian Burgess and a switch to three at the back.

It was proving to be a nervy finale and a free-kick from Thomas somehow evaded everyone on its way out of play, although referee Martin Coy spotted a slight Pompey touch.

But the Blues managed to see out five minutes of stoppage-time, much to the delight of the 913 fans who had travelled up from the south coast,

Scunthorpe (4-1-4-1): Alnwick; McArdle (c), Goode, Burgess, Borthwick-Jackson (Butroid 46); Horsfield (Humphrys 75); Lund, Ojo (Ugbo 13), Thomas, Dales; Novak
Goals: Novak 60
Booked: Goode, Lund, Novak, McArdle
Subs not used: Flatt, Ben El-Mhanni, Morris, Wootton

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe (Wheeler 84), Evans (c) (Burgess 79), Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Naylor 34, Evans 40
Booked: Hawkins, Curtis
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, Close, Pitman

Referee: Martin Coy

Attendance: 4,365 (913 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Scunthorpe (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

23 November 2018

Scunthorpe United

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s League One trip to Scunthorpe this weekend.

Blues fans have already snapped up around 900 seats for the Glanford Park contest, which kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday.

They can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm today (November 23).

Supporters can also purchase tickets from the cash turnstiles at Scunthorpe on the day of the game, although there is an increase in prices.

Category Advance
Adult £22 £25
Senior (65+) £15 £17
Young Person (U21) £15 £17
Student (ID required) £15 £17
Junior (U18) £6 £8
Child (U12)* Free Free

*Maximum of two free tickets available per paying adult.

Ambulant spaces are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP. Supporters requiring wheelchair spaces should contact Scunthorpe directly on 01724 747680.

Tickets booked online/over the phone before 3pm on Wednesday will have been sent out in the post, otherwise they can be collected from the window next to the Glanford Park ticket office on Saturday.

If you are expecting tickets in the post and they do not arrive, please contact the Pompey ticket office by 4pm on Friday. We will not be able to help supporters who contact us on the day of the game.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. 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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