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Match Preview: Accrington v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

26 October 2018

Accrington v Pompey

Pompey are back on the road this weekend, as they visit Accrington following successive Fratton fixtures.

They will be soon be racking up plenty of miles, with a trip to Bradford and the FA Cup clash with Maidenhead following on the next two Saturdays.

First up is a match at the Crown Ground, however, as Kenny Jackett’s side look to continue their excellent away record.

But they can certainly expect a tough test against a team that have adapted quickly to life in the third tier.

John Coleman’s men upset the odds to not just secure automatic promotion last term, but then go on to claim the League Two title.

Stanley currently sit fourth in the standings – eight points behind the Blues – and their only home defeat to date was at the hands of Gillingham on the opening day.

And prior to a loss at Luton in their last outing, the Lancashire outfit had won six out of seven games in all competitions.

Goals from Matt Clarke and Kal Naismith secured a 2-0 Pompey victory when the sides last met in February 2017, although they were beaten 1-0 in their most recent trip to Accrington.

TEAM NEWS
Dion Donohue is expected to be out for a month after suffering a hamstring injury against Burton on Tuesday evening.

Tom Naylor serves a one-match suspension having collected five bookings, with Andre Green (knee) the only other absentee.

Accrington winger Jordan Clark is banned, while the hosts are also missing Seamus Conneely (groin) and Harvey Rodgers (knee).

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 6 wins
Accrington: 2 wins
4 draws

At Accrington
Pompey: 2 wins
Accrington: 1 win
3 draws

TICKETS
Secure your ticket online here or pay a visit to the Anson Road ticket office up until 4pm today.

On the day of the game tickets can be bought from the cash booth at the Crown Ground. Click here for more details.

Click here to read travel and ground information on the Accrington website.

MATCH COVERAGE
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 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.

BETTING
Pompey are the 11/8 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 2/1.

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

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Match Reports

Accrington 1 Pompey 1

Hawkins on target, but Blues have to settle for a point

27 October 2018

Oli Hawkins in action for Pompey at Accrington Stanley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey maintained their unbeaten record on the road, but failed to hold on to their lead in a 1-1 draw at Accrington.

The visitors had several chances to score before the break, but would have been happy to go in level after Craig MacGillivray conceded and saved a Billy Kee penalty.

Oli Hawkins finally broke the deadlock in the second half, only for Michael Ihiekwe to level seconds later.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that drew with Burton earlier in the week.

Gareth Evans returned to skipper the team in place of the injured Dion Donohue, with Ben Close replacing the suspended Tom Naylor.

There were also a couple of alterations at the back, with Anton Walkes and Jack Whatmough dropping to the bench to make way for Nathan Thompson and Christian Burgess.

Pompey dominated the opening stages and created several decent opportunities as they tried to break the deadlock.

Jamal Lowe was a particular thorn in Stanley’s side, but could not beat keeper Connor Ripley after showcasing some tricky footwork in the box.

The resulting corner from Evans found its way to Ben Thompson and his acrobatic effort flew narrowly wide.

It was Evans who was next to try his luck and a fierce effort on the volley from outside the box was palmed wide by the busy Ripley.

There was not much happening at the other end, although a weak effort from Kee was comfortably held by MacGillivray.

But it was soon the Blues back on the attack and Ronan Curtis’ long-range strike flashed past the post.

It was pretty much one-way traffic and Lowe’s first-time shot from the edge of the box was again kept out by Ripley.

The keeper was certainly earning his wage and saved an angled drive from Curtis as the visitors continued to apply pressure.

And the Irish forward went even closer when he rose at the far post to meet Lowe’s cross, only to see his header cannon back off the post.

But Accrington came into the game more as the half progressed and should have broken the deadlock on 33 minutes.

MacGillivray failed to hold on to a corner and in his eagerness to recover the ball, brought down Kee inside the box.

Referee Stephen Martin did not need much convincing that a foul had been committed, immediately pointing to the spot.

But MacGillivray quickly redeemed himself, flinging himself to the right to palm Kee’s penalty to safety.

And the keeper came to the rescue again before the break, denying the same player from converting a corner at the far post.

Half Time: Accrington 0 Pompey 0

The second half started with Nathan Thompson earning a yellow card from Martin for a foul on Offrande Zanzala.

It was the right-back’s fifth League One booking of the season, meaning he will miss next Saturday’s trip to Bradford.

Pompey needed some time to find their feet following the restart, but almost took the lead just before the hour mark.

Lowe won a corner and when it was only partially cleared, a volleyed attempt from Curtis cannoned off the crossbar.

Pompey did forge ahead moments later, however, when Evans whipped a free-kick into the box and HAWKINS stuck out a boot to force the ball home.

But the lead was short-lived and Stanley levelled from a set-piece of their own, as Ihiekwe rose to convert Sean McConville’s delivery.

Those goals aside, however, the second half had not been as incident-packed as the first, with both sides lacking a quality final ball.

Brett Pitman replaced Hawkins for the final 10 minutes in an attempt to inject some fresh attacking impetus.

But neither side particularly looked like scoring in a drab conclusion to a contest that had promised so much more.

Stanley substitute Connor Hall did draw a save from MacGillivray in stoppage-time, but the hosts could not capitalise on the loose ball and the game finished all square.

Accrington (4-4-2): Ripley; Johnson, Ihiekwe, Hughes, Anderton; Mingoia, Barlaser, Finley, McConville (c); Zanzala (Hall 88), Kee
Goals: Ihiekwe 64
Booked: McConville
Subs not used: Maxted, Richards-Everton, Sykes, Conneely, Brown, Mangan

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 81)
Goals: Hawkins 62
Booked: N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Wheeler, Mason

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 3,558 (1,163 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Accrington (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

25 October 2018

Accrington

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s League One visit to Accrington this weekend.

Blues fans have already snapped up around 1,100 seats and terrace places for the Crown Ground 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 on Friday.

But supporters can also buy tickets from the cash booth at Accrington on the day of the game, with no increase in prices.

Category Price
Adult £20
Senior (65+) £15
Student (NUS card) £15
Junior (U18) £10
Child (U12) £5

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

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 Accrington 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 morning 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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