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Match Preview: Coventry v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

2 October 2018

Coventry v Pompey

Pompey will look to beat a record that has stood for 34 years when they visit Coventry this evening.

The 1984/85 campaign was the last time that the Blues began a season with 10 unbeaten league games.

They fell at the next hurdle to Wimbledon on that occasion, but the current crop will try to make it 11 on the bounce at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry are sitting 14th in the League One standings following Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Sunderland.

The four other fixtures on their own patch have resulted in victories over Plymouth and Barnsley, and defeats to Scunthorpe and Rochdale.

It has been a solid start for Mark Robins’ men, who beat Exeter at Wembley to secure promotion via the play-offs last term.

This is the first time the sides have met in league competition since both were in the third tier during the 2012/13 campaign.

Pompey collected four points from the Sky Blues during that ill-fated season, although Coventry were 3-2 victors in a Carabao Cup clash a couple of years ago.

TEAM NEWS
Andre Green (knee) is still injured, while Dion Donohue is not ready for action after returning to training following a hamstring problem.

Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge is a doubt after being hit in the head by an ice hockey puck while watching a match on Sunday.

If he is unable to feature, then former Pompey stopper Liam O’Brien will replace him between the sticks.

Fellow ex-Blues players Michael Doyle, Tom Davies and Dominic Hyam could also play a part, but Conor Chaplin cannot appear against his parent club.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Coventry: 15 wins
6 draws

At Coventry
Pompey: 3 wins
Coventry: 10 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can buy tickets from away turnstile five (cash only) at the Ricoh Arena this evening, although prices do increase by £3.

Supporters collecting tickets can pick them up from the ticket office located opposite the casino.

Please note that there is a residents’ permit zone in place around the ground and fans are advised to pre-book official parking.

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 Chris Wise Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm.

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 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts 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
Accrington v Doncaster
AFC Wimbledon v Bradford
Barnsley v Plymouth
Burton v Southend
Fleetwood v Wycombe
Oxford v Luton
Rochdale v Bristol Rovers
Scunthorpe v Charlton
Sunderland v Peterborough
Walsall v Shrewsbury

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Coventry 0 Pompey 1

Curtis goal ensures Blues remain at League One summit

2 October 2018

Ronan Curtis celebrates with Jamal Lowe after scoring for Pompey at Coventry
Photo: Phil Oldham/PinPep

Ronan Curtis scored on the stroke of half-time to fire Pompey to victory in an otherwise uneventful match at Coventry.

Not that the near-2,000 travelling fans will care much about the quality of the contest, as they saw their side extend their unbeaten start to the season.

In a game of extremely few genuine opportunities, Curtis’ curling finish stood out and ensured the Blues remained top of the League One table.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat Rochdale to reach the League One summit on Saturday.

There were a few familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with Michael Doyle, Tom Davies and Dom Hyam all starting, and Liam O’Brien on the bench.

The first half was a largely forgettable affair, with long periods of lifeless play punctuated by a few key moments.

Pompey were first to threaten and Ben Close should at least have sent the ball on target when he met Nathan Thompson’s cross with a side-foot shot.

A dangerous corner from Gareth Evans then had to be headed clear by Jonson Clarke-Harris, as the visitors looked to make a fast start.

But there were not many other clear-cut opportunities to excite the crowd inside the cavernous Ricoh Arena.

A booking apiece for Dujon Sterling and Tom Naylor rose them from their slumber, although the latter was adamant he had won the ball cleanly from Luke Thomas.

But Pompey received a let-off on the half-hour mark when Matt Clarke inexplicably stopped in his tracks, allowing Clarke-Harris to surge towards goal.

Craig MacGillivray thankfully came to the rescue, tearing from his line to make a vital save and then leaping on the loose ball.

It looked like the sides would crawl uneventfully towards the interval, with a few Blues crosses that were headed clear about as exciting as it got.

But the large travelling army from the south coast had reason for their non-stop chanting in stoppage-time.

Evans stole possession from former team-mate Doyle and Close’s pass was nodded down by Brett Pitman.

It looked like CURTIS had taken too long to get his shot away, but he was merely making space to curl home a fine finish.

Half Time: Coventry 0 Pompey 1

Pompey made an energetic start to the second half, although Evans was forced to take one for the team and pick up a booking when Thomas broke quickly following a corner.

But it was still proving to be a fairly scrappy encounter, with both sides struggling to keep hold of the ball.

There were plenty of bs being sent into the boxes, but it always seemed to be an opposition player getting on the end of them.

Coventry did enjoy more possession as the half progressed, although it was proving a comfortable evening for MacGillivray.

Tony Andreu attempted an ambitious volley on the edge of the Blues box and swiped at thin air to sum up the attacking quality on display.

Jackett made a chance on 70 minutes, bringing on Ben Thompson to replace Close and shore up his midfield.

And Pitman then made way for Oli Hawkins as time continued to tick away without anyone looking likely to add to the scoring.

The first of those newcomers did have a rare chance towards the end, with a fierce finish that Lee Burge just about dealt with.

Jamal Lowe also curled a shot narrowly past the post, as Pompey appeared to be comfortably heading for victory.

But they survived a scare at the death, with MacGillivray failing to hold Doyle’s free-kick and a scramble ensuing before Naylor hooked from the line.

Coventry (4-2-3-1): Burge; Willis, Davis, Hyam (Thompson 46), Sterling; Bayliss, Doyle (c); Thomas, Andreu (Hiwula 73), Shipley (Jones 56); Clarke-Harris
Booked: Sterling
Subs not used: O’Brien, Kelly, Ogogo, Bakayoko

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 70), Naylor; Lowe, Evans, Curtis; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 83)
Goals: Curtis 45+2
Booked: Naylor, Evans, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, Wheeler, Mason

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Attendance: 11,102 (1,961 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Coventry (A): Ticket Update

Still time to secure your seat

1 October 2018

Coventry City

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s match at Coventry on Tuesday evening.

Blues fans have already snapped up more than 1,700 seats for the Ricoh Arena contest, which kicks-off at 7.45pm.

They can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 5.30pm this evening (October 1).

But supporters can also purchase from away turnstile five (cash only) at Coventry on the evening of the game.

Category Advance
Sales
Matchday
Sales
Adult £22 £25
Senior (60+) £15 £18
Student (NUS card) £15 £18
Young Person (18-21) £15 £18
Junior (U18) £10 £13

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.

Fans collecting tickets at Coventry can pick them up from the ticket office located opposite the casino.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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