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Match preview: Crawley v Pompey

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

9 October 2018

Crawley v Pompey

Pompey’s impressive unbeaten start to the League One season was ended by Gillingham at the weekend.

But tonight attention turns to visiting Crawley and trying to pick up points in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Jackett’s side got off to a good start in the competition last month, with a 4-0 Fratton thumping of the Gills ensuring they sit at the top of their group.

This evening’s opponents drew at home to Tottenham’s youngsters, although won the resulting penalty shoot-out to collect a bonus point.

It all means that victory at Broadfield Stadium would see Pompey reach the knockout stages with a game to spare.

Crawley are currently sitting ninth in the League Two standings and are just one point outside the play-off spots.

They have been beaten only once on their own turf so far this term – a 3-1 reverse to Stevenage back in August.

Gabriele Cioffi is the man in charge of the Reds, having been appointed last month following Harry Kewell’s defection to Notts County.

The most recent meeting between the two sides also took place in the Checkatrade Trophy, albeit at Fratton Park.

Matt Clarke, Oli Hawkins and Stuart O’Keefe all scored in a 3-1 triumph last season, while the Blues also won on their last competitive trip to Crawley in March 2017.

TEAM NEWS
Andre Green (knee) and David Wheeler (ankle) are both sidelined, although a fit-again Dion Donohue is set to play a part.

Jackett has said he will give fringe members of his squad and perhaps some younger players a chance to impress.

Former Pompey defender Bondz N’Gala could feature for Crawley, who will be without long-term injury victim Jimmy Smith (knee).

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

SOUTHERN GROUP A TABLE

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
POMPEY 1 1 0 0 4 3
Crawley 1 0 1 0 0 2
Tottenham U21 1 0 1 0 0 1
Gillingham 1 0 0 1 -4 0

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall

Pompey: 5 wins
Crawley: 1 win
1 draw

At Broadfield Stadium
Pompey: 2 wins
Crawley: 0 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Seats and terrace places are available, but can no longer be bought directly from Pompey.

They will, however, be sold from the away ticket cabin (cash only) and ticket office at Crawley this evening.

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 Andy Moon and Mark Kelly by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

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 7/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 3/1.

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 CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated

Southern Section
Cambridge v Southampton U21 (7pm)
Plymouth v Swindon (7.30pm)
Bristol Rovers v Yeovil
Colchester v Southend
Coventry v Forest Green
Gillingham v Tottenham U21
Luton v MK Dons
Oxford v Northampton
Peterborough v Brighton U21
Stevenage v Charlton

Northern Section
Walsall v Middlesbrough U21 (7pm)
Bradford v Oldham (7.30pm)
Doncaster v Grimsby (7.30pm)
Accrington v Macclesfield
Blackpool v West Brom U21
Fleetwood v Rochdale
Mansfield v Wolves U21
Morecambe v Stoke U21
Notts County v Newcastle U21
Port Vale v Burton
Scunthorpe v Lincoln
Sunderland v Carlisle

LAST MEETING

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Crawley 0 Pompey 1

Donohue strike secures Checkatrade Trophy progress

9 October 2018

Dion Donohue scores for Pompey at Crawley Town
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Dion Donohue netted his first Pompey goal to secure victory at Crawley in an uneventful Checkatrade Trophy contest at Broadfield Stadium.

But the result was enough to ensure that the Blues have reached the knockout stages with a group game to spare.

There was not a lot for either goalkeeper to do on a mild evening in Sussex and Donohue’s effort was comfortably enough to secure all three points.

Joe Mason could even afford to miss a late penalty in a game that will not live long in the memory of anyone present – bar Donohue, perhaps.

Kenny Jackett made nine changes from the side that finally suffered a league defeat to Gillingham at the weekend.

Gareth Evans – who wore the captain’s armband – and Ben Close were the only players to keep their places.

There were debuts for Louis Dennis and 16-year-old academy full-back Haji Mnoga, while a fit-again Donohue made his first appearance of the season.

Meanwhile, another member of Pompey’s youth set-up, midfielder Freddie Read, was an unused substitute.

Both sides took a while to grow into the game, with clear-cut chances at a premium at both ends throughout the first half.

A shot from Tarryn Allarakhia flew straight at Luke McGee, while the keeper also dealt with David Sesay’s deflected drive.

Then when a George Francomb delivery was only partially cleared, Panutche Camara and Dannie Bulman both had efforts blocked in quick succession.

There were a few crosses for Crawley to deal with at the other end of the pitch, but nothing that the visitors could capitalise on

Dennis did try his luck from the edge of the box, although the ball flew harmlessly wide of Yusuf Mersin’s post.

There was a scare when Evans lost possession inside his own area, although the skipper did well to win it back.

And Pompey went straight up the other end to break the deadlock, with Mason feeding DONOHUE, who cut in from the left and arrowed home a neat finish.

Half Time: Crawley 0 Pompey 1

Jackett replaced Evans with Matt Clarke at the start of the second half, as he matched the hosts by playing with three at the back.

But the Reds should have been level soon after the restart, with Sesay doing the hard work by beating Donohue down the right.

He squared for an unmarked Brian Galach, but the striker somehow side-footed his shot wide from 12 yards.

Close was not far away from making him pay for his profligacy, with a trickier attempt that flew narrowly over.

It was still not proving to be a game full of excitement, however, with Pompey content to play some patient passing football.

Josh Doherty had an opening for Crawley when he sent the ball into the danger zone and it evaded everyone to roll inches past the post.

Jackett made his final two changes just past the hour mark, as Mnoga and Donohue were withdrawn for Ben Thompson and Tom Naylor, with the latter slotting into defence.

The visitors tried to make sure of the victory and Close’s shot was gathered by Mersin after Anton Walkes had headed down Clarke’s free-kick.

Thompson’s low centre for Mason was just about intercepted, while Clarke nodded a corner wide as the match wound down.

Allarakhia sent a 25-yard thunderbolt fizzing narrowly wide, as the Reds tried their best to force a draw.

But Mason should really have wrapped things up for Pompey from 12 yards after Walkes had been tripped in the box by Mark Randall.

Referee Tim Robinson pointed straight to the spot, but the striker blazed his penalty high over the bar.

Crawley (3-1-4-2): Mersin; Francomb, McNerney, Vincelot; Bulman (c); Sesay, Allarakhia, Camara (Randall 61), Doherty; Poleon, Galach (Maguire 58)
Booked: Vincelot, Randall
Subs not used: Morris, Young, Connolly, Payne

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Mnoga (Naylor 65), Burgess, Walkes, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Evans (c) (Clarke 46), Dennis, Donohue (B.Thompson 64); Mason
Goals: Donohue 37
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Read, Pitman, Hawkins

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 1,268 (484 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Crawley (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

8 October 2018

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s Checkatrade Trophy game at Crawley on Tuesday evening.

Blues fans have snapped up around 300 tickets for the group stage contest at Broadfield Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).

There are seats and terrace places available, and they will remain on sale from Pompey until 5.30pm today (October 8).

Fans can visit our eticketing site, call 0345 646 1898 or pay a visit to the Anson Road ticket office.

But supporters can also buy from the Crawley away ticket cabin (cash only) or the ticket office on the evening of the game.

Category Price
Adult £10
Senior (65+) £5
Junior (U18) £1

Ambulant spaces are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP. Wheelchair users should contact Crawley directly on 01293 410000.

There is a ticket window at Crawley for collections. 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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