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Match Preview: Pompey v Fleetwood

All you need to know about League One clash

19 October 2018

Pompey v Fleetwood

Pompey will look to get their home form back on track when they face Fleetwood at Fratton Park this weekend.

Kenny Jackett’s side have been in imperious form on the road, but collected just two points from the last three games on home soil.

But they are coming up against a Cod Army outfit that have suffered a solitary defeat on their league travels this term.

Their total of two away goals conceded is – along with Blackpool – the lowest in the third tier, while there have been a healthy tally of 12 going in at the other end.

Joey Barton’s troops have enjoyed some impressive results, with 5-0 and 4-0 routs of Scunthorpe and Doncaster respectively.

And they go into Saturday’s contest on the back of successive league wins, although there was a Checkatrade Trophy loss sandwiched between them.

There have been just four previous meetings between Pompey and Fleetwood, with both sides securing two triumphs each.

But the Blues came out on top in the last Fratton clash in September 17, with braces for Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe sealing a comfortable 4-1 success.

TEAM NEWS
Andre Green (knee) and David Wheeler (ankle) are still missing for Pompey, with Danny Rose (face) also like to miss out.

The hosts can call upon the services of Ronan Curtis again, however, with the forward returning from Republic of Ireland international duty.

Fleetwood have doubts over top scorer Ched Evans (shoulder), James Husband (hamstring) and Conor McAleny (hamstring), with James Wallace (hamstring) also injured.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 wins
Fleetwood: 2 wins
0 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 1 win
Fleetwood: 1 win
0 draws

TICKETS
Secure your seat online here or a pay a visit to the Anson Road ticket office.

Subject to availability, they will be available from both ticket offices (Anson Road and Frogmore Road) from 9am on Saturday.

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 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

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

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Pompey 1 Fleetwood 0

Hawkins heads winner on his 50th Blues appearance

20 October 2018

Oli Hawkins celebrates scoring for Pompey against Fleetwood Town
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Oli Hawkins celebrated a half-century of appearances by netting the only goal to seal victory for Pompey against Fleetwood.

Neither side looked like scoring in an opening 45 minutes at Fratton Park that was totally devoid of any excitement.

But it was the Blues who dominated after the break and Hawkins headed home to ensure the hosts remained top of the League One standings.

And the Cod Army’s hopes of finding a leveller were dashed when Nathan Sheron was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at AFC Wimbledon the previous week.

Ronan Curtis came straight back into the team after returning from Republic of Ireland international duty.

Gareth Evans dropped to the bench, as Pompey switched to a 4-4-2 system, with Tom Naylor handed the captain’s armband.

The first half was a soporific affair, with neither keeper called into action to make even the most regulation of saves.

It was Naylor who probably had the best chance on six minutes when Ben Thompson’s free-kick was nodded down by Hawkins, but the midfielder hooked over the bar.

An Ashley Eastham clearance then ricocheted off Curtis, only to land safely for Craig Morgan to hack clear.

And when Dion Donohue’s deep free-kick was only partially dealt with, Ben Thompson hit a fierce effort narrowly over.

Hawkins was proving an aerial nuisance, but after doing well to win the ball, he sliced his shot wide of the post.

Fleetwood were not helping the pace of the game by taking an age over every set-piece and referee Lee Swabey lost patience with Lewie Coyle’s long-winded throw, brandishing a yellow card.

The fourth official was also being kept busy on the touchline, with visiting manager Joey Barton keen to argue every decision.

That was about as exciting as it got, however, and Hawkins blazed wide after doing well to steal possession from Morgan.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Fleetwood 0

There was a tactical switch at the start of the second half, with Pompey moving back to their usual 4-2-3-1 system.

It saw Ben Thompson move into the attacking hole behind Hawkins, as Donohue dropped into a deeper midfield role.

And it almost immediately paid dividends, with HAWKINS – in the 50th minute and on his 50th Blues appearance – breaking the deadlock.

The striker ran in to head home from close range after Donohue’s corner had been nodded towards goal by Naylor.

He might have had a second soon after, as Alex Cairns’ clearance ricocheted off his back and narrowly past the post.

Hawkins was also not too far off target after running in at the far post to meet a cross from Lee Brown.

A round of applause broke out on 58 minutes to pay tribute to Craig Bryden – aka the ‘Pompey Pirate’ – who sadly passed away earlier in the week.

The action on the pitch was certainly more vibrant than before the break, although it was still fairly quiet for both keepers.

Fleetwood’s quest for an equaliser saw Naylor head clear a free-kick, while Paddy Madden could not divert Ash Hunter’s cross on target.

There was a chance at the other end, with Curtis not quite able to thread a pass through to Hawkins, who was waiting in acres of space inside the box.

Pompey were dominating, but unable to put the game to bed and Curtis curled wide after a Donohue corner led to some pinball in the box.

And Fleetwood’s task was made a lot harder when Sheron – earlier booked for a foul on Curtis – tugged back the same player and received his marching orders on 84 minutes.

The Blues forward took the free-kick, but Matt Clarke could not adjust his body enough to divert a header on target.

Six minutes of stoppage-time gave the visitors hope of finding a leveller, but Pompey held on to ensure a return to Fratton form.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Lowe, Naylor (c), B.Thompson, Donohue; Curtis (Evans 90+2), Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 50
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Burgess, Close, Pitman, Mason

Fleetwood (4-1-4-1): Cairns; Sheron, Eastham, Morgan (c), Coyle (Bolger 90+1); Taylor; Burns, Holt (Evans 67), Wallace (Dempsey 79), Hunter; Madden
Sent off: Sheron (two yellow cards)
Booked: Coyle, Wallace
Subs not used: Jones, Rydel, Marney, Biggins

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 18,046 (76 away fans)

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