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Match Preview: Rochdale v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

28 September 2018

Rochdale v Pompey

Pompey will look to make it 10 League One games unbeaten when they make the long trip to Rochdale this weekend.

Kenny Jackett’s side could also regain top spot from Peterborough with victory at Spotland on Saturday.

Their opponents are currently down in 14th position and suffered a 4-1 defeat away to Sunderland in their last outing.

Dale’s solitary league success on home soil came against struggling Gillingham the previous week, although they did also see off Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The north-west outfit only managed to secure their third tier status on a dramatic final day of the 2017/18 campaign.

With Oldham managing just a draw, Rochdale’s narrow victory over Charlton was enough for them to finish above the trapdoor.

It means they are now competing at this level for a fifth successive season, having won automatic promotion in 2014.

Brett Pitman bagged a brace when the sides last met at Spotland back in April, while a late own-goal from Matt Done ensured a 3-3 draw.

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

Rochdale will be without defender Connor Randall, as the former Pompey trialist is recovering from a fractured cheekbone.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 5 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
2 draws

At Spotland
Pompey: 2 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
1 draw

TICKETS
Pompey fans can buy tickets from the cash turnstiles or at the Rochdale ticket office on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

Fans travelling to Spotland are reminded that the M27 is closed all weekend between junctions three and four, so all westbound traffic will be diverted on to the M3.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Ian Wilding 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 narrow 8/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 17/10.

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
Coventry v Sunderland (12.30pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Oxford
Bradford v Bristol Rovers
Burton v Scunthorpe
Fleetwood v Barnsley
Luton v Charlton
Peterborough v Blackpool
Plymouth v Doncaster
Shrewsbury v Gillingham
Walsall v Accrington
Wycombe v Southend

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Match Reports

Rochdale 1 Pompey 3

Lowe, Pitman and Clarke on target at Spotland

29 September 2018

Jamal Lowe celebrates scoring for Pompey at Rochdale
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey fought from behind to beat Rochdale and return to the top of the League One table.

The hosts took an early lead in some style when Aaron Wilbraham struck a sensational shot from long-range.

But the Blues were impressive in the opening 45 minutes and Jamal Lowe deservedly ensured the scores would be level at the break.

It was not quite so strong after the interval, but Brett Pitman showed typical striking instincts to turn the game around on his 50th appearance for the club.

And Matt Clarke added a fine third goal to wrap the points up for the visitors in the closing stages of an enjoyable Spotland contest.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Wycombe on home soil the previous week.

Pitman returned to skipper the team, while there was also a start for Jack Whatmough at the back, with Oli Hawkins and Christian Burgess dropping to the bench.

Pompey got off to the worst possible start by falling behind in the fourth minute – not that they could have done much to prevent it.

It was a phenomenal effort from Wilbraham, who hit a stunning strike on the half-volley from almost 30 yards that left Craig MacGillivray with no chance.

But it was the Blues largely on top for the remainder of the half and an ambitious over-head effort from Gareth Evans flew past the post.

Nathan Thompson almost grabbed an unlikely leveller after collecting a pass from Pitman and firing a rocket against the crossbar.

Ollie Rathbone then had another long-range attempt for the hosts, although this one thankfully flew wide.

But Pompey were level on 25 minutes, thanks to a well-worked goal involving all three of the forward line.

Pitman collected the ball from Ronan Curtis, swivelled and sent in a low centre for LOWE to slide into the net.

He might have had another after being picked out by Pitman, but a poor first touch allowed Joe Rafferty to clear the danger.

The trio linked up well again when the skipper flicked on Lowe’s cross and Curtis met it with a deft touch, but Josh Lillis got down to his right to save.

Pompey were looking to attack at every opportunity and there were some nervy moments for the Dale back-line.

But Lillis was not being over-worked and made relatively comfortable stops to deny both Curtis and Lowe.

The keeper then came tearing from his line in stoppage-time to stop Lowe reaching Pitman’s threaded pass after Curtis had nipped in to steal possession from a Rochdale throw.

Half Time: Rochdale 1 Pompey 1

It was the hosts that were first to threaten after the restart, but when MacGillivray parried Andy Cannon’s effort, Rathbone skied the loose ball over.

There was certainly some of the excitement from the first half missing, however, with both sides guilty of some misplaced passes.

Ian Henderson curled a shot wide for Rochdale, while a well-placed Ben Close headed clear Cannon’s dangerous cross.

Then – after Lowe had been booked for a foul – Rathbone came close to sneaking the free-kick inside MacGillivray’s near post.

There was not too much happening at the other end of the pitch, although an Evans set-piece was glanced wide by Tom Naylor.

But the Blues took the lead on 71 minutes when a low ball from Lee Brown was deftly turned home by PITMAN at the near post.

A substitution soon followed, with Ben Thompson coming on for Evans to shore up the Blues midfield.

But it was not the end of Pompey’s attacking intent and they were able to extend their advantage on 81 minutes.

Rochdale failed to properly deal with a corner and CLARKE showed he is not just a class act at the back.

The defender brought the ball under control, beat his man and angled home a fierce strike that arrowed into the net.

David Wheeler and Hawkins were both introduced from the bench late on, as the visitors comfortably saw out the final few moments.

Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Lillis; Rafferty, McNulty, Delaney, Hart (Cannon 45); Camps (Clough 77), Perkins; J.Williams (Andrew 50), Rathbone, Henderson (c); Wilbraham
Goals: Wilbraham 4
Subs not used: Norman, Morley, MJ Williams, Gillam

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (B.Thompson 76), Curtis (Wheeler 89); Pitman (c) (Hawkins 90+2)
Goals: Lowe 25, Pitman 71, Clarke 81
Booked: Lowe
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 3,796 (966 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Rochdale (A): Ticket Update

Still time to secure your seat

27 September 2018

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

Blues fans have already snapped up around 850 unreserved seats in the Willbutts Lane Stand for the Spotland contest, which kicks-off at 3pm.

They can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until midday on Friday.

But supporters can also buy tickets from the cash turnstiles or at the Rochdale ticket office on the day of the game, with no increase in prices.

Category Price
Adult £22
Senior (65+) £16
Young Person (17-21) £16
Junior (U17) £5
Infant (U3) Free*

*Must be collected in person from the Pompey ticket office.

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 Rochdale ticket office on Saturday.

If you are expecting tickets in the post and they do not arrive, please contact the 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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