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Match Preview: Pompey v Coventry

Everything you need to know about League One clash

20 August 2019

Pompey v Coventry

Pompey will welcome a return to Fratton Park as they look to complete their 100 per cent home start to the season by beating Coventry.

Kenny Jackett’s side have lost fixtures they have dominated on the road at Shrewsbury and Sunderland.

But south coast victories over Birmingham – in the Carabao Cup – and Tranmere have provided more cheer.

They now face a Sky Blues outfit that remain unbeaten in all competitions at this embryonic stage of the 2019/20 campaign.

Coventry have only played one away fixture, however, which was a goalless draw against troubled Bolton.

Mark Robins’ men have won all three of their ‘home’ games, which are taking place at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s ground this season.

That is due to an ongoing dispute between the club and the owners of their usual Ricoh Arena venue, which also forced them to play at Northampton a few years ago.

City were most recently in action against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, with Jordan Shipley and Gervane Kastaneer on target in a 2-0 triumph.

But Pompey won both meetings between the teams last term, including a 2-1 success at Fratton Park that came courtesy of goals from Tom Naylor and Brett Pitman.

TEAM NEWS
The game will likely come too soon for Bryn Morris following a groin problem, while Oli Hawkins (foot), Jack Whatmough (knee) and Ryan Williams (quad) are also out.

Jodi Jones is not ready to feature for the visitors as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, but Coventry do not have any fresh worries.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

Overall
Pompey: 13 wins
Coventry: 15 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Coventry: 4 wins
4 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold out of tickets in the home sections of the ground, although fans are advised to keep checking to see if any seats are released via the ticket exchange.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistants: Paul Kelly and Stuart Butler
Fourth Official: Steven Plane

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary, replays 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 Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also 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.

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 17/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors 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 LEAGE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Accrington v Shrewsbury
Bristol Rovers v Tranmere
Fleetwood v Wycombe
Gillingham v Blackpool
Ipswich v AFC Wimbledon
MK Dons v Lincoln
Oxford v Burton
Rochdale v Sunderland
Southend v Peterborough

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 3 Coventry 3

Blues share the points with nine-man visitors

20 August 2019

John Marquis scores for Pompey against Coventry
Photo: Robin Jones

Pompey threw away two points at Fratton Park after nine-man Coventry staged an incredible fightback.

They looked to be cruising to victory, having recovered from the setback of falling behind to Jordy Hiwula’s early strike.

Ronan Curtis headed the hosts back on level terms and John Marquis turned the game on its head just before the break.

The win appeared to be wrapped up when Gareth Evans raced through to score and their opponents saw Fankaty Dabo dismissed.

Matt Godden then netted a penalty as the drama continued, only for Gervane Kastaneer to also be sent off.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Michael Rose grabbed a late equaliser for the Sky Blues to leave the Fratton faithful stunned.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sunderland on Saturday.

Evans returned to skipper the side, with Ross McCrorie starting at right-back, having impressed from the bench on Wearside.

Sean Raggett also came in for his full Pompey debut, as Andy Cannon, Christian Burgess and Anton Walkes made way.

The first half was played at breakneck speed and Coventry keeper Marko Marosi was forced to parry clear Marcus Harness’ delivery, with Liam Kelly on hand to clear the loose ball.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in just the third minute after breaking quickly from a Blues corner.

Godden was sent clear down the left and he slipped a pass across for the unmarked Hiwula to lash a shot into the roof of the net.

The hosts were not behind for long, however, and when the impressive Harness intercepted a clearance, it led to the equaliser.

He received the ball back and whipped in a superb cross towards the back post, where CURTIS arrived to powerfully head home.

And Pompey felt they should have had the chance to go ahead just moments later when Marquis went down in the box.

It appeared as though he had been tripped by Rose and the striker was furious when referee Kevin Johnson awarded a corner.

McCrorie then went close with a swerving strike from the edge of the box that a diving Marosi did well to push clear.

Coventry were looking dangerous themselves, though, and Hiwula fired into the side netting after collecting Brandon Mason’s threaded pass.

The hosts were forced to make a change on 31 minutes when Lee Brown went down injured and had to be replaced by Brandon Haunstrup.

And their opponents soon had a couple of players booked, with Dabo and Kyle McFadzean having their names taken for fouls on Harness and Marquis respectively.

It seemed as though the players would be heading in all square for the interval, but a fine move ensured Pompey would be ahead.

Tom Naylor played a superb long pass up the pitch for Curtis, whose backheel was collected by the overlapping Haunstrup.

He fired in a low cross and a stretching MARQUIS was able to poke the ball into the net for his first goal since his Fratton return.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Coventry 1

Paul Downing somehow managed to head wide an Evans free-kick once the action restarted, although his blushes were spared by the linesman’s flag.

His centre-back partner did nor fare much better when Evans cut a corner back for him, with Raggett ballooning a shot over the bar.

Coventry certainly looked capable of scoring themselves and it took a fine save by Craig MacGillivray to deny Godden when Downing’s clearance ricocheted into his path.

McCrorie then made a perfectly-timed challenge inside the box to halt the progress of the marauding Hiwula.

Both defences were looking susceptible to conceding more goals and it was a mistake from the hosts that led to Pompey’s third goal.

McFadzean was caught dithering on the ball by EVANS, who burst clear and calmly slotted into the net.

The hosts were then furious when play was stopped for Dabo’s handball, despite Curtis racing clear and finding the net.

But the Coventry right-back had already been booked and received his marching orders from Johnson.

Marosi then came close to gifting Harness a goal, fumbling his fierce shot and quickly recovering to prevent the ball from spinning over the line.

MacGillivray looked more assured at the other end, adjusting his position to push over a swerving Liam Kelly strike.

But the Sky Blues did have a lifeline on 75 minutes, as Godden stroked home from the spot after Ben Close had been penalised for upending Kelly.

Their hopes of a comeback almost immediately received a setback, however, when Kastaneer – who had only been on the pitch for 11 minutes – was dismissed.

He lunged in on Downing having already received a yellow card and despite his pleading, was shown a red card by Johnson.

But it looked as though they had equalised on 82 minutes when Rose turned the ball home at the back post, only to have his celebrations cut short by an offside flag.

Burgess replaced Evans, as Pompey tried to shore up their backline for the closing stages of the contest.

Coventry had other ideas, though, and the nine men remarkably levelled when Rose poked home from a long throw.

Brett Pitman was thrown on for the closing stages, although it was Close and Curtis who had half-chances to rescue the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; McCrorie, Raggett (Pitman 90), Downing, Brown (Haunstrup 32); Naylor, Close; Harness, Evans (c) (Burgess 85), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 10, Marquis 43, Evans 56
Booked: Naylor, Marquis
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Cannon, Harrison

Coventry (4-3-3): Marosi; Dabo, McFadzean, Rose, Mason; Shipley, Kelly (c), Westbrooke (McCallum 64); Jobello (Kastaneer 67), Godden, Hiwula (Bakayoko 80)
Goals: Hiwula 3, Godden 75 (pen), Rose 86
Sent off: Dabo (two yellow cards), Kastaneer (two yellow cards)
Booked: McFadzean
Subs not used: Wilson, Hyam, Eccles, Bapaga

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 18,748 (950 away fans)

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Ticket News

Kids For A Quid When Pompey Take On Coventry

Junior supporters get in for just £1

9 July 2019

Pompey’s junior supporters can now take advantage of a fantastic offer to watch Kenny Jackett’s men take on Coventry at Fratton Park for as little as £1.

Seats for the game – which takes place on Tuesday, August 20 (7.45pm kick-off) – are on general sale.

The fixture, which takes place during the school holidays, has been identified as a fantastic opportunity to welcome the next generation of supporters to Fratton Park.

Adult and senior (65+) supporters can purchase up to two junior (17 and under) tickets in the same transaction for just £1 each.

The easiest and quickest way to take advantage of this offer is online via our eticketing website.

Alternatively, supporters can call 0345 646 1898 (option one) or visit the ticket office in Anson Road.

Click here for a full list of ticket prices and booking charges for Pompey’s home fixtures this season.

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