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Match Preview: Pompey v Tranmere

Everything you need to know about League One opener

9 August 2019

Pompey v Tranmere

Pompey will look to put their first League One points on the board when they host Tranmere on Saturday.

Both sides were left disappointed on the opening day of the season, falling to defeats against Shrewsbury and Rochdale respectively.

Rovers found themselves three goals down on home soil, but netted twice in the closing stages to restore some pride.

However, the Merseysiders have enjoyed a remarkable rise under the guidance of Micky Mellon in the past couple of years.

He led them to National League promotion with a play-off victory over Boreham Wood in 2018 – just 12 months after they had lost to Forest Green at Wembley.

And Tranmere were back at the national stadium last term, dramatically beating Newport at the end of extra-time to seal a spot in the third tier.

They have been busy in the transfer market over the summer, with Chelsea loanee Jacob Maddox yesterday becoming the 11th new arrival.

It was an entertaining contest when the sides last met at Fratton Park for a League Two contest in February 2015.

Rovers roared into a 2-0 lead, but Craig Westcarr reduced Pompey’s deficit before a late Ryan Taylor brace secured victory.

TEAM NEWS
James Bolton (ankle) is still doubtful for Pompey, while Bryn Morris (groin), Jack Whatmough (knee) and Ryan Williams (quad) are definitely out.

Ross McCrorie is available again after serving a one-match ban, while John Marquis is in contention after missing the last game when his partner went into labour.

Jake Caprice (ankle), Mark Ellis (knee), Evan Gumbs (knee) and Ishmael Miller (hamstring) are all sidelined for the visitors, with Rushian Hepburn-Murphy suspended.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Christian Burgess or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 13 wins
Tranmere: 14 wins
7 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 7 wins
Tranmere: 7 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Seats are still available in the Milton End and can be bought online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Subject to availability, tickets can be bought on the day of the game (with an increase in prices) from both ticket offices, which open at 9am.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Christopher Kidd and Simon Shaw
Fourth Official: Dan Bonneywell

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Jordan Clark 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 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.

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 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/4.

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
All matches kick-off at 3pm

Bolton v Coventry
Bristol Rovers v Wycombe
Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon
Gillingham v Burton
Ipswich v Sunderland
MK Dons v Shrewsbury
Oxford v Peterborough
Rochdale v Doncaster
Rotherham v Lincoln
Southend v Blackpool

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Tranmere 0

Close and Naylor on target in Fratton league opener

10 August 2019

Ben Close celebrates scoring for Pompey against Tranmere
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Ben Close’s stunning strike set Pompey on their way to victory over Tranmere in the first Fratton league fixture of the season.

The midfielder netted with a second long-range strike in the space of just a few days and it was a finely-executed effort midway through the first half.

There were plenty more chances for the dominant Blues to extend their lead, but they had to wait until the closing stages for Tom Naylor to wrap things up.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that eased past Birmingham in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.

It meant that the returning duo of John Marquis and Ross McCrorie had to be content with a place on the bench.

Pompey also kept the same 4-3-3 system that had yielded such positive results against Championship opposition.

Michael Eisner and his family were over to watch the game – and were joined by an extremely famous face.

Hollywood favourite Will Ferrell – star of hit films like Anchorman and Elf – was sat in the directors’ box to take in the action.

When the action began, it was the hosts who quickly began to dominate and some early balls into the box had to be dealt with.

Ronan Curtis then played a neat one-two with Andy Cannon and drilled in a low shot that Scott Davies did well to get down and save.

But it was the Republic of Ireland international who was first to the loose ball and George Ray was forced to make the block.

Newly-promoted Tranmere’s best chance of the half came from a corner, with Craig MacGillivray having to claw away Manny Monthe’s powerful header.

Kieron Morris also drilled the ball narrowly past the post, but the visitors were not causing too many problems.

Pompey were looking more threatening and a couple of crosses from Marcus Harness were not far from reaching their targets.

The opening goal almost arrived from an unlikely source, with a fierce volley from Naylor well dealt with by Davies.

Rovers eventually managed to clear behind for a corner – and that did lead to the Blues forging ahead.

An initial attempt from Cannon was blocked, but the ball bounced up nicely for CLOSE, who showed excellent technique to guide it into the top corner from 30 yards.

They looked to add to their scoring and Paul Downing could not make a clean connection after diving in to meet a Curtis free-kick.

Tranmere tried to hit back before the break, but MacGillivray comfortably dealt with a Connor Jennings drive.

Anton Walkes then did well to stop Morgan Ferrier from collecting a threaded pass and advancing towards goal.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Tranmere 0

Jackett made a change at the break, with Harrison making way for John Marquis in the centre of the hosts’ attacking three.

Tom Naylor then became the first name taken by referee Scott Oldham following a clumsy challenge on Ferrier.

But the Blues might have doubled their advantage within five minutes of the restart following a display of fine footwork from Harness.

He then squared the ball for Walkes in space inside the box, but the right-back fired wildly over the crossbar.

Marquis did manage to find the net moments later, although the whistle had already been blown for a foul on David Perkins by Naylor.

Pompey were still showing plenty of attacking promise and one neat passing move ended with Lee Brown firing just past the post.

The windy conditions were making life difficult, however, and a couple of Brown crosses were blown off target.

And when the ball did land for a blue-shirted player, the woodwork managed to come to Rovers’ rescue.

Brown’s low delivery was not cut out by Davies and flew along the face of goal, with Cannon arriving at the back post to smash the ball against the post.

A Rovers corner was then glanced narrowly wide by Monthe, while Curtis soon had the ball in the net at the other end, only for the linesman’s flag to cut short any celebrations.

Brett Pitman replaced a tiring Cannon on 68 minutes, with the midfielder abiding by the new substitution rules by exiting the pitch in front of the North Stand.

His performance was recognised by the Fratton faithful, who rose to give a standing ovation as he made his way around to the dug-out.

Tranmere were suddenly looking lively and Walkes timed his challenge well to dispossess Corey Blackett-Taylor in the box, while MacGillivray kept out a low Morris shot.

But the Blues had a cushion on 75 minutes after Harness won a corner on the right that was delivered by Brown.

Downing rose to meet it and saw his header cleared from the line by Perkins, only for NAYLOR to rifle home the loose ball.

A third almost goal arrived courtesy of a fierce Pitman strike that was heading for the net, but inadvertently blocked on the line by team-mate Downing.

In a hectic finale that saw both sides on the attack, it looked like Brown had finally opened his Pompey account.

He tucked the ball home after Pitman’s initial attempt had been parried by Davies and looked utterly dejected when he spotted the offside flag.

The Rovers keeper then did well to deny Curtis after Harness had sent a teasing ball across the box following a quick break.

But the hosts had already done enough to secure the points and Fratton Park roared in appreciation when the final whistle was blown.

Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Walkes, Downing, Burgess, Brown; Cannon (Pitman 68), Naylor (c), Close; Harness, Harrison (Marquis 46), Curtis
Goals: Close 27, Naylor 75
Booked: Naylor, Downing
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Haunstrup, McCrorie, Evans

Tranmere (4-1-4-1): Davies (c); Wilson, Ray, Monthe, Ridehalgh; Potter; Morris, Banks, Perkins, Ferrier (Payne 63); Jennings (Blackett-Taylor 58)
Subs not used: Pilling, Nelson, Gilmour, Ponticelli, Mullin

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 18,575 (639 away fans)

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