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Match Preview: Accrington v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

13 December 2019

Accrington v Pompey

Pompey are on the road for the final time before Christmas, with Accrington the destination for their latest League One fixture.

Kenny Jackett’s men are looking to extend a 10-match unbeaten run, while also returning to winning ways following last Saturday’s stalemate with Peterborough.

Their next opponents are down in 18th position, although do sit five points above the relegation places.

Stanley have enjoyed more success on their own patch this term – three of their four league victories have come at the Crown Ground.

And the most recent of them was certainly achieved in some style, with 10-man Bolton thrashed 7-1 three weeks ago.

John Coleman’s men also beat the same opposition on home soil a few days ago, this time to progress in the Leasing.com Trophy.

A big success story for the Reds has been the form of Colby Bishop, who gave up a teaching career to sign for the club over the summer and has already scored 10 goals.

Both of last season’s meetings finished all square at 1-1, with Oli Hawkins on target at the Crown Ground after Craig MacGillivray had saved a penalty.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Accrington (A)

12 December 2019

TEAM NEWS
Brandon Haunstrup requires an operation on his meniscus after limping off in the last game and is set to be out for six-eight weeks.

Pompey will also be without Christian Burgess, who has collected five bookings and serves a one-match ban.

Andy Cannon and Sean Raggett are both available after shaking off slight knocks, but Bryn Morris (groin) is injured and Jack Whatmough not ready for selection.

Accrington are close to having a full-strength squad to choose from, with Sean McConville (shoulder) the only doubt.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 6 wins
Accrington: 2 wins
6 draws

At Accrington
Pompey: 2 wins
Accrington: 1 win
4 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure seats online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm today.

Tickets can also be bought at Accrington on the day of the game. Click here for full details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Martin Coy
Assistants: Paul Newhouse and Chris Isherwood
Fourth Official: David Benton

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew 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 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 11/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 11/5.

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
All games kick-off at 3pm

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

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Accrington 4 Pompey 1

Blues suffer heavy defeat at the Crown Ground

14 December 2019

Ellis Harrison in action for Pompey at Accrington
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

It was an afternoon to forget for Pompey, who saw their long unbeaten run end with a heavy defeat at Accrington.

When the in-form Ronan Curtis headed them in front towards the end of the first half it seemed as though the Blues would continue their climb up the League One standings.

But Ellis Harrison nodded into his own net just before the break, with a finish that would have been lauded at the other end of the pitch.

And Stanley ran away with it after the break, with Dion Charles giving them the lead – albeit in controversial circumstances – before Colby Bishop added a brace.

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

The entire defence had to change, with Brandon Haunstrup (knee) and Lee Brown (Achilles) both injured, Christian Burgess suspended and Oli Hawkins recently becoming father to a baby boy.

That meant there were recalls for James Bolton and Anton Walkes in the full-back slots and Sean Raggett in the middle, while Tom Naylor also dropped into the back-line.

Ross McCrorie took the skipper’s midfield slot and Ryan Williams dropped to the bench to make way for Marcus Harness on the right.

Pompey started brightly and were camped out in their opponents’ half in the opening stages, but created only one decent opening.

Harrison’s cross from the left was just behind a stretching John Marquis, who could only send the ball over the bar and out of the ground.

Stanley then started to apply more pressure as the first half progressed and Jordan Clark was inches away from making a connection when he slid in at the far post.

Bishop was next to go close flashing a shot narrowly wide after Ben Close had initially made a fine challenge on Sam Finley.

It took a decent tackle from Ross Sykes to deny Marquis at the other end, with the striker almost being sent through by Harrison.

The hosts were still looking more dangerous, though, and when Clark met Seamus Conneely’s cross from deep on the left, Craig MacGillivray was forced to make a fine save to tip the ball over.

Pompey then started to pick up again, although Harrison and Marquis collided with Mark Hughes when all three players tried to get to Harness’ centre first.

Bolton was then unable to get enough on Curtis’ free-kick from the left and Josef Bursik made a simple stop.

But the Blues did go ahead on 35 minutes, as Harness whipped in a dangerous cross from the right and CURTIS stooped to meet it, sending the ball into the net off the inside of the post.

Jerome Opoku came close to hitting an immediate leveller, courtesy of an audacious long-range piledriver that cannoned back off the post.

And Accrington did equalise just before the break – although they received a big helping hand from the visitors.

Conneely sent a corner into the box and Harrison rose to meet it with a firm header that inadvertently sent the ball past MacGillivray and into his own net.

Half Time: Accrington 1 Pompey 1

The hosts had unsuccessfully appealed for two penalties before the break and were at it again when the action restarted.

This time it was Clark who felt he was unfairly upended by Walkes, but referee Martin Coy remained unimpressed.

Pompey then came close to retaking the lead when Harrison turned quickly outside the box and hit a fine strike that a diving Bursik did well to push clear.

Raggett soon did well at the other end to hold off Charles and stop the striker going one-on-one with MacGillivray.

But Charles did give Accrington the lead just past the hour mark, although the hosts were unhappy that the goal was allowed to stand.

Opoku held off Harness with a hand to the face, but it was not spotted by Coy and the left-back was able to square for his team-mate to slot home.

Jackett responded with a double change, as Harness and Marquis made way for Williams and Brett Pitman.

But Stanley almost extended their advantage just seconds later, as Bishop glanced a header against the post, with the loose ball hacked clear.

And Bishop did give them a cushion on 69 minutes, angling the ball into the net after MacGillivray had parried clear Finley’s initial effort.

Things soon got even worse for the visitors, as Bishop raced clear to slot home his second goal of the afternoon.

That came after Coy had played advantage following McCrorie’s challenge on Charles, but the referee went back to book the midfielder.

Accrington continued to look threatening as the minutes ticked down, while a neat Pitman flick was blocked before it could trouble Bursik.

That was as close as Pompey came to reducing their deficit, although the 733 travelling fans continued to cheer right up until the final whistle.

Accrington (4-4-2): Bursik; Johnson, Sykes, Hughes, Opoku; Clark, Finley (Diallo 90), Conneely (c), Pritchard; Bishop (Zanzala 90), Charles
Goals: Harrison 44 (og), Charles 62, Bishop 69, 77
Booked: Finley
Subs not used: Evtimov, Alese, Rodgers, Sherif, Carvalho

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Naylor (c), Raggett, Walkes; McCrorie, Close; Harness (Pitman 65), Marquis (Williams 65), Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Curtis 35
Booked: McCrorie
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Casey, Cannon, Evans

Referee: Martin Coy

Attendance: 2,429 (733 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Accrington (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

12 December 2019

Accrington

Pompey fans can still buy tickets for Saturday’s league visit to Accrington.

Around 700 have already been snapped up for the Crown Ground contest, which kicks-off at 3pm.

They can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm on Friday.

But supporters can also pay on the day at the Accrington ticket booth, where collections can also be made.

Category Price
Adult £20
Senior (65+) £15
Student (ID required) £15
Junior (U18) £10
Child (U12) £5

Wheelchair/ambulant spaces are charged at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

There is a £1 charge per booking for tickets bought online or 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 purchased online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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