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Match Preview: MK Dons v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

28 December 2019

MK Dons v Pompey

Pompey will aim to bring the curtain down on 2019 with a positive outcome in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

Kenny Jackett’s side are full of festive cheer following successive home victories over Ipswich and Wycombe that have left them just three points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Their next opponents, meanwhile, will be more concerned with trying to remain in League One than escape it.

MK Dons are currently sitting inside the drop zone, although are only a couple of points below the safety line.

They have won just one of their past 15 league fixtures, which included a run of five successive defeats.

Boss Paul Tisdale was sacked in that time, with Russell Martin – who was signed as a player back in January – chosen to replace him.

It was his predecessor that led the Buckinghamshire outfit back into the third tier, as they narrowly beat Mansfield on the final day of last season to pip their opponents to the final promotion spot.

Pompey enjoyed their most recent visit to Stadium MK in February 2018, as late goals from Matt Clarke and Conor Chaplin secured a dramatic 2-1 victory.

Fixture News

Kenny’s Injury Update: MK Dons (A)

27 December 2019

TEAM NEWS
Ryan Williams is set to miss the rest of Pompey’s festive programme after injuring his groin on Boxing Day.

Ross McCrorie (hamstring), Lee Brown (Achilles) and Brandon Haunstrup (meniscus) are also sidelined.

Bryn Morris (groin) is still in the treatment room, while Jack Whatmough is not yet ready for selection following his knee problem.

The hosts will be without defender Jordan Moore-Taylor (knee), but former Blues loanee Joe Mason could feature.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and James Bolton ahead of Pompey’s trip to Stadium MK.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 wins
MK Dons: 0 wins
2 draws

At Stadium MK
Pompey: 1 win
MK Dons: 0 wins
1 draw

TICKET NEWS
Pompey fans will be able to buy tickets at Stadium MK on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistants: Kevin Howick and Paul Lister
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

Club News

Watch Pompey three times over the festive period with iFollow

24 December 2019

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.

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 2pm.

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 Monday.

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 hosts 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 LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Gillingham v Rochdale (1pm)
Accrington v Burton
AFC Wimbledon v Oxford
Bolton v Shrewsbury
Doncaster v Sunderland
Fleetwood v Bristol Rovers
Lincoln v Ipswich
Rotherham v Peterborough
Tranmere v Blackpool
Wycombe v Coventry

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

MK Dons 3 Pompey 1

Blues end 2019 with an away defeat

29 December 2019

Ronan Curtis in action for Pompey at MK Dons
Photo: Nigel Keene

Pompey finished the calendar year in miserable fashion after conspiring to suffer defeat at struggling MK Dons.

They looked comfortable for most of the contest and created plenty of chances, but a lack of clinical finishing and some sloppy defending meant they went home empty-handed.

Rhys Healey and Conor McGrandles both scored in the latter stages of the first half at Stadium MK, with Alex Gilbey adding a third after the break.

Ronan Curtis continued his fine goalscoring form by finding the net in stoppage-time, but it was just a consolation.

Kenny Jackett made one enforced change from the side that beat Wycombe on home soil on Boxing Day.

Ryan Williams picked up a groin injury in the early stages of that game and the man who replaced him, Marcus Harness, was handed a start.

That opened up a place on the bench, which was taken by teenage full-back Haji Mnoga, who signed his first professional contract at the start of the week.

Harness played a more advanced role than expected, playing alongside Ellis Harrison in what looked more like a 4-4-2 system.

Pompey took control of the contest right from the start and enjoyed plenty of possession and territorial advantage.

But for all the play they had in and around their opponents’ area, Lee Nicholls looked fairly comfortable between the sticks.

Ben Close and Curtis – the goal heroes against Wycombe – both had shots blocked in the early stages.

The hosts were looking nervy at the back and struggled to deal with some corners from Close, as well as Harness’ trickery.

Anton Walkes also looked a threat going forward down the left and sent a few dangerous deliveries into the box.

Nicholls was called into action on 15 minutes and did well to get behind a fierce long-range drive from the lively Harness.

The keeper conceded a free-kick inside the box after picking up Joe Walsh’s back-pass, but the wall did its job by rushing forward to block Curtis’ effort.

And the Dons then took the lead completely against the run of play, although the Blues were furious that referee Leigh Doughty failed to give a foul against James Bolton in the build-up.

Instead, Jordan Houghton launched the ball forward and Sean Raggett’s header was not hard enough to reach Craig MacGillivray, with Healey nipping in to score.

It got even worst for Pompey before the break, as Tom Naylor tackled Healey on the edge of the box and the ball ran kindly for McGrandles to impressively fire into the top corner.

Half Time: MK Dons 2 Pompey 0

Harrison did not emerge following the interval, with John Marquis coming on to replace him up front.

But it was the hosts who were first to threaten, courtesy of a long-range Gilbey attempt that MacGillivray tipped over the bar.

Pompey soon started to take control, though, and once again put plenty of pressure on their opponents.

But the ball just would not seem to fall kindly for them and although unconvincing, the Dons managed to get the ball clear.

And Nicholls was soon called into action to make two key saves in quick succession, first denying Marquis after the striker had been played through by Harness.

The resulting corner was flicked on by Naylor for Curtis at the far post, but the keeper was there to deny the Blues’ top scorer.

MK Dons still threatened at the other end, though, and Raggett had to head Dean Lewington’s free-kick just past his own post.

Then, from the resulting corner, a scramble in the box led to MacGillivray diving on the ball at the feet of Healey.

But Pompey were still pushing forward whenever possible and after some neat build-up play involving Curtis, Close and Harness, the latter’s shot was blocked.

Curtis then went close with a bending strike from outside of the box that Nicholls did brilliantly to turn behind.

Jackett made a double switch on 72 minutes, with Harness and Cannon racing from the pitch to be replaced by Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman.

Marquis was only able to hit a weak shot straight at Nicholls from a low Walkes cross, as time began to run out on the visitors.

A fracas near the touchline led to Walsh and Christian Burgess both being booked – and the Dons scoring a third to wrap the points up.

Pompey were awarded a free-kick, but it came to nothing and the hosts broke quickly up the field, with Gilbey lifting a neat finish over MacGillivray and into the net.

There was at least a reply from CURTIS, who turned home Bolton’s cross from close range right at the death, but there was not enough time for the Blues to launch another attack.

The loss was perhaps an unfair outcome for the visitors, who will hope to improve their away form when they visit Gillingham on New Year’s Day.

MK Dons (4-1-2-1-2): Nicholls; Brittain, Williams, Walsh, Lewington (c); Houghton; McGrandles, Kasumu; Gilbey (Reeves 90+1); Healey (Nombe 68), Mason (Agard 77)
Goals: Healey 35, McGrandles 42, Gilbey 84
Booked: McGrandles, Brittain, Kasumu, Walsh
Subs not used: Moore, Poole, Cargill, Boateng

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Walkes; Cannon (Pitman 72), Naylor (c), Close, Curtis; Harness (Evans 72); Harrison (Marquis 46)
Goals: Curtis 90+3
Booked: Harness, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Mnoga, Downing, Hawkins

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Attendance: 12,788 (5,083 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

MK Dons (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

23 December 2019

MK Dons

Pompey have sold their initial allocation of 4,000 tickets for the trip to MK Dons on Sunday, December 29.

But supporters can still secure a seat for the League One contest at Stadium MK, which kicks-off at 3pm.

Tickets are no longer available to buy from the Blues, with fans needing to contact the home club or pay on the day.

They can call the MK Dons ticket office on 0333 200 5343 (open until 5pm on December 23, from 9am-2pm on Christmas Eve and from 9am-5pm on December 27).

Supporters can also visit the away booth (cash only) or ticket office from 9am on the day of the game.

Collections can also be made from the away booth, which is located at Gate Three.

Category Price
Adult £22
Senior (65+) £17
Junior (U18) £7
Child (U12) Free*

*With a full-paying adult

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.

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s trip to Gillingham on New Year’s Day (3pm kick-off), with around 900 already sold. Click here for more details.

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