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Match Preview: Pompey v Wycombe

Everything you need to know about Boxing Day clash

24 December 2019

Pompey v Wycombe

The Fratton faithful will be hoping to unwrap a belated Christmas present of three points on Boxing Day.

But Pompey will have to see off the League One leaders to ensure the festive feeling does not fall flat.

Wycombe are the surprise pacesetters – at least according to the bookies – and currently hold a seven-point advantage over nearest challengers Peterborough.

It means that whatever happens over the next few days, they will definitely be in top spot at the start of 2020.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men have the meanest defence in the division, with just 15 goals conceded in 21 games.

Their best form has come at Adams Park, however, and – like the Blues – they are unbeaten on home soil.

But the Chairboys have only won three games on their travels and were beaten 1-0 at Oxford on Saturday.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men when Wanderers narrowly won a poor quality contest back in September, while last season’s Fratton meeting ended 2-2.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Wycombe (H)

23 December 2019

TEAM NEWS
Ross McCrorie will miss Pompey’s Christmas fixtures after limping off with a hamstring injury on Saturday.

Lee Brown (Achilles) and Brandon Haunstrup (meniscus) will also be out for the rest of 2019 after undergoing operations.

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

Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa serves a one-match ban after getting sent off at the weekend, but former Blues loanee David Wheeler could feature.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 4 wins
Wycombe: 4 wins
5 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 wins
Wycombe: 2 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Fratton Park is full to capacity for Thursday’s game, but fans can check the eticketing site to see if any seats become available via the ticket exchange.

OFFICIALS
Referee: John Busby
Assistants: Simon Shaw and Gregory Read
Fourth Official: Adrian Quelch

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 multiple cameras, 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 Friday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 16/5.

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

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

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Wycombe 0

Close and Curtis on target in Boxing Day victory

26 December 2019

Ronan Curtis celebrates after scoring for Pompey against Wycombe
Photo: Graham Hunt

Pompey provided the perfect belated Christmas present with victory over table-topping Wycombe at Fratton Park.

The hosts came alive following an instantly forgettable first half that never really got out of second gear.

Their pressure told when Ben Close fired home and a neat finish from the in-form Ronan Curtis made the points safe.

Kenny Jackett made one enforced change from the side that impressively beat Ipswich just before Christmas.

Ross McCrorie injured his hamstring midway through that game and was replaced at right-back by James Bolton.

Those expecting a free-flowing contest like the one witnessed against the Tractor Boys a few days earlier were in for a disappointment.

It was an attritional and stop-start contest from the off on a blustery and damp afternoon on the south coast.

The hosts were first to threaten when Andy Cannon stole possession and whipped in a fine cross from the left.

Ellis Harrison – who was being nudged – nodded the ball down for Ryan Williams, who volleyed narrowly past the post.

But that was Williams’ last involvement, with the winger soon going down injured for the second time and having to be replaced by Marcus Harness.

Ben Close then played a short corner to Cannon and received the ball back before bending a powerful effort wide.

Pompey collected a few bookings before the break, with Harrison and Tom Naylor punished for fouls, while Curtis saw yellow for an alleged dive.

Wycombe won a series of corners, although were never really able to threaten Craig MacGillivray’s net.

Anton Walkes, meanwhile, showed some neat footwork on the left and stung the palms of former Fratton loanee Ryan Allsop with a fierce angled drive.

The visitors’ best chance came when a Joe Jacobson’s flag-kick was glanced across goal by Alex Samuel, but there was nobody to get the required touch.

Six minutes of additional time was the result of a bitty opening period and Harrison had an opportunity after being fed by Cannon, only to fire straight at a grateful Allsop.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Wycombe 0

Pompey started the second half brightly and won a corner on the right following some neat interplay between Cannon and Harness.

The ball was sent into the mixer by Close, but Bolton could only head it over the bar from just a few yards out.

Close then had a chance of his own after driving along the edge of the box and firing narrowly over the bar.

Bolton was alert at the other end just before the hour mark, just about getting to Samuel’s low centre before Paul Smyth to turn the ball behind.

MacGillivray then got his fingertips to an effort from Samuel and Christian Burgess was well-placed to deal with the loose ball.

But the Blues picked up again on 66 minutes and Allsop made two fine saves in quick succession, first keeping out Curtis’ deflected effort and then Bolton’s follow-up.

It was the briefest of respites for the Chairboys, though, as the deadlock was broken a few seconds later.

Harrison prodded against the post with just the keeper to beat, but CLOSE kept his cool to get into a shooting position and fire home from close range.

Wycombe immediately responded by replacing Rolando Aarons with David Wheeler, who spent the first half of last season on loan at Fratton Park.

And a change for the hosts soon followed, with the hard-working Cannon drawing warm applause as he made way for Gareth Evans.

The Blues immediately doubled their advantage, as Harness sent in a low cross from the right that was converted by a neat CURTIS flick.

Wanderers were forced to open up a bit more and their opponents looked threatening on the counter.

But the visitors almost reduced their deficit from a late free-kick, with skipper Joe Jacobson curling the ball against the outside of the post.

Pompey saw out the closing stages in driving rain, however, to continue their fine run of form and ensure the final Fratton fixture of 2019 ended in a celebratory fashion.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett; Walkes; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harness 7), Cannon (Evans 72), Curtis (Marquis 90+2); Harrison
Goals: Close 66, Curtis 73
Booked: Harrison, Curtis, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Hawkins, Pitman

Wycombe (4-2-3-1): Allsop; Jombati, Stewart, Samuel, Jacobson (c); Thompson (Pattison 27), Ofoborh; Aarons (Wheeler 67), Samuel, Freeman; Smyth (Kashket 77)
Booked: Stewart, Aarons, Jacobson
Subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Bloomfield, Parker

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 18,419 (749 away fans)

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