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Match Preview: Coventry v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One contest

11 February 2020

Coventry v Pompey

Pompey will look to stretch their winning run into double figures when they go back on the road to face Coventry this evening.

But their opponents are also enjoying a fine run of form, having not lost in the league since before Christmas.

They left it late to beat Bolton at the weekend, though, with Max Biamou grabbing a last-gasp winner.

That saw the Sky Blues climb back above Kenny Jackett’s side and into fourth spot in the League One standings.

Issues with the owners of the Ricoh Arena mean that Coventry are currently having to groundshare again – this time with Championship club Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

That ensured there was the bizarre instance of the tenants playing host to their landlords in the FA Cup last month.

The higher-ranked side eventually triumphed on penalties after a replay, although promotion was always the priority for boss Mark Robins.

There was a dramatic meeting between the clubs on the south coast back in August, as the visitors fought back to draw 3-3, despite being reduced to nine men.

But Pompey came out on top in last season’s corresponding fixture – albeit at a different ground – with Ronan Curtis’ strike enough to settle the contest.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Coventry (A)

10 February 2020

TEAM NEWS
Andy Cannon is still sidelined with the glute injury that kept him out on Saturday, although the midfielder could be fit for the weekend.

Oli Hawkins has recovered from the head injury he suffered in a recent reserve game at Exeter and is available for selection.

Bryn Morris is running outside again as he continues to step up his recovery from a long-term groin problem.

Reise Allassani, Dan Bartlett, Wesley Jobello and Jodi Jones are all missing for Coventry with serious knee injuries.

But the hosts are hopeful that Matty Godden (groin), Kyle McFadzean (groin) and Callum O’Hare (head) will be able to feature.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 13 wins
Coventry: 15 wins
7 draws

At Coventry
Pompey: 4 wins
Coventry: 10 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey sold out their initial allocation of 1,200 seats, but fans can buy on the night (cash only) at the away turnstiles. It is the same location for supporters who are collecting tickets.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Darren Wilding and Simon Shaw
Fourth Official: Karl Evans

Fixture News

Watch Coventry Game On iFollow

11 February 2020

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 Andrew 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.

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please use the dedicated support channels, rather than contacting the club. You can email ifollow@efl.com or use the live chat tool in the bottom right corner of this website’s homepage.

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 can be backed at 7/4 with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts are available at 8/5.

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 7.45pm

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

LAST AWAY MEETING

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Match Reports

Coventry 1 Pompey 0

Blues undone by late goal at St Andrew's

11 February 2020

John Marquis in action for Pompey at Coventry
Photo: Kieran Cleeves

Pompey were undone by a late goal, as their fine run of form was finally brought to an end by Coventry.

The contest at a bitterly cold St Andrew’s rarely moved above second gear, although both sides had periods of dominance.

But the Blues were left rueing a rare defensive lapse when substitute Matty Godden nipped in to score the winner for the hosts.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Tranmere to set a new club record at the weekend.

John Marquis returned to lead the four-man forward line in place of Ellis Harrison, who dropped to the bench.

It was the hosts who shaded a poor opening 45 minutes of football, without ever really looking like breaking the deadlock.

Their best opportunity came after just six minutes, with Alex Bass getting down to deal with Liam Walsh’s low drive from the edge of the box.

Ryan Williams had a couple of half-chances at the other end, but saw both of his efforts blocked in quick succession.

Callum O’Hare – sporting a bandage after receiving a nasty gash to the head at the weekend – had a shot deflected wide for Coventry.

And the hosts enjoyed a spell of possession where they forced the Blues back deep inside their own half.

But nothing really came of it and Bass was being well protected by a disciplined display from the back four.

Walsh screwed one shot wastefully wide, while a long-range attempt from O’Hare stung the palms of Bass.

Marko Marosi was not being tested in the Coventry goal, although would have been relieved to see the ball ricochet clear after Ronan Curtis charged down his clearance.

And it was the hosts who had the final effort before the break, as Jamie Allen’s shot looped over Bass, but fortunately for Pompey, also over the bar.

Half Time: Coventry 0 Pompey 0

Williams tried to flick a pass through to Marquis once the action restarted, although Marosi was able to gather.

But the keeper was – despite the lack of chances – looking unsteady between the sticks and recovered after taking a poor touch from a back-pass by former Fratton loanee Dom Hyam.

Allen then whipped a teasing cross into the box at the other end, although a stretching Amadou Bakayoko could only divert the ball wide.

Jackett made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Marquis and Williams withdrawn for Harrison and Marcus Harness.

And with his very first touch, Harrison met James Bolton’s low delivery with a near-post shot that was saved by Marosi.

Harness then had a chance on 74 minutes after his attempted pass had been blocked, with the winger curling the ball over the bar.

Pompey were enjoying much more possession, but were lacking a clinical touch in the final third of the pitch.

And when Marosi unconvincingly pushed out Harrison’s low pass across the box, Steve Seddon blazed the loose ball high over the bar.

The hosts brought on Godden in an attempt to find a winner and the substitute immediately responded.

O’Hare’s lofted pass caught the Blues defence cold, with Godden spinning sharply and neatly finishing.

But the visitors almost found an immediate leveller when Tom Naylor sent the ball into the box and Cameron McGeehan’s shot was well saved by Marosi.

And Coventry survived one last scare deep into stoppage-time, as a stretching Harrison could only turn the ball over the bar from a few yards out.

Coventry (3-4-2-1): Marosi; Rose, McFadzean, Hyam; Dabo, Kelly (c), Walsh, McCallum; Allen (Biamou 71), O’Hare; Bakayoko (Godden 82)
Goals: Godden 84
Subs not used: Wilson, Pask, Westbrooke, Shipley, Giles

Pompey (4-1-4-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 63), McGeehan, Close, Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 63)
Booked: McGeehan, Close
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, McCrorie, Evans

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 6,983 (1,526 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Coventry (A): Ticket Information

Support Blues on the road

12 January 2020

Birmingham City

Tickets for Pompey’s League One trip to Coventry go on sale next week.

Blues fans have been given an initial allocation of 1,200 seats in the Gil Merrick Stand for the contest at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s ground on Tuesday, February 11 (7.45pm kick-off).

They go on sale to season ticket holders (one ticket per season ticket holder) from 9am on Wednesday, January 15.

Subject to availability, tickets can be bought by members from 9am on Thursday, January 16 before being released for general sale from 9am on Friday, January 17.

The quickest and easiest way to secure your seat is by visiting our eticketing site.

But supporters can also call 0345 646 1898 (option one) or make a visit to the Anson Road ticket office.

Category Price
Adult £15
Senior (60+) £10
Young Person (18-21) £10
Student/Armed Forces* £10
Junior (U18) £5

*ID required

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

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. There is an additional £1 charge for tickets that are posted out.

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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