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Match Preview: Pompey v MK Dons

Everything you need to know about League One contest

25 February 2020

Pompey v MK Dons

Pompey will make a welcome return to Fortress Fratton when they host MK Dons in League One this evening.

Kenny Jackett’s side boast the only unbeaten home record in the division – and, for that matter, the entire EFL.

So it is a welcome sight to see that six of their next seven fixtures take place on the south coast, which includes next Monday’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal.

It is the battle for points that takes priority tonight, however, as the Blues look to make an instant return to the top six.

Their opponents were in the drop zone when they beat Pompey in Buckinghamshire at the end of 2019.

But Russell Martin’s men have since climbed 13 points clear of the relegation places and appear to have secured another season in the third tier.

It comes after they beat Mansfield on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign in a winner-takes-all contest for the remaining League Two automatic promotion spot.

The Blues won 2-0 when the sides last met at Fratton Park in October 2017, with Oli Hawkins bagging a brace.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: MK Dons (H)

24 February 2020

TEAM NEWS
Kenny Jackett is hoping to have Andy Cannon available, with the midfielder’s glute injury keeping him out for the past three weeks.

Ellis Harrison is also close to a comeback after withdrawing from the side to face Fleetwood just before kick-off with a dead leg.

Meanwhile, Bryn Morris is continuing on his path back from a long-term abdominal problem and could return to full training this week.

Former Fratton loanee Joe Mason will hope to feature for the visitors after recovering from a muscle strain, leaving the Dons with a fully fit squad.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 wins
MK Dons: 1 win
2 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 1 win
MK Dons: 0 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure their seat online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistants: John Flynn and Paul Kelly
Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter

Fixture News

Watch MK Dons Game On iFollow

25 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 Danny Rose 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 are the 4/7 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors are available at 9/2.

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

Blackpool v Bolton
Coventry v Rotherham
Oxford v Accrington
Shrewsbury v Tranmere
Sunderland v Fleetwood

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 3 MK Dons 1

Cannon, Marquis and Harness on target at Fratton Park

25 February 2020

Andy Cannon celebrates scoring for Pompey against MK Dons
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey moved back into the League One play-off places with a hard-fought victory over MK Dons at Fratton Park.

It looked like a comfortable evening might be on the cards when Andy Cannon opened his account for the club early on.

But Alex Gilbey reacted quickly to level after Alex Bass had kept out his penalty just moments before the interval.

Both sides had chances to win the contest and John Marquis restored the Blues’ lead early in the second half, while Carlton Morris was then sent off for the visitors.

Marcus Harness then came off the bench to add a third goal at the death and breathe new life into the promotion charge.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Fleetwood at the weekend.

Cannon had recovered from a glute problem, while Lee Brown was handed a first start since early December.

There were also returns for Ross McCrorie, Ryan Williams and Ben Close as the team was freshened up during a hectic schedule.

Oli Hawkins, Steve Seddon, Marcus Harness and Cameron McGeehan all dropped to the bench, with James Bolton missing from the squad.

Pompey made a flying start and took the lead on four minutes, thanks in part to some sloppy play from their opponents.

Jordan Houghton tried to pass out of his own box, but Williams intercepted the ball and squared for CANNON to slot home.

MK Dons almost hit back with an immediate equaliser, only for Bass to come to the rescue with a save from Gilbey.

The action fell pretty flat after that and there were not too many more clear-cut opportunities at either end of the pitch before the break.

Marquis and Close both had efforts blocked in quick succession, while Houghton’s long-range effort for the visitors flew straight at Bass.

The Dons were passing the ball around nicely, but lacking a clinical edge, with the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.

Lee Nicholls raced from his line to stop Marquis converting Cannon’s threaded pass, then kept out an angled Brown strike.

And the keeper was called into action again to tip over Close’s drilled attempt following some good work from McCrorie and Marquis.

But MK Dons were given an excellent chance to level in stoppage-time, when McCrorie rashly bundled over Rhys Healey in the box.

Bass guessed the right way to keep out Gilbey’s penalty, but the midfielder was quickest to the rebound and scored at the second attempt.

He did not exactly endear himself to the home support by celebrating right in front of the Fratton End.

And there were more boos – this time aimed at referee Kevin Johnson – when Pompey were not awarded a spot-kick of their own for George Williams’ challenge on Marquis.

Half Time: Pompey 1 MK Dons 1

The Blues might have fallen behind once the action restarted, with Christian Burgess making a fine sliding challenge after Gilbey had been sent through on goal.

But instead they retook the lead, with MARQUIS getting on the scoresheet to become the club’s leading marksman in his own right.

It was not the most elegant of finishes from McCrorie’s cut-back, with the ball striking a defender and the inside of the post before crossing the line.

They tried to increase their advantage and Close’s chipped cross was headed towards the net by Sean Raggett, but Nicholls made the save.

And the visitors then broke quickly up the pitch, with Burgess taking one for the team by fouling Gilbey and earning a yellow card.

They were still looking dangerous and a Dean Lewington free-kick was glanced narrowly past the post by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Pompey were beginning to lose patience with Johnson, who failed to book players for a shove on Cannon and late challenge on Marquis.

Lewington finally had his name taken for his reaction to a foul on Williams, just seconds after Healey’s volley was well saved by Bass.

Both sides were looking capable of adding more goals to the contest, with Gladwin and Healey having opportunities for the visitors.

A couple of Ronan Curtis corners then caused problems at the other end, but were eventually scrambled clear.

Jackett had made a double change moments earlier, with Cannon and Williams replaced by McGeehan and Harness.

MK Dons’ hopes of a comeback were made tougher when they were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages.

Pompey had broken quickly from a corner and Curtis fed Marquis, who was brought down by Morris as he raced through on goal, with the forward shown a red card.

And they wrapped up the points just before the end, with HARNESS holding off a defender to collect Raggett’s header and neatly slotting home.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Close, Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 77), Cannon (McGeehan 77), Curtis (Seddon 90+3); Marquis
Goals: Cannon 4, Marquis 59, Harness 90+1
Booked: Burgess, Cannon
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Pitman, Hawkins

MK Dons (4-1-2-1-2): Nicholls; Poole, Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington (c); Houghton (Reeves 73); Thompson (Nombe 77), McGrandles (Gladwin 62); Gilbey; Morris, Healey
Goals: Gilbey 45+2 (pen)
Sent off: Morris
Booked: Lewington, Poole
Subs not used: Fisher, Walsh, Brittain, Kasumu

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 16,577 (170 away fans)

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Ticket News

Milton End Opened For MK Dons Clash

Support the Blues under the Fratton Park lights

21 February 2020

More tickets have been made available for Pompey’s League One fixture against MK Dons at Fratton Park next Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

With limited spaces in all other areas of the stadium, additional seating is now open in the Milton End for Pompey supporters.

Tickets can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office.

Click here for a full list of ticket prices and booking charges for home league fixtures during the 2019/20 campaign.

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