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Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

Everything you need to know about League One contest

14 February 2020

Pompey v Shrewsbury

Pompey are looking to start another winning run following their narrow midweek loss at Coventry.

Prior to that, Kenny Jackett’s side had enjoyed a club record nine victories in succession in all competitions.

This weekend sees them hosts a Shrewsbury side who have not tasted success in the league since just before Christmas.

Their only triumph in that time was an FA Cup defeat of Championship side Bristol City, while they then held European champions Liverpool to a draw before exiting in the Anfield replay.

In the league, however, the Shropshire outfit are enduring a slump that has seen them fall to 17th in the table.

But there is a still a comfortable gap of 12 points between Sam Ricketts’ men and the relegation places.

They were beaten 2-0 on home soil by Accrington on Tuesday night and head to the south coast with just three away league wins under their belt all season.

It was the Shrews who came out on top when the sides met on the opening day of the campaign, though.

A stunning strike from Ryan Giles settled a fairly cagey contest, while Ross McCrorie was dismissed on his debut late on.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Shrewsbury (H)

13 February 2020

TEAM NEWS
Andy Cannon is still sidelined with the glute injury that has kept him out of the past two games, although is close to a return.

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

Ollie Norburn is set to miss the rest of the season for Shrewsbury after injuring his knee in the FA Cup draw with Liverpool.

The visitors will also be without Josh Vela (thigh), Brad Walker (hamstring) and Shaun Whalley (hamstring).

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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 13 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
3 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 10 wins
Shrewsbury: 2 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Pompey have sold out of seats for the game, with supporters advised to check if any become available via the ticket exchange.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Lee Swabey
Assistants: Leigh Crowhurst and Mark Derrien
Fourth Official: Stephen Brown

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 1/2 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 5/1.

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
All games kick-off at 3pm

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

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Shrewsbury 0

Harrison and Marquis on target at Fratton Park

15 February 2020

Ellis Harrison scores for Pompey against Shrewsbury
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey made an immediate return to winning ways after seeing off struggling Shrewsbury in terrible conditions at Fratton Park.

There were not an abundance of chances in the first half, but the Blues got the job done after the break.

Ellis Harrison headed them into the lead and John Marquis came off the bench to wrap up all three points.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Coventry earlier in the week.

Gareth Evans came in for his first league appearance since New Year’s Day, while there were also starts for Marcus Harness and Harrison.

Ben Close, Ryan Williams and Marquis were the men to make way, with the trio all named among the substitutes.

Storm Dennis ensured the ground was being battered by strong winds and heavy rain, making conditions tough for both sides.

But Pompey made the brighter start and sent plenty of early deliveries into the box for the Shrews to deal with.

Harness then dug out a low shot that Max O’Leary in the Milton End goal had to get down to keep out.

The keeper also beat away a fierce effort from Steve Seddon after the ball landed for the left-back inside the box.

There was not much happening at the other end, although Christian Burgess and Tom Naylor bravely threw themselves in front of shots.

The visitors then saw two of their three-man back-line booked in quick succession, with Ro-Shaun Williams and Ethan Ebanks-Landell punished for fouls on Ronan Curtis and Harrison respectively.

It went a bit quiet as the half progressed, although there was a good chance for the hosts on 30 minutes.

Curtis’ pass released Harness down the right and his low delivery was turned over by a stretching Harrison.

Shrewsbury’s only decent opportunity followed soon after, with Bass equal to a curling Conor McAleny effort.

It was the Blues who were on top as the interval approached, although Evans will want to forget an ambitious bicycle kick that saw him miss the ball completely.

Seddon provided more of a threat after being given space to advance in stoppage-time, before hitting a rocket that dipped narrowly over the bar.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Shrewsbury 0

Pompey looked a bit rusty immediately after the restart and Burgess was booked for a foul on Daniel Udoh.

Sean Goss stepped up to take the free-kick and curled the ball into the side netting from 20 yards out.

And the visitors then had a couple of decent chances inside a minute, with Bass getting his fingertips to a cross-cum-shot from substitute Kayne Ramsay.

When the ball broke for Conor McAleny moments later, his fierce effort flew through a sea of bodies and was beaten to safety by Bass.

Jackett made a double switch soon after, with Evans and James Bolton withdrawn for Marquis and Ross McCrorie.

The former soon had an effort that took a deflection and the ball would not quite bounce kindly for Harrison.

But the latter then provided the assist, as the hosts were finally able to break the deadlock on 64 minutes.

It was a superb cross from McCrorie, who took a touch before sending the ball into the box for HARRISON to nod home from close range.

They soon had a chance to double the lead when Cameron McGeehan was brought down just outside the box.

But after Seddon dummied it, Curtis sent the free-kick thudding in the wall and skipper Naylor fired the loose ball wide.

Pompey were trying to add to their lead and O’Leary was quickly off his line to deny Marquis after Curtis had slipped a neat pass through to the striker.

Sean Raggett was then unable to beat the keeper from a Curtis free-kick, as the hosts continued to push.

Harness was next to go close when McCrorie cut the ball back for him, but again O’Leary came to Town’s rescue.

But the points were finally secured on 82 minutes, as MARQUIS collected a pass from Harness and coolly slotted the ball into the net.

Williams replaced Curtis for the closing stages, as Pompey saw the contest out with relative ease to ensure they remained in the top six.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (McCrorie 58), Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness, Evans (Marquis 58), Curtis (Williams 89); Harrison
Goals: Harrison 64, Marquis 82
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, Close

Shrewsbury (3-5-1-1): O’Leary; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre; Beckles, Edwards (c), Goss, Laurent, Hart (Ramsay 46); McAleny (Cummings 67); Udoh (Lang 67)
Booked: Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Lang, Goss
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Love, Sears, Golbourne

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 18,214 (319 away fans)

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Ticket News

Kids For A Quid Returns Against Shrewsbury

Juniors get in for £1 during February half-term match

7 January 2020

Pompey's junior supporters can take advantage of a fantastic £1 offer to watch the Blues face Shrewsbury at Fratton Park in Sky Bet League One.

After running the Kids for a Quid campaign for the clash against Coventry in August, Pompey are once again encouraging young fans to attend the match on Saturday, February 15 (kick-off 3pm).

Tickets are on general sale, with the fixture taking place at the start of February half-term – the perfect opportunity to welcome the next generation of fans to Fratton Park.

Adult and senior (65+) supporters can purchase up to two junior (17 and under) tickets in the same transaction for just £1 each.

The easiest and quickest way to take advantage of this offer is online via our eticketing website.

Alternatively, supporters can call 0345 646 1898 (option one) or visit the ticket office in Anson Road.

Click here for a full list of ticket prices and booking charges for Pompey’s home fixtures this season.

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