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Match Previews

Match Preview: Tranmere v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One contest

7 February 2020

Tranmere v Pompey

Pompey and Tranmere have experienced contrasting fortunes at the start of 2020.

Kenny Jackett’s men enjoyed an unbeaten January and began February by beating Sunderland – their eighth successive victory.

It means that the Blues are just three points adrift of the automatic promotion places and still competing in two cup competitions.

But their next opponents have yet to taste league success in this calendar year and are aiming to keep their place in the division rather than escape it.

But Micky Mellon’s men are inside the drop zone and will have to make up a six-point gap to haul their way out.

Last month saw them beat top-flight Watford to progress in the FA Cup, although they weret hrashed 6-0 by Manchester United in the next round.

It means they head into Saturday’s Prenton Park contest on the back of four successive defeats, including a 3-0 reverse on home soil against Doncaster in midweek.

Rovers were promoted last season, narrowly beating Newport at Wembley in the play-off final after finishing sixth.

And they were beaten 2-0 at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign, courtesy of goals from Ben Close and Tom Naylor.

Oli Hawkins
Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Tranmere (A)

6 February 2020

Oli Hawkins is not available this weekend after suffering concussion in Tuesday night’s reserve game at Exeter.

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

Tranmere are missing Ollie Banks (knee), Corey Blackett-Taylor (shin), Mark Ellis (knee), Morgan Feeney (hamstring) and Evan Gumbs (knee).

There is also a doubt over defender Peter Clarke, but former Fratton loanee James Vaughan is expected to lead the line.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ronan Curtis or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

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Pompey: 14 wins
Tranmere: 14 wins
7 draws

At Prenton Park
Pompey: 6 wins
Tranmere: 7 wins
4 draws

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and none will be available to buy on the day of the game.

Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistants: Chris Isherwood and Ian Smedley
Fourth Official: Hristo Karaivanov

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.

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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.

Pompey are the 4/6 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 15/4.

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Match Reports

Tranmere 0 Pompey 2

Raggett and Williams goals down Rovers

8 February 2020

Sean Raggett scores for Pompey at Tranmere
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Sean Raggett and Ryan Williams were on target as Pompey won at Tranmere to set a new club record.

It is the first time they have won nine successive games in all competitions since entering the Football League in 1920.

Raggett opened his Blues account with an early close-range header and Williams made sure of the points with a low strike after the break.

The relegation-threatened Rovers kept battling away, but were all too often let down by their play in the final third.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Sunderland on home soil the previous week.

One was enforced, with Andy Cannon’s glute injury seeing Ben Close recalled to midfield and Cameron McGeehan pushed further forward.

Ellis Harrison also returned to lead the line and John Marquis dropped to the bench, where he was joined by Gareth Evans.

The hosts had received plenty of negative publicity for their pitch, which was lacking much grass and included big patches of sand in the wide areas.

Both sides found the conditions – not helped by the windy weather – difficult to deal with and there were plenty of misjudged passes.

But a lovely touch from Ronan Curtis provided an early opening and when his shot was beaten away by Scott Davies, the loose ball was cleared by Calum Woods before Williams could capitalise.

The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes, however, with Curtis providing the assist after he had been fouled by Kane Wilson.

A free-kick was swung into the box by the winger and although Christian Burgess could not make a connection, RAGGETT was in position to head home his opening Blues goal from a few yards out.

Tranmere fought back and almost gained an immediate leveller after Burgess had made a key block to deny former Fratton loanee James Vaughan.

The ball was sent straight back into the area and Andy Cook’s neat back-heel was well saved by Alex Bass from point-blank range.

Still the danger was not over, though, and Close had to go sliding in to prevent Kieron Morris having a free shot on goal.

Harrison had an attempt at the other end midway through the first half, but angled the ball wide after being teed-up by Curtis.

George Ray then did well to get ahead of Burgess at the far post and prevent the defender meeting Steve Seddon’s free-kick.

But it was Tranmere who finished the opening period on top and Bass got down well to stop Cook from nodding home Wilson’s cross.

A delivery from Corey Blackett-Taylor then appeared to present Cook with a free header, only for the striker to somehow miss the ball completely.

Another attempt from the same player soon crept pass the post after Woods had this time provided the cross.

And Burgess came to the rescue in stoppage-time to block Cook’s centre after Bass had come charging from his box and misjudged the bounce of the ball.

Half Time: Tranmere 1 Pompey 0

A couple of Seddon free-kicks caused the hosts problems once the action restarted, while Curtis scuffed a chance off target.

But the lead was doubled on 51 minutes after McGeehan slipped a neat pass through to Curtis, who had stayed onside.

The Republic of Ireland international’s cut-back went behind WILLIAMS, who recovered well to drill a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

Pompey kept looking for more goals, though, and a firm header from Harrison was sent straight into Davies’ arms.

Their opponents started to look more of a threat as the half progressed, although were constantly being let down by a poor final ball.

A corner – which Bass was booked for holding up – then led to an almighty scramble and Morris eventually prodded wastefully wide.

Rovers were seeing a lot of the ball, without doing much with it, while the visitors were trying to break quickly.

One delivery from Seddon was neatly flicked on by Harrison, but Davies was able to scramble behind before Close could pounce.

And Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease to continue their charge up the League One table.

Tranmere (4-4-2): Davies (c); Wilson (Ridehalgh 46), Ray, Monthe, Woods (Danns 59); Morris, Woodyard, McCullough, Blackett-Taylor; Vaughan (Ferrier 59), Cook
Booked: Vaughan
Subs not used: Pilling, Perkins, Gilmour, Jennings

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, McGeehan, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Raggett 13, Williams 51
Booked: Bass, Williams
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Evans, Harness, Marquis

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Attendance: 6,985 (1,379 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Tranmere (A): Pompey Receive Final Allocation

Support Blues on the road

3 February 2020

Tranmere Rovers

Pompey have received a final allocation of tickets for Saturday’s League One match at Tranmere.

More than 1,300 Blues fans have already secured their seat at Prenton Park and a further 150 tickets have been sent out.

They will go on general sale from midday on Tuesday (February 4) and can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office.

Category Price
Adult £19
Senior (65+) £12
Young Person (18-22)* £12
Junior (U18) £6
Accompanied Child (U12) £2

*Supporters will need to bring photo ID that includes their date of birth with them to the game.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone.

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

Please note that this is the final allocation of tickets Pompey will receive and away fans will not be able to pay on the day.

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