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Match Preview: Gillingham v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

31 December 2019

Gillingham v Pompey

There might be few sore heads in the away end at Priestfield when Pompey visit Gillingham on New Year’s Day.

But the visitors will be keen to show that there is no hangover from the defeat at MK Dons in the final fixture of 2019.

Kenny Jackett’s men need to improve their away form if they are to close the gap on the top two sides in League One.

But they now face opponents who have won seven times on their own patch this term – a record bettered by only Wycombe and Coventry.

In all competitions, the Kent outfit have been victorious in each of the past seven fixtures played at Priestfield.

It means that Steve Evans’ troops are currently sitting 11th in the League One standings and are just four points adrift of the play-off spots.

They also have an exciting home clash with Premier League side West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup at the weekend.

The Gills won both league meetings with Pompey last season, although it finished goalless at Fratton Park earlier in the current campaign.

TEAM NEWS
Ryan Williams is set to miss the next few games after injuring his groin against Wycombe on Boxing Day.

Ross McCrorie (hamstring), Lee Brown (Achilles) and Brandon Haunstrup (meniscus) are also sidelined.

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

Matty Willock (knee) could return for the hosts, who are likely to be without Mark Byrne (knee) for the rest of the season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the New Year’s Day visit to Priestfield.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 19 wins
Gillingham: 9 wins
8 draws

At Priestfield
Pompey: 7 wins
Gillingham: 7 wins
3 draws

TICKET NEWS
Pompey fans will be able to buy tickets at Gillingham on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and George Byrne
Fourth Official: Stephen Brown

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 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 Thursday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 7/4.

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

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Gillingham 1 Pompey 1

Evans goal cancelled out by Jakubiak on New Year’s Day

1 January 2020

Marcus Harness in action for Pompey at Gilli
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey were denied a winning start to the new decade after Gillingham grabbed a late equaliser at Priestfield.

Gareth Evans had given the Blues a deserved lead after being restored to the side for the New Year’s Day encounter.

But their hosts improved after the interval and Alex Jakubiak came off the bench to earn them a share of the spoils.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that were beaten at MK Dons in the final fixture of 2019.

Alex Bass was handed a rare start between the sticks, while Evans also returned, as Craig MacGillivray and Andy Cannon dropped to the bench.

In a scrappy opening to the contest, it was the hosts – who had won their past seven Priestfield fixtures – who were first to threaten.

An acrobatic overhead effort from skipper Max Ehmer was bravely blocked by his counterpart Tom Naylor.

Then, after a long throw had found its way across to Oliver Lee in the box – a cleanly-struck effort was well saved by Bass.

But the Blues soon began to look more threatening and, certainly in terms of chances created, dominated the rest of the half.

A free-kick from Evans was nodded straight up in the air by Christian Burgess and unconvincingly punched away by Jack Bonham.

That led to a scramble in the box and when the ball eventually landed for Evans, the keeper made amends with a smart stop.

It was an impressive opening for the recalled Evans, who had another opportunity to break the deadlock on 18 minutes.

He nipped in to get on the end of James Bolton’s low cross following a neat one-two with Marcus Harness, but Ehmer blocked his shot and Barry Fuller hacked the loose ball to safety.

It was Harness who was next to try his luck after an intended pass for Ellis Harrison rebounded back into his path, with Bonham getting down to save the resulting attempt.

Gillingham were doing little to test Bass and Connor Ogilvie nodded Lee’s corner wide at the near post.

But it was Pompey who forged ahead on 36 minutes and it was no surprise that the lively EVANS got the all-important goal.

He raced into the middle of the area to meet a low delivery from Harness and lash the ball into the roof of the net.

The hosts came close to levelling late in the half after former Fratton loanee Stuart O’Keefe charged into the box and hit a fierce strike against the crossbar.

Pompey then had the ball in the net again in stoppage-time, as Bonham and Curtis both rose to meet Naylor’s up and under.

The keeper dropped the ball against his opponent and saw it roll into the net, but referee Alan Young awarded a free-kick against the Irish winger.

Half Time: Gillingham 0 Pompey 1

Gillingham looked much brighter once the action restarted and Naylor did well to head Tom O’Connor’s corner to safety.

Barry Fuller then sent a dangerous deep cross into the box and Ehmer’s angled shot was well saved by Bass.

The keeper also kept out Mikael Mandron’s attempt from long-range, although that was a more comfortable stop for the academy graduate.

Pompey looked dangerous on the break, though, and when Bonham flapped at an Anton Walkes cross, Naylor sent the loose ball narrowly past the post.

It was all getting rather frantic, with the action quickly switching from one end of the pitch to the other.

Brandon Hanlan was allowed to run at the Blues back-line on 67 minutes, although his drilled effort was easily gathered by Bass.

A corner from Evans then gave the visitors a chance to double the lead, with Ellis Harrison’s improvised flick going just wide.

But it took a fine save from Bass to keep them ahead soon after, with the keeper getting his fingertips to Fuller’s vicious curling attempt from outside the box.

And the Gills were level with 10 minutes remaining, as Alfie Jones forced a pass through to Jakubiak, with the substitute slotting past Bass.

Jackett soon made a double switch, with Evans and Harrison replaced by Oli Hawkins and John Marquis.

The display of six additional minutes gave both sets of fans hope that their side could find a last-gasp winner.

But aside from a 25-yard Ben Close effort that flew over the top, neither side came close to scoring again.

Gillingham (4-1-2-1-2): Bonham; Fuller, Ehmer (c), Tucker, Ogilvie; Jones; O’Keefe (Marshall 70), O’Connor; Lee; Mandron (Jakubiak 70), Hanlan
Goals: Jakubiak 80
Booked: O’Keefe
Subs not used: Walsh, Hodson, Pringle, Charles-Cook, Ndjoli

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Walkes; Naylor (c), Close; Harness, Evans (Hawkins 83), Curtis; Harrison (Marquis 83)
Goals: Evans 36
Booked: Evans, Naylor, Raggett
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Mnoga, Downing, Cannon, Pitman

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 5,724 (1,180 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Gillingham (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

30 December 2019

Pompey fans can still buy tickets for the New Year's Day visit to Gillingham.

Around 1,000 seats have already been snapped up for the League One contest at Priestfield, which kicks-off at 3pm.

They can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 5pm today (December 30).

But supporters can also pay on the day (cash only) from Gillingham's away turnstiles, with collections from the same location.

Category Gordon Road Stand Brian Moore Stand
Adult £22 £20
Senior (65+) £19 £16
Student (ID required) £7 £6
Junior (U18) £7 £6
Child (U12) Free* Free*

*With a full-paying adult

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

There is a £1 charge per booking for tickets bought online or over the phone.

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

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

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