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Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One contest

28 January 2020

Lincoln v Pompey

Pompey might be fighting on three fronts, but it is the league that represents their most important battle.

And the quest for points continues at Sincil Bank this evening, as Kenny Jackett’s side take on Lincoln.

Their opponents are currently sitting 12th in the table in their first season at this level for 21 years – and are not out of the running for a promotion spot themselves.

The Imps are only five adrift of the play-off spaces, although have played more games than most of the sides above them.

Former Blues boss Michael Appleton is the man currently in charge, having been appointed manager back in September.

He has the tough task of following in the footsteps of the Cowley brothers, who masterminded the club’s rise up the divisions before leaving for Huddersfield.

Lincoln have impressed on their own patch this season, having dropped points on just three occasions and beaten the likes of Sunderland and Ipswich.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to November 20 to find the last time they failed to win at home.

Pompey have not paid a visit to Sincil Bank since their 1982/83 Division Three title-winning campaign, when Billy Rafferty’s brace and a goal from Steve Aizlewood secured a 3-0 victory.

It was a closer affair when the sides met on the south coast earlier in the current season, with John Marquis’ strike settling a scrappy contest.

Andy Cannon in action for Pompey against AFC Wimbledon
Fixture News

Joe's Injury Update: Lincoln (A)

27 January 2020

Andy Cannon limped off towards the end of Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Barnsley, but is not an injury doubt.

Pompey could also welcome back Lee Brown and Ross McCrorie, with the duo both returning to full training.

It leaves Bryn Morris (groin) as the only member of the Blues squad who is currently in the treatment room.

Lincoln also have no fresh injuries to worry about, but recent signing Tom Hopper could make his first start up front.

Read the thoughts of Joe Gallen and Tom Naylor ahead of Pompey’s first visit to Sincil Bank for 37 years.

Pompey: 9 wins
Lincoln: 5 wins
5 draws

At Sincil Bank
Pompey: 3 wins
Lincoln: 3 wins
2 draws

Visiting fans have already snapped up more than 1,000 tickets, which are no longer available to buy directly from Pompey.

Supporters can, however, pay at the ground this evening (cash only) by visiting the Ticket Point Two window next to the club shop.

Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Wayne Grunnill and Ian Dudley
Fourth Official: Declan Bourne

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Fixture News

Watch Lincoln Game On iFollow

28 January 2020

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 Ian Wilding 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 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.

Pompey can be backed at 6/4 with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts are available at 13/8.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Lincoln 0 Pompey 2

Curtis and Marquis on target at Sincil Bank

28 January 2020

Ronan Curtis celebrates scoring for Pompey at Lincoln
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Pompey continued their run of fine form with a 2-0 victory at a Lincoln side who had been in imperious home form.

Ronan Curtis curled home a free-kick in the last piece of action of an otherwise lacklustre opening half.

And the Imps never really did enough to threaten that lead, with John Marquis wrapping things up from the spot after Neal Eardley had fouled Steve Seddon.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that knocked Barnsley out of the FA Cup on home soil at the weekend.

Cameron McGeehan was ineligible for that game, but returned on the bench and was joined by the fit-again duo of Lee Brown and Ross McCrorie.

The hosts had an early opportunity when Jorge Grant’s cross drifted towards goal and landed on the roof of the net.

But the opening 45 minutes was a largely soporific affair, with neither side able to find any kind of fluidity and possession constantly changing hands.

A quick Lincoln break might have caused a few flutters in the away end of the ground, but Tyreece John-Jules settled any nerves by blazing high over the crossbar.

Pompey had periods of possession, although were lacking penetration in the final third as the contest continued to drift along.

There was pained expressions among every man in the crowd on 30 minutes after Andy Cannon’s shot hit a defender and ricocheted back into his nether regions.

The midfielder was then involved in a neat bit of build-up play involving Ryan Williams and Ben Close, with the latter’s ball glanced wide by Marquis, who had also strayed offside.

It appeared as though the interval would arrive without any meaningful incident, but the Blues suddenly picked up in stoppage-time.

Curtis fired one effort over, while Cian Bolger did well to stop James Bolton’s low delivery reaching Marquis in the box.

A fierce volley from Cannon was then blocked before, with time almost up, Seddon was bundled over just outside the box.

Close stood over the ball and Seddon feigned to take it, seemingly confusing Imps keeper Josh Vickers as CURTIS curled past his desperate grasp.

Half Time: Lincoln 0 Pompey 1

A long-range attempt from Cannon flew not too far over the bar once the action resumed, as the Blues tried to find a cushion.

But the hosts should have been level soon after, as Tom Hopper beat former Imps defender Sean Raggett and cut back for an unmarked John-Jules to fire wastefully over.

There was still a lack of quality on show, but there was certainly more action than had been on offer prior to the break.

Curtis fizzed a low free-kick into the box and the ball bounced dangerously around before being cleared behind.

The Imps then embarked on a patient passing move up the pitch that ended with Raggett making a crunching – but fair – challenge on Tyler Walker inside the box.

A Grant free-kick was soon partially headed clear, although Conor Coventry’s follow-up was again off target.

Pompey broke quickly to carve out an opportunity of their own on 73 minutes, with Seddon having of acres of space to run into before seeing his low drive beaten away by Vickers.

Jackett made his first substitution moments later, with Cannon making way for McGeehan in the centre.

Raggett then appeared to hurt himself after sticking a foot in to block Walker’s shot, but the centre-back was able to continue after some treatment on the pitch.

Pompey were trying to wrap the match up and when a Curtis corner was only partially cleared, McGeehan curled the loose ball over.

And they had the opportunity to do just that when Seddon’s charge into the box was clumsily halted by Eardley.

Referee Ben Toner had a simple decision to make and immediately pointed to the spot, although spared the Imps defender a second booking.

MARQUIS stepped up to take the penalty and precisely squeezed the ball just inside the post to double the lead in front of the large – and noisy – travelling army.

Curtis might have added some icing to the cake late on, but Vickers made a smart stop to limit the damage for Lincoln.

Lincoln (4-4-2): Vickers; Eardley, Bolger, Shackell (c), Melbourne; Anderson (Walker 60), Morrell, Coventry (Hesketh 74), Grant; Hopper, John-Jules
Booked: Eardley, Grant, Morrell
Subs not used: Smith, Lewis, Edun, Chapman, Elbouzedi

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, Cannon (McGeehan 76), Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Curtis 45+5, Marquis 87 (pen)
Booked: Close, Marquis, Naylor, Curtis
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Harness, Harrison

Referee: Ben Toner

Attendance: 8,983 (1,154 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Lincoln (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

27 January 2020

Lincoln City

Pompey fans can still buy tickets for the League One visit to Lincoln.

More than 1,000 have already been snapped up for Tuesday's contest at Sincil Bank, which kicks-off at 7.45pm.

They can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm today (January 27).

But supporters can also pay on the day (cash only) from the Ticket Point Two window at Lincoln. This is located next to the club shop and is also the place to visit for collections.

Category Price
Adult £26
Senior (60+) £21
Young Person (18-21) £21
Junior (U18) £11

Wheelchair and ambulant tickets are priced £21 and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

A family ticket is also available, with one adult and one junior priced £31, and one senior/young person and one junior priced £25.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/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 booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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