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Match Preview: Pompey v Barnsley

Everything you need to know about Emirates FA Cup tie

24 January 2020

Pompey v Barnsley

Pompey have not reached the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup since going all the way to the final in 2010.

Barnsley are standing between Kenny Jackett’s side and a place in the last 16 of the competition this weekend.

The Yorkshire side have not enjoyed much recent success in the competition either – they are on their best run for seven years.

Gerhard Struber’s men earned their trip to Fratton Park with a 3-1 victory at League Two side Crewe three weeks ago.

They are currently involved in a battle to beat the drop from the Championship, although have climbed off the foot of the table in recent weeks.

But the Tykes are still in the bottom three and four points adrift of the safety mark with 17 matches remaining.

The hosts will be wary of Conor Chaplin’s return, with the former Blues favourite having netted nine goals in his past 14 appearances.

It finished 1-0 to the Reds in the only previous FA Cup clash between the sides, which took place all the way back in 1907.

Both of last season’s League One meetings finished all square, with Omar Bogle having a penalty saved in a goalless contest on the south coast.

James Bolton
Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Barnsley (H)

23 January 2020

James Bolton could be fit enough to feature, despite limping off with a thigh injury against Scunthorpe.

But Cameron McGeehan – who opened his Blues account on Tuesday night – is unable to feature against his parent club.

Ross McCrorie has returned to training, but this weekend’s game comes too soon for the versatile loanee.

It leaves Lee Brown (Achilles) and Bryn Morris (groin) as the only members of the squad currently injured.

Barnsley will be without defender Bambo Diaby, who is suspended during an FA investigation, while Mike Bahre is ill.

Clarke Oduor is expected to be fit following an ankle injury and the visitors could hand a debut to new signing Michael Sollbauer.

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Pompey: 21 wins
Barnsley: 18 wins
14 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 14 wins
Barnsley: 5 wins
7 draws

Pompey fans can secure tickets online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

From 9am on Saturday, they can also be bought from the matchday ticket office in Frogmore Road, which is the location for ticket collections.

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Mark Pottage and Steven Plane
Fourth Official John Busby

Pompey or Barnsley will be ball number 15 in Monday evening’s draw for the fifth. Click here for more details.

Due to engineering works, buses replace trains between Fareham/Havant and Portsmouth stations on Saturday.

Journeys will take longer and be more crowded than usual, so please plan accordingly. Click here for more information.

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 should note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected for overseas broadcast, so supporters outside the UK should check local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region.

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.

Pompey are the 23/20 favourites with Sky Bet to progress on the day, while the visitors can be backed at 11/5.

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Match Reports

Pompey 4 Barnsley 2

Blues ease into the fifth round of the FA Cup

25 January 2020

John Marquis celebrates scoring for Pompey against Barnsley in the Emirates FA Cup
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey eased into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a dismantling of Championship strugglers Barnsley at Fratton Park.

They were in charge for most of the contest, but had to wait until late in the first half before Ben Close impressively broke the deadlock.

John Marquis then doubled the advantage in stoppage-time, only for a Cauley Woodrow stunner to ignite hopes of a comeback for the visitors.

They were quickly extinguished by Ronan Curtis, however, and Christian Burgess wrapped up a convincing victory, before Conor Chaplin grabbed a late Tykes consolation.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat Bolton in the league the previous weekend.

Andy Cannon, Close and Ryan Williams all returned to the starting line-up, with the latter facing his former club.

Ellis Harrison and Marcus Harness both dropped to the bench, while Cameron McGeehan was unable to feature against the side he is on loan from.

Meanwhile, there was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, as ex-Fratton favourite Chaplin played up front.

The contest took a while to get going, but it was Pompey who looked the more threatening side as the first half progressed.

It was the skipper who had the first attempt, with Tom Naylor drilling a low shot narrowly wide when Cannon laid the ball into his path.

Cannon was then not quite able to get on the end of a Williams delivery after Curtis had ridden a challenge in the middle of the pitch and picked out the winger.

The Blues were looking particularly dangerous on the break, although had yet to test Brad Collins between the sticks.

But the keeper might have gifted the hosts an opener midway through the half, with his kick ricocheting off Marquis and rolling just past the post.

Collins then had to get down low to his right to keep out a low effort from Curtis following another pacy counter-attack.

But the deadlock was broken on 37 minutes after Cannon had not been afforded any space to get a shot away.

The midfielder instead laid the ball off for CLOSE to superbly arrow home from the edge of the box, drawing cries of ‘he’s one of our own’ from the Fratton faithful.

Collins then stopped his side falling further behind just before the break, superbly parrying Curtis’ shot behind following good work from Williams.

It was only a brief respite for the Tykes, though, as Curtis met the resulting corner from Steve Seddon and his header was touched over the line by MARQUIS.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Barnsley 0

Barnsley showed more attacking intent once the action restarted, although the Blues soon almost extended their lead further.

Curtis met a cross from Williams and his header hit Marquis, with Collins doing well to stop the ball crossing the line.

The hosts were on top and playing some neat football, as they looked to put the tie out of the Reds’ reach.

But their lead was halved from nowhere on the hour mark, as Woodrow hit a stunning 30-yard strike that left Alex Bass with no chance.

And Barnsley should have soon been level, with Jacob Brown wastefully prodding wide from a few yards out.

He was made to pay his profligacy just a few seconds later, as CURTIS raced onto a long ball over the top by Bass, held off a defender and fired home off the inside of the post.

It had been a quiet return for Chaplin, but he had two opportunities in quick succession to hurt his former club.

His first attempt was bravely blocked by Burgess, while the striker was then unable to beat Bass from an acute angle.

From coming to the rescue at one end, BURGESS then scored the Blues’ fourth goal of the afternoon – just a week after opening his account for the season.

Williams’ effort was deflected behind for a corner, which Seddon whipped into the box for the centre-back to firmly head into the net.

That was Williams’ last contribution, with the winger replaced by Harness, exiting the pitch from the north side and enjoying a standing ovation as he made his way around the pitch.

The newcomer almost added a fifth goal on 82 minutes, but Collins was quickly off his line to prevent him from converting Curtis’ pass.

Pompey fans were certainly enjoying themselves, singing songs about Wembley and paying tribute to Chaplin.

And the Barnsley striker did reduce his side's deficit in stoppage-time, following up to find the net after Bass had denied Brown.

But the hosts had comfortably done enough to book their place in Monday evening’s fifth round draw – the first time they have reached that stage since getting to the final in 2010.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harness 78), Cannon (Evans 90), Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 90+2)
Goals: Close 37, Marquis 45+1, Curtis 62, Burgess 76
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Hawkins

Barnsley (4-1-2-1-2): Collins; J.Williams, Sollbauer, Andersen, Oduor; Halme (Dougall 69); Thomas (Mowatt 46), Ritzmaier; Woodrow (c); Brown, Chaplin
Goals: Woodrow 60, Chaplin 90+1
Subs not used: Radlinger, Ludewig, B.Williams, Styles, Schmidt

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 13,286 (681 away fans)

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Ticket News

Barnsley (H): Around 7,000 Tickets Sold

Seats selling well for Emirates FA Cup tie

14 January 2020

Emirates FA Cup

Tickets are selling well for Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Barnsley at Fratton Park.

Around 7,000 seats have already been snapped up for the fourth round contest against Championship opposition on Saturday, January 25 (3pm kick-off).

Season ticket holders’ seats are no longer reserved and any that remain unsold will be released for sale to members from 9am tomorrow (January 15).

The general sale period will then commence from 9am on Thursday, January 16.

Kenny Jackett’s side have seen off Harrogate Town, Altrincham and Fleetwood to get to this stage of the competition.

Their Yorkshire opponents – who could hand a start to former Fratton favourite Conor Chaplin – won at Crewe in the third round.

The quickest and easiest way to secure your place at the game is by visiting our eticketing site.

But supporters can also visit the Anson Road ticket office or give them a call on 0345 646 1898 (option one).

Category Price
Adult £24
Senior (65+) £18
Young Person (18-22) £16
Ambulant* £16
Wheelchair* £15
Junior (17 and under) £7

*Includes a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

Season ticket holders who secured their seat before 5pm on Tuesday, January 14 will have the game uploaded onto their season card. If they buy after this point, then they will receive a paper ticket.

All other tickets will be posted out, available for collection or can be printed at home.

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

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