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Match Preview: Pompey v Fleetwood

Everything you need to know about League One contest

10 March 2020

Pompey v Fleetwood

There is only goal difference currently separating Pompey and Fleetwood in the League One standings ahead of tonight’s Fratton contest.

The hosts are one position higher than their opponents in sixth, with both clubs among a group of five on 59 points in a congested promotion race.

Sunderland – a member of that bunch – are also in action this evening, with the sides knowing that victory would take them level on points with Rotherham in second spot.

Kenny Jackett’s troops are looking to protect their unbeaten home league record and secure an eighth successive south coast victory.

But the Cod Army are enjoying a fine run of form and head to Fratton Park on an 11-match unbeaten run.

That includes Saturday’s goalless draw with rivals Blackpool, while they won at Ipswich in their last game on the road.

It will be the third meeting between the clubs in 2020, with the previous two taking place at Highbury.

Pompey triumphed 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup in January, while Fleetwood edged a windswept league contest just over a fortnight ago.

A goal from Oli Hawkins was enough to settle the most recent home meeting last season, which saw Nathan Sheron dismissed for Town late on.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Fleetwood (H)

9 March 2020

TEAM NEWS
Ben Close is a major doubt for Pompey, with the midfielder injuring his ankle in Saturday’s defeat at Peterborough.

Ellis Harrison missed that game due to the birth of his first child, but was back training on Monday and available for selection.

Christian Burgess completes his two-match ban after collecting 10 yellow cards, while Bryn Morris is not ready to be considered for first team duties.

Fleetwood have no new injury concerns, with Callum Connolly – who scored the winner against Pompey last month – shaking off a knock to play at the weekend.

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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 5 wins
Fleetwood: 3 wins
0 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 wins
Fleetwood: 1 win
0 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure their seat online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

If you are coming to the game, please read the EFL guidance concerning the coronavirus outbreak.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Christopher Husband and Kevin Howick
Fourth Official: Justin Amey

Fixture News

Watch Fleetwood Game On iFollow

10 March 2020

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 Andrew Moon 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 ifollow@efl.com 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.

BETTING
Pompey are the evens favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors are available at 14/5.

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 7.45pm

Blackpool v Tranmere
Bristol Rovers v Sunderland
Burton v Bolton

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Fleetwood 2

Blues share the points with promotion rivals

10 March 2020

Sean Raggett scores for Pompey against Fleetwood
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey had to settle for a point at Fratton Park against an in-form Fleetwood side also pushing for a place in the top two.

They conceded a sloppy opener to Barrie McKay, but Sean Raggett nodded the hosts back on level terms before the break.

Harry Souttar then turned the ball into his own net, with the Cod Army defender soon making amends by securing them a point.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten on the road at Peterborough at the weekend.

Ellis Harrison missed that game after becoming a father for the first time, but was back to lead the line.

There were also returns for Ross McCrorie and Andy Cannon, as John Marquis dropped to the bench, while Jack Whatmough and the injured Ben Close missed out completely.

Pompey were first to threaten when the ball broke for Ronan Curtis in the box and, from a tight angle, he sent a shot dipping over the crossbar.

But it was relatively slow start to the contest, with a scything Glenn Whelan challenge on Ryan Williams the main point of focus, earning the midfielder a yellow card.

Fleetwood then capitalised on some sloppy play from the hosts to break the deadlock on 19 minutes.

Ched Evans cut the ball back for McKay and his first attempt was saved by Alex Bass, only for the keeper to get into a tangle with Steve Seddon.

It was McKay who was quickest to the loose ball and was able to force it home from a couple of yards out.

The same player then curled a teasing corner into the box and Tom Naylor was forced to head narrowly past his own post.

Fleetwood were looking more likely to add to the scoring and Jack Sowerby’s effort took a deflection, with Bass adjusting well to save.

Pompey finally began to move through the gears, with Harrison forcing Alex Cairns to drop a cross and have to grasp the ball at the second attempt.

And an equaliser did arrive on 36 minutes, when McCrorie’s fine delivery from deep on the right was met by RAGGETT, whose header looped over Cairns and into the net.

Lewis Gibson was booked late in the first half for a terrible dive in the box that, which – for some reason – peeved the Cod Army bench.

They were almost celebrating in stoppage-time, though, as Josh Morris curled a fine free-kick against the post.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Fleetwood 1

The hosts were caught napping immediately following the restart and Morris’ centre was pushed out by Bass, with Cameron McGeehan on hand to clear the danger.

But the Blues took the lead moments later, thanks to a searing burst of pace from Williams down the right.

He surged past Lewis Gibson to get on the end of Cannon’s pass and sent in a low delivery that was thundered into his own net by SOUTTAR.

Both sides were looking capable of adding to the scoring, although Harrison scuffed wide after being played through by Curtis.

The Cod Army then broke quickly up the pitch and Morris was left with just Bass to beat, with the keeper coming off his line to make a crucial save.

But the visitors were level on 55 minutes, as Souttar atoned for his earlier indiscretion by nodding home when a corner was headed back across goal by Evans.

Jackett made a double switch to try to regain the advantage, as Williams and McGeehan made way for Marcus Harness and Marquis.

The action continued to swing from one end to the next and Curtis could only nod wide at the back post after meeting a fine cross from Harness.

But there was generally a lack of quality from both sides in the final third, with a point enough to move the Blues up two places fourth.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Bolton, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan (Marquis 65), Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 65), Cannon, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Raggett 36, Souttar 48 (og)
Booked: Curtis, Harrison
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Downing, Brown, Evans, Hawkins

Fleetwood (3-4-3): Cairns; Connolly, Souttar, Gibson; Coyle, Sowerby (Coutts 69), Whelan, Andrew (Burns 54); Morris (Madden 75), Evans (c), McKay
Goals: McKay 19, Souttar 55
Booked: Whelan, Gibson, Connolly, McKay
Subs not used: Crellin, Thorvaldsson, Biggins, Saunders

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 16,775 (64 away fans)

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