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Match Preview: Pompey v Rotherham

Everything you need to know about League One clash

26 November 2019

Pompey v Rotherham

There is mixed news for Pompey fans ahead of a hectic run of fixtures between now and the start of 2020.

Six of the next seven games – which leads us up to Boxing Day – take place at Fratton Park, where no opposition team has managed to claim three points this term.

But four of those fixtures are in League One and come against the sides currently occupying the top four places.

Clashes with Peterborough, Ipswich and Wycombe follow in December after this evening’s visit from Rotherham.

The Millers – who have former Fratton boss Richie Barker acting as manager Paul Warne’s assistant – have won four of their past five games.

That run included a memorable triumph at MK Dons on Saturday, as United battled back from a two-goal deficit to claim the spoils.

It leaves them sitting nicely in fourth spot, having claimed six more points than Pompey, albeit playing one match more.

Rotherham were relegated from the Championship last term, but won both meetings with the Blues during the previous campaign.

The hosts will have happier memories of their clash in April 2013, when a 3-2 success secured the Division One title.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Rotherham (H)

25 November 2019

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new injury concerns, with everyone coming through Saturday’s win at Rochdale unscathed.

Sean Raggett (adductor) could return at the weekend, but Ross McCrorie (hamstring) and skipper Tom Naylor (hamstring) are still at least a week away.

Jack Whatmough has returned to training following a serious knee problem, although needs a reserve game before being considered, while Bryn Morris (groin) is also out.

Michael Smith could feature for the visitors against his former club, but ex-Fratton loanee Joe Mattock (back) is missing.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ryan Williams or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Rotherham: 10 wins
10 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 wins
Rotherham: 2 wins
5 draws

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

From 5.30pm this evening, they can also be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Antony Coggins
Assistants: Richard Morris and Robert Dabbs
Fourth Official: Oliver Jackson

Fixture News

Watch Rotherham Game On iFollow

26 November 2019

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with multiple cameras, 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 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.

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 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 12/5.

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.

Please note that in-stadium betting is no longer available at Fratton Park.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Ipswich v Wycombe
Sunderland v Burton

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 3 Rotherham 2

Curtis, Marquis and Close all on target at Fratton Park

26 November 2019

John Marquis celebrates scoring for Pompey against Rotherham United
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey finally saw off a stubborn Rotherham side to claim all three points at Fratton Park and register a fourth successive victory.

Ronan Curtis opened the scoring straight from kick-off and after Freddie Ladapo levelled, John Marquis restored their lead.

But Ladapo levelled again after the break – this time from the spot – and it took a neat finish from Ben Close to get the job done.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that won at Rochdale at the weekend, with Lee Brown once again wearing the armband in the absence of regular skipper Tom Naylor.

And the hosts came sprinting from the blocks, taking the lead with just 33 seconds on the clock – with no surprises about the identity of the goalscorer.

The in-form CURTIS continued his scoring spree with a fine shot from outside the box after receiving a cross-field pass from Ryan Williams.

Millers keeper Daniel Iversen then fumbled Brandon Haunstrup’s deep pass into the box and would have been relieved to see the ball land clear.

But Rotherham soon grew into the contest and when Kyle Vassell guided a shot through Oli Hawkins’ legs, Craig MacGillivray had to get down to make the save.

The unsighted keeper could only parry the same player’s free-kick moments later, though, and Ladapo gratefully converted the loose ball to level the scores.

Marquis sent a couple of half-chances off target, but United were looking threatening at the other end and MacGillivray did well to deny Ladapo.

It was soon the Blues’ turn to go on the attack and Close blazed wastefully over after racing into the box to meet Ellis Harrison’s header.

The hosts did restore their advantage moments later, however, as Harrison nodded Brown’s cross towards the far post, where MARQUIS was waiting to slam home.

There was an escape at the other end when the hosts made a mess of dealing with a cross, but Brown, Vassell and Carlton Morris all collided in the box and the ball drifted harmlessly wide.

Pompey then should have extended their lead in stoppage-time, with Curtis picking out Marquis in the box and the summer signing only able to send a tame header straight at Iversen.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Rotherham 1

The hosts did have the ball in the net again just after the restart, but Harrison forced Iversen into the net when the keeper collected Williams’ cross and a foul was awarded.

Both sides then collected yellow cards in quick succession, with substitute Chiedozie Ogebene punished for United and Harrison for the Blues.

Rotherham were seeing plenty of the ball around their opponents’ box, but unable to test MacGillivray.

And a quick Williams counter provided an opening for Pompey just before the hour mark, although Curtis’ eventual delivery was just behind Marquis.

But the Millers were given an excellent opportunity to level when Morris’ trickery inside the box drew a foul from Hawkins.

Referee Antony Coggins pointed straight to the spot and Ladapo confidently sent MacGillivray the wrong way to equalise for a second time.

But Pompey again managed to restore their advantage, this time taking just four minutes to go back ahead.

Rotherham made a hash of dealing with Curtis’ flag-kick and CLOSE chested the ball down on the edge of the box before volleying into the bottom corner.

The visitors were dealt a further blow when Billy Jones went down injured just seconds after they had made their final two changes.

He was forced to limp down the tunnel, leaving United to play out the rest of the contest with 10 men.

Pompey soon made a change of their own, with Williams leaving the field to a standing ovation and replaced by Marcus Harness.

They tried to make the most of their numerical advantage, but Curtis was unable to slip a shot inside Iversen’s near post following good work from Haunstrup.

It was certainly not all one-way traffic, though, and Jamie Lindsay’s effort was deflected narrowly past the post.

Harness then hit a rocket of a shot from the edge of the box just over the bar, as the Blues looked to wrap things up.

They were unable to score again, but saw out four minutes of stoppage-time to climb up into 10th spot in the League One standings.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown (c); Walkes, Close; Williams (Harness 78), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Curtis 1, Marquis 37, Close 66
Booked: Harrison
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Cannon, Evans, Pitman

Rotherham (4-4-2): Iversen; Olosunde (Ogbene 46), Ihiekwe (c), Robertson, Jones; Morris, Wiles, Barlaser (Lindsay 73), Clarke; Ladapo, Vassell (Crooks 73)
Goals: Ladapo 15, 62 (pen)
Booked: Ogbene, Morris
Subs not used: Price, Thompson, Hastie, Smith

Referee: Antony Coggins

Attendance: 16,355 (204 away fans)

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