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Match Preview: Pompey v Southend

Everything you need to know about League One clash

5 November 2019

Pompey v Southend

There will be a trio of familiar faces returning to Fratton Park this evening for Pompey’s League One meeting with Southend.

Sol Campbell – who skippered the Blues to the FA Cup in 2008 – was appointed manager of the Essex outfit last month.

His assistant Hermann Hreidarsson is another member of that famous Wembley side, while coach Andy Cole spent a year on the south coast.

They coincidentally replaced another ex-Pompey bunch, with Kevin Bond, Gary Waddock and Svetoslav Todorov all departing Roots Hall following a poor start to the season.

The Shrimpers have secured just one league win – September’s 1-0 success at MK Dons – all season and only a 12-point deduction for Bolton is keeping them off the foot of the table.

Campbell oversaw a 7-1 home defeat to Doncaster before properly taking charge for much closer losses to Ipswich and, on Saturday, Sunderland.

The new man in charge has a big job on his hands, with Southend already eight points adrift of safety.

Pompey won 2-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture, but will be keen to forget the most recent meeting between the pair on United territory.

Goals from Bryn Morris, Ben Close and Oli Hawkins gave them a commanding lead back in February, only for Simon Cox’s treble to ensure the spoils were shared.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Southend (H)

4 November 2019

TEAM NEWS
Brett Pitman is back in contention for Pompey after returning to training following a groin injury that has kept him out for three weeks.

Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still sidelined for the Blues.

Southend will be without Stephen Humphrys (thigh), Charlie Kelman (ankle), Sam Mantom (hamstring) and John White (arm).

Ethan Hamilton and Stephen McLaughlin are both serving the final game of three-match bans following their red cards against Doncaster.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Tom Naylor or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 18 wins
Southend: 11 wins
9 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 13 wins
Southend: 2 wins
4 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: Lee Swabey
Assistants: Conor Farrell and Ollie Williams
Fourth Official: Samuel Allison

Fixture News

Watch Southend Game On iFollow

5 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 1/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 10/1.

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

Rochdale v Ipswich
Shrewsbury v Peterborough

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 4 Southend 1

Blues return to winning ways at Fratton Park

5 November 2019

John Marquis celebrates scoring for Pompey against Southend
Photo: Robin Jones

Pompey had to remain patient before finally easing to victory against struggling Southend at Fratton Park.

It looked like being a frustrating evening for the hosts against their stubborn opponents until John Maquis opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Ellis Harrison forced home another after the break, although Brandon Goodship’s Shrimpers strike got supporters fretting about more dropped points.

But they need not have worried, as Harrison converted a penalty before Marcus Harness came off the bench to wrap things up.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Oxford on home soil at the weekend.

One of them was enforced, with an injury to Craig MavGillivray meaning Alex Bass was handed a third league start between the sticks.

The other switch saw Harrison replace Gareth Evans and play up front, with Marquis sitting a bit deeper.

There were plenty of familiar faces in the visitors’ dug-out, as Southend had recently appointed a management team of Sol Campbell, Hermann Hreidarsson and Andy Cole.

Svetoslav Todorov, meanwhile, recently left his role as Shrimpers coach, but was at the game to watch his former clubs in action.

The first half was, for the most part, a frustrating one for the hosts, who dominated possession, but found their disciplined opponents difficult to break down.

Clear-cut chances were very much at a premium, with a few teasing crosses that nobody could get on the end of about as good as it got.

Bass was the busier of the two keepers in the early stages, smothering one effort from Isaac Hutchinson and then making a better save to deny Goodship.

At the other end, Sean Raggett was unable to nod Ronan Curtis’ free-kick on target, while Harrison’s header was blocked by Hutchinson.

Pompey then received a blow when Ross McCrorie pulled up with a hamstring injury and had to be substituted, with Brandon Haunstrup on to replace him.

The hosts were looking more dangerous as the interval approached and Mark Milligan just about got in front of Ryan Williams to turn the ball behind.

Ben Close was then fed by Marquis inside the box and drew a smart stop from Nathan Bishop, with his second attempt deflected behind.

But, with virtually the final kick of the half, the deadlock was broken and the assist was provided by the man who came on.

It was a delightful left-footed cross from wide on the right by Haunstrup and MARQUIS found space to prod past Bishop.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Southend 0

Harrison should really have doubled the advantage straight after the interval, but could not keep his header down from Curtis’ centre.

But he made up for that moments later by taking a much more difficult chance to provide a bit of breathing space.

An initial cut-back for Williams was headed back to the striker and HARRISON somehow managed to sneak a shot home, via the underside of the bar, from the byline.

Southend were suddenly being run ragged, with Pompey looking dangerous with every attack and almost adding a third goal.

Brown cut the ball back for Tom Naylor outside the box and the skipper’s fierce effort struck the inside of the post before rebounding safe.

Another long-range attempt – this time from Marquis – was then fumbled behind by Bishop, as the hosts continued to dominate.

Curtis had been the provider of plenty of fine crosses and another one on 65 minutes had to be cleared by Timothee Dieng, with Harrison lurking.

And when Lee Brown’s corner was nodded back by Christian Burgess, an inventive over-head effort from Williams flew narrowly over.

Pompey had to be careful not to switch off at the other end, though, as substitute Emile Acquah headed wastefully wide from Hutchinson’s corner.

They did concede soon after, though, with Bass getting his hands to Goodship’s ferocious strike, but unable to keep it out of the net.

Jackett responded with a second substitution of the evening on 73 minutes, as the lively Williams made way for Harness.

He had an early sighter after Elvis Bwomono’s clearance fell into his path, but the winger’s shot flew off target.

The nerves were settled soon after, though, as Raggett tried to reach Curtis’ free-kick and was tugged to the turf by Rob Kiernan.

Referee Lee Swabey pointed straight to the spot and although HARRISON’s penalty caught Bishop’s trailing leg, it was hit with enough power to find the net.

But the scoring was not over and after entering the area from the right, HARNESS lashed home to ensure there would be no comeback.

And Close almost got in on the act just a few moments later, with a shot that was deflected inches past the post.

Harness also drilled narrowly wide in stoppage-time, as the Blues finished a productive game with a flourish.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie (Haunstrup 40), Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harness 73), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Marquis 45+2, Harrison 50, 80 (pen), Harness 84
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: McGee, Downing, Evans, Cannon, Pitman

Southend (3-4-1-2): Bishop; Shaughnessy, Dieng, Lennon (Kiernan 74); Bwomono, Hutchinson, Milligan (c), Ralph; Goodship; Cox (Acquah 61), Hopper (Rush 87)
Goals: Goodship 69
Booked: Milligan
Subs not used: Oxley, Demetriou, Taylor, Ndukwu

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 16,995 (316 away fans)

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