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Match Previews

Match Preview: Rochdale v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

22 November 2019

Rochdale v Pompey

It has been more than a fortnight since Pompey were last in league action, enjoying a comfortable home win over Southend.

So it will be a welcome return to the quest for points when Kenny Jackett takes his side to Spotland on Saturday.

The trip will be a familiar one to away-day regulars, with two successful visits to the north-west location last term.

A 3-1 League One victory was capped by a fine solo effort from Matt Clarke, while Andre Green’s last-gasp strike settled a cagier FA Cup contest a couple of months later.

Pompey then completed the hat-trick on home soil towards the end of the campaign, with a 4-1 triumph.

Rochdale finished 16th last term and were just four points above the drop zone, but it was even closer the previous year, when survival was only secured on the final day.

Supporters will be hoping for a less stressful season this time around and will be relying on the evergreen Ian Henderson.

The 34-year-old – whose celebrates his next birthday in January – has finished as the club’s leading league marksman in each of the past five campaigns and is already into double figures for the current one.

Kenny Jackett
Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Rochdale (A)

21 November 2019

Ellis Harrison is back in contention after missing Pompey’s FA Cup win at Harrogate Town with a bad back.

But the recently-injured trio of Ross McCrorie (hamstring), skipper Tom Naylor (hamstring) and Sean Raggett (adductor) are expected to be out for a couple of weeks.

The Blues will also still be without Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Rochdale are missing Tyler Magloire (groin) and Jim McNulty (back), while Ryan McLaughlin (heel) and Ollie Rathbone (foot) are both doubts.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ronan Curtis or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

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Pompey: 8 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
2 draws

At Spotland
Pompey: 4 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
1 draw

Pompey fans can secure advance tickets until 3pm today (November 22) or buy them at Rochdale on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

Referee: James Adcock
Assistants: Declan Ford and Natalie Aspinall
Fourth Official: Paul Newhouse

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 and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin 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 Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 16/5.

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All games kick-off at 3pm

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Southend v Oxford
Sunderland v Coventry
Wycombe v Doncaster


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Match Reports

Rochdale 0 Pompey 3

Curtis bags brace, with Williams also on target in Spotland triumph

23 November 2019

Ronan Curtis celebrates with Anton Walkes after scoring for Pompey at Rochdale
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Ronan Curtis continued his run of fine form by bagging a brace to help secure all three points for Pompey against Rochdale.

Ryan Williams was also on target at Spotland, as the Blues displayed a clinical edge that has been lacking at times this season.

The hosts saw plenty of the ball, but did not do much to threaten their visitors, while Curtis made the most of dangerous deliveries from John Marquis and Williams either side of the break.

And after chances to wrap the victory up had been spurned, Williams opened his Pompey account to settle any nerves.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that won at Harrogate Town to progress in the FA Cup.

Skipper Tom Naylor and Sean Raggett were injured in that game, with Anton Walkes and a fit-again Oli Hawkins replacing them.

Gareth Evans dropped to the bench to make way for Ellis Harrison, while Lee Brown wore the captain’s armband.

The hosts looked lively and dominated possession in the early stages, with Jimmy Keohane curling a shot past the post.

Matty Done was looking particularly dangerous whenever he burst forward, but Dale were not making the most of his trickery.

And the Blues started to feel their way into the contest, although Brandon Haunstrup will want to forget a free-kick that not only cleared the bar, but flew out of the ground.

Pompey did have the lead on 15 minutes, though, and it was largely thanks to the good work of Marquis.

He collected a pass from Williams and spun beautifully on the ball before cutting it back for CURTIS to fire home.

Some dangerous deliveries from Haunstrup and Williams caused problems, as the visitors tried to build on their advantage.

Rochdale began to take charge of possession once more, although they were not doing much to test Craig MacGillivray.

And the Blues almost snatched a second goal on 37 minutes, with Hawkins’ header from a corner blocked and nobody able to force home the loose ball.

Their opponents had one excellent chance to level before the break, as Rekeil Pyke glanced Keohane’s cross against the post.

Half Time: Rochdale 0 Pompey 1

Keohane tried his luck from long-range seconds after the restart, with the ball flying high over the bar.

But the Blues were more clinical when they went up the other end moments later and a low Williams delivery was slammed home by CURTIS.

Jackett wanted his men to build on that, screaming at them from the sidelines to keep pressing and make life uncomfortable for their opponents.

A poor clearance from Dale keeper Robert Sanchez flew straight to Williams just before the hour mark, but it caught the winger by surprise and he was unable to capitalise.

The hosts were still being frustrated and when Callum Camps finally did get a shot on target, MacGillivray flew to his right to make a fine save.

The Scotland international then dusted himself down to commandingly claim the resulting corner, drawing cheers of approval from the noisy travelling army.

Pompey were doing their best to keep hold of the ball and slow the game down, while still looking capable of adding to their lead.

When Harrison was bundled to the turf on the right, Haunstrup’s free-kick was nodded against the bar by Hawkins.

Then, seconds later, Curtis burst forward with lightning pace and slotted the ball across for Williams, but Sanchez was quickly off his line to deny the winger.

Jackett soon made a change, with the hard-working Harrison trudging from the turf and replaced by Brett Pitman.

Rochdale were doing their best to try to reduce the deficit, but the Blues were resolute at the back and a real menace on the break.

And they finally made sure of the points late on, with Pitman unselfishly passing to the unmarked WILLIAMS, who coolly slotted home.

Rochdale (4-1-2-1-2): Sanchez; Matheson, O’Connell, Norrington-Davies, Keohane (Tavares 77); Williams; Done (Bradley 83), Morley (Hopper 87); Camps; Henderson (c), Pyke
Subs not used: Lynch, Dunne, Brierley, Gillam

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown (c); Walkes, Close; Williams, Marquis, Curtis (Harness 90+1); Harrison (Pitman 75)
Goals: Curtis 15, 47, Williams 88
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Cannon, Evans

Referee: James Adcock

Attendance: 3,789 (993 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Rochdale (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

21 November 2019

Pompey fans can still buy tickets for Saturday's league visit to Rochdale.

Almost 1,000 seats have already been snapped up for the Spotland contest, which kicks-off at 3pm.

They can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 3pm on Friday.

But supporters can also buy tickets from the Rochdale ticket office or at the cash turnstiles on the day of the game.

Fans collecting tickets on Saturday should visit the cabin next to the Football in the Community office.

Category Price
Adult £22
Senior (65+) £16
Young Person (21 and under) £16
Junior (16 and under) £5

Wheelchair spaces cost £16, while ambulant seats are priced at the above rates. Both include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

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

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be purchased online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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