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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

25 October 2019

Bristol Rovers v Pompey

Pompey will search for just a second away league victory of the season when they face Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett’s side remain unbeaten on home soil, but have collected only four points on their travels.

Their opponents are sitting in 11th position and with five more points, albeit having played two games more.

But Graham Coughlan’s men go into the contest on the back of successive 2-0 defeats to Doncaster and Bolton, becoming the first team to lose to the latter this season.

That brought to an end an impressive eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which included four league triumphs.

The Pirates are aiming to improve on last term’s 15th-placed finish, with just four points separating them from the drop zone.

They are competing at this level for a fourth consecutive campaign following their dramatic final day promotion in 2016.

Pompey won 2-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture, with Ronan Curtis netting a late winner after Chris Lines’ penalty had cancelled out Gareth Evans’ opener.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Bristol Rovers (A)

24 October 2019

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new injury concerns ahead of the weekend, but Brett Pitman is still a major doubt with a groin strain.

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

Bristol Rovers will be without their top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris (calf), while former Fratton loanee Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Josh Hare and Sam Matthews are all long-term absentees.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 23 wins
Bristol Rovers: 11 wins
9 draws

At Bristol Rovers
Pompey: 8 wins
Bristol Rovers: 9 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for Saturday’s game and none will be available to buy at the Memorial Stadium on the day of the game.

Supporters who are collecting tickets can do so next to the away end from 1pm.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistants: Thomas Harty and Marvyn Amphlett
Fourth Official: Daniel Lamport

MATCH COVERAGE
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.

BETTING
Pompey are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 15/8.

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 3pm

Accrington v Gillingham
Burton v Blackpol
Fleetwood v MK Dons
Lincoln v Bolton
Oxford v Rochdale
Peterborough v Coventry
Rotherham v Wycombe
Shrewsbury v Sunderland
Southend v Ipswich
Tranmere v Doncaster

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Bristol Rovers 2 Pompey 2

Blues denied victory by late own-goal at Memorial Stadium

26 October 2019

Gareth Evans scored a penalty for Pompey at Bristol ROvers
Photo: Graham Hunt

Pompey conceded a stoppage-time own-goal, as Bristol Rovers fought from behind to snatch a draw at a rain-soaked Memorial Stadium.

A Gareth Evans penalty set them on the way in the early stages and there were plenty of chances to add to the lead.

Ronan Curtis eventually headed home to calm some nerves, only for Alex Rodman’s strike to ensure a nervy finale.

And, with just seconds remaining, a corner struck Ross McCrorie, the bar and Craig MacGillivray before crossing the line to leave the Blues heartbroken.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that had beaten Lincoln on home soil earlier in the week.

It came on the left of the forward line, where Marcus Harness dropped to the bench to make way for Curtis.

Former Rovers hero Lee Brown kept his spot in defence, but Ellis Harrison had to be content with a place among the substitutes.

There were only seconds on the clock when Sean Raggett received a booking for a late challenge on Victor Adeboyejo.

But it was otherwise an encouraging opening for the visitors, who looked a constant threat on the break.

Ryan Williams teed-up Ben Close for an early effort that was blocked by Ed Upson and the deadlock was broken soon after.

Evans’ cross was met by the head of Curtis and the ball flicked off Raggett’s shoulder and came back off the post.

But John Marquis had received a shove from Luke Leahy that was spotted by referee Darren Handley.

He pointed straight to the spot and EVANS made no mistake, slamming home a penalty that left Anssi Jaakkola with no chance.

The keeper managed to prevent Williams from doubling Pompey’s lead soon after, while a teasing delivery from McCrorie was agonisingly over the heads of both Marquis and Curtis.

MacGillivray had to palm away a corner at the other end, but the counter-attack that followed led to three great chances in quick succession.

Curtis sent Marquis racing clear, only for Abu Ogogo to fling himself bravely into the path of the striker’s shot.

But the hosts could not get rid of the ball and crosses from Evans and Brown were met by Burgess and Raggett respectively, with Jaakkola making decent saves on each occasion.

Rovers had seen more of the ball, but not done much with it and their first decent chance arrived on 26 minutes.

Upson did well to keep possession in the middle of the park and drive forward, before drilling a low effort inches the past.

Pompey were still looking the more threatening side and when a Curtis cross missed Marquis, the ball appeared to be dipping under the bar, forcing Jaakkola into action.

They received a second booking before the break, although McCrorie was furious to be penalised for simulation after appearing to be tripped by Alfie Kilgour.

There was a corner for the visitors to deal with in stoppage-time and Marquis was back to block Ollie Clarke’s attempt.

Half Time: Bristol Rovers 0 Pompey 1

The home side – and their supporters – cried for a penalty straight after the restart when Leahy’s shot hit McCrorie in the box.

But the Blues loanee was far too close to get out the way and replays showed that it hit him on the head.

There was then a nervy moment when MacGillivray could not keep hold of Adeboyejo’s cross, although the keeper immediately leapt on the loose ball.

Pompey were still trying to do damage on the break, with one promising move breaking down when Marquis strayed offside from Curtis’ pass.

The hosts were certainly providing more of a threat since the break, though, and a diving Ogogo could not quite get on the end of Rodman’s centre.

An Evans free-kick caused problems at the opposite end of the pitch, although Rovers were eventually able to scramble the ball behind.

The visitors calmed things down with a spell of possession and might have gone further ahead, only for skipper Tony Craig to bravely get in the way of Close’s fierce volley.

And they did create some breathing space on 70 minutes, when a Marquis delivery was firmly headed home by CURTIS from close range.

Pompey’s counter-attacking credentials were still impressive and a low Williams cross had to be cut out to deny Marquis a simple tap-in.

But they were dealt a blow soon after, with Rodman reducing the hosts’ deficit after a free-kick had not been properly dealt with.

That meant there were plenty of nerves among the large collection of away fans for the closing stages of the contest.

Rovers brought former Fratton winger Kyle Bennett on to try add more potency to their attack, but it looked like Pompey would comfortably see the game out.

Right at the death, however, Liam Sercombe whipped in a corner and the ball struck McCrorie, ricocheting off the bar and the back of MacGillivray's head before nestling in the net.

Bristol Rovers (3-5-2): Jaakkola; Davies, Craig (c) (Little 80), Kilgour; Rodman, Clarke (Sercombe 71), Upson (Bennett 89), Ogogo, Leahy; Adeboyejo, Smith
Goals: Rodman 78, MacGillivray 90+3 (og)
Booked: Upson, Ogogo
Subs not used: van Stappershoef, Kelly, Menayese, Nichols

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, Evans, Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 90+1)
Goals: Evans 9 (pen), Curtis 70
Booked: Raggett, McCrorie, Curtis, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Haunstrup, Cannon, Harness

Referee: Darren Handley

Attendance: 8,648 (1,404 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers (A): Ticket Information

Support Blues on the road

27 September 2019

Bristol Rovers

Tickets for Pompey's visit to Bristol Rovers go on sale next week.

Kenny Jackett’s side make the trip to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 26 (3pm kick-off).

Blues fans have been handed an allocation of 1,400 seats in the South Stand and uncovered terrace places.

They go on sale to season ticket holders (one ticket per season ticket holder) from 9am on Monday, September 30.

Subject to availability, tickets can be bought by members from 9am on Tuesday, October 1 before being released for general sale from 9am on Wednesday, October 2.

The quickest and easiest way to secure your seat is by visiting our eticketing site.

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

Category Seat Terrace
Adult £26 £22
Senior (65+) £22 £18
Young Person (U21) £22 £18
Junior (U16) £12 £12
Child (U11) £7 £7

Wheelchair/ambulant spaces are priced £15 for adults, £13 for seniors and young persons, and £9 for juniors and children. They 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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