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Match Preview: Oxford v Pompey

Everything you need to know about Leasing.com Trophy clash

8 October 2019

Oxford v Pompey

Pompey will look to secure top spot in Southern Group B of the Leasing.com Trophy when they travel to Oxford this evening.

With qualification already confirmed, Kenny Jackett’s side know that a win – or picking up a penalty shoot-out bonus point – would guarantee a home tie in the last 32.

Anything less and they would have to wait for the outcome of next month’s clash between United and Crawley to determine their final position.

Tonight’s hosts have only played one game in the competition, beating Norwich’s under-21 side in September.

They are also still in the Carabao Cup, with the recent 4-0 thrashing of Premier League outfit West Ham setting up a fourth round tie with Sunderland at the Kassam Stadium.

Karl Robinson’s troops are currently sitting ninth in the League One standings, with 16 points collected from 12 fixtures.

And they are currently on a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions, with their latest outing a 2-2 draw at Accrington.

Oxford triumphed 2-1 when the sides met at the Kassam Stadium last season, gaining revenge for the 4-1 thrashing suffered on the south coast a few months earlier.

Fixture News

Kenny's Oxford Team News

7 October 2019

TEAM NEWS
Kenny Jackett has said he will field a young side for tonight’s match, with the likes of Josh Flint, Leon Maloney, Joe Hancott and Harvey Rew all in contention.

Ronan Curtis (hamstring) and John Marquis (toe) are both out, joining Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) on the sidelines.

Oxford are likely to have more experience in their team, although Kevin Berkoe (hip), Anthony Forde (groin), Jamie Hanson (hamstring), Malachi Napa (leg) and Ben Woodburn (foot) are all injured.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 25 wins
Oxford: 22 wins
17 draws

At Oxford
Pompey: 8 wins
Oxford: 18 wins
8 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can buy tickets at the Kassam Stadium – cash only – this evening. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Will Finnie
Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and Mike Desborough
Fourth Official: Leigh Crowhurst

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 Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

Fixture News

Watch Oxford Game On iFollow

8 October 2019

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
Oxford are the 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 7/2.

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 LEASING.COM TROPHY
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

Forest Green v Coventry (7pm)
Rotherham v Doncaster (7pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Leyton Orient (7.30pm)
Cambridge v Northampton (7.30pm)
Colchester v Tottenham U21 (7.30pm)
Cheltenham v West Ham U21
Ipswich v Gillingham
Mansfield v Crewe
Newport v Exeter
Oldham v Accrington
Shrewsbury v Newcastle U21
Sunderland v Grimsby
Swindon v Plymouth
Tranmere v Aston Villa U21
Wycombe v Stevenage

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Oxford 2 Pompey 2

Blues top group after winning shoot-out to claim bonus point

8 October 2019

Bradley Lethbridge celebrates scoring for Pompey at Oxford
Photo: Graham Hunt

Bradley Lethbridge scored his first senior Pompey goal in a draw with Oxford in the Leasing.com Trophy.

The striker cancelled out Matty Taylor’s opener at a sparsely-populated Kassam Stadium in Southern Group B.

Anton Walkes then looked to have won it for the youthful visitors with a late strike, only for Rob Dickie to level in stoppage-time.

But the night ended on a happy note for the Blues, as they won 5-4 on penalties to claim a bonus point and secure top spot, guaranteeing a home draw in the second round.

Kenny Jackett changed the entire side that won at Doncaster in the league at the weekend, with five teenagers getting a chance to impress.

Harvey Rew was handed his debut a week after signing a first professional contract and was joined in the starting line-up by Joe Hancott, Josh Flint, Leon Maloney and Lethbridge.

Paul Downing skippered a defence that also included Brandon Haunstrup and Walkes, with Alex Bass between the sticks.

Ryan Williams – who previously had a spell on loan with the hosts – and Andy Cannon completed the team, while there were plenty of experienced reinforcements on the bench.

Pompey’s young side started brightly and enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening stages, without being able to test former Fratton keeper Simon Eastwood.

They had a chance to break the deadlock when Cannon and Williams combined to tee-up Lethbridge, but he screwed wide from 10 yards.

And the more experienced hosts soon started to take control, with Rob Hall dragging a shot wide before Bass denied Taylor at his near post.

Rew was perhaps unfortunate to be shown a yellow card on 19 minutes for a challenge that referee Will Finnie deemed excessive.

United then broke the deadlock soon after, as Taylor latched onto Shandon Baptiste’s threaded pass and slotted home.

And the same player should have immediately doubled the lead, only to see his first effort saved by Bass and the second fly off target.

Pompey picked up after that nervy period, though, and levelled on 33 minutes thanks to a first senior goal for Lethbridge.

It started when Cannon stole possession and cut the ball back for Flint, whose effort was deflected into the striker’s path.

The angle was tight for LETHBRIDGE, but he got enough power on his shot for the ball to squirm under Eastwood and over the line.

It was United who finished the half on top, however, and a fierce drive from Cameron Brannagan had to be parried down by Bass and gathered at the second attempt.

And the keeper made an even better save just before the break, acrobatically tipping over Taylor’s firm header from a Josh Ruffels delivery.

Half Time: Oxford 1 Pompey 1

Jackett made a double switch at the start of the second half, with Flint and Rew replaced by Gareth Evans and Ben Close.

It was Cannon who had the first shot following the restart, but quickly saw four yellow shirts around him and could only fire wide.

An angled effort from Maloney was then comfortably dealt with by Eastwood in a low-key opening to proceedings.

Then, after Hall had an effort deflected wide at the other end, Dickie diverted a corner straight at Bass.

Jackett made his final switch just past the hour mark, with goalscorer Lethbridge withdrawn and Saturday’s hero Ellis Harrison on in his place.

But it was United on the attack and they had two decent chances to retake the lead in quick succession.

First, Bass came off his line to narrow Taylor’s angle and make a smart stop after the striker had been sent through on goal.

Another header from Dickie was then blocked on the line by Williams, with Finnie waving away handball appeals.

Close has scored a couple of spectacular strikes already this season and tried to add a third when he hit a dipping ball cleanly on the volley, but it lacked the power to overly trouble Eastwood.

Evans then had a great chance after being sent through on goal by Maloney, only to lose his balance at the crucial moment, allowing his shot to be saved.

But Bass was keeping the Blues in the contest and he made another fine save to repel Brannagan’s fierce angled drive on 75 minutes.

And Walkes was also called into action moments later to block a powerful goal-bound effort from substitute Dan Agyei.

Pompey might have capitalised on a quick break, but the onrushing Williams could not quite reach Harrison’s ball across the box.

And they did go ahead on 85 minutes after WALKES raced on to a fine pass down the right from the lively Cannon.

Eastwood came off his line, but the right-back just about got there first and was able to send the ball rolling over the line.

But Oxford managed to draw level in stoppage-time when a free-kick was launched into a crowded box and Dickie spun before finding the bottom corner.

Full Time: Oxford 2 Pompey 2

A penalty shoot-out was then held to decide who would take the bonus point, with Evans, Harrison, Williams and Downing all scoring.

But Close sent his attempt high over the bar to hand the advantage to the hosts, only for Ruffels’ shot to be brilliantly saved by Bass.

Walkes and Agyei both failed to find the target in sudden death and after Haunstrup rolled home his penalty, Sam Long blazed high over the bar.

Oxford (4-1-4-1): Eastwood; Long, Dickie, Moore, Ruffels (c); Gorrin (Sole 86); Hall, Brannagan, Baptiste (Lopes 73), Sykes; Taylor (Agyei 69)
Goals: Taylor 21, Dickie 90+1
Booked: Agyei
Subs not used: Stevens, Jones, Cadden, Fosu

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Walkes, Downing (c), Haunstrup, Hancott; Cannon, Rew (Close 46); Williams, Flint (Evans 46), Maloney; Lethbridge (Harrison 63)
Goals: Lethbridge 33, Walkes 85
Booked: Rew, Haunstrup
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Raggett, Harness

Referee: Will Finnie

Attendance: 1,548 (274 away fans)

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Ticket News

Oxford (A): Ticket Update

Secure your seat for Leasing.com Trophy clash

7 October 2019

Tickets are still on sale for Pompey’s Leasing.com Trophy match at Oxford on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Blues fans – whose side have already qualified for the next round – have snapped up around 200 seats for the final fixture in Southern Group B.

They can be purchased online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 5.30pm today (October 7).

But supporters can also buy tickets – with cash only – from the North Stand ticket office at the Kassam Stadium on the evening of the game. Collections will be from the same location.

Category Price
Adult £10
Senior (65+) £5
Young Person (18-21) £5
Junior (U18) £5
Child (U13) £5
Child (U7) £1

Wheelchair and ambulant tickets are priced at the above rates and 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.

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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