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Match Preview: Pompey v Bolton

Everything you need to know about League One clash

27 September 2019

Pompey v Bolton

A few weeks ago, a match against Bolton appeared to offer the promise of a guaranteed three points.

Unable to make signings until their takeover was complete, a threadbare squad had to be topped up with academy players.

So it was not exactly a surprise to see Wanderers concede five goals in four successive August fixtures or the departure of fed-up manager Phil Parkinson.

Keith Hill came in to replace him and Football Ventures (Whites) Limited are the new owners, leading to a raft of deadline day signings.

It took a while for the newcomers to gel into a cohesive unit, but things are slowly moving in the right direction.

Still awaiting their first victory this term, the Trotters head to Fratton Park on a two-match unbeaten run, with draws against Oxford and Sunderland.

Having started the season on -12 points due to entering administration, they have only climbed to -9 and are still cut adrift at the bottom of the League One table.

The decision to postpone a previous clash with Doncaster – as well a game last season that could not be fulfilled – may yet result in a further deduction.

But fans at least know the club’s future is secure and Bolton will be aiming to break their victory duck with a first Pompey meeting since 2010.

Both clubs were in the Premier League back then and a brace from Aruna Dindane saw the Blues battle from behind to draw 2-2 in the north-west.

Oli Hawkins
Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Bolton (H)

26 September 2019


Oli Hawkins is set to spend four-to-six weeks on the sidelines after injuring his foot in the south coast derby.

Pompey are also without Lee Brown (Achilles), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee), but Marcus Harness is fit again and Ellis Harrison returns from a one-match ban.

Bolton will be missing defender Jake Wright (hamstring), while there are doubts over the fitness of Ben Alnwick, Daryl Murphy and Chris O’Grady.

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

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Pompey: 33 wins
Bolton: 42 wins
22 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 24 wins
Bolton: 9 wins
15 draws

There is still limited seating available for this fixture and tickets can be bought online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Subject to availability, they can also be bought from both ticket offices from 9am on Saturday.

Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Stuart Butler and Stephen Brown
Fourth Official: Adrian Waters

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.

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

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Bolton 0

Pitman nets the winner after seeing his earlier spot-kick saved

28 September 2019

Brett Pitman celebrates with John Marquis after scoring for Pompey against Bolton
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Brett Pitman went from villain to hero, as Pompey battled to a hard-fought victory over Bolton at Fratton Park.

The striker missed a penalty in the second half, although put that behind him to head home the winning goal.

There was growing frustration from the home fans during a disjointed opening 45 minutes, but their side were much better after the break to seal the three points.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten in the south coast derby earlier in the week.

It was an enforced switch, with the injured Oli Hawkins replaced in the centre of defence by Sean Raggett.

There was room on the bench for a fit-again Marcus Harness – following a thigh problem – and the previously suspended Ellis Harrison.

Pompey had an early chance when Brandon Haunstrup’s corner was nodded back by John Marquis for Pitman, whose header was claimed under the crossbar by Remi Matthews.

There was then an injury scare when Raggett and Tom Naylor collided, although the Blues skipper was able to continue following some on-field treatment.

Chances for the hosts were at a premium during the first half and there was growing frustration at their play in the final third.

It was Craig MacGillivray who was given more to do, although a weak Will Buckley effort was comfortably dealt with.

Marquis and Ronan Curtis combined well at the other end, with Ryan Williams not quite able to reach the latter’s pass before Matthews gathered.

Curtis then had a decent opportunity when Pitman dummied Marquis’ pass, but took too long to get a shot away, allowing the Wanderers defence to deal with the danger.

And the visitors soon started to pose more of a threat themselves, with MacGillivray doing well to parry clear Adam Chicksen’s drive.

Thibaud Verlinden then lifted in a cross that was just out of reach for Daryl Murphy in the centre of the Blues box.

They should have been ahead just before the break, with an unmarked Will Buckley unable to send Murphy’s delivery on target.

But there was still time for one more chance for the hosts, which came after Jack Hobbs had been booked following a scything challenge on Williams.

Pitman stepped up to take the free-kick from 25 yards out and his goal-bound effort was repelled by a one-handed Matthews save.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Bolton 0

There was a long-awaited return for Harness at the start of the second half, with the winger taking Williams’ place on the right.

Pompey had a dangerous attack soon after the restart, when Marquis shrugged off several challenges to bundle his way through the Bolton back-line.

But Matthews came bravely off his line to halt his path to goal and had to receive treatment following a clash between the two.

There was still a lack of fluency on display, however, and it took a Bolton error to provide the hosts with an excellent chance to break the deadlock.

Marquis received a pass from Curtis and was tripped by Hobbs, with referee Darren Drysdale pointing straight to the spot.

Pitman stepped up, but the usually reliable penalty taker saw his fierce effort cannon back off the base of the post.

A second Blues substitution followed just past the hour mark, with Curtis making way for Gareth Evans.

Matthews then flapped at a Haunstrup corner, but got enough on the ball to get it clear, before Harness fizzed a low shot narrowly past the post.

And Pompey finally made that growing pressure count on 67 minutes, with a goal that had been coming.

James Bolton sent a cross into the box from deep on the right and PITMAN hung in the air before guiding home a perfectly-placed header.

With the visitors having to commit men forward to chase an equaliser, it ensured the game became a lot more open.

Some dangerous deliveries from either wing had to be dealt with, while Hobbs’ intervention prevented Pitman from having a clear shot on goal.

And Ben Close almost wrapped things up late on, making space for himself with a neat touch before drilling inches wide.

Thy then looked to keep possession in Bolton’s half as the seconds ticked down, although a display of five additional moments led to some audible groans.

Ali Crawford’s 30-yard free-kick was not too far off target, while Close fired a good chance over at the other end soon after.

But the Blues held on through the closing stages and the final whistle was met by a mixture of relief and jubilation.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Haunstrup; Williams (Harness 46), Naylor (c), Close, Curtis (Evans 62); Pitman, Marquis
Goals: Pitman 66
Booked: Curtis, Close
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, McCrorie, Cannon, Harrison

Bolton (4-1-4-1): Matthews; Emmanuel (L.Murphy 67), Hobbs, Zouma, Chicksen; Bridcutt (c); Buckley, Lowe, Crawford, Verlinden (Politic 60); D.Murphy
Booked: Hobbs, Lowe
Subs not used: Alexander, Boon, Senior, Graham, Weir

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 18,382 (824 away fans)

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