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Match Preview: Pompey v Crawley

Everything you need to know about Leasing.com Trophy clash

3 September 2019

Pompey v Crawley

The sight of Brett Pitman lifting the EFL Trophy aloft will still be fresh in the minds of the 40,000-plus Pompey fans at Wembley back in March.

And now it all begins again, with Crawley visiting Fratton Park for the first fixture in Southern Group B.

It is the third year in a row that the sides have met in this stage of the competition – and the Blues won both of the previous meetings.

A 3-1 victory in Hampshire in October 2017 was followed by last season’s 1-0 success in West Sussex, courtesy of Dion Donohue’s strike.

There have been only eight competitive meetings between the clubs since their first clash in 2012, with Pompey coming out on top on six occasions.

Crawley currently sit eighth in the embryonic League Two table, as they seek a return to the third tier for the first time since 2015.

They also saw off top-flight Norwich in the Carabao Cup last week to set up a third round clash with Stoke.

Fans are remined that a penalty shoot-out will be held in the event of today’s game finishing all square, with the winners earning a bonus point.

TEAM NEWS
Kenny Jackett is likely to make a number of changes tonight, but has still promised to field a strong side.

Oli Hawkins and Ryan Williams are unlikely to feature after recently returning to full training, while Marcus Harness (thigh), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are injured.

Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland), Craig MacGillivray (Scotland) and Ross McCrorie (Scotland U21) are away on international duty.

Defender Joe McNerney (back) is currently sidelined for the visitors, who otherwise have a clean bill of health.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 6 wins
Crawley: 1 win
1 draw

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
Crawley: 1 win
0 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure their seat online here or from the Anson Road ticket office. From 5.30pm this evening, they can also be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road.

Please note that only the Fratton End and South Stand Upper are being used this evening.

The Warrior Bar (far end of the Victory Bar) will be open for supporters to use from 5.30pm.

OFFICIALS
Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Graham Kane and Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Lee Collins

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. Click here for more details.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Alan McLoughlin 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 4/9 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 5/1.

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

Tonight
Bolton v Bradford (7pm)
Forest Green v Southampton U21 (7pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Brighton U21 (7.30pm)
Blackpool v Morecambe (7.30pm)
Crewe v Burton (7.30pm)
Northampton v Peterborough (7.30pm)
Accrington v Fleetwood
Coventry v Walsall
Doncaster v Lincoln
Exeter v Cheltenham
Gillingham v Colchester
Grimsby v Scunthorpe
Ipswich v Tottenham U21
Leyton Orient v Southend
Macclesfield v Newcastle U21
Oxford v Norwich U21
Plymouth v Bristol Rovers
Port Vale v Shrewsbury
Salford v Aston Villa U21
Stevenage v MK Dons

Tomorrow
Newport v West Ham U21

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Crawley 0

Pitman on target in Leasing.com Trophy clash

3 September 2019

Leon Maloney in action for Pompey against Crawley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Brett Pitman came off the bench to score his first goal of the season and ensure Pompey began their defence of the Leasing.com Trophy with a win against Crawley.

Both sides had chances, although it appeared as if the Fratton contest might be heading for a bonus-point penalty shoot-out.

But Pitman neatly converted a corner from the impressive Brandon Haunstrup to secure all three for the Blues.

Kenny Jackett made six changes from the side that drew with Blackpool in the league at the weekend.

Haunstrup, Paul Downing, Ben Close, John Marquis and skipper Tom Naylor all kept their place in the starting line-up.

Teenager Leon Maloney was given an opportunity to impress out wide, with Ellis Harrison also recalled to the forward line.

Summer signings James Bolton and Sean Raggett were in a defence protecting Alex Bass’ goal and Gareth Evans returned in midfield.

It was a rare outing of the 4-4-2 system for the hosts and although the first half was lacking in quality, there were opportunities at both ends.

Crawley were first to go close following a quick break and Bass had to get down well to push Mason Bloomfield’s effort around the post.

Their opponents were applying plenty of pressure and dominating possession, but failing to trouble keeper Michael Luyambula.

Paul Downing conceded a free-kick right on the edge of the box on 20 minutes, only for Jack Powell to shoot straight into the wall.

The Blues soon stormed up the other end of the pitch and following good work from Harrison and Marquis, a goal-bound Evans strike was blocked by Jamie Sendles-White.

Both sides were taking advantage of some sloppy passing to steal possession and counter, and Tarryn Allarakhia was forced to stop one attack by fouling Maloney and collecting a booking.

Harrison slipped a neat pass through to Evans on the half-hour mark, but the midfielder could not find the target from an acute angle.

There was then a break in play while Evans got treatment following a challenge with Sendles-White that resulted in a yellow card for the Red Devils defender.

Both sides came close to breaking the deadlock in a breathless conclusion to the opening period of the contest.

Evans whipped in a dangerous cross that was not at the ideal height for Maloney, but he managed to fire in a shot that was saved by Luyambula.

George Francomb then fizzed an effort narrowly over the bar from the edge of the box, before Ashley Nathaniel-George sent an attempt just past the post.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Crawley 0

Evans – who had taken a knock on the head earlier in the game – did not emerge for the second half, with Pitman replacing him.

A couple of Haunstrup corners might have caused Crawley problems just after the restart, but his team-mates were unable to take advantage.

The visitors then had a chance to score when the ball was cut back for unmarked substitute Nathan Ferguson in the box, with Bolton making a timely block.

Bass soon had to tear from his line to beat Ashley Nadesan to the ball, with the Red Devils man needing treatment after the pair collided.

Naylor played a clever pass over the defence for the onside Harrison to collect just past the hour mark, although his cut-back for Marquis was intercepted.

Then, after a quickly-taken free-kick broke down, Bolton claimed possession, cut on to his left foot and curled narrowly wide.

It looked like the opening goal would arrive on 68 minutes after Haunstrup had delivered a superb cross, but Luyambula pulled off a fine save to keep out Harrison’s header from point-blank range.

Maloney then sent in a dangerous ball of his own that was nodded back by Marquis and hacked over the bar by Sendles-White.

And it was from the resulting corner that the hosts took the lead, with another excellent Haunstrup cross hooked home by PITMAN.

The left-back’s delivery had been a particular highlight and a low centre was then met by Pitman again, although this time Crawley were able to block.

Pompey then saw out the final stages in relatively comfortable fashion to get the group stage campaign off to a successful start.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Bolton, Downing, Raggett, Haunstrup; Maloney, Naylor (c), Close, Evans (Pitman 46); Harrison, Marquis
Goals: Pitman 70
Subs not used: McGee, Casey, Burgess, Hancott, Walkes, Flint

Crawley (4-1-4-1): Luyambula; Francomb, Sendles-White, Dallison (Tunnicliffe 46), Young (c); Payne; Nadesan, Powell (Ferguson 54), Allarakhia (Galach 80), Nathaniel-George; Bloomfield
Booked: Allarakhia, Sendles-White
Subs not used: Morris, Forrest, Doherty, Camara

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 3,784 (96 away fans)

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