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Match Preview: Pompey v Burton

All you need to know about League One test

9 April 2021

Pompey v Burton Albion

Pompey will aim to stretch their winning run to five games when they host Burton on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Ipswich, Shrewsbury, Rochdale and Wigan have all been seen off since Danny Cowley was appointed head coach last month.

It leaves the Blues sitting fourth in the League One standings and with a five-point buffer to Charlton, who are located just outside the play-off positions.

Their next opponents recently enjoyed their own run of six successive victories and recovered from a leaner spell to beat Swindon on Easter Monday.

They were bottom of the table and apparently doomed to relegation when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was reappointed manager at the turn of the year.

But the man who previously guided the Brewers to League Two promotion before departing for QPR in 2015 has once again shown the Midas touch.

Their remarkable form in 2021 has led the side out of the relegation places and to a more comfortable 18th spot.

All four previous Fratton Park meetings between the teams have ended in a draw, but a Marcus Harness hat-trick helped Pompey secure a 4-2 victory at the Pirelli Stadium earlier in the season.

John Marquis will be forced to sit out again, with the striker completing his three-match ban for a red card at Shrewsbury.

Sean Raggett is a doubt after injuring his cheekbone at Wigan on Monday, while Alex Bass (foot), Ellis Harrison (knee) and Jordy Hiwula (ankle) remain sidelined.

Burton defender Kieran Wallace is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in February.

Loan duo Sean Clare and Jonny Smith are also carrying knocks for the Brewers and will undergo fitness tests.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Ronan Curtis ahead of the game.

Pompey: 3 wins
Burton: 1 win
4 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 wins
Burton: 0 wins
4 draws

Referee: John Busby
Assistants: Mark Derrien and Justin Amey
Fourth Official: Carl Brook

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

Pompey are the 87/100 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 10/3.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. 18+. Be Gamble Aware.

All games kick-off at 3pm

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Crewe v Oxford
Doncaster v Wigan
Fleetwood v Rochdale
Gillingham v Shrewsbury
Ipswich v MK Dons
Lincoln v Blackpool
Northampton v Bristol Rovers
Plymouth v Hull
Sunderland v Charlton
Swindon v Peterborough


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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Burton 2

Late Daniels goal not enough for Blues

10 April 2021

Marcus Harness in action for Pompey against Burton at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s winning run finally came to an end, as goals either side of half-time condemned them to defeat against Burton at Fratton Park.

Mike Fondop scrambled home the opener just before the break, while the second half was only a few seconds old when Joe Powell’s fine strike doubled the visitors’ lead.

The Blues were dominant in possession throughout, but were unable to turn that into many meaningful opportunities.

Substitute Charlie Daniels did head a late goal for the hosts, although it proved no more than a consolation.

Danny Cowley made one enforced change from the side that won on the road at Wigan on Easter Monday.

Andy Cannon – who came off the bench to grab the only goal of that game – replaced the injured Michael Jacobs.

Tom Naylor and Marcus Harness both started against their former club, with the latter hitting a hat-trick at the Pirelli Stadium earlier in the season.

Before kick-off there was a two-minute silence in memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away the previous day at the age of 99.

An early effort from Harness was deflected into the side netting, but despite dominating possession, the hosts were unable to create many decent openings before the break.

Likewise, there was not much happening at the other end, although Craig MacGillivray made a regulation stop to deny Fondop.

Andy Cannon did send an excellent cross towards the back post, although both Lee Brown and Ronan Curtis were unable to make a connection.

And the Blues were dealt a blow midway through the half, when Brown limped off injured to be replaced by Daniels.

A Harness delivery was nodded back by Curtis as Pompey tried to force a breakthrough, but Naylor could not guide his shot on target.

Instead it was the Brewers who broke the deadlock against the run of play right on the stroke of half-time.

They needed three attempts to force the ball home, though, after a long throw caused havoc in the box.

The first effort from Hayden Carter was brilliantly saved by MacGillivray, while John Brayford’s follow-up header was hacked from the line by Callum Johnson.

But the ball fell for Fondop and, despite tumbling to the turf, the striker managed to hook it into the net.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Burton 1

There were not even two minutes on the clock when the visitors doubled their advantage in impressive style.

Fondop was fouled 30 yards out and the free-kick was laid off for Powell to smash home an unstoppable shot.

Pompey soon made a double switch, as Sean Raggett and Cannon made way for Rasmus Nicolaisen and George Byers.

They continued to dominate possession and spend plenty of time in the opposition half, but struggled to find a path through the defence to test Ben Garratt.

One patient passing move almost yielded a reward, but after spinning inside the area, a deflected Curtis effort looped into the keeper’s arms.

A last throw of the dice from Cowley saw Harvey White and James Bolton replace Naylor and Johnson.

And Bolton showed great desire to nod the ball down for Curtis inside the box, but the forward could not keep his shot down.

Pompey kept probing, but came close to conceding again late on, with MacGillivray doing well to keep out Lucas Akins’ attempt.

But there was hope for the hosts when Close’s deflected pass, looped up for DANIELS to nod home his first goal for the club.

They continued to apply pressure throughout five minutes of added time, but could not find an equaliser.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson (Bolton 73), Whatmough, Raggett (Nicolaisen 53), Brown (Daniels 26); Naylor (c) (White 73), Close; Harness, Cannon (Byers 53), Williams; Curtis
Goals: Daniels 88
Subs not used: Ward, Stanley

Burton (4-2-3-1): Garratt; Brayford (c), Carter, Bostwick, Hamer; Mancienne, Clare (Taylor 83); Powell (Rowe 67), Edwards, Akins; Fondop (Hemmings 67)
Goals: Fondop 45, Powell 47
Booked: Clare
Subs not used: O’Hara, Earl, Broom, O’Toole

Referee: John Busby

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