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Match Preview: Wigan v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

4 April 2021

Wigan Athletic v Pompey

It is a feat that Pompey have not managed to achieve so far this season.

But Danny Cowley will hope to lead the Blues to a fourth successive League One victory when they visit Wigan on Easter Monday.

The new head coach has enjoyed a 100 per cent start to his Fratton career, with wins over Ipswich, Shrewsbury and Rochdale.

Now they face a Latics side full of cheer after recent off-field developments, but with plenty of work to do on the pitch to preserve their third tier status.

Former Pompey manager Paul Cook left at the end of last season after a 12-point deduction for entering administration saw them relegated from the Championship.

Another familiar face to those on Portsea Island took his place, with assistant Leam Richardson stepping up to take the top job.

His hands have undoubtedly been tied by the club’s financial issues and they currently find themselves 22nd in the table – two points adrift of safety.

But Wigan fans recently received the good news that a takeover by a consortium led by Bahraini businessman Abdulrahman Al-Jasmi had gone through.

It was the men from Greater Manchester who claimed the points when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the season, as Ellis Harrison’s late strike proved no more than a consolation.

The most recent DW Stadium clash finished all square in August 2017, with Conor Chaplin cancelling out Ivan Toney’s opener in a contest that saw both teams finish with 10 men.

TEAM NEWS
John Marquis serves the second match of his three-game ban, while Alex Bass (foot), Ellis Harrison (knee) and Jordy Hiwula (ankle) remain sidelined.

Gavin Massey is expected to miss out for the hosts after injuring his hamstring in last month’s draw at AFC Wimbledon.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Ryan Williams ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 wins
Wigan: 6 wins
4 draws

At Wigan
Pompey: 4 wins
Wigan: 3 wins
2 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Tom Nield
Assistants: Alistair Nelson and Bradley Hall
Fourth Official: Thomas Harty

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK can watch the action live – with graphics, commentary and replays – by purchasing a match pass for £10.

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 2pm.

Please note that subscribers based in the UK and Ireland will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

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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 and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Tuesday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 4/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 7/2.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood
Blackpool v Gillingham
Bristol Rovers v Doncaster
Burton v Swindon
Hull v Northampton
MK Dons v Crewe
Oxford v Accrington
Peterborough v Sunderland
Rochdale v Ipswich
Shrewsbury v Plymouth

LAST AWAY MEETING

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Match Reports

Wigan 0 Pompey 1

Cannon strike sends Blues up to fourth

5 April 2021

Jack Whatmough in action for Pompey at Wigan
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Andy Cannon came off the bench to fire home the winner, as Pompey recorded a fourth successive league win for the first time this season.

The midfielder had only been on the pitch for a matter of seconds when he lashed home a fine shot at the start of the second half.

And although their struggling opponents applied plenty of pressure, they were never able to really test Craig MacGillivray in their search for an equaliser.

Danny Cowley unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat Rochdale on home soil a few days earlier.

It meant that – with leading marksman John Marquis suspended, and Ellis Harrison and Jordy Hiwula both injured – Ronan Curtis continued to lead the line.

Former Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson – now in charge of Wigan – named ex-Fratton loanee Viv Solomon-Otabor in his line-up.

The visitors were first to threaten following a quick break up the pitch, but a dangerous Ryan Williams delivery across the face of goal was agonisingly out of reach for Curtis.

Then it was former Latics winger Michael Jacobs’ turn to not quite be able to get on the end of a cross, this time from Callum Johnson.

Both sides were lacking any real attacking fluency, though, in a first half that largely failed to burst into life.

Wigan came close to breaking the deadlock midway through the first half when a Lee Evans free-kick landed kindly at the feet of Curtis Tilt.

The centre-back instinctively prodded the ball towards goal, but it ricocheted off Jack Whatmough and flew narrowly past the post.

Pompey were being pushed back by their relegation-threatened hosts, but there was nothing to trouble MacGillivray between the sticks.

And the Blues almost snatched a goal before the break following good work from Marcus Harness down the right.

He cut the ball back for Williams inside the area and the Australian’s drilled shot was well saved by Jamie Jones down to the keeper’s left.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Wigan 0

Jacobs did not emerge for the start of the second half, with Cannon taking his place and adopting a central role, as Williams moved out to the left.

And the change paid instant dividends, as the newcomer opened the scoring just 36 seconds after the restart.

There did not seem much on when CANNON collected the ball, but he was was given plenty of time to move inside and rifle home an unstoppable 25-yard shot.

Luke Robinson caused problems at the other end, nipping between Tom Naylor and MacGillivray to squeeze the ball into the mixer and forcing Lee Brown to hack clear.

Callum Lang then went down under pressure from Sean Raggett, but referee Tom Nield immediately waved away penalty appeals from the home side.

Wigan were beginning to threaten more and a second change followed for Pompey just past the hour mark, as Ben Close made way for Harvey White.

And Williams almost doubled the visitors’ lead soon after, with Jones making a fine save to prevent Williams from squeezing home a Harness cross from an acute angle.

There was still a distinct lack of quality on display, however, as the action became a particularly scrappy affair.

A nasty clash of heads between Sean Raggett and Lang forced both players off the pitch for the closing stages, with Rasmus Nicolaisen on for Pompey.

Another penalty appeal from the hosts was turned down on 85 minutes, with Nield not impressed by Jamie Proctor’s claims following a Johnson challenge.

There were seven additional minutes for the Latics to try to force a leveller, but Pompey held on to move up to fourth in the standings.

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Jones (c); Darikwa, Tilt, Johnston, Robinson; Evans, Aasgaard (Keane 68); Lang (Dodoo 83), Ojo, Solomon-Otabor (Gardner 79); Proctor
Booked: Ojo, Robinson, Tilt
Subs not used: Evans, Long, Whelan, Clough

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett (Nicolaisen 81), Brown; Naylor (c), Close (White 62); Harness (Bolton 88), Williams, Jacobs (Cannon 46); Curtis
Goals: Cannon 46
Booked: Brown
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Byers

Referee: Tom Nield

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