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Match Preview: Pompey v Swindon

All you need to know about League One test

9 February 2021

Pompey v Swindon Town

It is one of those days when supporters might almost prefer (with emphasis on the ‘almost’) to be watching Pompey from the comfort of their own home.

The temperature on Portsea Island is expected to reach -1° by the time they kick-off against Swindon, with the wind chill likely to make it feel even colder.

So the hosts will hope to warm the spirits of the Fratton faithful by boosting their stuttering home form with a valuable victory.

Saturday’s draw with Plymouth saw them drop to fifth spot, but Kenny Jackett’s side are just three points behind Hull in second.

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This evening’s visitors are also in desperate need of a boost, as they were beaten by Shrewsbury at the weekend to fall back into the drop zone.

The Robins – who secured the fourth tier title last term – are below the dotted line on goal difference, having won just two of their past 13 League One fixtures.

John Sheridan’s men did beat Wigan on home soil seven days ago, though, courtesy of a goal from former Pompey striker Brett Pitman.

Blues fans will not have fond memories of their side’s last meeting with Swindon, which resulted in a 5-0 defeat at the County Ground on New Year’s Day in 2013.

TEAM NEWS
Jack Whatmough will complete his three-match suspension, while fellow defender Rasmus Nicolaisen is also unavailable.

Michael Jacobs is out after hurting his hamstring against Plymouth, with Alex Bass (leg) and Paul Downing (hamstring) both still sidelined.

Mathieu Baudry, Tom Broadbent, Zeki Fryers, Jonathan Grounds, Jordan Lyden and Conor Masterson are all expected to miss the game for Swindon through injury.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Callum Johnson ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 23 wins
Swindon: 28 wins
18 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 14 wins
Swindon: 10 wins
10 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Christopher Pollard
Assistants: Conor Farrell and Paul Evans
Fourth Official: Sam Allison

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 6pm.

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.

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 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.

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BETTING
Pompey are the 46/100 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 6/1.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

Accrington v Plymouth (5.30pm)
Blackpool v Burton
Bristol Rovers v Oxford
Hull v Lincoln
Northampton v Wigan
Peterborough v Ipswich
Rochdale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Sunderland
Fleetwood v Doncaster (7.45pm)

LAST (FRIENDLY) MEETING

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Pompey 2 Swindon 0

Curtis and Harrison on target at Fratton Park

9 February 2021

Ronan Curtis celebrates scoring for Pompey against Swindon Town at Fratton Park
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey got their Fratton form back on track by easing to victory against struggling Swindon at a freezing Fratton Park.

It looked as though the floodgates might open once Ronan Curtis gave the hosts an early lead on a bitterly cold night.

But they had to wait until the second half to wrap things up, with substitute Ellis Harrison converting a penalty.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that secured a dramatic draw with Plymouth at the weekend.

Curtis was rewarded for his goal from the bench by being handed a start in place of the injured Michael Jacobs.

Ryan Williams also returned to the team, with Harrison dropping to the bench, where he was joined by fellow forward Jordy Hiwula.

There was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, as prolific striker Brett Pitman led the line for the Robins.

Pompey came charging out of the blocks and their opponents struggled to even make it out of their own half in the opening stages.

The first decent opportunity was a fierce angled effort from Curtis that had to be beaten away by Mark Travers at the keeper’s near post.

But CURTIS did break the deadlock just a few moments later, getting ahead of Dominic Thompson to fire home after Charlie Daniels’ free-kick had been flicked on by John Marquis.

It had been pretty much one-way traffic, but the hosts failed to capitalise on that bright opening, with the contest quickly turning stale.

The chances that did arrive in the remainder of the first half mainly fell the way of the Blues, however, with Craig MacGillivray not having much action to warm him up.

Williams was proving a particular menace and most of the hosts’ good work came through the Australian forward.

But it was Andy Cannon who came close to doubling the lead on 20 minutes, courtesy of a stunning half-volley that Travers tipped over the bar.

Then, when a low delivery from Williams went just behind Curtis, the ball was picked up by Daniels, whose drilled effort was dealt with by the Robins keeper.

There was one moment of Swindon danger, as Pitman’s pass was laid off by Christopher Missilou, but Jack Payne’s strike was deflected behind off James Bolton.

It was the hosts who had the final say before the break, however, as Williams teed-up Curtis for a shot that was diverted narrowly past the post.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Swindon 0

Swindon looked bright in the middle of the pitch once the action restarted, but Pitman was cutting a frustrated figure as he was starved of service up front.

And it was still the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring, with Dion Conroy doing just enough to put off Marquis and stop the striker converting a fine Curtis delivery.

But failure to clear their lines almost cost them just before the hour mark, as Missilou’s placed effort clipped the outside of the post with MacGillivray rooted to the spot.

Jackett quickly made a double change, with Marquis and Marcus Harness withdrawn for Harrison and George Byers.

And both of the newcomers played a key role in Pompey’s second goal on 64 minutes, with Byers slotting a fine pass through to Williams.

He got the wrong side of Thompson, who brought down the Aussie, with referee Christopher Pollard pointing straight to the spot.

HARRISON won the argument with Curtis over who should take the penalty and calmly rolled the ball straight down the middle to double the lead.

Another substitution soon followed for the Blues, with Daniels given a rest and Lee Brown on at left-back.

It was proving to be a useful cameo from Byers and his effort was deflected wide following some good link-up play with Curtis and Harrison.

But that was as close as Pompey came to extending their advantage, as they saw out the closing stages with relative ease to collect a valuable three points.

Pompey (4-4-1-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Bolton, Raggett, Daniels (Brown 67); Harness (Byers 59), Naylor (c), Cannon (White 90+3), Curtis; Williams; Marquis (Harrison 59)
Goals: Curtis 8, Harrison 64 (pen)
Subs not used: Ward, Mnoga, Hiwula

Swindon (4-1-4-1): Travers; Hunt (Caddis 78), Odimayo, Conroy (c), Thompson; Missilou; Garrick, Palmer, Payne (Twine 83), Hope (Omotoye 78); Pitman
Booked: Payne
Subs not used: Matthews, Curran, Broadbent, Iandolo

Referee: Christopher Pollard

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