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Match Preview: Northampton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

5 March 2021

Northampton Town v Pompey

Pompey’s promotion charge has stuttered recently and they are currently seven points adrift of second place.

So Kenny Jackett’s side will be looking to get things back on a track against a Northampton side who were propping up the rest of the division at the beginning of the week.

But the Cobblers should be in confident mood following Tuesday night’s home victory over mid-table Plymouth.

A Ryan Watson brace brought to an end their 11-match winning run and led to a rise of two spots in the standings.

It means that the club are now just a single point shy of the safety mark, with 14 games still left to play.

Poor form led to the dismissal of manager Keith Curle last month, while it was recently announced that caretaker boss Jon Brady will remain in that position for the remainder of the season.

He will be hoping to ensure Northampton do not make an immediate return to League Two, having beaten Exeter at Wembley in last June’s play-off final.

The Blues were beaten 3-1 – with Matty Kennedy on target – on their most recent visit to Sixfields Stadium back in September 2017.

But Pompey triumphed 4-0 when the sides met on the south coast earlier in the current campaign, courtesy of a John Marquis double and goals from Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness.

TEAM NEWS
James Bolton (ankle) and Michael Jacobs (hamstring) will both require fitness tests after recently returning to training.

Alex Bass has suffered a recurrence of his hairline foot fracture and Callum Johnson (calf) is still sidelined.

Northampton will be without defenders Cian Bolger (hip) and Alan Sheehan (calf), while on-loan Pompey midfielder Bryn Morris cannot appear against his parent club.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 20 wins
Northampton: 10 wins
7 draws

At Northampton
Pompey: 6 wins
Northampton: 7 wins
3 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Andy Haines
Assistants: Darren Wilding and Leigh Crowhurst
Fourth Official: Paul Stonier

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.

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 Sunday.

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

Please note that current BBC guidelines mean commentators are not allowed to travel outside of their regions for games.

The BBC Radio Solent team will still be providing commentary from their studio, but there might be a slight delay between the pictures and the audio.

Supporters can use the settings cog to switch to local Northampton commentary if they prefer.

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

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

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Accrington v Swindon
Blackpool v AFC Wimbledon
Burton v Peterborough
Doncaster v Plymouth
Hull v Bristol Rovers
Lincoln v Crewe
Oxford v Charlton
Shrewsbury v Fleetwood
Sunderland v Rochdale
Wigan v MK Dons

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Northampton 4 Pompey 1

Blues well beaten at Sixfields Stadium

6 March 2021

Ronan Curtis in action for Pompey at Northampton Town
Photo: Dennis Goodwin

Pompey’s run of poor form continued as they were comprehensively beaten by relegation-threatened Northampton at Sixfields Stadium.

All of the home side’s goals arrived in the first half and showcased a mixture of neat finishing and sloppy defending.

Ryan Watson bagged a brace in quick succession, with Fraser Horsfall and Sam Hoskins adding to the Blues’ misery.

They did at least improve after the interval and substitute Ellis Harrison grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot.

Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that were beaten at fellow promotion hopefuls Doncaster earlier in the week.

George Byers was handed his second start for the club, with John Marquis, Andy Cannon and Lee Brown all returning.

Harvey White, Harrison and Charlie Daniels joined a fit-again James Bolton on the bench, while Haji Mnoga missing out completely with a groin injury.

It meant a switch to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Byers in the ‘number 10’ role behind Marquis and Jack Whatmough deputising at right-back.

Northampton were forced to rest midfielder Bryn Morris, who was unable to feature against his parent club.

Pompey started quite brightly and Jonathan Mitchell had to prevent Peter Kioso from heading a Byers delivery into his own net.

And the on-loan Swansea player then sent in another cross that was met by Marquis, only for Horsfall to make a block.

But the Blues soon capitulated in horrendous fashion, conceding four goals in the space of under 25 minutes.

The first was, in fairness, an impressive finish from Watson, who curled home a fine free-kick from 25 yards after Cannon had fouled Mickel Miller.

And the second arrived just a few moments later, as a corner from Miller was nodded home by Watson at the far post.

Marquis soon raced through and found the net at the other end, but the flag had already been raised for offside.

It was the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring, though, and Craig MacGillivray beat away a fierce Hoskins strike at his near post.

But he was unable to collect the resulting corner from Miller, allowing Horsfall to bundle the ball over the line from close range.

MacGillivray was certainly being kept busy and did well to tip an acrobatic effort from Ryan Edmondson over the crossbar.

But when he then charged out of his area to head clear, the ball landed straight at the feet of Hoskins.

He lifted it over the back-pedalling keeper and into the net, although Edmondson charged in to make sure it was definitely over the line.

Pompey had a chance to reduce their deficit just before the break, but Sean Raggett could not quite find the target after Cannon’s scuffed effort had fallen for him inside the box.

Half Time: Northampton 4 Pompey 0

The visitors had controlled possession before the break and that continued once the action restarted.

But for all their domination of the ball, there was little happening for the Blues in the final third of the pitch.

And Jackett responded by doing something never before seen in a competitive Pompey match – a quadruple substitution.

Marquis, Byers, Ronan Curtis and Rasmus Nicolaisen were the players to make way, as Harrison, Jordy Hiwula, White and Bolton came on.

Hiwula soon had an opportunity to pull a goal back for the visitors, flashing an angled shot narrowly wide.

The changes certainly livened the Blues up, although they were still unable to properly test Mitchell between the sticks.

But they were given a chance to get on the scoresheet when some neat footwork by White drew a clumsy challenge by Horsfall inside the area.

HARRISON stepped up to take the spot-kick and his shot was powerful enough to find the net, despite Mitchell getting a hand on the ball.

And although Pompey spent the remainder of the contest camped out in the opposition half, they were unable to find another goal.

Northampton (4-2-3-1): Mitchell; Kioso, Horsfall, Jones, Mills (c) (Harriman 68); Sowerby, McWilliams (Rose 75); Hoskins, Watson, Miller; Edmondson
Goals: Watson 20, 23, Horsfall 32, Hoskins 43
Booked: Miller, Mitchell
Subs not used: Arnold, Marshall, Korboa, Chukwuemeka, Jones

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Whatmough, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Bolton 59), Brown; Naylor (c), Cannon; Harness, Byers (White 59), Curtis (Hiwula 59); Marquis (Harrison 59)
Goals: Harrison 73 (pen)
Booked: Marquis
Subs not used: Ward, Daniels, Williams

Referee: Andy Haines

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