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Match Preview: Pompey v King’s Lynn

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup test

27 November 2020

Pompey v King's Lynn

The battle for League One promotion takes a step back this weekend, as the Emirates FA Cup takes the spotlight.

Pompey will aim to avoid a giant-killing when they take on King’s Lynn at Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The visitors are currently sitting 13th in the fifth tier standings and have won their past two matches against Dover and Barnet.

Ian Culverhouse’s men won the National League North title last term, leapfrogging York into top spot when point-per-game was used to decide the final placings.

And they have already shocked one EFL outfit to get to this stage of the cup, with Sonny Carey’s late strike seeing off Port Vale.

The Linnets received a bye to avoid having to take part in the final qualifying round after Covid cases caused Notts County to pull out of the competition.

Pompey, meanwhile, enjoyed a dramatic extra-time victory at Ipswich, courtesy of Sean Raggett’s controversial goal.

Their next opponents were only formed in 2010 after the old King’s Lynn FC were wound up at the High Court the previous year.

TEAM NEWS
Michael Jacobs (knee) is the only player missing for Pompey and Kenny Jackett has promised to name a strong side.

The visitors are without injured full-back Aaron Jones, while striker Kairo Mitchell is cup-tied, but Michael Gash could feature for the first time this season after recovering from pancreatitis.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
This will be the first competitive meeting between the sides.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Will Finnie
Assistants: Richard Morris and Daniel Flynn
Fourth Official: Steven Hughes

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK can watch the contest on the BBC iPlayer, website and app, as well as BT Sport’s digital platforms.

If you are based overseas then please check local listings to see if the game is being shown in your region.

Fixture News

Pompey v King's Lynn: How To Watch Emirates FA Cup Tie

27 November 2020

The game cannot be viewed on iFollow, but subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Alan McLoughlin by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm.

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.

BETTING
Pompey are the 1/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure the victory, while the visitors can be backed at 17/2.

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

ALSO IN EMIRATES FA CUP
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Tonight
Tranmere v Brackley (7.55pm)

Saturday
Morecambe v Solihull (12.30pm)
Gillingham v Exeter (1pm)
Newport v Salford (1pm)
Bradford v Oldham
Cheltenham v Crewe
Harrogate v Blackpool
Plymouth v Lincoln
Peterborough v Chorley (5.30pm)

Sunday
AFC Wimbledon v Crawley (1.30pm)
Barnet v MK Dons (1.30pm)
Bristol Rovers v Darlington (1.30pm)
Carlisle v Doncaster (1.30pm)
Mansfield v Dagenham & Redbridge (1.30pm)
Shrewsbury v Oxford City (1.30pm)
Stevenage v Hull (1.30pm)
Stockport v Yeovil (1.30pm)
Marine v Hawks (2.45pm)

Monday
Canvey Island v Boreham Wood (7.45pm)

LAST ROUND

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Match Reports

Pompey 6 King’s Lynn 1

Blues run riot to secure Emirates FA Cup progress

28 November 2020

Sean Raggett scores for Pompey against King's Lynn in the Emirates FA Cup at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey eased into the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a clinical display against non-league King’s Lynn at Fratton Park.

The television cameras had arrived on the south coast hoping to capture an upset, only for Rasmus Nicolaisen to open the scoring in just the second minute.

A stunning strike from Tom Naylor increased the lead and there were chances for it to be extended in the first half.

But the Blues got the job done after the interval, with Sean Raggett and Marcus Harness getting in on the act.

Dayle Southwell came off the bench to reduce the National League side’s deficit, but that was a rare bright spot for them.

Ellis Harrison soon increased their misery by scoring from the spot and Jordy Hiwula added an impressive sixth goal late on.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that drew with Oxford in the league earlier in the week.

Three of them came at the back, where Alex Bass was preferred between the sticks, and Cam Pring and Nicolaisen also returned.

Ben Close and Ryan Williams were handed starts, with Craig MacGillivray, Lee Brown, Jack Whatmough, Andy Cannon and John Marquis all dropping to the bench.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off in memory of all those who have passed away during these tough times.

That includes footballing greats Diego Maradona and Ray Clemence, as well as former Pompey players Ray Hiron, Fred Smith, John Collins, Alan Garner, Malcolm Manley and Cyril Rutter

When the action started, fears of a giant-killing were quickly soothed, as Pompey took the lead after just 108 seconds.

Williams won a corner on the right and Pring swung the ball into the box for NICOLAISEN to head home his first goal for the club.

The visitors did not look over-awed in the opening stages, however, and Sonny Carey glanced a flag-kick narrowly wide.

Bass was then called into action and got down to his right to push away a cleanly-struck effort from Adam Marriott.

But the Blues soon began to take control and started to play some neat passing football to trouble the opposition defence.

And the pressure paid off on 30 minutes, as the skipper continued his run of fine goalscoring form to double the advantage.

It was a superb strike, with Ronan Curtis’ delivery laid off by Williams for NAYLOR to hit a 25-yard rocket that flew in off the underside of the crossbar.

The floodgates might have opened after that, as the hosts unleashed a deluge of pressure, with the Linnets hanging on as the interval approached.

Harrison – who was being held by Rory McAuley – saw his header saved by Archie Mair after a Close effort had been blocked.

There was then an almighty scramble in the King’s Lynn box, with Raggett and Williams unable to force the ball home, while a defender flung himself in the path of Nicolaisen’s effort.

And Curtis was inches away from getting his name on the scoresheet when he intercepted a loose ball and hit a fine 30-yard strike that rattled the bar.

Half Time: Pompey 2 King’s Lynn 0

The second half began at the same frantic pace as the first, with a perfectly-timed Kyle Callan-McFadden challenge stopping Close from racing clear.

But the hosts did increase their lead on 51 minutes, when RAGGETT charged towards the far post to firmly convert a Curtis corner.

King’s Lynn were still posing a threat going forward, but whenever their moves broke down, Pompey would break with menace.

And they soon had a fourth, as Harrison stole possession in the middle of the pitch and burst forward.

The striker then laid the ball off for HARNESS, who calmly slipped it into the bottom corner to kill any lingering hopes of a Linnets comeback.

Hiwula and Bryn Morris were both brought on, as Jackett gave Curtis and Naylor the chance to rest any tired limbs ahead of a midweek trip to Blackpool.

But the visitors reduced their deficit when McAuley held the ball up for Southwell to slot neatly into the net.

It was a brief reprieve for King’s Lynn, however, and Pompey had the chance to grab a fifth goal when Pring was fouled in the area by Ross Barrows.

Referee Will Finnie made the simple decision to point to the spot and HARRISON sent Mair the wrong way.

That was not the end of the action, though, and HIWULA opened his Blues account in impressive fashion, cutting inside from the left and curling home a fine strike.

Harness came close to wrapping things up in style following good work by Williams, but Mair was equal to his strike.

And Bass also kept his concentration at the other end, doing well to stop Southwell’s effort flying inside his near post.

But the contest almost finished the same way it had started – with a Nicolaisen goal. The defender nodded a Harness free-kick against the post seconds before the final whistle blew.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen, Pring; Williams, Close, Naylor (c) (Morris 66), Curtis (Hiwula 59); Harrison (Marquis 81), Harness
Goals: Nicolaisen 2, Naylor 30, Raggett 51, Harness 58, Harrison 72 (pen), Hiwula 80
Booked: Naylor
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Brown, Cannon

King’s Lynn (3-4-3): Mair; Callan-McFadden, Smith, McAuley; Barrows, Clunan (c), Carey, Brown; Power (Gash 81), Marriott (Southwell 63), Loza (King 63)
Goals: Southwell 68
Booked: McAuley
Subs not used: Fleming, Richards, Jarvis

Referee: Will Finnie

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