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Match Preview: Pompey v West Ham U21

All you need to know about Papa John's Trophy test

10 November 2020

Pompey v West Ham U21

Pompey and West Ham U21s have already made sure of their place in the last 32 of the Papa John’s Trophy.

But top spot in Southern Group A is still up for grabs when the teams meet at Fratton Park this evening (7pm kick-off).

Whoever secures victory – or a penalty shoot-out bonus point – will enjoy home advantage in the next stage of the competition.

Both sides have already seen off Colchester and Essex, with the two Essex outfits also facing off tonight to avoid the wooden spoon.

Kenny Jackett’s men are, of course, the trophy holders, having beaten Sunderland on penalties on a dramatic day at Wembley in March 2019.

They also made the final of last season’s competition and are still waiting to discover a new date for that postponed clash with Salford.

Their next opponents did not make it out of their group in 2019/20, with Dmitri Halajko’s youngsters bowing out on goal difference.

The two clubs have never previously met in the EFL Trophy and last clashed in the Championship, with the Hammers narrowly winning both encounters during the 2011/12 campaign.

Pompey are set to field a young side, with third year scholars Harry Kavanagh, Alfie Stanley and Eoin Teggart among those who could feature.

Jordy Hiwula could also make his full debut, having signed a short-term deal at Fratton Park last month.

The Blues are without the injured quartet of Lee Brown (hamstring), Andy Cannon (groin), Michael Jacobs (knee) and Jack Whatmough (hamstring).

Competition rules state that the visitors must field a side containing at least six players aged 21 or under.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the game.

Pompey: 14 wins
West Ham: 15 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
West Ham: 7 wins
3 draws

*Games against West Ham's first team

Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistants: Adam Ricketts and Gareth Viccars
Fourth Official: Richard Morris

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9 November 2020

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Pompey are the 4/9 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/2.

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

Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

Gillingham v Arsenal U21 (5.30pm)
Cheltenham v Norwich U21 (6pm)
Crewe v Shrewsbury (6pm)
Barrow v Accrington
Burton v Fulham U21
Cambridge v Peterborough
Charlton v Leyton Orient
Colchester v Southend
Crawley v Ipswich
Doncaster v Wolves U21
Forest Green v Swindon
Grimsby v Leicester U21
Harrogate v Hull
Plymouth v Newport
Port Vale v Liverpool U21
Rochdale v Salford
Scunthorpe v Mansfield
Walsall v Oxford
Bradford v Oldham (7.30pm)
Fleetwood v Sunderland (7.45pm)

Tranmere v Wigan (6.30pm)
Blackpool v Leeds U21
MK Dons v Southampton U21


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Match Reports

Pompey 0 West Ham U21 1

Youthful Blues suffer rare defeat in Papa John’s Trophy

10 November 2020

Haji Mnoga in action for Pompey against West Ham U21s in Papa John
Photo: Robin Jones

Pompey missed out on securing top spot in Southern Group A of the Papa John’s Trophy after suffering a narrow defeat to West Ham U21s at Fratton Park.

Kai Corbett netted the only goal of the contest against an extremely youthful home side, with six teenagers making their maiden senior outing for the club.

Both times had already qualified for the knockout stages, although a first loss in the competition for almost three years ensured the Blues will be on the road in the next round.

Kenny Jackett made 11 changes from the side that won at Ipswich to progress in the FA Cup at the weekend.

He handed debuts to third year scholars Harry Kavanagh and Alfie Stanley, as well as academy midfielder Charlie Bell.

Jordy Hiwula was given a first start for the club, joining fellow senior professionals Paul Downing – who skippered the team – James Bolton, Bryn Morris and Alex Bass.

Haji Mnoga was provided with another chance to impress, while Eoin Teggart and Harvey Rew completed the line-up following their appearances in the same competition last season.

Nobody on the bench had featured in a senior game for Pompey, as Duncan Turnbull joined a host of players from the under-18 side.

But the young Blues found themselves behind after just four minutes, as Emmanuel Longelo cut the ball back for Corbett to squeeze home a shot.

The hosts took a while to find their feet and there were a few passes going astray in the opening stages.

But they gradually began to settle and play some nice possession football, without really being able to test Nathan Trott.

The Hammers keeper was called into action for the first time on 19 minutes, but not overly troubled by Kavanagh’s header from a Teggart delivery.

Stanley and Hiwula then did well to steal possession and launch an attack, with Alfie Lewis’ foul on the latter earning him a booking.

Pompey were the stronger side as the interval neared and they almost found an equaliser before the whistle blew.

Hiwula showed some nifty footwork inside the box, but his low drive was saved by Trott’s feet at the keeper’s near post.

Half Time: Pompey 0 West Ham U21 1

There did not look much on following the restart when Mnoga overhit his pass over the top towards Kavanagh.

But Longelo made a mess of his pass back to Trott and the keeper did well to get there before the hosts could capitalise.

Oladapo Afolayan then hit something that was between a cross and a shot at the other end, with the effort ultimately flashing past the post.

The same player then struck a fierce shot towards the target, only for Bolton to bravely fling himself into the path of the ball.

Pompey were trying to launch some threatening attacks and a delivery from Teggart drifted towards goal, with Trott having to claim it underneath his own bar.

Jackett made a double switch on 66 minutes, as Harry Jewitt-White and Harrison Brook – aged 16 and 17 respectively – replaced Stanley and Brook to become the latest debutants.

The hosts were playing some really nice stuff, with Rew and Teggart linking up particularly well down the left, but were not making too much of an impact in the final third.

Seok Jae Lee was also handed his Blues bow in the closing stages, as Bell made his way from the pitch.

But it was the more senior Bolton who had a chance to grab a late leveller, stretching to get on the end of Teggart’s cross and hooking the ball narrowly over.

And the Hammers almost added a second goal just before the end, hitting a ferocious strike that cannoned back off the crossbar.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Mnoga, Bolton, Downing (c), Rew; Kavanagh (Brook 66), Bell (Lee 79), Morris, Teggart; Stanley (Jewitt-White 66), Hiwula
Booked: Mnoga, Downing
Subs not used: Turnbull, Setters, Hughes, Bridgman

West Ham U21 (3-4-3): Trott; Okotcha, Johnson (c), Greenidge; Rosa (Forbes 80), Appiah-Forson, Lewis, Longelo (Chesters 72); Corbett, Afolayan, Swyer (Adarkwa 83)
Goals: Corbett 4
Booked: Lewis
Subs not used: Anang, Fevrier, Potts, Woods

Referee: Kevin Johnson

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