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Match Preview: Pompey v Doncaster

All you need to know about League One test

16 October 2020

Pompey v Doncaster Rovers

Pompey will look to extend their winning run to four matches when Doncaster visit Fratton Park this weekend.

Kenny Jackett’s side go into the contest on the back of triumphs over Burton, Southend and MK Dons.

It leaves them ninth in the League One standings – one point and two places above their next opponents.

But Rovers have a game in hand after their scheduled clash with Shrewsbury last week was postponed due to international call-ups.

Like the Blues, their only league defeat so far has come at the hands of Wigan, with wins against Charlton and Bristol Rovers accompanied by a draw with the Dons.

Former Fratton favourite Darren Moore has been in charge at the Keepmoat Stadium since the summer of 2019.

He guided Doncaster to a ninth-placed finish in the interrupted 2019/20 campaign and they were six points adrift of the play-offs when the season was halted.

There was only one meetings between the sides last term, with a last-gasp Ellis Harrison header securing a 2-1 away success for Pompey.

Pompey have no injury concerns and Ronan Curtis is available after returning from Republic of Ireland international duty.

The visitors could hand a debut to new loan signings Josh Sims and Matt Smith, but Rayhaan Tulloch (hamstring) is out and there are doubts over the fitness of Tyreece John-Jules.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ellis Harrison ahead of the game.

Pompey: 11 wins
Doncaster: 6 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 wins
Doncaster: 3 wins
3 draws

Referee: Brett Huxtable
Assistants: Stephen Brown and Paul Yates
Fourth Official: Simon Shaw

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Pompey are the evens favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 23/10.

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

Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

MK Dons v Gillingham (1pm)
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Bristol Rovers v Burton
Charlton v Wigan
Crewe v Blackpool
Fleetwood v Lincoln
Ipswich v Accrington
Peterborough v Oxford
Plymouth v Northampton
Rochdale v Hull
Swindon v Sunderland


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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Doncaster 1

Late James strike condemns Blues to defeat

17 October 2020

Andy Cannon in action for Pompey against Doncaster at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

A late goal from Reece James ensured that Doncaster beat Pompey 1-0 to continue their impressive record at Fratton Park.

The hosts improved after an insipid opening 45 minutes, but never really found any kind of attacking fluency.

And Rovers took advantage in the closing stages, with James curling a shot into the net to secure all three points.

Kenny Jackett made a couple of changes from the side that beat MK Dons on home soil the previous week.

Ben Close was handed a first league start of the season, with Andy Cannon also returning, as Bryn Morris and Michael Jacobs dropped to the bench.

The visitors started brightly on the sunny south coast and Craig MacGillivray came off his line on a couple of occasions.

One of them resulted in a key save to deny Fejiri Okenabirhie after the striker had raced onto Madger Gomes’ threaded pass.

But the Blues soon settled and enjoyed more possession, without really looking like doing much with it.

In fact, clear-cut chances were proving extremely hard to come by at both ends of the pitch in a largely lethargic contest.

Pompey did go close on 26 minutes, however, when Lee Brown delivered a corner towards Jack Whatmough at the far post.

The centre-back headed the ball down into the ground and Josef Bursik was able to parry it behind for a corner.

Ellis Harrison was working hard as a lone frontman, but was not being given enough support by his fellow attacking players.

There was a scare when Tom Anderson flung himself at James Coppinger’s free-kick and sent the ball into the side netting.

The defender’s momentum took him over the advertising hoardings and into the Fratton End, although thankfully he emerged unscathed.

Pompey did finish the first half with a flourish, though, and sent plenty of dangerous deliveries into the box that Doncaster did well to deal with.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Doncaster 0

The hosts were quickly out of the blocks following the restart and Bursik flapped nervously at a corner before Cannon fired a shot over the bar.

And they almost broke the deadlock on 53 minutes, with Harrison glancing Callum Johnson’s delivery inches past the post.

A Tom Naylor slip then provided an opening at the other end, with Coppinger finding Okenabirhie, whose shot was deflected wide.

MacGillivray soon had to beat away another effort from the striker before Brown did well with the mopping up.

Jackett made his first change just before the hour mark, with Ronan Curtis making way to be replaced by Jacobs.

And he was soon forced to make another one, as Harrison was hurt in a collision and Maquis was given the call to feature against his former club.

Pompey had looked the more dangerous side since the interval, although Marcus Harness could not force his shot home from a tight angle.

And when the ball sat up nicely for Cannon, he sent a sweet long-range strike fizzing just the wrong side of the post.

But it was Rovers who took the lead on 79 minutes, as James was left in far too much space to collect a pass from Josh Sims and curl home a neat finish.

Ryan Williams quickly came on for Close, as the Blues looked to find a route back into the contest by adding another player to their forward line.

And Bursik did well to deny Marquis an equaliser, adjusting his feet when the ex-Rovers frontman’s shot took a big deflection.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close (Williams 81); Harness, Cannon, Curtis (Jacobs 59); Harrison (Marquis 62)
Booked: Harness
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Pring, Morris

Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Bursik; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, John; Whiteman (c), Gomes; Taylor (Sims 63), Coppinger (Richards 63), James; Okenabirhie (Smith 90)
Goals: James 79
Booked: James, Wright, Gomes
Subs not used: Jones, Butler, Williams, Lokilo

Referee: Brett Huxtable

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