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Match Preview: Pompey v Colchester

All you need to know about EFL Trophy contest

8 September 2020

Pompey v Colchester

Last season’s final has still to be played, but this evening sees Pompey begin a new campaign in the EFL Trophy.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought the previous campaign to a halt before the Blues could face Salford at Wembley, with a new date for that contest still to be arranged.

But Kenny Jackett’s side remain the competition holders, having memorably seen off Sunderland on penalties in 2019.

It is the lower-key scenario of a group contest against Colchester that sees them get underway this term.

As usual at this stage, if the match is all square after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out is held to see who claims a bonus point.

The visitors got their season started with a 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday, despite taking the lead through Jevani Brown.

United competed in the fourth tier play-offs at the end of the 2019/20 campaign after finishing fifth, but were beaten over two legs by Exeter.

They have never previously won this competition, although did make the final back in 1997, losing to Carlisle on penalties.

Pompey last faced Colchester during 2016/17 League Two title-wining season, when they won both matches, including a 2-0 success at Fratton Park.

Alex Bass (ankle) is the only injury doubt for Pompey, with Ellis Harrison and Reeco Hackett-Fairchild returning to action in last week’s friendly win at Gosport.

Colchester could hand a debut to striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale following his arrival on a season-long loan from Fulham

Luke Gambin has returned from international duty with Malta, but Luke Norris, Tom Lapslie and Diaz Wright are all injured.

Read the thoughts of manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the contest or watch the video below.

Pompey: 3 wins
Colchester: 5 wins
2 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 wins
Colchester: 2 wins
1 draw

Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Christopher Wade and Mark Derrien
Fourth Official: Adrian Quelch

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Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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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, iFollow 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.

Pompey are the 4/7 favourites with Sky Bet to secure victory after 90 minutes, while the visitors can be backed at 15/4.

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Colchester 0

Harness brace seals EFL Trophy success

8 September 2020

Marcus Harness celebrates scoring for Pompey against Colchester in the EFL Trophy
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Marcus Harness bagged a brace as Pompey began their latest EFL Trophy campaign with a comfortable victory over Colchester at an empty Fratton Park.

The competition holders are still waiting to hear the date for their return to Wembley for last season’s final.

But they produced a professional – and largely dominant performance – against their League Two opponents.

Both of the goals arrived in the space of a few first half seconds, with Harness displaying some precise finishing to secure all three group stage points.

Pompey handed debuts to full-back duo Cam Pring and Callum Johnson, who arrived from Bristol City and Accrington respectively over the summer.

They replaced Lee Brown and James Bolton, as Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that won at Stevenage on penalties in the Carabao Cup 10 days earlier.

Craig MacGillivray came in for the injured Alex Bass between the sticks, while Paul Downing made way for Jack Whatmough.

The hosts dominated possession in the opening stages, although chances were hard to come by at both ends of the pitch.

It was the Blues who, unsurprisingly, had the first decent one following a fine bit of trickery down the left from Ronan Curtis.

He sent the ball into the centre and it bounced off both Harness and John Marquis before being grabbed by grateful keeper Shamal George.

It was proving to be a quiet evening for MacGillivray at the other end, although he had to deal with a simple angled effort from Miles Welch-Hayes.

Pompey were looking more likely to break the deadlock, although Gareth Evans could not bring Curtis’ pass under control and the ball flew harmlessly wide.

Referee Craig Hicks then got in Luke Gambin’s way during an attack from the home side and would undoubtedly have been relieved to see the move break down.

Curtis was looking a real threat for the Blues and following one mazy run, his placed shot was saved low down by George.

A goal seemed to be moving closer as the first half progressed and a corner was nodded over by Sean Raggett.

And the deadlock was broken on 37 minutes, with HARNESS collecting a pass from Curtis and firing in a shot that had too much power for George.

HARNESS then scored his second in as many minutes, racing onto a long ball over the top from Whatmough and clinically finding the net.

There was still time for Tom Naylor to go close before the break, with the skipper stealing possession and scuffing his effort just past the post.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Colchester 0

Pompey continued to dominate following the restart and an Evans corner caused problems, while Curtis then fizzed a shot narrowly wide.

The latter soon had another opportunity after being fed by Harness and his stabbed attempt was saved by George.

It was pretty much one-way traffic and a teasing delivery from Harness had to be dealt with by Omar Sowunmi before Evans could pounce.

Evans should probably have strengthened the advantage following another fine cross from Pompey’s goal hero, but his header was too deft.

MacGillivray was called into action to deal with Ben Stevenson’s drive on 65 minutes, although it was regulation stuff for the Scottish stopper.

Harness then tried to complete his treble at the other end, but could not make a clean connection with Pring’s cross.

His hat-trick hopes were over soon after, as he was withdrawn with fellow winger Curtis, as Andy Cannon and Ryan Williams came on.

Marquis then had a shot saved by the feet of George before also being replaced, with Ellis Harrison given a cameo.

The game had started to drift by that point, but it burst back into life on 86 minutes following a poor Colchester back-pass.

Harrison could not quite get there in time to tuck away the loose ball and Cannon was also denied before Evans blazed over.

The hosts had already comfortably done enough, though, and saw out the remaining moments to seal the victory.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Pring; Naylor (c), Morris; Harness (Williams 77), Evans, Curtis (Cannon 77); Marquis (Harrison 82)
Goals: Harness 37, 38
Booked: Williams, Pring
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Brown, Close

Colchester (4-2-3-1): George; Welch-Hayes, Sowunmi, Eastman (c), Scarlett; Stevenson, Chilvers; Poku (Cowan-Hall 66), Gambin (Marshall-Miranda 78), Senior; Brown (Taylor-Crossdale 66)
Booked: Sowunmi
Subs not used: Coulter, Bramall, Smith, Harriott

Referee: Craig Hicks

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