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Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One opener

11 September 2020

Pompey v Shrewsbury

Pompey have started the new campaign with victories in both the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy.

Now Kenny Jackett’s side will look to complete a treble by collecting all three points from their League One opener.

Shrewsbury are the visitors to Fratton Park on Saturday in a reverse of the first game of the 2019/20 season.

The Blues were narrowly beaten in Shropshire courtesy of a Ryan Giles stunner, while Ross McCrorie was sent off on his debut for the visitors.

Sam Ricketts’ Shrews made an early exit from the Carabao Cup last weekend, although they certainly made a good fight of it in their 4-3 reverse at Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

Like their opponents today, however, Town’s number one priority will be on trying to secure league success.

They climbed one place to 15th in the standings when the points per game method was used to decide the Covid-19 halted season.

It was Pompey who came out on top when the sides last met at Fratton Park back in February, with goals from Ellis Harrison and John Marquis securing a 2-0 triumph.

TEAM NEWS
Alex Bass is the only injury doubt for Pompey after injuring his ankle in the Carabao Cup tie at Stevenage.

Shrewsbury could hand a debut to loan goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who has returned from international duty with Montenegro.

Their skipper Ollie Norburn is likely to miss out with a knee problem, but Aaron Pierre should be available after returning to training.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the contest or watch the video below.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 14 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
3 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 11 wins
Shrewsbury: 2 wins
1 draw

OFFICIALS
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Mike Desborough and Michael Chard
Fourth Official: Paul Yates

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live – with four-camera coverage, graphics and commentary – by purchasing a match pass for £10.

Domestic 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 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.

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, 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.

BETTING
Pompey are the 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure victory after 90 minutes, while the visitors can be backed at 7/2.

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

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

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

Sunday
Ipswich v Wigan (12pm)

LAST SEASON

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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Shrewsbury 0

Blues begin the League One season with a goalless draw

12 September 2020

John Marquis in action for Pompey against Shrewsbury
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey had to settle for a point in their League One opener with Shrewsury at a warm and sunny Fratton Park.

Most of the action took place in the second half, with Jack Whatmough – making his 100th appearance for the club – among those to go close.

And both sides came close to snatching a late winner, as Rekeil Pyke was denied by Craig MacGillivray, while Tom Naylor’s header struck the woodwork.

But the visitors had to play the final few seconds with just 10 men after Aaron Pierre was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Colchester in the EFL Trophy earlier in the week.

That came at left-back, where summer loan signing Cam Pring dropped to the bench to make way for Lee Brown.

It did not take long for Jason Cummings to collect an early booking following a late challenge on Marquis.

And Bryn Morris then came close to haunting his former club with a fierce drive that was parried by Matija Sarkick.

The ball ran loose and John Marquis desperately tried to get there first, but the keeper was able to smother it.

But it was, generally, a laboured start from the hosts and Shrewsbury almost made them pay from a corner on 12 minutes.

The ball was headed against the post by Brad Walker and, with the goal gaping, Ethan Ebanks-Landell then nodded it wide.

There was controversy when Marquis collected a Ronan Curtis pass and was fouled outside the box by Pierre.

The Blues striker felt he was last man and it should have warranted a red card, but referee Charles Breakspear opted to brandish only a yellow.

Several players were hovering over the free-kick and when Brown eventually took it, he curled the ball inches past the post.

There were half-chances at both ends of the pitch, although it had certainly not been the most entertaining period of football.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Shrewsbury 0

Marquis came close to breaking the deadlock soon after the restart, trying an inventive lofted effort from the right side of the box that drifted narrowly wide.

And their opponents then went close at the other end, as Brad Walker danced past a number of challenges, only to screw his shot horribly off target.

Jackett made his first change 10 minutes into the second half, with Andy Cannon on to replace Gareth Evans.

Both sides were looking to counter with pace and one such attack led to Marquis having a header deflected over the bar.

Clear-cut chances were still proving to be few and far between, though, and it took an unlikely source to find the next shot on target.

A Curtis free-kick was nodded back into the centre by Sean Raggett and Whatmough’s volley was saved by Sarkic.

Ryan Williams came on for Marcus Harness on 69 minutes, as Jackett decided to freshen up his forward options.

And when the newcomer was hacked down by Josh Vela, Breakspear played the advantage and Pompey broke.

Cannon timed his run to stay onside and collect Curtis’ pass, but could not get the ball on his right foot and the move broke down.

Vela was then shown a booking and so was substitute Marlon Fossey for a foul on Curtis down the left.

Brown was the one to take it and tried to send the ball over Sarkic, with the keeper back-pedalling to just about prevent it finding the net.

Pompey were well on top now and Scott Golbourne was well-placed just in front of the line to block Raggett’s header.

Then, after Ben Close had replaced Morris, the left-back also managed to divert Williams’ goal-bound header to safety.

But it was Shrewsbury who almost grabbed a late winner from a corner, with MacGillivray – who had experienced a quiet afternoon – making a stunning save to deny Pyke.

The ball was still loose and the danger was not over, however, with Whatmough managing to hack from the line.

Pompey then almost secured all three points for themselves, with Naylor meeting another fine Brown free-kick and rattling the crossbar with his header.

Pierre was sent off late in stoppage-time, picking up a second booking for a clear foul on Marquis 20 yards out.

It meant that Brown had the final chance to secure victory, sending his low free-kick through the wall and seeing Sarkic turn it around the post.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris (Close 80); Harness (Williams 69), Evans (Cannon 55), Curtis; Marquis
Booked: Harness, Morris
Subs not used: Turnbull, Bolton, Pring, Harrison

Shrewsbury (4-3-3): Sarkic; Williams (Fossey 72), Pierre, Ebanks-Landell (c), Golbourne; Vela (Norburn 78), Walker, High; Cummings (Barnett 84), Pyke, Whalley
Sent off: Pierre (two yellow cards)
Booked: Cummings, Whalley, Vela, Fossey
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Love, Daniels, Udoh

Referee: Charles Breakspear

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