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Match Preview: Pompey v Rotherham

All you need to know about League One contest

12 April 2022

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Pompey v Rotherham United

Pompey will want to make the most of home comforts when they welcome Rotherham to Fratton Park this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side are looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Cheltenham by beating one of the sides chasing the League One title.

But the Millers – who have led the standings for so long – have recently dropped out of the automatic promotion spots.

They have won just one of their six most recent league matches and were beaten 1-0 on home soil by Charlton at the weekend.

United have lifted silverware during that time, though, twice battling from behind before seeing off Sutton after extra-time at Wembley in the final of the Papa John’s Trophy.

And they know that victory tonight would see them overhaul second-placed MK Dons, while still holding a game in hand.

Paul Warne’s men have been something of a yoyo side in recent years, having either been promoted to or dropped out of the Championship in each of the past five seasons.

Pompey were beaten 4-1 when the sides met at New York Stadium earlier in the campaign, but they triumphed 3-2 the last time this fixture took place at Fratton Park in November 2019.

TEAM NEWS
Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee) and Jayden Reid (knee) are the only absentees for the hosts.

Ben Wiles (leg) and Richard Wood (illness) are both expected to be available for the Millers, but keeper Josh Vickers is set to miss the rest of the season with a hand injury.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Aiden O’Brien ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Rotherham: 11 wins
10 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Rotherham: 2 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure tickets online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Supporters can also purchase seats, subject to availability, from the booth behind the Fratton End this evening.

Please note that tickets for the original date of this fixture are still valid, unless supporters requested to cancel. If you have any queries, please email tickets@pompeyfc.co.uk

Season ticket holders in Blocks T-W of the South Lower have been contacted with their new seat details and been sent a new season card. Please contact the ticket office if you have not received this.

Covid certification is no longer required to attend, but Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

A matchday magazine will be available to purchase from sellers around the ground, online from the memorabilia store, in the club shop, the Victory Bar and selected kiosks.

The Victory Bar will be open for Pompey fans from 5pm this evening.

OFFICIALS
Referee: David Rock
Assistants: Simon Shaw and Justin Amey
Fourth Official: Carl Brook

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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 Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Rotherham are the 13/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 11/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for tonight’s game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Pompey 3 Rotherham 0

Robertson, Harness and Hirst on target as Blues romp to victory

12 April 2022

Clark Robertson scores for Pompey against Rotherham United at Fratton Park
Photo: Robin Jones

Pompey roared back to winning ways in some style by dismantling title-chasing Rotherham at Fratton Park.

The game exploded into life after a slow start when Clark Robertson headed home against his former employers.

And the Blues were in fine form after the break, with another ex-Miller, George Hirst, setting up one goal for Marcus Harness before finding the net himself.

Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that were beaten on the road at Cheltenham at the weekend.

Hirst, Michael Jacobs, Joe Morrell, Louis Thompson and skipper Robertson all returned to the starting line-up.

It meant that Tyler Walker, Aiden O’Brien, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Shaun Williams and Mahlon Romeo dropped to the bench.

Former Pompey players Michael Smith and Joe Mattock were both named in the visitors’ team, who had Richie Barker among their coaching staff.

There were little of note in the opening exchanges besides a flurry of bookings, with both sides ending the first half with two yellow cards each.

In fact, there were 20 minutes on the clock before either side seriously threatened to break the deadlock.

It was the hosts who were first to go close, though, after Jacobs showed a neat piece of skill to take out three defenders.

He then found Ronan Curtis, who cut the ball back for Harness and his effort was kept out at point-blank range by Viktor Johansson.

Rotherham had a few bright moments at the other end of the pitch, without being able to properly test Gavin Bazunu.

And it was the Blues that broke the deadlock on 35 minutes, as ROBERTSON haunted his former club by rising to meet Jacobs’ free-kick and guide a header into the net.

Morrell’s pass then sent Hirst racing away late in the half and the striker did well to hold off a couple of challenges before dragging a shot wide.

The Millers had not shown much attacking flair, although a dipping Chiedozie Ogbene effort just before the break landed on the roof of the net.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Rotherham 0

Robertson needed to show his capabilities at the other end of the pitch when the action restarted and did well to prevent Smith getting a shot away.

There were then a couple of dangerous attacks for the Blues, but one good move ended with the otherwise impressive Hirst getting his attempt all wrong.

The Millers were trying to find a way back into the contest and Mattock glanced a header wide after meeting Dan Barlaser’s free-kick.

But the Blues soon came close to hitting their opponents on the break and Hirst could not quite get on the end of a Jacobs delivery.

And they did double their advantage just before the hour mark, courtesy of some superb play from Hirst.

The striker raced into space to collect a Bazunu throw before surging forward and holding off two challenges, then sending in a brilliant low ball for HARNESS to slot home.

They might have gone further ahead when a Jacobs corner was only partially cleared, but a thunderbolt from Hayden Carter was just about turned behind by Johansson.

It was only a brief respite for the beleaguered Millers, however, with Pompey soon finding a third goal.

Morrell lifted a pass into the box and Sean Raggett beat Johansson to the ball, nodding it back for HIRST to neatly hook home.

A first substitution soon followed for the hosts, with Friday’s contest perhaps in the mind of Cowley as Jacobs was swapped with O’Brien.

Harness and Thompson also made way to warm applause soon after, as Romeo and Williams were handed opportunities to impress.

The first of those newcomers was soon in the action, although not in the way he intended, with an accidental shove on David Rock sending the official tumbling to the turf.

Pompey were seeing out the closing stages with relative ease and Bazunu made sure of the clean sheet by clawing away a late Barlaser free-kick.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie; Morrell, Thompson (Williams 76); Harness (Romeo 75), Curtis, Jacobs (O’Brien 69); Hirst
Goals: Robertson 35, Harness 59, Hirst 65
Booked: Robertson, Jacobs
Subs not used: Webber, Mingi, Tunnicliffe, Walker

Rotherham (3-1-4-2): Johansson; Ihiekwe, Wood (c), Mattock; Barlaser; Ogbene, Lindsay, Wiles (Rathbone 46), Osei-Tutu (Miller 84); Smith, Kayode (Ladapo 57)
Booked: Lindsay, Barlaser, Mattock
Subs not used: Chapman, Harding, Ferguson, Edmonds-Green

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 14,154 (301 away fans)

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