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Match Preview: Wigan v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

27 August 2021

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Wigan Athletic v Pompey

Pompey make the long trip north for a second successive weekend when they visit Wigan on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side saw their 100 per cent winning record ended by a goalless draw at Doncaster last time out.

But another shut-out means the Blues are one of just two sides – along with League One leaders Sheffield Wednesday – yet to concede in the entire EFL.

Their next opponents were beaten at Sunderland on the opening day, but have gone on to enjoy win over Rotherham and Charlton, as well as a draw with Wycombe.

Leam Richardson’s troops also beat both Hull and Bolton to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup, where they will lock horns with the Black Cats once more.

Wigan exited administration towards the end of last season and survived the drop by just a single point.

And they have worked hard to revamp their squad over the summer, with 13 new players coming through the door.

Both sides won on each other’s patch during the 2020/21 campaign, as a strike from substitute Andy Cannon was enough to secure Pompey the points at the DW Stadium on Easter Monday.

Pompey are sweating over the fitness of Marcus Harness (quad), while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are definitely missing.

Tom Naylor and Jack Whatmough are both expected to feature against their former club for Wigan, who could hand a debut to Tom Bayliss.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Sean Raggett or watch the video below.

Pompey: 11 wins
Wigan: 6 wins
4 draws

At Wigan
Pompey: 5 wins
Wigan: 3 wins
2 draws

Pompey fans can purchase tickets (cash only) at the DW Stadium ticket office on the day of the game.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistants: Mark Russell and George Byrne
Fourth Official: Robert Massey-Ellis

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Glen Little by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2.45pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin 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 and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

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

Pompey are the narrow 13/8 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 7/4.

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

Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Burton v Cheltenham (7.45pm)

Rotherham v Doncaster (1pm)
Cambridge v Bolton
Charlton v Crewe
Ipswich v AFC Wimbledon
MK Dons v Accrington
Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday
Oxford v Lincoln
Plymouth v Fleetwood
Shrewsbury v Gillingham
Sunderland v Wycombe


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Match Reports

Wigan 1 Pompey 0

Blues undone at the DW Stadium

28 August 2021

Sean Raggett in action for Pompey at Wigan Athletic
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

A second half strike from Callum Lang saw Pompey’s unbeaten start to the League One season ended at Wigan.

They had looked in control for long periods of the DW Stadium contest, but did not do enough to test Ben Amos between the sticks.

There had not been much to cause concern from the Latics either, until Lang was left alone to score in the closing stages.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that played out a goalless draw at Doncaster the previous week.

Marcus Harness returned from a quad injury to join the forward line, while there were also starts for Lee Brown and Shaun Williams.

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Gassan Ahadme and Connor Ogilvie dropped to the bench, where they were joined by recent arrival Louis Thompson.

Former Fratton favourites Jack Whatmough and Tom Naylor were both named in the hosts’ side following their summer switches.

Pompey controlled possession before the break, although there were not many clear-cut openings at either end.

The best for the visiting side came in the early stages, as Sean Raggett met a Williams corner with a downward header that was cleared from the line by Tendayi Darikwa.

Jordan Jones thought he should have won a penalty at the other end after trying to burst through two defenders and tumbling to the turf.

But referee Christopher Sarginson immediately waved the appeals away, much to the chagrin of the home support.

The Blues soon broke threateningly down the right and a delivery from Harness found Ronan Curtis unmarked in the box.

He was able to get a shot away, but it was blocked before it could trouble Amos, who then did the mopping up.

Pompey were passing the ball around nicely and getting into some dangerous positions, without being able to perfect that crucial final pass.

And they almost paid for some dithering at the back just before the break, with a Tom Pearce cross not properly dealt with.

The ball landed kindly at the feet of Darikwa, whose low drilled effort was smothered by Gavin Bazunu.

Half Time: Wigan 0 Pompey 0

Pompey started the second half brightly and Curtis burst forward after winning possession, only to be denied by a fine sliding challenge from former team-mate Naylor.

And then, just a few moments later, it was Whatmough making a key tackle to stop the Republic of Ireland international’s path to goal.

Wigan, meanwhile, were guilty of some sloppy play and a few lapses in concentration allowed the Blues to get forward.

Some patient build-up work eventually saw Kieron Freeman provide a dangerous cross, but Curtis could not keep his header down.

After a spell of Latics pressure, Cowley made a couple of changes in quick succession midway through the second half.

Hackett-Fairchild and George Hirst were the players brought on, with Ryan Tunnicliffe and John Marquis making way.

However, it was a substitute for the home side who started the move that provided a breakthrough on 78 minutes.

James McClean found Pearce and he sent in a low cross from the left that evaded a few players, but found Lang, who calmly slid it into the net.

Pompey immediately set about trying to find an equaliser and Gassan was added to the attacking options.

Wigan held firm, however, to secure all three points and dent the Blues’ promising start to the season.

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Amos; Darikwa (c), Whatmough, Watts, Pearce (Massey 85); Naylor, Cousins; Lang (Edwards 90+4), Keane, Jones (McClean 54); Wyke
Goals: Lang 78
Booked: Whatmough
Subs not used: Jones, Aasgaard, Bayliss, Humphrys

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Freeman, Raggett, Robertson (c), Brown; Morrell, Williams; Harness (Gassan 84), Tunnicliffe (Hackett-Fairchild 71), Curtis; Marquis (Hirst 73)
Subs not used: Bass, Ogilvie, Thompson, Jacobs

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 9,571 (963 Pompey fans)

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