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Match Preview: Shrewsbury v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

22 February 2022

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Shrewsbury Town v Pompey

Pompey fans could have been forgiven for letting out a loud groan when they woke to the news on Monday morning.

Storm Franklin meant the River Severn had flooded areas of Shropshire, including Shrewsbury town centre.

Thankfully the football ground is located further away and this evening’s League One contest (7.45pm kick-off) is set to go ahead as scheduled.

The heavy rain – this time from Storm Eunice – had already caused both clubs to see their matches at the weekend get postponed.

There was a controversial decision to call off the Blues’ match at Crewe just over an hour before kick-off, when the surface appeared fine by 3pm.

The Shrews’ scheduled home contest with Morecambe also fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, leaving them 18th in the table and just four points above the drop zone.

Steve Cotterill’s side are currently on a seven-match winless run in the league, although that does include five draws.

Ryan Tunnicliffe’s early strike was enough to secure all three points for Pompey when the teams met on the south coast back in August.

They also won 2-1 at Shrewsbury last season – which was Danny Cowley’s first away match in charge – thanks to goals from Marcus Harness and John Marquis, with the latter also being sent off.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle) and Shaun Williams (back), while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) remain sidelined.

Joe Morrell is still suspended for one more fixture following his harsh red card at Oxford, while Mahlon Romeo (ankle) is a doubt.

Defender Tom Flanagan could make his full debut for Shrewsbury following a January switch from Sunderland, but Shaun Whalley (thigh) is injured.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Clark Robertson ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 16 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
4 draws

On the road
Pompey: 4 wins
Shrewsbury: 8 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure tickets at Shrewsbury this evening and more details can be found here.

With flooding around the town centre, fan may experience some travel disruption. Visit the @ShrewsFCPolice Twitter account for updates.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistants: Ian Smedley and Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official: Paul Graham

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
Pompey are the 27/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 19/10.

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ALSO IN LEAGUE
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

Cambridge v Plymouth
Charlton v MK Dons
Crewe v Oxford
Doncaster v Accrington
Gillingham v AFC Wimbledon
Ipswich v Cheltenham
Rotherham v Morecambe
Sunderland v Burton
Wycombe v Wigan
Bolton v Lincoln (8pm)

LAST SEASON

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Match Reports

Shrewsbury 1 Pompey 2

O’Brien and Thompson on target in Shropshire

22 February 2022

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Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Louis Thompson hit a superb late winner as Pompey fought from behind to secure all three points at 10-man Shrewsbury.

They had to recover from Luke Leahy’s early headed opener, with Aiden O’Brien staying alert to divert home an equaliser.

Josh Vela’s late tackle then saw the hosts reduced to 10 men before the interval, but they seemed to be hanging on for a point.

That was until Thompson proved the unlikely goal hero to warm the hearts of the noisy travelling fans on a bitterly cold night in Shropshire.

Danny Cowley made four changes from the side that thrashed Doncaster on home soil in the previous outing.

O’Brien was handed a full debut, while Ryan Tunnicliffe made his first start since hurting his hamstring at the end of October.

Denver Hume and Mahlon Romeo returned to the wing-back roles, as Tyler Walker, Reeco Hackett, Marcus Harness and the injured Michael Jacobs made way.

There was a cagey opening in freezing – but thankfully dry – conditions and Sean Raggett nodded an early Ronan Curtis free-kick wide at the back post.

The first big opportunity arrived with 10 minutes on the clock, as the visitors were almost gifted an opener.

Elliott Bennett played a crazy ball across his own box and Curtis nipped in to flash a low shot narrowly past the post.

Shrewsbury hit back, though, and it took a brave headed clearance from Raggett to stop Matthew Pennington’s fierce effort from finding the net.

That was only a brief respite for the Blues, however, as their opponents went ahead from the resulting corner.

Bennett swung the ball into the box from the left and Leahy was left in far too much space to nod the ball home.

Pompey took a while to recover from that setback and the Shrews applied some pressure, without being able to carve out any further clear chances.

And they found themselves level on 29 minutes after Curtis lifted a dangerous pass into the mixer, where Marko Maroši, under pressure from Raggett, could only punch straight to Hume.

He fired in a shot that was flicked towards the net by O’BRIEN, with the ball just about crossing the line, despite the best attempts of Maroši to hook it clear.

Shrewsbury’s mood worsened soon after, as Vela’s reckless challenge on Curtis earned an immediate red card from referee Sebastian Stockbridge.

Pompey tried to make the most of their numerical advantage and threw plenty of players forward in search of the lead.

It almost arrived when George Hirst got on the end of a Curtis cross in stoppage-time, but Maroši made a fine save to deny the striker.

Half Time: Shrewsbury 1 Pompey 1

Cowley made an attacking switch at the break, with Harness replacing Hayden Carter, as the visitors switched to a back four.

But the Shrews had three corners in quick succession shortly after the restart, with Pompey just about managing to keep them at bay.

At the other end, Romeo swung in a dangerous delivery that was just out of reach for Hirst at the back post.

A cross from Hume was then only partially dealt with and O’Brien’s volleyed effort had to be gathered low down by Maroši.

Pompey’s second change arrived on 65 minutes, as goalscorer O’Brien made way for Walker to add fresh legs to the forward line.

They still had to remain alert at the other end and a fine free-kick from Leahy was glanced narrowly over by Pennington.

It was the Blues quickly back on the attack, though, and Walker’s deft flick from a Tunnicliffe delivery was kept out by Maroši.

Their final throw of the dice saw Hackett replace Romeo wide on the right for the contest’s final 10 minutes.

And he had a hand in the goal that put Pompey ahead, laying the ball off on the edge of the box after not being able to find space to shoot.

The grateful recipient was THOMPSON, who hit a superb strike just underneath the crossbar to open his account for the club.

Shrewsbury picked themselves up and threw everything at the Blues for the final few minutes, but there was to be no late drama.

Shrewsbury (3-5-2): Maroši; Ebanks-Landell (c), Pennington, Flanagan; Bennett (Janneh 87), Vela, Davis (Fornah 22), Leahy, Nurse; Bloxham (Bowman 75), Udoh
Goals: Leahy 14
Sent off: Vela
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Bondswell, Pierre, Daniels

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter (Harness 46), Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo (Hackett 80), Tunnicliffe, Thompson, Hume; Curtis; Hirst, O’Brien (Walker 65)
Goals: O’Brien 29, Thompson 84
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: Webber, Ogilvie, Jewitt-White, Mingi

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Attendance: 5,862 (724 Pompey fans)

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