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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

18 January 2022

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AFC Wimbledon v Pompey

Pompey saw their 10-game unbeaten run in League One ended by MK Dons at Fratton Park at the weekend.

So now Danny Cowley’s men will look to start a new one when they visit AFC Wimbledon this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

The fixture was originally scheduled to take place a week before Christmas, but had to be postponed because of a Covid outbreak in the Blues squad.

It will be the third meeting between the sides this season, with goals from Michael Jacobs and Marcus Harness ensuring the hosts came from behind to win the reverse fixture back in November.

There was also a contest at Plough Lane in the Papa John’s Trophy, when Ellis Harrison – who has since left the south coast – bagged a hat-trick in a 5-3 defeat.

The Dons currently sit 20th in the League One standings and are one place – and two points – above the drop zone.

Mark Robinson’s side do, however, have at least two games in hand on all the sides around them in the table.

They drew 0-0 at home with Morecambe on Saturday to end a run of three successive losses, which included an FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league Boreham Wood.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new injury worries, with Liam Vincent (shin) and Jayden Reid (knee) the only absentees.

John Marquis has left the club to sign for Lincoln, but defender Hayden Carter could make his debut after arriving on loan from Blackburn.

Nesta Guinness-Walker is available again for the hosts after serving a one-match ban, but Ben Henghan has tested positive for Covid-19.

AFC Wimbledon will also be without Paul Kalambayi (knee), Henry Lawrence (hamstring) and Aaron Pressley (hamstring), while Anthony Hartigan is a doubt.

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

HEAD TO HEAD*
Overall
Pompey: 19 wins
Wimbledon: 15 wins
9 draws

On the road
Pompey: 7 wins
Wimbledon: 11 wins
4 draws

*Includes matches against Wimbledon FC

TICKETS
Pompey fans have snapped up their full allocation of tickets and no more will be made available.

Supporters travelling to the game should wear a face mask in all indoor areas, while there will be Covid certification spot checks.

If approached, you will be asked to show proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test. Please note that you will not be refused entry if you are unable to show this.

OFFICIALS
Referee: James Oldham
Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and Kevin Howick
Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Paul Robinson by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 7pm.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Please note that the decision to broadcast displaced weekend matches to supporters in the UK and Ireland is made by the home club and AFC Wimbledon have opted not to utilise this service.

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 BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

BETTING
Pompey are the evens favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 85/40.

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

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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Cambridge v Doncaster
Morecambe v Wigan
Rotherham v Lincoln

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Match Reports

AFC Wimbledon 0 Pompey 0

Blues held to goalless draw at Plough Lane

18 January 2022

Mahlon Romeo in action for Pompey at AFC Wimbledon
Photo: Nigel Keene

Pompey were held to a draw at AFC Wimbledon, despite applying plenty of second half pressure.

They grew stronger as the Plough Lane contest progressed and ultimately had the better chances to claim all three points.

But Mahlon Romeo struck the woodwork, while Sean Raggett forced a fine save from Nik Tzanev to ensure the spoils would be shared.

Danny Cowley made four changes from the side that were beaten on home soil by MK Dons at the weekend.

Tyler Walker and Hayden Carter were both handed debuts following their loan captures from Coventry and Blackburn respectively.

Lee Brown returned to skipper the team out on the left, while Louis Thompson was given a midfield role.

Ronan Curtis, Kieron Freeman and Shaun Williams all dropped to the bench, but Reeco Hackett had a foot injury and was not named in the matchday squad.

Much like the dramatic Papa John’s Trophy contest earlier in the season, it was the home side who were quickest out of the traps.

Luke McCormick raced pass Connor Ogilvie to meet Ollie Palmer’s delivery and square for Jack Rudoni, but Gavin Bauznu got down well to deal with his close-range effort.

There was not too much to excite the crowd in a cagey opening 45 minutes, however – not that the lack of goalmouth action kept the large travelling contingent from the south coast quiet.

Most of the noteworthy incidents came courtesy of referee James Oldham, who drew the ire of the visiting team for not punishing McCormick following a heavy challenge on Joe Morrell.

The man with the whistle did show two yellow cards soon after, with Marcus Harness and Alex Woodyard both having their names noted down.

Pompey finally threatened on 26 minutes, when Raggett’s deep free-kick into the box caused problems.

Harness sent the ball right into the mixer and it took a couple of ricochets before being cleared as Walker looked to capitalised.

George Hirst did well at the other end, hacking away at the back post when Cheye Alexander nodded towards the net.

But the Blues almost broke the deadlock before the break, as Romeo swung in a particularly dangerous delivery.

Brown used his head to try to guide the ball into the net, only for a well-placed Dan Csoka to hook it over the bar.

Half Time: AFC Wimbledon 0 Pompey 0

The visitors looked to attack right from kick-off and when Romeo picked out Walker, the debutant’s low effort had to be turned around the post by Tzanev.

They had another opportunity soon after, but Tzanev just about beat Carter to the ball when Ogilvie headed Brown’s corner into the mixer.

And Pompey thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Hirst went down under Czoka’s challenge, only to have their appeals ignored by Oldham.

Romeo was causing plenty of havoc down the right and one marauding burst almost led to the opener, with the loanee’s angled drive fizzing narrowly past the post.

It was the Blues looking more threatening, although Alexander should have done better the bend his shot well wide after McCormick’s free-kick found him in acres of space.

Cowley made a switch straight after that, with Curtis replacing Hirst to provide Walker with a new partner up front.

And a second substitution soon followed, as Thompson made way for Williams in the midfield engine room.

It looked like the deadlock would be broken on 75 minutes when a corner was worked out to Romeo, whose thunderous 30-yard strike cannoned against the crossbar.

And the visitors went close again after a corner was not fully cleared and the eventual angled effort from Curtis had to be parried away by Tzanev.

The keeper then made an even better stop when Raggett roses highest in the box to make a firm connection with a Williams flag-kick.

Pompey’s final switch came with 10 minutes remaining, as Michael Jacobs was tasked with trying to unlock the Dons defence in place of Harness.

He did embark on one promising run before lifting the ball towards Walker, who could not guide his header on target.

The Blues continued to apply pressure as the seconds ticked down, but they were unable to find a breakthrough.

AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1): Tzanev; Alexander, Nightingale, Csoka, Osew (Guinness-Walker 82); Marsh, Woodyard (c); Rudoni, McCormick, Mebude (Assal 64); Palmer (Ablade 76)
Booked: Woodyard, McCormick
Subs not used: Oualah, Kaja, Chislett, Cosgrave

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Ogilvie; Romeo, Thompson (Williams 71), Morrell, Brown (c); Harness (Jacobs 80); Walker, Hirst (Curtis 67)
Booked: Harness, Romeo
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Robertson, Tunnicliffe

Referee: James Oldham

Attendance: 8,086 (1,100 Pompey fans)

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