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Match Preview: Pompey v Charlton

All you need to know about League One contest

31 January 2022

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Pompey v Charlton Athletic

Much of the footballing focus around the country this evening will be on the final few hours of the January transfer window.

Teams will be scurrying to add players to their squad before business ceases for another few months.

And while Pompey are certainly not immune to all that, there is the small matter of a League One contest with Charlton (7.45pm kick-off) to deal with.

Both sides have plenty of work to do if they are to overhaul several other teams to force their way into the play-off reckoning.

Weekend results elsewhere have left the Blues 11th in the standings and with an 11-point gap to Oxford in sixth.

Danny Cowley’s troops do, however, have as many as three games in hand on the sides sitting above them.

Their next opponents are down in 15th spot and a further five points behind, following a slow start to the season that saw Nigel Adkins replaced in the dug-out by Johnnie Jackson.

The Addicks beat Fleetwood 2-0 on home soil in their last league outing, courtesy of goals from Mason Burstow and Albie Morgan.

But a penalty shoot-out defeat at Hartlepool six days ago meant they missed out on a spot in the Papa John’s Trophy semi-finals.

Charlton won 2-0 at Fratton Park last season and have won on each of their five most recent visits to Pompey’s home.

But the Blues were unfortunate to be held to a draw at The Valley earlier in the current campaign, having twice taken the lead through Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness.

TEAM NEWS
Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are both injured, while the game will likely come too soon for Ryan Tunnicliffe, who has returned to training following a hamstring problem.

Denver Hume and Ollie Webber are both likely to be in the matchday squad following their arrivals from Sunderland and Crystal Palace respectively.

Former Blues striker Jayden Stockley (hip) is out for the visitors, but Craig MacGillivray, Jason Pearce and Stephen Henderson could all be involved.

Charlton are also missing Jake Forster-Caskey (knee), although Nile John – who has signed on loan from Tottenham – could make his debut.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley, Reeco Hackett and George Hirst ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 46 wins
Charlton: 37 wins
28 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 27 wins
Charlton: 17 wins
11 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure a seat for tonight's contest online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Supporters coming to the ground this evening can also purchase tickets from the booth behind the Fratton End.

Fratton Park is now a cashless stadium, with contactless payments will be required in all food kiosks and hospitality areas, as well as for the purchase of tickets.

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.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from 5pm.

Fans travelling to the game by train should note that South Western Railway have a new temporary timetable in place. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Neil Hair
Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua and Michael Chard
Fourth Official: Sam Allison

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters based in the UK can watch the match live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Those who are based overseas should check local listings to see if the game is being shown in their region. Click here to see a list of the EFL’s international broadcasters.

Please note that because the match has been selected for live television broadcast, it cannot be watched live on iFollow.

However, subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

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 Tuesday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 11/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Charlton can be backed at 23/10.

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
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

Tuesday
AFC Wimbledon v Cheltenham
Doncaster v Rotherham
Gillingham v Crewe
Sheffield Wednesday v Morecambe
Wigan v Oxford
Bolton v Cambridge (8pm)

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Charlton 2

Jacobs goal not enough for Blues at Fratton Park

31 January 2022

Tyler Walker in action for Pompey against Charlton Athletic at Fratton Park in League One
Photo: Robin Jones

Pompey’s poor start to 2022 continued with defeat to Charlton, despite a late charge at Fratton Park.

There was a huge moment of controversy when Conor Washington opened the scoring, with the officials missing a clear offside in the build-up.

And when Clark Robertson inadvertently found his own net after the break, it looked as though the Addicks’ points were secure.

But Michael Jacobs came off the bench to reduce the deficit and the Blues threw everything at their visitors before time ran out.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sunderland in the last outing.

Denver Hume was handed his debut wide on the left, while there were also starts for Shaun Williams and George Hirst.

There were home bows for Tyler Walker and Hayden Carter, with deadline day capture Aiden O’Brien watching from the directors’ box.

Reeco Hackett, Louis Thompson and Ronan Curtis dropped to the bench and were joined by new keeper Ollie Webber.

Former Fratton favourite Craig MagGillivray started for the visitors, who had Stephen Henderson and Jason Pearce among their substitutes.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off to remember former Blues left-back Jamie Vincent, who tragically passed away recently at the age of 46.

When the action started, Pompey looked bright and a ball over the top from Sean Raggett saw the crowd rise to their feet.

Hume just about beat Hirst to get a shot away and sent a low effort creeping agonisingly wide of the post.

It was certainly a lively start for the wing-back, who soon provided a fine delivery that Mahlon Romeo could only turn over at the far post.

Then, when a free-kick from Williams was only partially cleared, Joe Morrell thumped a shot just off target.

And some nice build-up play ended with the bright Morrell sweeping the ball right into the mixer, but Hirst could not make a connection.

There was a warning for the hosts midway through the first half, however, as Corey Blackett-Taylor surged half the length of the pitch before narrowly clearing the crossbar.

Charlton did break the deadlock on 31 minutes, but it was a goal that should never have been allowed to stand.

Chuks Aneke was clearly offside when he met an Adam Matthews cross, but the assistant referee kept his flag down.

Gavin Bazunu made a fine save to deny the striker, only for Washington to follow up and find the net from close range.

The visitors might have doubled their advantage soon after, but Alex Gilbey’s strike rattled the woodwork from a tight angle.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Charlton 1

There was a slow start to proceedings once the action restarted, but Pompey came close to levelling on 56 minutes.

Williams lifted the ball into the box, where it was nodded on by Hirst for skipper Robertson, who could only poke wide.

But the Addicks looked threatening on the break and one quick move up the pitch ended with Blackett-Taylor angling a shot over.

A pass from Morrell then sent Hirst charging into the box, only for a perfectly-timed Ryan Inniss challenge to deny him.

The Blues were left with a mountain to climb when their opponents doubled their lead just past the hour mark.

It was a fine cross into the box from Sean Clare on the right and in his attempt to deal with it, Robertson headed into his own net.

There was ironic applause at the other end when Romeo’s deflected shot finally forced MacGillivray into action, albeit with a regulation stop.

Cowley replaced Walker and Williams with Curtis and Thompson on 71 minutes, while Carter made way for Jacobs soon after.

And it was JACOBS who provided some hope when he collected Curtis’ pass and took a couple of neat touches before hitting a shot that was fumbled over the line by MacGillivray.

A quick counter almost led to a leveller, with Morrell feeding Curtis and the forward’s low shot fizzing just past the post.

There were farcical scenes when Aneke – booked for time wasting seconds earlier – then had to be dragged to his feet by Morrell.

The visitors took an age in bringing the striker off, which resulted in referee Neil Hair showing a yellow card to manager Johnnie Jackson.

Pompey were pushing for a leveller and a dangerous Jacobs free-kick somehow evaded everyone as it flew out of play.

Hirst then did well to lay the ball off for Thompson, with the substitute’s shot saved low down by MacGillivray.

A Raggett header in stoppage-time then ricocheted into the keeper’s arms, as the Blues’ ultimately fell just short.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter (Jacobs 72), Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo, Morrell, Williams (Thompson 71), Hume; Harness; Hirst, Walker (Curtis 71)
Goals: Jacobs 79
Booked: Morrell
Subs not used: Webber, Freeman, Ogilvie, Hackett

Charlton (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Clare, Inniss (c) (Pearce 70), Famewo; Matthews, Gilbey, Dobson, Morgan, Blackett-Taylor (Purrington 87); Aneke (Leko 87), Washington
Goals: Washington 31, Robertson 64 (og)
Booked: Famewo, Aneke, Dobson, Leko
Subs not used: Henderson, Watson, Jaiyesimi, Lee

Referee: Neil Hair

Attendance: 15,326 (1,230 away fans)

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