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Match Preview: Pompey v MK Dons

All you need to know about League One contest

14 January 2022

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Pompey v MK Dons

Fratton Park has not hosted a men’s match for more than a month due to a Covid outbreak and opposition FA Cup commitments.

So Pompey will make a welcome return to their home ground when they take on MK Dons on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Since goals from Marcus Harness and Connor Ogilvie saw off Morecambe in the middle of December, there has been just one league contest.

That goalless draw at Cambridge at the start of 2022 means the Blues are unbeaten in 10 third tier contests.

It leaves them sitting eighth in the standings and with at least one game in hand on the sides around them.

The visitors are in fifth spot with six more points and beat AFC Wimbledon at Stadium MK earlier in the week.

Liam Manning’s men were 1-0 victors when they faced Pompey earlier in the season, courtesy of Ethan Robson’s finish.

But the Dons have never previously triumphed at Fratton Park, with Tom Naylor and Ellis Harrison on target in a 2-1 success for the hosts last term.

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

Since the last league contest, Gassan Ahadme, Ellis Harrison and Paul Downing have all departed the club.

MK Dons could hand a debut to goalkeeper Jamie Cumming, who has arrived on loan from Chelsea, but Aden Baldwin and David Kasumu are both injury doubts.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 4 wins
MK Dons: 3 wins
2 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
MK Dons: 0 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Tickets can be bought online here or from the Anson Road ticket office. Please note that there is limited availability in all areas of the ground, except for the Milton End.

Fans buying tickets on a matchday (subject to availability) can also visit the booth behind the Fratton End, but please note that prices increase if not purchased in advanced.

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.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from midday on Saturday.

Please note that engineering works mean there are no trains running to and from Portsmouth Harbour (replacement buses will be running) and some services terminate at Fratton. Click here for more details.

COVID CERTIFICATION
All supporters aged 18 or over will need to show Covid certification in order to enter the stadium. Click here for more details.

We also kindly ask that everyone attending the game adheres to the Supporter Code of Conduct.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Richard Morris and Conor Farrell
Fourth Official: Trevor Kettle

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2pm on Saturday.

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

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 Sunday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 6/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 19/10.

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

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When it comes to betting, we advise all fans to make use of our dedicated responsible gambling site.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

Accrington v Sunderland
AFC Wimbledon v Morecambe
Bolton v Ipswich
Cheltenham v Charlton
Crewe v Shrewsbury
Doncaster v Wigan
Fleetwood v Rotherham
Gillingham v Burton
Lincoln v Cambridge
Sheffield Wednesday v Plymouth
Wycombe v Oxford

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 MK Dons 2

Hirst strike not enough for Blues

15 January 2022

Mahlon Romeo in action for Pompey against MK Dons at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s long-awaited return to Fratton Park proved to be an underwhelming affair, as MK Dons left the south coast with all three points.

The hosts made a promising start, but their opponents were more clinical, with Mo Eisa and Theo Corbeanu both netting before the break.

George Hirst reduced the deficit after the interval and although the Blues applied plenty of pressure, they could not find a leveller.

Danny Cowley stuck with the same side that drew at Cambridge in the last league outing earlier in the month.

That meant new signing Hayden Carter had to be content with a place on the bench, where he was joined by fit-again skipper Clark Robertson.

There was a bizarre start to proceedings, as Pompey took a knee while their opponents kicked-off, with referee Scott Oldham allowing them to continue.

But the Blues soon settled into a rhythm and looked in almost complete control during the opening stages.

They should have broken the deadlock when Joe Morrell lifted a deep cross into the box and Sean Raggett nodded it down for Connor Ogilvie, who cleared the bar from just six yards out.

Ronan Curtis then tried his luck from 20 yards, but did not quite hit it cleanly enough, allowing Jamie Cumming to get down and make a save.

There were further half-chances for Hirst and Curtis, as the hosts continued to dominate proceedings.

But the Dons broke the deadlock against the run of play on 20 minutes, as Matt O’Riley stole the ball in midfield and found Eisa, who neatly slotted the ball past Gavin Bazunu.

That lifted the visitors and deflated Pompey, who found themselves on the back foot and struggling to keep hold of possession.

Marcus Harness was proving a bright spark, though, and after skipping past a couple of challenges, his effort crept just past the post.

They had another decent opportunity when Kieron Freeman won the ball and found Harness, who did well to shake off his marker.

He played the ball to Curtis, but a poor first touch took the forward wider than he wanted and the eventual shot was turned over by Cumming.

It was MK Dons who ended the half on top, however, and Bazunu smothered an attempt from Scott Twine.

And they had a second goal just before the break after Freeman won a tackle, only for the ball to run through for Twine.

His strike was blocked by Ogilvie, but Corbeanu was following up and lashed home in fine style to leave the Blues with a mountain to climb.

Half Time: Pompey 0 MK Dons 2

The hosts searched for a lifeline once the action restarted, although Cumming was trying to use up as much time as possible with his lengthy goal-kicks.

And when Harness did whip a teasing delivery towards the back post, there was nobody there attacking it.

Pompey were certainly enjoying a lot of possession, but could not quite find that all-important spark around the penalty box.

They had an opening when Ogilvie did well to keep the ball in play and send it into the mixer, where an onrushing Hirst was inches away from making contact.

The visitors were still looking dangerous on the break, though, and Bazunu had to beat away Corbeanu’s strike.

And the Blues then reduced their deficit on the hour mark, as Freeman picked out HIRST in the box, with the striker guiding the ball into the bottom corner.

Cowley made a change shortly afterwards, with Louis Thompson replacing Shaun Williams in the engine room.

The midfielder soon had a chance to draw Pompey level after racing into the box, but a wild finish saw the ball sail wide.

MK Dons then had a couple of opportunities of their own, with Raggett and Thompson combining to muscle Corbeanu off the ball inside the area.

And Daniel Harvie soon hit a ferocious 25-yard effort that left Bauznu’s crossbar rattling for some time.

Cowley made a switch up front to try to inject some more impetus into proceedings, with Hirst making way for John Marquis.

And Michael Jacobs then came on for Freeman to throw an extra player into the forward line for the closing stages.

It was Ogilvie who came close to scoring on 89 minutes, however, meeting a Curtis cross and seeing his header palmed behind by Cumming.

Pompey were committing plenty of men up the pitch and Bazunu had to deny Twine and Hiram Boateng in quick succession.

The keeper then went up to try to attack a free-kick in stoppage-time, but it came to nothing, while Marquis was flagged offside when he did prod the ball into the net.

But time ultimately ran out for the hosts and the Fratton faithful's homecoming ended in disappointment.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Freeman (Jacobs 82), Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Morrell, Williams (Thompson 63), Hackett; Harness; Hirst (Marquis 73), Curtis
Goals: Hirst 60
Booked: Hirst, Marquis
Subs not used: Bass, Robertson, Carter, Brown

MK Dons (3-4-1-2): Cumming; Kioso, O’Hora, Lewington (c); Watson (Baldwin 74), O’Riley, Robson, Harvie; Twine; Corbeanu (Parrott 84), Eisa (Boateng 69)
Goals: Eisa 20, Corbeanu 45
Booked: Robson, Harvie
Subs not used: Ravizzoli, McEachran, Ilunga

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 14,958 (494 away fans)

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