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Match Preview: Plymouth v Pompey

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15 March 2022

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Plymouth Argyle v Pompey

It is usually a tight affair when Pompey and Plymouth face off in competitive action.

In fact, of the 11 most recent meetings between the two dockyard clubs, eight of them have finished all square.

So it will not be a surprise to witness another close encounter when the latest contest takes place at Home Park this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Argyle currently have the upper hand in the race for the play-offs, occupying sixth spot and with a seven-point advantage over their visitors.

Steven Schumacher’s men might even still have one eye on automatic promotion as they bid to return to the Championship for the first time in 12 years.

They are looking to extend a three-match winning run, with Macaulay Gillesphey’s header just before the break enough to see off Bolton at the weekend.

It finished 2-2 when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign, with Lee Brown and Sean Raggett on target for the hosts.

And that was the same scoreline in last season’s Devon clash, with the Blues not quite able to hold on after John Marquis and Tom Naylor had seen them battle from behind to lead.

Pompey will hope to have Michael Jacobs available again after the midfielder returned to training following a knee injury.

Marcus Harness completes a three-match ban this evening, while Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Shaun Williams (back) are all still sidelined.

Plymouth are currently without George Cooper (knee), Brendan Galloway (knee), Alfie Lewis (thigh) and Dan Scarr (hamstring).

Former Blues defender James Bolton has been a regular for Argyle after suffering an injury-hit start to the campaign.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Hayden Carter ahead of the game.

Pompey: 28 wins
Plymouth: 25 wins
17 draws

At Home Park
Pompey: 10 wins
Plymouth: 15 wins
10 wins

Tickets are no longer available to purchase for Pompey fans. Fans collecting tickets at Home Park this evening should visit the away turnstiles (numbers B20-25).

Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Mark Derrien and Grant Taylor
Fourth Official: Daniel Flynn

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Match Reports

Plymouth 1 Pompey 0

Hardie goal ends Blues’ unbeaten run

15 March 2022

Ronan Curtis in action for Pompey at Plymouth Argyle
Photo: Graham Hunt

Pompey’s long unbeaten run finally came to a close as they were edged out by Plymouth at Home Park.

Ryan Hardie provided the only goal of a frenetic Devon encounter midway through the second half.

The Blues had rarely threatened up until that point and although they pushed forward late on, an equaliser was not forthcoming.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that drew on the road at Ipswich just a few days earlier.

Joe Morrell and Denver Hume both returned to the starting line-up, with Ryan Tunnicliffe and Clark Robertson dropping to the bench.

That saw Connor Ogilvie move back into the centre of defence, while Sean Raggett took the captain’s armband.

There was a familiar face in the opposition ranks, as former Pompey defender James Bolton was selected by the Pilgrims.

It was a contest full of intensity in the early stages, with the endeavour on the pitch matched by the passion in the stands.

But there was not too much to trouble either keeper, as the action all too often broke down once it reached the final third.

Joe Edwards missed a great opportunity by swiping at thin air after Danny Mayor and Panutche Camara had worked the ball to him.

The best chance came when Hardie slipped a pass across to Luke Jephcott, whose effort was well saved by Gavin Bazunu.

There was an opening at the other end when Ogilvie played the ball down the line for George Hirst, who cut inside and saw a shot blocked.

Pompey were able to keep the play alive, though, and a teasing low delivery from Hume was just out of reach for Ronan Curtis.

Mayor soon whipped a fine cross into the Blues area, although it somehow evaded everyone on its way out of play.

The midfielder then tried his luck with a long-range attempt that was spilled by Bazunu, but quickly gathered at the second attempt.

That was about it in terms of clear-cut chances, although there were a string of bookings before the break, including for Pompey duo Mahlon Romeo and Louis Thompson.

Half Time: Plymouth 0 Pompey 0

The breakthrough did not look like coming any time soon once the action restarted, with some patient play again not leading anywhere.

There was a neat one-two between Curtis and Hirst, but the former was crowded out when he burst into the box.

Jephcott then saw a couple of shots blocked in quick succession by Raggett and Hayden Carter before the play was halted because of a head injury for Hume.

Cooper was alert to the danger at the other end, as Aiden O’Brien tried to race onto a pass over the top from Carter.

But a heavy touch almost allowed Hirst to capitalise soon after, with the keeper just about doing enough to recover.

And the striker then tried to flick Ogilvie’s low cross into the net on the hour mark, only for Bolton to get in a vital block.

Plymouth began to apply some pressure and a couple of Edwards efforts from the edge of the box were blocked.

Cowley responded with his first change, as skipper Robertson came into the defence and Hume was withdrawn.

But the Blues soon found themselves behind, with Jordan Houghton stealing possession from Thompson and Camara squaring the ball for Hardie to fire home.

A double substitution soon followed as Pompey sought a way back into the contest, as Thompson and O’Brien made way for Tunnicliffe and Tyler Walker.

They both proved a lively presence for the visitors and a scramble in the box led to a shot for the former that was inadvertently diverted behind by team-mate Curtis.

There were certainly a few nerves starting to appear from the hosts and Hirst had a chance to level, only to glance a header wide from Ogilvie’s centre.

Green shirts were having to swarm around the area, as Pompey began to apply more and more pressure with the seconds ticking down.

Six minutes of stoppage-time provided added hope, although when Raggett sent a Tunnicliffe corner into the danger zone, the ball was turned wide by Curtis.

And the Pilgrims were able to see out a series of late corners to boost their promotion hopes and dent Pompey’s own play-off chances.

Plymouth (3-5-2): Cooper; Wilson, Bolton, Gillesphey; Edwards (c), Camara, Houghton, Mayor, Sessegnon (Law 86); Jephcott (Garrick 75), Hardie (Randell 90+4)
Goals: Hardie 65
Booked: Sessegnon, Cooper
Subs not used: Burton, Crichlow, Broom, Ennis

Pompey (3-4-3): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Morrell, Thompson (Tunnicliffe 71), Hume (Robertson 64); Curtis, Hirst, O’Brien (Walker 71)
Booked: Romeo, Thompson
Subs not used: Webber, Vincent, Jewitt-White, Mingi

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 15,604 (1,381 Pompey fans)

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