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Match Preview: Pompey v Accrington

All you need to know about League One test

4 March 2022

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Pompey v Accrington Stanley

A week of frenzied Fratton football fare finally comes to an end when Accrington visit the south coast on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Following a thrilling draw with Fleetwood, Pompey enjoyed a fine victory under the lights against high-flying Oxford.

It has helped them close the gap on the final play-off spot to eight points, with the Blues still holding games in hand over many of the sides they are chasing.

Their next opponents are a couple of places further back in the League One standings and were not in midweek action.

Stanley’s last outing saw them twice battle from behind to see off promotion-chasing Wycombe on home soil.

And most of their wins have taken place at the Crown Ground, with only three league successes on the road.

Their most recent away fixtures for John Coleman's men – at Doncaster, Cambridge, Rotherham and Ipswich – have all ended in defeat.

It finished 2-2 when the sides met in Lancashire back on October, with Marcus Harness grabbing a late leveller after Ronan Curtis had earlier opened the scoring.

But the Blues will not have fond memories of the last Fratton contest, with a 1-0 defeat on the final day of last season costing them a spot in the play-offs.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle), Jayden Reid (knee) and Shaun Williams (back), while Michael Jacobs (knee) is a doubt.

Ronan Curtis is still suspended after collecting his 10th booking of the season against Fleetwood last Saturday.

Mitch Clark is also banned for the visitors, who are also without Joe Pritchard (hamstring) and have fitness concerns over Jay Rich-Baghuelou (ankle).

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 4 wins
Accrington: 4 wins
7 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
Accrington: 2 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure tickets online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Supporters can also purchase seats, subject to availability, from the booth behind the Fratton End on Saturday, although prices do rise if they are not purchased in advance.

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.

A matchday magazine will be available to purchase from sellers around the ground, online from the memorabilia store, in the club shop, the Victory Bar and selected kiosks.

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

OFFICIALS
Referee: Carl Brook
Assistants: Kevin Morris and Stuart Butler
Fourth Official: Robert Dabbs

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 all the action live, with accompanying commentary.

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 10/11 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/4.

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

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

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

CLASSIC CONTEST

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Match Reports

Pompey 4 Accrington 0

Ten-man Blues ease to another Fratton victory

5 March 2022

Sean Raggett scores for Pompey against Accrington Stanley at Fratton Park
Photo: Nigel Keene

Pompey maintained their run of fine form by thrashing Accrington at Fratton Park – despite playing much of the contest with just 10 men.

George Hirst had provided an early lead, but the afternoon threatened to unravel when Marcus Harness was dismissed midway through the first half.

Instead, however, the Blues merely stepped up their performance and Sean Raggett’s header gave them a healthy advantage at the break.

Stanley tried their best to battle back, but further goals from Hirst and the impressive Ryan Tunnicliffe wrapped up a comfortable victory.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that fought from behind to beat Oxford on home soil earlier in the week.

Tunnicliffe and skipper Clark Robertson both returned to the starting line-up, as Joe Morrell and Denver Hume dropped to the bench.

The visitors almost enjoyed a perfect start, as a long-range effort from Josh Woods dipped narrowly over the crossbar.

A corner routine then saw Tunnicliffe send in a fine delivery, but Accrington had too many bodies back for a shot to get through to test Toby Savin.

But the breakthrough did arrive for the Blues on 16 minutes after a quick counter from a Stanley corner.

Mahlon Romeo combined well with Harness on the right and cut the ball back for HIRST to divert into the bottom corner.

It quickly went from ecstasy to agony for the Fratton faithful, though, as they were reduced to 10 men.

Harness made a reckless two-footed challenge from behind on Ross Sykes and referee Carl Brook immediately reached for his back pocket to show a red card.

Pompey were still looking to attack despite that setback and it took a fine sliding challenge from Michael Nottingham to prevent Hirst getting a shot away.

But a second goal did arrive from the resulting corner, as RAGGETT rose above Sykes to emphatically convert a Tunnicliffe cross.

Accrington tried their best to get back into the contest, but the hosts were defending resolutely, with one fine interception from Hayden Carter drawing warm applause.

There were a couple of nervy moments late in the half, however, and Gavin Bazunu twice had to come to the rescue.

He got down quickly to deal with a low Woods drive and then made an even better stop to deny Rosaire Longelo, who had been left in far too much space from a corner.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Accrington 0

The home side were fuming soon after the restart, when Harry Pell – who had been brought off the bench – scythed down Louis Thompson.

He was only shown a yellow card for the challenge, with Pompey players understandably pointing out the official’s earlier punishment for Harness.

The boos turned to cheers on 56 minutes, though, as the hosts extended their advantage even further.

It was similar to the second goal, with HIRST this time the man to barge past Sykes and emphatically convert a Tunnicliffe corner.

Pompey’s set-pieces were causing plenty of problems and another Tunnicliffe flag-kick was unconvincingly palmed away by Savin.

Accrington were trying to cause threats of their own and Pell’s looping header had to be tipped over by Bazunu.

They went even closer from the resulting corner, as Sykes’ effort was blocked and the ball pinged around the box before being fired wide.

But, incredibly, it was the Blues who scored again on 69 minutes and it was all down to some great play from Aiden O’Brien.

He picked up the ball inside his own half and ran up the pitch, bursting between Sykes and Ethan Hamilton before cutting back for TUNNICLIFFE to fire home.

Cowley used his bench to bring some fresh legs on, as Thompson and Hirst made way for Morrell and Tyler Walker.

And there was even time for Jay Mingi to come on for his debut in place of O’Brien, who has already become a fans’ favourite on the south coast.

Accrington saw plenty of the ball during the closing stages, but the Blues remained resolute to add a clean sheet to their three points.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Thompson (Morrell 72), Ogilvie; Harness; O’Brien (Mingi 78), Hirst (Walker 73)
Goals: Hirst 16, 56, Raggett 28, Tunnicliffe 69
Sent off: Harness
Booked: Robertson, Romeo
Subs not used: Webber, Vincent, Hume, Jewitt-White

Accrington (3-4-1-2): Savin; Sykes, Nottingham, Amankwah (Longelo 34); Rodgers (Leigh 52), Conneely (c) (Pell 46), Butcher, McConville; Hamilton; Woods, Bishop
Booked: Pell, Nottingham
Subs not used: Isherwood, Rich-Baghuelou, Morgan, Adedoyin

Referee: Carl Brook

Attendance: 15,091 (144 away fans)

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