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Match Preview: Pompey v Oxford

All you need to know about League One test

1 March 2022

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Pompey v Oxford United

It was a little over three weeks ago when Pompey made the trip home from the Kassam Stadium feeling extremely hard done by.

They had led at Oxford with just a few minutes remaining, despite having to play most of the contest with just 10 men following an extremely harsh red card for Joe Morrell.

But the hosts struck twice at the death to ensure a battling Blues performance ultimately counted for nothing.

Now Danny Cowley’s men have a chance to put things right when the sides meet again – this time at Fratton Park – this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

They are unbeaten in four games since that loss, with a trio of victories followed by Saturday’s dramatic draw with Fleetwood.

Their opponents are in fourth spot and just four points second-placed Wigan, albeit having played three matches more.

United enjoyed their own fightback at the weekend, twice battling back from a goal behind before eventually beating Oxford 4-2 on home soil.

Karl Robinson has guided them to the play-offs in each of the past two seasons, but they lost at Wembley after beating Pompey on penalties two years ago and were knocked out by Blackpool last term.

The most recent clash between the sides at Fratton Park finished 1-1, as Sean Raggett’s opener was cancelled out by an Alex Gorrin spot-kick.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle), Michael Jacobs (knee) and Shaun Williams (back), while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) remain sidelined.

Ronan Curtis begins a two-match suspension after receiving his 10th league booking of the season at the weekend.

Oxford captain Elliott Moore is set for a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a scan for an ankle problem.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 26 wins
Oxford: 24 wins
21 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 17 wins
Oxford: 4 wins
12 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 this evening.

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 is 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 5pm this evening.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Sam Allison
Assistants: Michael Chard and Michael Webb
Fourth Official: Mark Stevens

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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 Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 29/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/10.

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

Fans can also enter the free VBET quiz for the chance to win a signed shirt and other great prizes.

We are committed to playing our part in ensuring our relationship with VBET is promoted in the right way to our supporters.

That is why VBET has partnered with BettorMind, to provide responsible gambling advice around key betting behaviours.

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 7.45pm

Sheffield Wednesday v Burton
Shrewsbury v Rotherham
Wigan v Fleetwood
Wycombe v Cambridge

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Match Reports

Pompey 3 Oxford 2

Raggett, Hirst and Carter all on target for Blues

1 March 2022

George Hirst scores for Pompey against Oxford United at Fratton Park
Photo: Robin Jones

Pompey increased their unbeaten run to five games by seeing off Oxford in a compelling contest at a damp Fratton Park.

They fell behind to an early Marcus Browne strike, only for Sean Raggett and George Hirst to both net just before the interval.

A stunning Hayden Carter strike left them cruising after the break, only for Luke McNally’s late goal to ensure a fingernail-chewing finale.

Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that dramatically drew with Fleetwood at the weekend.

Aiden O’Brien was rewarded for his last-gasp leveller from the bench by coming into the starting line-up.

And the forward was joined in the team by Connor Ogilvie, Mahlon Romeo, Louis Thompson and Hirst.

Clark Robertson, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tyler Walker all dropped to the bench, while Reeco Hackett missed out through injury and Ronan Curtis began a two-match ban.

There were familiar faces in the opposition ranks, as Ryan Williams and Steve Seddon both started, with Simon Eastwood named on the Oxford bench.

For the second time in the matter of days, Pompey were caught napping in the early stages and found themselves behind.

Nathan Holland slipped a pass through to Browne, who showed some neat footwork before angling home a fierce shot.

The hosts tried to hit back and began to dominate possession, without making a breakthrough in the final third.

And the Blues were growing increasingly frustrated at the amount of time their opponents were taking over every set-piece.

They kept persevering, although it looked like the interval would arrive without Jack Stevens having to make a meaningful touch between the sticks.

But Pompey found themselves level late in the first half after Denver Hume played the ball across the edge of the box.

It was collected by Joe Morrell and he lifted a cross into the centre, where RAGGETT rose to power home a fine header.

And it got even better in stoppage-time, as HIRST timed his run perfectly to collect a Marcus Harness pass and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Oxford 1

The visitors felt they should have had a penalty shortly after the restart, as Matty Taylor went down under Thompson’s challenge, but their appeals received short shrift from referee Sam Allison.

Pompey took some time to find their feet again, but extended their lead thanks to a superb strike on 58 minutes.

Oxford could only clear the ball as far as CARTER, who saw plenty of space in front of him to take a couple of touches before firing home an unstoppable 25-yard strike.

The lead was now comfortable, but the points were certainly not guaranteed and Gavin Bazunu got down sharply to his left when Sam Long hooked the ball towards the bottom corner.

Cowley made a switch to add some fresh defensive legs on 73 minutes, as Hume made way for Robertson.

And they almost wrapped things up moments later, when Hirst got on the end of O’Brien’s cross with a firm header that Stevens somehow kept out from point-blank range.

Another change immediately followed, with Harness withdrawn and Tunnicliffe handed an opportunity to impress in the closing stages.

It was looking like being a comfortable conclusion to the evening, but Oxford threw a spanner in the works.

With just under 10 minutes remaining, Sam Baldock cut the ball back for McNally to fire home and ensure a nervy conclusion.

But, backed by a noisy Fratton faithful, the Blues managed to see out the closing stages to put another three points on the board.

Pompey (3-4-3): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Morrell, Thompson, Hume (Robertson 73); Harness (Tunnicliffe 75), Hirst (Walker 84), O’Brien
Goals: Raggett 42, Hirst 45+2, Carter 58
Booked: Carter
Subs not used: Webber, Vincent, Jewitt-White, Mingi

Oxford (3-4-1-2): Stevens; McNally, Long, Brown; Williams, Kane, Brannagan (c), Seddon (Whyte 64); Holland (Forde 82); Browne (Baldock 64), Taylor
Goals: Browne 3, McNally 81
Booked: Long
Subs not used: Eastwood, Mousinho, McGuane, Henry

Referee: Sam Allison

Attendance: 15,113 (1,370 away fans)

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