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Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

23 November 2021

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Lincoln City v Pompey

The Cowley brothers should receive a warm welcome from both sets of fans at Sincil Bank this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Danny and Nicky were at the helm when the home side were promoted from fifth tier to third in the space of just three seasons.

They also oversaw the Imps becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

That came courtesy of a 1-0 victory at top-flight Burnley in 2017, with a certain Sean Raggett heading home the late winner.

And there was also Wembley glory, with Lincoln seeing off Shrewsbury to lift the EFL Trophy a year later.

Now led by former Blues boss Michael Appleton, they came close to reaching the Championship last term.

A fifth-placed finish and two-legged triumph over Sunderland was followed by a narrow defeat to Blackpool in the play-off final.

City are currently down in 16th position, but head into the game on a five-match unbeaten run, including Saturday’s goalless draw at Doncaster.

Pompey impressed in their 3-1 success at Sincil Bank last term, with John Marquis’ brace and a Ronan Curtis strike sealing the points for Kenny Jackett’s side.

TEAM NEWS
Lee Brown is serving a one-match ban after collecting his fifth booking of the season against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

There is a doubt over the availability of John Marquis (tendon), while skipper Clark Robertson (hip) is joined by Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring) and Jayden Reid (knee) in the treatment room.

Lincoln also have injury concerns, with Liam Bridcutt (knee), Tom Hopper (shin) and Joe Walsh (quad) currently sidelined.

Meanwhile, Lewis Fiorini, Adam Jackson, Dan Nlundulu, Anthony Scully and Lasse Sørensen are all carrying knocks.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Joe Morrell or watch the video below.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Lincoln: 6 wins
5 draws

At Sincil Bank
Pompey: 5 wins
Lincoln: 3 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can purchase tickets (card only) at Sincil Bank this evening. Click here for more details.

Click here to read a guide for away supporters if you are heading to the game and click here for parking options.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Paul Newhouse and Mark Stevens
Fourth Official: Stephen Wade

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
Lincoln are the slight 13/8 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 17/10.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

AFC Wimbledon v Crewe
Burton v Accrington
Cambridge v Wigan
Gillingham v Cheltenham
Ipswich v Rotherham
Morecambe v Charlton
Oxford v Fleetwood
Plymouth v Wycombe
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Sunderland
Bolton v Doncaster (8pm)

LAST SEASON

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Match Reports

Lincoln 0 Pompey 3

Harness, Hirst and Hackett on target for Blues

23 November 2021

Marcus Harness scores for Pompey at Lincoln
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Pompey made it five wins in succession with an impressive performance against Lincoln at Sincil Bank.

They were in charge for most of the contest, but had to wait until the closing stages of the first half before Marcus Harness increased his goal tally.

And they were rewarded for their overall play after the break, with George Hirst doubling the lead and Reeco Hackett wrapping things up at the death.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that dramatically beat AFC Wimbledon on home soil at the weekend.

Kieron Freeman came in for the suspended Lee Brown, but started in the centre of defence, with the Blues switching to a 3-4-1-2 system.

There were also starts for Hackett – as a left-sided wing-back – and Joe Morrell, as Michael Jacobs and Louis Thompson dropped to the bench.

With the absence of Clark Robertson and Brown, former Imps hero Sean Raggett was handed the captain’s armband.

Pompey dominated the first half and created a number of promising openings, but were often let down by the final ball.

An early Shaun Williams corner was turned wide by Raggett, while a deflected Ronan Curtis effort was diverted behind by Josh Griffiths.

And the Imps keeper was called into action again from the resulting corner, which was fired towards goal by Connor Ogilvie.

Curtis miscued another shot narrowly past the post and Ogilvie then saw his goal-bound drive cleared from the line by Lewis Montsma.

The momentum faded after that, although the Blues were still looking the stronger team, with Williams and Morrell – the latter facing his former club – dominating in midfield.

They received a blow when Raggett was – rather harshly – booked for a foul in the middle of the pitch on 28 minutes.

It was the defender’s fifth yellow card of the season and, just before an amnesty kicks in, means he will be suspended for Saturday’s trip to Gillingham.

There had not been too much trouble at the other end, although the home support wanted a penalty when Hackett eased Lasse Sorensen off the ball inside the area.

The breakthrough almost came in stoppage-time, as Hirst charged his way up the pitch and past a couple of challenges before forcing a save from Griffiths.

But there was still time for Pompey to take the lead before the break – and there was no surprise to see who scored.

Mahlon Romeo found Hirst in the box and although he was denied, the loose ball ran for HARNESS to fire home in a fourth successive appearance.

Half Time: Lincoln 0 Pompey 1

An early opportunity for Harness was stabbed wide, as the Blues looked to build on their lead once the action restarted.

And they went a lot closer to finding a second goal following some good work from Curtis along the edge of the box.

He eventually picked out Romeo on the right and the wing-back’s low effort struck the inside of the post and bounced back out.

But the Imps began to pick up the pace and former Fratton loanee Chris Maguire curled a shot narrowly over after cutting inside from the left.

Just as they were starting to get into the ascendency, however, the visitors doubled their lead – much to the delight of the noisy travelling army.

Harness slipped a neat pass through to Curtis, who unselfishly squared the ball for HIRST to slide home his first league goal for the club.

Lincoln tried to find a path back into the contest, but Gavin Bazunu did well to deny Hakeeb Adelakun from point-blank range.

Cowley then freshened things up with a couple of changes in quick succession, as Jacobs came on for Hirst before Thompson replaced Morrell.

And a third substitution followed on 80 minutes, with Harness making way for the fit-again Ellis Harrison.

Pompey appeared to be coasting towards the final whistle, but there was further reason to celebrate towards the end.

Harrison was brought down on the edge of the box and although the free-kick from HACKETT hit the wall, he was first to the loose ball to slam it into the net.

Lincoln (4-1-4-1): Griffiths; Poole, Montsma, Eyoma, Robson; McGrandles (c); Bishop (Nlundulu 58), Sorensen (Adelakun 68), Maguire, Fiorini; Draper (Sanders 86)
Booked: Montsma, Maguire
Subs not used: Long, Jackson, Roughan, Gallagher

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Freeman, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Morrell (Thompson 76), Williams, Hackett; Harness (Harrison 80); Curtis, Hirst (Jacobs 73)
Goals: Harness 45+3, Hirst 66, Hackett 89
Booked: Raggett, Morrell
Subs not used: Bass, Vincent, Azeez, Gassan

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 8,533 (746 Pompey fans)

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