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Match Preview: Pompey v AFC Wimbledon

All you need to know about League One contest

19 November 2021

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Pompey v AFC Wimbledon

Pompey will look to extend their unbeaten run to seven games when they host AFC Wimbledon on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It is a sequence that has seen Danny Cowley’s men climb to 10th in the League One standings, as well as securing progress in both the FA Cup and Papa John’s Trophy.

Their next opponents are down in 18th spot and are six points worse off, albeit with two games in hand.

The Dons have only tasted league success once since the middle of September, but three of their four victories so far have come on the road.

It will not be the first contest between the sides this season – and it would take a lot to match the excitement of the last one.

Ellis Harrison netted a hat-trick in a Papa John’s Trophy tie at Plough Lane, only for Mark Robinson’s troops to emerge 5-3 victors.

The Fratton faithful will be more eager to see a repeat of last term’s corresponding fixture – the first game on home soil in 2021.

John Marquis, Ryan Williams, Sean Raggett and Ben Close were all on target in a 4-0 midweek success back in January.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will have Gavin Bazunu and Joe Morrell available again after the pair returned from international duty.

But there are still doubts over Reeco Hackett (back) and John Marquis (tendon), with the duo missing the trip to Wycombe.

The Blues will definitely still be without skipper Clark Robertson (hip), as well as Ellis Harrison (ankle), Jayden Reid (knee) and Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring).

AFC Wimbledon are currently missing Cheye Alexander (ankle), George Marsh (foot) and Will Nightingale (leg).

They are also sweating over the fitness of Alex Woodyard (knee), Anthony Hartigan (toe), Ben Heneghan (leg) and Henry Lawrence (illness).

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

HEAD TO HEAD*
Overall
Pompey: 19 wins
Wimbledon: 15 wins
9 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Wimbledon: 4 wins
5 draws

*Includes matches against Wimbledon FC

TICKETS
There are a limited number of tickets available to buy online here or from the Anson Road ticket office.

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

Please note that all parking has been pre-booked and there are no more spaces available in the club car park.

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.

Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

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

OFFICIALS
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Assistants: Adam Crysell and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Alan Young

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 2.45pm 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 4/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 7/2.

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

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

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

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 AFC Wimbledon 1

Blues secure dramatic victory at Fratton Park

20 November 2021

Michael Jacobs scores for Pompey against AFC Wimbledon at Fratton
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Marcus Harness continued his fine run of goalscoring form by hitting Pompey’s late winner against AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park.

The home side had to recover from falling behind following a terrible penalty decision, with Nesta Guinness-Walker’s theatrical tumble fooling the referee.

Ollie Palmer converted from the spot and it took until midway through the second half before Michael Jacobs finally got the equaliser.

Time was ticking away in the search for a winner, but Harness finally slotted home a seventh goal in his past 11 outings.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that impressively won at Wycombe the previous week.

Gavin Bazunu reclaimed his place between the sticks after returning from international duty, while there was a first league start of the season for Jacobs.

Alex Bass and Miguel Azeez both dropped to the bench, where they were joined by fit-again striker Ellis Harrison.

Before kick-off, a minute’s applause was held to pay tribute to 1979/80 promotion-winning skipper Joe Laidlaw, who passed away earlier in the week.

Pompey came charging out the blocks once the action began and Harness combined neatly with Jacobs.

The latter’s square pass looked like it would leave George Hirst with a simple finish, only for Paul Osew to make a timely interception.

Palmer then collected a pass from Luke McCormick at the other end, with his drive claimed at the second attempt by Bazunu.

But it was the Blues looking more likely to break the deadlock and some impressive pressing saw them win possession high up the pitch.

A neat Harness back-flick sent Jacobs through on goal, but Nik Tzanev spread himself well to make the save.

The home side were playing with real energy and causing plenty of problems, only to fall behind following a terrible refereeing decision.

Guiness-Walker and Ronan Curtis were shoulder-to-shoulder in the Blues box and the Dons defender threw himself to the ground.

Thomas Bramall was fooled, though, and pointed to the spot, much to the astonishment of the home side, their coaching staff and practically everyone inside Fratton Park.

Former Hawks striker Palmer stepped up to take the penalty and coolly sent it straight down the middle to find the net.

Pompey set about trying to find an equaliser and thought it had arrived when Lee Brown cut the ball back for Harness to slot home.

Bramall again incurred the wrath of the home faithful, though, by blowing for an earlier foul on Curtis.

The home side recovered from a ragged spell to the finish the half strongly and Tzanev beat away a long-range Curtis attempt.

And the keeper made an even better save moments later, this time stopping Harness from converting a clever Jacobs pass.

But a poor Bazunu kick almost led to a second goal for the visitors just before the break, with the Republic of Ireland international recovering well to deny McCormick.

Half Time: Pompey 0 AFC Wimbledon 1

AFC Wimbledon went close again following the restart after Osew escaped down the right and found McCormick in the box.

The midfielder’s effort was heading for the net, but Sean Raggett slid in to make a timely block and keep the deficit at just one goal.

Cowley made his first switch on 53 minutes, with Hirst withdrawn and Reeco Hackett joining the forward line.

And another one soon followed, as Joe Morrell – back from international duty with Wales – replaced Louis Thompson.

The newcomer soon combined with Harness to release Mahlon Romeo, who surged half the length of the pitch before firing in a low shot that was kept out by Tzanev.

Wimbledon’s stopper had arguably been their best player, but will feel he could have done better with Pompey’s leveller on 63 minutes.

JACOBS collected a pass from Lee Brown and cut inside from the left before hitting a low shot that the keeper could only help into the net.

There might have been another goal for the hosts soon after, but Tzanev redeemed himself by keeping out a dipping Curtis free-kick.

They still had to stay alert at the other end, though, and Jack Rudoni wasted a decent opening by dragging the ball wide.

Bazunu then dived acrobatically to his left to cling onto a long-range effort from Osew, as the action continued to switch from one end to the next.

Cowley made one last attacking throw of the dice on 83 minutes, with the tiring Jacobs replaced by Harrison.

Bazunu then did well to dive at the feet of Osew inside the area after the Wimbledon right-back had found some space.

Pompey threw bodies forward in search of another goal, but time appeared to be running out on them.

Then, with just a minute of normal time remaining, HARNESS collected a Morrell pass and hit a low shot that clipped the inside of the post on its way into the net.

There was still time for a bit more late drama, as a Dons corner found substitute Ethan Chislett, whose shot was claimed by Bazunu.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bazunu; Romeo, Raggett, Ogilvie, Brown (c); Harness, Thompson (Morrell 56), Williams, Jacobs (Harrison 82); Curtis, Hirst (Hackett 53)
Goals: Jacobs 63, Harness 89
Booked: Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Azeez, Gassan

AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1): Tzanev; Osew, Heneghan, Czoka, Guinness-Walker; Hartigan, Woodyard (c); Assal (Chislett 82), McCormick (Marsh 76), Rudoni; Palmer (Pressley 76)
Goals: Palmer 24 (pen)
Booked: Assal
Subs not used: Oualah, Charles, Jenkins, Mebude

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Attendance: 16,234 (910 away fans)

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