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Match Preview: Pompey v Bolton

All you need to know about League One contest

29 October 2021

Pompey produced an improved performance at Accrington last weekend, but it is wins that the Fratton faithful want to see.

So the hope is to start a run of four successive home matches by claiming a maximum haul against Bolton on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The visitors are currently sitting 13th in the League One standings – three places and the same number of points above the Blues.

A run of three successive defeats was halted in their last outing, with Ian Evatt’s men scoring twice in the closing stages to salvage a draw with Gillingham on home soil.

Wanderers beat Crawley on the final day of last term to secure the final automatic promotion place from the fourth tier.

The club were not even sure they would start the season before that, with severe financial problems meaning liquidation was a real possibility.

Thankfully, a takeover was completed to ensure the only struggles were those happening on the pitch.

Pompey won 1-0 in both of that campaign’s meetings, with Brett Pitman making up for an earlier penalty miss to nab the winner at Fratton Park.

Pompey skipper Clark Robertson is still sidelined with a hip problem, while Ellis Harrison (ankle) and Jayden Reid (knee) are still missing.

But Paul Downing (hamstring) and Liam Vincent (shin) have both returned to light training and are nearing a return.

Bolton – who include former Blues loanees Eoin Doyle and Lloyd Isgrove in their ranks – are without Amadou Bakayoko (ankle) and Gethin Jones (leg).

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Sean Raggett ahead of the game or watch the video below.

Pompey: 35 wins
Bolton: 42 wins
22 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 25 wins
Bolton: 9 wins
15 draws

There are a limited number of tickets available to buy online here or from the Frogmore 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, but please note it will be closed after the game due to a private function.

Click here for full details on Pompey’s remembrance fixture, with all fans advised to be in their seats by 2.45pm.


Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Justin Amey and Paul Yates
Fourth Official: Sam Allison

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.

Pompey are the 6/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 12/5.

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

All games kick-off at 3pm

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


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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Bolton 0

Marquis goal secures three points for Blues

30 October 2021

Marcus Harness celebrates John Marquis scoring for Pompey against Bolton Wanderers at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

An inventive John Marquis finish was enough for Pompey secure all three points against Bolton at Fratton Park.

The hosts had looked in control in the early moments, but their opponents struck the woodwork twice before the break.

It was a more fluent display from the Blues in the second half, though, and Marquis’ goal secured a deserved victory.

Danny Cowley made one change from the side that struck late to secure a point at Accrington the previous week.

Ryan Tunnicliffe returned to the starting line-up, with Joe Morrell the man to make way and dropping to the bench.

Former Fratton loanees Eoin Doyle – who helped secure the 2016/17 League Two title – and Lloyd Isgrove were both named in the Wanderers side.

There were impeccably observed remembrance tributes before the game, as both clubs paid their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Pompey made the brighter start, dominating both possession and territory in the contest’s opening stages.

Ronan Curtis showed some tricky footwork before eventually being dispossessed in the box by Ricardo Almeida Santos.

The Republic of Ireland international then had to stretch to meet a Marcus Harness delivery and could only nod the ball wide.

And following great work on the right by Reeco Hacket, Will Aimson did well to clear before the ball could reach Marquis in the centre.

Curtis had the hosts’ best chance of the half on 25 minutes, but Joel Dixon got down well to deal with his effort.

Bolton then came back into the contest as the action progressed and a thunderous strike from Dapo Afolayan rattled the crossbar.

And Mahlon Romeo did brilliantly to clear a Nathan Delfouneso delivery and deny Doyle a simple finish.

Pompey were forced to make a change late in the half after Tunnicliffe got injured in a challenge with Afolayan.

The midfielder quickly signalled that he was unable to continue and was replaced by Louis Thompson.

There was time for one more chance for the visitors before the interval, as Declan John clipped the outside of the post from an acute angle.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Bolton 0

Pompey regrouped at the interval and came out strongly again once the action restarted, with Sean Raggett heading a Hackett free-kick over.

But the deadlock was broken on 51 minutes, courtesy of a neat back-flick by MARQUIS and an eagle-eyed assistant.

Curtis collected the ball from Hackett on the left and sent in a low cross that the striker met with an instinctive finish.

Wanderers keeper Joel Dixon desperately tried to stop the ball from going in, but the linesman spotted that it had crossed the line.

The keeper did prevent Marquis from adding a second moments later, making a smart stop with his feet.

Pompey’s number nine was certainly busy and could not guide a Romeo cross on target before seeing a Thompson delivery taken off his head by Santos.

Curtis then waltzed his way into a shooting position, but opted to take on one defender too many and was eventually dispossessed.

Cowley made his second switch on 78 minutes, with Morrell taking over from Shaun Williams in the engine room.

And it was still the hosts looking the more likely to score again, although Curtis’ effort lacked the power to properly trouble Dixon after brilliantly bringing a Gavin Bazunu clearance under control.

The contest was not over, though, and Doyle reminded the hosts of that by nodding a Harry Brockbank cross against the top of the bar.

But the Blues were able to see out the closing stages with relative ease to ensure they earned a much-needed win.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Romeo, Raggett, Ogilvie, Brown (c); Tunnicliffe (Thompson 40), Williams (Morrell 78); Harness, Hackett, Curtis; Marquis (Hirst 90+4)
Goals: Marquis 51
Subs not used: Bass, Freeman, Azeez, Jacobs

Bolton (4-1-4-1): Dixon; Isgrove (Brockbank 72), Santos (c), Aimson (Johnston 72), John; Williams; Delfouneso (Sheehan 56), Lee, Afolayan, Kachunga; Doyle
Subs not used: Gilks, Baptiste, Gordon, Thomason

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 16,231 (1,087 away fans)

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