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Match Preview: Pompey v Sutton

All you need to know about Papa John's Trophy contest

12 October 2021

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Pompey v Sutton United

Pompey will look to get their first points on the board in this season’s Papa John’s Trophy when they host Sutton tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side were involved in an entertaining 5-3 defeat at AFC Wimbledon in their opening match in Southern Group B.

Their opponents, meanwhile, enjoyed their maiden match in this competition, easing to a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace’s under-21 side.

United are still basking in their success from last term, when they held off Torquay to claim the National League title.

It meant that the club were promoted into the Football League for the first time in their 123-year history.

And after a bright start, Matt Gray's men have settled into life in the fourth tier, securing five wins from their past six fixtures.

That includes a dramatic 4-3 triumph over Port Vale at the weekend, which saw them recover from trailing with just three minutes remaining.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes this evening, both sides will claim a point. A penalty shoot-out will then be held, with the winners earning a bonus point.

Pompey are likely to make a number of changes, with Miguel Azeez, Gavin Bazunu and Joe Morrell away on international duty.

Skipper Clark Robertson (hip), Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are all long-term absentees.

Sutton striker Omar Bugiel is currently away representing Lebanon, while Kenny Davis (hamstring) is a doubt.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Louis Thompson or watch the video below.

This will be the first competitive meeting between Pompey and Sutton.

The sides did play a friendly at Gander Green Lane in the summer of 2016, with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbing the Blues' consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat.

Pompey fans can buy their seat online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office. From 5pm this evening, they can also be purchased from the booth behind the Fratton End.

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.

Parking spaces in the main car park behind the Fratton End must be pre-booked online here.

The Victory Bar behind the Fratton End will be open from 5pm this evening and serving an expanded range of food and drinks listed below.

Referee: Lee Swabey
Assistants: Leigh Crowhurst and Greg Read
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

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 Mark Kelly, 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.

Pompey are the 13/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 2/1.

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

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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Sutton 2

Blues beaten in Papa John’s Trophy

12 October 2021

Sean Raggett in action for Pompey against Sutton United in Papa John
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey’s hopes of progressing to the Papa John’s Trophy knockout stages were left hanging by a thread following a 2-0 defeat to Sutton at Fratton Park.

It was a Southern Group B contest that never really threatened to move out of second gear and was largely a dull affair.

But Isaac Olaofe managed to break the deadlock after the interval and the Blues were then reduced to 10 men.

Ellis Harrison picked up an injury soon after coming off the bench and with three substitutions having already been made, nobody could replace him.

The visitors from League Two – who secured the National League title last term – then wrapped things up through Louis John.

Danny Cowley made eight changes from the side that beat Sunderland in wetter conditions in the league 10 days earlier.

Mahlon Romeo, Sean Raggett, and skipper Lee Brown were the only players to keep their place, with the latter two joined by Paul Downing in a back three protecting Alex Bass.

That meant Reeco Hackett was utilised as a left-sided wing-back, while Haji Mnoga partnered Louis Thompson in midfield.

Michael Jacobs was handed an attacking free role behind the loanee front pairing of George Hirst and Gassan Ahadme.

To say there were not an abundance of chances in the opening 45 minutes would be generous to say the least.

There was a complete lack of any entertainment for the small crowd, with the multiple changes for both sides probably not helping matters.

Hackett sent a free-kick thudding into the wall following a foul on Thompson, who was providing plenty of energy in the middle of the pitch.

A Will Randall corner at the other end then caused problems, only for Joe Kizzi to nod straight into the arms of Bass.

Thompson soon found space to surge forward, but saw his drilled effort bravely blocked by Coby Rowe.

But that was about it in terms of noteworthy action, with neither team able to find any kind of rhythm.

And the Blues were dealt a blow just before the break, as Downing limped off injured to be replaced by Kieron Freeman.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Sutton 0

Cowley made another substitution immediately after the interval, with Mnoga making way for Shaun Williams.

It was Sutton who were first to threaten when the action restarted, although Bass was not overly troubled by Tobi Sho-Silva’s shot.

A cross from Hackett was then dropped by United keeper Dean Bouzanis, but the ball was hacked clear before Raggett could capitalise.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 55 minutes, however, after Olaofe met a low cross from Ricky Korboa.

His first attempt was blocked by Freeman, but the loose ball ran kindly for the striker to fire into the net.

Harrison had been waiting patiently to come onto the pitch before the goal was scored and quickly replaced Gassan.

But his evening did not last long, with the striker getting injured in a challenge and limping from the pitch.

He tried to run it off before eventually disappearing down the tunnel and leaving the Blues a man light for the final quarter of the contest.

And Sutton soon made the most of their numerical advantage, as a Randall free-kick was nodded back by Kizzi for John to tuck away.

They might have added a late gloss to the scoreline, but substitute Richie Bennett twice finished wastefully inside the box.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bass; Downing (Freeman 43), Raggett, Brown (c); Romeo, Mnoga (Williams 46), Thompson, Hackett; Jacobs; Hirst, Gassan (Harrison 56)
Booked: Jacobs
Subs not used: Steward, Kaba, Hughes, Tunnicliffe

Sutton (4-4-2): Bouzanis; Kizzi, Rowe, John, Wyatt; Korboa, Beautyman (c) (Eastmond 74), Smith, Randall; Sho-Silva (Bennett 65), Olaofe (Boldewijn 61)
Goals: Olaofe 55, John 71
Booked: Eastmond
Subs not used: Palmer, Lovatt, Milsom, Ajiboye

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 2,490 (198 away fans)

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