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Match Preview: Pompey v Morecambe

All you need to know about League One contest

9 April 2023

Pompey v Morecambe

Pompey will look to end the Easter weekend on a high by seeing off Morecambe at Fratton Park on Monday (3pm kick-off).

A draw at MK Dons on Good Friday means that John Mousinho’s men have a five-point gap to the play-offs.

Their opponents are desperate for points for a different reason, as they to try avoid dropping into the fourth tier.

Derek Adams guided the club into League One in 2021, then returned from a brief stint in charge of Bradford to keep them up last term.

But the Shrimps have it all to do this term and are currently precariously placed in 23rd position – five points adrift of safety and with a poor goal difference.

They squandered an early lead to lose 3-1 against table-topping Plymouth at the Mazuma Stadium on Friday, conceding twice in the closing stages.

And Morecambe’s last match on the road resulted in a 5-0 thumping at the hands of high-flying Barnsley.

It finished 1-1 when the sides met in Lancashire back in November, while last season’s Fratton contest saw Marcus Harness and Connor Ogilvie score in a 2-0 success for the Blues.

Ronan Curtis (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Zak Swanson (groin) are the only Pompey players currently in the treatment room.

But Wales international Joe Morrell is suspended following his controversial red card at Stadium MK on Good Friday.

Full-back Max Melbourne (hamstring) and midfielder Jake Taylor (calf) are both expected to be missing for Morecambe.

Read the thoughts of Blues boss John Mousinho ahead of the game.

Pompey: 3 wins
Morecambe: 2 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
Morecambe: 0 wins
2 draws

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Referee: Ollie Yates
Assistants: Michael George and Daniel Bonneywell
Fourth Official: Kevin Howick

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All games kick-off at 3pm

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Peterborough v Exeter
Plymouth v Lincoln
Port Vale v Oxford
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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Morecambe 0

Blues held to a draw at Fratton Park

10 April 2023

Dane Scarlett in action for Pompey against Morecambe at Fratton Park
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey dropped more Easter points after being held to a frustrating draw by struggling Morecambe at Fratton Park.

They had chances to secure the win, but did not really do enough to test Connor Ripley between the sticks until right at the death.

John Mousinho made four changes from the side that were held to a draw at MK Dons on Good Friday.

Three of them were enforced, with Joe Morrell starting a four-match ban and Michael Jacobs and Connor Ogilvie nursing knocks.

That saw Ryan Tunnicliffe, Dane Scarlett and Denver Hume all handed starts, while Di’Shon Bernard made way for skipper Clark Robertson.

It was clear from the start that the strong wind blowing around the ground was going to cause problems for both sides.

But the home side were finding success with some neat passing football, causing their opponents plenty of problems and just looking for that final killer ball.

It almost came from Owen Dale, who whipped in a superb cross from wide on the right that a stretching Colby Bishop was inches away from connecting with.

They might have fallen behind on 26 minutes, though, with Cole Stockton spinning sharply and firing in a shot that Matt Macey turned around the post.

That was the cue for the Blues to start moving through the gears and they quickly broke dangerously up the pitch.

Dale sent Scarlett racing through, but he was forced wide by keeper Ripley and not able to pick out Bishop.

Tom Lowery then angled a shot inches past the post – and did the same again moments later after being found by a delightful Bishop flick.

The hosts were certainly knocking on the door, but the Shrimps managed to see out the remainder of the half to go in level at the break.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Morecambe 0

Pompey struggled to regain their fluency once the action restarted, continuing to dominate possession, but being undone by some sloppy passing.

And when Lowery was dispossessed by Dan Crowley, he released Jensen Weir, who fired straight into the arms of Macey.

Hume soon whipped in a dangerous delivery at the other end of the pitch, but the ball was diverted away from Bishop’s head by Ryan Delaney.

Mousinho made a switch just past the hour mark, as Scarlett made way for Reeco Hackett, with Dale moving to the left.

And the newcomer was quickly involved in the action, hitting a shot that Ripley dealt with low to his left.

An attacking substitution followed for the hosts on 66 minutes, with Joe Pigott introduced in place of Tunnicliffe.

The breakthrough almost arrived when Hackett swung a corner into the box, but Stockton was well placed to clear Dale’s header off the line.

And Hackett then sent a shot past the post after Robertson’s clearance had been nodded into his path by Bishop.

Hackett was continuing to be a lively presence and hit a couple efforts off target as the Blues tried to find a way through.

Fellow substitute Pigott went close to scoring on 84 minutes, glancing a header wide from Robertson’s delivery.

But an untimely Marlon Pack slip sent Weir racing clear and he cut back for Jake Taylor, who wastefully blazed over the bar.

Pompey committed plenty of men forward in search of a late winner and it almost arrived deep into stoppage-time.

Hume swung in the cross and Hackett rose to meet it, but Ripley flung himself to the left to make a superb save and ensure Morecambe left with a point.

Pompey (4-3-3): Macey; Rafferty, Raggett, Robertson (c), Hume; Lowery, Pack, Tunnicliffe (Pigott 66); Dale, Bishop, Scarlett (Hackett 61)
Booked: Dale, Bishop
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Bernard, Towler, Thompson, Jewitt-White

Morecambe (4-2-3-1): Ripley; Love (c), Rawson, Delaney, Souaré (Cooney 72); Austerfield (Simeu 87), Gibson; Weir, Crowley, Mayor (Taylor 79); Stockton
Booked: Austerfield, Rawson
Subs not used: Smith, Watts, Gnahoua, Niasse

Referee: Ollie Yates

Attendance: 17,739 (139 away fans)

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