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Match Preview: Crawley v Pompey

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

30 August 2022

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Crawley Town v Pompey

Pompey have enjoyed a bright start to the League One campaign, but that takes a back seat this evening.

Danny Cowley’s side make the short trip across to Sussex to face Crawley in their opening group match in the Papa John’s Trophy (7.45pm kick-off).

And if you have a feeling of déjà vu, that is perhaps understandable – this will be the fourth time the sides have met in the competition in the space of just six years.

The Blues have won all three of those previous meetings, including a 1-0 success at Broadfield Stadium en route to winning the silverware in the 2018/19 campaign.

Crawley have been making headlines off the pitch after being taken over by cryptocurrency investors WAGMI United at the end of last term.

They appointed Arsenal U23s coach Kevin Betsy as manager over the summer, but it has been a difficult start to the League Two season.

The Red Devils are still searching for their first win, having taken two points from their opening six matches, including Saturday’s 1-1 draw with bottom side Rochdale.

But they have enjoyed success in the Carabao Cup, stunning top-flight Fulham last week to book a place in round three.

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

Danny Cowley is likely to ring the changes and has already revealed that some academy players will be involved in the squad.

It is too early for Jayden Reid to be considered after returning from a hamstring injury, while Louis Thompson (leg) is sidelined.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Reeco Hackett ahead of the game.

Pompey: 7 wins
Crawley: 1 win
1 draw

On the road
Pompey: 3 wins
Crawley: 0 wins
1 draw

Around 1,000 Pompey have already secured tickets, which can be purchased at Crawley this evening. Click here for full details.

Referee: Sam Allison
Assistants: Graham Kane and Adrian Waters
Fourth Official: Leigh Crowhurst

Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

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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 5/6 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 3/1.

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Match Reports

Crawley 2 Pompey 2

Blues draw Papa John’s Trophy opener, but miss out on bonus point

30 August 2022

Clark Robertson scores for Pompey at Crawley Town
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

A controversial late penalty from David Bremang denied Pompey victory at Crawley in their opening Papa John’s Trophy group stage contest.

The visitors had earlier turned the game around, with Clark Robertson and substitute Dane Scarlett on target after Dom Telford had also struck from the spot.

But the Blues were also denied a bonus point after being beaten 6-5 in the resulting penalty shoot-out.

Danny Cowley made 10 changes from the side that beat Port Vale in the league at the weekend, with Ronan Curtis the only player to keep his spot.

There was a debut for Josh Oluwayemi between the sticks, while Denver Hume made a first appearance in more than five months after recovering from a back problem.

Robertson skippered the side, with Haji Mnoga and a fit-again Zak Swanson completing the back-line.

Reeco Hackett, Joe Morrell, Jay Mingi and Michael Jacobs were in midfield, while Curtis was partnered by Joe Pigott up front.

Academy scholars Malachi Osei-Owusu, Harvey Laidlaw and Adam Payce were all included among the substitutes.

The visitors looked to make a fast start and a couple of fortunate ricochets provided chances in the opening stages.

Hackett was the recipient of the first, but his effort was diverted behind, while a later Curtis attempt flew straight at David Robson.

Instead it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on eight minutes after James Tilley went down in the box under Pigott’s challenge.

Referee Sam Allison decided it was a foul by the Pompey striker and Telford stepped up to score from the spot.

Pompey dominated possession and territory as the first half progressed, but their moves broke down in the final third.

Their best chance came when Hackett dug out a shot from outside the area that Robson did well to turn around the post.

Pigott then felt he should have been awarded a penalty when he tried to lift the ball over Tony Craig and the ball struck the defender’s arm, but Allison waved play on.

And Crawley might have extended their advantage before the break, with Telford firing wide from just a few yards out following good work from Tilley.

Tilley then flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal and a stretching David Bremang could only turn it into the side netting.

Half Time: Crawley 1 Pompey 0

Cowley made a couple of changes at the break, with Morrell and Hume withdrawn for Tom Lowery and Kieron Freeman.

It failed to immediately spark the visitors into life and they still struggled to break down an organised Crawley defence.

Despite that, the large congregation of Blues fans behind the goal – and to one side – remained in fine voice.

Another double switch followed just past the hour mark, as Jacobs and Curtis made way for Owen Dale and Scarlett.

The latter thought he should have been awarded a penalty after tangling with Travis Johnson, but Allison again disagreed.

A spell of persistent Pompey pressure then ended with Dale having a shot deflected over, while Robertson could not guide his header on target from the resulting corner.

But it was a better effort from the skipper moments later, with ROBERTSON rising highest to plant the ball into the net from Lowery’s delivery.

Teenage midfielder Payce was then given his second appearance in this competition, coming on for Swanson.

And it was another youngster celebrating moments later, with SCARLETT collecting Mnoga’s pass, spinning around Craig and drilling a shot into the bottom corner.

The visitors continued to threaten as the seconds ticked down, but it was Crawley who snatched a draw in stoppage-time.

Tilley went down in the box under Lowery’s soft challenge and Pompey were furious with the decision to award a penalty, which Bremang slammed into the roof of the net.

It meant that penalties would be required to see who claimed a bonus point and Scarlett sent the first one wide.

But Hackett, Dale, Lowery, Pigott and Robertson all confidently found the target and Oluwayemi denied Tilley.

Freeman’s effort was kept out by Robson, however, meaning Raf Khaleel could step up to ensure Crawley would take two points from the game.

Crawley (3-4-1-2): Robson; Johnson, Ransom, Craig; Al-Hussaini (Adebowale 75), Jenks (Powell 52), Wells (Khaleel 75), Marshall (Ogungbo 66); Tilley; Telford (c) (Nadesan 75), Bremang
Goals: Telford 8 (pen), Bremang 90+5 (pen)
Booked: Wells
Subs not used: Addai, Shubbar

Pompey (4-4-2): Oluwayemi; Swanson (Payce 77), Mnoga, Robertson (c), Hume (Freeman 46); Hackett, Morrell (Lowery 46), Mingi, Jacobs (Dale 62); Curtis (Scarlett 62), Pigott
Goals: Robertson 74, Scarlett 81
Booked: Jacobs, Hackett
Subs not used: Osei-Owusu, Laidlaw

Referee: Sam Allison

Attendance: 2,314 (1,111 Pompey fans)

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