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Match Preview: Pompey v Ipswich

All you need to know about League One contest

29 December 2022

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Pompey v Ipswich Town

Pompey will look to end the calendar year on a high when they host Ipswich in the final fixture of 2022 this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

It is arguably the toughest Fratton contest of the season for the Blues in League One against many people’s favourites for promotion.

The Tractor Boys are certainly well placed to reach the Championship and sit second – a couple of points behind leaders Plymouth – having played half their matches.

Goals from Freddie Ladapo, Wes Burns and Conor Chaplin secured a comfortable 3-0 home success over Oxford on Boxing Day.

And Kieran McKenna’s side have lost just one of their past nine league fixtures, winning five of them.

It comes after Town failed to be involved in the promotion race during any of their past three seasons since dropping into the third tier, achieving finishes of 11th, 9th and 11th.

There have been two meetings between the teams already this term – and both of them took place in Suffolk.

A late goal saw Ipswich win 3-2 in the league, while Pompey hit back with a 2-0 success in the Papa Johns Trophy.

Pompey have a number of players currently battling a sickness bug, while Tom Lowery (hamstring) and Louis Thompson (leg) are doubts.

Kieron Freeman (calf), Joe Rafferty (stomach) and Jayden Reid (knee) all remain sidelined for the Blues.

Ipswich are also contending with illness in their squad and are without Dom Ball (knee), Panutche Camara (groin) and Tyreece John-Jules (hamstring).

But former Fratton forwards Gassan Ahadme, Conor Chaplin and Marcus Harness could all feature for the visitors.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley ahead of the game.

Pompey: 17 wins
Ipswich: 21 wins
13 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 6 wins
Ipswich: 11 wins
7 draws

Referee: Sam Allison
Assistants: Richard Morris and Adam Ricketts
Fourth Official: Farai Hallam

Fratton Park is full to capacity for the game. The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from 5pm, while there is a DJ in the Fanzone.

Please note that there is a reduced train service this evening and none will be running after the game. Please check before you travel.

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 Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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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 Friday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not available online).

Ipswich are the 10/11 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 14/5.

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Ipswich 2

Pack and Bishop on target as 2022 ends with a draw

29 December 2022

Colby Bishop scores for Pompey against Ipswich Town at Fratton Park
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey brought 2022 to a close with a respectable draw against high-flying Ipswich at a packed Fratton Park.

But it might have been so much more, with the Blues twice taking the lead and conceding a late equaliser.

Marlon Pack’s superb free-kick was befitting of such a big contest, but Cameron Burgess immediately levelled.

Colby Bishop restored the home side’s advantage after the break and it looked like they had done enough to secure all three points, only for Conor Chaplin to haunt his former club.

Danny Cowley made four changes from the side that were held to a goalless draw at Exeter on Boxing Day.

Connor Ogilvie and Joe Morrell had recovered from their illnesses, while Zak Swanson was fit enough to start and there was also a return for Josh Koroma.

Denver Hume, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Reeco Hackett all dropped to the bench, but Joe Pigott could not feature against his parent club.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the opposition forward line, with Chaplin and Marcus Harness both included.

Pompey came charging out of the blocks and so it came as no surprise to see them take the lead after just four minutes.

Koroma was brought down by Sam Morsy and PACK stepped up to bend a fine free-kick off the post and into the net to open his account for the club.

But it did not take an in-form Ipswich outfit long to hit back and they found themselves level on 10 minutes.

Lee Evans swung a fine free-kick into the box from the right and Burgess got on the end of it to poke home from just a few yards out.

It was certainly proving to be a lively contest and both sides looked more than capable of adding to the scoring.

A corner from Pack made its way across to Koroma on the left side of the area, but his shot was blocked on the line by Luke Woolfenden.

Evans hit a sizzling shot at the other end of the pitch and Josh Griffiths adjusted his body superbly to make the save.

The Fratton faithful were left frustrated by some bizarre decisions from referee Sam Allison, who somehow failed to spot clear fouls on both Morrell and Pack.

But the tempo continued to remain high and Owen Dale embarked on a run from inside his own half, leaving two opposition players crumpled on the turf before eventually being crowded out.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Ipswich 1

Skipper Clark Robertson had appeared to be struggling towards the end of the first half and did not emerge after the break, replaced by Hume.

The hosts were being penned back in the period immediately following the restart, but were remaining resolute at the back.

They started to show more ambition as the half progressed, however, and were rewarded on the hour mark.

It came after Morrell was bundled over by Wes Burns on the left and the free-kick was eventually worked to Hume.

Sean Raggett made sure to get on the end of the substitute’s cross, nodding the ball down for BISHOP to flick home.

The Tractor Boys tried to grab another immediate leveller, but Freddie Ladapo dragged an angled effort narrowly past the post.

Ronan Curtis then replaced Koroma and soon embarked on a quick break down the right, cutting the ball back for Morrell to hit a goal-bound effort that was blocked by the head of Janoi Donacien.

Morrell soon made way to a standing ovation along with Bishop, as Tunnicliffe and Dane Scarlett entered the fray.

Ipswich were committing forward in search of an equaliser and Ogilvie typified the determination of the Blues with a couple of firm – but fair – challenges.

But the visitors made their pressure count late on, as Morsy’s fierce low strike was parried out by Griffiths and Chaplin was quickest to the loose ball.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Griffiths; Morrison, Raggett, Robertson (c) (Hume 46); Swanson (Hackett 89), Pack, Morrell (Tunnicliffe 73), Ogilvie; Dale; Koroma (Curtis 66), Bishop (Scarlett 73)
Goals: Pack 4, Bishop 60
Booked: Pack
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Jacobs

Ipswich (4-2-3-1): Walton; Donacien, Woolfenden, Burgess, Davis (Leigh 81); Evans, Morsy (c); Burns (Edwards 76), Chaplin, Harness (Aluko 64); Ladapo (Jackson 76)
Goals: Burgess 10, Chaplin 87
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Hladký, Edmundson, Humphreys

Referee: Sam Allison

Attendance: 18,849 (1,601 away fans)

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