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Match Preview: Pompey v Charlton

All you need to know about League One contest

31 December 2022

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Pompey v Charlton Athletic

Pompey will be looking to start the new year by halting their winless run when they host Charlton on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

The two sides currently share an unwanted record of not having tasted success in League One since October 22.

Sean Raggett’s goal secured a 1-0 victory for the Blues at Forest Green that day, while the Addicks triumphed by the same scoreline at Shrewsbury.

Both have enjoyed success in other competitions since then and Danny Cowley’s men have an exciting trip to Tottenham to look forward in the FA Cup to next weekend.

Charlton were shocked by Stockport in the second round, but have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

They saw off top-flight Brighton on penalties just before Christmas to set up to a visit to Manchester United in just over a week’s time.

Dean Holden watched that match from the stands after replacing Ben Garner as manager and has overseen a draw with Peterborough and defeat at Oxford in his first two games.

It leaves the Londoners sitting 18th in the standings and just three points above the drop zone with half their fixtures played.

Pompey slumped to a 3-0 defeat when they visited The Valley earlier this season, while Charlton have won nine of the past 10 Fratton Park contests.

Louis Thompson (leg) is moving closer to a return to action, with Tom Lowery (hamstring) also back in training.

Kieron Freeman (calf), Joe Rafferty (stomach) and Jayden Reid (knee) remain sidelined, while there are doubts over Colby Bishop (rib) and Clark Robertson (hip).

Mandela Egbo (quad), Eoghan O’Connell (knee), Conor McGrandles (ankle) and Joe Wollacott (finger) are all missing for the visitors.

Charlton also have doubts over the fitness of Chuks Aneke (hamstring), Diallang Jaiyesimi (hip)and Steven Sessegnon (knee).

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley ahead of the game.

Pompey: 46 wins
Charlton: 39 wins
28 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 27 wins
Charlton: 18 wins
11 draws

Referee: Tom Reeves
Assistants: Michael Webb and Declan O’Shea
Fourth Official: David Rock

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Charlton 3

Blues start the new year with a loss

1 January 2023

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

There was little new year cheer to be found at Fratton Park, as Pompey began 2023 with a defeat against Charlton and finished the game with 10 men.

Connor Ogilvie had provided some hope on the stroke of half-time by cancelling out Jesurun Rak-Sakyi’s opener.

But Scott Fraser restored the Addicks’ lead just after the interval and Marlon Pack was then dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The Blues did their best to fight back, only to have their hopes dashed by an unfortunate Owen Dale own-goal.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that were unlucky to be held to a draw by Ipswich three days earlier.

Joe Pigott, Dane Scarlett and Ronan Curtis all returned to the starting line-up, with Josh Koroma and Colby Bishop dropping to the bench, the latter having hurt his rib against the Tractor Boys.

Skipper Clark Robertson missed out completely with a hip injury, so fellow defender Sean Raggett took the armband.

There was a minute’s applause before kick-off to allow everyone inside the ground to pay their respects to football legend Pelé, who passed away earlier in the week at the age of 82.

Both sides looked to get forward once the action started and Michael Morrison fired an ambitious effort over after combining with Curtis on the edge of the box.

Curtis then found space to burst forward and hit a deflected shot that forced Ashley Maynard-Brewer to dive to his right and make the save.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock midway through the first half after stealing possession in the middle of the pitch.

George Dobson then combined with Corey Blackett-Taylor to find Rak-Sakyi, who cut onto his left foot and bent home a neat finish.

The goal stunned Pompey and they were guilty of some sloppy play in an attempt to get back into the contest.

And it was the Addicks looking more likely to add to the scoring, with Josh Griffiths using his leg to deny Miles Leaburn after pushing away Fraser’s cross.

But the Blues started to click back into gear as the interval approached and Scarlett drew a smart stop from Maynard-Brewer after being slipped in by Zak Swanson’s threaded pass.

The keeper was involved again in stoppage-time, this time parrying the ball behind after Dale’s effort had taken a wicked deflection.

And the equaliser came from the resulting corner, as Curtis’ delivery was nodded back by Raggett for OGILVIE to hook into the net.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Charlton 1

Cowley made a triple change at the break, as Pigott, Scarlett and Curtis were replaced by Bishop, Reeco Hackett and Michael Jacobs.

But Pompey almost immediately found themselves behind again after Albie Morgan had intercepted the ball in the centre circle.

He quickly played it to Fraser, who surged into the area and found the bottom corner of the net from a tight angle.

It might have got even worse for the Blues soon after, as a free-kick from the same player bounced down off the underside of the bar and hit Griffiths.

Somehow, though, the ball did not manage to cross the line and the keeper was able to gratefully smother it.

Tempers then boiled over following a challenge from Dobson on Hackett, with both players shown a yellow card by referee Tom Reeves.

Pompey were trying to find a way back for the second time and Dale’s effort was blocked after he made a clean connection.

But their task was made much more difficult when Pack – who had been booked a few minutes earlier for a foul on Fraser – brought down Morgan and was dismissed.

Cowley brought on another midfielder on 74 minutes, with a fit-again Jay Mingi replacing centre-back Morrison.

And another attacking switch saw Swanson make way for Koroma, leaving the hosts with just two defenders on the pitch.

The hosts were certainly doing their best to find an unlikely leveller, committing plenty of men forward as the rain began to fall heavily.

Their best chance came when Charlton failed to properly deal with a Jacobs free-kick, although Koroma could only fire his shot straight at Maynard-Brewer.

The display of six additional minutes provided some hope among the Fratton faithful, but the visitors wrapped things up with a fortunate goal.

Blackett-Taylor teed-up Dobson and although his shot was saved by Griffiths, the ball ricocheted off Dale and flew into the net.

Pompey (4-4-2): Griffiths; Swanson (Koroma 80), Morrison (Mingi 74), Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Dale, Pack, Morrell, Curtis (Jacobs 46); Scarlett (Hackett 46), Pigott (Bishop 46)
Goals: Ogilvie 45+3
Sent off: Pack (two yellow cards)
Booked: Hackett
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Hume

Charlton (4-1-4-1): Maynard-Brewer; Clare, Inniss, Ness, Sessegnon; Dobson (c); Rak-Sakyi, Morgan (Payne 73), Fraser (Henry 88), Blackett-Taylor; Leaburn (Stockley 78)
Goals: Rak-Sakyi 23, Fraser 48, Dale 90+4 (og)
Booked: Dobson, Ness
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Lavelle, Campbell, Kanu

Referee: Tom Reeves

Attendance: 18,468 (1,380 away fans)

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