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Match Preview: Pompey v Exeter

All you need to know about League One contest

21 January 2023

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Pompey v Exeter City

It is the start of a new era at Fratton Park, with head coach John Mousinho taking charge for the first time.

A little over 24 hours after being unveiled as the new Blues boss, he will be trying to lead them to victory against Exeter (3pm kick-off).

The former Oxford coach and player will also want to arrest a slide in form that has seen Pompey winless in League One since October.

It means they have fallen to 15th in the table – albeit with up to four games in hand on other sides – and are five places below their next opponents.

The Grecians have reacted well to life back at this level after claiming the runners-up spot in League Two last term.

They have had to recover from losing boss Matt Taylor to Rotherham, with former Scotland international Gary Caldwell now in the dug-out.

And City head to Portsea Island on a four-match unbeaten run that has seen them win their two most recent away contests.

It finished goalless when the sides met in Devon on Boxing Day, but the last Fratton contest was a more memorable affair.

Kenny Jackett’s men netted twice in stoppage-time to seal a dramatic 3-2 win that booked a place at Wembley in the 2020 EFL Trophy final.

A minute's applause will be held before kick-off to pay tribute to former Pompey defender Anton Walkes, who died earlier this week at the age of 25.

We will also remember two other members of the Blues family and fans are invited to join in with a minute's applause for Ace Rewcastle on eight minutes and Steve McLenaghan on 52 minutes.

Marlon Pack has returned from suspension, but Pompey remain without Tom Lowery (hamstring), Jay Mingi (knee), Joe Rafferty (stomach), Jayden Reid (knee) and Clark Robertson (hip).

Exeter will be without Josh Coley (groin), Sam Stubbs (knee) and Kyle Taylor (knee), while there are fitness doubts over Kegs Chauke.


Pompey: 15 wins
Exeter: 6 wins
9 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Exeter: 4 wins
1 draw

Referee: Ollie Yates
Assistants: Paul Yates and Joseph Stokes
Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter

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Please be aware of the rail replacement service in operation between Petersfield and Portsmouth.

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There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

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

Pompey are the 23/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/4.

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Match Reports

Pompey 2 Exeter 0

Pack and Morrell on target for Blues

21 January 2023

Marlon Pack scores for Pompey against Exeter City at Fratton Park
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

John Mousinho made the perfect start to life as Pompey’s new head coach after overseeing a League One victory against Exeter at Fratton Park.

The first half was a quiet affair, although debutant Matt Macey made a couple of excellent saves to keep the scores level.

But the Blues dominated much of the second half and took the lead through Marlon Pack’s volley before Joe Morrell’s first goal for the club wrapped up the points.

Mousinho made three changes from the side comprehensively beaten at Bolton for his first match in charge.

Macey came straight in between the sticks and there was a home debut for Ryley Towler, with Pack returning from suspension to skipper the team.

Josh Oluwayemi and Denver Hume both dropped to the bench, while Michael Morrison was not named in the squad.

There was a poignant tribute to Anton Walkes before the game, with a minute’s applause to remember the 25-year-old former Pompey player, who tragically died earlier in the week.

When the action started, Macey quickly endeared himself to the Fratton faithful by making a stunning save to keep out Sam Nombe’s curling effort.

Both sides then stopped the game so everyone inside the ground could pay tribute to eight-year-old Ace Rewcastle, who sadly passed away recently.

Pompey came close to forging ahead when the action restarted and Colby Bishop’s neat back-heel found Owen Dale.

He then cut the ball across the edge of the box for midfielder Morrell, who fired his shot past the post.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut openings during the first half, although Macey again came to the rescue with another fine save to deny Josh Key.

Dale almost managed to steal the ball from Cheick Diabate at the other end, but the defender was just about able to shepherd it back for keeper Jamal Blackman.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Exeter 0

The second half started in lively fashion and both sides had great chances to take the lead within seconds of each other.

It took a diving save from Blackman to keep out Connor Ogilvie’s cleanly-struck 20-yard effort, only for the Grecians to break from the resulting corner.

Jevani Brown was sent racing clear and into the box, but Macey was quickly off his line to snatch the ball from the forward’s feet.

There was  a chance to remember a third member of the Pompey family on 52 minutes, as everyone rose to applaud Steve McLenaghan, who did such excellent work to help save the club from liquidation.

Pompey’s bright start to the second period then led to a deserved breakthrough just before the hour mark.

Zak Swanson did well to keep the ball in play on the right and whip in a dangerous cross that was nodded away.

But it only went as far as PACK, whose superb 25-yard volley dipped in front of Blackman and found the bottom corner.

Mousinho then made his first substitution on 69 minutes, with Michael Jacobs making way to be replaced by Ronan Curtis.

And Pompey had another chance when Dale was brought down and Ryan Tunnicliffe played a clever free-kick along for Bishop, whose shot rose just over the bar.

Morrell should have doubled the lead when he was teed-up by Curtis in plenty of space inside the box, only to fire over.

However, he made up for that miss just a few seconds later by opening his Blues goalscoring account.

It was not the prettiest strike the Fratton faithful have seen, though, as MORRELL met Pack’s pass with a tame effort that Blackman somehow allowed to bobble over the line.

Another change followed, with Louis Thompson brought on for his first home appearance since breaking his leg in August, as Tunnicliffe made way.

And the Blues continued to push forward in the closing stages, with the Fratton faithful in fine voice as they celebrated a return to winning ways.

Pompey (4-3-3): Macey; Swanson, Raggett, Towler, Ogilvie; Tunnicliffe (Thompson 78), Pack (c), Morrell; Dale, Bishop, Jacobs (Curtis 69)
Goals: Pack 57, Morrell 74
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Hume, Hackett, Scarlett, Pigott

Exeter (3-4-1-2): Blackman; Sweeney (c), Diabate, Hartridge; Caprice, Chauke (Collins 46), Kite (Stansfield 70), Key; White; Brown, Nombe
Booked: Hartridge, White
Subs not used: Lee, Grounds, Stubbs, Sparkes, Harper

Referee: Ollie Yates

Attendance: 18,719 (1,589 away fans)

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