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Match Preview: Pompey v Oxford

All you need to know about League One contest

25 October 2022

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Pompey v Oxford United

Pompey’s long unbeaten run at Fratton Park receives its latest test when Oxford visit the south coast this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

It will be a particularly special night under the lights for one particular supporter, with chairman Michael Eisner making his first visit since the pandemic.

He will be joined by the rest of the club’s directors, who are all remaining this side of the Atlantic to also take in Saturday’s clash with Shrewsbury.

First up, though, is a contest with a side whose squad is certainly stronger than their position of 19th in the League One standings suggests.

And Oxford secured success in their last match on the road, enjoying a 4-2 victory at Exeter to suggest things are starting to turn.

There was defeat on home soil to Peterborough on Saturday, although Karl Robinson’s men had to play almost half the match with 10 men.

They are usually close affairs when Pompey and United clash – all of the nine most recent meetings finished all square or were settled by either one goal or penalties.

Each side won 3-2 on their own patch last season, with Sean Raggett, George Hirst and Hayden Carter finding the target at Fratton Park.

Tom Lowery (hamstring) and Joe Rafferty (stomach) are nearing a return to action and are back in full training.

Joe Morrell remained on the bench on Saturday with a back problem, while there are also doubts over Michael Jacobs (back).

Pompey will definitely be without Jayden Reid (knee) and Louis Thompson (leg), but Marlon Pack has completed his one-match ban.

Oxford striker Matty Taylor will have to serve a three-game suspension after an appeal to overturn his red card at the weekend was unsuccessful.

The visitors also have fitness concerns over Sam Baldock and Josh Murphy, but former Blues players Simon Eastwood and Steve Seddon could feature.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Sean Raggett ahead of the game.

Pompey: 27 wins
Oxford: 24 wins
21 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 18 wins
Oxford: 4 wins
12 draws

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If you are attending the game, click here to read our matchday guide on what is happening around the ground.

Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Johnathon Bickerdike and Marc Wilson
Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter

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

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Oxford 1

Bishop on target to secure a point

25 October 2022

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

Colby Bishop found the target as Pompey battled from behind to draw with Oxford and maintain their long unbeaten record at Fratton Park.

They were lacklustre before the break and a fine Kyle Joseph strike ensured the visitors took the lead.

But United had Billy Bodin dismissed for two bookable offences and Bishop slotted home his ninth goal of the season.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that won on the road at Forest Green at the weekend.

Dane Scarlett and Reeco Hackett were both recalled to the starting line-up, with Joe Pigott and Owen Dale dropping to the bench.

Marlon Pack missed out with a hamstring injury, despite completing his one-match ban, while Joe Rafferty and Tom Lowery were not considered ready for selection.

After a cagey opening it was the visitors who had the first attempt, not that Bodin’s effort particularly troubled Josh Griffiths.

Pompey’s medical team were staying busy, though, having to come on three separate occasions during the first half to patch up Scarlett, Clark Robertson and Ronan Curtis.

A nice pass from Hackett released Zak Swanson on the right on 13 minutes, but his low delivery flashed just behind those waiting in the box.

Instead it was Oxford who broke the deadlock soon after, when Sam Long launched a long pass forward from inside his own half.

The ball was chested down by Gatlin O’Donkor and Joseph hit a fine strike that left Griffiths with no chance.

Pompey tried to hit back immediately, but Robertson’s corner flicked off a defender and Bishop was unable to adjust his body quick enough to turn the ball on target.

The skipper tried to find Bishop again soon after and the cross was turned behind by Stuart Findlay before he could reach it.

Things were not coming off for the hosts in an attacking sense and they might have fallen further behind, with Joseph flashing a shot just past the post.

The Blues did have a shot on target just before the interval, with Simon Eastwood getting down to keep out Curtis’ drilled attempt.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Oxford 1

There was a change at the break, with Sean Raggett not emerging from the tunnel after hurting his back and being replaced by Michael Morrison.

But it was the visitors who threatened first following the restart, with Cameron Brannagan’s shot deflected over following a neat Bodin pass.

Pompey then started to apply some pressure and came close to equalising when Ryan Tunnicliffe crossed towards the back post.

The ball was brought down well by Curtis, whose angled drive was saved by Eastwood, while Ciaron Brown threw himself into the path of Bishop’s follow-up to divert the shot over.

Cowley freshened things up with a double switch on 54 minutes, as Dale and Josh Koroma came on for Scarlett and Curtis, with Hackett moving into a more central role.

Pompey were trying to hurt their opponents, but the final pass was still missing to ensure Eastwood was not being called in action.

And the mood inside the ground was not helped by the visitors’ time-wasting tactics, with several players quickly recovering following treatment on the pitch.

The Blues tried a quick free-kick to catch Oxford out on 70 minutes, but the lively Hackett could only flash a shot into the side netting.

And United suffered a blow when Bodin went in late on Hackett and was shown his second yellow card of the evening, followed by a red.

Pompey soon made their numerical advantage count drawing level after Dale’s shot had deflected off Brannagan and looped up into the air.

It was controlled by the shoulder of BISHOP, who then slotted the ball into the net and raced back to the centre circle.

But Oxford felt there had been an infringement and referee Sam Purkiss went over to speak with his assistant before allowing the goal to stand.

Head coach Karl Robinson was certainly not pleased with the decision and his ire earned him a booking.

Pompey sensed blood and Koroma’s attempt was deflected over before Joe Pigott replaced Swanson to add another target man.

And a display of eight additional minutes gave the Fratton faithful renewed hope that they could snatch a winner.

But Oxford remained resolute, getting everyone back behind the ball to hang on for a share of the spoils.

Pompey (4-4-2): Griffiths; Swanson (Pigott 86), Raggett (Morrison 46), Robertson (c), Ogilvie; Hackett (Hume 90+4), Mingi, Tunnicliffe, Curtis (Koroma 54); Bishop, Scarlett (Dale 54)
Goals: Bishop 78
Booked: Curtis
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Freeman

Oxford (4-3-3): Eastwood; Long, Moore (c), Findlay, Brown; Bodin, McGuane, Brannagan (Gorrin 82); Joseph (Seddon 82), O’Donkor (Anderson 73), Browne (Goodrham 57)
Goals: Joseph 16
Sent off: Bodin (two yellow cards)
Booked: Findlay, O’Donkor, Goodrham
Subs not used: McGinty, Bate, Jones

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 18,277 (784 away fans)

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