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Match Preview: Shrewsbury v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

15 December 2023

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It is fair to say that John Mousinho is a pretty popular person on Portsea Island right now after guiding Pompey to the top of the League One table.

But both bosses will get a good reception at the Croud Meadow on Saturday, when his side visit Shrewsbury (3pm kick-off).

The hosts are led by Matt Taylor, who made more than 200 appearances during his time as a Blues player and helped guide the club into the Premier League.

He cut his managerial teeth at Walsall before replacing Steve Cotterill as Shrews boss over the summer.

And with just one defeat from the past five league fixtures, the Shropshire outfit are currently sitting comfortably in 11th position.

They enjoyed a 1-0 victory at Wycombe in their last outing and have also advanced to the third round of the FA Cup, where they will host Wrexham in the new year.

Pompey fans should also note that Shrewsbury’s form is much better on their own patch, with six wins from 10 matches.

It finished 1-1 in last season’s corresponding contest, as Marlon Pack struck late to cancel out Rob Street’s opener.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are missing Tino Anjorin (hamstring), Josh Dockerill (knee), Connor Ogilvie (ankle) and Regan Poole (knee).

But Colby Bishop and Anthony Scully are both available again following injuries, while Abu Kamara has recovered from the knock that forced him off against Bolton.

Tom Bayliss (ankle), Ryan Finnigan (ankle) Tom Flanagan (knee), George Nurse (knee), Kieran Phillips (knee) and Elliot Thorpe (back) are all absent for Shrewsbury.

The home side are also likely to be without Brandon Fleming (ankle) and Jason Sraha (ankle), despite their returns to training.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Joe Rafferty ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 17 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
6 draws

On the road
Pompey: 5 wins
Shrewsbury: 8 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Tickets are no longer available to buy from Pompey and will not be sold to away fans at Shrewsbury on the day of the game.

If you do have a ticket, then click here to read a guide to visiting the Croud Meadow.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Lee Swabey
Assistants: Callum Jones and Samuel Fudge
Fourth Official: Steven Plane

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch all the action live, with replays and accompanying commentary.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have key updates throughout the game on Twitter and a detailed blog via the match centre.

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).

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

Barnsley v Charlton
Bolton v Bristol Rovers
Cambridge v Blackpool
Carlisle v Northampton
Cheltenham v Leyton Orient
Derby v Wycombe
Fleetwood v Peterborough
Lincoln v Reading
Oxford v Burton
Port Vale v Wigan
Stevenage v Exeter

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Shrewsbury 0 Pompey 3

Kamara brace and Pack goal ensure Blues win again

16 December 2023

Abu Kamara scores for Pompey at Shrewsbury Town
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Abu Kamara bagged a brace as Pompey continued their run of fine form with a comfortable victory at Shrewsbury.

A dull opening period was lit up in stoppage-time by the Norwich loanee’s finish and the visitors then took total control after the break.

Marlon Pack’s close-range finish provided a cushion before Kamara's fierce late strike wrapped up the win against Matt Taylor’s Shrews.

John Mousinho stuck with the same side that were so impressive in beating Bolton on home soil at the start of the week.

Colby Bishop had to be content with a place on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury, with Kusini Yengi continuing to lead the line.

The first half was certainly not an electric affair, with the visitors dominating possession, but struggling to convert that into meaningful chances.

They were passing the ball around comfortably and just lacking the final delivery to trouble a solid Shrews back-line.

It took until the 24th minute for the first chance of note, although even then Marko Maroši was not too troubled by a long-range Jack Sparkes strike.

They probably should have taken the lead soon after, as Paddy Lane cut the ball back into the mixer, where Yengi cleared the crossbar from only eight yards out.

And there was another opportunity when Alex Robertson curled a shot narrowly over from just inside the box.

The hosts did threaten themselves towards the end of the half, but speculative attempts from Nohan Kenneh and Dan Udoh were comfortably dealt with by Will Norris.

Just when it looked like a rather insipid opening half was coming to an end, however, Pompey took the lead.

Pack launched a long throw into the area and KAMARA held off the challenge of Jordan Shipley to hook the ball home at the far post.

Half Time: Shrewsbury 0 Pompey 1

Pompey had a chance to extend their advantage shortly after the restart, when Robertson slipped a neat pass through to Kamara.

He skilfully beat his man and tried to send the ball into the area, but it bounced agonisingly over the heads of both Lane and Yengi.

There was certainly no lack of attacking intent from the hosts, as they continued to push forward at any given opportunity.

And the second goal did arrive just past the hour mark, as Lane had all the time in the world to run onto Sparkes’ ball down the line, cut inside and square for PACK to tap home at the near post.

Mousinho freshened up his forward line on 72 minutes, with Bishop making a welcome return to action in place of Yengi.

Shrewsbury then had a chance to reduce the deficit, but Max Mata fired wastefully over after turning inside the area.

Pompey were not done attacking themselves and Maroši dived acrobatically to beat away a well struck Lane effort.

Having been booked a few minutes earlier, the tireless Joe Morrell then made way for former Shrews loanee Christian Saydee.

And he haunted his old side by slipping a lovely pass through to KAMARA, who rifled a fine finish into the roof of the net to put the result beyond doubt.

It might have been an even greater margin of victory, but Maroši did well to deal with Saydee’s deflected strike and the loose ball was cleared before Bishop could capitalise.

Shrewsbury (3-5-2): Maroši; Dunkley (c), Pierre, Anderson; Feeney (Benning 70), Winchester (Sobowale 70), Kenneh, Perry, Shipley; Bowman (Mata 46), Udoh
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Owusu, Loughran, Whitney

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Norris; Rafferty, Raggett, Shaughnessy, Sparkes; Morrell (Saydee 78), Pack (c); Kamara (Whyte 88), Robertson, Lane (Devlin 88); Yengi (Bishop 72)
Goals: Kamara 45+2, 84, Pack 62
Booked: Raggett, Morrell, Kamara
Subs not used: Schofield, Swanson, Towler

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 7,296 (1,540 Pompey fans)

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