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Match Preview: Carlisle v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

9 February 2024

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Pompey make their longest trip of the season when they head to the north-west to take on Carlisle on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

John Mousinho’s side will be aiming to at least maintain the four-point gap they currently hold over second spot.

There was a celebratory mood in Cumbria at the end of last season, as United secured promotion to League One following nine successive years in the basement.

They ended in fifth position before beating Bradford – after extra-time – over two legs and seeing off Stockport at Wembley.

That latter success was achieved on penalties following a 1-1 draw, with Blues midfielder Owen Moxon among those to score from the spot.

But Paul Simpson’s men have struggled at a higher level and currently find themselves at the foot of the table.

They are 11 points adrift of the safety line and head into this weekend’s contest on the back of five straight defeats.

Carlisle did put up a fight when they visited Fratton Park back in October, however, and it took a stoppage-time Conor Shaughnessy header to secure three points for Pompey.

Fans will have fond memories of the last trip to Brunton Park in 2017, when Gary Roberts, Amine Linganzi and Jack Whatmough netted in a 3-0 win en route to promotion.

It was announced earlier in the week that Terry Devlin (shoulder), Tom McIntyre (ankle) and Joe Morrell (knee) are all likely to miss the remainder of the season.

The trio join Tino Anjorin (hamstring), Josh Dockerill (knee), Regan Poole (knee), Alex Robertson (hamstring), Ben Stevenson (knee) and Zak Swanson (groin) on the sidelines.

Carlisle are without Joshua Kayode (calf) and Georgie Kelly (knee), while Jack Diamond (ankle) is also a doubt.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and former Carlisle midfielder Owen Moxon ahead of the game.

Pompey: 18 wins
Carlisle: 13 wins
11 draws

On the road
Pompey: 4 wins
Carlisle: 10 wins
7 draws

Fans can longer buy tickets direct from Pompey and there are only a small number still available to buy at Carlisle on the day of the game, when prices increase by £3.

Click here for a guide to visiting Brunton Park that has been produced by the home club.

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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).

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Match Reports

Carlisle 0 Pompey 1

Lane grabs winner at Brunton Park

10 February 2024

Paddy Lane celebrates scoring for Pompey at Carlisle United
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Paddy Lane hit his 10th goal of the season as Pompey won at Carlisle to strengthen their League One promotion hopes.

They had been frustrated by their opponents before the break, but were much the better side after it.

And Abu Kamara came off the bench to provide the assist for Lane to secure a positive outcome, with points dropped elsewhere in the race for the Championship.

John Mousinho made one enforced change from the side that eased to victory over Northampton on home soil the previous weekend.

Tom McIntyre was injured in that contest, so Sean Raggett came in to replace him at the heart of defence.

Kusini Yengi was named on the bench after returning from the Asian Cup, joined by Owen Moxon, who left Cumbria for the south coast on deadline day.

The hosts did not look like a side sitting bottom of the table and showed plenty of intent to get forward.

Where they were perhaps lacking a bit of confidence, however, was in the final third, as several moves broke down before Will Norris could be tested.

And there were also attempts from Jack Diamond and Jordan Gibson that were fired wastefully off target.

Pompey took time to grow into the contest, although an early angled attempt from Lane did at least test Harry Lewis’ handling.

There was 34 minutes on the clock before either side created an opportunity that seriously threatened to break the deadlock.

It fell to the visitors, as a Marlon Pack corner was cleared as far as Tom Lowery, whose effort from the edge of the box was diverted against the post by Lane.

Moments later, there were no passing options immediately obvious for Raggett, so instead he hit a 30-yard shot that dipped narrowly over the bar.

But neither side had truthfully done enough to be disappointed about heading in all square at the break.

Half Time: Carlisle 0 Pompey 0

The Blues looked to get at their opponents right from the restart and Joe Rafferty soon skipped past Jon Mellish.

He sent a low delivery towards the back post, where Colby Bishop was waiting, but Sam Lavelle did well to turn it behind.

Connor Ogilvie then found an unmarked Myles Peart-Haris inside the box, only for the usually composed loanee to let the ball run underneath his foot.

There was much more purpose from the visitors and Lane soon screwed a shot wide as the pressure grew on United.

Mousinho freshened up his forward line with a change on 57 minutes, as Peart-Harris made way for Kamara.

And it soon had the desired effect, with the forward neatly controlling the ball on the right, beating his man and driving inside.

He then threaded a perfect pass through for LANE, who took it in his stride and confidently slotted home.

Pompey were in no mood to sit on their lead and when Lewis dropped Lane’s cross under pressure from Conor Shaughnessy, the grateful keeper was able to grab the ball at the second attempt.

The keeper then got in the way of Bishop’s cut-back, which bounced up and was hooked over by Callum Lang.

That was the January signing’s last taste of action, however, as he made way for Moxon, who received a warm welcome from both sets of supporters.

It was still the visitors looking more likely to add to the scoring and when Pack swung in a free-kick, Shaughnessy headed against the post.

That was soon after Carlisle had made a quadruple substitution in an attempt to find a way back into the contest.

But the Blues saw out the closing stages in comfortable fashion to make the long journey home that much sweeter.

Carlisle (4-1-4-1): Lewis; Back (Grehan 75), Lavelle (c), Barclay, Robinson (Armer 75); Neal (Maguire 75); Gibson (Charters 75), Vela, Mellish, Diamond (Butterworth 57); Armstrong
Booked: Vela
Subs not used: Breeze, McCalmont

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Norris; Rafferty, Shaughnessy, Raggett, Ogilvie; Pack (c), Lowery; Lane (Sparkes 85), Lang (Moxon 75), Peart-Harris (Kamara 57); Bishop
Goals: Lane 62
Subs not used: Macey, Towler, Martin, Yengi

Referee: Martin Woods

Attendance: 9,053 (1,848 Pompey fans)

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