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Match Preview: Pompey v Peterborough

All you need to know about League One clash

1 September 2023

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There is a strong sense of déjà vu about Pompey’s League One clash with Peterborough at Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It was only a few days ago that the sides met at the same venue in the second round of the Carabao Cup, with the visitors triumphing on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

But the teams are expected to look completely different for this latest contest, with a combined 21 changes having been made in midweek.

Darren Ferguson’s men got the league campaign off to an excellent start with successive wins over Reading, Charlton and Barnsley.

But defeat at Northampton was followed by last Saturday’s 4-2 London Road loss to Derby, which saw Martyn Waghorn net a 16-minute hat-trick in the first half.

It leaves Posh sitting 10th in the standings at this early stage – level on points with Pompey, but three places worse off because of an inferior goal difference.

Both sides won 2-1 on their own patch in last season’s meetings between the pair, with Dane Scarlett’s brace securing the points on the south coast.

Peterborough did go on to make the play-offs, but threw away a four-goal lead after the first leg to lose to Sheffield Wednesday on penalties.

Josh Dockerill (knee), Tom Lowery (knee), Anthony Scully (knee) and Kusini Yengi (ankle) all remain sidelined for Pompey.

And Joe Rafferty will also be absent, as he serves the second game of a three-match ban for being sent off at Stevenage.

But midfielder Tino Anjorin is available to make his Blues bow after completing a season-long loan switch from Chelsea.

Will Blackmore (hip) and Jeando Fuch (thigh) are injured for the visitors, who could hand debuts to new loan signings Jadel Katongo and Zak Sturge.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho ahead of the game and find out what Tino Anjorin thinks about his Fratton loan switch.

Pompey: 13 wins
Peterborough: 13 wins
9 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Peterborough: 7 wins
3 draws

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Please note that industrial action means no trains are scheduled to arrive at Portsmouth stations throughout the day.

Referee: David Rock
Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett and Johnathon Bickerdike
Fourth Official: Kevin Morris

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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

Pompey 3 Peterborough 1

Bishop, Kamara and Poole on target at Fratton Park

2 September 2023

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

Pompey fought from behind to blow Peterborough away with an ultimately comfortable victory at Fratton Park.

Their defence was finally breached for the first time in 445 minutes of league football by Ricky-Jade Jones midway through the first half.

Colby Bishop and Abu Kamara both struck before the break, however, to turn the contest completely on its head.

And the Blues launched wave after wave of attack in the second half, with Regan Poole’s strike enough to wrap up the points before a late Joe Morrell dismissal.

John Mousinho made two changes from the side that drew at Stevenage in the last league fixture seven days earlier.

Christian Saydee and Zak Swanson both came into the starting line-up, with Jack Sparkes dropping to the bench and Joe Rafferty missing out through suspension.

There was no sign of the prolific Jonson Clarke-Harris in the opposition ranks after a deadline day move away from the club broke down just before the window closed.

In an open half of football, it was the visitors who were the first side to threaten to break the deadlock.

Jones broke quickly after intercepting Poole’s clearance, but was unable to beat Will Norris at the keeper’s near post.

Pompey were looking bright in possession meanwhile and just looking for a route through to test Nicholas Bilokapic.

It was the visitors who went ahead on 20 minutes, however, as Jones collected Kwame Poku’s pass, made himself space to shoot and bent home a neat finish.

Things might have got worse for the Blues moments later, although this time Jones was unable to guide Poku’s delivery on target.

The hosts tried to pick up the pace and Kamara almost capitalised on Romoney Crichlow’s pass back to Bilokapic, but the keeper just about managed to clear the danger.

Meanwhile, Bishop was getting fed up with referee David Rock ignoring a series of clear fouls on him by Ronnie Edwards.

He did manage to shake one of them off to meet Morrell’s cross and send a header narrowly off target.

And the striker levelled the scores on 38 minutes, with BISHOP meeting a pin-point delivery from Marlon Pack to head home.

Pompey then took advantage of some extremely generous defending to take the lead just a few minutes later.

Gavin Whyte collected a short corner and although his centre was not the best, Crichlow sliced his clearance straight into the path of KAMARA.

The forward was only a few yards out, but still showed composure to tuck the ball into the net and open his Blues account.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Peterborough 1

After a spell of Posh pressure at the start of the second half, the hosts had three chances in quick succession to extend their advantage.

Morrell burst through the middle and after playing the ball out wide, got into the box to meet Swanson’s cross.

Archie Collins tried to clear his header away from the target and instead sent it bouncing against the bar.

Saydee then tried his luck from the edge of the box and Bilokapic just about got his fingertips to the ball to flick it around the post.

And when Bishop lifted the ball into the mixer, a leaping Conor Shaughnessy nodded it inches past the post.

Peterborough were hanging on and it took another fine save from Bilokapic to keep out Kamara’s thumping near-post drive.

But Pompey did make their pressure count on 59 minutes after Morrell picked out skipper Pack inside the box.

He flicked it on for Kamara, who controlled the ball and fired it across goal for POOLE to convert at the back stick.

Mousinho made his first change when Whyte appeared to pick up a knock and fellow Northern Irishman Paddy Lane was on to replace him.

Fratton Park was rocking, but the points were not safe yet and it took a fine clearance from Poole to stop Ephron Mason-Clark getting on the end of Peter Kioso’s cross.

Pompey were not done attacking themselves, though, and a back-pedalling Bilokapic just about managed to turn Swanson’s dipping effort over the bar.

Kamara was given a warm reception when he made his way off the pitch on 83 minutes, as Sparkes was brought on.

But the Blues were forced to see out the closing stages with just 10 men after Morrell was shown a second booking for a foul on Collins in the middle of the pitch.

The display of nine additional minutes drew groans from the Fratton faithful and Posh should have reduced their deficit.

Kioso found Zak Sturge in the box and with the goal gaping, the substitute somehow managed to fire off target.

And the hosts managed to see out the remainder of the contest to head into the international break on a high.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Norris; Swanson (Raggett 90), Poole, Shaughnessy, Ogilvie; Morrell, Pack (c); Whyte (Lane 68), Saydee (Robertson 90), Kamara (Sparkes 83); Bishop
Goals: Bishop 38, Kamara 43, Poole 59
Sent off: Morrell (two yellow cards)
Booked: Poole
Subs not used: Schofield, Towler, Devlin

Peterborough (4-2-3-1): Bilokapic; Kioso, Edwards, Crichlow (Knight 78), Burrows; Collins, Kyprianou; Poku, Randall (Sturge 78), Jones (Ajiboye 65); Mason-Clark (c)
Goals: Jones 20
Booked: Mason-Clark, Sturge, Kyprianou
Subs not used: Talley, Katongo, De Havilland, Corbett

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 17,814 (567 away fans)

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