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Pompey To Visit Rochdale In FA Cup

Blues will play fellow League One side in second round

12 November 2018

Emirates FA Cup

Pompey have been drawn away to fellow League One side Rochdale in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The tie will take place at Spotland on the weekend of December 1-2.

There has already been a meeting between the sides at that venue this season, with the Blues claiming all three points back in September.

A stunning strike from Aaron Wilbraham gave Dale the lead, only for goals from Jamal Lowe, Brett Pitman and Matt Clarke to turn things around.

Keith Hill's men currently sit 16th in the third tier standings and beat non-league Gateshead 2-1 at home on Saturday to reach this stage of the competition.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: "You're always looking for a home tie, but our away form has been impressive this season and we're unbeaten on the road.

"We know it will be tough, although we went up to Rochdale and got a good result in September, so I'm sure we'll go there with plenty of confidence."

"You're always looking for a home tie, but our away form has been impressive this season."

Joe Gallen

This will be the first cup clash between the teams, with all previous meetings taking place in the bottom two divisions of English football.

Pompey have won six of those nine contests, with Rochdale coming out on top on just one occasion.

Emirates FA Cup second round draw
Guiseley v Fleetwood Town
Bury v Luton Town
Wrexham v Newport County
Tranmere Rovers or Oxford City v Southport
Southend United or Crawley Town v Barnsley 
Shrewsbury Town or Salford City v Scunthorpe United
Solihull Moors v Blackpool
Chesterfield or Billericay Town v Grimsby Town
Peterborough United v Aldershot Town or Bradford City
Swindon Town v Woking
Maidstone United v Hampton & Richmond Borough or Oldham Athletic
Lincoln City v Carlisle United
Morecambe or FC Halifax Town v AFC Wimbledon
Plymouth Argyle v Oxford United or Forest Green Rovers
Barnet or Bristol Rovers v Stockport County
Rochdale v POMPEY
Walsall v Sunderland
Accrington Stanley v Ebbsfleet United or Cheltenham Town
Mansfield Town or Charlton Athletic v Chorley or Doncaster Rovers
Sutton United or Slough Town v Gillingham or Hartlepool United

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