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Blues Off To Ipswich In Emirates FA Cup

Pompey face fellow League One side in first round

26 October 2020

Emirates FA Cup

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

The contest will take place behind closed doors at Portman Road on the weekend of November 7-8.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: "It's a pretty big tie and one we'll look forward to when the game comes around.

"We didn't get to go there last season because of the lockdown, but Ipswich have started this campaign well and it will be tough.

"Our away record has been very good, however, and so I'm sure we'll approach the match with plenty of confidence.

"It will also be nice to see Oli Hawkins again. He's a player who did well for us and we've got a lot of time for him."

"It's a pretty big tie and one we'll look forward to when the game comes around."

Joe Gallen

There was a meeting between the sides at the same venue in the third round of the competition back in 2016, when the Blues were in League Two and their opponents competing in the Championship.

Kyle Bennett and Conor Chaplin were on target in Suffolk, but late leveller for the hosts ensured a Fratton Park replay.

And Paul Cook's side did cause an upset back on their own patch, with Gary Roberts and Marc McNulty netting in a 2-1 triumph.

An away win at Ipswich back in 2008 was the start of Pompey's road to Wembley glory, while they also enjoyed a 1-0 cup victory there two years earlier.

Kenny Jackett's men made it all the way to the fifth round last term before losing to eventual champions Arsenal, while Ipswich fell at the second hurdle against Coventry.

Emirates FA Cup first round draw
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Havant & Waterlooville v Cray Valley (PM)
Sunderland v Mansfield Town
Bolton Wanderers v Crewe Alexandra
Oxford United v Peterborough United
Exeter City v AFC Fylde
Tonbridge Angels v Bradford City
Walsall v Bristol Rovers
Rochdale v Chesterfield
Swindon Town v Darlington
Barnet v Burton Albion
Wigan Athletic v Chorley
Tranmere Rovers v Accrington Stanley
Oxford City v Northampton Town
Maldon & Tiptree v Morecambe
Bromley v Yeovil Town
Torquay United v Crawley Town
Eastbourne Borough v Blackpool
Cheltenham Town v South Shields
Stevenage v Concord Rangers
Harrogate Town v Skelmersdale United
Gillingham v Woking
Charlton Athletic v Plymouth Argyle
Hayes & Yeading United v Carlisle United
FC United of Manchester v Doncaster Rovers
Salford City v Hartlepool United
Scunthorpe United v Solihull Moors
Hull City v Fleetwood Town
Colchester United v Marine
Barrow v AFC Wimbledon
Dagenham & Redbridge v Grimsby Town
Cambridge United v Shrewsbury Town
Brackley Town v Bishop's Stortford or St Albans City
Eastleigh v Milton Keynes Dons
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Oldham Athletic
Boreham Wood v Southend United
Ipswich Town v POMPEY
Port Vale v King's Lynn Town
Lincoln City v Forest Green Rovers
Banbury United v Canvey Island

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