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Portsmouth v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to tonight’s trip to Portsmouth.

22 January 2019

Posh make the trip to Fratton Park this evening for the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final.

Peterborough United head to Fratton Park this evening to face fellow Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth in the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy (7pm) with both sides just a couple of victories away from an appearance at Wembley Stadium.

It is the toughest test that Posh could have received in the competition with Pompey still leading the way in League One after a superb first half of the campaign. They have had a bit of a wobble of late, but are still in a commanding position in the table.

TEAM NEWS

Posh boss Steve Evans will be without Kyle Dempsey and Ben White due to the fact they have played in the competition before for their parent clubs. The Posh boss has confirmed he will make changes to his starting XI following the 4-0 defeat to Luton Town on Saturday.

Pompey have no new injury concerns, although January signings Andy Cannon and Bryn Morris are both cup-tied. Luke McGee, Oli Hawkins and Nathan Thompson are injured so Academy graduates Matt Casey and Dan Smith are expected to be involved.

FROM THE GAFFER

“We said before the weekend that the league is our priority. I made that clear to the chairman after the win at Chelsea. We have players who need games and we will utilise the squad for this fixture against Portsmouth. It will be a tough test, but we want to progress in this competition. We are not far away from the final, so we will do everything we can to win the game,” Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We realise that we’ve got a busy run of games – not just with QPR on Saturday, but then Luton and Doncaster next week in the league. As a squad we’ve got to be capable of dealing with that and we wouldn’t expect all our players to be involved in five games in 15 days. Peterborough have got quite a deep squad, although I’m sure they’ll also have one eye on facing Charlton at the weekend.

“But, like us, they’ll desperately want to win on the night – especially as we’re getting close to Wembley now. We’ve done well to get through a number of stages in this competition – and it’s been good to us so far. There have been some positive performances and we want to see that continue.

“Peterborough are generally a force in League One every season and finished just outside of the play-offs last time. They’re ahead of that now and definitely have the ability to finish in the top six – both in terms of the players and the manager,” Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett said.

TICKET NEWS

Just over 75 tickets had been sold in advance of the tie at Fratton Park. Tickets will be available on the night. Ticket prices can be found here https://www.theposh.com/tickets/away-tickets/

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Andy Woolmer.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will in volt yellow for the fixture.

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Match Reports

Late Pompey Goal Knocks Out Posh

Posh beaten by Pompey at Fratton Park.

22 January 2019

George Cooper in action against Portsmouth Joe Dent / theposh.com
George Cooper in action against Portsmouth

Portsmouth scored late on to secure a semi-final berth in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Peterborough United were probably the better side at Fratton Park but a goal inside the last 10 minutes from David Wheeler earned Portsmouth a semi-final berth in the Checkatrade Trophy following a hard fought quarter-final tie.

Pompey skipper Gareth Evans blasted a free-kick wide of the target from 25-yards after Posh were penalised for a foul following a slick move. Conor O’Malley was quick off his line to thwart David Wheeler on 21 minutes as he ghosted in behind the Posh back-line following an intelligent clip forward from Burgess.

Adam May floated a shot over the top from distance on 26 minutes after a poor pass from Ward was intercepted by Lowe. Joe Ward saw a fierce cross flapped at by MacGillivray on 35 minutes with Casey clearing as Lafferty waited to pounce on the rebound.

Tomlin then tested the keeper from distance as Posh pounced on a loose ball in midfield. Tomlin then produced a superb flick for the onrushing Cooper, but the former Crewe man took a heavy touch in the box and the keeper was able to pounce.

Wheeler fired over on the turn on 50 minutes after a quickly-taken free-kick by Evans. The home side made a double change on 57 minutes with Anton Walkes and Louis Dennis introduced. Toney dragged a shot wide on the hour mark after taking a long Conor O’Malley clearance well with his first touch.

Toney then curled over after linking well with Ward, the front man wasn’t too far with his effort but Cooper will probably feel he was better placed. Evans fired wide on 63 minutes but O’Malley pulled his hands away, he knew that was drifting well wide of the target.

Cooper flicked a Cooke cross over the bar as Posh introduced Siriki Dembele for Tomlin who got just under 70 minutes in the tank. Close was cautioned for a cynical foul on Cooke on 75 minutes, the first booking of the tie.

Cooper shanked a left-footed shot well wide of the target after a promising run by Dembele moments later. Somehow Posh didn’t score on 80 minutes, first Cooper’s shot was parried by the keeper who then denied Toney on the rebound. The ball fell to Naismith who saw his drive cleared off the line by Burgess before the same Posh player headed onto the crossbar.

Portsmouth opened the scoring on 85 minutes as a corner kick from the near side was met at the near post by WHEELER who managed to squeeze the ball into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Wheeler was denied in stoppage time by O’Malley as four minutes of injury time was indicated by the fourth official.

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Burgess, Lowe, Wheeler, Evans, May, Casey, Close (sub Clarke 86min), Smith (sub Dennis 57min), Mnogo (sub Walkes 56min), Haunstrup. Unused subs: Bass, Donohue, Read, Lethbridge.

Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Lafferty, Woodyard (sub Godden 87min), Cooke, Tomlin, Toney, Cooper, Ward. Unused subs: Chapman, Maddison, Dembele, Stevens, Lyon, Denton.

Half-time: Portsmouth 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Portsmouth 1-0 Peterborough United
Attendance:
3,313 (121 Posh fans)

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