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07 December 2019 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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Portsmouth v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to the trip to Fratton Park.

6 December 2019

Posh travel to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth in League One on Saturday.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday with a trip to Fratton Park to face an improving Portsmouth (3pm) knowing that three points will consolidate the club’s position in the top three of the league table.

Pompey, who are managed by Kenny Jackett, have had a slow start to the campaign, but they are improving and go into the game on the back of two successive cup victories over Northampton Town in the Leasing.com Trophy and Altrincham in the Emirates FA Cup.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of George Boyd and Josh Knight due to injury and defender Frazer Blake-Tracy has been added to that injury list after sustaining an ankle injury. Siriki Dembele (wrist) and Joe Ward (groin) are both doubts after picking up injuries in the midweek defeat to Ipswich Town on penalties in the Leasing.com clash at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Portsmouth are expected to include former Posh defender Christian Burgess at the heart of their defence while experienced front man Brett Pitman could start up front after impressing in recent games.

Tom Naylor will be aiming for a return to the side, with Pompey’s skipper back in full training following a hamstring injury. But Marcus Harness received a knock to the knee in Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy win over Northampton and is a doubt.

Jack Whatmough needs a reserve game before he will be considered for selection, while Bryn Morris (groin) is out.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Portsmouth away is always a difficult game. They are improving, their home record is pretty good and we know that there will be a good atmosphere and we have spoken about trying to keep the crowd quiet. Last season’s game was a very open affair but I think this game could be slightly different, both sides needed a win last season as it was right at the end of the campaign, I can’t see it being like that this time around,” Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“It’s as big a test as you’ll get in this league. When they get it right – as they do on many occasions – they’re a real threat. This will be a good barometer for us to see where we are against one of the best sides, who we all expect to do well this season,” Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett said.

TICKET NEWS

The game is all-ticket for Posh fans and tickets go off sale at 2pm on Friday. So far 453 tickets have been sold.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in the away kit for this game.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The match referee is Craig Breakspear.

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Posh Pick Up Creditable Point At Pompey

Ivan Toney and Mo Eisa on target in 2-2 draw.

7 December 2019

Idris Kanu in action against Portsmouth Joe Dent / theposh.com
Idris Kanu in action against Portsmouth

A Posh side depleted by injury and illness put in a superb performance to claim a 2-2 draw at Fratton Park.

Peterborough United recorded a 2-2 draw against Portsmouth at Fratton Park as a Darren Ferguson side depleted by injury and illness put in an excellent performance to deservedly take a point from an entertaining encounter in front of over 17,000 supporters.

Alex Woodyard was cautioned inside a minute for a hefty challenge as referee Charles Breakspear set down his stall early doors. Ronan Curtis saw a free-kick strike the wall on six minutes before his follow-up was also blocked by Kent.

On nine minutes, Posh got themselves in front as a cross from Dan Butler was sliced by Hawkins into the path of a sliding Ivan TONEY at the back post who converted for his 14th goal of the campaign. The home side had appeals for a spot-kick turned down on the quarter hour mark as Curtis went down in the box, but nothing was given.

On 25 minutes, the hosts levelled the scores following a controversial award of a free-kick on the edge of the box after an apparent foul by Reed. BROWN stepped up and drilled the set-piece low past Pym.

Posh had a glorious chance to retake the lead moments later as a free-kick somehow reached Kent at the back post but his side-foot was kept out by the keeper with penalty appeals then waved away as the ball appeared to strike the arm of Burgess.

Pym made a good stop to keep out a low strike from Williams on 34 minutes after Posh could only half clear a cross into the box. MacGillivray was well placed to keep out a toe-poked Thompson effort on 43 minutes after a good cross to the back post by Kanu.

Eisa was booked on the stroke of half-time following a tussle on the touchline. Pym did well moments after the re-start to keep out Marquis as the hosts got in behind within a minute of the second half commencing.

The home side got their noses in front on 53 minutes as HARRISON fired low on the turn and goalkeeper Pym couldn’t keep it out, the ball squirming over the line. Less than 60 seconds later, after a booking for Burgess, Toney skied a shot on the half volley after a Reed corner caused panic.

MacGillivray produced a fine stop to keep out a low left-foot Thompson effort on 58 minutes after a fine crossfield pass from Reed. Posh made a change in personnel and system just after the hour with Serhat Tasdemir replacing Mason.

Brown went into the book for a foul on Kanu and Thompson followed him in the book for a foul on Harrison. Williams fired wide from 20-yards on 68 minutes as Portsmouth threatened a third. On 72 minutes, Posh drew themselves level and it was a superb team goal, Thompson started it with a charge into midfield, Reed drilled it out wide to Butler and his teasing cross was headed home by Mo EISA.

Curtis should have given the Pompey the lead again moments later from a corner, but he headed into the side-netting at the back post. Pym did well to keep out Harrison with his legs on 85 minutes after a bit of indecision at the back for Posh.

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Brown, Naylor, Burgess, Williams (sub Harness 72min), Hawkins, Marquis, Curtis, Harrison, Close, Haunstrup (sub McCorie 90min). Unused subs: Bass, Walkes, Downing, Pitman, Evans.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Beevers, Kent, Mason (sub Tasdemir 62min), Woodyard, Reed, Kanu, Eisa (sub Jones 88min), Toney. Unused subs: Chapman, Bennett, Barker, Burrows, Cartwright.

Half-time: Portsmouth 1-1 Peterborough United
Full-time: Portsmouth 2-2 Peterborough United
Attendance: 17,643 (531 Posh fans)

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