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05 December 2020 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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Portsmouth v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s trip to Fratton Park.

3 December 2020

Posh head to Portsmouth on Saturday in Sky Bet League One action.

Peterborough United are back on the road on Saturday with a trip to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One action (3pm) and Pompey will be backed by a sold-out crowd of 2,000 with the city falling into a Tier 2 region.

Kenny Jackett’s men will be looking to bounce back after a 1-0 defeat at Blackpool while Darren Ferguson will be looking for his side to build on the performance against AFC Wimbledon but obviously improve in both boxes.


Posh are without the services of former Portsmouth left-back Dan Butler due to a calf injury while midfielder Joe Ward is sidelined with a knee problem. Ricky-Jade Jones is nearing fitness as he recovers from a leg injury, but Nathan Thompson and Jonson Clarke-Harris are both expected to feature after returning to the starting line-up at Plough Lane.

Michael Jacobs is currently the only player sidelined for the Blues, having suffered a knee injury at Sunderland in October. The Pompey boss restored Marcus Harness to a striker role and brought Ryan Williams back into the starting XI after his groin injury in the 1-0 loss at Blackpool on Tuesday.

But the Blues struggled for any attacking spark, which may persuade Jackett to tweak things. Ellis Harrison is an option to start up front alongside John Marquis after coming off the bench against the Seasiders. Jordy Hiwula is another option for the home side.


“Portsmouth is always a tough place to go and they will be backed by 2,000 supporters so there will be some form of atmosphere inside the stadium. Kenny Jackett is an experienced manager and has been successful at this level and they have good attacking options. I have watched three of their games including Tuesday at Blackpool and they have gone with several different permutations in attack.

“We know that we need to be better in both boxes. We have conceded too many goals and only kept a clean sheet in one of the last seven matches. We also know that we need to be more ruthless in front of goal and start taking our opportunities when they come. We are having a bit of a blip, we know that, but we also know that can change very quickly,” Darren Ferguson said.


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Posh will be in white shirts, black shorts and white socks.


Following the sad news about the death at the age of 42 of Portsmouth’s former player Papa Bouba Diop, Portsmouth will be holding a minute’s silence ahead of the game.


The match referee is Peter Wright.


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Match Reports

Pompey Secure Victory As Posh Beaten

Posh beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

5 December 2020

Nathan Thompson in action against Portsmouth Joe Dent /
Nathan Thompson in action against Portsmouth

Posh undone by two second half goals at Fratton Park as Portsmouth record 2-0 win in front of fans.

Peterborough United’s recent run of poor form continued as Darren Ferguson’s men were beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth at Fratton Park in front of just under 2,000 supporters as two second half goals condemned Posh to defeat.

Siriki Dembele flashed a shot just wide of the post on three minutes from 25-yards after the home faithful had paid tribute to former player Papa Bouba Diop, who sadly passed away at the age of 42 earlier this week.

Dembele was superbly denied by the legs of MacGillivray on 34 minutes after a booming header from Beevers was not suitably defended by the hosts. Harness drilled a shot wide of the target with his left-foot on 37 minutes after Posh gave away possession in a dangerous area.

Nathan Thompson was cautioned for a foul on Curtis on 49 minutes as the home side broke at pace following a Posh corner kick. Cannon followed him in the book for a late foul on Taylor as the feisty start to the second half continued.

On 57 minutes, Pym denied Harness who let fly with his right-foot with Cannon firing the rebound wide of the target. On the hour mark, Blake-Tracy was cautioned for a foul on the far side as the quick tempo continued.

From the resulting free-kick, Portsmouth got themselves in front as a deep free-kick was powered into the back of the net by Jack WHATMOUGH. Darren Ferguson’s response was to make a triple change with Niall Mason, Idris Kanu and Ryan Broom introduced into the fray.

Whatmough headed over from a corner kick on 72 minutes as Portsmouth pushed for a second goal. They got that second goal on 74 minutes as NAYLOR let fly from distance and found the back of the net.

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Johnson, Brown, Naylor, Whatmough, Williams, Marquis (sub Harrison 86min), Curtis, Cannon, Harness, Raggett. Unused subs: Bass, Close,, Nicolaisen, Morris, Pring, Hiwula

Posh: Pym, Beevers, Kent, Thompson (sub Mason 66min), Blake-Tracy (sub Kanu 66min), Taylor, Reed, Hamilton (sub Broom 66min), Dembele, Szmodics (sub Eisa 74min), Clarke-Harris. Subs: Gyollai, Brown, Clarke.

Half-time: Portsmouth 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Portsmouth 2-0 Peterborough United

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