Stoke vs Portsmouth Preview

Posted: August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Portsmouth face a very tough challenge in the Capital One Cup, when they take on Premiership side, Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

The Blues caused an upset in the first round, by knocking out Peterborough United. It`s been nearly 15 years since Pompey have knocked out a higher League club out of a cup game.

We could see former Pompey players Asmir Begovic, Marc Wilson and Peter Crouch in the Stoke lineup.

Awford said on the official website ” We’ll just go about our business, give it everything we’ve got and try to get another positive result.”

Team News

Awford is likely to make changes to the squad, with the likes of Andy Barcham, Jed Wallace and Jack Whatmough all pushing for recalls. The Pompey boss has been rotating the squad with good effect so far this season.

Webster looks set to fill the right-back position, who was rested on Saturday`s 1-0 victory over Oxford. Alex Wynter will miss the Cup game due to a head injury he picked up during the Peterborough win, in the first round of the Cup.

Agyemang, East, Pope, Craddock and Fogden are still sidelined.

Stoke will be without Stephen Ireland and Glenn Whelan. Ireland has a rib injury, and although Whelan has recovered from a foot injury, he looks set to be rested ahead of their Premiership game away to Manchester City on Saturday.

Bojan Krkic (rib) and Phil Bardsley (Knee) both face late fitness tests.

Mark Hughes has confirmed that Victor Moses will make his debut for the Potters after recently joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

It will be the first time the two sides have played in a competitive match since February 2010, in the Premiership. Pompey did play them in the Football League Cup at Fratton Park in October 2009 in the fourth round and won 4-0

 

Ticket News

Tickets are available to buy on the turnstiles at the Britannia Stadium: Tickets are priced £15 for adults and £5 for seniors (65+) and juniors (under 17).

 

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Oxford vs Portsmouth Preview

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

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The Blues travel to the Kassam stadium for this weekend`s League Two fixture. When they take on Michael Appleton`s side, Oxford United. And will be backed by more than 2,000 Pompey fans.

Pompey travel on the back of two League wins and a draw in the opening game, and will be in a confident mood when they take on Appleton`s side. Portsmouth have picked up seven points from a possible nine, where as Oxford have yet to pick up a single point.

Craig Westcarr opened his goal account for the Blues on Tuesday night, scoring  minutes before the half time whistle.

It will be a tough test for Andy Awford`s men, but a win would see Pompey match their opening run of results not seen since 2006/7 season.

Andy Awford could make some changes to the starting line-up to accommodate his planned formation.

Adam Webster is in contention for Pompey, after serving his one match ban on Tuesday night. No new injury news, but Patrick Agyemang (hamstring), Danny East (groin), Michael Pope (Achilles), Tom Craddock and Wes Fogden (both knee) are still on the sidelines.

Oxford have no new injuries and both, Andy Whing and Ryan Clarke, who are five to six weeks away from returning to full fitness, are both ahead of schedule and doing well, according to Appleton.

The former Pompey boss said this on their website: “It’s a game I am really looking forward to. I enjoyed my time at Portsmouth although it was in very difficult circumstances. The fans are great down there and there are some good people behind the scenes. The team have started well so we know it won’t be easy but we have played some good stuff ourselves this season without getting our reward. Provided everyone stays positive then the results will come, hopefully on Saturday.”

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Last season Pompey picked up a point in the away fixture, but they did beat them 2-1  in the JPT round 2, which was also played at the Kassam stadium. But the Blues lost the opening League home fixture 4-1

TRAVEL INFO: 

For those of you travelling by car etc,  here is the address for your Sat Navs: Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP

 

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Pompey have taken Bournemouth`s youngster, Sam Matthews on trial. For a possible loan deal.

The 17-year-old midfielder featured in Wednesday night`s friendly against Havant and Waterlooville which ended 0-0

He penned his professional contract with the Cherries in March of this year when he turned 17.

Portsmouth vs Northampton

Posted: August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Pompey will be without Adam Webster after he picked up a second booking during the 2-1 victory over Cambridge United on Saturday. The teenager will serve a one match ban.

The Blues captain, Ben Chorley could be called upon to replace the suspended Webster, who missed out on a place in the squad at the weekend.

Andy Awford signed former Brighton Keeper, Peter Brezovan, on Monday morning, to replace the injured Michael Poke, who has an Achilles injury, which could see him out for a few weeks. He now joins Agyemang, East, Craddock and Fogden on the sidelines.

The Cobblers could be without midfielder, Darren Carter after limping off their game on Saturday with a hamstring injury. The Cobblers snatched a point in the last minute of the game against York which finished 1-1

Chris Hackett is also a doubt with an Achilles problem while Kelvin Langmead (Achilles) and Lewis Hornby (tendonitis) are both still long-term absentees.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Last season Pompey managed to pick up a point at Fratton Park under then manager, Ritchie Barker. But the return fixture in April 2014, under the guidance of Andy Awford, saw Danny East securing all three points for the Blues, scoring the only goal in the game.

The two sides currently share the same amount of points in the table.

 

Pompey vs Cambridge Preview

Posted: August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Blues embark their first home game of the season tomorrow, when they take on League Two new-boys, Cambridge United.

Pompey boss Andy Awford will be looking for a second win of the week, following Tuesday night`s 1-0 victory over League One side Peterborough United. Which saw Miles Storey scoring on his home debut for the club.

Miles Storey and Alex Wynter, who were both forced off on Tuesday night, should both be fine for the clash. Ricky Holmes could make his return to the squad, after missing out through injury. But another name has been added to the injury list this week, with Michael Poke, after picking up an Achilles injury during training, and is thought to be out for a few weeks.

Cambridge United strengthened their squad ahead of the trip with the signing of midfielder Sam Whittall on a six-month contract. But they will be without French midfielder Issaga Diallo, who picked up his injury in last weekend`s victory over Plymouth.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The last time the two sides met at Fratton Park for a League fixture, was back in 1992 which saw the Blues win 3-0 (Macca 1, Whittingham 2)

But the two have met a total of  twelve times before tomorrow`s fixture. Pompey won eight, lost one and draw three times. Four of them were League Cup games.

 

Play Up Pompey!!

EXETER vs PORTSMOUTH PREVIEW

Posted: August 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

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This weekend see`s Pompey travel to Exeter City for the League Two opener.

Although there has been several changes to the squad, the Blues boss, Andy Awford, will be looking to pick up from where he left off  last season and continue the excellent run of form from when he took charge of the first team for the remaining seven games. It saw Pompey win five games on the bounce and draw the final two games. During the last seven games, Pompey scored eighteen goals.

Patrick Agyemang, Danny East, Tom Craddock, Ben Close and Bradley Tarbuck will all miss the season opener against Exeter through injuries. The latest being Agyemang with a hamstring, he picked up during training on Friday, the day before the final friendly game against Charlton at Fratton Park. Agyemang is expected to be out for around two weeks. Likewise for team mate Tom Craddock, he looks set to return to training in two weeks time.

Ricky Holmes and Ryan Taylor both look set to return to the squad this weekend, after sitting out the last two friendlies with niggly injuries.

Pompey will have Paul Robinson for selection. The defender penned his loan deal from Millwall to the Blues on Wednesday, and will be available for the season opener.

Exeter young gun, Matt Jay, who is 18, is hoping to play his part in the season opener. He made three appearances for their first team last season and played the second half of their final game of the season against Hartlepool, which saw the Grecians` win 2-0. During the summer they have lost forwards  Alan Gow, Eliot Richards and Sam Parkin and are unable to sign players, as they are under a transfer embargo.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Last season Pompey drew 1-1 at St James` Park, with Jake Jervis scoring the goal for the Blues. Pompey picked up four points from their last two meetings and finished above them in the League table.

EVERY LITTLE HELPS

Posted: August 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Pompey have been given the green light from the Council planning committee after their meeting today, to build a 24-hour Tesco superstore at Fratton Park. It will be built on the Fratton end car park and will create 300 jobs. The superstore is expected to open next year.

But, the final decision will have to be met by, Eric Pickles, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Ashley Brown, the clubs director, Is pleased with the decision.

He said: ‘From a Portsmouth Football Club perspective we’re very pleased.

‘We’re currently boxed in at Fratton Park, and this will give us the ability to expand in the future.’

Obviously there are concerns to local businesses in the area, and rightly so.

The planning committee member Councillor Hugh Mason said: ‘I don’t think any of us feel wholly comfortable with this but I think we recognise that it needs to go forward.’