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Big Preview: Portsmouth vs Southend United

17 November 2017

Portsmouth vs Southend United

Blues return to action tomorrow afternoon after an 11-day break following last weekend’s Oldham postponement as they take on Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

The trip to the south coast is the first of three games in what boss Phil Brown described as a “massive week” for the club who travel to MK Dons in midweek before hosting Oxford United.

Portsmouth, promoted from League Two last season, welcome Southend off the back of a 3-2 win away at Blackpool last time out and find themselves one place above Blues on goal difference.

But Pompey will no doubt be well aware of their recent poor record against Southend, with Blues having won all five of their most recent meetings, with Pompey’s last win coming in 1996.  

Portsmouth: WWLLLL

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Club News

Carl Boyeson to take charge of second Blues game this season

16 November 2017

24th January 2015: Portsmouth (Webster) 1 vs 2 (Leonard, Pigott) Southend United

13 September 2014: Southend United (Corr, Coulthirst) 2 vs 0 Portsmouth

1st January 2014: Southend United (Leonard 2) 2 vs 1 (Bradley) Portsmouth

Southend have Jason Demetriou back available after he missed the Checkatrade Trophy game against Colchester United whilst away on international duty with Cyprus.

Nile Ranger has declared himself fit after an ankle scare. The striker described his ankles as “made of chocolate” in a recent interview with the Echo but believes he’ll be available come Saturday.

Michael Turner made his long-awaited debut against Colchester and will be pushing for a first league appearance, whilst long-term absentees Ben Coker, Rob Kiernan and Ted Smith, who sustained a hyper-extension of the shoulder, remain sidelined.

Pompey will be boosted by the returns of both Nathan Thompson and Stuart O’Keefe after they missed last weekend’s win at Blackpool through suspension.

Kenny Jackett’s side have no new injury concerns, but will still be without Milan Lalkovic, Damien McCrory and Jack Whatmough who are out with Achilles and knee injuries respectively. 

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:

“There’s lots to admire and like about the performances of late, but more importantly the three clean sheets, and that’s something we have to go into Fratton Park on Saturday.

“They are capable of scoring goals, but so are we. We will be buoyed by nearly 1,500 supporters from Southend United, so we have to put a big performance in. This is one of the big games.

“This could be a turning point of the season and as far as I’m concerned, it’s a massive week with two big away games and then back to Roots Hall against Oxford United.”

Kenny Jackett, Portsmouth Manager:

“They had a good go at getting into the play-offs last season and were close to doing it, so I’m sure they’ll have similar aspirations again.

“Southend have an experienced manager and players, so it will be tough, but there are nine points up for grabs in the next week and we want to take as many as we can.

“There are different hurdles to clear in this division and we want to be able to match any opponent we face."

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Match Report: Portsmouth 1-0 Southend

18 November 2017

Brett Pitman’s second-half header saw Portsmouth beat Southend 1-0 at Fratton Park as Blues were made to regret a missed penalty from Nile Ranger.

Blues were awarded the spot-kick right on half time after Christian Burgess handled a shot from John White, but Ranger slipped as the struck the ball sending it over the crossbar.

The home side were lifted by that miss and broke the deadlock nine minutes after the interval through their talisman Pitman, who flicked in a Matty Kennedy cross.

And Pitman’s 12th goal of the season was enough to see Portsmouth secure all three points and put an end to a run of five successive defeats against Southend.

The defeat also put to an end to Southend’s incredible run of 27-games without a league defeat in November, stretching back to 2009.

It was a miserable return to League action for Blues whose last League One game came three weeks ago away at Walsall, but Southend came to Fratton Park fresh after an 11-day break without a game.

Blues boss Phil Brown made three changes to his starting line-up which lost to Yeovil a fortnight ago with Nile Ranger and Theo Robinson coming in, whilst Michael Turner partnered Anton Ferdinand at centre-half to make his league debut.

The home side were unchanged from their win last weekend at Blackpool and they went close to opening the scoring five minutes in through their captain, Brett Pitman.

A low cross into the six-yard box from Matt Clarke found the Pompey number eight, but the former Bournemouth and Ipswich striker failed to toe-poke the ball on target.

Southend’s front two of Ranger and Robinson combined for Blues’ first chance of the game with only a superb fingertip save from Luke McGee preventing Robinson from curling the ball in.

From the resulting corner, Ranger was desperately unlucky not to get on the end of a deflected effort from Josh Wright with the Blues striker unable to stretch enough to score at the far post.

Both sides looked threatening in the final third and Portsmouth twice went close when Kyle Bennett had a header cleared off the line by Turner before Close’s long-range shot was saved by Mark Oxley.

It looked like neither side would break the deadlock before half-time with Simon Cox going close with a header before Ryan Leonard’s shot from distance which was easily saved by McGee.

But in the dying seconds of the first-half, Blues were given the chance to score from the penalty spot as referee Carl Boyeson awarded Southend a penalty in the final minute of the half.

A Blues corner fell kindly to Cox whose thunderous shot was blocked by Danny Rose before Christian Burgess blocked John White’s follow up with the linesman flagging for a handball. 

Ranger stepped up to the take the penalty but slipped as he struck the ball, sending it high and wide of the target to the joy of the Portsmouth fans in the Fratton End behind the goal.  

Missing that penalty would have given Portsmouth a huge lift going into the second-half and they took full advantage of Southend’s failings from 12-yards as they scored shortly after the interval.

Matty Kennedy – brought on at half-time by Kenny Jackett – was the creator as his cross found the head of Pitman who flicked the ball beyond the despairing dive of Oxley to give Pompey the lead.

Southend were looking at their first defeat to Portsmouth since 1996 and they immediately went in search of an equaliser, coming close when Michael Kightly’s first-time effort was cleared by Oliver Hawkins.

Blues had a change of shape as Ranger went off for Stephen McLaughlin, whilst Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jermaine McGlashan were brought on.  

Despite the changes, Southend struggled to create any meaningful chances in front of goal with their luck summed up by a Leonard that hit a prone Ferdinand on its way out for a goal-kick.

The home side, however, were content with their one strike as they comfortably saw time out for their third successive win in the league.

Portsmouth XI: McGee, Rose, Clarke, Burgess, Pitman (C), Hawkins, Lowe (Thompson 87’), Naismith, Bennett (Kennedy 46’), Evans, Close. Subs Not Used: Bass, O’Keefe, Main, Donohue, Chaplin

Blues XI: Oxley, Ferdinand (C), Turner, Kightly, Timlin, Cox, Leonard, Robinson (Fortune 77’), Wright, White (McGlashan 82’), Ranger (McLaughlin 64’). Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hendrie, Yearwood, Bwomono

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Assistants: Simon Knapp & John Farries

Fourth Official: Justin Amey

Scorers:

Portsmouth: Brett Pitman 54’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Portsmouth: None

Southend United: John White 76’

Attendance: 18,431

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Pack out Fratton Park! Just 100 tickets left!

17 November 2017

Blues visit Fratton Park on Saturday in a huge Sky Bet League One encounter and just over 100 tickets remain!

This game will be all ticket, so tickets must be purchased in advance. If you purchase tickets today and cannot pick them up before 3pm when tickets come off sale, you will be able to collect them from Fratton Park.

Blues will be needing your support against a Portsmouth side level on points in the standings, with the game set to be a sell out.

Seats are located in the Milton End. 

Prices

Adult - £23.00

Senior - £17.00

Young person (18-22) - £15.00

Unaccompanied Junior (U18) - £10.00

Accompanied Juniors (U18) with a paying adult/Senior - £5.00

Wheelchair and carer - £14.00**

Ambulant disabled - £15.00

Ambulant Junior - £10.00

Carers – Free of Charge (if in receipt of the highest rate of DLA) 

Please note, accompanied junior tickets need to be purchased from the main ticket office and will not be available online. 

To purchase tickets online click here , or either call 078444 770077 or visit the Blues Box Office in person.

Wheelchair users can contact PFC Ticket Office on 0345 646 1898 to these spaces, however the wheelchair and Carer spaces are located amongst the home wheelchair section in front of the Fratton End. Please do not travel if tickets are not bought in advance.

For Portsmouth travel information click here.

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