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Big Preview: Portsmouth vs Southend United

7 December 2018

Portsmouth vs Southend United...

The games keep coming thick and fast for Blues as Southend travel to Fratton Park tomorrow afternoon to take on the Sky Bet League One leaders Portsmouth.

Chris Powell’s side face a tough task against Pompey, who sit four points clear at the top of the table, but they’ll have been buoyed by Wednesday night’s penalty shoot-out win at Luton.

Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth side are in tremendous form at the moment, having won all of their last seven matches, and they’re currently unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions.

That recent run has seen them make the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy, the third round of the Emirates FA Cup and taken them above Sunderland to the top of League One. 

Portsmouth: WWWWWW

Southend United: DLWLWL

17th February 2018: Southend United (Clarke OG, Demetriou 2) 3 vs 1 (Evans) Portsmouth

18th November 2017: Portsmouth (Pitman) 1 vs 0 Southend United

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

Simon Cox will be pushing for a return having missed the game against Luton. The striker picked up a knock against Barnsley and wasn’t risked on Wednesday and he’ll be hopeful of a place in the squad.

Despite Blues’ extensive injury-list, Powell has a selection headache across his midfield with Luke Hyam pushing for a second straight start as he continues to return to full fitness.

Southend though will continue to be without Jason Demetriou, Harry Kyprianou, Harry Lennon, Ben Coker, Sam Barratt and Tom Hopper all with long-term injuries.

Portsmouth have been boosted by a couple of returning players this week, with Joe Mason recovering from a groin injury to feature in their midweek Checkatrade win.

Another returnee will be midfielder Tom Naylor who too has been out with a groin problem, with David Wheeler and Dion Donohue Pompey’s only absentees. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We know they are league leaders, they have good players at this level in key areas, but we’ve got to be up for it and ready for the battle.

"We’ve faced Barnsley and Luton this week and we end it with a trip to the league leaders which is always a tough place to go with their fans, regardless of what's going on they will ring their bells and sing their songs and we’ve got to be ready to stand up for ourselves and be brave enough to play our football in the right areas. 

“We need to be better in the final third, because we build up well but it's just that final bit that lets us down, so if we can do that then we have a real chance, because we know our chances will be at a premium, it will be tough, but I know we can summon up some energy because Barnsley and Luton have been real tests for us physically, but we will go there and do our absolute best to come home with a victory.” 

Kenny Jackett, Portsmouth Manager:

“They have not scored too many goals and not conceded too many either, so they’ve been quite consistent in that sense.

“I think they’re more than good enough to compete in this division and have a strong squad – now their challenge is to transform into a top six side.

“It’s a different type of challenge for us, but it’s the most important game of the season because it’s our next one.”

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Match Report: Portsmouth 2-0 Southend United

8 December 2018

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Blues were defeated 2-0 by a strong and high-flying Pompey side at Fratton Park…

The game was a highly anticipated fixture between both sets of fans but Portsmouth’s class and skill showed in the final third. 

Chris Powell made five changes from the midweek fixture against Luton Town, with Simon Cox, Timothee Dieng and Harry Bunn all returning to the side. 

Before the game started Blues won the toss and decided to switch ends, a move which didn’t pay off the end. 

As soon as the first whistle was blown there was frantic rush to get the ball and Portsmouth dominated the ball when they gained possession. 

The left-winger Ronan Curtis was a real threat down the dugout side of the pitch and on a number of occasions his crosses were left unattended, and he made Blues pay for it when he swung in a low curling ball into the box only for the experienced Michael Turner to poke the ball into his own goal as he tried to stop Oli Hawkins from getting a touch on the ball. 

The early goal knocked Southend’s confidence on the ball, but once the game had settled down again Blues managed to hold possession for longer than three seconds.

Blues’ first chance came from a free-kick, Mantom took the set-piece from the left-hand side, sent the ball high and into the box, the ball was left in the box but Pompey’s Tom Naylor was on hand to head the ball away.

Up the other end and Portsmouth broke on the counter, with the dangerous Curtis running down the left, he and Matt Clarke performed a perfectly timed one-two and the number 11 curled a ball into the box which was connected by the head of Jamal Lowe who flicked the ball into the bottom corner.

The first card in the game came after Luke Hyam brought down Naylor in his own half, to stop a Pompey counter-attack.

Southend’s closest chance in the first half came from another set-piece this time a corner was the delivery method. Stephen McLaughlin sent the ball in with John White connecting with the ball as he tried a spinning back-heel, but the effort flew up into the air and was kicked away.

Powell made one change at half-time with Michael Turner being swapped for natural left-back Stephen Hendrie, which meant a reshuffle on the field was to take place. Hendrie went to the left-back position, Moore moved to his centre-back position and Elvis Bwomono went back to right-back.

The second-half started better for Blues with more possession going their way.

Stephen Hendrie gave Blues fans a scare in his own penalty area after it appeared he fouled Nathan Thompson in the area but the referee waved his hands to say no penalty.

Powell saw the opportunity to make an attacking change with Bunn coming off for Theo Robinson.

The forward man made an instant impact starting a counter-attack. Theo worked his way into the box, tried a shot but it was blocked and rebounded to McLaughlin who tried an effort on goal but it was once again blocked and went out for a corner.

McLaughlin took the corner and after a scramble in the box the ball was kicked out to Manom who struck the ball first time but it went wide, the closest chance for Blues all game.

Powell’s final change of the evening saw him take off Captain Mantom and bring on youngster Dru Yearwood.

Kenny Jackett saw it fit for him to make his first change, bringing off their skipper Gareth Evans for Ben Close.

The last bit of action on the night saw Portsmouth given a free-kick after John White brought down Ben Thompson, White was booked and Thompson stepped up to take the free-kick, fired it over the wall and forced Mark Oxley to dive to his right and punch the ball away.

Portsmouth made one more change before the full-time whistle which meant Ben Thompson was replaced by Brett Pitman.

Saturday 8th December 2018

Fratton Park

Portsmouth vs Southend United (Sky Bet League One)


Referee – Lee Collins

Linesman – Stephen Brown & Thomas Ramsey

Fourth Official – Jacob Miles

Portsmouth XI: MacGillivray (GK), Brown, Clarke, Naylor, Hawkins, Lowe, Curtis, Whatmough, Nathan Thompson, Evans ©, Ben Thompson.

SUBS: McGee (GK), Walkes, Burgess, Pitman, Dennis, Close, Green.

Southend United XI: Oxley (GK), Bwomono, Moore, Turner, White, McLaughlin, Hyam, Mantom ©, Dieng, Bunn, Cox.

SUBS: Bishop (GK), Hendrie, Hutchinson, Kightly, Yearwood, Robinson, McCoulsky.

Yellow Cards

Portsmouth –

Southend – Hyam, White

Red Cards

Portsmouth – N/A

Southend – N/A

Attendance –   18,062 (726 Blues supporters)

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Ticket News

Portsmouth Tickets Coming Off Sale!

7 December 2018

Tickets for Blues' Sky Bet League One game against Portsmouth on Saturday 8th December will come off sale today at 3pm...

We have been allocated an initial amount of 1,460 tickets with more being available if required, located in the Milton End.
Prices for the fixture are as follows:
Category Advanced Price On The Day 


£23 £25
Senior (64+) £17 £19
Young Person (18-22) £15 £15
Unaccompanied Junior (U18) £10 £10

Accompanied Junior (U18) with a paying adult/Senior

Please note - (These tickets are only available from

Southend United Ticket Office and cannot be purchased online)

Ambulant Disabled £15 £15
Carer (if in receipt of highest DLA) £0 £0
Wheelchair and carer* £14 £14

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game and it will be cash only on the away ticket booth.

*Wheelchair users can contact Portsmouth's Ticket Office on 0345 646 1898 to purchase wheelchair and carer spaces, however, these seats are located amongst the home wheelchair section in the front of the Fratton End.

Wheelchair users are advised not to travel if they haven't purchased tickets due to the fact that unsold tickets will be sold to home fans due to high demand.
The Club provides 26 accessible spaces on a first come first served basis. In addition, there is a designated drop off point with 200 spaces available also on a first come first served basis at a cost of £10 per vehicle.
The car park is adjacent to the stadium and the postcode is PO4 8SX which leads you into Anson Road off Rodney Road.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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