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The Big Match Preview: Portsmouth vs Wycombe

All you need to know about Saturday's all-ticket clash at Fratton Park.

21 September 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Portsmouth vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 22nd September 2018, k.o. 3pm
Fratton Park
Referee: Craig Hicks

A trip to the league leaders and one of the country's most characteristic grounds lies in wait for the Chairboys this Saturday, with Gareth Ainsworth's men looking to build on recent performances by ending one of only seven unbeaten records still standing in the top four divisions.

Portsmouth are well and truly on the rise once again after their shock relegation to League 2 in 2013, winning the title on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign under Paul Cook and coming close to a play-off place last term under new manager Kenny Jackett.

Now they're looking to bypass the play-offs altogether in seeking a return to the Championship, and they've started the right way, dropping only four points with the joint best defensive record and the second best goalscoring return in their eight games so far.

Wycombe have turned a corner since successive league defeats to Doncaster and Bristol Rovers and will hope to have learned lessons from a narrow loss at Charlton a fortnight ago, as they set about springing a shock on the leaders at Fratton Park.

This game is ALL-TICKET for Chairboys fans, who must purchase before 3pm on Friday. None will be available on the day.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park by 3pm on Friday, or from Fratton Park from 1.30pm on Saturday.

Team News
Darius Charles is in contention for a start after coming through Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy win over Fulham unscathed, with Anthony Stewart and Adam El-Abd sidelined through injury, along with striker Nathan Tyson. Gareth Ainsworth has an otherwise clean bill of health.

Portsmouth are expected to name star man Ronan Curtis in their side despite the Irishman coming off injured last weekend, while Jack Whatmough and Anton Walkes are fit again, though Andre Green is sidelined for a month.

Man in the Middle
Craig Hicks has shown 26 yellow and one red card in his eight matches in charge so far this season.

He officiated two Chairboys games last season; the 3-2 win at Port Vale and the 4-2 home loss to Morecambe.

Wycombe will be in white shirts, navy shorts and navy socks.

Essential Info (provided by Portsmouth)

Away Fans
Away fans are housed on one side of the Milton End (on the North Stand side). Turnstiles open ninety minutes before the game. There are catering facilities at the Milton End but these can become pretty congested with the more visiting supporters present.

Car Parking
There is limited car parking in the Anson Road Car Park behind the North Stand for first come first served at £10.So obviously the earlier the arrival the better. 25 disabled spaces are offered again on a first come first served basis at £5. It is worth noting that for safety reasons the car park gate may remain closed for up to ten minutes after the final whistle. Postcode for car park is PO4 8SX.  Put PO4 8RA into your Sat Nav to get to the main entrance of the stadium in Frogmore Road. Alternatively, free street parking is available within a 10-15 minute walk of the ground, but please be aware of any match day parking restrictions.

Nearest Cashpoint
The nearest cash machine is at the top of Frogmore Road and to the left there is a small Tesco store across the road which has a cash point machine outside.

Unfortunately fans are not allowed to smoke outside the ground at half-time.

By Adrian Wood

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and the westbound M4. Exit motorway at J11 and take the A33 towards Basingstoke. Follow signs for the M3 into the Basingstoke Ring Road. Join the M3 signposted Southampton. Merge onto the M27. Go along the M27 (ignoring the M275 turn off for Portsmouth town centre) and continue on to the A27. At the junction with the A2030 turn right towards Southsea/Fratton and just continue straight along the A2030 and eventually you will see the ground in front of you, just slightly to your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 87 (approx. journey time 1 hours 35 mins)

Using the train?
The nearest local train station is Fratton, which is a ten-minute walk away. Portsmouth train station is at least a 25-minute walk away. Fratton is served by trains from London Waterloo and London Victoria. Waterloo offers the best service, fastest journey times being 1 hour 26 minutes. There are several trains per hour. From Fratton station, exit via the footbridge and turn left onto Goldsmith Avenue. Continue for about half a mile and Frogmore Road is on the left. Fratton Park is situated at the bottom of the road.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 20,620 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the Milton End (on the North Stand side) where the normal allocation is 1,400. Although this end now benefits from having cover, the facilities are pretty basic and the leg room tight, as this stand was a former terrace. There are also some supporting pillars along the front of the stand that may impede you view. Entrance to the stand is gained by inserting your ticket into a bar code reader.

Spare time on your hands?
The “Good Companion” PH can be found on the main A2030 about a five-minute walk away. This is a large pub serving real ales and had a good mix of home and away support. Other hostelries coming recommended are “The Harvester” and “The Brewers Arms” but away fans are advised to avoid “The Newcombe Arms”. I have heard that “The Milton Arms” is under new management and now welcomes visiting supporters.  A bit further away, on Fawcett Road close to Fratton Station, is “The Red, White and Blue” that also comes recommended. There are plenty of take-aways (of all varieties) along this road.

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Match Reports

Report: Portsmouth 2-2 Wycombe

Morris and Jacobson on target in thrilling draw.

22 September 2018

Joe Jacobson struck home a late penalty for the Chairboys to earn a 2-2 draw at league leaders Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Bryn Morris stroked home a sublime opening goal to put the Blues 1-0 up at the break, but Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman turned the game on its head following excellent assists from Jamal Lowe.

However, there was to be another twist in the tale when Christian Burgess fouled Fred Onyedinma in the box and Jacobson made no mistake from 12 yards, sending the visitors home with a point they fully deserved.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the side that had started in the 0-0 draw with Oxford the previous week, handing a league debut to Darius Charles in defence while Adebayo Akinfenwa and Scott Kashket came into the attack with Anthony Stewart, Craig Mackail-Smith and Randell Williams missing out.

Wanderers started well on a difficult pitch which was spraying up water in some areas following a pre-match downfall, with the visitors taking a patient, passing approach in a bid to break down the league leaders.

Portsmouth threatened with a header from a free-kick which was well beaten away by Ryan Allsop, while at the other end, Adebayo Akinfenwa's looping header was claimed by the Craig MacGillivray before the keeper dropped a deep free-kick and Fred Onyedinma's shot from the loose ball was deflected behind.

For the most part, Wycombe were keeping the hosts quiet and the Fratton Park crowd were stunned into silence on 21 minutes when Bryn Morris curled home a beauty from 20 yards, playing a one-two with Adebayo Akinfenwa before giving the keeper no chance.

With his effort at Bradford eventually being taken away from him by the Dubious Goals Committee, there were no doubt that this one belonged to the Shrewsbury loanee, and his stylish knee slide across the wet turf was evidence of his delight at ending his drought.

Jamal Lowe drilled into the side netting, almost in anger as the hosts found themselves unable to threaten to the same extent that had seen them soar to the League 1 summit in the first eight games.

Jason McCarthy saw yellow for a foul on Ronan Curtis as the winger looked to step up the pace on the left-hand side, before Sido Jombati followed suit despite his vehement protests that Lowe had gone to ground with no contact.

From the resulting free-kick, Christian Burgess was unable to get enough power on his header to trouble Allsop, and then Onyedinma was bafflingly booked after the linesman alleged that he was the guilty party in a 50-50 battle.

There was a chance for Tom Naylor to level when he turned Lowe's cross goalwards on 43 minutes, but Allsop kept the ball out with his feet before collecting the loose ball first.

Then Kashket was the latest entry into the card-happy ref's notebook on the stroke of half-time, but the only contribution to his goals tally was that of Bryn Morris as he blew for the interval.

Jamal Lowe was the first Pompey player into the book after the break, tripping Bryn Morris, before Wycombe were close to doubling their lead when Matt Bloomfield's fine volley looked to be heading for the top corner, only for it to strike Kashket and fly over - with the striker being in an offside position anyway.

Portsmouth looked to be running out of ideas, and were preparing a double change, just as their equaliser came before the hour mark. A loose clearance fell to Oliver Hawkins who fed Lowe on the right side of the box, and although the striker was forced too wide of goal to shoot, he delivered an inch-perfect cross for Gareth Evans to head home from six yards out.

Game on, then, and Nathan Thompson saw yellow for stopping Onyedinma's breakway illegally, before Gareth Ainsworth swapped Scott Kashket with former Pompey youngster Paris Cowan-Hall, who had scored in the Chairboys' FA Cup win here two years ago.

The hosts were buoyed from their goal via a cross and looked to repeat the feat, getting the ball wide at all opportunities with Hawkins the target man in the box, requiring some well-timed blocks and clearances from the men in white.

But it was Wycombe's own focal point who could and possibly should have scored next, with Bryn Morris's delightful cross being flicked towards the back post by Akinfenwa, missing by inches.

Then action swung to the other end with a quick goal-kick and a one-on-one opportunity for Jamal Lowe, who was brilliantly denied by Allsop, who diverted the shot behind for a corner.

Portsmouth's change did come, and it was Hawkins who was withdrawn with Brett Pitman taking his place on 69 minutes.

Onyedinma caused problems again and forced Burgess into a bookable offence for obstruction, and then Morris saw a rocket blocked en route to goal after Jacobson's corner was half cleared.

Morris then went close again with a fierce free-kick which bent round the wall but didn't come back enough to nestle inside the post, before Pompey made their second change, bringing on Joe Mason for the goalscorer Evans.

Nathan Thompson went close with a well-hit curling effort with the outside of his right boot which flew narrowly wide, before Pompey completed the turnaround through super sub Pitman, who could barely miss the chance presented to him a yard out. Lowe dinked another sublime cross to the back post and Pitman no mistake.

But then came a lifeline. Wanderers kept the ball alive following Jacobson's deep free-kick and Christian Burgess recklessly shoved Onyedinma, giving the ref no option but to award the penalty. Jacobson stepped up and, with the demons of Luton on his shoulder, made no mistake, confidently finding the net to make it 2-2 with two minutes left on the clock.

There were five minutes added on, with Curtis Thompson being called from the bench to shore up the midfield in place of Bloomfield. Stoppage time was lengthened due to a head injury sustained by home defender Nathan Thompson, and it was gone 5pm by the time the final whistle sounded.

But when it did, it signalled the end of a mammoth effort from the Chairboys, who fully deserved their point which makes it one defeat in nine in all competitions.

Attendance: 18,648 (749 from Wyconbe)

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Ticket News

ALL-TICKET: Portsmouth (A, 22/09)

Tickets for the game at Fratton Park must be purchased in advance.

30 August 2018

Tickets for the Chairboys' visit to Portsmouth on Saturday 22nd September (k.o. 3pm) MUST be purchased in advance.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £23
Senior (64+): £17
Young Person (18-22): £19
Unaccompanied Junior (U18): £10
Accompanied Junior (U18) with a paying Adult/Senior: £5

Buy tickets online, call 01494 472100 or book from the shop at Adams Park (10am to 5pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Tickets will go off sale at 3pm on Friday 21st September. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from Fratton Park Stadium from 1pm on the day of the game.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

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