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The big preview - Portsmouth

22 October 2013

In-form Chairboys go in search of their fourth successive win when they make the trip to Fratton Park in Sky Bet League 2 this evening (k.o 7.45pm).

Gareth Ainsworth’s men left it late to beat Bristol Rovers on Saturday, but Max Kretzschmar’s 82nd-minute strike lifted the Blues into the play-off places.

Portsmouth are also enjoying a spell of good form, winning three and drawing one of their last four games.

Bondz N’Gala scored the only goal of the game last time out as 15th-placed Pompey beat Bury 1-0 at Fratton Park.

Gareth Ainsworth – speaking to Chairboys Player

“It’s probably about a year on from the last time we were at Fratton Park. It will be big for us and I know some Wycombe fans won’t have been there before and some of my players will never have been down there before.

“It will be a big crowd and they won at the weekend so it will be a good game and probably 11 v 11! We’ll have to break them down and away from home we do really well.

“We go to clubs and we take the game to them and stamp our authority on them, I think we’ve got a good squad at the moment and I’m really happy with where we are.”

Saturday's match-winner Max Kretzschmar added: “It will be a big crowd at Portsmouth and they have the highest average attendance in the league.

“We’ll all be up for it and when you’re winning games you don’t feel the tiredness. We’ll go again and hopefully get another three points.”

Guy Whittingham – speaking to

“What we really want is something we haven’t had yet this season – back-to-back wins in the league. We know there’s a lot of hard work still to do and we’re not getting carried away.

“But there have been the odd mistakes that have cost us goals in the past and that’s the sort of thing we’re beginning to cut out.

“It’s been a while since our last match under the floodlights at Fratton Park – it seems like ages. I always like forward to them as a player because there would be a great atmosphere.

“They’re on a great role and are a decent side. I’m sure people wouldn’t have expected them to be where they are.

“Gareth Ainsworth is a good guy and you can see that they’re all working their socks off for him. They have a lot of young guys who play without fear and just want to get on with it.”

Team selection

Wanderers could be boosted by the return of winger Sam Wood, who missed the victory at Rovers through illness. Steven Craig travelled with the squad to the Memorial Stadium after returning to training following a viral infection, but the striker didn’t feature on the bench.

Dean Morgan is still a doubt with a nerve problem in his thigh, while Leon Johnson continues to struggle with a hip complaint.

Portsmouth strikers David Connolly (calf) and Tom Craddock (knee) are likely to miss out, but fellow front-man John Marquis has extended his loan from Millwall and is set to feature.

Marcus Painter (calf) is also unavailable, while Trevor Carson should return between the posts after being ineligible for Saturday’s win at parent club Bury.


Portsmouth 11/10
Wycombe 5/2
Draw 23/10

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