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PREVIEW: TOWN V PORTSMOUTH

18 January 2016

Tommy Oar believes Town will be ready for their League Two counterparts as they take on Portsmouth in the FA Cup third round replay

Tommy Oar believes Town are better equipped to take on League Two side, Portsmouth in tomorrow night’s FA Cup third round replay having seen what they’re all about in the 2-2 draw last weekend.

The Aussie scored the opener, his first for the Blues, in the original clash at Portman Road, but Pompey scored twice to go in front before a Ryan Fraser free-kick took the tie to a replay.

“Obviously the last game was difficult for us, but this time it will be a bit less unknown and we know what to expect from the game,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“They [Portsmouth] did very well in the first game, but I think we gave them too much space, making it easy for them to play so this time we’re a little bit better prepared and we’ve discussed how we’re going to counteract their way of playing.

“We found it difficult to get close to them so they kept most of the possession and dictated the game. This time we’ve got a more compact unit together and hopefully we can put a bit more pressure on them going forward.

“I think we know what to expect from them and I don’t think they’ll change their game too much so hopefully this time we can put in a better performance.”

Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he would be making a host of changes to his squad for the trip to Portsmouth, like he did in the first game at Portman Road. Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra and Cole Skuse are all carrying knocks after a physical battle with Preston on Saturday, so are unlikely to feature but should be fit for Satuday’s game with Birmingham. Academy graduates, Kyle Hammond and Joe Robinson have travelled with the squad.

Portsmouth

Pompey will be without Caolan Lavery for tomorrow night’s game, after his loan spell from Sheffield Wednesday came to an end. Danny Hollands will also miss out as he faces at least two months on the sidelines after he broke his leg in the last meeting between the two sides at Portman Road. Town loanee Matt Clarke is ineligible.

 


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Where they stand

Town – 7th (Championship)

Portsmouth – 5th (League 2)

Last time they met

A Ryan Fraser free-kick just minutes from time forced a replay as Town last met Pompey ten days ago. Tommy Oar opened the scoring early in the second-half as he fired the ball into an empty after Brett Pitman’s initial effort was saved by Brian Murphy, but Kyle Bennett levelled just two minutes later. The visitors dominated large spells the game and they took the lead with less than five minutes to go as Conor Chaplin expertly fired past Bartosz Bialkowski, but Fraser forced a Fratton Park replay as his effort looped over Murphy in the dying moments of the game.


Key Players

Bartosz Bialkowski

The Polish ‘keeper pulled off a string of top saves in the first meeting between the two sides last weekend, and he may well be called into action again for the replay. Bart has had his first-team football limited by the excellent form of Dean Gerken this season, so he will be eager to impress if selected tomorrow.


Gary Roberts

The midfielder has scored five times in sixteen League 2 matches this season so far this season and impressed in the draw at Portman Road. A former Blues player, Roberts will no doubt be looking to knock his old side out of the Cup to see his current one into the fourth round.

Sky Bet Odds

After a tight first game, the bookies are finding it difficult to separate the two sides ahead of tomorrow’s game. Town are currently priced at 15/8 to win in 90 minutes, whereas Paul Cook’s side are 7/5 and the draw is 12/5. Both teams are 5/6 to win through any method, be that through normal time, extra time, or penalties.

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referees: Nigel Lugg & Ronald Ganfield
Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

Match Information

Pubs: Portsmouth have recommended the Good Companion pub on Eastern Road for visiting Town fans. The pub is complete with a car park which is about a 5-10 minute walk to Fratton Park, and you can clearly see the floodlights of the stadium from it. The pub serves real ales and also has a wide ranging menu in food. For those coming by train there are a number of pubs on Fratton Road including a Wetherspoon named the John Jacques. Fratton Road is outside the opposite side of station to arrival and about a 15 minute walking distance from Fratton Park.

Away End: Town fans will be situated in the Milton End of the stadium. Alcohol will not be available to purchase, although kiosks serving hot food and drinks will be open.

Flags & Instruments: Portsmouth will need prior notice of any flags or musical intruments to be brought into the stadium from Town fans. Please note that even with prior notice, admittance of such objects will be entirely at the discretion of Portsmouth FC.

Parking: The Anson Road Car Park will be open for Town fans to park at the stadium, although parking is strictly on a first come, first served basis, and will cost £5 per car.


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