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12 January 2019 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Portsmouth (A)

Seasiders Travel To Fratton Park

11 January 2019

Blackpool will hope the addition of a couple of fresh faces will inject fresh impetus into the squad at Portsmouth this weekend.

Nya Kirby and Chris Long have both arrived at the club this week to bolster a squad that has been hit by injuries in recent weeks and gone five matches without a league win. 

The Seasiders face divisional leaders Portsmouth, who have won four consecutive games in all competitions. 

Team News: 

Nya Kirby and Chris Long are eligible to make debuts, while Ben Heneghan and Jordan Thompson return from illness and suspension, respectively. Curtis Tilt and Ollie Turton are edging closer to returns, though 'keeper Mark Howard has joined Jimmy Ryan, Mark Cullen, Joe Dodoo and Max Clayton on the sidelines. Christoffer Mafoumbi is set to deputise in goal.

The hosts will be without striker Oli Hawkins, who continues to be troubled by a calf problem. Full-backs Nathan Thompson and Lee Brown are also missing with hamstring injuries. 

The Manager's View: 

 

The Ref: 

Kevin Johnson referees his first Blackpool game in 16 months, having last been in charge for The Seasiders' match at Plymouth in September 2017. 

The official has overseen 28 fixtures so far this season, showing 81 yellow cards and three red ones. 

Tickets: 

Supporters still planning to attend the match must now purchase tickets on the day. 

A £2 price increase applies to the cost of adult and seniors tickets, so admission will now be priced as follows:

- £25 for Adults*
- £19 for Seniors (64+)*
- £15 for Young Person (18-22)
- £10 for Unaccompanied Juniors (Under-18)
- £5 for Accompanied Juniors (Under-18) with a paying Adult/Senior

The away ticket booth is located next to the entrance of the stadium car park. 

Previous Meeting: 

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

Accrington Stanley vs Bristol Rovers
Barnsley vs Bradford City
Burton Albion vs Gillingham
Coventry City vs AFC Wimbledon
Fleetwood Town vs Oxford United
Peterborough United vs Rochdale
Shrewsbury Town vs Charlton Athletic
Southend United vs Plymouth Argyle
Sunderland vs Luton Town
Walsall vs Scunthorpe United
Wycombe Wanderers vs Doncaster Rovers

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Report: Portsmouth 0 Blackpool 1

Debut Goal From Long Secures Victory At League Leaders

12 January 2019

Chris Long stepped off the bench to mark his debut with a goal, as Blackpool beat league leaders Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park.

The striker, signed earlier in the week, latched onto a flick from Armand Gnanduillet to rifle the ball into the bottom corner in the 75th minute.

The victory, after some staunch defending, ended a run of five league matches without a win for The Seasiders.

Blackpool were able to welcome Ben Heneghan and Jordan Thompson back from illness and injury, respectively, while Nick Anderton made his first appearance since returning from a loan spell at Accrington Stanley.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard was ruled out with the injury he sustained against Arsenal, resulting in a start between the sticks for Congo international Christoffer Mafoumbi.

The opening half hour of the game certainly wasn’t a thriller, with a sliced volley from Callum Guy the closest either side came to registering a shot at goal.

The first attempt on target came courtesy of Armand Gnanduillet, though it was a tame header straight at Pompey ‘keeper Craig MacGillivray.

Nathan Delfouneso could have probably done better when latching on to a delivery from Donervon Daniels, however he fired over at the near post.  

At the other end, Ronan Curtis came within inches of connecting with a cross from Brett Pitman just prior to the interval.

Half-Time: Portsmouth 0 Blackpool 0

A deflected Jamal Lowe strike started a response from Portsmouth after the interval, however that effort deflected wide for a corner that was eventually dealt with.

Referee Kevin Johnson ran over to the sidelines soon after, requesting to change places with the fourth official after picking up an injury. Graham Kane was the man to take the whistle.

The hosts then made a change themselves, introducing Andy Cannon for Andre Green. He almost made an instant impression when left unmarked on the edge of the box, only to blaze over from a knock-down.

Nathan Delfouneso went down inside his own half in the 67th minute, forcing Blackpool to make a substitution of their own. It meant a debut for striker Chris Long.

It took him until the 75th minute to mark the occasion, as he broke the deadlock to give The Seasiders the lead. Armand Gnanduillet did well to flick the ball in his path and he then remained composed to fire the ball into the bottom corner.

Backs to the wall for Blackpool from here on in, with Portsmouth committing numbers forward in search of an equaliser. Brett Pitman headed straight at Mafoumbi, while Matt Clarke forced another save from the stopper.

With four minutes of added time signalled, Blackpool opted to hold the ball up as much as possible and manage the result out, which they duly did.

Full-Time: Portsmouth 0 Blackpool 1

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