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Match preview: Shrewsbury Town vs Portsmouth

22 December 2017

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the visit of Pompey

Portsmouth have certainly had an interesting season so far, one that took a little time to get up to speed and one that may have been a little frustrating at times. The season started well enough with a home win against Rochdale but then Pompey fans saw their team go without a league win for four games. An away win at Wimbledon in early September started an alternate lose/win sequence for eight games, followed by a couple of wins. Then, in mid October Portsmouth went on a four game losing sequence, just when they seemed to be gathering some inertia. Recently though, Pompey have won seven games in the last eight in all competitions or five league wins in six league games. Their last away win was two games ago at Charlton and they have won two out of their last five away games.

Top Scorer
Far and away the top goalscorer this season for Pompey is Brett Pitman with twelve goals in sixteen  games in League one. The 29 year old striker has spent much of his career on the south coast with Bournemouth and has also spent time with Bristol City and Ipswich. He joined Portsmouth in July of this year and scored a brace on his league debut and has scored three more since then, meaning he's scored in fifty percent of his league games this season.

Assists
Matthew Kennedy 3
Jamal Lowe 2
Gareth Evans 2

Clean Sheets
Pompey have had plenty of clean sheets and worryingly they've had clean sheets in their last three League One games.

Goal Distribution
In away games this season Portsmouth have scored plenty of goals but it's surprising that they've only scored once in the first half of away games this season. The first half an hour of away games involving Pompey this season has been goal free. In their favour, the first half is the most defensively tight half with just eight goals conceded away from home.  Four of those goals came in the first fifteen games with another three scored in the fifteen before half time.
The second half is where they seem to come alive with ten goals scored in the second half of away games. That breaks down to six in the first fifteen minutes of the second half and another four in the closing fifteen minutes although they didn't score any in the middle fifteen minutes. They also concede more goals in the second half with seven conceded in the first half an hour.

Squad News
Kenny Jackett will be without the services of midfielder Stuart O'Keefe who suffered an Abductor muscle strain in their last game against Bury.

Referee
Darren Handley from Lancashire. Games this season: 22 yellow cards: 65. Red cards: 3.
Assistants: Joe Clark and Mark Cunliffe.
Fourth Official: Gary Hilton.

Summary
This was one of the games I worried about at the start of the season after some significant investment from ex-Disney chief Michael Eisner. They had a quiet start but as I thought they would, they're travelling up the table at an alarming rate with the bit between their teeth. They've looked OK away from home but this will hopefully be a real test for them and one I hope they will fail. As I may have mentioned in previous games, my family is from the Portsmouth area and are all big fans and my uncle Barry always says that Portsmouth never get much out of Shrewsbury so fingers crossed!

COYB!!!

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Town 2 Portsmouth 0

23 December 2017

Whalley and Payne give Town victory over Pompey

Town: Dean Henderson, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Abu Ogogo ©, Carlton Morris (Stefan Payne 74), James Bolton, Bryn Morris, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman (Ben Godfrey 87)
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Joe Riley, Ben Godfrey, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Stefan Payne

Portsmouth: Luke McGee, Danny Rose, Matt Clarke, Christian Burgess, Brett Pitman © (Conor Chaplin 77), Matt Kennedy (Kyle Bennett 60), Jamal Lowe (Oliver Hawkins 60), Nathan Thompson, Gareth Evans, Ben Close, Brandon Haunstrup
Subs: Alex Bass, Oliver Hawkins, Curtis Main, Don Donohue, Conor Chaplin, Kyle Bennett, Adam May

Referee: Darren Handley
Assistant Referee: Joe Clark and Mark Cunliffe
Fourth Official: Gary Hilton

Attendance: 7429 (1094)

Shrewsbury Town went into Christmas in second-place in League One thanks to a fantastic 2-0 win over Portsmouth. Town bossed the game for large periods and second-half goals from Shaun Whalley and Stefan Payne gave them the victory. Whalley’s goal made up for an earlier poor penalty that was saved by the Portsmouth goalkeeper.

Team News:
Paul Hurst sticks with the exact same starting eleven and substitutes that beat Blackpool 1-0. It means that top scorer Stefan Payne once again has to settle for a place on the bench, with the Morris boys, Bryn and Carlton, keeping their places in the team.

First-Half:
It was a really bright opening five minutes or so from both sides, but it was Town who felt aggrieved when referee Darren Handley failed to point to the spot as Carlton Morris went down under the challenge of a Portsmouth defender after being played through on goal by Alex Rodman.

Town’s wingers have been causing problems all season and they almost combined when Shaun Whalley whipped in a cross with his left foot and Rodman rose at the back post, but he wasn’t quite tall enough to get a connection and it went behind for a goal kick.

It took until the 18th minute for either side to really have a shot in anger and it was Town who had it when Nolan picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and he ran with the ball before shooting from just outside the box, but it went a couple of yards high and wide of the Pompey goal.

A minute later the visitors had their own effort at goal and this time it tested Dean Henderson, but he got down well to his left to push the ball away after Matt Kennedy’s 25 yard effort.  

When Town moved the ball quickly Portsmouth were struggling to keep tabs on the Shrewsbury forwards and a slick move allowed Rodman some space on the left hand side of the box. He cut inside and unleashed a shot but towering defender Christian Burgess was able to block the shot, which appeared to be heading into the top corner.

Town were dominating possession with Carlton Morris proving a real handful upfront as he brought others into play, but unfortunately a lot of the action was around 30 to 40 yards away from the Portsmouth goal and real efforts on goal were few and far between.

In fact it was Portsmouth, who had created very little in the opening 45, that probably came closest to taking a lead into the break when they produced a brief foray forward but Matt Kennedy’s curling shot went just wide of the post.

Half-Time: 0-0

Second-Half:
Carlton Morris had been Town’s player of the first-half and seven minutes into the second he won Town a penalty. Abu Ogogo lifted the ball forward and Carlton, who started about 10 yards behind the defenders, powered through two Pompey players to latch onto the pass before touching it past the onrushing Luke McGee who brought Morris down in the box. Shaun Whalley stood up to take it but his effort was weak and straight the middle and McGee comfortably made the save.

The missed opportunity almost came to haunt Town a couple of minutes later as Portsmouth won a free-kick 25 yards out right in front of the goal. Pompey Captain Brett Pitman took it and he beat the ball, but he couldn’t beat Dean Henderson who got down well to his left to push it away.

However, Whalley made up for his earlier effort by putting Town in front in the 59th minute. Jon Nolan had done well to move past a couple of Portsmouth defenders before shooting left-footed towards goal. Luke McGee appeared to have comfortably got down to his left to save the shot, but the ball inexplicably fell from his grip and Shaun Whalley was on hand to turn the ball home from six yards.

Town taking the lead forced Kenny Jackett into showing his hand and Portsmouth made a double change with Kyle Bennett and Oliver Hawkins coming on for Jamal Lowe and Matt Kennedy.

But, it was the home side that continued to dominate and a little bit more composure could have given Town a brilliant chance to make it two-nil as Carlton Morris looked to feed Whalley, but his pass was slightly over hit and the ball trickled through to McGee with Whalley bearing down on goal.

With just over 15 minutes remaining Town made their first change of the afternoon and it was the impressive Carlton Morris, who had ran himself into the ground, that made way for Stefan Payne. Whilst, Portsmouth made their final substitution three minutes later as Brett Pitman was replaced by Conor Chaplin.

Portsmouth were now pushing men forward, but that was leaving holes at the back and with 10 minutes remaining Town doubled their lead. The combination of Stefan Payne and Abu Ogogo forced Pompey defender Matt Clarke into a mistake and Payne went through one-on-one with McGee. McGee made himself big but Payne’s shot had enough power to go through the Portsmouth number one and nestle in the back of the net.

Town were now in consolidation mode and Ben Godfrey replaced Alex Rodman for the final five minutes to add to the solidity in defence. But, in all honesty Portsmouth were creating very little and Town saw the game out with relative ease.

Full-Time: 2-0

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Portsmouth Ticket Details

17 December 2017

Ticket details for our game at home to Portsmouth

Shrewsbury Town v Portsmouth
Saturday 23rd December – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Portsmouth.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan their card for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Ticket prices for a 2017/18 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 
•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

Supporters can get tickets via the popular FlexiTicket or you can use the new FanCard to save money on every home league game.

If you are interested in coming as a youth group then we provide free tickets for groups of up to 25 people - for more details click here

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact out Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

If you can't make it to the game you cn listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.

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