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Pompey vs Hull City Postponed

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Saturday February 4, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
fratton park, portsmouth, england  (map)

MATCH POSTPONED 10am after pitch inspection

re-arranged fixture for March 27, 2011 (click here)

npower championship fixture

Kick off 3pm (GMT)

Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Pompey’s Championship match with Hull today has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Following a pitch inspection at Fratton Park at 10am this morning, the referee was concerned with a frozen part of the pitch near the South Stand and deemed a further inspection at 10.30am was pointless.

Temperatures again plummeted below freezing overnight, with Bournemouth’s home clash against Exeter one of the first to be called off yesterday.

Covers had been used on the Fratton Park pitch this week to protect it from frost and Pompey were confident the game would go ahead last night.

More than 14,000 tickets had been sold by yesterday afternoon for today’s match.

Match rescheduled to Tuesday March 27, 2012 7.45pm kick off.

Prior to match being POSTPONED.............

TEAM NEWS Portsmouth will continue to be without David Norris, who serves the third and final match of a suspension.

Defender Aaron Mokoena is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while Luke Varney's knee injury keeps him on the sidelines.

Hull welcome back midfielder Robbie Brady after he missed the midweek draw with Doncaster due to a head injury.

Seyi Olofinjana will look to be involved once more, after he made his first appearance in over a year against Rovers.

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

• This is the 50th league meeting. Portsmouth lead by 18 wins to 13, with 18 of the previous 49 finishing level.

Use accessible player and disable flyout menus • Hull are chasing a third successive victory over Pompey, having failed to win any of the previous 10.

• It's 45 years since the Tigers last did the league double over their Hampshire opponents.


• Pompey have won four, drawn three and lost four of their 11 league games under Michael Appleton, and are vying for their second back-to-back victories in his tenure.

• The Hampshire club have picked up 24 of their 34 points at Fratton Park.

• Portsmouth have played fewer games than any other Championship club. This is only their 30th league and cup fixture of the season.

Hull City

• Nick Barmby's sixth placed side are chasing a third win in four league games, and Hull's 800th victory in second level league football.

• Their last two wins were against Peterborough and Reading, and completed the double in both cases.

• The Tigers have kept three successive clean sheets in the league, and have not conceded more than a single goal in 10 league games.

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Reply Pompey Fan
7:51 PM on February 3, 2012 
10am pitch inspection Match likely to be postponed

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The big freeze may claim attempts for the big push to save Pompey, or at least to raise a bit of cash for the club. A pitch inspection is planned at 10am and the game looks in some doubt with freezing temperatures across the south again on Friday night.

Quite how the postponement of a game 15,000-odd have already paid to watch affects the club's perilous finances isn't clear - presumably it wouldn't make too much difference one way of the other.

But it's been the sort of week at Fratton Park that needs a home game at its end. One of those weeks when the old Blues spirit has been alive and well among players, management and fans. If the weather allows, this will be a great chance to show anyone who's watching we've haven't gone under and don't intend to, at least not quietly.

On the field, too, the game comes at a good time for Pompey. They won well at Peterborough last week - many said it was one of their most convincing away wins of the last three or four seasons - and even that followed a couple of heroic and somewhat unfortuanate defeats to title contenders West Ham and Cardiff.

But once again, Michael Appleton's plans have been hit by an injury and unavailability that certain previous managers would have been tempted to call a 'bare bones' scenario.

Dave Kitson and Ricardo Rocha have had a bug and Joel Ward (toe), Jason Pearce (buttock), Tal Ben Haim (hip), Aaron Mokoena (hamstring) and Luke Varney (knee) have all missed training - either all week or for part of it - with injury.

Appleton said: ?The kids are on standby. They always are. We will fill the bench because we?ve got the kids available. So people like Sam Magri may get an opportunity to be on the bench. I will draft some of the kids in if needed.

?I?m not going to be one of those to make a statement and not have a full bench as people have done in the past. It?s an opportunity for one of the young boys if and when we need them. Kits and Ricardo have been ill. Joel has picked up a toe injury which has been a little bit sore, so he?s had an injection.

?Jason has a bit of a problem with glutes, so we?ve kept him off it and hope he will be okay. Tal had a problem with a hip flexor injury going into Peterborough, so he?s been off this week, and we hope he?ll be okay. Aaron?s another one who?s coming on okay with his hamstring but, due to the weather, hasn?t been able to get on the pitch. Hopefully we can patch them up, get them full of paracetamol and whatever they need to get on the field.?

Hull will be tricky opposition if their recent form is anything to go by. Nick Barmby has taken the Tigers into sixth place and they have won two of their last three, although their confidence took a knock last weekend when League Two Crawley knocked them out of the FA Cup. They're not scoring too many goals at the moment - but they're certainly not conceding too many, and it may take something special from Marko Futacs or Erik Huseklepp to unlock them.

Pompey can't climb any places in the table with a win although it could move them to within striking distance of the mid-table group containing Leicester, Barnsley and Crystal Palace. Hull could go fourth if they win.

But there's every likelihood the table will look rather similar at 5pm to how it does at 3pm if the weather, as expected, does its worst.

Our prediction: Pompey p Hull p.