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npower championship fixture
Kick off 3pm (GMT)
The Pompey Chimes Match Report
POMPEY: Ashdown, Halford, Rocha, Pearce, Ben Haim, Ward, Thorne, Norris, Allan, Maguire, Varney. Subs: Futacs, Etuhu, Harris, Benjani, Webster.
BRISTOL CITY: James, McAllister, Fontaine, Cisse, Foster, Adomah, McManus, Pearson, Carey, Stead, Pitman. Subs: Gerken, Kilkenny, Woolford, McGivern, Wood.
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Attendance 16, 695
After a dire first half - a great second half effort from Pompey. An onslaught just couldn't quite get the goal they deserved ..Man of the match Rocha was class today. Chris Maguire was quality and produced a very good performance...Scott Allen highly praised for his effort. Varney missed 2 good chances and maybe should have come off in last 15 mins due to lack of match fitness.
At the end of the day, 1 goal from open play in the last 9 games is very poor.
Pompey play up but remain bottom after nine without a win
Match Report from the Mail
Portsmouth and Bristol City shared the spoils at Fratton Park as both sides spurned second-half chances to secure a vital win in the npower Championship relegation battle.
Pompey's David Norris had the only shot on target in a timid first half, forcing City goalkeeper David James into a comfortable save.
The game opened up after the interval, with a James fumble from Chris Maguire's cross a whisker away from giving Portsmouth the lead.
City's best chance arrived when Kalifa Cisse's deflected shot was somehow kept out by Jamie Ashdown after diving the wrong way.
Both teams made one change from their defeats last week, Portsmouth bringing in Maguire for Marko Futacs while Martyn Woolford dropped to the bench to be replaced by Albert Adomah for City.
The opening stages were starved of goalscoring chances, underlining why the two sides are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Stephen Pearson found himself in a good position for City but was closed down before he could get his shot away.
Norris was proving the main threat for Portsmouth but could only fire straight at James.
City then came within inches of taking the lead as Cisse stretched out a leg but could not connect with Adomah's dangerous low cross.
The visitors looked the more likely to break the deadlock as half-time approached, with Jamie McAllister's corners causing problems for Pompey.
However, Ashdown remained untroubled in the Portsmouth goal as City failed to register a shot on target in the first half.
Portsmouth, urged on by a vociferous Fratton Park crowd, started well after the break, with George Thorne's powerful shot from the edge of the box whistling wide.
A lead was almost gifted to the home side when Maguire fired across the face of goal and James came to collect only to fumble the ball just past the post.
Maguire was justifying his selection and had James worried again with a shot that found the side-netting from a tight angle.
The game had turned into an end-to-end contest and the Robins felt they could have had a penalty when Jon Stead went down after colliding with Ricardo Rocha.
They almost made the breakthrough moments later when Cisse's shot took a big deflection off Jason Pearce only for the ball to bounce off the trailing leg of a wrong-footed Ashdown.
Portsmouth's Maguire then beat his man again on the right flank before finding Norris, who could only scuff the opportunity harmlessly into James' arms.
The game reached a frantic conclusion with Ashdown coming forward for a late Portsmouth corner, but to no avail as Bristol City went home happier with the stalemate.
Pompey v Bristol City: PREVIEW Posted by Pompey Pages ⋅ March 16, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment By Kyle Whitworth
Fratton Park is the venue for a relegation six-pointer as Pompey welcome Bristol City to the South-Coast. Michael Appleton will be looking to pick up vital points and form going into a crucial stage of the season, whilst Derek McInnes will be looking for more from his City side who have won only one of their last eight.
Team NewsPompey will be without Hayden Mullins and Stephen Henderson who completed their loan deals to promotion pushing Reading and West Ham respectively, having already lost Liam Lawrence and Erik Huseklepp.
Henderson’s departure means Jamie Ashdown reclaims the number one jersey and will start in goal, and we found out earlier that academy goalkeeper Matthew Gledhill isn’t likely to get a call up in Henderson’s place and remains in the academy’s squad for the Spurs clash tomorrow – that means five outfield players are likely to make up the bench!
Benjani and Kanu are again expected to miss out through ongoing injuries, while Kelvin Etuhu will likely be among the substitutes.
On-loan Derby striker Chris Maguire will be pushing for his first Pompey start after appearing as a substitute against Brighton.
Bristol City will be without Lewin Nyatanga and former Pompey midfielder Sean Davis, however City boss McInnes is expected to have Jordan Spence, Jamie McAllister and Louis Carey available again.
Former Pompey goalkeeper David James is expected to start, having helped the Blue’s win the FA Cup in 2008 – Jamo missed the the clash between the two sides at the start of the season after being dropped for reserve keeper Gerken.
HistoryPompey and City have met 45 times in the league, the men from Ashton Gate holding the upper hand with 19 wins to Pompey’s 12.
The teams drew at Ashton Gate earlier this year in an entertaining 0-0, whilst the 10/11 saw honours shared with home wins for each side.
City will be looking for their first league win at Fratton Park since 1999, while Pompey fans will be desperate for a repeat of last years Fratton victory.
Pompey have failed to register a maximum in 8 games, however will be buoyed by the fact City have yet to win or even score a goal on the road in 2012.
Pompey currently prop up the Championship table, their tally of 26 points puts them eight points from safety, albeit with a greater goal difference. Bristol City are 3 points clear of the drop zone in 21st, but could slip in the mire if results go against them.
FormPompey’s last 5 (league): LDLLL
Bristol City last 5 (league): LLLWL
Line-UpPossible Pompey line-up: Ashdown, Ben-Haim, Pearce, Rocha, Halford; Ward, Thorne, Varney, Allan, Norris; Maguire
Possible Bristol City line-up: James; McAllister, Fontaine, Carey, McManus; Woolford, Cisse, Foster, Pearson; Stead, Pitman