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League 1 Fixture Attendance 12,121
Result: Portsmouth 1 Swindon Town 2 (HT 0-1) Scorer Pompey: Michalik (90 mins)
Scorers Swindon: Matt Ritchie (45 mins) Williams (55 mins)
POMPEY: Andersen, Dumbuya, Gyepes, Michalik, Harley, Williamson, Russell, Howard, Compton, Obita, McLeod. Subs: Eastwood, Thompson, Walker, Rodgers, Ertl, Harris, Webster.
SWINDON: Foderingham, McEveley, Navarro, Collins, Ritchie, Roberts, McCormack, Thompson, Williams, Miller, Ward. Subs: Archibald-Henville, Devera, Benson, Bessone, Coke, Rooney, Bostock.
Pompey’s wait for a home win goes on as they went down 2-1 to Swindon at Fratton Park.
The Blues were totally outplayed in the first half and were lucky to find themselves only 1-0 down as former Pompey winger Matt Ritchie cracked home the opener.
PHOTO: Matt Ritchie scorer for Swindon on his return to Fratton Park
The hosts were only a goal behind thanks to the heroics of Mikkel Andersen, who made several fantastic saves in a frantic opening period as Swindon laid siege to the Pompey goal.
But Pompey were right up against it early in the second half as Andy Williams arrowed home a superb shot to double their advantage.
Pompey never really looked likely to force their way back into the game, but a late flurry in the final few minutes gave them hope as debutant Lubomir Michalik headed home from a corner.
But while Pompey pushed for a late leveller in stoppage time, Swindon held on for the points.
Swindon looked the better side all over the pitch and thoroughly deserved their win.
Pompey 1 Swindon 2 by Neil Weld at Fratton Park
Matt Ritchie came back to haunt his former side as the Blues slipped to a third home defeat of the season.
The Fratton academy graduate opened the scoring just before half-time with a fierce drive.
And Andy Williams bagged his first Robins goal early in the second half to complete a miserable few days for Pompey.
Their only consolation came in stoppage-time, when Lubomir Michalik headed home a consolation on his debut.
Michael Appleton made four changes from the side that lost at home to Walsall three days ago.
Michalik was handed a place alongside Gabor Gyepes in the centre of defence, while Jordan Obita returned from suspension on the right and Jack Compton started wide on the left.
Kevin Long missed out with a back injury, with Josh Thompson, Ashley Harris and Luke Rodgers all dropping to the bench.
Swindon came roaring out of the blocks and had plenty of chances to break the deadlock in the opening minutes.
Williams was first to go close, meeting Gary Roberts’ cross and heading narrowly over the crossbar.
Mikkel Andersen then failed to hold Ritchie’s low drive and the ball had to be cleared behind.
Darel Russell only just managed to hack away the resulting corner at the far post and Andersen did well to keep out Jay McEveley’s follow-up effort.
Swindon did have the ball in the net on eight minutes, but Williams’ header was ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
Pompey were being run ragged and they offered the Robins a great opportunity when Gyepes missed a clearance.
That left James Collins one-on-one with Andersen, but the Swindon striker struck his shot straight at the Blues keeper.
Pompey did start to look more assured as the half progressed and Izale McLeod had a shot blocked, before a lovely passing move ended with Compton over-hitting his cross.
Lee Williamson then picked out McLeod with a fine pass, but the striker hit a first-time effort over the bar.
McLeod went closer on 21 minutes, drawing a save from Wes Foderingham. The loose ball fell to Williamson, who should have shot first time but took a touch that allowed McEveley to make a key block.
But the action was soon back down at the other end of the pitch and Andersen did well to divert Williams’ angled drive over.
The Blues keeper then made a super stop to deny Collins from the resulting corner and recovered quickly to keep up Alan Navarro’s follow-up effort.
Andersen had to rely on a defender to bail him out on 33 minutes, though. The Dane came out to punch a corner but completely missed the ball, forcing Gyepes to head off the line.
Pompey soaked up that spell of pressure and almost caught the Robins on the break. Darel Russell picked out Obita unmarked on the left, but the wide-man’s low shot was turned round the post by Foderingham.
McLeod and Compton then had half-chances as the Blues looked to end the first half with a flourish.
But it was Swindon who opened the scoring just before the break as Ritchie’s low angled drive beat Andersen at his near post.
Half Time: Pompey 0 Swindon 1
The start of the second half was not quite as frenetic as the first, although Pompey wasted a free-kick on the left and Compton glanced an Obita cross wide.
But the Blues were left with a mountain to climb when Williams cut inside from the left and fired home a fierce shot that left Andersen with no chance.
Pompey were struggling to make much of an impression going forward and Appleton tried to shake things up on 67 minutes by bringing on Harris for Obita.
But it was still Swindon looking more likely to score and Ritchie blazed a shot over after Roberts had pulled the ball back on the edge of the box.
Rodgers replaced Compton for the closing stages as Pompey desperately searched for a route back into the game.
But the Blues appeared devoid of attacking ideas, with Swindon content to pass the ball around in midfield.
Pompey finally showed some intent going forward on 83 minutes when McLeod embarked on a fine run from the halfway line.
The striker found Howard unmarked in the box, but the skipper wanted too many touches and Foderingham saved.
Then, from the resulting corner, Michalik headed against the crossbar from six yards out.
And moments later Foderingham came tearing off his line to deny Rodgers as the Blues charged forward.
There was more to come as Foderingham palmed clear Harris’ curling shot from deep and McLeod sent the loose ball crashing against the post.
MICHALIK finally pulled one back at the death when he converted Harris’ corner, but the Blues had left it far too late to get anything from the game.
Pompey: Andersen; Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Harley; Williamson, Russell; Obita (Harris 67), Howard (c), Compton (Rodgers 78); McLeod
Goals: Michalik 90+2
Subs not used: Eastwood, Webster, Thompson, Ertl, Walker
Swindon: Foderingham; Thompson, Ward, McCormack (c), McEveley (Bessone 89); Ritchie, Navarro (Coke 60), Miller, Roberts; Collins (A.Rooney 38), Williams
Goals: Ritchie 45, Williams 55
Subs not used: Archibald-Henville, Devera, Bostock, Benson
Referee: Steve Rushton
Pompey v Swindon : PREVIEW
POSTED BY KYLEWHITWORTH ⋅ SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
Pompey return to league one action with their second home fixture in 4 days following Saturdays defeat to Walsall. They welcome the eccentric Paolo Di Canio and his Swindon Town team to Fratton Park, and will be desperate for their first home victory of the campaign.
Pompey will be without Conor Clifford after the Blues decided against extending his loan deal, boss Michael Appleton is expected to bring in a striker on loan before this fixture but remains tight lipped on the name of the player.
Kevin Long is expected to miss out after suffering an injury against Walsall, but Gabor Gyepes may have a part to play after taking part in training on Monday. New signing Lubomir Michalik will be pressing for his first start.
Jordan Obita is available for selection after serving his three game suspension.
Swindon welcome back Alan Navarro, the midfielder missed their last fixture with a knee injury.
Long term absentees Gary Roberts and Troy Archibald-Henville will be pushing for starts after being welcomed back into the Swindon match day squad last day out.
Former Pompey youth starlet Matt Ritchie will start for the Robins, the impressive midfielder made 7 appearances for the Pompey.
Pompey and Swindon have met 67 times in all competitions, and honours have been fairly even. The Reds having three more victories than Pompey.
Pompey have won the last two home games between these sides at an aggregate of 9-3 so the crowd can expect goals!
Swindon’s last maximum at Fratton Park was back in October 1997 as they ran out 1-0 victors.
Pompey sit 17th in the league on table with 5 points from six games, while Swindon are placed 12th with 8 points from six games.
Pompey last 5 (League Only) – D L L W L
Swindon last 5 – W W L L D
Likely Pompey line up – Andersen, Dumbuya, Michalik, Thompson, Harley, Williamson, Howard, Obita, Compton, Rodgers, McLeod
Likely Swindon line up - Foderingham, McEveley, Devera, Ward, Ferry, Ritchie, Navarro, Miller, Benson, Williams, Rooney