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League 1 Fixture
Pompey’s League One match at home to Notts County has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch
Pompey’s League One match at home to Notts County has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Referee Tony Bates deemed parts of the Fratton Park pitch was unplayable after heavy overnight rain.
There was a chance the game could go ahead after an initial 12.30pm pitch inspection.
But with Bates having doubts over areas in the goalmouths and corners, he took another look half an hour later and ruled the clash could not be played.
A rescheduled date for the match has yet to be announced.
Portsmouth vs Notts County Preview By Jim Bonner
Updated Friday, 11th January 2013
Will the Magpies complete a treble over lowly Pompey?
Pompey fans will be hoping for a change of fortune and a good performance when promotion chasing Notts County come to Fratton Park tomorrow.
James Keene may well make his second debut for Pompey after signing from Elfsborg whilst Gabor Gyepes and Ricardo Rocha return from injury.
Jon Harley could make one final appearance for the club before his contract is cancelled but it's unlikely that Lee Williamson and Mustapha Dumbuya will feature. Brian Howard will certainly miss out with a groin injury.
Andre Boucaud has been signed up by Keith Curle permanently and is likely to keep his place in County's starting eleven. Lee Hughes has left the club whilst Damion Stewart is suspended.
This game has a bit more interest than it deserves simply because we have no idea what teamare going to take to the pitch tomorrow afternoon.
With League One survival almost impossible, will Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford pick the kids and blood them into the team or will the more experienced players be selected because the belief of an extremely unlikely great escape from relegation remains.
It's likely it will be the latter simply because the management will want this dismal run of results to end. Failure to win tomorrow will extend that run to 15 games whilst another defeat will mark five in a row.
If there is any hope for Pompey to win this match then they might take advantage of some discontent at Meadow Lane. County are winless in six games and the Magpies fans are complaining about the management, with chairman Ray Trew stating that he cannot pump any more money into the club whilst attendances continue to disappoint him.
Even with that, their situation is still far better than ours and given how easily a so-called stronger Pompey fell in the FA Cup earlier in the season after the thrashing at Meadow Lane, the smart money is on that winless run being extended.
Predicted Starting Line-Ups
GK: Simon EASTWOOD
RB: Adam WEBSTER
CB: Ricardo ROCHA
CB: Gabor GYEPES
LB: Jon HARLEY
RM: Ashley HARRIS
CM: Darel RUSSELL
CM: Johnny ERTL
LM: Liam WALKER
CF: David CONNOLLY
CF: James KEENE
GK: Bartosz BIALKOWSKI
RB: Julian KELLY
CB: Manny SMITH
CB: Gary LIDDLE
LB: Jordan STEWART
RM: Jamal CAMPBELL-RYCE
CM: Neal BISHOP
CM: Andre BOUCAUD
LM: Alan JUDGE
CF: Yoann ARQUIN
CF: Francois ZOKO
Last Time: Portsmouth 0 Notts County 2 (FA Cup First Round - 03/11/2012)
Zoko and Arquin were on the scoresheet in this desperately poor performance from Michael Appleton's men in which Scott Allan was sent off and Ashley Westwood sent to the stands for punching Campbell-Ryce.
Having seen County beat us easily twice already this season I can't help but think that they will make it a hat-trick of victories whilst extending their own unbeaten record on the road to 23 games.
Portsmouth 1 Notts County 2
Pompey v Notts County : PREVIEW
Posted by kylewhitworth
⋅ January 12, 2013 ⋅ Leave a Comment Another busy week at Pompey culminates in a home fixture against Keith Curle’s Notts County. Pompey’s squad numbers continue to dwindle and they this week gave notice to four senior players that they will leave the club on the 15th January. Guy Whittingham is still looking to end a winless run stretching back since October 2012.
Pompey will be without Scott Allan and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who have returned to parent clubs West Brom and Peterborough respectively.
Brian Howard, Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley and Lee Williamson are all available despite being told their futures lie away from Fratton Park, however it is not clear as yet which, if any of the players will feature.
New loan signing James Keene has received international clearance and will be in the match day squad after re-joining the club.
Ricardo Rocha and Gabor Gyepes are both fit, and will pair-up in the centre of defence.
County will be without central defender Damion Stewart but will be boosted by the return of new father Neal Bishop.
Pompey are likely to face former Southampton keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, who joined County in the summer.
Pompey and County have face each other 25 times in all competitions, with the visitors holding the upper hand, having been victorious on ten occasions.
Pompey have suffered defeat twice this year to Keith Curle’s side, having lost comprehensively in Nottingham, before limping to FA Cup defeat two months after.
The last victory for Pompey over County at Fratton Park came in Aug 1994.
Form (last five, league only)
Pompey last five – D L L L L
Notts County last five – W D L D L
Probable Pompey line up – Eastwood, Dumbuya, Rocha, Gyepes, Harley, Williamson, Ertl, Russell, Harris, Connolly, Keene
Probable Notts County line up – Bialkowski, Kelly, Showunmi, Smith, Bishop, Liddle, Judge, Campbell-Ryce, Boucaud, L Hughes, Iwelumo