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Portsmouth 0 Notts County 2

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Saturday November 3, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

Result: Pompey 0 Notts County 2 (HT 0-1)

Attendance:  7,560

Pompey Team: Pompey: Eastwood, Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Webster, Ertl, Buzsaky, Howard, Allan, McLeod, Rodgers

Subs: Harley, Walker, Russell, Compton, Josh Thompson

Sent off:: Scott Allan yellow card  and straight red

Verdict: a Dire Pompey performance...

Match Report

by Neil Weld at Fratton Park

Pompey crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle with an insipid performance at home to Notts County.

The Blues have not won in the competition since famously beating Tottenham at Wembley in 2010 – and they never really looked like changing that statistic against the Magpies.

Francois Zoko took advantage of some poor defending to head the visitors ahead right at the end of the first half.

Yoann Arquinn doubled the advantage, before Scott Allan picked up a couple of yellow cards in quick succession and was sent off.

Michael Appleton made four changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sheffield United on Monday night.

Luke Rodgers was handed his first start since the 3-0 league defeat to the Magpies in September, replacing an injured Lee Williamson.

With Mikkel Andersen and Carl Dickinson not being given permission to play by their parent clubs, Simon Eastwood and Adam Webster were both recalled to the side.

And Brian Howard returned from suspension to skipper the Blues, with Jon Harley dropping to the bench.

The first action of the tie was a booking for Magpies midfielder Andre Boucaud for a foul on Howard with just 24 seconds on the clock.

Akos Buzsaky then had the first chance, cutting inside from the right and drilling a low shot narrowly past the post.

But Jamal Campbell-Ryce was causing havoc down the right wing for Notts County and his dangerous cross had to be headed clear by a well-placed Johnny Ertl on 14 minutes.

Then moments later he got clear down the wing and cut the ball back for Arquin, whose scuffed shot came back off the bar.

Pompey then hit the woodwork himself, as Izale McLeod rose to meet Buzsaky’s cross and headed against the crossbar.

Lubomir Michalik was almost an unlikely hero after roaming forward on 30 minutes. Nobody closed the Slovakian centre-back down so he tried his luck from 30 yards and the ball flashed inches over the top.

But, for the most part, it was a half short of quality, with Notts County’s opener in stoppage-time a perfect example of the game’s scrappy nature.

Pompey failed to clear the ball as it pinged around their box, allowing Campbell-Ryce to swing in a cross that Zoko headed home.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Notts County 1

The Blues had a chance to hit back early in the second half when Gabor Gyepes’ fine pass sent McLeod clear, but the striker’s drilled shot was well saved by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Pompey were still looking sloppy at the back, however, and Eastwood had to get down quickly to keep out Neal Bishop’s shot on 54 minutes.

But the keeper could do nothing to prevent the Magpies from doubling the advantage moments later.

Campbell-Ryce was the Blues’ tormentor again, curling in a fine cross from the left that Arquin rose to head in.

Appleton tried to shake things up with a substitution on 59 minutes, bringing on Jack Compton for Ertl.

Buzsaky was the hosts’ main creative threat and McLeod just failed to connect with his fine chipped pass.

McLeod then turned and fired in a shot from the edge of the box, but it failed to overly trouble Bialkowski.

But the tie was virtually over for Pompey when Allan was sent off with a straight red on 75 minutes. The on-loan midfielder had been booked for a foul three minutes earlier when he went in late on Boucaud and was shown a subsequent red.

That caused plenty of pushing and shoving on the pitch and the sidelines, resulting in a booking for Campbell-Ryce and Blues first team coach Ashley Westwood being sent from the dug-out.

Harley and Liam Walker came on for cameo roles late on, but the game had already long been over for Pompey.

Pompey: Eastwood; Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Webster; Buzsaky (Harley 86), Ertl (Compton 59), Howard (c) (Walker 86), Allan; Rodgers, McLeod

Sent off: Allan (yellow card and straight red)

Booked: Buzsaky, Gyepes

Subs not used: Thompson, Russell

Notts County: Bialkowski; Liddle, Leacock, Stewart, J.Hughes; Bishop (c), Boucaud (Labadie 81); Campbell-Ryce, Judge (Williams 90+3), Zoko; Arquin (Showunmi 90+3)

Goals: Zoko 45+1, Arquin 56

Booked: Boucaud, Zoko, Campbell-Ryce

Subs not used: Pilkington, Eastham, Mahon, Bencherif

Referee: Darren Sheldrake

Attendance: 7,560


BBC Match Preview

FA Cup first round

Venue: Fratton Park

Date: Saturday, 3 November

Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio, Final Score

TEAM NEWS

Portsmouth forward Ashley Harris is doubtful with an ankle injury while Darel Russell is definitely out.

Manager Michael Appleton also does not expect to be able to field any of the loan players he has in his squad.

Notts County team news to follow.

VIEWS FROM THE TRAINING GROUND

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Solent:

"For the fans they have had success in the FA Cup and it will stir up good memories and hopefully they will come through the gate and support us.

"It is a big game, we are not playing a minnow we are playing a big club and it will be two sides really going at it.

"It will be toe-to-toe, they beat us quite significantly earlier in the season but we are in a different place now. We want to put that defeat right.

"The administrator will be desperate for us to advance but the bigger picture is that we are playing League One football next season because it is going to be a big year for the club."

Match Preview

Both sides have previously lifted the FA Cup, with Pompey triumphing in 1939 and 2008, while Notts County won all the way back in 1894.

The Blues exited at the first hurdle last season, going down 4-0 at Chelsea in the third round.

Notts County went out at the fourth round stage, beating Accrington, Sutton and Doncaster before losing at Stevenage.

The sides have already met once in the league this season, with the Magpies easing to a 3-0 victory at Meadow Lane in September.

There have also been two previous FA Cup clashes – Pompey were 3-1 winners in 1952, while Notts County triumphed by the same scoreline in 1975.

FA Cup first round draw

Kidderminster Harriers v Oldham Athletic

Boreham Wood v Brentford

Chelmsford City v Colchester United

Metropolitan Police v Crawley Town

Luton Town v Nuneaton Town

POMPEY v Notts County

Bishop’s Stortford v Hastings United

Fleetwood Town v Bromley

Forest Green Rovers v Port Vale

Torquay United v Hyde or Harrogate Town

AFC Bournemouth v Dagenham & Redbridge

Morecambe v Rochdale

Swindon Town v Macclesfield Town

Cambridge City v Milton Keynes Dons

Cheltenham Town v Yate Town

Dorchester Town v Plymouth Argyle

Coventry City v Arlesey Town

York City v AFC Wimbledon

Bury v Exeter City

Chesterfield v Hartlepool United

Doncaster Rovers v Bradford Park Avenue

Gillingham v Scunthorpe United

Aldershot Town v Hendon

Lincoln City v Walsall

Wrexham v Alfreton Town

Southend United v Stockport County

Crewe Alexandra v Wycombe Wanderers

Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United

Hereford United v Shrewsbury Town

Mansfield Town v Slough Town

Barnet v Oxford United

Rotherham United v Stevenage

AFC Fylde v Accrington Stanley

Gloucester City v Leyton Orient

Burton Albion v Altrincham

Guiseley v Barrow

Northampton Town v Bradford City

Preston North End v Yeovil Town

Braintree Town v Tranmere Rovers

Carlisle United v Ebbsfleet United


Prices Slashed For FA Cup Clash

Ticket prices have been set at the following rates:

Adult - £15 Over 60 - £10 Young Person (17-22) - £10 Under 17 - £1

Wheelchair tickets are available for £10 (plus carer).

Tickets can be bought online here or by calling 0844 847 1898 (option one) or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

In the event of a tie, the replay will be played on Tuesday, November 13 (7.45pm kick-off).

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