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Preview: Portsmouth

All you need to know ahead of today's Sky Bet League One clash at Fratton Park...

14 October 2017

Just goal difference separates MK Dons and Portsmouth heading into today’s clash at Fratton Park.

Robbie Neilson’s side, who sit one place below Pompey in 14th, were beaten for the first time in five games last weekend so will want to make an immediate return to winning ways and return to the top half of the Sky Bet League One table.

A victory this afternoon would be their third successive success away from home, following on from their 2-0 triumphs at AFC Wimbledon and Bury. In fact, the men from MK1 have won three of their last four matches on the road.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Portsmouth will be looking to put back-to-back victories together for the first time this season when they entertain the Dons.

In their last five outings, Pompey have alternated between wins and losses, with one of those victories an impressive 4-1 thrashing of Fleetwood Town at Fratton Park.

The four goals they scored against the Cod Army amount to a quarter of their league total so far this season. They have, though, only conceded 14 times in 12 matches – one of the better defensive records in the division.

At home, Kenny Jackett’s team have won three times, drawn once and lost twice. They’ve only conceded five league goals at home in 2017/18 – only four teams in the division have let in less.

Ten-man Dons were unable to stretch their unbeaten run to five games after suffering a heavy defeat at home to Bradford City.

Aaron Tshibola’s sending off after only five minutes meant it was always going to be an uphill battle for Neilson’s men, who went two goals behind before the 18-minute mark.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell gave them a glimmer of hope with a header just before half-time but despite a strong start to the second half they were unable to grab an equaliser and the Bantams made them pay by increasing their one-goal lead to three late on.

Portsmouth enjoyed a Sunday success over Gillingham last weekend – a result which moved them up the Sky Bet League One table.

Former Dons loanee Matthew Kennedy netted the only goal of the game in the second half, finishing off after Curtis Main had a header come back off the post.

Pompey could have extended their lead through Matthew Clarke and Kennedy but both players missed chances. They were, though, able to prevent the Gills recording a shot on target at the other end – comfortably seeing out an away triumph.

Robbie Neilson: “It will be a good one. They’ll have a great crowd there, there will be a good surface and we’ll be playing against a good team so hopefully it will be an enjoyable game.

“They have been similar to us in that they have been stop-start due to injuries. (Kenny Jackett) has got great experience and he’s trying to put a team together to get out of this league – I’m sure they’ll get themselves there eventually.”

Kenny Jackett: “They’re a very good footballing team with some pace in forward areas and I’m sure they’re one of many who have aspirations of getting into the top six.

“They have plenty lot of talent in their ranks and a lot of ball-playing midfielders. We have to be wary of that, but we’ve got goals at home and want that to continue.”

The Dons are hopeful of having Scott Golbourne back from injury while Ousseynou Cissé and Callum Brittain return from international duty.

Aaron Tshibola will miss the trip due to suspension while Peter Pawlett (knee) continues to make progress in his recovery from injury.

Pompey will have Christian Burgess and Milan Lalkovic available as the pair have recovered from calf and Achilles problems, respectively.

Conor Chaplin (hamstring) is still sidelined, though, along with Adam May (ankle), Damien McCrory (knee), Brett Pitman (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all injured.

Graham Horwood will take charge of today’s match on the south coast.

The experienced official has already refereed nine matches this season but has yet to produce a red card. He has, though, made 28 bookings.

His last Dons appointment came was the Good Friday fixture with Scunthorpe United at Stadium MK last season – that day, Horwood didn’t brandish a single card.

That was also the case in his most recent Portsmouth match, which took place the week prior to the Dons’ clash with Scunthorpe.

The assistant referees are Robert Dabbs and Adrian Waters while the fourth official is Christopher Wade.

Dons wins: 0
Dons wins at Fratton Park: 0
Last Dons win: N/A
Biggest Dons win: N/A

Draws: 2
Draws at Fratton Park: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 26 Feb 2013 (Fratton Park)

Portsmouth wins: 0
Portsmouth wins at Fratton Park: 0
Last Portsmouth win: 0
Biggest Portsmouth win: 0

Dons win – 100/30
Draw – 5/2
Portsmouth – 17/20

First goalscorer
Kieran Agard – 13/2
Osman Sow – 13/2
Gboly Ariyibi – 8/1
No goalscorer – 9/1
Conor Chaplin – 9/2
Oliver Hawkins – 5/1
Curtis Main – 5/1

Osman Sow to score first and MK Dons to win 2-0 – 100/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to beat Portsmouth 2-0 at 20/1

MK Dons have won 2-0 in both of their last two away games.

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets for today's clash at Portsmouth can be bought at Fratton Park, cash only, ahead of kick-off - prices are £25 adults, £19 seniors, £15 under-23s while under-18s can attend for £10 if unaccompanied by an adult/senior or £5 if they are accompanied.

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Match Reports

Report: Portsmouth 2-0 MK Dons

The Dons unable to maintain their winning run away from home...

14 October 2017

A first-half brace from Portsmouth’s Oliver Hawkins saw MK Dons fall to a 2-0 defeat at Fratton Park.

Hawkins opened the scoring 14 minutes in after Matty Kennedy had intercepted a pass out from the back. The striker then netted in first-half stoppage time to earn Pompey all three points and deny the men from MK1 a third-straight away success.
Robbie Neilson’s team did threaten in the second half but were unable to find a way past Luke McGee in the Pompey goal. The defeat sees them remain 14th in the Sky Bet League One table.
Neilson made four changes to the side that was beaten by Bradford City, with Callum Brittain and Ousseynou Cisse returning from international duty and Scott Golbourne back in the side after recovering from injury. Aidan Nesbitt was the fourth and final switch made - he replaced Kieran Agard out wide.
Striker Osman Sow was active early on for the men from MK1, targeted in the area by Ethan Ebanks-Landell with a ball that was gathered by Luke McGee before he almost latched onto Alex Gilbey’s through pass shortly afterwards.
At the other end, Brittain got a vital touch to prevent either former Don Kennedy or Jamal Lowe connecting with a Kyle Bennett cross at the far post.
The Dons defence was holding firm despite several dangerous deliveries into the area but on 14 minutes they fell behind when Kennedy intercepted a pass out from the back, drove into the box and teed up Hawkins to stab the ball past Lee Nicholls. 1-0.
Neilson’s side went in search of an immediate response and had Gilbey’s chipped pass into the area had just a little less pace on it then Gboly Ariyibi might have been in with a chance of grabbing an equaliser.
Attempts to draw level were halted by several free-kicks given against the visitors, many of which left puzzled looks on the Dons’ faces, as well as injury stoppages involving Callum Brittain and Lee Nicholls - both were initially able to continue despite their scares, although the former was withdrawn later in the half and replaced by George Williams.
On the 30-minute mark, Dion Donohue fired a speculative effort over the crossbar. Stuart O’Keefe then saw a shot blocked inside the area before Nicholls denied Bennett with a lightning quick burst off his line.
The Dons successfully weathered the storm and began to look more threatening as the half drew to a close. In the 40th minute, after bursting through the Pompey backline, Sow went close with a left-footed shot which was blocked by Matt Clarke’s outstretched leg.
It was Neilson’s team who ended the half in the strongest fashion but two minutes into stoppage time they presented Portsmouth with a chance to double their lead after failing to clear their lines - Hawkins duly made them pay with his second goal of the afternoon, converting from Lowe’s pass. 2-0.
Neilson sent his side out early for the second half and among those on the field five minutes before the re-start was Chuks Aneke, who replaced Nesbitt in the Dons’ second change of the game.
Aneke made an immediate impact and seconds after kick-off he found himself with possession inside the area after bringing down Williams’ header. He lifted it over his marker but was beaten to the loose ball by McGee.
Soon after, Ariyibi delivered a teasing low cross into the area which was just begging for a Dons touch. Upson then fired wide a loose ball as the men from MK1 began to really threaten the hosts’ resistance.
Pompey, on the breakaway, had a great chance to extend their advantage and effectively seal the game in the 63rd-minute when Lowe picked out Bennett with a cross. Fortunately for the Dons, the wide man put his shot wide from six-yards out.
Neilson made his third and final chance with 66 minutes played, replacing Cisse, who had moved into defence, with Agard. HIs introduction came moments after the Dons caused havoc in the Pompey penalty area from an Upson free-kick - they weren’t, however, able to fashion a decent shooting opportunity.
A similar situation occurred in the 71st minute when Ebanks-Landell headed a free-kick down into the six-yard box. Both Sow and Agard went for the bouncing ball but neither player could turn it home.

The 580 travelling Dons supporters willed their team on as they continued to push forward in search of a goal to get them back into the game.

They were, however, unable to find a way past McGee and Pompey, which resulted in a second successive defeat for Neilson’s team. They will look to respond at home to Walsall on Tuesday. 

Starting XI: Nicholls; Brittain (Williams 41), Ebanks-Landell, Wootton, Golbourne; Cisse (Agard 66); Ariyibi, Gilbey (c), Upson, Nesbitt (Aneke 46); Sow.
Unused subs: Sietsma, Lewington, Walsh, Seager.
Booked: Williams, Ebanks-Landell
Attendance: 17,608 (580 away)

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