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Weekend preview with Sporting Life

28 December 2018

We’ve passed the halfway point of the season in Sky Bet League One, and Sporting Life’s Tom Carnduff previews the latest round of games.

It’s getting tight at the top of the table, with Portsmouth’s lead cut to a single point following Luton’s wonderful run of form.

The Hatters have won their last seven games in the league, boasting the best home record alongside that run.

They are on the road again this week, which hasn’t been too much of an issue with four consecutive away wins in all competitions.

Walsall are looking to snap a three-game winless run, although they did pick up positive results against Sunderland and Coventry prior to that.

The current leaders will be looking to bounce back from defeat against Gillingham as they travel to take on Fleetwood.

Pompey have only won one of their last four, and it’ll be a tough task as they come up against a Joey Barton side who have won five of their last six at home.

Chasing the top-two down is Sunderland. They may sit four points adrift currently, but they’ll be hopeful to be in a position where their two games in-hand could be enough to fire them to the top of the charts.

The subject of a popular Netflix documentary this month, the Black Cats (and Bradford) should be applauded for the huge 46,000 crowd at the Stadium of Light for their Boxing Day game. This was a bigger capacity than the crowd at Wembley for Tottenham v Bournemouth in the Premier League.

The home crowd will want another home victory this weekend as they take on Shrewsbury, who are looking to snap a three-game losing streak on the road.

Lee Bowyer has been winning the awards so far this season for his efforts with Charlton, and they currently sit fourth in the table.

They’ll be looking to bounce back from defeat to Coventry, although it won’t be easy against a Barnsley side who have lost just once at home in all competitions this season (and that was on penalties).

Occupying the final play-off spot is Peterborough, who were beaten by Barnsley on their visit to Oakwell in midweek.

Posh head to an Accrington side who will be looking to push themselves back towards the top-six. Stanley have won their last three home games, also securing victory in four of their last five in all competitions.

Remaining firmly in the play-off hunt is Doncaster, who sit just two points behind Peterborough.

Rovers lost to Fleetwood on Boxing Day, but can take confidence in the fact that they enjoyed an eight-game unbeaten run prior to that defeat.

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Report: Ten man Fleetwood beaten by Portsmouth at Highbury

Pompey come from behind to take the points in final game of 2018

29 December 2018

Ten man Fleetwood Town lost their final match of 2018 at home to league leaders Portsmouth 5-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The Cod Army led at the break courtesy of goals from Paddy Madden and Ched Evans, after Ben Thompson had given the visitors the lead.

However after Dean Marney was shown a second yellow card early in the second period, Jamal Lowe (2), Brett Pitman and Anton Walkes sealed the points for the visitors with a three goal winning margin.

Madden and substitute James Wallace both hit the post with the score at 3-2, but it wasn’t to be for Fleetwood who now sit 11th in the Sky Bet League One table.  

Joey Barton made two changes to the side which beat Doncaster Rovers on Boxing Day. Harrison Biggins and Wes Burns started, with Nathan Sheron and Jason Holt dropping to the bench.

Town started off the brighter side with a freekick in the second minute. Ross Wallace’s delivery met the head of Madden who flicked it towards Evans, but Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray saved low down.

Portsmouth reacted well with a spell of possession, which led to a routine save for Alex Cairns who clutched Ben Close’s shot from outside the area in the sixth minute.

Pompey came knocking again, just a minute later, when Close struck the ball towards goal from close range but Cairns pulled off a great save to deny the midfielder, once again.

It was an eventful start to the game and Town had another chance after some great link up play between Evans, Madden, and Burns in the 17th minute, however it was cancelled out by a last-ditch tackle from Lee Brown.

The visitors got the first goal of the game, in the 26th minute, through a brilliant strike from Thompson that crashed into the net off the crossbar.

13 minutes later and the Cod Army got the equaliser they were looking for. A one-two meant that Lewie Coyle had enough space to deliver an enticing ball which was met, on the half volley, by Madden and struck sweetly into the back of the net. A great finish.

That puts the Irishman on nine goals during this season’s Sky Bet League One campaign.

Madden was in the thick of the action as he was booked for a foul shortly after but was then fouled inside the Portsmouth penalty area. Evans stepped up and sent MacGillvray the wrong way to make it 2-1. Like Madden, it was Evans’ 9th of the campaign.

It was Portsmouth with the last chance of the half, but Ross Wallace came to the rescue with a crucial goal-line clearance to deny an almost certain goal from Lowe.

The second half didn’t get off to the best of starts as Marney saw red, in the 51st minute, for a second bookable offence.

The visitors capitalised on Fleetwood’s ten men, as they were awarded a penalty five minutes after the red card. Pitman smashed it home to equalise – Ross Wallace the man who initially gave away the spot kick.

A minute later and Pompey were in front thanks to Walkes, with his curling effort flying into the top corner.

The hosts continued to fight and almost levelled the score, after 62 minutes, when Burns’ free-kick was parried into the path of substitute Wallace, who saw his shot blocked off the line and then Ashley Eastham’s volley was also blocked.

Barton’s side continued to push for an equaliser but there was no luck, as the woodwork came to Pompey’s rescue, twice, after attempts from Madden and J Wallace.

Portsmouth got their fourth of the game in the 81st minute, against the run of play, as Lowe slid one past Cairns from inside the area.

Lowe got his second of the game and Portsmouth’s fifth, three minutes after his first, thanks to a quick counter attack.

Fleetwood Town: Cairns; Coyle, Eastham, Morgan (C), R Wallace; Burns (Dempsey), Marney, Biggins (Bolger), Hunter (J Wallace); Madden, Evans. (4-4-2)

Subs not used: Jones (GK), Holt, McAleny, Sheron

Portsmouth: MacGillivray; Walkes, Clarke, Whatmough, Brown (Haunstrup); Thompson, Naylor; Curtis (Green), Close (Evans), Lowe; Pitman. (4-2-3-1)

Subs not used: Bass (GK), Burgess, Mason, Wheeler 

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Still time to grab your ticket for Town's match against Portsmouth

28 December 2018

Make sure you get your tickets for Fleetwood Town's final home game of the calendar year against Portsmouth this Saturday.

Joey Barton’s side are seven unbeaten at home in Sky Bet League One, and with Kenny Jackett’s side making the journey from the South Coast, it will be a chance for the Cod Army to extend that the home run, and edge closer to the play-off places.

Fleetwood came away victorious in their last fixture against Doncaster after the 3-0 win on Boxing Day, and with confidence running high around the camp, the weekend gives the squad a chance to test themselves against the league leaders.

Tickets are still available to buy in the club shop, or online. Make sure you get yours before they've all gone! 

Adults – Starting from £24 (standing)

Seniors – Starting from £19 (standing)

Under 25s – Starting from £19 (standing)

Under 16s – Starting from £9 (standing)

We hope to see you all at Highbury on Saturday afternoon to cheer on the lads, and to see if the club's home form is extended to eight!

You can see more details on ticket prices here. For any questions with regards to tickets, or any of the upcoming fixtures, contact the ticket office by calling 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.

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