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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth

23 January 2023

Match Previews

Preview: Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth

23 January 2023

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Fleetwood Town are set to face Portsmouth at Highbury on Tuesday 24 January, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Tuesday 24 January 2023

Kick-off: 19:45

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

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The Cods head into their latest home fixture on the back of two defeats against Oxford United and Sheffield Wednesday respectively, with both of those games showing narrow margins between Town and their opponents.

Before that, Fleetwood made a good start to the new year as they not only managed to beat Shrewsbury Town 3-0 on New Year’s Day, but they also made history as they reached the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history after beating Championship side Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Highbury.

Admiral Muskwe and Promise Omochere both managed to get on the score sheet in the 3-0 win over the Shrews, with an own goal capping off the scoring on that afternoon, with Toto Nsiala grabbing his first for the club to open the scoring against the Hoops later that week and Omochere continuing his recent form by grabbing the winner midway through the second half.



Pompey have recently gone through a managerial change after a not very favourable run of results in both the league and the Papa John’s Trophy – winning only two from ten games before beating Exeter City last time out.

It was a game of few chances at Fratton Park against Exeter, but Portsmouth managed to keep their heads and find the back of the net on two occasions as Marlon Pack broke the deadlock around the hour mark, before Joe Morrell added a sense of security by doubling their lead 16 minutes from time.

You have to go back to the 22nd of October for their last league win before that, which was a 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers away from home, thanks to a first-half Sean Raggett goal. Between these wins, Pompey did win in the cup as they Managed to beat Hereford, Ipswich Town, MK Dons, and Stevenage in their relative game in the FA Cup and Papa John’s Trophy.



head coach Scott Brown spoke to the media after Fleetwood Town’s narrow loss to high-flying Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon at Hillsborough – here’s what he had to say:

“We need to get points on the board, we are on 29 so far this season and we need to get higher up the league because I’m not happy getting beaten two games in a row. We’ve got a huge game against Portsmouth on Tuesday, and then we are back here to face Sheffield Wednesday once again on Saturday.

“We’ve lost the last two games and have played well in both of them, so we need to make sure we are organised once again and switched on against Portsmouth. They’ve got a new manager so they might change their shape, and change personnel, so we’re not really too sure what we’re looking at yet, but we will do as much digging as we possibly can.

“Going forwards, we’ve put in some good performances but it’s all about getting points on the board in this league. Sometimes you might have to play ugly, but those are the kinds of performances you sometimes have to put in. It’s a hard league and Portsmouth are a huge club so they should be at the top of the league competing.”

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Make sure you are in the stands to watch the Cods during the 2022/23 Sky Bet League One season by getting your very own Onward Card. Adult tickets start at just £14.17 a month and Under-16s from just £1.92 a month. 

Details on this season's cards are HERE.

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