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Matchday Live: Cherries v Portsmouth
Updated 4:55pm Saturday 9th February 2013 in Sport
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- Score: Cherries 2-0 Portsmouth.
- Cherries: (4-4-2) Jalal; Francis, Cook, Seaborne, Ritchie; McQuoid, Arter, O'Kane, Pugh; Grabban, Pitman. Subs: Partington, Hughes, MacDonald, Tubbs, Fogden, Fletcher.
- Pompey: (4-4-2) Eastwood; Moutaoakil, Gypes, Rocha, Butler; Reed, Cooper, Ertl, Racon; Agyemang, Akinde. Subs: Sodje, Walker, Keene, Harris, Webster, Wallace, Smith.
Full report and post-match video reaction to follow on the website shortly.... Thanks for joining us and see you at Crewe on Tuesday.
Cherries 2-0 Portsmouth.....
Sub Matt Tubbs is denied by Eastwood when clean through. Great chance.
Brett Pitman is replaced by Shaun MacDonald in stoppage time.
Adam Reed for a foul on O'Kane.
Score Update: Bashley now 2-1 up against Kettering.
Score Update: Doncaster losing 2-1 at home to Walsall... A potentially good result for Cherries.
Attendance is 9,135.
Dan Butler for a foul on McQuoid.
Harry Arter being replaced by Richard Hughes for Cherries.
Shaun Cooper being replaced by Liam Walker for Pompey. Lewis Grabban replaced by Matt Tubbs for Cherries.
Non-League Score: Poole Town 1-0 North Leigh (Marvin Brooks)
Marc Pugh makes it 2-0 to Cherries.
Pugh's shot from the edge is scuffed and trickles wide.
Adam Reed blasts over from distance for Pompey.
Therry Racon is replaced by Jed Wallace for Pompey.
Marc Pugh pictured during the first half...
Steve Cook in action for Cherries during the first-half
Patrick Agyemang is replaced by James Keene for Pompey.
Portsmouth assistant boss Andy Awford really unhappy with that goal. Seems to be claiming Josh McQuoid handballed in the build-up.
Lewis Grabban makes it 1-0 to Cherries with a well-taken shot on the turn.
Brett Pitman in action during the first half.
Eddie Howe gives his instructions during the first half this afternoon.
Dan Butler's shot is tipped over by Jalal.... Pompey coming into this now.
A real let-off for Cherries as an unmarked Agyemang heads narrowly wide following a swift break.
Pitman's free kick is spilled by Eastwood but Pompey clear away for a corner.
Foul on Pugh on the edge of the box and a free kick to Cherries in an inviting position.
Good ball into the box from Ritchie, but Eastwood collects.
Jalal races out of his box to meet the onrushing Agyemang and does well to challenge the striker.
Simon Eastwood in the Pompey goal gathers well from Pitman at the start of the second half, before the Channel Islander fires narrowly wide. Good start from Cherries after the break.
Cherries 0-0 Pompey.
Pitman's header flies back off the crossbar from Francis's cross from the right.... Two minutes added time.
Nervy moment as Agyemang took advantage of lapse play from Harry Arter but Cherries clear as the big centre forward closes in on goal.
Good save from Shwan Jalal to deny Adam Reed.
Non-League Goal: Blackfield go 1-0 in front against New Milton in the Wessex League.
Lewis Grabban really unlucky after latching on to Pitman's ball over the top. Keeper Eastwood does enough to put him off and he fires over from an acute angle.
Therry Racon blasts well over from distance for Pompey...
Non-League Goal: Kettering go 1-0 in front at Bashley (27).
Harry Arter's volley from the edge of the box is well blocked....
McQuoid rises well to so nearly meet Pugh's cross, but it's just too high...
Seaborne clears well and Cherries break...
Corner to Pompey now....
Very quiet spell here. Plenty of posession for Cherries but nothing clear cut in the way of chances.
Lee Barnard puts Oldham 1-0 up at home to the "best team in League One". According to Karl Robinson....
Appeals for handball in the Pompey box, but referee Andre Marriner gives it the other way for a push on Rocha.
Agyemang then follows up with an ambitious overhead kick but it's wide.
A rare venture into the final third for Pompey, but Agyemang's cross is too long for Akinde.
Great ball through to Grabban, but it's just too long for the striker...
Travelling fans suggesting Cherries are "not very good" as they still haven't scored after nine minutes.... Still well on top in terms of possession though.
Another corner to Cherries after good work by Pugh. Well on top.
Good opening phase from Cherries, but Marc Pugh blasts over from the left channel.
Steve Cook captains Cherries today in the absence of Tommy Elphick..... Kick-off moments away.
Good visiting support from #pompey at #afcb today http://t.co/GJq9Ic7Y— @neilmeldrumecho 09 February 2013
Eddie Howe told the Echo: "Everyone on the outside will look at it and assume we will win but we know that football has a dangerous way of reminding you how fragile form can be. We have been trying to remind the players of that all week.
"To see one of my former clubs, and a club I have got great respect for, in such a difficult position is not easy to watch from afar but it must be a lot harder being involved directly.
"We have got a couple of injury doubts but I would prefer to keep them under wraps. We have got a few players who will be having late fitness tests to see if they can make it and, hopefully, they will.
"If not, we may have to make a couple of changes.”
Guy Whittingham told the Portsmouth News: "They have done tremendously well under Eddie.
"It was a fantastic move by Bournemouth to bring him back to the club.
"He’s Bournemouth through and through, he knows the club inside out and he has worked wonders there.
"I’ve asked him what the secret is and he wouldn’t tell me!
"He said there wasn’t one.
"It's a really tough ask for us because they are going really well. They are in great form.
"It’s important we pick the lads up and go there thinking we can win the game – that’s the most important thing."
Pompey danger man - James Keene
Former Cherries loanee Keene was on target in Pompey's 3-2 defeat to Colchester last weekend.
The striker is on loan at Fratton Park from Swedish side Elfsborg and has made four appearances for the Blues.
Guy Whittingham also bolstered his resources by signing free agent John Akinde on a one-month deal and Patrick Agyemang and Therry Racon on loan earlier this week.
Keene starts on the bench today, with Akinde and Agyemang making their Pompey debuts.
Pompey, still in administration and having used almost 50 short-term contract players already this season, are without a league win in 17 games. Their last victory was a 3-1 triumph over Shrewsbury at Fratton Park on October 20.
Cherries, meanwhile, have tasted defeat only once in the league since the beginning of October, a defeat at Walsall on January 19.
Here are all the stats.....
Head to head (league)
2012-13: Portsmouth 1-1 Cherries.
1989-90: Portsmouth 2-1 Cherries; Cherries 0-1 Portsmouth.
1988-89: Cherries 1-0 Portsmouth; Portsmouth 2-1 Cherries.
1982-83: Cherries 0-2 Portsmouth; Portsmouth 0-2 Cherries.
1979-80: Cherries 0-1 Portsmouth; Portsmouth 4-0 Cherries.
Last time out (league)
Izale McLeod handed thrown-together Pompey a 19th-minute lead at Fratton Park, before Saints loanee Lee Barnard rescued a point for Cherries 12 minutes from time.
Busy press box at #afcb today, including some creatures from the Pompey News. http://t.co/swpVBRzO— @neilmeldrumecho 09 February 2013
Good afternoon from Dean Court.... Eddie Howe makes one change to the side that beat MK Dons 3-0 last weekend, with injured Tommy Elphick replaced by Matt Ritchie.