Portsmouth 2 Northampton Town 0 - the match report
2 December 2017
CHECKATRADE TROPHY Saturday December 2nd, 12.30pm Fratton Park
PORTSMOUTH 2 Gareth Evans 41 Stuart O'Keefe 58
Attendance: 1,780 (128 Cobblers fans)
Portsmouth: Luke McGee, Danny Rose, Matt Clarke, Christian Burgess, Stuart O’Keefe, Curtis Main, Jamal Lowe (sub Matty Kennedy 88), Conor Chaplin, Nathan Thompson, Gareth Evans, Brandon Haunstrup (sub Drew Talbot 68) Subs not used: Alex Bass, Kyle Bennett, Adam May, Matt Casey, Bradley Lethbridge
Cobblers: David Cornell, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Leon Barnett, Regan Poole (sub Billy Waters 77), Lewis McGugan, Sam Hoskins (sub Dean Bowditch 63), Matt Crooks, Chris Long (sub Sam Foley 46), Marc Richards Subs not used: Luke Coddington, George Smith, Ryan McGivern, Yaser Kasim
Referee: Mr Tom Nield
Booked: Portsmouth: none Cobblers: none
Sent off: Portsmouth: none Cobblers: none
David Cornell, Lewis McGugan and Sam Hoskins, back from a hamstring injury and having signed a new deal at Sixfields, all came into the side for the Checkatrade Trophy second round tie. Shaun McWilliams (groin) missed the match as a precaution while Matt Grimes was suspended having picked up two bookings in the group stage of the competition. Former Cobblers midfielder Danny Rose started for Pompey.
The game was played on a Saturday with both sides out of the FA Cup and kicked off at the earlier time of 12.30 to allow live video streaming on the club’s iFollow service.
After a fairly quiet opening half an hour in the lunchtime kick-off, Cornell made a good save to prevent Gareth Evans putting Portsmouth in front at a fairly sparsely populated Fratton Park. At the other end Christian Burgess made a good block to deny Chris Long after a pacy run from Hoskins.
Portsmouth took the lead on 41 minutes, Gareth Evans with a far post header following a quick counter-attack from the home side.
Chris Long, hobbling towards the end of the first half, was replaced at half-time by Sam Foley.
The Cobblers started the second half at a decent tempo and it took a terrific save from home goalkeeper Luke McGee to keep out a powerful Ash Taylor header from a Lewis McGugan free kick.
Stuart O’Keefe doubled Pompey’s lead just before the hour mark, driving a shot into the bottom corner.
Curtis Main had a chance to put the result beyond doubt but dragged his shot wide after being fed in by Conor Chaplin. With time ticking away Cornell then made a good double save to deny first Evans and then Chaplin on the follow-up to keep the scoreline at 2-0 and that’s how it finished.
PORTSMOUTH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 10 CORNERS: (2) 5 FOULS: (5) 10 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (4) 6
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6 CORNERS: (3) 5 FOULS: (4) 16 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
TICKETS ON SALE FOR SATURDAY'S CHECKATRADE TROPHY TIE AT PORTSMOUTH
Reduced prices apply
27 November 2017
Portsmouth v Northampton Town Checkatrade Trophy 2nd round Saturday December 2nd 2017 Kick off 12.30pm
Northampton Town will travel to Portsmouth in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy on Saturday December 2nd at 12.30pm.
Tickets for the game have been reduced in price to: Adult: £10 Senior (63+): £5 Young Person (18-22): £5 Wheelchair/Ambulant: £5 (with a free carer ticket if on highest rate of DLA) Junior (17 and under): £1
Wheelchair users should please call the Portsmouth ticket office on 0345 646 1898. They have asked us to advise that the wheelchair and carer spaces are located among home supporters. Wheelchair users do need to purchase their tickets in advance.
Tickets are now on sale from Sixfields and ntfcdirect.co.uk. Advanced sales will end at 4pm on Friday December 1st, and any tickets purchased online and not collected from Sixfields will be taken to Fratton Park for collection on arrival.
There are 26 accessible car parking spaces on a first come, first served basis.