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16 December 2017 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Portsmouth v Bury

15 December 2017

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game at Fratton Park...

The Shakers make the long trip to the south coast this weekend, raring to go after last week’s disappointing postponement.

With the game against AFC Wimbledon being called off, and a planned ‘bounce’ game in midweek also falling victim to the weather conditions, Carrington has been well utilised to get as much fitness into the team as possible. Chris Lucketti told us “After the Wimbledon game we brought the lads back to Carrington. We cleared enough of the pitch to get a good training session into them so we worked them hard here.”

Asked whether the lack of a game last week is likely to be a hindrance or not, the Shakers’ gaffer didn’t think so “It’s not a hindrance for us. We’re looking forward to the game – the lads are all raring to go and looking forward to it.”

Portsmouth are still enjoying their good form that saw them promoted as Champions from League Two last season, and currently sit 7th in League One.  Four wins in their last five League games has seen Kenny Jackett’s side move to within one place of the play-off places, and Lucketti knows it won’t be an easy game at Fratton Park “Portsmouth are a good side, flying, in good form and with an expectant crowd. It’s a great place to go and play football. They’ve got some good players within the squad and we know we’ll have to be at our best to get 3 points”.


The Gaffer’s view

Watch the Gaffer’s pre-match interview here.


Portsmouth’s View

Click here to visit the official Portsmouth website.


Last Time Out


Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.



Saturday’s referee is John Brooks.  

Eddie has taken charge of 24 games this season – showing 73 yellow cards, whilst his red card has been shown on 4 occasions.

His last league game was on Tuesday 28th November when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One fixture between Charlton Athletic and Peterborough at the Valley. It was a 2-2 and 2 yellow cards were shown.


We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 32nd meeting between the 2 sides in all competitions.  The Shakers have won 12 of the encounters, Portsmouth have won 11, leaving 8 draws.  


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Match Reports

Match Report: Portsmouth 1 - 0 Bury

16 December 2017

The Shakers were unable to pick up any points at a packed out Fratton Park...

Chris Lucketti's side was unchanged from the Checkatrade Trophy game against Walsall, which ended 2-1 to Shakers, taking them through to the final 16 of the competition.


Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Charlton the previous week.


Conor Chaplin dropped to the bench, with Kyle Bennett taking his place in a central attacking role against his former club.


Portsmouth's Twitter account had suggested that there had perhaps been too much festive overindulgence on Friday evening, with the atmosphere at Fratton Park feeling flatter than usual, but that didn't seem to effect the home side too much, as they went on to continue their impressive run with Matt Clarke securing the win with a goal in the 62nd minute.


The first real chance of the game fell to the home side in the first minute. An early ball into the box from a Portsmouth free-kick tested Fasan, but he reacted well and managed to grab the ball at the second attempt.


Moments later the Shakers were awarded a free-kick inside the Portsmouth half. Andrew Tutte and Jay O'Shea hovered over the ball, but it was Andrew Tutte who fancied his chances from distance, unleashing a shot which had some real power behind it, but it was a bit too much, sending the ball flying over the bar.


Danny Rose came extremely close in the 14th minute with a stinging 30-yard drive to really test Fasan, but the keeper somehow managed to get a hand on it to tip it behind for a corner.


Portsmouth were unlucky not to take the lead in the first-half after a series of chances, with the best chance falling to Gareth Evans. Jamal Lowe skipped his way into the box and the ball ricocheted kindly for Evans who found himself with just the keeper to beat, but Fasan stayed big to make a good save.


Portsmouth continued to probe the Bury defence in the closing stages of the first-half. Jamal Lowe coming close for Pompey, when his shot took a big deflection and flew just inches past the post.


Half-Time: Portsmouth 0 - Bury 0


It was a positive start to the second-half for the Shakers, as they started the stronger of the two sides. Jay O'Shea whipping in a corner from the right which found the head of Nathan Cameron, but the effort was just over the bar.


Minutes later Portsmouth found themselves in a similar position, but this time the ball found its way into the back of the net after Evans had whipped in a great corner and Clarke came charging in at the far post to head home. 


Bury went on to replace Andrew Tutte for Danny Mayor, who was returning from injury. And then one former Pompey player replaced another, with Michael Smith making way for Chris Maguire.


Maguire was immediately given the opportunity to level when he was brought down by Lowe, only to send his free-kick straight into McGee’s arms.


The last ten minutes of the game had become a little scrappy, but Bury weren't giving up, continuing to try and find a way forward. O'Shea managed to get away down the right after good work at the back by Eoghan O'Connell. O'Shea's ball across was deflected to substitute Danny Mayor but he couldn't get his header on target.


The Shakers did manage to get more men forward in the dying minutes, but unfortunately, they were unable to grab a late equaliser.


Full-Time: Portsmouth 1 – Bury 0



McGee, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup, O’Keefe (Close 46), Rose, Evans, Bennett (Chaplin 60), Lowe, Pitman (c)

Booked: Bennett, Evans

Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Donohue, Kennedy, Main


Fasan, Edwards, Cameron (c), O’Connell, Leigh, Ince; Tutte (Mayor 65), Reilly, O’Shea, Smith (Maguire 69), Ajose

Booked: O’Connell

Subs not used: Moloney, Aldred, Williams, Dawson, Laurent

Attendance: 17,549 (176 away fans)



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