Struggling Portsmouth look to shut-out York City

Struggling Portsmouth look to shut-out York City

Struggling Portsmouth look to shut-out York City

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YORK City will visit Portsmouth hoping to become the first club to score at Fratton Park in five games.

The 2008 FA Cup final winners have kept clean sheets in their last four home matches and only conceded twice during the last eight fixtures on their own soil.

But, despite their miserly defence in front of their own fans, Richie Barker’s men are still struggling for victories, having failed to win any of their last four games with last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Fleetwood preceded by a hat-trick of consecutive 0-0 draws.

In fact, since Boxing Day, the pre-season title favourites have won just three of their 15 fixtures, beating fellow strugglers Wycombe, Wimbledon and Accrington.

That run has seen the south-coast club slip to fourth bottom in the Sky Bet League Two standings, just four points above the relegation zone.

A record of nine league wins also represents the joint-lowest tally in this season's table, along with Bury and bottom two Northampton and Torquay.

David Connolly, who left for Oxford in January, remains the club’s joint-top scorer on just five goals with Patrick Agyemang and Jed Wallace, who netted for the first time in 25 games with an excellent solo effort at Fleetwood.

The highly-rated, 20-year-old midfielder, who has attracted Premier League interest this season, scored after being hailed from the bench and is expected to be recalled to the starting XI tomorrow, although he is in danger of incurring a two-match suspension if he is shown another yellow card before and including the second weekend in April.

Ex-QPR and Stevenage striker Agyemang, who is without a goal in 18 outings, is likely to remain a substitute with 6ft 3in target man Jake Jervis and ex-Bristol City forward Ryan Taylor due to be preferred in attack.

On-loan Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Rhys McCabe is also expected to make his debut but three players will be sidelined and another two remain doubtful.

Striker Tom Craddock (knee), right-back Danny East (ankle) and midfielder Simon Ferry (back) are all ruled out, while left-winger Andy Barcham (thigh) and midfielder Romain Padovani (calf) only have outside chances of featuring.

Club captain Johnny Ertl and French defender Yassin Moutaouakil, meanwhile, are both currently out of favour under Barker, but former Reading left-back Nicky Shorey, who won two England caps under Steve McClaren in 2007, is expected to line up at left back.

Portsmouth (probable): Carson, Alfei, Chorley, Devera, Shorey, Wallace, McCabe, Diagouraga, Holmes, Jervis, Taylor.

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11:54am Fri 21 Mar 14

YorkCityLuke says...

Hopefully we'll just keep doing what we have been doing - hit them early, grab a couple of first half goals, demoralise the home crowd, then shut them out and try to catch them on the break in the second half.
Hopefully we'll just keep doing what we have been doing - hit them early, grab a couple of first half goals, demoralise the home crowd, then shut them out and try to catch them on the break in the second half. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 12

3:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

This wil be a tricky fixture for us. I have seen Portsmouth play twice this season, once at Bootham Crescent, and once in a televised match at Chesterfield. But what a contrast those two games were. At Bootham Crescent a Portsmouth team missing a few regulars were outplayed and well beaten by City. At Chesterfied a full strength Portsmouth team were very unlucky to leave with only one point, after outplaying their hosts. The big crowd will create a great atmosphere. It certainly wont be easy, but I am hoping that we can keep our good run going, and bring back another three points.
This wil be a tricky fixture for us. I have seen Portsmouth play twice this season, once at Bootham Crescent, and once in a televised match at Chesterfield. But what a contrast those two games were. At Bootham Crescent a Portsmouth team missing a few regulars were outplayed and well beaten by City. At Chesterfied a full strength Portsmouth team were very unlucky to leave with only one point, after outplaying their hosts. The big crowd will create a great atmosphere. It certainly wont be easy, but I am hoping that we can keep our good run going, and bring back another three points. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 6

7:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

RooBeck says...

Best Wishes and good-luck to City to-morrow! Josh Carson has it right - front foot and don't be faint-hearted because we can come away from Fratton Park with at least a point. Can't make to-morrow but will be at the next away game at Rochdale and instead, will have to listen to Barry and Chris who will no doubt be talking about HMS Victory, the Solent and the great Jimmy Dickinson but let's hope they can talk us into a win and three points!! COYR.
Best Wishes and good-luck to City to-morrow! Josh Carson has it right - front foot and don't be faint-hearted because we can come away from Fratton Park with at least a point. Can't make to-morrow but will be at the next away game at Rochdale and instead, will have to listen to Barry and Chris who will no doubt be talking about HMS Victory, the Solent and the great Jimmy Dickinson but let's hope they can talk us into a win and three points!! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 3

10:11pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

STRUGLING PORTSMOUTH that's an understatement . 25 Managers in the last 25 yrs, Administration three times. 6 different owners, and the loyal supporters still come back for more, over 10,000 season tickets sold this season, It puts this club in prospective, Owners, Board ,Manager, working its socks off to give supporters a club that is envied by many afar , that's not my opinion but the feed back from other clubs supporters,
I think we will get at least a point down there. but as a football supporter I feel for them having to live with the continual uncertainty every season.
STRUGLING PORTSMOUTH that's an understatement . 25 Managers in the last 25 yrs, Administration three times. 6 different owners, and the loyal supporters still come back for more, over 10,000 season tickets sold this season, It puts this club in prospective, Owners, Board ,Manager, working its socks off to give supporters a club that is envied by many afar , that's not my opinion but the feed back from other clubs supporters, I think we will get at least a point down there. but as a football supporter I feel for them having to live with the continual uncertainty every season. bill bailey
  • Score: 6

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