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I am based on the south coast of the UK, about hour from London and a Home Business Coach & Online Marketing Specialist Since being introduced to direct marketing response in the summer of 1991, copywriting has always fascinated me, to the point that I find it probably the most exciting industry to work in and be associated with. As a result, I have since studied various copywriting courses, associated with various industry sectors, such as finance, investment, property, import/export and the internet to name a few & including the world of online business advertising, which I discovered in 2002 With the starting of social media sites such as Linkedin ( 2003), Facebook ( 2004), YouTube ( 05) and Twitter (06) it has become increasingly important, especially for business owners to have a presence on one, or more of these networks, to raise brand awareness. However, for some, the very mention of social media, conjures up, sheer terror, but this is due in the main, to not understanding it very well, or not being shown how powerful a marketing tool it can be & perhaps more importantly... How it can free your time up From a personal perspective, being an established & experienced Social media professional, having had a presence on all the major social networks as and when they started, I now help those who have no idea, or who are not sure how to use it. I am proficient in article writing, blogging, advertising and marketing, public relations and social media marketing techniques, has made me become one of the most sought after writers for clients, due to my unique style, which attracts new customers for people, producing above average results. Outside of work, I am a football mad, AFC Wimbledon fan who also happens to be a Dons Trust Member. I look forward to networking with you, moving forward.

Preview: Portsmouth v Burton Albion

This evening sees Portsmouth take on Burton Albion at Fratton Park, in the English Football League 1 clash.

For Portsmouth it marks the return to league action after the international break, where they had to postpone their last match with Southend due to International Call ups and when they were due to play Bury. Last Saturday they played Norwich City U21 in a rearranged Leasing Cup match – as Bury have sadly been expelled from the league.

Kenny Jackett’s men will be raring to go having beaten Norwich U21 3-1 with no new injury worries, aside from Lee Brown (Achilles), Marcus Harness (thigh), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee), who were already ruled out.

Gareth Evans is also fit again, after missing the game against Norwich with a dead leg.

Burton however have doubts over Liam Boyce (hamstring) and Scott Fraser (dead leg) – who were both withdrawn on Saturday – and Jake Buxton (ribs).

Portsmouth currently sit 18th in League 1, with just 1 win in the last 5. Burton Albion, who under the guidance of Nigel Clough, are unbeaten in their last 6 games and lie 11th in the table

As Kenny Jackett explained, it will be a tight and tough game.

Burton will be a well organised and resilient outfit to break down, so it should be a good game, as the head to head count below shows:

Pompey: 2 wins
Burton: 1 win
3 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 wins
Burton: 0 wins
3 draws



Portsmouth 1 Crawley Town 0…

Portsmouth made heavy work of beating League 2 Crawley, at a sparce Fratton Park last night in the Trophy group match.

Just under 4,000 fans were at Fratton Park for the match.

Portsmouth, fielded a strong starting 11, which included a recall for summer signing James Bolton and a debut for home grown youngster, Luke Maloney. Alex Bass, enjoyed a rare start in goal, due to regular keeper, Craig MacGillivray’s Scotland call up.

Crawley for their part, fielded a strong side which has enjoyed a good start in League 2.

Portsmouth, enjoyed the majority of possession and created some good chances against a resolute and strong Crawley defending.

Crawley for their part, were happy to soak up the pressure, hitting Pompey on the counter attack and indeed it was they who had more chances to threaten the Portsmouth goal, with Alex Bass called upon to make a couple of good saves, which made nervy watching for the Fratton faithful.

Gareth Evans, who was a substitute for Portsmouth on the road in their previous match at Blackpool, was recalled to the side for this match and started on the left side of the midfield 4 Portsmouth started with, compared to their usual 4-2-3-1 formation.

In fact, it might have been this slight tweak to their formation, which made Pompey at times, slightly unsure with some of their passing and attack play in the final third.

Just before half-time, Evans was clattered hard from behind, as he jumped for a header and appeared to be knocked out, as he fell to the floor face down and apparently motionless, requiring several minutes of treatment, before rising to his feet to continue

Half Time: Portsmouth 0 Crawley Town 0

The second-half started with an immediate substitution for Portsmouth with Brett Pitman replacing Evans, as Portsmouth reverted to their more familiar and trusted 4-2-3-1 formation.

Almost immediately the tempo was upped with Portsmouth mounting attacks down the Crawley left flank, and Crawleys keeper was tested several times.

Crawley for their part were penned in their own half for the majority of the second-half, as Portsmouth, cut through the ranks time and again, but without creating any real chances.

That changed however, in the 80th minute when from a corner, Pitman lost his marker and found the back of the net with one of his trademark strikes.

Portsmouth 1 Crawley Town 0

Both teams carried on with the remaining minutes in much the same way, that the previous 30 minutes had gone and the attacks that Crawley did manage, came to nothing.

The final score was Portsmouth 1-0 Crawley Town.

Portsmouth V Crawley Town Leasing Cup Preview

This evening sees Portsmouth, take on League 2 Crawley Town, in the first game of their defence of the previously named Checkatrade trophy.

On paper, this looks a routine home win for Portsmouth, who though they have faltered in recent weeks, thanks to a stop start season, for one reason or another, seem to have steadied their ship slightly and altered their formation from last seasons 4-2-3-1 to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation

Solid, but careful summer recuritment has seen James Bolton arrive from Shrewsbury Town, Ryan Williams, previously a player at Fratton Park, return to the club, along with John Marquis, the hot shot striker better known for playing for Doncaster Rovers last season, who is also returning to the club

Also, added to the ranks is Ross McCrorie, on a season long loan from Rangers in Scotland and Sean Raggett, who is better know for playing for Lincoln City and rose to fame during their epic cup run, which included Raggett, scoring the goal, which  knocked Burnley out of the FA Cup a couple of seasons ago.

Fratton Park, while not expected to be full, will be rocking with the Fratton Faithful making their usual noise as the teams 12th man to roar them over the line.

Both teams know each other well, having played each other in the same competition last season and also in pre-season as well.

It is the third year in a row that the sides have met in this stage of the competition – and the Blues won both of the previous meetings.

A 3-1 victory in Hampshire in October 2017 was followed by last season’s 1-0 success in West Sussex, courtesy of Dion Donohue’s strike.

Portsmouth Team News

Both Oli Hawkins and Ryan Williams are unlikely to feature after recently returning to full training, while Marcus Harness (thigh), Bryn Morris (groin) and long term absentee Jack Whatmough (knee) are injured.

Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland), Craig MacGillivray (Scotland) and Ross McCrorie (Scotland U21) are away on international duty.

Defender, Joe McNerney (back) is currently sidelined for the visitors, who otherwise have a clean bill of health.

Crawley Town

Boast a good strong side and currently sit 8th in the League 2 table, so the game should be entertaining. They have lost just 2 of their opening 6 matches.

In the last 24 hours they have terminated the contract of striker, Dominic Poleon, so he can join Newport County and have signed Jamie Sendles White, who used to play for Swindon Town.

It promises to be a close game with Portsmouth expected to edge the game.


Palace Beaten By League 2 Colchester…

Just a few short days after achieving a brilliant result against all the odds, by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford, Crystal Palace, took on Colchester United of League 2 last night at Selhurst Park, in the Carabao Cup 3rd Round.

On paper, it looked like an easy task, Premier League high fliers, taking on the minnows of league 2… What could go wrong?

Palace made a raft of changes to their team, 10 in total, but it was still an experienced side that took on Colchester, with Martin Kelly being the only player to keep his place, from the side that beat Man Utd

However Colchester, had other ideas and were far from overawed by Crystal Palaces attacking options, which saw the game finish 0~0 before Colchester went through to the next round winning 5~4 on Penalties

On the night it was a surprise result and for those with longer memories, it would have revived the day back in 1971, when Colchester, also beat the equivalent of premiership opposition in those days, Leeds United, but this time in the FA Cup.

So it is Colchester who progress through to the next round of the EFL cup.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson, was disappointed to exit the competition, saying that he had picked a team, which had players requiring game time, who although maybe not regular first team players, were certainly strong enough to be able to beat Colchester, which as we now know didn’t happen.

Dean Saunders Jailed!…

Dean Saunders, the ex Liverpool FC Striker, has been jailed today for 10 weeks for failing to be breathalysed, after being pulled over on suspicion of Drink Driving.

Saunders worked as a coach at Newcastle United, under Graeme Souness and has also managed Wrexham and Wolves as well as being capped 75 times for Wales.

Saunders was stopped by Police on suspicion of drink driving in Boughton, Chester on May 10th this year, but pleaded guilty by letter, on Tuesday, but appeared in Court Today (28th August).

Initially denying both charges at an earlier hearing, he was also banned from driving for 30 months. Saunders is currently working for BT Sport, so could it affect his job too?

The jailing, is a sad hiccup in what has been a good and solid career, as a player, and a steady, if unspectacular managerial career.