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Portsmouth 1 Crawley Town 0…

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