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Preview: Portsmouth

8 December 2020

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A Portsmouth side who currently sit fourth in League One and who are the reigning Papa John's Trophy winners are the challenge for Cheltenham Town this evening (kick-off: 7pm).

Having successfully navigated the way through the group stage of this season's competition as the only team out of all 64 entrants not to concede a goal, a second round knockout clash with Pompey will prove to be a difficult test for the Robins as the fans once again return to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium tonight.

There will be a limited number inside the ground as tickets have gone on general sale for the game.

If you are attending please familiarise yourself with the matchday information you need to know ahead of heading to the stadium this evening.

Team news

A number of injuries will force Michael Duff to shuffle his pack when picking his team.

Sean Long, Charlie Raglan, Conor Thomas, Chris Clements, Liam Sercombe and Callum Ebanks are all missing for the game with knocks.

Grant Horton, Alex Addai and Tahvon Campbell meanwhile are out on loan so can't play.

Check out Michael Duff's pre-match press conference as he previewed Tuesday's game.

Opposition

To have progressed into the knockout stages of this season's competition is of little surprise for a Portsmouth team whose recent record in the Papa John's Trophy is exceptional.

In 2019 they won the competition at Wembley and at some point this season they'll get the chance to defend the title again as they face up to Salford City in the delayed 2020 final.

To get to this stage they came second in Group A, finishing behind West Ham United under-21s, and ahead of Colchester United and Southend United.

Led by the highly experienced Kenny Jackett, the Watford legend has said he will play a young team in this evening's fixture and expects to make changes from the side that produced an impressive victory over promotion rivals Peterborough United on the weekend - a result that sees Pompey sit in 4th position in League One.

In their previous game in the competition academy product Alex Bass lined up in goal, while their defensive line-up included 18-year-old Haji Mnoga and Wales youth international Harvey Rew.

Further up the pitch in midfield there were more young players involved with Charlie Bell, another from their academy, in the line-up against the young Hammers.

Up top Jordy Hiwula featured. The 26-year-old can name Huddersfield Town and Coventry City among his former sides having arrived at Pompey in October, scoring his first goal for the Fratton Park outfit in their FA Cup mauling of King's Lynn Town in late November.

Manager: Kenny Jackett

Former Wales international Kenny Jackett in his playing days was a defender or midfielder who spent the entireity of his career at Watford, representing the Hornets over 350 times.

Upon ending his playing days with his hometown club he became manager, and was in charge for a year in the late nineties before going on to act as assistant to Ian Holloway at QPR.

He returned to management as the boss of Swansea City and has since then had spells in charge at Millwall, Wolves, Rotherham and since 2017, Pompey.

He has a fantastic record of winning the Papa John's Trophy having achieved the feat with Swansea and Portsmouth and has the chance to do it again when they face up to Salford in the final soon.

He's also previously achieved promotions with Wolves and Millwall in his days in the dugout.

Watch on iFollow

If you are not at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium for the game you can still watch what happens by checking the full 90 minutes out on iFollow.

Match passes for the fixture are available to buy online at a cost of £10.

Match programme

There is a 12 page print and digital programme available to purchase for the game.

The big interview is with goalkeeper Scott Flinders with the experienced shot-stopper discussing the mental side to returning to playing, his impressive thoughts on fellow 'keeper Josh Griffiths and how important loan football is for a player in his position - as he knows from earlier on in his career.

There's also the latest thoughts of Michael Duff, a look at the night's opposition and also a review of how they've reached this stage of the competition this season themselves.

The programme is available to buy online for £1.50 in print, £1 for a digital download and from the pop up shop in the main bar this evening for £1.50.

Tickets

There are tickets available on general sale for Tuesday's contest up until 4.30pm on the day of the game.

These can be bought online or in person from the ticket office.

You cannot buy on the night - all tickets must be purchased in advance. The ticket office will be open for ticket collections but please leave plenty of time to do this, please socially distance when queuing and wear a face covering.

Coverage

Keep an eye on Twitter and follow @CTFCofficial for regular updates, team news, photos and goal information. You can also visit the CTFC Facebook page and Instagram account for goal updates.

Post-match check out the club website and read a match report on the whistle, while you'll also be able to watch reaction from inside the camp to the final score.

Extended highlights will also be available to watch looking back on the tie on iFollow.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Robins 0-3 Portsmouth

8 December 2020

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Cheltenham Town’s Papa John’s Trophy run is over after Portsmouth won a second round tie at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium 3-0.

First half goals from Haji Mnoga and Jordy Hiwula put the visitors in a commanding lead, before Hiwula grabbed another in the second period.

Cheltenham’s opponents on the night qualified for the second round by finishing as runners up in Group A, behind West Ham United under-21s, and ahead of Colchester United and Southend United.

Pompey have a proud record in the competition having won it in 2019, and at some point this season they'll get the chance to defend the title again as they face up to Salford City in the delayed 2020 final.

They proved to be a stern test for a much changed Cheltenham team following a League Two win over Exeter City on Saturday. Michael Duff made eight changes with only Ben Tozer, Finn Azaz and Alfie May remaining in the starting side.

Having successfully navigated a way through the group stage of this season's competition as the only team out of all 64 entrants not to concede a goal, Cheltenham were rocked by an early Portsmouth goal as Mnoga broke the deadlock on the 15th minute.

After Ben Close looped the ball over the Cheltenham defence, Mnoga drifted inside the hosts’ box before striking low and beyond Scott Flinders from close range.

A second would come for Portsmouth after 30 minutes had past at the Jonny-Rocks. Hiwula the beneficiary of Alfie Stanley’s header back across the box following a cross from Cameron Pring from the left wing.

As Cheltenham welcomed fans back for a second time in four days, they were nearly treated to a sixth goal in that time as Andy Williams came closest to reducing Cheltenham’s deficit.

Dan Bowry, who made his fourth start in the Papa John’s Trophy, carved out Cheltenham’s best chance of the half as he cut the ball back for Williams, but his effort failed to hit the target.

Robins manger Duff elected to make two changes at half time by replacing Tozer and Alfie May for Matty Blair and George Lloyd.

Though changes to personnel and system wouldn’t prevent Portsmouth extending their lead further as Hiwula scored his second goal, five minutes after into the second period.

Bryn Morris found the former Coventry City man with space to run into the box, before duly converting past Flinders.

The Cheltenham stopper would soon prevent Hiwula a hat-trick as he made an acrobatic save to tip a header past the post.

First year scholar and 17-year-old Felix Miles made his debut for the Robins when he replaced Azaz with 15 minutes left to play.

Cheltenham will travel to the the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 15:00) as focus shifts back to League Two.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): S Flinders, D Bowry, B Tozer (G Lloyd ’45), L Freestone, T Sang, Chamberlain, F Azaz (F Miles ’76), E Chapman, A May (M Blair’ 45), R Reid, A Wiliams. Subs not used: J Griffiths, C Hussey, C Ebanks, M Jakeways

PORSTMOUTH (3-4-1-2): A Bass (Gk), P Downing, J Bolton, R Nicolaisen, H Mnoga, C Pring, B Close, B Morris, C Bell (G Storey ’61), A Stanley, J Hiwula. Subs not used: T Seymour (Gk), H Jewitt-White, S Jae Lee, H Brook, Kavanagh, H Rew.

REFEREE: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: John Flynn, Christopher Husband. Fourth Official: Christopher Kidd.

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Ticket News

Tickets on general sale for Portsmouth tie

6 December 2020

Tickets for Tuesday night's Papa John's Trophy second round meeting with Portsmouth are on general sale.

Buy online for the visit of the League One side to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 7pm on Tuesday.

On Saturday the club welcomed fans back into the stadium for the first time this season and on Tuesday the same procedures will be in place for fans to comply with to ensure all safety protocols are followed.

Cheltenham's reward for coming top of the Papa John's Trophy group is a home tie in the second round and the visit of Portsmouth will be a good test under the lights.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions.

You can buy online at any time. When purchasing online the ticket system has been set up based on the social distancing requirements for areas of the ground - so seats are available in different numbers from individuals to groups.

The ticket office will be open from 9am to 6pm on Monday and 9am to kick-off on Tuesday.

Tickets must be purchased by 5pm on Tuesday and it is advised that you collect as early as possible from the ticket office. If visiting the ticket office please socially distance when queueing and wear a face covering.

There will be no cash turnstiles on the night - all tickets must be bought in advance.

Take a look at the important information for watching matches back at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium currently. 

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