UK time is: 13:44:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Pompey vs. Scunthorpe United

Fratton Park

18 December 2010

3:00pm

Pompey v The Iron

Pompey return to Fratton Park after five weeks (weather permitting-snow is forecast for the morning) to take on struggling Scunthorpe United this Saturday.

It is an important game for both sides with Pompey looking to build on successive away wins at playoff contenders and Scunny desperate to end a five game winless run which has seen them drop into the bottom three.

Vital Quotes:

Regular preview man paultsmouth this week celebrated his 40th birthday and has asked me to write his piece while he is away.

Paul - Happy Birthday from all at Vital Pompey!!

Pompey Team News:

Carl Dickinson returns after a three game ban but will he displace the impressive Joel Ward? However Greg Halford is suspended having picked up five bookings so Dickinson will be lucky.

But it is in midfield that will depend on discussions off the field that will decide whether Richard Hughes and Michael Brown feature. With them both out resources will be stretched to the limit.

Player to watch: Dave Kitson

After breaking his goalless spell last week Dave will look to get back to regular scoring habits. His partnership with David Nugent is beginning to flourish.

Scunthorpe United Team News:

The Scunny squad has been hit by a mystery virus this week. They also have a number of injuries to players. Scunthorpe manager Ian Baraclough told us "We have had one or two key players who we have had to send home from training this week.
"But we are travelling down to Portsmouth today (Friday) and will have some decisions to make after we have trained there."
Baraclough won't reveal who are the players worst affected as he focuses his attention to curing the ailments on the field.

Player to watch: Michael O'Connor

Young Northern Ireland midfield star O'Connor joined from Crewe last year and is impressing all with his form. Rumours persist that Premier League clubs are lining up bids but Scunthorpe manager Ian Baraclough told the BBC 'I am unaware of any interest but he's done himself no harm.

'If a young player like Michael puts performance after performance together he's going to get some interest.'

Michael has already netted five times this season.

Match Facts & Stats

This will be Scunny's first league visit to Fratton in over thirty years. On that day in August 1979 they were thrashed 6-1 in front of over 12,000 in a Fourth Divison game. The overall record between the clubs stretching back to 1959 show that Scunthorpe have the better record in the twelve games played.The Iron did in fact more recently come to town for an FA Cup fourth round tie in 2004. Two goals by Super Matt Taylor sealed a narrow 2-1 victory.

Ref Watch:

Graham Salisbury from Lancashire will make his first visit to the home of South Coast football. In fifteen games this season he has issued just two red cards and fifty three yellow. He will be assisted by C J Berry and S J D Daly with the Fourth Official A A Laver.

Match Prediction:

It won't be 6-1 again - will it?

  • Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Scunthorpe

    Next Fixtures:

    Millwall at Fratton Park on Boxing Day - tickets are going fast and remember the kick off is 1pm!




    Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

  • The Journalist

    Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday December 15 2010

    Time: 8:33PM

    Your Comments

    I was ay the 6-1 game, i was working at a warner hol camp on the isle of wight and caught the ferry over...my fave season i think. 17/18 money i pocket halfax away and the huddersfield games...wot a season..met alan rogers few years back in B&Q down here in pasty land,,wot a season
    plymouth graham
    Pompey must win this game if they have any intent on a play off place. Mystery injury or not Pompey should win this game; Scunny has no attack and are- according to there sites demoralised and struggling. As Rug and I have both said and still maintain Pompey should choose Leeds as the game to drop players as LL is out in anycase.
    Russellm
     

    Have Your Say

    Log in...
    with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    As long as we win! (Sunday July 27 2014)

    Pompey well beaten by Ebbsfleet (Saturday July 26 2014)

    On this day in history...26th July (Saturday July 26 2014)

    Awford knows his side...do you? (Thursday July 24 2014)

    Progression pleases Awford (Thursday July 24 2014)

    Another Pompey win (Wednesday July 23 2014)

    AA not 'actively pursuing anyone' (Tuesday July 22 2014)

    On this day in history...22nd July (Tuesday July 22 2014)

    Archived Portsmouth Articles

    List All Vital Pompey Articles
    Have your say
    Click here to suggest an article
    Click here to suggest a poll

    Vital Members League (view all)

    1. pompeyrug 125
    2. PFCblue 61
    3. mslorna48 61
    4. Lemmi 47
    5. eastneydave 35
    6. Emsworthianblue 22
    7. pompeyloyal 14
    8. NZ_Portsmuff 11
    9. storagematt 10
    10. Et_tu_Pompeii 10

    League Results (view all)

    Latest Results

    League Table (view table)

    Team P W D L GD Pts
    14. Northampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
    15. Oxford 0 0 0 0 0 0
    16. Plymouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
    17. Portsmouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
    18. Shrewsbury 0 0 0 0 0 0
    19. Southend 0 0 0 0 0 0
    20. Stevenage 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Breaking League News

    Oxford v Wolverhampton
    Oxford : 29/07/2014 11:09:00
    Teenage Striker Arrives?
    Southend : 28/07/2014 23:23:00
    Keeper joins Seagulls
    York : 28/07/2014 18:59:00
    Woodards Signs Short Term Contract
    Tranmere : 28/07/2014 17:05:00
    Hemmings Signs One Year Deal
    Dag & Red : 28/07/2014 16:55:00

    Current Site Poll (view all polls)

    AA says we are done but are we still short in...
    Suggested By:  pompeyrug
    Defence 74%
    Midfield 0%
    Attack 4%
    In AA we trust! 22%