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Preview: Pompey vs Stags

17 January 2014

Everything you need to know about tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two match against Portsmouth...


Manager Paul Cox could include both Martin Riley and Jamie McGuire in his squad for the match at Fratton Park. The duo have been sidelined recently with groin injuries.

McGuire’s last appearance came in our 2-1 victory at Cheltenham Town in December, whilst Riley last figured in our New Year’s Day draw with high-flying Burton Albion.

Elsewhere, Sam Clucas is making good progress in his recovery from ankle ligament damage, but Ben Hutchinson has suffered a slight setback with his hamstring injury.

If Louis Briscoe appears in this match it will be his 200th appearance for us. Should Lee Stevenson figure at any point it will be his 50th outing for the club.

Meanwhile, Pompey could hand a debut to new signing Wes Fogden, who penned an 18-month deal with the club yesterday.


Our side have accumulated 19 points on the road in Sky Bet League Two this season and have won their last two away matches.

However, last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to table-toppers Scunthorpe United saw us slip to 17th position in the division – three places and two points above Portsmouth.

Since Richie Barker took the managerial reins at Fratton Park on 09 December, the South Coast club have won just one of their six matches.

In their last outing they held Oxford United to a 0-0 draw at Kassam Stadium.


In the reverse fixture at One Call Stadium in August, the two teams played out a highly-entertaining 2-2 draw.

Ben Hutchinson fired us ahead with a sumptuous volley, before goals from Andy Barcham and David Connolly saw Portsmouth establish a lead. Lindon Meikle’s late equaliser rescued a point.

Our only previous visit to Fratton Park came way back in the 1976/77 campaign and also finished in a 2-2 draw.

Our full record against Pompey is as follows: Played 4, Won 1, Drew 2, Lost 1.


Mr Darren Sheldrake has been appointed as referee for this fixture. He will be assisted by Mr Ryan Atkin and Mr Stuart Butler. The Fourth Official is Mr Robert Hyde.


If you haven’t yet got tickets, you can purchase them on the day at Fratton Park from the ticket office on Frogmore Road. No cash turnstiles are in operation.

Tickets are priced as follows:

£20 Adults
£15 Senior Citizens (65+) & Young Persons (17-22)
£5 Under 17s.

Ambulant Disabled supporters are admitted for £15, whilst Wheelchair & Carer tickets are priced at £10.


- By Road…

Go along the M27 (ignoring the M275 turn off for Portsmouth) and join the A27. At the junction with the A2030, turn right towards Southsea/Fratton and just continue straight along this road. Eventually you will reach Fratton Park on your left-hand side.

- By Rail…

The nearest station to Fratton Park is Fratton, which is located around a 10-minute walk away. Leave the station via the footbridge and turn left into Goldsmith Avenue. Continue forwards at the mini-roundabout and then take another left turn into Frogmore Road for the stadium.

- Parking…

Parking in close proximity to Fratton Park is extremely limited. A large car park is situated behind the Fratton End, but this is for home supporters only. Nevertheless, some unofficial car parks may be in operation slightly further afield. Street parking is also available, but supporters are advised to check if any restrictions are in place before leaving their cars.


If you aren’t travelling to Fratton Park this weekend, you can listen to full-match commentary on Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only).

Furthermore, you can also hear full-match commentary in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from 12noon.

Mansfield 103.2’s ‘Stags FM’ show begins at 1.00pm. To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.

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