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Match Preview: Portsmouth

6 February 2020

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers host Portsmouth at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon’s men welcome Pompey up to the Wirral, aiming to get back on track after last Tuesday’s home defeat against Doncaster Rovers.

Meanwhile, Kenny Jackett’s promotion-chasing South Coast outfit have won four of their last five games following on from last Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Sunderland  at Fratton Park.

Team news

Morgan Feeney, Corey Blackett-Taylor, Ollie Banks, Mark Ellis and Evan Gumbs are all out of action while Peter Clarke is doubtful.

One to watch

Midfielder Ronan Curtis leads the way for Portsmouth this season with 13 goals to his name.

The Londoner has been on the books of Pompey since the summer of 2018 and has since gone onto be a first-team regular on the South Coast.

He started his career with Derry City in the Republic of Ireland, coming through their youth set-up.

Curtis switched to Portsmouth for £100,000 two years ago and he has made 66 appearances, winning the EFL Trophy in March 2019.

The 23-year-old has also won senior caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Match officials

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistant referees: Chris Isherwood and Ian Smedley

Fourth Official: Hristo Karaivanov


Come down to Prenton Park on Saturday and back Micky and the lads against Portsmouth.

We are calling on the SWA to Pack the Park again to show their support for the players.

Tickets start from the below prices:

Adult: £19

Senior (65+): £12

Young Persons (18-22): £12

U18s: £6

U12s accompanied: £2

Past meetings

TRFC’s record against Portsmouth currently stands at won 14, drawn seven and lost 14.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ home clash with Portsmouth through an iFollow audio match pass on Saturday, costing £2.50.

Your TRFC Radio match day commentary team of Phill Wilkinson and Rob Edwards will guide through events at Prenton Park alongside Club legend Dave Higgins.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50! To sign-up, CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

TikTok: @tranmererovers


Did you know?

Rovers’ last three points versus Portsmouth came after they beat the Hampshire side 3-1 at Prenton Park in November 2014.

Shamir Fenelon, James Rowe and Max Power were on target for Tranmere that afternoon. 

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Match Reports

Tranmere 0-2 Portsmouth

8 February 2020

Tranmere Rovers were beaten 2-0 at home by Portsmouth at Prenton Park on Saturday.

Sean Raggett’s early headed gave Portsmouth the advantage on a chilly Wirral afternoon.

Ryan Williams struck a second goal for the Hampshire outfit five minutes into the second-half.

Manager Micky Mellon brought in George Ray and Corey Blackett-Taylor to the starting line-up for the visit of Pompey.

Rovers began brightly, and Alex Woodyard and Luke McCullough seeing efforts blocked from range.

Ronan Curtis tested Scott Davies in the opening five minutes after breaking free, with Calum Woods’ excellent tackle denying Ellis Harrison an easy tap in on the rebound.

Andy Cook and Blackett-Taylor linked up well inside the penalty area, with Corey’s subsequent attempt charged down.

Kenny Jackett’s in-form side were in front with 13 minutes gone when Curtis’ free-kick from the left found the head of Raggett who diverted beyond Davies.

Looking for a response, Tranmere went agonizingly close three minutes later as Blackett-Taylor’s effort fell into Cook’s path, who flicked towards goal, however goalkeeper Alex Bass saved with his feet on the line.

Up the other end, Curtis was involved again, setting up Harrison, though he couldn’t test Davies.

A lofted ball was later brought down by James Vaughan, with his half-volley from just outside the box straight into Bass’ grasp.

Bass was then called into action after 34 minutes, keeping out Cook’s downward header from Kane Wilson's cross.

Kieron Morris then weaved through to create space, but his drive went off target.

Rovers created the final chance of a half where they had the better opportunities, with Cook headed wide from close-range after Woods’ cross.

Mellon introduced Liam Ridehalgh as a half-time change, who replaced Wilson.

Curtis hooked his volley over the crossbar and into the away supporters who had made the long journey up from the South Coast.

But Portsmouth did have their second goal on the counter attack five minutes after the interval, through Williams’ low drive which crept into the net to find Davies’ bottom right-corner.

Davies was again tested, this time he was forced to hold onto Harrison’s glancing header from point-blank range.

Neil Danns and Morgan Ferrier were thrown onto the pitch on the hour, with the pair coming on for Woods and Vaughan.

And Ferrier was in the thick of the action, profiting from Blackett-Taylor’s industrious play to flash powerfully across goal.

With 19 minutes to go, Morris dragged a low daisycutter past Bass’ right-hand post after Monthe’s had two attempts blocked in the box from the midfielder’s corner.

Rovers battled in the closing stages for a route back into the contest, with half-chances from Cook and Ferrier going begging.

TRFC are next back at Prenton Park on Tuesday night when they host Bristol Rovers, 7:45pm kick-off.

TRFC: Davies ©, Wilson (Ridehalgh 45), Ray, Monthe, Woods (Danns 60), McCullough, Woodyard, Morris, Blackett-Taylor, Vaughan (Ferrier 60), Cook.

Subs not used: Pilling, Perkins, Gilmour, Jennings. 

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