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PREVIEW: Portsmouth Vs Barnsley

The inside track on our Emirates FA Cup fourth round clash with Pompey

24 January 2020

The Reds put their league campaign to one side this weekend as the FA Cup adventure continues in Hampshire - here's the preview!

Whilst Barnsley head into this weekend's cup tie off the back of a disappointing evening last time out, Reds Head Coach, Gerhard Struber has called on the focus to quickly move to Portsmouth, describing the defeat against Preston North End as a 'one-off'. 

That 3-0 home loss was the first time under Struber's management that the Reds have been comfortably beaten. Indeed, it was the first time they've lost by more than a single goal since the Austrian coach arrived in Barnsley.

You can get the thoughts of Gerhard and returning striker Cauley Woodrow by watching their pre-match press conference interviews if you click on the linked videos below.

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Saturday's opponents come into this fourth round clash with an unbeaten home record so far this season. 

Portsmouth sit 7th in the Sky Bet League One table at present and have won their last three fixtures at Fratton Park. 

Our hosts at the weekend have reached this stage having already seen off Harrogate Town, Altrincham and Fleetwood Town, all by the same 2-1 scoreline. 

Pompey joined the Reds on a great cup run in 2008, but unlike Barnsley they went a step further than the semi-final stage and ended up winning the competition, beating Cardiff City 1-0 in the final. 

Currently led by the vastly experienced Kenny Jackett, Pompey have a number of talented players at their disposal including former Burton Albion man Marcus Harness. The 23-year-old winger signed for Portsmouth last summer and scored his first goal for the club against Sunderland. 

Former Doncaster Rovers striker John Marquis was another summer recruit and has nine goals from his 34 appearances this season. 

The two clubs met twice last season and both games ended in draws, but it was the Reds who won the battle for promotion, finishing second whilst Pompey were beaten by Sunderland in the playoffs. 

There are no ticket sales on the day at Fratton Park as over 700 Reds supporters head south for this fourth round tie. 

Due to broadcast restrictions there will not be a live stream on iFollow Barnsley, but Matt Bailey will be on hand with live and uninterrupted commentary from just before 3pm. 

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REPORT: Portsmouth 4-2 Barnsley

Reds exit cup at Fratton Park

25 January 2020

Barnsley were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Portsmouth this afternoon.

The Reds were second best on a dismal trip to the South Coast as goals from Ben Close, John Marquis, Ronan Curtis and Christian Burgess saw this season's cup exploits abruptly ended at Fratton Park.

Gerhard Struber had given a debut to latest signing, Michael Sollbauer who lined up in defence and Cauley Woodrow returned to the starting XI and took the captain's armband with Alex Mowatt on the bench.

In what was a very sloppy start for both sides, it was the hosts who first tried their luck when Pompey skipper Tom Naylor dragged an effort wide from the edge of the box. 

The Reds had their own opportunity when Marcel Ritzmaier fired over from just inside the box after a flowing move down the right-hand side. 

Brad Collins was fortunate after 25 minutes when his attempted clearance cannoned off the rear end of John Marquis and could only watch on as the ball rebounded just a foot wide of his empty net.

But the home side did take the lead some 10 minutes later when after the Reds failed to clear their lines, Andy Cannon produced some skill to open space which Ben Close took advantage of, firing in brilliantly from 20 yards out, beating Collins to his left. 

It was 2-0 right on half-time when a corner to the back post was headed home by Marquis and that left Barnsley with it all to do after the interval.

HALF TIME: Pompey 2-0 Barnsley

Despite the half-time introduction of Alex Mowatt who replaced Luke Thomas, the home side were still in control for the opening stages of the second period. 

Only a last-ditch Mads Andersen intervention denied Pompey a third before the Reds grabbed a lifeline, and what a way to do it..

Woodrow picked up possession about 30 yards from goal, central and unleashed an unstoppable effort that reduced the deficit. 

It should have been 2-2 a couple of minutes later when Brown was picked out perfectly by Chaplin but the striker's finish was poor, shooting wide from around eight yards out. 

The hosts punished Barnsley almost immediately..

A long punt down field saw Curtis in a race towards goal with Sollbauer with the Pompey livewire coming out the victor as he held off the Austrian and slotted in at Collins' near post for 3-1. 

Struber's men were gifting up opportunities at an alarming rate and after conceding a corner that the referee delayed initially, Burgess rose highest at the back post unopposed and powered home a header with Collins stranded. 

Chaplin got a consolation in stoppage time to mark his return to Fratton Park but it was too little, too late.

The hardy 678 Reds supporters who'd made the long journey deserved much better from their team, as Barnsley's FA Cup run this season was halted at the fourth round stage.

FULL TIME: Pompey 4-1 Barnsley

Collins (GK), J.Williams, Sollbauer, Andersen, Oduor, Halme (Dougall), Ritzmaier, Thomas (Mowatt), Woodrow, Chaplin, Brown.

Unused: Radlinger (GK), B.Williams, Ludewig, Schmidt, Styles.

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TICKET UPDATE | Portsmouth (A)

The Reds head to Fratton Park on Saturday

22 January 2020

The Reds' FA Cup adventure continues this weekend - get your ticket and back the boys at Pompey!

Gerhard Struber’s men travel to face Portsmouth in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, 25th January for a 3pm kick-off, and tickets remain on general sale.

Of the 2,000 allocation, we have sold to date (22/01/2020) 602 tickets.

This is an all ticket game with no sales available on the day.

Adult £24

Seniors (65 years and over) £18

Young Adults (18-22 years) £16

                                                    Junior (under 18) £7

Ambulant disabled supporters will be charged £16 for their ticket with a carer’s ticket being free of charge for those able to provide evidence they are in receipt of the highest rate of DLA only.

Wheelchair users should purchase their tickets directly from Portsmouth FC (0345 646 1898) and will be charged £15 (with a carer’s ticket free of charge). Wheelchair user and carer tickets are located amongst the home fans in the Fratton End wheelchair section. Supporters are advised to purchase these specific tickets as soon as possible due to high demand.

Priced at £30 per seat, the official Club coach travel departs at 8.30am on Saturday 25th January. A strict no alcohol policy is in place and children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (18+).

How to buy

To purchase tickets or coach travel for this fixture, please visit, call 01226 211 183 or visit the Reds Superstore in person.


Car Parking

Supporters making their own way to the South Coast are advised that car parking is available adjacent to Fratton Park (post code for sat-nav: PO4 8SX). Portsmouth FC provide 26 accessible spaces on a first come first served basis. There is also a designated drop off point with 200 spaces available on a first come first served basis, at a cost of £10 per vehicle.

The postage deadline has now passed.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm Friday 24th January, subject to availability.

If supporters are purchasing tickets on behalf of other supporters, it is strongly advised that tickets are correctly assigned to each individual for every game. This will allow for the correct privileges to supporters on occasions when tickets are on restricted sales in a category system. 

Ticket stubs will not be accepted when tickets are on restricted sale. Only tickets purchased in advance and correctly assigned will count towards qualifying criteria.

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