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PREVIEW | Portsmouth v Millers

25 November 2019

After a remarkable comeback victory against MK Dons, Rotherham United aim to continue their fine away form against Portsmouth, and you can find all of the information ahead of the clash here…

Fixture: Portsmouth V Rotherham United
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Tuesday 26th November 2019
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Venue: Fratton Park
Referee: A. Coggins

Portsmouth

Form: WDDWWW
League Position: 11th
Top Scorer: Ellis Harrison (7)

After a poor start to the campaign, pre-season promotion favourites Portsmouth have started to find their feet again in the last few weeks.

14 points from their last their last six games is a tremendous return as a resurgent Pompey look to climb back up the table towards the promotion places.

Kenny Jackett’s men are boosted by no new injury concerns as they look to make it four wins on the bounce at Fratton Park.

However, the Tuesday clash comes too soon for Ross McCrorie and Tom Naylor, with the duo targeting the Peterborough match next weekend as a more realistic target date, whilst Sean Raggett and Jack Whatmough are nearing match fitness.

Rotherham United

Form: LWWLWW
League Position: 4th
Top Scorer: Matt Crooks (8)

A spirited second-half performance saw Rotherham overcome a 2-0 deficit to emerge 3-2 victors against MK Dons on Saturday, due to a Daniel Barlaser strike and a Freddie Ladapo double.

The Millers have now won four away league games in a row to catapult themselves up to 4th place, the highest position Paul Warne’s men have found themselves all season.

Assistant manager Richie Barker admitted changes could be made following recent performances, which could see Freddie Ladapo return to the starting lineup following his inspired substitute performance.

Despite a few players suffering from knocks after the MK Dons game, Barker is hoping none of these are serious, but Joe Mattock will definitely miss the trip down south, whilst Chiedozie Ogbene could return to the starting eleven after his suspension.

One to watch: Ronan Curtis

A big factor behind Portsmouth’s recent run is forward Ronan Curtis.

The Irishman, who can play as a winger or striker, has struck six times this season as he follows up on the back of 11 goals last campaign.

The 23-year-old has found the net on an impressive 16 occasions in his 55 outings for Pompey, including a 10th minute strike in a vastly entertaining 3-3 draw against Coventry back in August.

Curtis scored a brace on his last outing (a resounding 3-0 win over Rochdale), and will be eager to add even more goals to his name on Tuesday.

Talk

Richie Barker: "There is a long way to go but we've given ourselves a chance. We also know we're on a good run of form.

"Somewhere along the line there will be a sticky patch, but to be successful it is about how small you can make that and how successful you can make your real good times.

"I'm expecting it to be a decent game as they're right up there in the home form table and we're right up there on the road, so maybe something gives or it happens to be something in between."

 

Kenny Jackett: “We’re looking to close the gap on the play-off places and need to continue our good form, trying to put ourselves into a strong position.

“We’ll have to work hard against Rotherham, but the crowd and atmosphere is a great asset for us. Our endeavour and quality has to bring them into play.”

Coverage

iFollow Millers will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, whilst the Rotherham United Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on iFollow and social media.


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