August 8, 2019 Written by WILLIAM GILBERT
This Saturday marks Tranmere’s first away game in League 1 since Leyton Orient in April 2014. Rovers will be looking to avoid a heavy defeat against Pompey, a side who are heavily favoured to win promotion back to the Championship this season.
Going back a week, Portsmouth lost their first game of the season 1-0 at Shrewsbury. Before this, the last season opener Pompey lost was back in the 13/14 season. Like Portsmouth, the Whites also suffered a 1 goal defeat. A 3-2 defeat at Prenton Park against Rochdale spelled an end to our unbeaten opening game run, a run which also stemmed back to the 13/14 season. Rovers were dominated for spells of the game before a late brace of goals almost clawed us back into the tie.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men last weekend, Portsmouth will be without Ross McCrorie who started his first game in English football last week. On our side, we will be without Rushian Hepburn-Murphy who was sent off after throwing a Dale player to the floor last weekend. Micky Mellon has refused to make any comment on our injury situation: “We’ve still got a few that won’t be available, but I don’t want to say”, said Mellon. “I don’t want Kenny Jackett knowing who’s playing”, he continued. Rovers full-back, Jake Caprice, missed out last weekend. Calum Woods featured on the bench but wasn’t at 100% fitness to start. Corey Blackett-Taylor and Ishmael Miller were also absent last week. With Jake Caprice likely being injured until September/October time, Rovers fans will be hoping Calum Woods will be fit enough to start at Fratton Park. Sid Nelson had to play right-back last weekend, the defence’s lack of balance contributed richly to Rochdale’s striking success.
Morgan Ferrier impressed against Rochdale, he made his debut for the club off the bench. Morgan helped pose threats going forward and allowed us to move further forward with his ball chasing and strength.
Last time Rovers met Portsmouth was in February 2015, this infamous tie was when Rovers threw away a 2-0 lead and conceded 3 in 15 minutes as we sank towards the bottom of League 2.
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Rovers will travel far on Saturday, with an away end of almost 1000 to sell out, the lads will need the SWA to be in full voice. Buy a ticket for the big game at: https://www.trfctickets.co.uk .
Possible line ups:
Portsmouth- MacGillivray, Walkes, Burgess, Downing, Brown, Naylor, Close, Harness, Curtis, Evans, Marquis
Tranmere- Davies, Woods, Nelson, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Morris, Perkins, Potter, Jennings, Payne, Ferrier