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03 November 2020 Venue LNER Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Portsmouth (H)

2 November 2020

Michael Appleton's side return to LNER Stadium tomorrow night following two consecutive away games in Sky Bet League One.

The Imps are currently third in the Sky Bet League One table with 22 points to their name, only behind Peterborough and Ipswich on goal difference. 

Lincoln supporters can watch City's game LIVE on WeAreImps iFollow, match passes can be purchased HERE.

Opposition Comments

Kenny Jackett's side travel to LNER Stadium tomorrow night following a 2-0 defeat to Charlton, however Portsmouth's last away game finished in a 3-1 victory over Sunderland.

The Pompey boss spoke about the Imps saying: "They have put together a good squad and have had a great start to the season.

"They have done well and their games have all been tight, all been competitive and have got the necessary amount of wins in the first 10 games which is a good marker, a good barometer of what sort of bracket you are in.

"They have been in the top bracket and deservedly so with their performances so far.

"It will obviously be a difficult game, going to Lincoln on a Tuesday night is a tough one anyway but they will be minus a crowd which we have seen at Fratton Park has been different for us."

Michael Appleton's View

City manager Michael Appleton has said tomorrow night's match will be a tough game for the Imps at LNER Stadium.

"They have a big fan base and are competing at the top of league," explained Michael.

"There is expectation there and they can’t have anyone better than Kenny to deal with the pressure because of the experience he has as a manager.

"Any team with Kenny Jackett managing will be a tough game. We played well in both games last season and to come away with nothing at Portsmouth was frustrating.

"We will need to be brave and aggressive; we need to make sure the hard work we put in isn’t undone by a set play."

One to Watch - John Marquis

John Marquis has had an impressive start to the season scoring seven goals in 14 games. His first goal of the season came against Stevenage in a Carabao Cup victory. 

The striker got off the mark in Sky Bet League One against Gillingham last month when Portsmouth won 2-0 away from home. Marquis would go on to score a brace in the next two fixtures, both victories against Sunderland and Northampton.

WeAreImps iFollow

Lincoln supporters can watch City's game LIVE on WeAreImps iFollow, match passes can be purchased HERE.

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Match Reports

Report: The Imps V Portsmouth

3 November 2020

The Imps were defeated by Portsmouth at LNER Stadium this evening as the visitors showed all their experience to take all three points.

City had plenty of possession but quickfire strikes at the start of both halves from John Marquis and a goal from Ronan Curtis extended the visitors lead, before Tom Hopper reduced the deficit late in the game for Michael Appleton’s side.

There were three changes to the side ahead of kick off this evening, Robbie Gotts making his full debut for The Imps, with Anthony Scully and Sean Roughan also coming into the starting XI.

Portsmouth started the game very quickly, after showing their attacking intentions when Ryan Williams fired on target early on and they took the lead with five minutes on the clock, John MARQUIS taking control of the ball just inside the City area on the right-hand side before cutting back and hitting a low shot through the legs of TJ Eyoma and into the corner.

The Imps settled down from the disappointment and began to slowly build attacks of their own and they caused panic in the Pompey box from a corner swung in by Jorge Grant. The ball couldn’t initially be claimed by Craig MacGillivray and Sean Roughan smashed a shot goalwards which was blocked, then Adam Jackson leapt to loop a header towards goal but the visiting stopper was able to grab the ball at the second attempt.

Robbie Gotts tried next for The Imps as he curled a low, measured effort which skidded off the turf on its way towards goal, but MacGillivray was equal to it, diving to his right to save. Anthony Scully met a left-wing cross from Roughan and diverted it on target but the Pompey stopper was in the right place to save as City continued positively in search of the leveller.

Scully was buzzing around the Pompey backline with Tom Hopper working as hard as ever and it took a timely challenge from Tom Naylor to stop City’s number nine from just getting a shot away on the edge of the area after Hopper had eluded the first challenge following a good touch from Brennan Johnson’s pass inside. City continued to have the better of possession but couldn’t find the elusive touch in front of goal as the visitors went in at the break with the lead.

Half Time

The Imps 0 Portsmouth 1

Kenny Jackett’s side started the second half like they started the first, pressing forward quickly but Ronan Curtis’ drive from outside the area flew over the top with Alex Palmer confidently watching the ball go by for a goal kick. But again much like the first 45, MARQUIS netted after five minutes. The Pompey number nine this time met a cross from Marcus Harness to head home despite the best efforts of Palmer to save.

Jackson met a Grant corner from the right but could only steer it wide of the mark as City looked to fight back before a swift break from the visitors that saw Williams nod a stooping header wide from a Callum Johnson cross. Harness then tested the reflexes of Palmer who dived swiftly to his right to save at his near post.

Brennan Johnson forced MacGillivray into a good save, before the visitors extended their lead, CURTIS finishing after a low cross/shot from Williams which had initially been well saved by Palmer.

City introduced Harry Anderson from the bench with just under 30 minutes remaining but it was Scully who was to fire the next Imps effort, which unfortunately it flew over the top. The Imps continued undeterred pressing for a goal as a reward for their efforts and it duly came. Neat work between James Jones and Scully down the right channel created space for Anderson to dink an inviting ball into the box for HOPPER to nod home from close range to reduce the arrears.

Michael Appleton’s side showed great persistence and effort, as Johnson fizzed a low effort on target signalling to the visitors that they weren’t going to let them rest right until the final whistle. But the two goal lead was enough for the visitors to take the spoils .

Full Time

The Imps 1 Portsmouth 3

1          Alex PALMER

5          Adam JACKSON

8          James JONES

9          Tom HOPPER

10        Jorge GRANT

11        Anthony SCULLY

18        Conor McGRANDLES

20        Brennan JOHNSON

22        TJ EYOMA

24        Robbie GOTTS

30        Sean ROUGHAN

Substitutes

29        Ethan ROSS

3          Max MELBOURNE

7          Tayo EDUN

14        Theo ARCHIBALD (82’ for Jones)

17        Remy HOWARTH

25        Zack ELBOUZEDI

26        Harry ANDERSON (64’ for Gotts)

GOAL: Hopper 73’

Portsmouth

1          Craig MacGILLIVRAY

2          Callum JOHNSON

4          Tom NAYLOR

7          Ryan WILLIAMS

9          John MARQUIS

11        Ronan CURTIS

14        Andy CANNON

15        Rasmus NICOLAISEN

19        Marcus HARNESS

20        Sean RAGGETT

23        Cameron PRING

Substitutes

35        Alex BASS

8          Ben CLOSE (75’ for Curtis)

10        Ellis HARRISON

17        Bryn MORRIS (81’ for Naylor)

26        Jordy HIWULA

37        Haji MNOGA (89’ for Harness)

40        Alfie STANLEY

GOAL: Marquis 5’, 50’, Curtis 61’

Booked: Curtis 57’, Marquis 88’

Referee: Carl Brook

Assistants: Christopher Ward & Kenwyn Hughes

4th Official: Gareth Mellor

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