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Match Previews

Match Preview: City vs Portsmouth

17 February 2023

The Imps will look to extend their unbeaten run to six games when hosting Portsmouth on Saturday 18 February (3pm KO).

All the key information you need to know ahead of the fixture can be found in this match preview.


With the stadium close to capacity in home areas ahead of Saturday’s game, the club have now opened the buyback scheme for gold season members. Find out how to release your seat for resale HERE.

Very few tickets remain in home areas, so supporters are encouraged to purchase at the earliest point to avoid missing out.

If you plan to purchase your ticket on the day of the game, please check online via the ticketing website or the club's social media channels for updates on availability.

Click HERE for City’s ticketing website.


The match is available for live streaming internationally for just £10, or the equivalent cost in your local currency.

The feed includes expert commentary from the BBC Radio Lincolnshire sports team, including replays of key moments as well as match statistics and latest scores around the division.

Alternatively, UK-based supporters can listen to live match commentary using an iFollow Imps audio pass - which can be bought HERE.

iFollow Imps subscribers can watch all the reaction, including post-match interviews and match highlights.

City supporters unable to get to the LNER Stadium will also be able to follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.


Nickname: Pompey

Founded: 1898

Stadium: Fratton Park

Head coach: John Mousinho

Top scorer: Colby Bishop (16 goals)

League position: 10th


Derby County 1-1 Imps

Sky Bet League One

Imps: Rushworth, Poole ©, Montsma, Jackson, Bishop (Sanders 64’), Shodipo (Sorensen 58’), Erhahon, O’Connor, House, Roughan, Diamond (Plange 76’). Subs (not used): Wright, Boyes, Vernam, Eyoma.

Portsmouth 1-0 Burton Albion

Sky Bet League One

Portsmouth: Oluwayemi, Rafferty, Raggett ©, Towler, Ogilvie, Morrell, Thompson (Tunnicliffe 73’), Dale (Pigott 86’), Lane (Jacobs 73’), Hackett (Scarlett 73’), Bishop. Subs (not used): Steward, Freeman, Hume.



Portsmouth: WLDLW


Hear from the head coach below…


Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistant referee: Daniel Woodward

Assistant referee: Marc Wilson

Fourth official: Christopher Ward

Click HERE to check out the 2022/23 training range.

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Match Reports

Imps 0 Portsmouth 0

18 February 2023

City made it a sixth match unbeaten in Sky Bet League One with a goalless draw against Portsmouth.

The Imps had a golden opportunity inside the first two minutes when Sean Roughan played a long ball over the top of the Portsmouth defence to Jack Diamond who could only poke his effort narrowly wide.

Diamond had another chance to open the scoring in the 11th minute as he twisted and turned away from Ryley Towler inside the area before flashing his fierce strike just past the far post.

Portsmouth hit back with a chance of their own moments later as a mishit shot was headed away by Regan Poole only as far as Ryan Tunnicliffe just inside the box who volleyed wide of the target.

The visitors looked more threatening on the counter and posed another threat from one when Reeco Hackett was found by Tunncliffe on the right before he cut inside and bent his shot inches wide.

Roughan sent another long ball forward which the Portsmouth defence struggled to deal with in the 39th minute as Plange wrestled the ball from Raggett inside the area before firing the wrong side of the post.

City hit the woodwork in the 58th minute when Danny Mandroiu took down Roughan’s sweeping cross on the edge of the area before striking a looping effort which bounced back off the crossbar to Shodipo who also couldn’t convert.

Just after the hour mark Pompey could’ve broken the deadlock when Joe Raffety’s low inviting delivery went all the way through to Ronan Curtis who had his goalbound effort blocked behind by Poole.

Shortly after the Imps had a penalty appeal waved away for a foul on Lasse Sorensen, Pompey put the ball in the back of the net through Dane Scarlett, but the assistant raised his flag for offside.

Colby Bishop almost added to his impressive goalscoring record this season with consecutive chances as he first drove an effort on the turn straight at Rushworth before skiing a big chance from close range over the crossbar. 

Deep into injury time City came close again as Vernam's 25-yard drive was parried behind by Macey, before Diamond's resulting corner caused a scramble which Pompey cleared from their goal mouth.

The final opportunity of the encounter fell to Vernam again who forced a fine save out of Pompey's No.1 after Rushworth produced a superb save to deny Curtis one-on-one moments earlier.

City: Carl Rushworth, Regan Poole ©, Adam Jackson (Danny Mandroiu 20’), Luke Plange (Charles Vernam 72’), Ted Bishop (Lasse Sorensen 72’), Mide Shodipo, Ethan Erhahon, Paudie O’Connor, TJ Eyoma, Sean Roughan (Harry Boyes 76’), Jack Diamond. Subs (not used): Jordan Wright.

Portsmouth: Matt Macey, Conor Ogilvie, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Colby Bishop, Owen Dale (Joe Pigott 59’), Joe Morrell, Joe Rafferty, Reeco Hackett (Dane Scarlett 74’), Sean Raggett ©, Paddy Lane (Ronan Curtis 59’), Ryley Towler. Subs (not used): Josh Oluwayemi, Louis Thompson, Michael Jacobs, DiShon Bernard.

Referee: Ross Joyce.

Attendance: 9,906 (1,313 away).

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Ticket News

Ticket update: Portsmouth (H)

16 February 2023

A bumper home crowd is expected at the LNER Stadium on Saturday as City host Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One (3pm KO).

Tickets are selling quickly in home areas with less than 200 tickets remaining across the GBM, SRP and Rilmac stands.

The club may need to open the buyback scheme for gold season members which means those who cannot attend may be able to re-sell their seat back to the club. The club will communicate with supporters directly if the buyback scheme is switched live. If it is activated, season members can follow the below instructions.

How to release your seat for resale:

  • Visit and log into your ticketing account. Once logged in, click the account icon in the top right corner of the page.
  • Once the account icon has been clicked, please click the link under ‘manage tickets’ button in your notification centre.
  • On the ticket management page, a list of matches available for the buyback scheme will appear. The matches listed will be close to a sell-out or sold out.
  • To release your seat for a match, select the fixture you wish to release your seat for and then select the seat you wish to release. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • Once you have selected the match and seat you wish to release, please click on the ‘sell on ticket exchange’ button at the bottom of the page.
  • Please then review the details of the ticket exchange and click the ‘review order’ button once happy to proceed.
  • Please then review the ticket release order on the following page, ensure to check the seat details and personal details are correct.
  • Once you are happy the details are correct, please read and then check the terms and conditions and click the ‘complete purchase’ button.
  • You will then be presented with your ticket release confirmation page and receive an email to confirm your ticket cancellation.
  • If your seat is sold you will receive an email to inform you of the purchase and the relevant credit will be added to your ticketing account.
  • If you have any further questions about this process, please email

Haven’t secured your ticket for Saturday’s game yet? Click HERE to ensure you don’t miss out.

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