Keeping Up With...Pompey
ARGYLE make the 170 mile trip to sixth-placed Portsmouth ahead of this all-important Dockyard Derby this Saturday at Fratton Park.
A record of just two defeats in ten, to Newport (3-0) and Barnet (2-1) has seen Pompey solidify their place in the play-offs, seven points ahead of seventh-placed Wycombe with just six games remaining, having a game in hand over their play-off rivals.
Saturday's 4-1 win over relegation threatened Dagenham & Redbridge made it three consecutive wins for Paul Cook's side after a pair of home wins over Carlisle (1-0) and Notts County (4-0).
Dagenham took the lead when winger Ashley Hemmings, who featured 23 times, scoring twice on-loan at Argyle during the 2011-12 season scored a looping overhead kick. The comeback however was swift and brisk as first Michael Doyle and then a Ben Burgess header within nine second-half minutes put Portsmouth in the assendency. Late substitute Gareth Evans scored from a Kyle Bennett free-kick and then the latter added a fourth as they doubled their lead in the final five minutes of the game.
The Pilgrims will have to be wary of their Dockyard rivals' on-loan Sheffield United forward Marc McNulty who has 10 goals this season for the club, including a ferocious hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of lowly York back in November.
Portsmouth are in good home from of late having won six of their previous ten at Fratton Park, conceding seven goals in the process.
There is little to separate the two sides in the league with both sides winning 20 games apiece and drawing on nine other occasions. Argyle lost 2-1 at Home Park earlier in the season after a duo of Pompey penalties were dispatched; firstly by Matt Tubbs on the stroke of half-time, and then Gary Roberts on 86 minutes. Greens winger Gregg Wylde pulled a goal back on 89 minutes but the visitors held on for all three points.
This game is ALL TICKET & fans are advised not to travel without tickets, as none will be available on the day.
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