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13 February 2024 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Portsmouth vs Cambridge United

12 February 2024

Cambridge United look to make an instant return to winning ways as they make the midweek trip down to Fratton Park to take on Sky Bet League One table-toppers Portsmouth…

After seeing their unbeaten run come to an end last time out, the U’s plot to increase their gap of four points from the bottom four by taking their share against Pompey, who are firmly lodged in the ascendency after recently registering 13 points from a possible 15.

How to Watch

Over 300 U’s have already secured their place for Tuesday’s encounter on the south coast, which kicks off at 7:45pm.

Visiting supporters have the choice of either seated or standing tickets, which are both priced the same. They can be purchased online at, with tickets off sale at 9pm on Monday.

Please note, this is an all-ticket fixture – supporters should not travel without a ticket.

Opposition Focus

Enriched with a past packed to the brim with triumphant eras, Pompey were founded in 1898, were promoted to the top-flight for the first time in their history 29 years later and went on to reach two FA Cup finals before finally lifting the prestigious trophy in 1939. A decade later, they kick-started their golden era, winning Division One in consecutive campaigns – only four other clubs have achieved this since. From the late 1950s, they started to fluctuate between the divisions, but made a return in 1987 and would soon establish themselves once more. A second FA Cup triumph ensured European football for the first time in 2008, but crippling financial crisis ensued as, just five years later, they were languishing in the fourth tier. Building up steam since, a League Two title success, EFL Trophy euphoria and six successive top 10 finishes in League One has been welcoming, but they’re hungry for more this time out. Under John Mousinho, a first campaign in the second tier since 2012 looks increasingly likely by the week, with the runaway leaders showing no signs of complacency.

Utilising the trusted 4-2-3-1, the gaffer has been a revelation and has built a possession-based, hard-to-beat, easy on the eye side. Former U Will Norris leads the way for clean sheets, his trusted back four ahead of him in Connor Ogilvie, Conor Shaughnessy, Sean Raggett and Joe Rafferty have gained 15 in total and have heaps of experience. As does the indispensable Marlon Pack in the middle of the park – he’s on nine goal involvements and is joined by either Tom Lowery or new signing Owen Moxon, who thoroughly impressed in League Two with Carlisle United. In the attacking department, loanees Abu Kamara and Myles Peart-Harris are exciting, front-footed options whereas Paddy Lane has added goals to his game and January addition Callum Lang has hit the ground running. 27-year-old Colby Bishop remains a consistent figurehead – he’s on 15 for the season and completes what is a strong team on paper, despite the recent losses of key men Joe Morrell, Terry Devlin and Tom McIntyre who are ruled out until summer due to injury.

From the get-go, Pompey have been imperious and a cut above their opponents. From their opening seven, they registered three assuring wins and four battling draws, but a rapid 2-3 success against Barnsley in mid-September moved them to the summit – a place they’ve occupied for every gameweek bar two since. The unbeaten run continued, with the win at the Tykes the start of a six-game winning run. They first tasted defeat on the 25th November, a 0-4 battering at home to Blackpool, but no hangover ensued as they entered the Christmas period with four successive victories and clean sheets. A rocky spell followed, with a New Year’s Day triumph over Stevenage their only win during a six-match period, but Portsmouth have come alive of late and are currently unbeaten in five, with an extremely healthy seven-point gap from the play-offs – they’ll look to extend that on Tuesday and edge that one bit closer to promotion.

Form Guide

Portsmouth: WWDWW

Cambridge United: WDDWL

United’s Approach

The U’s now dust themselves down and prepare for the quick turnaround after their last League One outing saw them be downed 0-1 by Cheltenham Town at the Cledara Abbey.

Despite dominating the clear-cut chances throughout the first half, they couldn’t find the all-important opener as the Robins grew into the game after the break and snatched maximum points thanks to Matty Taylor’s clinical finish.

Reflecting on a disappointing afternoon, the Head Coach stated: “The performance wasn’t good enough, but it’s one game. It’s a disappointing one and probably the biggest kick in the proverbial since I have been here. We need to be better, that’s for sure, but we did have unbelievable chances to win the game.

“Today is a real disappointment for us, but we have not had many of these over the past couple of months. We have to get over this and see a reaction from the group, see what they are made of and see how they respond on Tuesday.”

The result signalled the end of a positive four-game unbeaten run – and just their second league loss of 2024 – but with one of the biggest tests of the season ahead of them, they’ll be fully focused on a week which sees them pit their wits against sides at the polar end of the table.


Portsmouth Wins: 16

Cambridge United Wins: 3

Draws: 5

Down Memory Lane

The last time we did battle, a significantly improved performance saw Cambridge shake off the possibility of a fourth league defeat from five as they earned a creditable stalemate at CB5.

Prior to their recent promotion, United’s form against the Blues looked cursed. Following a 1-0 win in March 1978, they didn’t record another victory from their next 16 games, before a first-ever triumph at the upcoming venue was secured in September 2021 as an expert Joe Ironside header and a Liam O’Neil scorcher set them on their way to a memorable 1-2 win.

Recent form has certainly better, with another success recorded in a 2022 Football League Trophy tie, as well as two closely-fought 0-0 draws and two defeats, which includes a 4-1 win for Pompey in last season’s meeting at Fratton Park.


Referee: Robert Madley

Assistant Referee: Ian Cooper

Assistant Referee: George Byrne

Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

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Match Reports

Report: Portsmouth 3-1 Cambridge United

13 February 2024

Cambridge United were unable to take points from the Sky Bet League One leaders as Portsmouth came from behind to register a 3-1 victory at Fratton Park…

The visiting U’s made an excellent account of themselves in the opening proceedings of an atmospheric evening by taking the lead through Danny Andrew’s header. Nonetheless, Pompey drew level moments before the break courtesy of Kusini Yengi’s penalty and turned up the gears on the hour mark as Myles Peart-Harris helped secure the comeback, before Abu Kamara made sure of the points with a well-taken finish.

With their unbeaten run terminated last time out – in what was just their second league loss of 2024 -  the onus was on United to make a return to winning ways as soon as possible and build on their improved away form. One of their biggest tests of resolve awaited in Pompey, comfortably lodged at the top of the table thanks to four wins from their previous five.

In response to the slender defeat to Cheltenham Town three days earlier, Neil Harris rolled the dice by naming three changes to his XI. James Gibbons was drafted into the defence for his debut, whilst George Thomas and James Brophy also earned starts.

Looking to silence a lively atmosphere, who were roaring every time the hosts entered the final third, United had their chances at a premium in the opening stages but did force a scare on the 9th minute when Jack Lankester nicked the ball in the middle of the park and scurried towards the penalty area – with time on his hands, he carried and with options either side he pulled the trigger which got an important deflection out for a corner.

Remaining spirited by recovering at every opportunity and getting their bodies on the line, the chances remained in the U’s favour. This time, a 16th minute attempt from Lyle Taylor was ambitious considering the tight right angle in the box, but it was enough to test former U Will Norris, who claimed.

With 29 minutes played, another foray resulted in a scramble in the area where, with his back to goal, Taylor volleyed invitingly towards Sullay Kaikai, who got a foot on it but not enough to deflect on target as it trickled wide.

All in all, United had acquitted themselves extremely well during the opening half an hour, limited Pompey to very little.

The deserved breakthrough was secured on 37 when, at the conclusion of sustained pressure, a Kaikai corner was headed powerfully by Andrew, who passed a sea of blue and was pawed by Norris, but ultimately it had creeped past the line, with the referee confirming to spark jubilant scenes in front of the away end.

In response, John Mousinho’s men probed from the get-go. Upping the tenacity, Yengi tried his luck with a 25-yarded attempt that drilled inches wide of Jack Stevens’ left post.

With a matter of minutes before the break, Pompey were awarded a penalty when the lively Yengi was brought down in the area following a jinking turn. The forward stepped up and lashed straight into the middle of the net to level the tie.

This signalled a scrappy, physical end to a heated first half. United had certainly been in the ascendency throughout, but the league leaders were starting to enjoy the possession, so the whistle came at a good time.

After using the 15 minutes to regroup, Harris’ men came out of the blocks in positive fashion. Although they hadn’t registered anything clear cut, they were forcing waves of pressure and camping the Blues back.

Out of nowhere, they received the sucker punch on the stroke of the hour mark via a rapid counter-attack. After Yengi touched down a lofted ball, he picked out Paddy Lane down the left, whose inch-perfect pass across the face of goal was converted by a lunging Peart-Harris from a matter of yards.

Vying for the leveller, a sequence of switches resulted in Kaikai silkily beating two men to dance into the area, before the winger rifled against his nearest side netting.

The encounter was all but killed off on the 70th minute when Kamara was picked out on the edge of the 18-yard box, with the Norwich City loanee picking his spot and arrowing a precise strike that tapped against the crossbar and planted home.

This signalled a double change for the U’s, where Elias Kachunga and Liam Bennett entered the field, shortly followed by a triple swap where midfielders Paul Digby and Adam May, as well as loanee Macauley Bonne, were introduced in hopes of salvaging something.

It proved not to be the case for United, who ran out of ideas to test Pompey’s resolve, who saw the game out professionally to consign the travellers to successive defeats in League One.

Another pilgrimage awaits this Saturday (17th February) as the U’s embark on the trip to Cumbria to take on Carlisle United – be sure to back the boys.


Portsmouth: Mannion, Rafferty, Raggett, Shaughnessy, Ogilvie, Pack, Lowery (Moxon, 35’), Lane (Sparkes, 87’), Kamara (Martin, 87’), Peart-Harris (Lang, 71’), Yengi (Bishop, 71’)

Subs Not Used: Macey, Towler

Goalscorers: Yengi (42’), Peart-Harris (59’), Kamara (70’)

Bookings: Norris


Cambridge United: Stevens, Gibbons (L. Bennett, 72’), R. Bennett, Morrison, Andrew, Cousins (May, 75’), Thomas (Kachunga, 72’), Kaikai (Bonne, 76’), Lankester, Brophy (Digby, 76’), Taylor

Subs Not Used: Mannion, Ibsen Rossi

Goalscorers: Andrew (37’)

Bookings: R. Bennett, Lankester, Stevens, Gibbons, Morrison


Referee: Robert Madley

Attendance: 19,445 (305 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Portsmouth (A)

16 January 2024

Ticket information for Cambridge United's upcoming game at Portsmouth FC can now be confirmed...

The U's head to Fratton Park on Tuesday 13 February for a 7:45pm kick-off in Sky Bet League One. 

Supporters have the choice of either seated or standing tickets, which are both priced the same.

  • Prices:
Adult Senior (65+) Young Person (18-22) Junior (14-17) Child (2-13) Ambulant Disabled Wheelchair Disabled
£25 £19 £17 £10 £5 £17 £16

Please note that this is an all-ticket fixture - supporters should not travel without a ticket.

For wheelchair tickets, please call 01223 566500.

Supporters can buy their tickets from, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Cledara Abbey Stadium Club Shop on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Four Away Credits will be issued upon purchasing tickets for this fixture, which are used to prioritise away ticket sales for games where demand is likely to exceed capacity.

For further information or assistance, please email, call 01223 566500 or tweet @cufc_to.


Get to the game with Cambridge Fans United's (CFU) Away Travel Coach. Coach tickets cost £35 and are on sale now from the SLO Away Travel Store. The coach departs the Cledara Abbey Stadium at 2pm.

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