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Preview: Portsmouth (H)

6 March 2015

Stanley are at home for the second time this week tomorrow as they host Portsmouth at the Store First Stadium.

Ahead of kick off, the official website has all the information you might need:Stanley's quest for consistency continues this weekend as they welcome Portsmouth to the Store First Stadium.

The Reds have lost their last two against promotion chasing sides following a four match unbeaten run and now the mission is to return to winning ways.

The visitors are in mid table and in need of a fine winning run to make a late claim for a play-off place.

They could also be out for revenge following Stanley's win at Fratton Park late last year.[/vc_tab]Nicky Hunt is on the road to a first team return following a groin problem and has resumed training, though this weekend may be too soon for the full back.

Adam Buxton has been sidelined for the last few weeks by illness and a hamstring problem but he has also returned to contention.[/vc_tab]Pompey have spent six of the last 10 seasons in the Premier League. They have also spent two seasons in the Championship, one season in League One and one season in League Two.

Pompey were relegated from the Premier League in the 2009/10 season after finishing bottom of the table. They then spent the following two seasons in the Championship before being relegated in the 2011/12 season.

Pompey then had a solitary season in League One as they suffered back to back relegations after finishing bottom of the League One table. Last season the club finished in 13th place in League Two.[/vc_tab]

Andy Awford

42 year old Awford is in his first full time managerial role after taking over the club in May. Awford has also had two spells as caretaker manager of Pompey. His first spell was at the end of 2013 and he then took over again in between March 2014 and May 2014 before being appointed on a full time basis.

Prior to being a manager Awford played for Pompey between 1989 and 2000 and made 313 appearances and scored three goals for the club.

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Jed Wallace

Wallace has just won the League Two player of the month award following a February that saw him score twice and have a hand in four other goals.

The attacking midfielder is Pompey's top goalscorer this season with 14.

The 20-year-old started his career in non-league football with Carshalton and Farnborough but got his move to Fratton Park as a teenager and has never looked back.

A lively presence in and around the penalty area, he is likely to be a big threat to Stanley's goal.[/vc_tab]There have been six previous meetings between the teams, with Portsmouth holding the upper had with three victories compared to Stanley's one.

In the last two seasons honours have been even in the three meetings, with the sides drawing 2-2 at the Store First Stadium in August 2014, Pompey winning 1-0 at Fratton Park in February 2014 and the Reds triumphing 2-1 in this season's away game.[/vc_tab]Stanley have lost their last two games, against league leaders Shrewsbury Town and promotion chasing Luton Town.

John Coleman's side are 15th in League Two, ten points from the play-off places and nine from the relegation zone.

Portsmouth are a point and two places better off than their hosts.

They have gone two games without a win following defeat to Northampton in midweek and a goalless draw with Oxford at the weekend.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

Gornell 7

McCartan 6

Gray 5

Mingoia 5

Naismith 4

Joyce 4

Atkinson 4

Maguire 4

Portsmouth

Wallace 14

Westcarr 7

Taylor 6[/vc_tab]

Rob Lewis (Shropshire)

Mr Lewis has been in the Football League as long as the Reds after starting taking charge of games at this level in the 2005/06 season.

This will be his first trip to the Store First Stadium since October 2012 when he was in charge of Stanley's 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers.

This season: 4 games, 8 yellow cards, 0 red cards[/vc_tab]Admission prices for the game are:

Adults £20

Over 65′s & Students £15

Under 18′s £10

Accompanied Under 12′s £5

For more information on Portsmouth, why not visit their official website www.portsmouthfc.co.uk or their Twitter feed @officialpompey[/vc_tab]


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