Crawford backs Pompey to shine at Ipswich

David Nugent scored the winner when Pompey knocked Ipswich out of the Cup in 2008 Picture: Steve Reid
David Nugent scored the winner when Pompey knocked Ipswich out of the Cup in 2008 Picture: Steve Reid
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Plymouth: pre-match talking points

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Ray Crawford has backed Pompey to bring Ipswich back to Fratton Park after being matched against the Championship outfit in the FA Cup.

Paul Cook’s side are scheduled to travel to Portman Road between January 8-11 in the third round.

The Blues last visited the Tractor Boys in the Cup back in January 2008 – also a third-round fixture.

On that occasion substitute David Nugent grabbed the winner in a 1-0 success, during a run which saw Harry Redknapp’s side eventually lift the trophy at Wembley.

Mick McCathy’s team are currently ninth in the Championship, having lost in the play-off semi-finals to Norwich last season.

And their all-time record goalscorer is convinced Pompey can get at least a draw to secure a replay.

‘I think it is a tremendous draw,’ said Crawford, who began his career at Pompey.

‘Going to Ipswich gives you a good playing surface, while they are not doing particularly well at home, they are doing better on their travels.

‘I am looking forward to Pompey getting a result up there. I don’t know about a win, but I think we can easily get a replay.

‘I was up there a couple of weeks ago when they played Wolves and they huff and puff at the moment. One minute they look good and the next look very vulnerable at the back.

‘Daryl Murphy doesn’t look anything like he was last year when banging the goals in for fun.

‘David McGoldrick is injured and he makes them tick, he’s a clever player. He plays up front but drops off and gets the ball and feeds it through. Hopefully he will be out when we play them!’