Portsmouth will target repeat performance at Rochdale in FA Cup

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Joe Gallen has called on Pompey to repeat their September triumph when they go to Rochdale again in the FA Cup second round.

The Blues were drawn away to their League One rivals last night after earning their place in the second round with a 4-0 thumping of Maidenhead on Saturday.

Joe Gallen with Pompey scorer Matt Clarke at Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

Joe Gallen with Pompey scorer Matt Clarke at Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

It means it is familiar foes for Pompey and they can take huge confidence from the 3-1 success there in the league.

On that day Jamal Lowe, Brett Pitman and Matt Clarke all netted.

Assistant boss Gallen felt that performance was a really strong away showing and one the league leaders must look to repeat in the Cup.

He said: ‘If we play as well as we did on that day we will be in with a good chance of getting through.

Jamal Lowe celebrates his goal at Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jamal Lowe celebrates his goal at Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘It was a convincing win 3-1. It is a place we have played well at and got a really positive result.

‘We will respect them, we know it will be a tough game but we will have a lot of belief.’

Unlike when they played Maidenhead there won’t be as much study for boss Kenny Jackett and his coaching staff to do to swot up on the opposition in quick time ahead of the tie.

Gallen added: ‘It’s a bit more straightforward. We know more about the opposition.

‘For Maidenhead we had to do a lot of home work. Talk to people. Look at them and find out about their players.

‘Rochdale will be more straightforward. We know about them and they know all about us as well.’

The FA Cup second round matches will be played on the weekend from Friday, November 30.

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