Charlton P-P Portsmouth: REACTION after League One game cancelled hour before kick-off

Pompey travel to Charlton aiming to get their League One automatic promotion charge back on track.

Saturday, 30th January 2021, 3:10 pm
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The Blues have lost their past two games against Hull City and Lincoln, meaning they’ve dropped to fifth in the table.

Things don’t get much easier for Kenny Jackett’s side, either, as they face another promotion rival in the sixth-placed Addicks.

Pompey will have to make-do without Jack Whatmough after the centre-back’s appeal for his red card against Lincoln was turned down.

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That means Rasmus Nicolaisen will start in defence in Whatmough’s place and will be hoping to impress his boss.

Jackett will have to be at his tactical best against his Charlton’s boss Lee Bowyer, having lost all four matches when he’s faced his counterpart.

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Charlton v Pompey

Last updated: Saturday, 30 January, 2021, 12:18

  • Game off because of heavy pitch at The Valley

There’s already been a League One game today’s that’s fallen foul of the rain

What the referee will be looking for when making his decision

A lot of people saying the pitch doesn’t look that bad, which I’d agree with.

However, the referee’s decision will ultimately come down to whether the ball can role sufficiently and how it bounces 

Inspection for 2pm now confirmed by Charlton

Today’s game in doubt

We’ve just been informed the referee has been out conducting a pitch inspection. The pitch is looking bare but there isn’t any standing water.

We understand the referee might have another look at 2pm.

Conor Washington looks set to be out for the hosts, after he suffered a calf injury in the midweek win at MK Dons.

The Addicks don’t know the extent of the injury, with the striker sent for a scan on Thursday.

Influential defender Ryan Inniss remains out with a quad injury but there’s better news on Akin Famewo.

The centre-back has been out with an ankle injury but could return to face Pompey, alongside on-loan Chelsea left-back Ian Maatsen, who was rested for the midweek game against Swindon.

Jack Whatmough is suspended after Pompey failed to overturn his red card against Lincoln in midweek.

Ben Close, meanwhile, has been added to the Blues’ injury list.

The midfielder, who wasn’t involved in Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Lincoln, has a hamstring injury and will be out for a couple of weeks.

He joins fellow hamstring victim Paul Downing in the treatment and Alex Bass.

Bass was initially ruled out of Pompey’s FA Cup trip to Bristol City on January 10 with a dead leg and has since been unavailable.

However, it’s now emerged he suffered a stress fracture to his fibula – an injury which could see him out until the end of February.

New goalkeeping arrival, Lewis Ward, is expected to take Duncan Turnbull’s place on the bench.

Welcome to our live blog from a mizzly London. We’ll be bringing you all the updates as Pompey take on Charlton at The Valley.

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