Portsmouth quartet rubbing shoulders with Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City stars - here's why

Pompey delivered one of the standout performances in the FA Cup fourth round.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 9:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 7:18 pm

Kenny Jackett’s men pulled off an upset to dump Championship Barnsley out of the famous competition at Fratton Park last month.

The Blues defeated the Tykes 4-2 – although large contingents of supporters felt that scoreline flattered the visitors.

There were plenty of impressive individual displays from Jackett’s troops, who’ve been rewarded with a fifth-round tie against Premier League heavyweights Arsenal.

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And four Pompey players’ performances against Barnsley earned them a spot in the FA Cup's Team of The Fourth Round.

Following a fan vote on Twitter, Alex Bass, Christian Burgess, Ronan Curtis and John Marquis have been named in the XI.

That sees the quartet rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire, Manchester City’s Bernado Silva and Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones.

Marquis doubled Pompey's advantage in first-half stoppage-time against Barnsley when he helped steer Curtis’ goalbound header home.

Christian Burgess, right, and Ronan Curtis were named in the FA Cup's Team of the Fourth Round. Picture: Joe Pepler

Curtis bagged in the 62nd minute to restore the Blues’ two-goal advantage only moments after Cauley Woodrow had reduced the arrears for the Tykes, before Burgess added the gloss with a towering 76th-minute header.

There was little Bass could do for both goals he conceded.

Woodroow’s swerving long-range effort was unstoppable and Bass made a fine save from Jacob Brown in the closing stages before former Fratton favourite Conor Chaplin finished the rebound.

The keeper was confident throughout, however, and is enjoying his spell as Pompey's first choice between the posts.