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Preview - Portsmouth (a)

18 September 2012

TOWN travel to Portsmouth on Tuesday night as they continue a busy run of fixtures.

THE VIEW

Following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Carlisle United, manager Paolo Di Canio says that he is looking forward to taking his players to Fratton Park.

He said: I’m happy to go there with my team because the players like to play in this kind of stadium that has a big reputation. They played at the top level - a few years ago they won the FA Cup under Harry Redknapp and just last year they were in the Championship."

Di Canio also sympathised with counterpart Michael Appleton.

He continued: “Obviously it’s difficult for him but they have three or four players with pedigree and have played in League One and the Championship for many years. 

“Izale McLeod was top scorer last year in League Two so they have very good players. Obviously it was difficult to put together but I don’t want to say he had an easy job.” 

THE STORY SO FAR

After their well-documented troubles over the summer, Portsmouth have endured a difficult start to the season. After being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Plymouth Argyle, Pompey have already lost twice at Fratton Park this season including a 2-1 defeat at home to Walsall last Saturday. They registered their first victory with a 3-0 win at Crawley Town the week before. 

LAST TIME OUT

The last time the two clubs met at Fratton Park was in March 2000. Wayne Gray scored Town’s only goal in a 4-1 defeat. Swindon last won on the South Coast in October 1997. Chris Hay’s first half strike was enough to give Town all three points in front of the television cameras and send them top of the Division One table. 

TICKET DETAILS

Adult - £20
Senior Citizen (Over 60)/Young Adult (17-22) - £15
Junior (16 & under) - £10
Wheelchair plus helper - £10

Town have sold 700 advance tickets from their allocation of 3,000. Tickets are available for Swindon fans on the night. 

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