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Match Preview | Portsmouth (A)

9 April 2023

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Match Preview | Portsmouth (A)

9 April 2023

The Shrimps wrap up the Easter weekend with a trip to Fratton Park on Monday 10 April to take on Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One.

Last time out, Morecambe were beaten 3-1 by Plymouth Argyle on Good Friday. Jensen Weir put Derek Adams’ side 1-0 up before the visitors fought back to claim the win.

Portsmouth were also in action on Good Friday - they were held to a 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

The Opposition

Pompey sit ninth in League One with 16 wins, 14 draws and ten defeats from 40 games.

Portsmouth are two-time First Division winners in 1949 and 1950 respectively. The Hampshire-based side has also been successful at League One level with three titles to their name. Pompey are also two-time FA Cup winners, most recently in 2008, and their most recent success was winning the Papa Johns Trophy in 2020.


John Mousinho is the Head Coach at Fratton Park. He played as a defender for the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Stevenage and Preston North End during his career. The 36-year-old is currently in his first senior coaching role after taking charge of Portsmouth in January.

Key Players

Striker Colby Bishop is Pompey’s top scorer with 23 goals as well as five assists so far this season. Bishop started his career in the Notts County academy and has spent most of his career in non-league. He then spent three years at Accrington Stanley, scoring 32 goals in 109 appearances, before signing for Portsmouth at the start of this season.

Joe Pigott is Bishop’s striker partner and has five goals and two assists to his name so far this campaign. Pigott is on loan in Hampshire from Ipswich Town. The 29-year-old earned himself a move to Ipswich after scoring 47 goals in 137 appearances for AFC Wimbledon between 2018-2021. So far, he’s made 22 appearances for The Tractor Boys before joining Pompey on loan at the start of the season.


Defender Connor Ogilvie also has five goals for Portsmouth to-date this season. The 27-year-old’s most recent goal came on Good Friday when he put Pompey 1-0 up at Stadium MK. Ogilvie began his career at Tottenham Hotspur and was loaned to Stevenage and Gillingham respectively during his time in north London. He spent two years permenantly with Gillingham before signing for Pompey in 2021.

John Mousinho's Thoughts

Pompey boss John Mousinho admits he's expecting a tough test against Derek Adams' men on Easter Monday.

Speaking to Portsmouth FC's YouTube channel, he said: "I think we'll have to watch Morecambe in their last couple of games.

"We had the fortune of watching them against Milton Keynes previously, so we've got a bit of insight into how they play.

"We know Morecambe are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the league, they're going to be a tough opposition, as we see every week."

Team News

Derek Adams has a fully fit squad to select from aside from a few players who will miss out with minor injuries.

Meet The Officials

Ollie Yates will referee Monday’s fixture and will be assisted by Michael George, Daniel Bonneywell and fourth official Kevin Howick.


Yates has taken charge of 30 games this season, 12 in each of League One and League Two, and two in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Papa Johns Trophy respectively.

Yates was last in the middle for a Morecambe game in September - a 2-1 away win over Forest Green.

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