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Carabao Cup Preview | Cardiff City vs. Portsmouth

7 August 2017

The Bluebirds host Kenny Jackett’s men in the first round of the newly reformed Carabao Cup on Tuesday, 8th August 2017.

Neil Warnock’s men return to South Wales brimming with confidence after a successful opening to the season following their 1-0 win over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

What to expect from Pompey…

City welcome the newly promoted League One outfit to the Welsh capital just three days after their opening victory against Rochdale. Jackett’s men managed a convincing 2-0 win on their return to League One with new signing Brett Pitman netting twice on his debut.

Jackett – who replaced Paul Cook after he departed for Wigan Athletic – has had many a trip to CCS, with his former sides such as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Millwall.

The ex-Welsh international does have a number of dangerous players at his disposal, including Pitman, who arrived in July from Ipswich Town. Having scored twice in one appearance and captaining Pompey in their opening day victory, Pitman also made sixty-one appearances for the Tractor Boys over two years, scoring fourteen goals.

Winger Gareth Evans is also one of the standout players for Pompey, and has been at the club since 2015. The twenty-nine year old has taken the armband on a number of occasions and was an important piece in the promotion puzzle during their successes of last season.

Kyle Bennett has also been with Pompey since 2015, and has been a star player since his arrival. The attacking midfielder is known for his pace and close ball control, and scored six goals as well as assisting on five occasions during the path to promotion last term.

The visitors’ transfer window so far…

Jackett’s first transfer window on the South Coast has seen him bring in four players since he was appointed at the beginning of June.

Along with striker Pitman, Pompey have brought in ‘keeper Luke McGee from Tottenham Hotspur after he impressed on loan at Peterborough United last season. Nathan Thompson arrived at Fratton Park on a free transfer after his contract with Swindon Town expired, and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis has signed on a season-long loan deal from recently promoted Huddersfield Town.

Previous meetings…

The most recent fixture between City and Pompey saw Craig Conway score an incredible injury-time winner at CCS as the Bluebirds fought back from 2-1 down to claim an extraordinary 3-2 victory. Current Bluebird, Greg Halford, had put Pompey 2-1 up at one stage in the game, but City's goals from Kenny Miller, Mark Hudson and Conway sealed the win.

Cardiff are unbeaten in the last four meetings against Tuesday’s opponents (three wins and a draw), with Pompey’s last victory in this fixture coming in the FA Cup Final back in 2008.

Club connections…

As mentioned, City no.15 Greg Halford is the most notable player to wear blue for both clubs. The thirty-two year old spent the 2010/11 season on loan before signing permanently at the end of the campaign.

Defender Colin Sullivan also played for both City and Pompey in his career that spanned through the 80s. The Englishman made sixty-three appearances for the Bluebirds, before appearing for Pompey from 1981/84. Striker Kevin Bartlett made three appearances on the South Coast before moving to Cardiff and scoring twenty-five goals in eighty-two appearances over a successful three year period.

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Carabao Cup Report | Cardiff City 2-1 Portsmouth (AET)

8 August 2017

The Bluebirds advanced through to the Second Round of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 win over League One side Portsmouth.

Pompey edge the opening exchanges...

Chances were scarce in the first twenty minutes, with both sides attempting to keep possession for long spells. City’s first major opportunity came in the fifteenth minute, through Danny Ward. His shot from the edge of the area took a deflection which narrowly diverted the ball away from the bottom corner. At the other end, Kyle Bennett’s low effort fizzed just wide of Brian Murphy’s goal.

On the half hour mark, Ward had another attempt on goal, after a good cross from Matthew Kennedy. The forward connected well with a powerful header, but ‘keeper Luke McGee wasn't troubled. 

However, Pompey took the lead two minutes later, following good work on the left hand side. Kal Naismith delivered a cross into the centre of the box, which was inadvertently diverted into the Bluebirds’ net by Sean Morrison.

City came close to an equaliser through a Greg Halford long throw and a Lee Tomlin corner, although Portsmouth managed to clear their lines on both occasions. 

Bluebirds back in it...

City rattled the woodwork only seconds after the break, through Bruno Ecuele Manga. An inviting free-kick delivered by Tomlin was met by the Gabonese defender, who saw his header pushed onto the crossbar by McGee.

The Bluebirds maintained the pressure, and were rewarded with an equaliser two minutes later. On the left flank, Matty Kennedy used his pace and skill to bypass his marker before flashing a low cross across the box. The ball evaded Tomlin and Ward, before arriving at the feet of recently-introduced Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who neatly applied a side foot finish. 

The Bluebirds stepped up their search for a winner, with some well worked passing moves in-and-around the Pompey box. One such move saw Mendez-Laing tee up Kennedy, with the winger seeing his close-range effort poked to safety by McGee. Minutes later, the Scot had another opportunity, heading wide from a superb Loïc Damour cross. 

City complete the comeback in extra time...

City entered the final ten minutes looking the most likely team to score, but faced a stern Pompey defence who were keen to throw themselves in front of any Cardiff shot on goal. In the dying moments, Mendez-Laing waltzed into the box before teeing up Tomlin, whose shot was blocked by yet another Portsmouth body. However, the Bluebirds couldn’t find a winner, as the game crept into extra time. 

Second half substitute Junior Hoilett had the first big chance of extra time, shooting low towards the far corner, only for the impressive Pompey keeper to keep it out. The Canadian winger had another effort excellently denied just before the extra-time interval. An inch perfect crossfield ball from Jazz Richards was controlled by Hoilett, before he drove forward and shot low, bringing a smart save from former Tottenham youngster McGee.

In the second additional period, substitute Ibrahim Meite narrowly missed the target with his first real opportunity after a wonderful Hoilett cross. 

With seven minutes to go, the Bluebirds found their well-deserved winner through former Pompey man Greg Halford. A driven corner from Hoilett evaded the mass of bodies in the box, falling to City’s number fifteen at the far side of the area. Halford powerfully half-volleyed into the bottom corner to ensure safe passage into the Second Round, which will be drawn on Thursday. 

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Matchday Ticket Pricing: Cardiff City vs. Portsmouth

8 August 2017

Carabao Cup First Round - Cardiff City vs. Portsmouth (Tuesday, 8th August 2017 - 7:45pm KO)

*With queues expected this evening, please allow as much time as possible for ticket purchases and collections at Cardiff City Stadium.*

General Prices

  • Adults: £10.00
  • Concessions (Seniors/16-21/Students FT) £8.00
  • Juniors U16: £5.00

Disabled Allocations 

  • As listed above + Carer free of charge

RICOH Suite: Level 3 & Sytner Lounge: Level 4 - This game is included in your seasonal package.

Areas Available

  • Grandstand Blocks 201-202
  • USW/Canton Stand 104+105
  • Disabled Enclosure 320+102
  • Ricoh Suite Level 3
  • Sytner Lounge Level 4

To purchase - call us on 0845 345 1400, pop into the Ticket Office at Cardiff City Stadium in person or buy online via Matchday tickets are sold until half-time.

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