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Stat Attack: Portsmouth vs. Notts County, Saturday 22 October 2016

Joe Jones

Notts County and Portsmouth have met a total of 28 times over the years, the first meeting coming on the 20th November 1926, which the Magpies lost 3-2 at Meadow Lane.

We have beaten Pompey 12 times and played out six draws, with the South Coast side winning on 10 occasions.

Between December 1992 and December 1994 the two teams played each other six times, with Notts failing to get a win in a run that saw three draws and three defeats.

Our last five games against Portsmouth saw us clinch four consecutive wins between September 2012 and October 2015, but the last fixture, at Fratton Park in March 2016, saw us thrashed 4-0.

Portsmouth have been champions of England twice, in 1949 and 1950. The club has also won the FA Cup on two occasions, firstly in 1939 and most recently in 2008, and also reached the final of the competition in 2010.

Portsmouth were moderately successful in the 2000s, especially during the 2007–08 Premier League season, when they won the FA Cup, beating Cardiff City 1-0 in the final.

They subsequently qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup competing against European heavyweights such as seven-times European Cup winners AC Milan.

During this period, Portsmouth were recognised to have a large number of international footballers, including England players Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe, as well as Peter Crouch, David James and Sol Campbell.

However, financial problems soon set in and Portsmouth were relegated to the Football League Championship in 2010. In 2012 they were again relegated, to League One, and again, in 2013, to League Two.

They began the 2013–14 season in the fourth tier of the English football league system for the first time since the late 1970s.

Portsmouth became the largest fan-owned football club in England, after the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) successfully gained possession of Fratton Park in April 2013.

Team News

Portsmouth pretty much have a fully-fit squad for their League Two clash against Notts County at Fratton Park.

Pompey boss Paul Cook will welcome back Drew Talbot, Adam Buxton and Matt Clarke from injury, and all three players could feature.

Striker Noel Hunt is also back in training after a groin injury but Saturday's match could be too soon to return as Pompey look to extend their unbeaten league run to three games.

The big injury news for Notts County is that top scorer Jon Stead will not be involved.

Stead had to come off with an injury at half-time against Crewe last weekend and Magpies manager John Sheridan is awaiting the results of a scan before putting a time frame on how long the nine-goal striker might be absent.

Michael O'Connor is back in training after missing the last four weeks with a groin problem and will be part of the squad against Pompey.

Fellow midfielders Alan Smith and Curtis Thompson continue to work their way back to full fitness.

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