Round two of the Emirates FA Cup takes centre stage tomorrow as Stanley make the trip to Portsmouth.

The Reds are out to defeat their fellow League Two side and progress to the third round proper.

The Opposition

portsmouth-fc-crest522-3094With their history and recent pedigree, Portsmouth were an understandable choice for promotion favourites from many bookmakers in pre-season.

So far they’ve lived up to the hype having been in the frontrunning pack from the start of the season.

Pompey have spent the last couple of seasons in the fourth tier following their rapid descent down the leagues but there is now a real sense of optimism that they can start the climb back up the divisions.


040915 paul cookFormer Stanley boss Cook has brought a buzz to Fratton Park since taking over in the close season.

After leaving East Lancashire for Chesterfield he led the Spireites to promotion from League Two before getting them to the League One play-offs last season.

He’s assisted by another ex-Reds boss in Leam Richardson, with the pair knowing all about their visitors and manager John Coleman.

Their aim this season will be promotion for Pompey back to the third tier.

One to Watch

031215 marc mcnultyMcNulty has scored four goals in five appearances for Pompey since signing on loan from Sheffield United.

The forward netted a hat trick in Pompey’s recent 6-0 thrashing of York City and also netted in a draw at Carlisle United.

The Scot moved south from Livingston last summer after a productive time north of the border and has already made a few appearances for the United first team.

Form Guide

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The Reds are unbeaten in six matches with five of those resulting in wins.

Away from home their form has been enviable, with John Coleman’s side losing just once on the road since mid August.

They sit fourth in the League Two table following last weekend’s emphatic victory at York.

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Pompey have gone five games without defeat and were unbeaten throughout November having lost at Notts County at the end of October.

They’re a point and a place below Stanley in League Two.

Stanley Team News

After returning to the bench for last weekend’s win at York City, defender Adam Buxton is available for selection after completing his recovery from a hip problem.

However, Dean Winnard remains sidelined, this time as a result of illness which has prevented him from training.

The rest of the squad available for the York game are available again, with only minor niggles among the players.


Portsmouth have always played at Fratton Park since their formation in 1898. The current capacity of Fratton Park is 20,688, and the clubs record attendance is 51,385, which was set against Derby County in the FA Cup sixth round in 1949.

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Match Coverage

The official website will have live text commentary on the game.

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.