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MATCHDAY: Portsmouth 2 Bury 0
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- Portsmouth 1 (Connolly 50 & 65)
- Bury 0
Portsmouth 2 Bury 0
45+3 - SUB - Jack Maloney replaces David Connolly
78 - YELLOW - Steven Schumacher
81 - YELLOW - Carl Regan
83 - SUB - Nicky Ajose for Craig Fagan
80 - SUB - Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Zac Thompson
65 - SUB - Andy Bishop on for Craig Jones
65 - GOAL - PORTSMOUTH 2 Bury 0 - Connolly shows real quality in the box to bag his second of the game. The veteran striker pounced after Trevor Carson could only palm away a curling Johnny Ertl strike, controling the loose ball, fading to shoot then burying a low strike past Carson from close range.
As it stands, Bury will drop to the bottom of League One tonight, nine points behind Scunthorpe, who are in 20th. Safety now looks a long long way away...
That's tough on the 366 Bury fans that made the long trip down to Fratton Park. They deserve better - let's hope Bury can muster up a response in the final 35 minutes.
50 - GOAL - PORTSMOUTH 1 Bury 0 - David Connolly slots home from close range after good work from Jed Wallace on the left, capitalising on a mix-up between Carl Regan and Ashley Eastham before putting a low centre on a plate for the unmarked Pompey striker.
48 - Let-off for Pompey as Dan Butler just manages to clear following a dreadful clearance from Eastwood that put him in all sorts of trouble.
Portsmouth get the second half underway. No changes for either side.
Portsmouth 0 Bury 0
45+1 - Bury stopper Trevor Carson calmly gathers Jed Wallace's long-range free-kick.
45 - YELLOW - Zac Thompson goes into the book for a rash foul.
43 - Guess what ... Thompson has just hooked a shot well over from 20 yards. Owen Farrell eat yer heart out.
41 - Pompey are getting closer, Johnny Ertl just fails to turn a low cross goalward at the near post.
Fagan has gone down now. Blackwell was screaming for the striker to go back and help defensively and he promptly picks up some kind of side strain. A bit worrying as the former Hull striker has just come back from a long lay-off with a hip problem.
35 - Liam Walker joins in the high, wide and not so hansome club, firing about 30 yards over from 25 yards out. First Pompey shot of any real not though.
Ironic cheers from the Pompey fans after a decision goes their way - Jones needlessly pushed his marker in the back as he went up to head a Worrall cross at the back post.
Both sides showing they are up for the fight, but lacking in the necessary quality to do anything about it...
30 - Mark Carrington is the latest Bury player to fire harmlessly over. Schumacher again raises his hands in frustration.
26 - Weak volley from Thompson easy for Eastwood.
He's back on but hobbling. Seems to be moving a bit more freely though.
Not good news - Worrall has gone down grabbing his foot after a David and Goliath challenge with Patrick Agyemang. Only one winner there.
19 - Schumacher picks up the loose ball on the edge of the box but fires his volley high and wide. Bit more composure from Bury and they could be 2-0 by now...
18 - Just wide from Worrall, curling a shot past the far post from the left edge of the box.
12 - Fagan blazes over from six yards. He did the hard work, pulling a mis-hit ball from Jones out of the sky, then steadied himself and got right under the ball. Schumacher struggles to contain his frustration.
8 - First effort from Bury, Craig Fagan just failing to connect properly after pouncing in the six yard box. The Bury striker scuffed his shot straight to Pompey keeper Simon Eastwood.
Craig Jones just got a roasting from his captain, Steven Schumacher, after failing to tee him up properly for a free kick in a good area. Welcome to the starting line-up Craig...
David Worrall has started on the left of the Bury midfield, Craig Jones on the right.
Bury get the match underway...
@CraigNelsonBT @davidpyeBN Or the Owed Firm— @NeilBonnarBN 09 March 2013
Almost time for kick off. Players are out...
Good omen...Elbow's One Day Like This is currently being played at Fratton Park. Last time I heard the Whitefield lads played at a Bury away match...Swindon! 1-0 Bury anyone?
@CraigNelsonBT @davidpyeBN A debtby— @NeilBonnarBN 09 March 2013
RT @CraigNelsonBT: @DavidPyeBN has dubbed today's match between hard-up #BuryFC and #PortsmouthFC El Brassico. Can anyone better that?— @NeilBonnarBN 09 March 2013
@CraigNelsonBT be sure to let us know how many shakers have travelled! wish i could be there #buryfc #uts— @jwarents 09 March 2013
My maths aren't great but I reckon there's somewhere between 150 and 200 fans in the Bury end.
RT @MattyHayes94: CRAIG JONES STARTS! ITS A MIRACLE!— @Josie3Griffiths 09 March 2013
According to Twitter gossip, former Scunthorpe keeper Paul Musselwhite is coaching the Bury keepers today after Fred Barber left to take up a job as Nigel Worthington's assistant at York City.
My boss @NeilBonnarBN asked the sports desk to come up with a title for today's match between two of League One's cash-strapped sides.
My colleague @DavidPyeBN was deemed the winner with El Brassico.
Not sure either side would be too happy with that, but it's not a bad effort.
And our Shakers man @CraigNelsonBT has taken his pound for the Portsmouth meter to report live on El Brassico on the Bury Times website— @NeilBonnarBN 09 March 2013
@CraigNelsonBT Thats a long way to go to come home with nothing #miserablereturntrip c'mon shakers, #Francesupportersexpect— @paulforrest4 09 March 2013
Kevin Blackwell makes two changes to the side that he blasted for an "awful" performance in the 2-0 defeat at home to Crawley Town last time out.
Out go injured Tom Soares, as well as on-loan forward Nicky Ajose, who drops to the bench.
In come Carl Regan at right-back, releasing David Worrall to go back to his preferred position on the right of midfield, and Craig Jones, who will take Ajose's place on the opposite flank.
Top scorer and captain Steven Schumacher will continue with his attacking midfield role, while Craig Fagan remains the lone frontman.
Blackwell does at least have plenty of attacking options on the bench, with forwards Andy Bishop, David Healy and Jonson Clarke-Harris.
He doesn't have a single defender to call upon, however, although Valery Mezague could finally be given his debut after being named as a substitute.
It is unclear whether he will be fit enough to play a major part in the match after spending the last month or so recovering from a hamstring strain since his arrival on non-contract terms.
PORTSMOUTH: Eastwood; Moutaouakil, Rocha, Gyepes, Butler; Wallace, Ertl, Racon, Walker; Agyemang, Connelly.
Not used: Smith, Webster, Harris, Cooper, Maloney.
BURY: Carson; Regan, Eastham, Ebanks-Landell, Skarz; Carrington, Thompson; Worrall, Schumacher, C Jones; Fagan.
Subs: Bishop, Ajose, Healy, Clarke-Harris, Belford, Mezague.
A warm welcome from Fratton Park to any Bury fans who couldn't make the long trip down to the South Coast.
And for those of you stuck at Southampton Central station, I feel your pain.
I have to give a big shout out to young Pompey followers Lewis and William, who convinced their travelling companions to allow me to cadge a lift in their taxi.
I wouldn't have made it to the ground without them after a freight train left the tracks in between Southampton and Portsmouth.
Anyway, I'm in position now and will give you the team news as soon as I get it.
Let's hope the magical mystery tour hasn't been in vain!