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Portsmouth: The factfile

11 March 2014

All the info on tonight's opponents

LAST RESULT: Portsmouth 0-0 Cheltenham Town, Sky Bet League 2, Saturday 8th March.

FORM (LAST TEN GAMES): Won: 3, Drawn: 5, Lost: 2

With 14 draws this season, Portsmouth have levelled more games than anyone else in the division bar Scunthorpe United.

Saturday's draw at home to Cheltenham extended their unbeaten run to three games, although Pompey fans will be worried with a record of scoring only eight goals in their last ten games.

Sitting in 19th on 41 points, seven points clear of the relegation zone, Pompey are anything but safe from the drop.

 Burton, on the other hand, know that a win at Fratton Park could see them jump to second if results go their way - with only goal difference keeping them from the top.

THE GAFFER - RICHIE BARKER
Richie Barker arrived at Portsmouth three months ago following spells at Crawley Town and Bury.

A 6ft 2 striker, Barker began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, where he failed to make a first-team appearance.

After going out on various loan spells, it was with Brighton & Hove Albion with whom Barker made his name, scoring 25 goals in 102 games as both a loan and permanent signing.

Moving on to Macclesfield Town in 1999, Barker scored 26 times in 68 games, although his move to Rotherham United in 2001 for £60,000 led him to score only 12 goals in 140 appearances before departing in 2004.

His goalscoring ratios improved at Mansfield Town 48 goals in 106 games) and Hartlepool United (27 in 73). A short spell back at Rotherham United followed before retirement in 2009.

Barker has had a successful start to management, guiding Bury over the promotion line in 2010 once Alan Knill departed. He spent just over a year at Crawley Town in League One before being sacked in November last year, and will be hoping to turn Portsmouth's fortunes around in the coming months.

HEAD TO HEAD:
Portsmouth wins: 1
Draws: 0
Burton Albion wins: 0

LAST TIME WE MET:
Saturday 14th September 2013, Sky Bet League 2, Pirelli Stadium
Burton Albion 1-2 Portsmouth

In the first ever meeting between these two teams, it was Portsmouth who came out on top despite finishing the game with ten men.

Ricky Holmes put Pompey in front before half-time, and Simon Ferry added to it shortly after the restart as it looked like the Brewers would be facing a second successive defeat.

Yassin Moutaouakil was sent off for Pompey with six minutes remaining, and Zander Diamond's last minute goal wasn't enough to spark a late comeback.

ONE TO WATCH - JED WALLACE
Young midfielder Jed Wallace has been a bright light in an otherwise disappointing season for Portsmouth.

The 19 year-old midfielder has played 37 games this season, scoring four goals and has been attracting interest of higher division clubs.

Wallace spent time on loan at Whitehawk and Farnborough in 2012, and has been a first-team regular since making his debut in January 2013 against Yeovil Town.

Wallace has also been involved with the England under-19 set-up, earning one cap.

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