All posts tagged with: Gary Roberts

Pompey v Barnet: bullish Bees

Martin Allen is known for enforcing long ball football but during Barnet’s 1-1 draw with Colchester last week, he was often heard shouting: “pass it!”, encouraging his players to be cuter in possession. His side may revert to type on Saturday however, as they travel to promotion favourites Portsmouth. Their game plan at Fratton Park will almost certainly be to play… Read more →

Portsmouth Season Preview: the favourites tag

It is often assumed that Portsmouth’s size offers them an automatic advantage in League Two. Indeed, this summer they have attracted Carl Baker, a highly-skilled midfielder many League One clubs could not afford. However, what comes with this huge financial advantage is expectant home fans and more than a few bus-parking visitors. Many teams go to Fratton Park and rise to the occasion, defending… Read more →

Blood and thunder at Fratton Park

Play-off semi-final first legs are often known for being tight, nervy and, in some cases, uneventful. Portsmouth’s 2-2 draw with Plymouth Argyle represented a deviation from the norm, with plenty of action, full-blooded challenges and eye-catching goals, providing a good advert for League Two. Marc McNulty’s low shot opened the scoring but Jamille Matt’s first… Read more →

League Two Preview: Gameweek 8

Here are The Football Lab’s predictions for 3 of the weekend’s games in League Two. Both Crawley and Yeovil both look for their 2nd league win of the season after relegation last year, Hartlepool and Cambridge will both aim for a first win since mid-August when they meet at Victoria Park, while two of the pre-season… Read more →

League Two Preview: Gameweek 5

Here are The Football Lab’s predictions for 3 of the weekend’s games in League Two. Pre-season promotion favourites Luton and Portsmouth go head-to-head at Kenilworth Road, while former Motherwell colleagues Derek Adams and Terry Butcher are re-united at Home Park. Notts County, who put in an encouraging display against Premier League side Aston Villa in… Read more →