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February 1-5: Back To The League And A Defeat

Wednesday 1: Portsmouth Reserves 1, Brentford 1

Friday 3:  Pompey return to the bread and butter of League Championsip action against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park tomorrow. Peter Harris has failed to make a full recovery from the virus that has laid him low, so Cliff Parker continues at outside-right. 

The full Pompey side to play at Bolton tomorrow is: Butler, Hindmarsh, Ferrier, Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson, Parker, Reid, Clarke, Phillips, Froggatt.

Tomorrow afternoon Pompey Reserves go to The Valley where they will face Charlton Athletic in a Combination Cup group match. 

The Pompey "A" team will play Reading "A" in a Hampshire League Division Two fixture at Fratton Park. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Saturday 4:  Pompey have returned to Burnden Park, the ground where they clinched the League Championship last April. Kick-off against Bolton Wanderers this afternoon is at 3pm.

The final whistle has sounded at Burnden Park and Pompey have suffered their first defeat in nine league and cup matches.

Result: Bolton Wanderers 1 - 0 Pompey Attendance: 32,441

A missed penalty, good goalkeeping, squandered chances and the woodwork cost Pompey both points in their important League match against lowly Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. 

Pompey missed a golden opportunity to take an early lead when Duggie Reid was fouled in the penalty area. The big Scotsman took the spot-kick himself but saw his effort turned behind for a corner by keeper Hanson.

The Bolton 'keeper then made fine saves from Reid and Jack Froggatt as Pompey kept their hosts on the back foot.

The Trotters wrested back the initiative in the 63rd minute when Langton and Moir opened up a chance for Lofthouse to force a shot past Ernie Butler. 

As Pompey fought to save a point Reid missed a simple chance, then Len Phillips saw his fierce drive rebound off the crossbar.

This was a game that Pompey could, and should, have won. They will be extremely disappointed about returning home empty-handed from a meeting with a side in the lower reaches of the First Division table. 

Tonight Pompey are in fourth place in the table with 34 points from 28 matches. 

Liverpool are top (38 from 28), then come Manchester United (37 from 28) and Blackpool (36 from 27). 

Sunderland (34 from 28) are below Pompey on goal average.

Match Summary: Bolton Wanderers 1, Portsmouth 0

Pompey Reserves drew 1-1 with Charlton Athletic Reserves at The Valley this afternoon. Ron Bennett scored the Pompey goal. Bill Thompson, the left-half who has been unwell for nearly four months, made a welcome return to match action 

Match Summary: Charlton Athletic Reserves 1, Portsmouth Reserves 1

Ranger's report on Pompey's defeat at Bolton...

and no queueing for cup-tie tickets in the vicinity of Fratton Park before 8am tomorrow. (From tonight's Football Mail)

Sunday 5:  "Portsmouth foiled by goalkeeper" and "Hanson held Pompey's piledrivers"- both from today's Sunday papers.

"Reid misses cost Portsmouth dear" and "Hanson Foils Pompey" - more from the Sunday papers.

Pompey's entire allocation of 7,500 tickets for the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford sold out within a couple of hours of going on sale at 9am this morning.

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