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Head-to-Head – Millers v Portsmouth

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Rotherham United make the long trek to Fratton Park for their next League One encounter to take on Portsmouth.

Last time out that the pair met on Portsmouth soil was in November 2019 which saw the hosts go ahead in the first minute thanks to a Ronan Curtis goal. A Dan Barlaser free-kick on fifteen minutes saw ‘keeper Craig MacGillivray save but only as far as Freddie Ladapo who made it one-all. John Marquis put the hosts back in front eight minutes before half-time from close-range but just after the hour mark Carlton Morris won the Millers a penalty which Ladapo equalised with. But just four minutes later Ben Close gave Pompey all three points to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

Two seasons before it was a lunchtime kick-off for TV at Fratton Park when Jon Taylor’s first goal of the season on the thirty-sixth minute sent the travelling Millers fans home happy with three points.

April 2003 was the last time the pair met at Portsmouth before that when an eleven minutes penalty, after a push on Svetoslav Todorov from Guy Branston , was duly put away by Paul Merson with Branston himself making amends five minutes later by equalising after a long throw from Shaun Barker. On the twenty-second minute Todorov himself put Pompey back in front only for Chris Swailes climb highest to a Millers corner to equalise again just before the half-hour mark. In the final minute of the half Bulgarian Todorov bungled the ball over the line from a Vincent Pericard cross which saw Portsmouth win the Division One title.

There was a goalless draw at Fratton Park in 2002 with Kevin Harper seeing red for the hosts with three minutes to go but December 1977 saw Rotherham and Portsmouth get a point a-piece in a three all draw. Maitland Pollock scored twice for the home side with David Kemp getting the other with two from Dave Gwyther and one from Richard Finney for the visitors.

The game at the New York Stadium earlier this season was a four-one win for the Millers. Michael Smith opened the scoring for the hosts with Marcus Harness equalising for Pompey four minutes into the second half. A further goal from Smith and one each from Richard Woods and Ben Wiles gave Rotherham all three points.

League Results – Rotherham v Portsmouth

League One
16.10.2021 Rotherham 4-1 Portsmouth
26.11.2019 Portsmouth 3-2 Rotherham
20.01.2018 Rotherham 1-0 Portsmouth
03.09.2017 Portsmouth 0-1 Rotherham

Division One
27.04.2003 Portsmouth 3-2 Rotherham
05.10.2002 Rotherham 2-3 Portsmouth
16.02.2002 Portsmouth 0-0 Rotherham
12.10.2001 Rotherham 2-1 Portsmouth

Division Three (Old)
31.01.1981 Rotherham 3-0 Portsmouth
23.08.1980 Portsmouth 3-1 Rotherham
29.04.1978 Rotherham 0-1 Portsmouth
10.12.1977 Portsmouth 3-3 Rotherham
16.04.1977 Portsmouth 5-1 Rotherham
26.10.1976 Rotherham 2-2 Portsmouth

Division Two (Old)
03.02.1968 Rotherham 1-1 Portsmouth
23.09.1967 Portsmouth 1-1 Rotherham
21.01.1967 Portsmouth 2-3 Rotherham
17.09.1966 Rotherham 0-1 Portsmouth
16.04.1966 Rotherham 3-3 Portsmouth
20.11.1965 Portsmouth 1-1 Rotherham
30.09.1964 Portsmouth 2-0 Rotherham
15.09.1964 Rotherham 1-0 Portsmouth
15.02.1964 Rotherham 4-2 Portsmouth
05.10.1963 Portsmouth 2-1 Rotherham
23.03.1963 Portsmouth 1-2 Rotherham
03.11.1962 Rotherham 0-0 Portsmouth
25.02.1961 Rotherham 1-0 Portsmouth
08.10.1960 Portsmouth 2-2 Rotherham
09.04.1960 Portsmouth 2-0 Rotherham
21.11.1959 Rotherham 2-1 Portsmouth 

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