Tykes head south for Cup clash as Pompey land Bromley forward

PORTSMOUTH have been handed a home fourth round FA Cup tie against Championship side Barnsley as reward for their 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town.

Kenny Jackett’s men earned their place in the last 32 with a hard-fought success over Joey Barton’s side on Saturday night thanks to goals from James Bolton – his first for the club – and John Marquis.

In Monday night’s draw they were pitted against the Tykes who are struggling at the wrong of the Championship, level on points with bottom-of-the-table Luton Town. The tie at Fratton Park will take place over the weekend of January 24-27.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth have signed Bromley forward Reeco Hackett-Fairchild on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The 21-year-old is one of the stars of the National League this season, and is seen as a player for the future with the likes of Marquis, Ellis Harrison and Oli Hawkins all competing for the central striking role in Jackett’s side.

Hackett-Fairchild has been key to Bromley’s excellent campaign with the Kent club currently sitting in fourth spot in the National League – the former Charlton attacker weighing in with eight goals in 23 league appearances.

Jackett said: “He’s a left-footed player, who’s comfortable in any of the attacking positions.

“He’s got a lot of ball-playing ability, as well as an eye for goal, so we’re delighted to bring him here to work alongside the rest of our forward line.

• Jack Whatmough will not be making his long-awaited return from a knee injury in the Leasing.com Trophy game against Walsall on Tuesday night. The central defender had been earmarked to play some part in the tie at the Banks’s Stadium but he is still not ready for first-team action. Brandon Haunstrup, however, has given Jackett a boost by returning to training.