And Ross has revealed that the Sunderland star didnt travel to the south coast after the Black Cats opted to take the sensible option.
“Once we knew he wasnt going to be able in the first leg, he has an ongoing foot problem that needs a prolonged period of rest, and the game coming around so quickly after the first leg meant that it wasnt sensible for him to travel.”
Supporters have been told to arrive at the Fratton Park ground in “plenty of time” as enhanced checks are being put in place. Club officials said they are working with police in connection with the threatening messages which were shared online last night. The threats posted by a Twitter account with the handle @Kieran30971361 made reference to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017.
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While McGeady isnt able to feature, Ross did make two changes to his side against Portsmouth – with Chris Maguire and Grant Leadbitter handed starts in place of Lewis Morgan and Lynden Gooch.
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But while some viewed the changes as negative, the Sunderland manager explained that they were made in order to provide some freshness to the side and to adapt to Fratton Parks narrower pitch.
“I think [the changes are to] to give a little bit of freshness to the side because you obviously play two games quite quickly,” added Ross.
“We know its going to be frantic and intense in terms of the atmosphere, so the team weve picked tonight is one that we hope will give us that control.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “We are aware of threats made on social media regarding the football match between Sunderland and Portsmouth taking place in Portsmouth.
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Three points separated them after 46 rounds of League One fixtures, but just one goal is the difference as Portsmouth and Sunderland resume their play-off semi-final on Thursday night.
Sunderland, who finished fifth in the regular season table, lead 1-0 thanks to Chris Maguires 62nd-minute strike at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
But Portsmouth only lost four of their 23 home games this season so will fancy their chances of turning the tie around on the South Coast.
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A place at Wembley against either Charlton or Doncaster is at stake and kick-off is at 7.45pm. Follow live coverage of the action from Fratton Park with Sportsmail below.
It was by a second threat which said: “Bomb bomb Fratton Park went bang the Portsmouth fans all died.
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A cry of Play Up #Pompey rings around the stadium – thanks for your fantastic support throughout the season
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If you want to go away from home with a one-goal lead in the play-offs, that’s what you want. We responded really well to a difficult end to the season, the gaffer said we could be better on the ball at half-time, and we were but we were different class tonight.
The sweetest draw of them all! 😏Sunderland book their place in the Play-Off Final following a 1-0 aggregate win over @officialpompey!But, the job is #NotDoneYet…Ha'way The Lads!! pic.twitter.com/6DqlWBrcc9
Manager Jack Ross got his tactics spot on tonight. It wasnt overly pretty but Sunderland were so solid at the back.
90+4 mins: Portsmouth hit a diagonal ball into the box. The striker jumps with the keeper, who goes down. Everyone expects the referee to give a free-kick for a foul on the keeper, but he doesnt… Sunderland clear the second ball though.
90+3 mins: Lynden Gooch shields the ball near the corner flag and is penalised. Not sure why, but Portsmouth have the ball back.
90+2 mins: Portsmouth are losing their discipline. Lowe gives away a cheap free-kick and that is exactly what Sunderland want.
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90 mins: Sunderland still holding firm. Portsmouths only route to goal appears to be lumping the ball into the box, but they arent able to get many crosses in and when they do Sunderland are defending well. Six minutes to go!
86 mins: Sunderland deserve praise for their game-management. They have done a great job of taking the sting out of the match.
The visitors win a corner but they dont commit that many players forward, to guard against a possible counter-attack.
Little over five minutes left including stoppage time. Portsmouth need a goal but it doesnt look likely.
79 mins: James Vaughan takes a bad touch and then launches into an awful tackle. Clear yellow card, although Vaughan doesnt seem to think so as he shouts at the referee who books him.
Fans travelling to the game have been advised to turn up earlier than normal with additional security measures in place as a result of the threats.
75 mins: The Sunderland right back appears to have been called for time-wasting. He took too long to deliver his throw-in in the eyes of the ref.
The two sides met three times in the regular season. Portsmouth beat Sunderland on penalties in their Football League Trophy tie in March while they also won 3-1 at Fratton Park in the league.
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72 mins: Gareth Evans swings a free-kick into the box. Matthew Clarke is screaming for a penalty as Alim Oezturk appears to put his arms on the Portsmouth man.
70 mins: Another fine stop, again with his feet, by Sunderland keeper on McLaughlin, who denies the substitute Vaughan.
Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Burgess, Clarke, Thompson, Naylor, Close, Brown, Evans, Soloman-Otabor, Hawkins, Pitman. Subs: Bass, Walkes, Morris, Dennis, Curtis, Lowe, Vaughan
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68 mins: Both sides are making a change. Portsmouths second sub of the night sees Oliver Hawkins replaced by former Sunderland striker James Vaughan.
63 mins: An angry Portsmouth fan is making a scene. The ball went into the stand near him, Sunderland defender Luke ONien ended up in the crowd too and something appeared to be said.
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Theres a lot of shouting as Lee Cattermole has his say. The game is delayed for a couple of minutes but its eventually back underway.
59 mins: Portsmouth havent been able to get Lowe involved since he came on. Sunderland on top in the last five minutes.
The Black Cats win a corner and take their time to delivery it. The Fratton Park faithful groan in frustration. Home fans cheer as its cleared but they need more from their side.
53 mins: Oliver Hawkins rises well and heads at goal, but his effort is too central and allows Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin to tip the ball over the bar. Corner comes to nothing.
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52 mins: Portsmouth fans sing the name of Jamal Lowe as their topscorer enters the fray as a substitute in place of Viv Solomon-Otabor.
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46 mins: Bryan Oviedo lets fly from 25 yards. He hits the ball so sweetly but it flies just over the bar.
45+3 mins: Brett Pitman loses the ball and takes out his frustration on George Honeyman. Fourth booking of a feisty first half.
45+2 mins: Luke ONien appears to tug at the shirt of Hawkins as the Portsmouth striker jumps up for a header.
Sunderland will be glad theres no VAR at Fratton Park. That could easily have been a penalty, albeit a soft one.
Stewart Donald, Sunderlands owner, is among the away fans at Fratton Park. He looks tense. They all do.
“I saw the reaction of those around me and they were saying ‘no way, that is not a red card’ and that was the feeling from me as well.
40 mins: Oliver Hawkins flicks the ball into the path of Gareth Evans who heads goalwards from six yards only for Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin to make a fine save with his feet.
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36 mins: Maguire may have changed his boots, but that doesnt stop him falling over again. This time, his slip prevents him giving Sunderland the lead on the night.
Maguire latches onto a long ball and gets there before the keeper. He dinks the ball over the keepers head but is unable to finish the move as he falls over in the penalty area.
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31 mins: Portsmouth win their first corner of the game. Sunderland have to defend it with 10 men as Charlie Wyke is injured after clashing knees with Matthew Clarke.
26 mins: Portsmouths main men are coming more into the game. Gareth Evans lashes a shot over from the right corner of the 18-yard box.
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24 mins: Maguire changes his boots. He cant afford to slip again and commit a second bookable offence!
22 mins: Pompey pressure. Sunderland defending deep and they get bodies in the way as three shots are blocked within the space of 15 seconds.
21 mins: Third booking of the match. Maguire sees yellow card taking out an opponent of the Sunderland left. Hes a little unlucky as he appeared to lose his football and slip into the slide challenge.
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Peter Bankes doesnt appear to have his red card on him or at least hes forgotten the rules of the game.
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Tom Naylor, just as Gareth Evans a few minutes ago, could easily have been sent off. After the ball went out of play, Naylor threw the ball in the face of Maguire. But again, Bankes chose to only caution the player.
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15 mins: Oviedo gets forward again for Sunderland, dancing past two defenders before firing in a shot which is deflected wide for the games first corner.
After being tackled by Christopher Maguire, Naylor gets to his feet and throws the ball forcefully at Maguires head, right in front of an assistant referee.
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Bryan Oviedo gets to the left byline and has four Sunderland players to aim for in the middle. His cross finds George Honeyman, who shoots wide at the near post.
3 mins: Gareth Evans has his foot very high as he pinches possession from Lee Cattermole, who goes down.
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Sunderland players surround referee Peter Bankes. They want Evans sent off, but the yellow card dished out by Bankes is the correct call.
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2 mins: First shot in anger and it comes from the right boot of Grant Leadbitter from 25 yards. His curling effort looks good but Portsmouth keeper Craig MacGillivray shows excellent handling to hold onto the ball.
Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis, two of Pompeys top scorers, are on the bench. But it does look as they will stay with the same 4-2-3-1 system that they used on Saturday.
There also is no place on the bench for Omar Bogle. The former Grimsby man came on at the Stadium of Light but isnt fancied tonight by Kenny Jackett.
Must add that there is a decent following from Sunderland here tonight. Theyre hoping Jack Rosss side can set up a rematch of the 1998 play-off final between them and Charlton. Lets see if they can do it – they are favourites tonight.
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There were plenty of empty seats at the first leg but Fratton Park is sold out tonight and the stadium is filling up nicely with 15 minutes to go until kick-off.
Tonight sees these two sides meet for the fifth time this season. Portsmouth won 3-1 at Fratton Park in League One just before Christmas. Pompey then won the EFL Trophy 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Wembley, before they played out a 1-1 draw in League One at the Stadium of Light in April. And then, of course, came last weekends 1-0 win for Sunderland in the first leg of this play-off semi-final.
A man has reportedly been arrested after a bomb threat was made against Portsmouths League One play-off semi-final second leg with Sunderland on Thursday night.
On Wednesday, a social media user threatened to shoot and bomb supporters attending the game at Fratton Park.
Threats, posted on the Twitter account of @Kieran30971361, referenced the Manchester Arena bombing which killed 23 people in May 2017.
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The boys from the North-East, fresh from their journey of more than 300 miles, are at Fratton Park and have been seen checking out the playing surface.
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Portsmouth XI: MacGillivray, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown, Naylor, Close, Solomon-Otabor, Pitman, Evans, Hawkins
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Tonight's team news, in association with @aphrodite1994…Two changes: Maguire and Leadbitter come in. @LyndenGooch and @10LewisMorgan drop to the bench. Duncan Watmore is named on the bench for the first time since March.#SAFC
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