OPPOSITION FAN PREVIEW: POMPEY



After another victory on Saturday, against Rochdale, we’ve now won five of our last six league games. Heading to Portsmouth on Tuesday evening for a 7:45pm kick-off, is there a better time to travel to Fratton Park?


I was joined by Portsmouth fan and vlogger Tom Chappell, aka FourNilWrittenAllOverIt, here's what he had to say...


THEIR LAST GAME

"The overriding thing for me is that something desperate needs to change at Portsmouth FC. Based on Saturday’s performance (a 4-1 loss away to Northampton Town) we were absolutely shocking, probably the worst performance I've ever seen, we may as well have not even turned up! Sean Raggett, our centre-half, had another nightmare; I tend to clench every time he plays it out the back. Craig MacGillivray, who's statistically one of the best keepers in the league, made a few really poor decisions. He wasn't up to the mark. Going forward there was nothing happening and the only decent opportunity we had was when Kenny Jackett made about four substitutions."


KENNY JACKETT: TIME TO GO?

"He either needs to walk or be pushed out the door. You wouldn't find a Portsmouth fan around the world that isn't of the same opinion! He leaves substitutions way too late. He said in his interview “we've talked through the goals, we know what happened” but he needs to give the players to fight for the shirt! I hope there's a statement over the next few days that announces the club have parted ways with Kenny."


KEY PLAYERS

"Tom Naylor, our captain, is the organ grinder in the middle of midfield. Marcus Harness is a great talent, he's scored in his last two visits to the Stadium of Light. Ronan Curtis is really fighting for his shirt after Kenny dropped him again. John Marquis hadn't played for a while until recently. You're asking me for our positives, there aren't any! But those are our key players. I'd bring Andy Cannon into that too; he plays in midfield with Naylor and does a lot of work that goes unnoticed."


KEY WEAKNESSES

"I'd like to see Lee Brown, our left-back, taken out of the starting eleven. He hasn't been performing consistently over the past few weeks. He's getting old now and has been outpaced multiple times this season. Sean Raggett, as I said, makes a lot of mistakes."


THEIR UPCOMING EFL TROPHY FINAL

"We could do without the final, really. I couldn't care less about it. I'd say we should rest players in the final because the league is too important, and the final isn't."


Previously, a draw away to Portsmouth would be a good result. However, given they have lost four out of their last six league games, is a win on the cards? Since relegation to League One, this could be the best opportunity we've had to leave Fratton Park with all three points.


Whatever the result it’ll be a very competitive game. Having said that, I back us to continue our excellent form and win 2-1.