Awford mulls over Pompey changes

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Andy Awford has denied accusations of tinkering with his starting line-ups this season.

And the Blues boss is weighing up naming an unchanged side against Southend tomorrow.

James Dunne started Pompey's clash with Burton Albion last weekend Picture: Joe Pepler

James Dunne started Pompey's clash with Burton Albion last weekend Picture: Joe Pepler

Not since November has Awford kept the same team – that coming at Tranmere.

Bouyed by a 3-0 victory over Morecambe – Pompey’s last win as it turns out – it was same again for Prenton Park.

They would subsequently lose 3-1 against the strugglers, with Jed Wallace netting for the visitors.

There have been six matches since and last weekend there were encouraging signs in the 1-1 draw with high-flying Burton.

Now Awford is mulling over whether to select the same starting XI for the visit of Phil Brown’s team.

He said: ‘I’m thinking about an unchanged side, it’s always that way.

‘I remember going to Tranmere and keeping the same team, although it didn’t quite work.

‘I have made my mind up on the majority of it, but there are a couple of decisions to make on what we do.

‘I have not changed my teams loads – the cup games at the start of the season probably clouded it.

‘When you look at the nucleus in the league the back four have not changed for the last three games and the keeper has not changed all season.

‘Jed has played pretty much every game, Danny Hollands came back into the team on Saturday and has played pretty much every game.

‘In addition, James Dunne has played every game he has been available.

‘Everybody is fine and trained fully yesterday, even Foggy (Wes Fogden) who wasn’t out there with us but doing his own work.

‘So we have that option to be unchanged.

‘I felt we played very well against Burton, especially in the first half.

‘I was a bit disappointed it was only 1-0 at the break – that is why at half-time I said for them to go for it.

‘But we couldn’t quite get that momentum going in the second half.

‘We didn’t keep the ball long enough.

‘We didn’t sit deep,we were being pushed back by them because we kept giving the ball away.’

Meanwhile, Pompey’s reserves are to host AFC Wimbledon on Monday afternoon.

In a change to their schedule, the rearranged fixture will take place at the University of Portsmouth on Furze Lane (1.30pm).

Striker Tom Craddock is expected to feature for Paul Hardyman’s side as he continues his injury comeback following 13 months out.