Barnsley v Pompey: It’s Your Shout

Michael Appleton has lots to ponder ahead of Pompey's clash with Barnsley
Michael Appleton has lots to ponder ahead of Pompey's clash with Barnsley
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

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Pompey boss Michael Appleton is down to the bare bones for this weekend’s trip to Barnsley – a crucial clash in his side’s quest for Championship survival.

The Blues have the smallest squad in the Football League, and injuries to key players isn’t helping their cause.

With David Norris and Luke Varney already ruled out of Saturday’s encounter at Oakwell, Greg Halford and Liam Lawrence are also doubtful after picking up knocks against Ipswich on Tuesday night.

That leaves Appleton with just 14 fit first-team players to choose from as his team looks to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat to the Tractor Boys.

So, can Pompey overcome the odds and grab a precious three points in Yorkshire?

How can Appleton plug the gaps in his line-up without the likes of Halford and Lawrence to call upon?

Which formation will give the Blues the best chance of success?

And with Pompey almost certain to be docked 10 points for entering administration, is this the start of a relegation dogfight for Appleton and his men?

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