Hughes in line for Fratton return

Richard Hughes celebrates after scoring for Pompey against Leeds in 2010. Picture: Steve Reid (104199-207)
Richard Hughes celebrates after scoring for Pompey against Leeds in 2010. Picture: Steve Reid (104199-207)
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Plymouth: pre-match talking points

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Richard Hughes is poised for a Fratton Park return with Bournemouth tonight.

The 33-year-old came off the bench at half-time for the Cherries during Saturday’s 5-3 defeat at Sheffield United.

It was his first appearance since he left Pompey in the summer of 2011.

Hughes spent eight-and-a-half seasons with the Blues – making 165 appearances and scoring three goals – before announcing his retirement on his departure.

Now he is back in the game with Bournemouth, who tonight visit Fratton in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

It has been an unimpressive start from Paul Groves’ men, picking up just three points from their first four league games, including a 1-1 draw with Pompey.

And Hughes is relishing making a difference, starting with his Blues reunion.

He said: ‘It would be brilliant to play at Fratton.

‘I didn’t think I would be able to this season but there could be an opportunity to do that.

‘But, regardless of where you play or who you play, winning is the most important thing.

‘I have got no doubt that we are going to have a good season and be successful.’