Notts County v Pompey: Gaffer for a day

James Conroy believes Rommy Boco should keep his place in the team Picture: Joe Pepler

James Conroy believes Rommy Boco should keep his place in the team Picture: Joe Pepler

Christian Burgess saw red at Stevenage last Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Newport: Early team news

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James Conroy previews Pompey’s trip to Meadow Lane.

Away from home I have so much more optimism about how the team is going to perform.

In fact, I am trying to get in as many League Two grounds as possible because I believe we will be promoted!

However, at present we are operating at 50-60 per cent of our capabilities. Hopefully we can grind out another away result.

Although it does seem we are a bit slow in the first half of matches – and that also applies on our travels.

In the second half of fixtures we seem to dominate more, there is a little bit more flow, but hopefully that can be remedied.

Looking at selection, I have been quite impressed with Danny Hollands but will go with Nigel Atangana for this one.

I know Adam Barton didn’t play against Mansfield but the frustration of watching his sideways passing is getting to me a bit. I don’t doubt Barton is a gifted footballer, but Atangana gives more drive.

I was impressed by the Frenchman at the beginning of the season, he has really come on and is not afraid of taking a touch and going past someone.

The returning Gareth Evans should start, along with Kyle Bennett, with Rommy Boco completing the attacking midfield three.

Boco offers us something quite different in terms of strength, you know he will put in a shift and get stuck in, a bit like Paul Hall.

I suppose Kal Naismith is an option and has been given chances of late, but I cannot say he has particularly caught my eye.

Up front, while I was impressed with the work-rate of Caolan Lavery and his pace and ability to hold the ball up, I would like to see Matt Tubbs back in the side. Tubbs has also been in good form.

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