Oxford v Pompey: Gaffer for a Day

Anthony Hesse believes Adam Webster should be playing more Picture: Joe Pepler
Anthony Hesse believes Adam Webster should be playing more Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin. Picture: Paul Currie/Bluepitch media

Chaplin reflects on Pompey’s defeat to Donny

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This will be our toughest test yet and a really good barometer of where we are at.

It should be a great game, there will be some needle, a big crowd in attendance, up against Appy again, while Oxford are one of the fancied teams in the league, like us.

They lost against Northampton last week so will be hurting a bit and I see this as a tight match, perhaps a 1-1 draw or 2-1 to us.

Looking at team selection, the only question marks I have is Adam Webster/Matt Clarke and Matt Tubbs/Adam McGurk.

Webster is one of ours, he needs to be playing, and while I rate Clarke I also rate Webster in a role which suits him.

He created the goal last week and is more influential going forward than Clarke.

Whether Webster is as good heading the ball I don’t know, but attacking-wise he does seem to get his head on set-pieces inside the box.

I have always liked Webster and a while back had a bit of banter with a couple of lads on Twitter who were getting on his back. I have always stuck up for him.

Up front I think McGurk suits the system better so perhaps Tubbs is better at the moment coming off the bench after 60 minutes.

From what I have seen of McGurk, he looks lively, buzzes around a lot and I think that boy will score goals.

And with Gary Roberts out injured, I’d bring in Gareth Evans, moving Kyle Bennett to the left.

Whenever I watch Pompey at the moment, particularly away, I think we are going to win, I’ve got a good feeling with this system.

I think Cook’s favoured formation actually suits us away from home a little bit so we can hit them on the break as we have the pace.