Pick your Pompey XI: Barnet - the verdict

Conor Chaplin is set to start for Pompey in tomorrow's game with Barnet   Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin is set to start for Pompey in tomorrow's game with Barnet Picture: Joe Pepler
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Readers of The News agree with Paul Cook’s decision to hand Conor Chaplin a start in tomorrow’s game against Barnet.

The Blues’ very own homegrown talent has scored twice in the Capital One Cup this season but has been largely forced to settle for a role off the bench in League Two so far.

The News readers' Pompey XI for tomorrow's game with Barnet

The News readers' Pompey XI for tomorrow's game with Barnet

That is set to change tomorrow with Cook confirming the teenager would be included in his starting XI for the visit of the Bees.

He was chosen by The News readers for a spot in their preferred line-up also, with 67.5 per cent of votes including Chaplin.

His place in an attacking midfield trio is found alongside by Gary Roberts (96.6 per cent) and Kyle Bennett (56.3 per cent), with Gareth Evans the man to make way (34 per cent).

Interestingly, Paul Jones (68.7 per cent) is preferred to Brian Murphy (30.9) in goal, although at the time many votes were cast, the extent of Murphy’s now non-serious groin injury was unknown.

As it is, either goalkeeper could be selected by Cook tomorrow, with Alex Bass (0.4 per cent) set to continue in between the sticks for the Academy.

The Blues’ back four remains unchanged in the eyes of readers with a familiar backline of Ben Davies (97.4 per cent), Christian Burgess (95.9 per cent), Matt Clarke (87.3 per cent) and Enda Stevens (94.8 per cent) selected.

Finally, up top, Matt Tubbs is again preferred to Jayden Stockley by readers of The News.

Tubbs, left out of Cook’s starting XI for the 0-0 draw with Accrington last weekend, was named in 76 per cent of teams, with Stockley – the only other option for the lone striker role – receiving 24 per cent of votes cast.