Pick Your Pompey XI: Mansfield result

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey Academy defender Matt Casey Picture: Neil Marshall

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Conor Chaplin is the overwhelming favourite to replace Gary Roberts against Mansfield Town today, according to our Pick Your Pompey XI survey.

Blues boss Paul Cook yesterday revealed Roberts would be sidelined for a couple of weeks in a bid to shake off a niggling ankle injury.

And 91 per cent of fans polled in our survey voted for Chaplin, who came off the bench to score against Stevenage on Tuesday, to return to the starting line-up in one of the three attacking midfield berths.

Kyle Bennett was backed by 94.8 per cent of supporters to retain his place on the wing but the final selection in the creative trio has divided opinion.

Rommy Boco, who started against Stevenage, was given the nod by 40.8 per cent of supporters.

But Kal Naismith edged him out with 55.4 of fans wanting the Scot to be handed his second start of the League Two campaign.

Unsurprisingly, Brian Murphy was the most popular pick in the survey.

With loan stopper Aaron McCarey returning to Wolves in the week, Murphy was the choice of 99.1 per cent of fans with the other 0.9 choosing Alex Bass.

Matt Clarke was only selected by 11.7 per cent of voters to return to the back four.

The Blue Army were certain they wanted to retain the same back four as the Stevenage game, with Ben Davies (98.6), Adam Webster (92.0), Christian Burgess (97.2) and Enda Stevens (92.0) confident picks.

Michael Doyle was the first choice in the holding midfielder berths, gaining the support of 94.4 per cent of fans.

Adam Barton (52.6) edged out Nigel Atangana (42.7) to partner the skipper, while Danny Hollands was only backed by seven per cent of people surveyed.

Hollands was beaten by James Dunne, who despite his lack of game time this season took a 7.5 per cent share.

The final spot in Cook’s preferred 4-2-3-1 is the lone striker role.

And with his good recent form, Matt Tubbs was the fans’ favourite – grabbing 66.7 per cent of the vote.

Caolan Lavery was selected by 30 per cent of supporters as they plumped for the Northern Irishman to get a maiden Blues start.

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