Pompey considering cup date switch

Michael Appleton. Picture: Robin Jones

Michael Appleton. Picture: Robin Jones

Conor Chaplin scores in the 89th minute for Pompey against Barnet Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey are considering giving the go-ahead for the Capital One Cup clash at Plymouth Argyle to be moved to another date.

The Blues were yesterday drawn against the League Two outfit at Home Park in the competition formerly named the Carling Cup.

First-round matches are scheduled to take place in the week beginning Monday, August 13.

However, Pompey are debating whether to agree for that to be brought forward to Saturday, August 11.

Hosts Plymouth, who do not have a match that weekend, are keen to make the switch.

The Blues are also without a fixture but a Pompey XI have a game at Salisbury City.

That side is expected to consist mainly of players from the Blues’ academy.

Michael Appleton will have the final say on whether his team agree to any change, although he is currently on holiday in Tenerife.

Regardless, the opportunity to avoid a long midweek trip to Plymouth could appeal to the Blues boss, especially ahead of the League One kick-off on Saturday, August 18.

The Football League have already indicated they would have no objections to the date being moved.

Pompey last met Plymouth during their successful 2008 FA Cup run. Niko Kranjcar and Lassana Diarra were the goalscorers in the 2-1 victory at Fratton Park in the January 2008 fourth-round tie.

Pompey last competitive match at Home Park was in August 1998.

That was also a League Cup tie, with Alan Ball’s men winning 3-1 with goals from Alan McLoughlin, Mihalis Vlachos and John Aloisi.

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