Pompey v Accrington: Naismith gives Blues scouting report

Kal Naismith. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kal Naismith. Picture: Joe Pepler

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KAL NAISMITH has delivered an Accrington scouting report to Pompey.

But the fit-again attacker believes the outcome of tomorrow’s clash lies in his team-mates’ own hands.

I’ve pointed out a few good players to the lads and told them a few bits.

Kal Naismith

Paul Cook’s side meet the club Naismith joined from in the summer as the Blues return to league action.

The 23-year-old put his injury troubles to bed with a 24-minute cameo against Exeter in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday.

Naismith has been hindered by a thigh problem picked up on the eve of the campaign which has kept him sidelined.

Tomorrow’s clash may be too soon for the Scot to be ready for league minutes.

But that hasn’t stopped Naismith giving the inside track on his old side to the Pompey players.

He said: ‘I’ve pointed out a few good players to the lads and told them a few bits.

‘But, mainly, it’s about us.

‘If we go out and play well I’m confident the lads can win.

‘I’m sure the lads are confident they can win if they apply themselves.

‘The manager has been there himself and knows everything about them.

‘He knows everyone so he won’t be needing to ask me for too much advice.

‘It’s good to be back playing again. It’s been hard.

‘I’ve only trained Monday and Tuesday and then yesterday was high intensity.

‘I came through it, though. The first week I’m just looking to tick off training sessions.’

Naismith will be seeing plenty of familiar faces tomorrow as Pompey take on his old side.

Two years at the Crown Ground saw the former Rangers trainee bag 14 goals in 79 appearances.

Naismith admitted it will be good to see some of his former team-mates again.

He said: ‘I’ve got loads of good relationships there with the players and staff.

‘It’ll be good to see them, have a chat with them before the game and see how they are doing.

‘Obviously after that it’s about getting behind the boys and the three points.’

Naismith will also meet up with old boss John Coleman ahead of tomorrow’s game.

He is full of praise for the job he has done in difficult conditions over an extended period at the Crown Ground.

Naismith is typical of the conditions Coleman has to work under, after he moved on to further his career at Pompey in the summer.

He said: ‘He knows the game very well and he’s been in it a long time.

‘He’s done brilliant at Accrington and, when he came back and I was there, he did brilliantly as well.

‘He’s a great manager but the lads help.

‘There are no egos and the lads buy into it.

‘Accrington is what it is.

‘They work hard and they don’t complain.

‘They have limited resources and places to train but everyone turns up every day and gets on with it.

‘That makes it easier for John but he’s a great manager.’

– JORDAN CROSS

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