Pompey v Bournemouth: Gaffer for a day

Gaffer for a day Adam Tungatt wants Conor Chaplin to start up front Picture: Joe Pepler
Gaffer for a day Adam Tungatt wants Conor Chaplin to start up front Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin. Picture: Paul Currie/Bluepitch media

Chaplin reflects on Pompey’s defeat to Donny

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Adam Tungatt previews the Pompey v Bournemouth FA Cup game.

I honestly feel we have a chance of winning this, especially considering how we played against Ipswich over both games.

Although, Bournemouth are clearly going to be more difficult opposition and their second team is probably a hell of a lot better than Ipswich’s first!

Eddie Howe has signed more players this month and put together a decent squad there – but let’s go out and attack them. The atmosphere will be great.

This is a bit of focus for us away from the league, which is good. Some fans have been getting on the players’ back in League Two so it is an opportunity to take minds off that.

I think there’s a good chance of us getting a result as well, whether it be a replay or a win.

Looking at our team, I would keep the same back four which lined-up against Oxford United, with Matt Clarke continuing in place of Christian Burgess.

It is a thought to rest Michael Doyle with a trip to Morecambe on Tuesday, but we should go with him just because it is against Bournemouth and the fourth round of the FA Cup.

I would also choose Ben Close over Adam Barton after impressing me when he came on as substitute against Oxford. He also did well in the first Ipswich match.

Personally, I think Barton is better at centre-back rather than the centre of midfield.

With it being the Cup and a Fratton Park sell-out, why not go for two up front, with Conor Chaplin and Marc McNulty best suited.

It is something different and we do seem to be lacking an aspect to our game at present. I know Paul Cook likes the 4-2-3-1 formation, but let’s try something different.

I want us to win, but think we might just lose out 3-2.