Pompey v Bristol City - preview

David Nugent
David Nugent
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Plymouth: pre-match talking points

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Liam Lawrence remains the biggest injury concern for Steve Cotterill and is expected to be missing once again for the trip to Ashton Gate.

The midfielder is recovering from a calf strain so Cotterill looks set to name an unchanged side from the 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

Aaron Mokoena is pushing for a recall but his best hope of a place is in midfield, with Hayden Mullins and Joel Ward carrying knocks.

Both are expected to start but Ibrahima Sonko looks set to miss out on a place in the squad again.

Cotterill said: ‘They are on a good run. They’ve won three games on the bounce so we won’t be taking them lightly.

‘We know what this league is like.

‘I like Bristol City. They are just up the road from where I was born in Cheltenham, so they’ve been big for me over the years.

‘It’s a good club with a good chairman.

‘I don’t know Keith Millen too well but he is doing a top job there.

‘He was handed the reins after an indifferent start and has done a great job. I like him very much.’

City have an injury doubt over Steven Caulker ahead of tonight’s match.

The central defender has been troubled by a hip injury of late, so Damion Stewart is on stand-by to deputise.

Otherwise, the Robins will keep the same side who pulled off an impressive 4-1 win at Coventry at the weekend.

Christian Ribeiro should be back on the bench after recovering from a hamstring problem.

But still out are Jamie McAllister (ribs), Louis Carey (fractured skull), Cole Skuse (foot) and Jon Stead (ankle).

City boss Keith Millen said: ‘We’ve looked strong and powerful and I’ve been pleased with their energy and enthusiasm.

‘I’m looking for us to kick on and finish in a strong way.

‘I’d like to think we can get stronger as the season goes on.

‘So long as we don’t pick up too many injuries, keep the players fresh and sharp in training and give them days off when they need them, we can pick up a good number of points.

‘I want to get those points quickly so we can relax a bit and have an enjoyable end to the campaign.’