Whittingham: No Connolly conundrum – just a team dilemma

Pompey striker David Connolly has served his three-match ban Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey striker David Connolly has served his three-match ban Picture: Joe Pepler

Carl Baker scores Pompey's winner against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler

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Guy Whittingham played down his David Connolly selection poser and insisted: It’s all about the team.

The return of Pompey’s top goalscorer for Fleetwood tomorrow, following a three-match suspension, leaves the manager with an unenviable decision as he finalises his line-up.

In the veteran’s absence, Jed Wallace, Ricky Holmes and Andy Barcham have been operating as an attacking midfield three behind a central striker.

It’s a switch in formation which has earned four points and progression in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Now Connolly is back in contention and pushing hard to resurrect his strike partnership with Patrick Agyemang which has proven so prolific.

To do so, however, Whittingham must change his system and leave out one of his in-form attacking options.

He said: ‘It is not what to do with David Connolly tomorrow, this is what we have got to get right.

‘It is about how we win the game tomorrow – that is the most important thing.

‘We look at Fleetwood like we do every team.

‘We think of their strengths and weaknesses and we look to see how we are best setting up, and within the set-up you look at who are the best players.

‘That is how it is. We will pick the right side who we think, ultimately and I think, will win the game tomorrow.

‘You have to look at it game-by-game, you have to, absolutely.

‘Fleetwood play a different way to Mansfield and Burton.

‘They all have strengths and weaknesses and we have to make sure we look at those and think the of best way of playing against them.’

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