Wycombe v Pompey: Gaffer for a day

Mike Birch believes Pompey lacked mobility up front before the likes of Caolan Lavery, above, and Marc McNulty came along

Mike Birch believes Pompey lacked mobility up front before the likes of Caolan Lavery, above, and Marc McNulty came along

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Mike Birch preview’s Pompey’s visit to Wycombe Wanderers.

As a season-ticket holder living in Kent, unfortunately I struggle to get to mid-week home games.

However, it seems obvious to me we should keep the same side and same formation which beat York, even if I didn’t see it.

I am more than happy with the 4-2-3-1 system, which is a progressive style and had us playing attractive football while striving to win every game.

When we have not won it hasn’t been for a lack of trying, and I certainly believe in Cookie’s principles. He’s a football purist who knows how he wants the game to be played.

I don’t mind backward passing as long as you can find a cutting edge, which Cook has been searching for.

The days of lumping the ball upfield lies in the age of the dinosaur.

Considering Cook has built this team from scratch to populate the positions in his 4-2-3-1 system, we have not done too badly. He also acknowledged early doors the team was lacking mobility in front areas and addressed that by recruiting Caolan Lavery and Marc McNulty.

Now we head to Wycombe, who are a decent side, but I think we will win,

The usual adage is win at home and draw away, although we haven’t been winning at home a lot so far this season. However, we have been strong on our travels and I can see that continuing at Adams Park.

We can score goals and I’m going for a Pompey victory by one goal – possibly a 2-1 win, although my predictions are usually rubbish!

Away from Fratton Park this season I have seen us taking games to opponents and dominating. So I am expecting this to be a good open, attractive game – and one which we can come out on top.

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