Chandler eyes confidence booster at lowly Chobham

Harry Hodell is back for Portsmouth

Harry Hodell is back for Portsmouth

Darren Bamford's hat-trick wasn't enough for Havant against Sidcup. Picture: Kieth Woodland

Havant coach positive despite play-off misery

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Portsmouth will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways as they visit London one south basement side Chobham (3pm).

The hosts are yet to win in the league this season and have conceded more than 900 points, so it will be a major shock if the Rugby Camp club don’t pick up their first league win in six games.

‘This is a game we have to win to restore some confidence and get our winning mentality back on track,’ said Portsmouth head coach Ian Chandler.

‘It will be all about how we approach it. If we go into the game thinking “it is only Chobham” then we will give them a chance.

‘On the other hand, if we play to our true potential we should run out comfortable winners.

‘We will be attempting to drum any complacency out of the players.

‘It is important we end the season in a positive manner and the team deserves to do that after what they have achieved.

‘The side have played excellent rugby at times and last weekend we totally dominated Basingstoke – a National League side – even though we lost at the death.

‘If we can do that against them then we are more than capable of doing it against most of the teams in our league.

‘The players must raise their motivation now for the last few games.’

Portsmouth hope to be at full strength, with the return of centre Harry Hodell from his Hampshire under-20 commitments.

Portsmouth: Whitehouse, Hazeldine, Hodell, Whiteley, Gates, Botten, Morgan, Sargent, Hoolihan, Hankey, French, Roseblade, Brock, Long, Gicquel, Bion, Cumings, Goldsmith.

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