Barnet v Pompey: gaffer for a day

Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler
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Gaffer for a day Mark Thompson previews today’s Barnet v Pompey game.

I’m not sure Michael Doyle has the legs for three games in a week, but take him out of the side and I’m a bit worried about leadership in the team.

Obviously, Stanley Aborah has arrived to put pressure on those two positions, but it’s too early for him.

I was at Notts County last season when he absolutely ran the show and was far above anyone on the pitch – he will be a good signing.

So I would name an unchanged side, while I’m looking forward to seeing Eoin Doyle in action for the first time.

To my mind, we’ve lacked someone to play that role up front since Caolan Lavery left.

Confidence in the team following successive victories will be high and you have to trust Paul Cook knows whether there is tiredness in Michael Doyle’s legs. I expect him to pick the same team for the fourth game in a row.

We keep talking about going on a run, yet continue to flatter to deceive. There have been so many false dawns, with Pompey unable to emulate Northampton’s run last season or Exeter during the current campaign.

But I am an optimistic man, so why can’t our winning spell carry on tomorrow?

Interestingly, Barnet have not had great home form since Martin Allen left them for Eastleigh, it certainly isn’t any great shakes.

I’m glad I missed last season’s defeat at The Hive, but will be travelling down from Hull tomorrow morning for this fixture.

I’m going for another 2-0 win, after opening the scoring in the first half. Then we’ll sew it up quite nicely in the 85th minute.

I’m even going to predict the scorers, with Eoin Doyle grabbing the first and a substitute taking advantage of fresh legs for the second.