Defender out to stake Pompey claim

Brandon Haunstrup is out to lay down a first-team marker against AFC Wimbledon.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 13th August 2018, 7:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 3:22 am
Brandon Haunstrup Picture: Andrew Fosker
Brandon Haunstrup Picture: Andrew Fosker

 And the left-back has admitted the onus will be on him to impress as he battles Lee Brown for a starting spot.

Haunstrup is in line to feature in his preferred position on the left side of Kenny Jackett's back four in the Carabao Cup first-round meeting.

That's after Jackett utilised the 21-year-old on the left of midfield against Luton.

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Haunstrup had told how he's hungry to deliver a convincing performance against the Dons.

He said: '˜Every opportunity you get you really need to do your best.

'˜Whenever I get the opportunity it's always the same. You have to try your best to take it.

'˜If I play, hopefully I can do well, we get a result and progress into the next round.'

Brown appears to be in the driving seat when it comes to the battle for the left-back position, following his summer arrival from Bristol Rovers. 

Haunstrup has told there's a friendly rivalry as the duo aim to come out on top.  

He added: '˜We're rivals for the left-back slot. It's down to us both to get our heads down and play well for the team.

'˜We don't ignore each other, though! All the players are good boys and there's a good mentality and togetherness.

'˜The team are getting results and that's the good thing. You have to have competition in every position. It's the same for every player. It's something I expect and that's just how it is.'