Exeter v Pompey: Gaffer for a day

Gaffer for a day James Conroy preview's Pompey's trip to Exeter.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 1:00 pm
Pompey defender Adam Webster Picture: Joe Pepler

Barnet was a tough one, I haven’t felt more deflated leaving a match for a long time.

I aired my frustration vocally at the final whistle, but mainly the criticism was aimed at the first half of the match. We had been naive – but gave it a go in the second half.

Yet, against Cambridge United, it was good – the kind of performance missing from us this season.

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It was not any kind of advert for League Two football, but we got the win, which was the important thing.

Adam Webster was my man of the match and has been a revelation this season. Me and my mates have already started calling him John Stones!

I would make just the one change to the side against Exeter tonight, which is Gareth Evans in for Kal Naismith.

Naismith played quite well on Saturday but it is hard to leave Evans out with his goalscoring record this season. He is also a player that is effective and tends to slip under the radar.

Danny Hollands should keep his place. He has come on so much this season, and with him now being fit it is a no-brainer.

I would also keep the Marc McNulty/Conor Chaplin strike partnership.

Conor has that little bit of footballing flair and an instinct, making himself a handful.

Exeter have not been great at home this season.

They have won once at St James Park in the league since October, so this may be an opportunity for us.

I went to university there for four years and regularly paid £5 to go to matches, but it’s the first time I have seen Pompey play there.

I’m not looking forward to standing on that uncovered away end, though!

Still, I think we’ll get another win.