Gaffer for a day: Grimsby v Pompey

Gaffer for a day Dan Knight previews Pompey's game at Grimsby

Saturday, 10th December 2016, 10:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:45 pm
Pompey striker Michael Smith Picture: Joe Pepler

I’d like to see the same starting line-up as we fielded for Stevenage – as long as Michael Doyle and Christian Burgess have put their differences aside.

That first half was by no means the worst 45 minutes we have seen at Fratton Park this season, it was after the second half which was the concern.

That half-time incident totally affected the performance, which you would expect. People take sides, while some would look up to Doyle as the captain and a senior players.

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It’s not nice seeing your mates have a bit of a scrap.

We’ll soon find out how the fight has affected the team spirit, with some massive games coming up against Yeovil, Luton and Doncaster.

The only upside is at least it shows they care, even if you don’t want to see it going to that extent.

It was a heat of the moment thing and I trust Paul Cook’s judgement in how that was handled – now we move on.

Michael Smith deserves his place up front, but what frustrates me is he misses no more chances than Conor Chaplin but doesn’t having the fans’ support.

Smith gets stick, yet works hard and does a good job, although Chaplin is a natural finisher.

It will be interesting if Ben Davies plays for Grimsby. His energy for us was superb and is a player I would have kept.

The one criticism of him was sometimes he left us exposed at right-back through pushing on, but that was inevitable.

That position has been a weakness for us since he left – and we still haven’t filled it.

There are some tough fixtures coming up and the frustrating thing is the Stevenage loss has made that win at Luton a bit redundant.