Gaffer for a day: Pompey v Wycombe

Pompey fan James Ellis, aged 21, from Gosport, gives his thoughts ahead of the home clash with Wycombe in the FA Cup.

Saturday, 5th November 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:23 pm
Michael Smith. Picture: Joe Pepler

Some people write off the FA Cup because they want to focus on the league, but it’s a competition I am definitely fussed about.

Of course we want to get promoted, yet we had a nice little cup run last year which was a good experience

Regardless of how far we progress, we have the quality to get out of this division, although need to find that consistency.

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Sloppy errors at the back could push us into the play-offs, otherwise we possess enough quality to break into the top three.

For Wycombe, I would like a team containing a mix of experience and youth.

With Michael Doyle and Amine Linganzi missing through suspension, the pair to bring in would be Danny Rose and Ben Close.

I would also like to recall Adam Buxton, Milan Lalkovic and Michael Smith, with Gareth Evans, Kyle Bennett and Conor Chaplin rested.

I like Lalkovic, I remember watching highlights of him playing for Walsall last season and he was awesome.

He skipped past people, laid on assists, scored goals and deserves a run of games at Pompey, let’s make him the centre of attention for a while.

Lalkovic has been in and out of our season and hardly set the world alight, but I want him to do well.

I would also bring Smith in as the lone striker, even if I don’t think he is a natural goalscorer like Marc McNulty for example.

However, give him the right type of service and he can put a few away, as we saw at Yeovil in the Checkatrade Trophy.

He needs an injection of confidence by being involved in games again, so let’s give him a chance.

I’m going for a 2-0 win – then a nice London away trip in the next round.

My line-up

David Forde

Adam Buxton

Christian Burgess

Matt Clarke

Enda Stevens

Danny Rose

Ben Close

Carl Baker

Gary Roberts

Milan Lalkovic

Michael Smith