Gaffer: Portsmouth should switch formation at Peterborough

Gaffer for a day Chris Quinell, aged 64, from Perth, Western Australia, gives his pre-match thoughts on Pompey's trip to Peterborough.Â

Friday, 14th September 2018, 4:29 pm
Updated Friday, 14th September 2018, 5:38 pm
Ben Close. Picture: Joe Pepler

Hopefully we'll do so having seen a Pompey victory over Peterborough, although I'm going for a 2-2 draw.

My wife and I come from Waterlooville, but emigrated to Australia, so it's great to come back and see friends and family '“ although Pompey is part of my family.

We booked our flights before the fixtures were released, but I've managed to see the Doncaster and Plymouth games so far.

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Ben Close. Picture: Joe Pepler

I'd like to see us go for Peterborough a bit more and not rely on our defence. We should go out there and push them. Attack is the best form of defence.

To do that we should use a 4-4-2, with Ronan Curtis coming back into the side and pushed up in attack next to Oli Hawkins.

I'd also like to see Ben Close come into the centre of midfield, with David Wheeler on the left and Jamal Lowe on the right.

I know it's early in the season, but this game is still going to count. It's a big match without a doubt.

These are two of the teams that will be challenging for the top of the table throughout the campaign, although I think Pompey will get automatic promotion.

We have a good all-round squad and, while there is always room for improvement, we are already strong and have the funds still to use if required.

The first couple of games this season were a bit ragged, but we've picked up. I know last weekend against Shrewsbury wasn't great but we went for it in the second half and a draw was a fair result.