Gaffer: Time to show why Portsmouth are league leaders

Gaffer for a day Andy McDonald, aged 63, from Fareham, previews Pompey's clash with Wycombe.

Friday, 21st September 2018, 6:02 pm
Updated Friday, 21st September 2018, 7:13 pm
Andy McDonald would like to see Ben Thompson recalled against Wycombe. Picture: Joe Pepler

This is quite a seminal moment for Pompey.

When you are top of the table you can get above your station but, from my point of view, we must show 8/10 rated consistency. We have to be a Matt Clarke 8/10 across the pitch.

Gareth Ainsworth will come here with some form of gameplan to try to negate what Pompey do, as did Shrewsbury's manager.

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Andy McDonald would like to see Ben Thompson recalled against Wycombe. Picture: Joe Pepler

In that match, the Shrews took control of midfield and were very unlucky not to win the match. Meanwhile, Pompey were fortunate to get a point.

For the visit of Wycombe, I expect us to be on the front foot and would be hoping for a 2-0 home win to keep us top of the table.

Some of the results this season have been fortuitous, Kenny Jackett has a very strong squad there to be shot at by other teams, but I think we have the quality of players to now maintain our position at the top.

We are in front and must stay in front, it is better to look down than up, and it is important not to be big headed or above your station.

Being positioned at the top of the league has a bit of kudos about it, but we have to back it up with a performance.

I would make just the one change against Wycombe, which will be Ben Thompson recalled for Ben Close.

I know Close is very neat and tidy, passing the ball 10-15 yards, but doesn't open up defences '“ and I understand Thompson can do that.

It's time to get on the front foot, we don't want another Shrewsbury, and Thompson may be able to open up the Wycombe defence a little easier.

You can't really change a winning team, but that is the alteration I would make, and it's not for derogatory reasons.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray, N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown, Naylor, B.Thompson, Lowe, Evans, Curtis, Hawkins.