Pitman on Pompey bench for trip to Blackpool

Brett Pitman is on the bench for Pompey as Kenny Jackett makes three changes to his starting line-up for the trip to Blackpool.

Saturday, 11th August 2018, 3:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 8:21 pm
Brett Pitman

The Blues skipper has been named among the substitutes as Oli Hawkins gets the nod to partner Ronan Curtis up front.

Pitman, who was Pompey's 25-goal top scorer last season, was substituted at half-time in the 1-0 victory over Luton last weekend and replaced by Hawkins.

Joining Hawkins in the starting XI is Gareth Evans, who replaces Brandon Haunstrup, who also drops to the bench.

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Captaining the side in place of Pitman, Evans comes into the right-wing position, with Jamal Lowe '“ who scored the winner against the Hatters '“ moving to the left flank.

Nathan Thompson was been ruled out with a knee injury, with Anton Walkes moving to right-back.

Filing his position in midfield is Ben Close.

New Blues loan signing David Wheeler is named among the substitutes, alongside Danny Rose, who earns a recall.

But there's no room in the match-day 18 for Conor Chaplin (hip injury).

He's been replaced on the bench by Louis Dennis.

Dion Donohue is also absent with a groin problem.