Pompey v Leyton Orient: Gaffer for a day

Gaffer for a day Mason Lemon previews the Pompey v Leyton Orient game

Saturday, 6th February 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 5:51 am
Our gaffer is keen to see Matt Clarke play in a back three

This has to be a must win, especially with two points dropped against Morecambe.

We have to kickstart our promotion push – we are now six points adrift from the automatic spots and drew one of our games in hand.

If Nigel Atangana starts for Leyton Orient he will probably score, it’s bound to happen.

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They are only two points behind us, we are much closer to them than third spot, so it is very worrying at the moment.

I keep thinking surely the top three are going to falter soon.

But they seem to have a knack of winning games.

Even when they are losing at half-time they manage to turn it around, whereas we tend to be the opposite and chuck it away.

At Morecambe, Paul Cook tried to go more with youth and it didn’t pay off, they lost their heads a little bit towards the end.

Tomorrow I would like to see us go for a wing-back system. I know Cook won’t, yet that is my preference if I was in charge.

We have three brilliant central defenders in Christian Burgess, Adam Webster and Matt Clarke and I don’t see the point of not utilising them.

For home games we could do with going for it a little bit more, we need to be more attacking.

Presently we seem to be a little bit reserved.

Ben Davies and Enda Stevens get forward anyway and are our main attacking threat. So if they are given more opportunity to be in the opposition half then maybe they can get more crosses into Michael Smith.

I would also have Kyle Bennett in place of Gary Roberts, although I am sure Cook would never choose to do that.

For me, Roberts tires after 70 minutes and Bennett has more legs than him to offer more energy.