Academy striker given Portsmouth debut

Bradley Lethbridge, here on reserve-team duty, starts for Kenny Jackett's side tonight. Picture: Colin Farmery
Bradley Lethbridge, here on reserve-team duty, starts for Kenny Jackett's side tonight. Picture: Colin Farmery
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Kenny Jackett has handed a first-team debut to Academy striker Bradley Lethbridge.

The Gosport youngster, who turned 18 last month, has enjoyed a prolific period while on loan with the Rocks.

Now he has earned his Pompey bow, starting tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Spurs under-21s.

With the Blues having already qualified for the competition’s knock-out stages, Jackett makes 11 changes to the side which won at Maidenhead on Saturday.

Fit-again Andre Green has a first appearance for two months, while there are rare outings for Danny Rose and Louis Dennis.

Christian Burgess is chosen as skipper, with David Wheeler featuring following his goal-scoring entrance off the bench on Saturday.

There is also a start for 16-year-old Hajo Mnoga, after his debut in the previous Checkatrade Trophy outing at Crawley,

Meanwhile, first-year professional Dan Smith is named on the bench, having recovered from injury.

Pompey: McGee, Mnoga, Burgess, Walkes, Haunstrup, Close, Rose, Wheeler, Dennis, Green, Lethbridge.

Subs: MacGillivray, Clarke, Brown, Ben Thompson, Evans, Smith, Hawkins.