AFC Wimbledon v Pompey: Gaffer For A Day

Kal Naismith. Picture: Joe Pepler
Kal Naismith. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Mark Docherty, 16, from Chichester, looks ahead to Pompey’s trip to AFC Wimbledon in League Two.

I don’t think Pompey will get automatic promotion, although there is definitely still a chance.

If we can put together a good run of results we can threaten the top three.

‘Even if we can’t make it, we would have generated momentum for the play-offs.

I would have to say Oxford United and Bristol Rovers are the favourites for the other two promotion spots.

For so long we’ve been hoping somebody would slip up – and that has happened to Plymouth. But rather than us taking advantage it has been Bristol Rovers.

For today’s match, I would bring Kal Naismith and Marc McNulty in for Adam McGurk and Michael Smith.

McNulty offers more pace than Smith, in fact Smith doesn’t really take up enough central positions someone of his height should.

I wasn’t especially impressed with him on Friday, he didn’t have the worst game but spent 84 minutes on the pitch without scoring.

McNulty managed it in only six minutes, showing he is good in the air for someone who isn’t the tallest.

With McGurk, he didn’t seem to do much. Although there was a free header from Ben Davies’ cross in the second-half which he missed.

Maybe the forward needs a run of games in the side, but it is a bit late in the season to be trying to do that. I would bring in Naismith instead, who did okay as sub.

I expected today’s trip to Wimbledon to be a pretty tight game.

Their form is not great, with one win in the last seven fixtures, but are still four points off the play-offs.

We have done pretty terribly at their place in League Two, but I’m going for us to shade it 1-0.