Gaffer: Dons are ripe for the taking

Pompey defend before their clash with Wycombe in 2013 is abandoned. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey fan Scott Haris, aged 29, from Southsea, gives his pre-match verdict ahead of today’s clash with MK Dons.

MK Dons are ripe for the taking, absolutely.

I have watched them a couple of times, I’ve a friend who is a fan, and they can be beaten.

Mind you, I cannot get my head around why people support them – each to their own I suppose!

Team selection will be quite straightforward for this one, with Christian Burgess suspended and Stephen Henderson injured.

Luke McGee will come back in, Oli Hawkins moves to centre-half and Brett Pitman is recalled into the attack.

I think Hawkins is a better defender than striker anyway, while I don’t like Pitman on the bench because he’s worth a goal.

Granted, there are times when he will need a rest, but look at his record when we get the ball into the box – he generally scores.

You have to play Matty Kennedy, as his delivery is good, and get the ball in there. We actually put in more crosses against Doncaster than usual so I’m quietly confident we can do well at MK Dons.

I agree with Kenny Jackett, Hawkins and Pitman are not a natural strike partnership, there is no mobility. What annoys me is there’s a real lack of pace when they are together.

Jamal Lowe could come in tomorrow, but you have to play Kennedy, inset, and Gareth Evans. We are well-stocked on the wings, with players in both positions. I suppose that contributed to Kyle Bennett leaving.