Ipswich v Pompey: Gaffer for a day

Gaffer for a day Josh Sweetman would recall Adam McGurk
Gaffer for a day Josh Sweetman would recall Adam McGurk
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Josh Sweetman previews Pompey’s trip to Ipswich in the FA Cup.

Clearly we are the underdogs for this match, but that is no bad thing. We have nothing to lose.

Ipswich are two divisions above us and expected to win. The pressure is on them, so let’s go up there, play our natural game and see what happens.

I actually believe we can cause a shock, so let’s see what Ipswich side turn up.

We have our own strengths, I genuinely believe we are the best side in League Two, and although Paul Cook’s priority is the league, this is still a good chance for us to show what we can do.

Who knows, a win and we get the headlines and the chance of drawing somebody like Manchester United or Manchester City in the next round.

It was interesting that after the Luton goalless draw there were no boos at full-time directed at our failure to win. That is because people are buying into Cook’s philosophy about trying to play football.

After some awful football over the last three or four years, the Fratton faithful are keen to be entertained these days.

For tomorrow, obviously Matt Clarke is unable to play and Sheffield Wednesday don’t want Caolan Lavery to be cup-tied, so I would bring in Adam Barton and Gary Roberts.

I have no issue with Barton playing at centre-half. Personally, I thought he was the best player on the pitch against Luton.

Then push Marc McNulty into attack to replace Lavery, with Roberts coming in behind him. He needs the game time under his belt and Ipswich are also a former club.

I would also look at Adam McGurk for Gareth Evans, purely because he has scored in every round so far and deserves another opportunity in the starting line-up.