League One conqueror impresses Awford

Alex Wynter, right, suffered a head injury in his only appearance this season in the Capital One Cup. 'Picture: Joe Pepler
Alex Wynter, right, suffered a head injury in his only appearance this season in the Capital One Cup. 'Picture: Joe Pepler
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Defender set for shock Pompey return

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Another Pompey appearance, another League One scalp in the rucksack.

Alex Wynter appears to have the midas touch when it comes to inflicting cup upsets for the Blues.

The 20-year-old marked his return from injury with a starting spot for Andy Awford’s side against Yeovil in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

His first and only previous Pompey appearance was in the 1-0 triumph over Peterborough in the Capital One Cup.

Sure enough, the Blues pulled off a 3-1 victory at Huish Park, Wynter having a hand in Jed Wallace’s second goal.

It was another eye-catching performance for the versatile defender who on that occasion featured at right-back.

And Awford was delighted with the Crystal Palace loanee’s telling contribution.

He said: ‘Wynter was terrific, although I was a bit worried he wouldn’t last because he hasn’t played for so long.

‘I was hoping to leave Nigel (Atangana) out there and have another sub with Adam Webster ready to come on for him in case he tired – and he did great.

‘He defended well and is going to take a little while to settle in no doubt after so long out.

‘But I think he was excellent against Yeovil and showed what a good player he can be.

‘It was a great little ball through for Jed to finish, really pleased for Alex and it’s nice to see him out there.

‘It’s like having a new player again because we haven’t had him for so long.’

Wynter is now challenging for the right-back, or right wing-back slot which has yet to be consistently filled for Pompey.

Adam Webster, Ricky Holmes and Jed Wallace have all served there during Wynter’s absence with a head injury.

His presence at Burton on Sunday is a consideration.

But Awford insists he already knew his line-up before the youngster’s successful return to action.

He added: ‘Alex is now in the squad again, every single player that played last night are now in my thoughts for Sunday and there are some players I left at home that are in my thoughts for Sunday as well.

‘The team is picked though, I knew my team for Sunday before Yeovil if I am honest.

‘But plenty of them that night have given me food for thought for future games to say “Actually if I need that job doing can he do it? Well yes he can”.’