Luton v Pompey: Gaffer For A Day

Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Alex Newell, 23, looks ahead to Pompey’s trip to Luton Town.

I went to the game on Tuesday, and, although we lost, it was a good performance.

It will be a good result for us if we go on to win at Luton after making eight changes.

It’s going to be a tough game. I know they’ve struggled but they had a good game on Tuesday against Stoke.

Andy Awford is there now and maybe they will try to use that to their advantage.

The fact is, though, he doesn’t know the team anymore. It’s completely different.

The formation and way of playing is completely different. I don’t think he will be of any use at all to them, to be honest, in terms of the game.

I’d keep the team unchanged from last Saturday again.

If Ben Davies doesn’t make it, I’d go with Gareth Evans at right-back and bring in Conor Chaplin.

I thought Evans was pretty good there on Tuesday night.

He has good work-rate and he’s versatile. He reminds me a bit of Greg Halford.

I can’t see us not finishing in the top three at the moment.

The Morecambe game showed what can happen if we don’t turn up but, at the same time, it showed we can come back from three goals.

The Fratton end, where I sit, is a different place to last season.

I think back to AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day and it was an awful place.

But we were 3-0 down against Morecambe and everyone was still behind the players.

That has everything to do with Paul Cook. Everyone is buying into what he’s doing.

He could play Adam Webster, Chaplin or Brandon Haunstrup against Luton and no-one would bat an eyelid.

Pompey is a good place to be at the moment so I’m going to go for a 2-1 win.

Alex’s Pompey XI: Murphy, Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens, Doyle, Atangana, Evans, Roberts, Bennett, Tubbs