Newport County v Pompey: Gaffer For A Day

Nigel Atangana. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nigel Atangana. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Cosham’s Rob Deacon, 26, previews Pompey’s trip to Newport County in League Two.

It was another good away win at Cambridge United last weekend, especially having come from behind.

However, we were not that great in the first half and that is something about us which has happened on many other occasions this season.

You would hope to get all three points at Newport County, who are looking to pick up form somewhere.

It’s a big game for them as they seek to start climbing the table, but I am confident we can come away with a victory.

Pompey seem to play better way from home and perhaps it is down to the players not being used to it – whereas they are familiar with the size of crowds away from Fratton Park.

Still, although some fans booed against Yeovil and got on their backs, I think Paul Cook’s side have gelled fantastically for the short period of time they have been together.

Looking at team selection, I would like to see Kal Naismith come in for the suspended Gareth Evans and given a chance.

I’ve heard good things about Naismith, he seemed to be quite a promising player at Rangers and remains young. Let’s give him a go.

The other change would be Nigel Atangana coming in for Adam Barton as one of the holding midfielders.

I like Atangana’s work-rate and he has come on in leaps and bounds from last season.

He seems to think about the game a lot more than he did, rather than giving the ball straight off he now has a look to where he will pass it.

When he came in from the Hawks I thought it would be a big step – but he has now stepped up well, showing plenty of improvement.

Finally, up front has to be Matt Tubbs following his Cambridge goals, with Caolan Lavery on the bench.

Rob’s line-up: Aaron McCarey, Ben Davies, Christian Burgess, Matt Clarke, Enda Stevens, Michael Doyle, Nigel Atangana, Kyle Bennett, Gary Roberts, Kal Naismith, Matt Tubbs