Pick your Pompey: Macclesfield Town - the verdict

Pompey new-boy Marc McNulty
Pompey new-boy Marc McNulty
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Start the new boy!

That’s the message from The News’ readers to Pompey boss Paul Cook ahead of this afternoon’s FA Cup first-round clash with Macclesfield Town.

The News readers' chosen Pompey XI for today's Macclesfield game

The News readers' chosen Pompey XI for today's Macclesfield game

Blues fans would like to see striker Marc McNulty – signed on loan from Sheffield United yesterday – named in Cook’s line-up for the visit of the Silkmen.

In goal, Brian Murphy (84.9 per cent) is preferred to youngster Alex Bass (15.1 per cent), despite an indifferent performance at Notts County last weekend.

At the back, familiar faces Ben Davies (86 per cent), Christian Burgess (65,6 per cent), Adam Webster (91.4 per cent) and Enda Stevens (71 per cent) were all selected.

Nigel Atangana (47.3 per cent), held off competition from Ben Close (40.9 per cent) and Adam Barton (29 per cent) to partner skipper Michael Doyle (77.4 per cent) in the centre of the park.

While attacking-midfield trio Adam McGurk (65.6 per cent), Gareth Evans (74.2 per cent) and Conor Chaplin (79.6 per cent) got the nod, with News readers effectively dropping mainstay Kyle Bennett (46.2 per cent) for the first time this season.

Up front new-boy McNulty (53.8 per cent) received double the votes of nearest challenger Matt Tubbs (26.9 per cent)