Jayden Stockley is the man readers of The News want to spearhead Pompey’s attack against Plymouth Argyle today.
The on-loan Bournemouth front man topped our pole for the player to occupy the lone-striker role preferred by manager Paul Cook – but only just.
He was in 51 per cent of the teams chosen by our Pompey fans’ survey, leaving League Two’s top-scorer last term, Matt Tubbs, occupying the bench with 49 per cent.
Stockley clearly impressed the Fratton Faithful with his display in the 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Derby County on Wednesday night.
But he’s the only one from that game who should – according to our readers’ pole – force their way into the starting XI Cooked named for the League Two opener against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.
Cook made seven changes to his line-up for the Derby clash.
And while those who stepped in impressed, the readers want to see the boss stick to his guns and name the same XI for today’s trip to Home Park – with Stockley the exception.
So that means no recall for keeper Paul Jones, who stepped aside to allow Brian Murphy to make his Pompey debut against the Daggers last Saturday.
Murphy won the poll of the goalkeepers to start with 81 per cent of the vote, while only 19 per cent believed Jones deserved his place in the team again.
The defensive four of Ben Davies, Christian Burgess, Matt Clarke and Enda Stevens should stay the same, too, according to our readers.
But Adam Webster can take heart that one in five supporters (20 per cent) voted for him to be included in the manager’s starting line-up.
Michael Doyle (97 per cent) and Nigel Atangana (47) remain favourites among the fans to retain their roles in the holding-midfield positions.
But James Dunne hasn’t been forgotten about, with 27 per cent of teams named having the former St Johnstone player in their starting XI.
In attack, Kyle Bennett (99 per cent), Gary Roberts (95) and Gareth Evans (77) were named as the three to support lone-striker Stockley.
Meanwhile, the Blues’ goal heroes against Championship side Derby in midweek, Adam McGurk and Conor Chaplin, were named in 11 and 15 per cent of teams respectively.
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