Pitman dropped for Portsmouth clash at AFC Wimbledon

Oli Hawkins in action against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup earlier this season. Picture: Joe Pepler
Oli Hawkins in action against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup earlier this season. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Kenny Jackett has dropped Brett Pitman in favour of Oli Hawkins for today’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.

And there’s also a first league appearance of the season for Dion Donohue, as part of  three changes to the side which lost to Gillingham.

The final alteration is Ben Thompson coming in for Ben Close in the holding midfield area.

Jackett prefers Hawkins to four-goal Pitman for the clash at Kingsmeadow, perhaps a surprise to supporters.

Elsewhere, Donohue made a goal-scoring return to the first-team at Crawley in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

With Ronan Curtis still away on international duty, the Welshman is again selected on the left of the attacking three.

Louis Dennis is on the bench following his debut in the week.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Nathan Thompson, Jack Whatmough, Matt Clarke, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor, Ben Thompson, Jamal Lowe, Gareth Evans, Dion Donohue, Oli Hawkins.

Subs: McGee, Ben Close, Pitman, Mason, Dennis, Walkes, Burgess.