Pompey to step up right-back hunt

Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler
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pompey’s right-back search will be stepped up after Ben Davies hobbled out of last night’s goalless draw at Crawley.

The 34-year-old was forced off after 52 minutes with a hamstring injury at the Broadfield Stadium.

It added to the frustration in a match the Blues dominated, yet were forced to accept a 0-0 scoreline to end their 100-per-cent win ratio since the season began.

Now attention moves onto Davies, who has been one of the shining lights during Pompey’s impressive start to the campaign.

The versatile performer was clearly furious at collecting the injury as he exited the pitch.

Afterwards, boss Paul Cook insisted it was too early to get an accurate assessment on the extent of the problem.

However, with Morecambe visiting Fratton Park on Saturday, Davies fulfilling the timeframe to declare himself fit must surely be unlikely.

That will once again raise concerns over a position Pompey’s boss has been keen to strengthen since arriving at Fratton Park in May.

Gareth Evans dropped back to deputise once Davies left the game, yet Cook sees him as an attacking midfielder and not the answer going forwards.

Adam Webster remains an option having appeared in the position many times since his debut in the 2012-13 season.

However, he has established himself as a central defender, a role Cook is keen for him to focus on and develop as a player.

Cook has already been eyeing utilising the youngster at centre-half in the forthcoming cup fixtures against Reading (Capital One Cup) and Exeter (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy).

Yet, at present, there is no other alternative to Davies occupying the right-back position, prompting Cook to continue looking elsewhere.