Dave Evans-Turner previews Pompey’s League Two clash with Crawley.
I went to Crawley earlier in the season and during the opening 20 minutes you could tell what they were going to do.
They shut up shop and it was awful, terrible.
They had their game plan and celebrated like they had won the FA Cup at the end of it.
If that’s your ambition all season then good luck to you, but it didn’t make a great game of football.
I don’t ever go to games expecting us to win anymore.
This is a team that has been playing together for four months and at the start of the campaign we would have snapped somebody’s hand off to be currently in fourth place.
Those people moaning, saying we should be top, no we shouldn’t!
This season is the first time these players have been together so let’s have a reality check.
Looking at the team, I don’t feel we get what we should out of Danny Hollands.
He has never lived up to the potential he showed while on loan.
Nigel Atangana brings a bit of energy, but the problem is he is a bit of a Vincent Pericard in that it takes about 25 minutes to get into the game.
As for Gary Roberts, he’s not fit enough yet after being out a fair while and needs more match practice.
I would actually keep Adam Barton in defence after playing really well against Luton.
Adam Webster was unlucky with his sending off, but does he deserve to walk straight back in?
Mind you, Barton looks like he needs a good dinner, get a steak and kidney pie and chips into him!
Marc McNulty didn’t play well on Boxing Day and may be worn out, so let’s put Conor Chaplin in there.
Kyle Bennett keeps his place as well as he was my man of the match.