Portsmouth boss defends Wycombe team selection decisionÂ
Kenny Jackett defended his decision not to recall Jack Whatmough to theÂ Pompey starting XIÂ against Wycombe.Â
The centre-backÂ was available for Saturday's 2-2 draw with the Chairboys after recovering from theÂ hamstring injury he picked up against Plymouth earlier this month.
However, WhatmoughÂ was not included in the Blues' squad, instead watchingÂ events unfoldÂ from the Fratton Park directors' box.Â
JackettÂ opted to maintain the central-defence partnership of Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess which proved solid in the 2-1 victory at Peterborough the previous weekend and took Pompey top of League One.Â
Yet it was Burgess'Â foul on Fred Onyedinma that led to Joe Jacobson equalisingÂ inÂ the 89thÂ minute for Wycombe.Â
Nevertheless, JackettÂ did not want to break up the combination of the former MiddlesbroughÂ man and Clarke.
And the Pompey boss felt he had enough cover at the backÂ to not accommodate WhatmoughÂ in his squad.Â
He said: '˜JackÂ was fit and was fine.Â
'˜He was unlucky not toÂ be sub.
'˜But I do feel in terms of the centre-half positions they very rarely go down and I have enough cover with people who can play centre-back.
'˜He is fully fit and I'll see what this week brings in terms of training.
'˜Jack was fully fit and I went for Christian Burgess and Matt Clarke on the back of our league position and win at Peterborough.'
Whatmough will feature for Pompey Reserves against Oxford United at Baffins Milton Rovers' PMC Stadium tonight (7pm).
Anton Walkes (groin) also makes his return from injury.Â
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