Gaffer: I'm fed up of being Portsmouth's away jinx - surely we can beat Bolton

Gaffer for a Day, Jon Glen, aged 24 from Havant, previews Pompey’s visit to struggling Bolton...

Saturday, 18th January 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 18th January 2020, 12:00 pm

Bolton are struggling and you would expect Pompey to beat them, but you never know.

What’s more, me and my brother Jake have seen us play away from home six times this season – and have still to watch a win!

My brother got a season ticket this year and we’ve also taken in matches on the road such as MK Dons, Blackpool and Accrington, with no victories from any of them.

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He wanted to go to Doncaster, but it wasn’t possible, and Pompey won of course!

You’d assume we will win against Bolton, I think it will be 3-1, but nothing is that simple with us, we all know that.

I don’t know whether it’s the mentality side of it, we don’t seem to go for it away from Fratton Park. Even when 2-0 up at Bristol Rovers we ended up drawing. We were there for that one as well!

For Bolton, I would select Jack Whatmough, but unfortunately don’t think he’s quite there yet and I don’t want to risk him too much.

Gaffer for a Day Jon Glen, from Havant, wants John Marquis recalled for Pompey's trip to Bolton. Picture: Nigel Keene

My only change would be to bring in John Marquis for Andy Cannon in the number 10 role, going slightly more attacking against a team bottom of the table.

We need to start dominating games a lot more and putting teams to the sword when ahead, not sitting back when winning.

For the first half against AFC Wimbledon we were very, very good, the football played for our opener as pleasing, but we were like a different team after the break.

We can’t keep trying to throw games away, but the signings Kenny Jackett has so far made in this window are very good.

I am very happy with Steve Seddon and think Cameron McGeehan is going to be a good recruit.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass, Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon, Naylor, McGeehan, Harness, Marquis, Curtis, Harrison.