Gaffer: Portsmouth have great chance to move above Sunderland but must be wary of Lincoln hot-shot Tyler Walker

Gaffer for a day, Darren Cook, from Baffins, gives his pre-match verdict ahead of the visit to Lincoln tonight.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 5:30 pm

I think we can secure a win and move back into the play-off places against Lincoln on tonight.

We have a great opportunity with Sunderland not playing until Wednesday and I am confident it is one we can take.

However, I am wary of the threat Lincoln pose, they have been in really good form at home so far this season.

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Although they had a pretty tough start to the season, they have been solid since and have taken some results against good teams this season.

We have to be aware of the threat of Tyler Walker.

With someone like him in their side there is always a threat of goals and he is someone that we will have to be especially wary of.

I think it is very important that we maintain our current momentum and form at this stage of the season, with matches now coming thick and fast.

Tyler Walker is on loan at Lincoln from Nottingham Forest Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

We had a similar situation in and around this time last year with the number of games and I think that a lot of the players had burnt out by the end of the campaign.

Therefore, for me personally, I would like to add maybe one or two new signings before the end of the month if possible just to boost the squad and help to make sure that the winning run continues.

I would also have this as the game where Jack Whatmough makes his return to league action.

I think Sean Raggett has been okay in his absence and he has done a job for us, but Jack is on a different level to Sean so I am very excited to see him come back into the side.

Elsewhere in the team, I would pair Tom Naylor and Cameron McGeehan in front of the back four, with Marcus Harness, Andy Cannon and Ronan Curtis behind John Marquis in attack.

My starting XI: MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Whatmough, Seddon; Naylor, McGeehan; Harness, Cannon, Curtis; Marquis