Gaffer: Ronan Curtis needs to be rested for Portsmouth's clash with Shrewsbury

Gaffer for a Day, Tom Clark, aged 27 from Crookhorn, previews Saturday’s Pompey encounter with Shrewsbury...

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 10:00 am

Pompey need to banish the thought of the loss to Coventry and swiftly get back to winning ways.

The truth is, we never really looked like winning on Tuesday, apart from two chances for Ellis Harrison after he came on for the largely ineffective John Marquis.

The error from Christian Burgess coming out to meet the ball only to leave a big gap in behind for Matt Godden to capitalise from was a rare bit of poor defending from the team following a good run of four successive clean sheets.

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I think we should mix things up a bit this weekend, as after most big games it’s the match after when things don't go to plan and players look leggy and lethargic.

So I would give a rest to Ronan Curtis and Ryan Williams, just to freshen it up down the wings and use some fresh legs. That would mean recalls for Gareth Evans and Marcus Harness, who I think would do excellent jobs for the Blues.

Shrewsbury have not won a League One game since before Christmas and have just come off a 2-0 home loss to Accrington Stanley, leaving them in 17th.

Their two big threats should come in the form of winger Josh Laurent and predatory striker Jason Cummings, who knows where the goal is, as Liverpool fans will no doubt agree.

Gaffer for a Day, Tom Clark, believes Ronan Curtis should be rested from Pompey's match with Shrewsbury. Picture: Kieran Cleeves/ProSportsImages/P

But I have a feeling we should be able to win this won pretty comfortably and am going for a 2-0 Pompey success, with goals from Ellis Harrison and Steve Seddon.

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