James Vaughan handed Portsmouth opportunity against former club Sunderland

James Vaughan is spearheading Pompey’s attack upon his Sunderland return.

Sunday, 28th April 2019, 2:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 3:00 am
James Vaughan has been handed his maiden Pompey start at Sunderland. Picture: Joe Pepler

The striker has been handed his maiden Blues start as Kenny Jackett makes two changes for today’s crucial Stadium of Light visit.

Vaughan, with eight previous substitute appearances for Pompey, comes into the team for Oli Hawkins, who drops to the bench.

The 30-year-old, on loan from Wigan, previously had an unsuccessful six-month spell with the Black Cats until January 2018.

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Meanwhile, Gareth Evans makes way for Ronan Curtis on the left of the attacking three.

Hawkins and Evans instead drop to the Blues’ bench, which once again contains Bryn Morris and Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown, Naylor, Close, Lowe, Pitman, Curtis, Vaughan.

Subs: Bass, Evans, Hawkins, Haunstrup, Morris, Walkes, Solomon-Otabor.