‘No defenders on bench?… Plymouth memories come flooding back’ – how Twitter reacted to Portsmouth team news from Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

Pompey fans have taken to Twitter to discuss the Blues’ starting XI for their League One play-off semi-final first-leg tie against Sunderland.

Sunday, 12th May 2019, 7:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th May 2019, 11:49 am
Lee Brown misses tonight's game against Sunderland with an Achilles injury

That sees Gareth Evans start in the No10 role behind central-striker Oli Hawkins.

Meanwhile, Anton Walkes will fill the void at left-back, with Brandon Haunstrup also ruled out.

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The injuries also mean that Jackett has no defenders on the bench.

And that’s a major cause for concern among Pompey fans going into tonight’s game.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the announcement of the Blues’ team...

@LeeCrowhurst: I thought Jackett said this week that we only had 2 players injured?

@ChasEarl: No Pitman, no Brown and no defender on the bench! If we can get a draw there it will be a huge result!

@PropPersonnel: Not one defender on the bench!!

@25CThompson: Kenny probably has a plan up his sleeve to like switch to 3 at the back or something or drop someone in. I trust kenny.

@Niall_Judge26: Memories of Plymouth 3 years ago coming flooding back with all these injuries. Absolute disaster.

@jacktate290: I was kinda confident now starting to worry as we have no pitman or brown.

@edmac316: If only we had Isgrove! #pompey.

@PompeyInUganda: Pitman and ever present Brown could be big losses.

@joebxllinger: Only Lee Brown to get injured after an interview 2 days ago saying about how he’s been so lucky that he’s been injury free.

@jm_pfc: No defenders on bench. Brown could be a big miss down that left side.

@garethnorton: Blinkin heck. Not ideal. But hey, boys starting will want that spot on Thurs. May work in our favour #positivethoughts #Pompey.

@JackDowse: Walkes is bringing back the Allsop memories.

@R1ckKn1ght 23m: Walkes LB? Not much defensive back up on he bench so I hope we don’t pick up any injuries.