Portsmouth boss utilises his squad depth as Blues are boosted by Oxford United's top scorer being benched

Kenny Jackett underlined the advantage he has over Karl Robinson’s as he shuffled his pack for this evening’s play-off return.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 4:13 pm
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 4:14 pm
Matty Taylor is on the bench. Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

But there was still no place in the starting XI for captain Tom Naylor at the Kassam Stadium.

Both full-backs have been changed from the first leg with Ryan Williams in for Andy Cannon and Marcus Harness playing as a number 10.

Jackett has spoken about his preference to have one full-back who likes to attack and one who’s more defensive minded.

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So, with Seddon back in the equation it was always likely Bolton would come in for Ross McCrorie.

Jackett’s decision to axe Naylor has become the big team story of the play-offs with the flipside of that his belief in Bryn Morris who starts his second game in quick succession after 14 months out.

The play-off victim is undoubtedly Ben Close who misses out on a place in the squad for the second game, the Southsea lad no doubt devastated by the decision.

The sight of Matty Taylor on bench was a boost for Pompey, with the Oxford United man not fully fit. The word is Jamie Mackie will play for an hour or so before Robinson sends for his top scorer.

He’s one of two changes for the U’s with Mark Sykes for Ben Woodburn the other change.