Portsmouth ring changes as Joe Gallen switches to wing-backs for Peterborough clash

Joe Gallen has made five changes as he takes holds the reins for Pompey’s League One trip to Peterborough.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 5:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 6:07 pm
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And the Blues are set to play a wing-back system for the clash against the high-flying Posh.

After the Papa John’s Trophy final defeat to Salford on Saturday, which resulted in Kenny Jackett losing his job the following day, Gallen has been appointed caretaker as Pompey seek a new manager.

Andy Cannon returns to full fitness and comes into midfield for George Byers.

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Following an eye-catching substitute outing at Wembley, Ben Ben Close comes into the starting XI having been left in the cold by Jackett. He replaces Marcus Harness to make his first league start since Plymouth in November.

Ronan Curtis, Rasmus Nicolaisen and Lee Brown also feature from the outset, with Jordy Hiwula and Charlie Daniels dropping to the bench.

Meanwhile, John Marquis (ankle) misses out through injury, along with Ellis Harrison (knee).

Michael Jacobs is also omitted from the squad having been on the bench against Salford.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Raggett, Nicolaisen, Bolton, Cannon, Naylor, Close, Brown, Curtis, Williams.

Bench: Ward, Daniels, Mnoga, Byers, White, Harness, Hiwula.