Young gun tasked with battling back into Pompey first-team picture

BRANDON HAUNSTRUP has been challenged to force his way back into the Pompey first-team picture.

Tuesday, 10th October 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 3:09 am
Brandon Haunstrup Picture: Joe Pepler

Kenny Jackett wants to see Haunstrup doing everything he can to return to the senior equation.

The Blues boss was pleased with what he saw from the left-back during a 23-minute outing in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Gillingham.

Haunstrup replaced the injured Dion Donohue in defence and helped his team see out the game.

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Jackett wasn’t so satisfied with the Waterlooville talent’s contribution against Crawley, however.

Donohue is expected to be available to face MK Dons on Saturday following a dead leg against the Gills.

After five starts, Haunstrup has not made a full appearances since the start of September.

Jackett wants to see the 20-year-old pushing for more first-team minutes, though.

He said: ‘I was pleased with Haunstrup coming on.

‘He didn’t do enough coming on against Crawley to defend and help us. But he did against Gillingham. He looked more like a defender.

‘Brandon should be giving me problems now and pushing his way back into the team. He’s capable of that.’

With Damien McCrory battling back from a knee injury, it’s Donohue who’s currently in possession of the left-back shirt.

Despite playing in midfield against Crawley last week and in a more attacking role for the 1-1 draw at Wigan last month, the majority of his eight Pompey appearances have been at left-back.

The Welshman has experience in that role but Jackett can still see he’s learning his trade in that area of the pitch.

The manager added: ‘Dion Donohue is a good player but makes some mistakes at times at left-back.

‘When he does that he looks like a midfield player playing left-back.

‘But the more he plays there the more he learns.’