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Pompey team to face Hull?

Pompey team to face Hull?

I have to say that Steve Cotterill surprised me, and in a good way, with his team selection to face West Ham last week.

Bar Mokoena, I had gone for Ward - that energetic enthusiasm, and to be fair ability, that he bring would see him in at right back for me, although to be fair Moko had a decent game at Upton Park and his natural defensive game perhaps works slightly better with the attacking instincts of those ahead of him? - it was almost exactly as I 'wanted' it to be, personnel and set-up wise!

Anyway, due to Lawro's suspension we know that he will make 'at least' one change, as he has to.

To be honest I would 'think' he will only make that one change anyway...

I 'reckon' he will go something like this?



Me, well mine would be pretty much 'as you were' but with a minor positional move for one and a start for another!

So, my line-up...



The reasoning?

I said this ahead of the game last week: 'Lawro just does not have the 'energy' to play wide, granted he puts in a quality ball but a 'freer' central role would benefit all for me as he is not doing nearly enough used out wide'.

Hence why I would put him in a central, free, role. With him suspended we need someone else to fill that role.

The Viking is the man for me...

King Kanu for all his magic will not last, so I would think he would be better off being brought on for the final 15-20-minutes to (hopefully) help us retain what we have at that point.

Moko, for reasons mentioned earlier, retains his place ahead of Ward.

As unlikely as it is to happen I would bring in Williams for the start for these reasons, again like I said last week: 'he is a genuine wide player and has caused problems to sides with his limited time on the pitch this season, I would very much like to see him involved but I am not sure this will happen much this season...'

So, as much as I would like this I cannot see it, but you never know perhaps Cotts is reading again this week like he was last, after all he selected virtually what I 'hoped' he would!

Agree or disagree, whatever your thoughts share some views with us with some comments below.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday September 16 2011
Time: 8:49AM

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I have a feeling Ward will replace Lawrence, and either play attacking midfield, or go to right back, moving Axe to DM with Mullins, and Chuck playing just ahead of them.
PompeyFrippy
16/09/2011 09:05:00
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I have a feeling Ward will replace Lawrence, and either play attacking midfield, or go to right back, moving Axe to DM with Mullins, and Chuck playing just ahead of them.
PompeyFrippy
16/09/2011 09:05:00
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If axe is in midfield I would worry! I agree with Ward though, he is the replacement and should play in midfield. I would still consider bringing Rocha back for axe and push Halford to rightback but I fear its the last weve seen of our popular Portugese.
pompeyweller
17/09/2011 09:47:00
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If axe is in midfield I would worry! I agree with Ward though, he is the replacement and should play in midfield. I would still consider bringing Rocha back for axe and push Halford to rightback but I fear its the last weve seen of our popular Portugese.
pompeyweller
17/09/2011 09:47:00
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