Carlisle v Pompey
A welcome distraction from league woes? Or just a distraction?
Whatever your thoughts, Pompey take on league 1 outfit Carlisle tomorrow night, hoping it may give a bit of a boost to our players, not another disaster in a catalogue of Captain cock-up's collection of calamities.
Paul Hart has stated again that we are playing well enough, its just defensive lapses that are costing us dear.
Well, the time has come for a few of the first choice players to be rested and a few of the reserves and part-timers to have a go.
Against Hereford a couple of weeks back, Joel Ward stood out in defence, Piquionne scored along with Utaka, Hughes and Kranjcar, well Niko has departed for pastures greener, and Utaka and Hughes have slipped off the radar, but both may feature on the night.
Carlisle Team News:
Carlisle are as dominant at home as Pompey, last saturday's win was their first since February, their away form has kept them afloat so far and they average a point a game so far.
Bristol city were dispatched in the last round however, and you can bet your life Carlisle will fancy their chances against a punch drunk Pompey.
Kavanagh and Harte are two familiar names to most Pompey fans, they have 2 goal a piece so far, and Harte's dead ball skills almost saw a move to Fratton a couple of years back.
Another notable name is that of Lenny Pidgeley, he was uderstudt=y at Chelsea for a few years before moving on in search of first team action.
Player to watch: Harte
Great left foot, seem to remember many a goal going in for Leeds from such a source.
Pompey Team News:
Begovic may well start again, hopefully along with Ward once more.
If I were Hart I would shove Ben haim out again to get some sort of match fitness up, O'Hara and Williamson are both cup-tied along with Boateng, so Hughes will no doubt step in with Mullins.
Utaka will be edging for a start, and may be joined with Dindane if he can convince Hart he is ready enough.
Player to watch: Utaka
Pompey are struggling to convert, Utaka has flattered to decieve on many an occasion, but a couple of strikes could see a return to the starting line up.
Match Facts & Stats
It's been 14 long years since we last met, Mick Channon netting the winner in a Christmas fixture!
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