Can Pompey prove their point(s) at Prenton?
By Staff Reporter
Saturday 08 Dec 2012 07:50:00
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It's just over 13 years since Pompey won a league game at Prenton Park and that occasion Guy Whittingham was on the scoresheet and Andy Awford in defence as a Jeff Peron double helped beat Rovers 4-2.

This time Awford and Whittingham will be on the sidelines to see if the Blues can pull off a repeat performance.

And while such a handsome victory seems unlikely this time against the League One leaders, Pompey's late equaliser st Coventry last time out ought to have given them renewed hope brighter times are ahead.

It's now seven weeks since Pompey last won a game - Shrewsbury on October 20 were the last team beaten by them - but the spirit in the camp seems good and Blues fans head to Merseyside with plenty of hope they can at least return with a point.

The Coventry result lifted Whittingham's men out of the bottom four but they could easily be back in the drop zone without the right result today - while Tranmere need victory to keep ahead of closest challengers Doncaster at the top.

Assistant caretaker boss Andy Awford reckons Pompey's squad is better than the standard their results point to - and believes they will soon start climbing the table. And he sees no reason the trip to Tranmere can't be a step on the ladder.

Awford said: 'Relegation hasn’t even been mentioned. We are fully focused on keeping the club in League One. It will be a mammoth task to do that.

‘But we’ve got a massive period coming up over the next few weeks. And I’m really looking forward to the Tranmere game to see if what we’ve put in place has an impact.

 

‘I’m not saying we will beat them. It couldn’t be much harder as they are top of the league. But I want to see some of the work starting to come out.’

Pompey have signed keeper Phil Smith but Simon Eastwood will start. Lee Williamson and Mustapha Dumbuya have both shaken off injuries and are available, as is Gabor Gyepes who has been given the all clear.

Tranmere will be without captain James Wallace, who is out until the new year with a knee ligament injury. They are also likely to be without on-loan defender Ben Gibson because of a muscle strain.

Our prediction: Tranmere 2 Pompey 2

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