Can Pompey produce a festival of football at Cheltenham?
By Site reporter
Friday 06 Sep 2013 22:40:00
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Pompey seem to be cramming all their new experiences into the early part of their League Two campaign -and another one crops up this weekend when they play Cheltenham in the sides' first competitive meeting.

 

The Blues will look to complete some happy business at the Abbey Business Stadium after failing to register an away win in their first two L2 road trips - that despite leading 2-1 at both Accrington and Mansfield.

It's a game between two sides who find themselves at the wrong end of the table. Pompey's 10-man loss to Chesterfield last Saturday left them 18th with five points - a point and three places better off than their hosts in a town more famous for its racing festival than football.

Pompey defender Danny East, arguably one of the team's most consisent performers so far this season, and in a number of different positions, believes the Blues can build on their confidence-giving penalty shootout that followed a 0-0 draw - which they dominated - at Torquay in the JP Trophy in midweek.

'They had a great season last year before falling at one of the final hurdles. They’re a good side, especially at home and we’ll give them plenty of respect,' said East.

'But we’ll go there with a positive outlook after our result at Torquay during the week.'

Boss Guy Whittingham isn't fooled by Cheltenham's lowly league position.

He told the Pompey website: 'Every game is going to be tough this season – and this one will be no exception. I know they lost in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek, but by all accounts they played very well.

'They scored three goals, so we have to make sure we work hard and play with plenty of desire. Cheltenham have got dangerous players who are capable of scoring goals, so we have to be organised. We’ll make sure our players are aware of what they’ll be up against and that they do the jobs required of them.'

Pompey hope left-back Marcos Painter (hamstring) and forward Patrick Agyemang (foot) will be fit to return.

Tom Craddock could partner Agyemang up front in the absence of the suspended David Connolly. But there won't be too many changes from the side who prevailed at Plainmoor.

Cheltenham striker Jamie Cureton could make his first appearance since the opening day of the season.

 

The veteran striker dislocated his shoulder in the 2-2 draw with Burton on 3 August, but is set to be named in Saturday's squad.

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