Blues are not expecting plain sailing at Plainmoor
By Site reporter
Friday 25 Oct 2013 19:06:00
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Pompey's record at Plainmoor isn't at all bad but, in the fourth tier, it's been a tale of woe. They lost 2-1 at Torquay in both their division-four visits in the late 1970s - and aim to put that record straight this weekend and complete an unbeaten October.

 

Guy Whittingham's men head to the south-west in good form - with three wins and a draw in their last four completed game - and with a penalty shootut win at Plainmoor already behind them this term.

There's no obvious reason why the Blues should register at least a draw against a team struggling for form themselves, but if this season has taught us anything, it's that results in this division can be difficult to predict.

Whittingham has already warned this cannot really be seen as a game between a team in form and a side out of form, warning that Pompey can expect a tough test.

The hosts lie in the 22nd place with just 10 points to show for their efforts so far, with Pompey six places and six points better off.

Striker John Marquis says it's time Pompey started to show their rivals for honours this season they aimed to be a force to be reckoned with. And he says he is determined to play his part.

He starts the second month of his Fratton loan this weekend and told the club website: 'I’ve had a few starts in a row now and am just enjoying playing regular football. When I came here it was to play games, score goals and do what I could to help the team.

'The new manager at Millwall brought players in and I found myself further down the pecking order. I’m at a point in my career where I need to be playing regularly, so I can improve my game further.

'I’ve started all of the last four games and we’re unbeaten in that time – plus I scored a couple of goals. So I had a good first month and was happy to stay for another. Pompey wanted me here, so it was a no-brainer really.

'They have given me an opportunity and hopefully I can use this month to step up again. Nothing beats playing in a competitive game and scoring goals in front of big crowds at Fratton Park.'

Torquay boss Alan Knill views Pompey like many in League Two: 'I always look at Portsmouth as a real big club - they're the biggest club in the league, the best-supported and it's a big game,' he said. 'We want to win more than anything. If we can compete then we'll give ourselves a chance.'

Defender Sonny Bradley is suspended, so Joe Devera is set to move across to centre-back.

Strikers David Connolly (calf) and Tom Craddock (knee) miss out again, while defender Marcos Painter (calf) also remains on the sidelines. Andy Barcham is pushing for his first start for a month.

Our prediction: Torquay 0 Pompey 2

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