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Reds ready for in-form Pompey

Experienced managers go head-to-head at Wham Stadium

12 December 2019

Experienced John Coleman and Kenny Jackett go head-to-head on Saturday as in-form Portsmouth travel to the Wham Stadium.

Tenth placed Pompey are unbeaten in seven League One games with four wins in that and are through to the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup, with a trip to Fleetwood Town.

Jackett has been in football management since 1996 while Coleman began his management career in 1997 - that's 45 years of experience between them.

Pompey started the season with just one win in their opening seven league games but have turned it around with Ronan Curtis leading the way with seven goals. They also have former Doncaster Rovers striker John Marquis in their ranks and he has five goals and three assists so far.

18th placed Stanley are unbeaten in two league games and are looking to build on that and move away from the bottom placings.

“Kenny has a wealth of experience to draw on and he won’t have the fear factor of a lot of the younger inexperienced managers who can’t cope with a bad run,” said Coleman.

“He knows the game inside out and there was never any doubt they would come through their start to the season.

“Any team who comes here should be prepared for a really tough game with a cracking atmosphere from our own fans, players playing on the front foot and wanting to win games. If we do not win on Saturday, it won’t be for want of trying.”

Coleman admits, with almost a full strength squad to choose from, he has some decisions to make.

Winger Sean McConville is the only doubt. He went to see a specialist about a shoulder injury which forced him off in last week’s 1-1 draw with Tranmere.

“It’s a grey area with Sean. He was out with a shoulder injury earlier on in the season but it’s his other shoulder. He had shoulder damage from a broken collar bone at Stockport around five or six years ago and it’s that shoulder.

“The prognosis is two-to-four weeks, he came back earlier from his injury earlier this season and I wouldn’t rule him out on Saturday.

“I do have difficult decisions to make, it’s not only picking the team but it’s picking the subs as well.

“You have got to do what you think is right, you don’t always get it right, but what you have got to remember is that is that we see the players every day in training, we have far more information to form our judgements than just a match day and that’s what we base our decisions on.”

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