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Dozzell and Fans Return as Blues Host Pompey
Saturday, 12th Dec 2020 14:22

Town boss Paul Lambert has made one change for this afternoon’s home game against Portsmouth with Andre Dozzell returning in midfield.

The 21-year-old missed last week’s 2-1 win at Plymouth as he was suspended having reached five bookings.

Brett McGavin drops to the bench, while striker Aaron Drinan is also among the subs having recovered from his hamstring injury.

Portsmouth are unchanged from the team which beat Peterborough 2-0 at Fratton Park last weekend with winger Michael Jacobs back from a knee injury and on the bench alongside ex-Town striker Ellis Harrison.

Fans will be back at Portman Road for the first time since March with the game watched by 2,000 season ticket holders allocated their tickets via the ballot.

Town: Cornell, Chambers (c), Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward, Dozzell, Nolan, Dobra, Lankester, Judge, Jackson. Subs: Holy, Nsiala, Kenlock, McGavin, Bennetts, Drinan, Hawkins.

Portsmouth: Macgillivray, Johnson, Brown, Naylor (c), Whatmough, Williams, Marquis, Curtis, Cannon, Harness, Raggett. Subs: Bass, Close, Harrison, Nicolaisen, Pring, Jacobs, Hiwula. Referee: Thomas Bramall (Sheffield).

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jabberjackson added 14:29 - Dec 12
I hope everyone (specifically Lambert and the management team) has registered how important Dobra's decision to stay and fight for his place was in terms of us being able to field a half decent side this past few weeks

I don't want to see Freddie back in the team when fit.

Dobra gives us something different

Cloddyseedbed added 14:33 - Dec 12
One up front expected to work again when it's not worked with Jackson on his own yet! Looked good beside Hawkins last game, we looked a threat. Probably need to give them at least a goal start before we go 2 up front. McGavin must be gutted to loose his place, I thought he played well last game. Oh well COYB's.

BangaloreBlues added 14:45 - Dec 12
According to Flashscores, it's a 4-3-3

rfretwell added 14:47 - Dec 12
1-2 Pompey I'm afraid. Our midfield and attack have so few goals so far. A clean sheet early doors would help no end.

Razor added 14:48 - Dec 12
You NUMPTY Lambert will you ever learn-----finished Oxford and Plymouth games well with TWO UP FRONT-----it is not rocket science though obviously way beyond you!!

Jackson needs help and will then get you goals like he did last week------you are just so arrogant and blinkered-----the Scottish Mick!!

timkatieadamitfc added 14:50 - Dec 12
@jabberjackson - think your being a bit harsh on Sears as he is constantly played out of position and has never been given a run of games as an out and out centre forward. I think if he was given a run he would be our top scorer, that’s not going to happen so we may as well get rid of him as he is just wasted out wide and agree Dobra should be given a run in a 4 4 2 with edwards on left

surgery added 14:53 - Dec 12
Why oh why can he not see what is so plainly obvious to everyone else? One up front hasn’t worked so far and it never will

BettyBlue added 14:59 - Dec 12
Why have the one up front? Why not play 5 in midfield and everyone out of position.

That would be a strong statement of intent.

Lets get out of this league without beating a top ten side.

Its never been done but Bertie looks like he's up for the challenge.

Skip73 added 15:52 - Dec 12
Who the hell is Bertie?

19781981twtd added 15:54 - Dec 12
2 down to another top 6 team this one up front is sh**e this season is going to the form of last season cant see us getting anything got to keep the score down very sad when you have to say that when playing at home "fed up with dross"

raycrawfordswig added 15:57 - Dec 12
Fans booing at halftime

19781981twtd added 16:01 - Dec 12
Getting a seat for the next home game will be a booby prize in christmas raffle who wants to watch sh**e lambert do something extended contract a joke

Pezzer added 17:03 - Dec 12
More changes, players when picked played out of position (eg Sears), no goal threat and Judge taking up a position that someone else could use. Poor management and coaching and no sign Lambert and his staff have a plan to turn things around. Its League 1 not the Premiership, play 2 up front (remember when Gates, Mariner and Brazil played as a front 3!!!) and coach movement and playing into space, not just to feet in our own half.

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