It's not a case of old boys v new boys at Pompey
Thursday, 16th Nov 2017 13:30 by pompey-fans.com staff
There's been much debate recently over the way some of last season's League Two title winners have been left on the Pompey sidelines.
And if anything that talk intensified when Danny Rose, Kal Naismith and Gareth Evans - three of those who have had to bide their time - started the game and helped Pompey win at Blackpool last weekend.
But now assistant boss Joe Gallen has moved to reassure the class of 16-17 that Kenny Jackett is not favouring his own signings over them. Stuart O'Keefe and Nathan Thompson are both trying to reclaim their places this week after missing Blackpool through suspension.
All eyes will be on which of last season's regulars keep their places when Pompey welcome Southend but Gallen told The News: 'With Danny Rose, Kal Naismith and Gareth Evans, they played a huge part in what was a successful season.
‘It’s not that they haven’t played this season. They haven’t played recently. So there’s nothing wrong in them having a point to prove. They want to play and have to prove a point to who picks the team.
‘I know Kenny Jackett very well and there’s no grudges with him. If he signs a player and they do well, they’ll play. If they’re not doing well, they’ll soon be dropped. There’s no favourites with Kenny Jackett. There’s no favouritism. These lads have a point to prove and want to prove the point they deserve to play.
‘Danny is an intelligent person, Kal is very nice and has a bit to say with his banter, while Gareth has been around a long time and is serious about his work. Nathan and Stuart are two lads who have played a lot this season. Both have put in decent performances.
‘They have played well in their Pompey careers. All the injuries have dried up and they are all out there competing. Usually when you get the competition right on the training ground and right in terms of competing, that helps in terms of performance level.’
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