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Portsmouth 3 v 0 Plymouth Argyle
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Saturday, 1st September 2018 Kick-off 15:00
Pompey depth will be vital - and this week may prove it
Monday, 3rd Sep 2018 18:46 by staff

Strength in depth will be vital if Pompey are to go one better and claim promotion or a play-off spot this season - and early injuries suggest they will need all the bodies they have.

Defender Nathan Thompson spoke of how impressed he is at Kenny Jackett's squad strengthening work after he came back into the team as a half-time subsitutute in the win over Plymouth.

He replaced injured Anton Walkes - one of three crocked stars set to miss Tuesday's Checkstrade Trophy game and probably Saturday's home tussle with Shrewbsury.

Thompson told 'There were times last season when we lacked a bit of depth and that is what ultimately cost us towards the end. But the gaffer’s built a squad that can win promotion this season, with a lot of extremely capable players to choose from.

'I’m over the moon to be back. It’s difficult when you’re sat on the sidelines and the team are winning games. But you’ve got to be patient and also ready because you never know when your time is going to come.

'I had an injection to settle the knee down and that allowed me to strengthen it with no pain. Touch wood it stays like that. Anton has done fantastic for us so far, so I certainly can’t complain about having to wait to get back in.'

Oli Hawkins, Jack Whatmough and Walkes were taken off during Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Plymouth.

The News reports that Hawkins picked up a hamstring problem, like Whatmough. Walkes' problem was a groin niggle.

All three have had scans and Pompey assistant boss Joe Gallen says although all three are unlikely to be out for an extensive period of time, they will miss the Gillingham clash at Fratton Park and probably Saturday's game too.

Also away is Ronan Curtis, who misses the two games as he is on duty with the Rep of Ireland U21s.


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