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Burgess-less Pompey try to work out how to stop Posh's poachers
Friday, 6th Mar 2020 10:31 by pompey-fans.com staff
Kenny Jackett described Peterborough as free-scoring as he plotted how to stop them without Christian Burgess.
Posh are the top scorers in League One by some distance but Burgess, a key man for the Blues this season, is suspended for the trip to London Road.
Jackett hinted that it's a three-way battle to replace him alongside Sean Raggett - with fit-again Jack Watmough, out-of-favour Paul Downing and midfield man Tom Naylor the contenders. Whatmough would seem the obvious choice, but Jackett does not always do the obvious.
It's eighth v third - but Peterborough will be level with Pompey on points if they beat them this weekend.
Jackett knows their threats but is relishing taking them on, telling the PFC website: 'Pterborough are free-scoring, but everyone wants to be involved at this time of year, with everything we’ve got to play for. We’re chasing a place in the Championship and have a Wembley trip to look forward to and the bigger the game, the better.
'“We will, of course, do our homework on our opponents, show plenty of respect and try to contain them. But the important thing is to give them some problems, have some shots, score goals and find the right balance.
'We haven’t been out-played in any game so far this season, but there are some details we have to get right on the road. There are a few really big fixtures coming up for us and we shouldn’t be approaching them with a lack of confidence.”
Jackett said of Burgess's absence: 'You always know that injuries and suspensions are going to happen somewhere along the line. Christian’s out for two games and he will be missed, but we have enough to be able to cope with that.
'We do have options there and could keep it the same as against Arsenal because James Bolton did fine. But we also know what a good player Jack Whatmough is, Paul Downing has a lot of experience and Tom Naylor can also drop back there.'