Assistant manager Dave Penney says Pompey will be a completely different proposition to when the two sides met in November
Dave Penney says it will be like facing a completely different outfit when Portsmouth visit Roots Hall on Wednesday, just five weeks after facing them at Fratton Park.
Pompey had just sacked Guy Whittingham and had Andy Awford in temporary charge back in November when Blues came back to win 2-1 with ten-men.
Now though, Pompey head to Roots Hall with new boss Richie Barker in charge, and Penney says it’ll be a tough test in front of what he hopes will be a big crowd at Roots Hall.
He said: “They played a 4-4-2 when we visited Fratton Park and we had to produce a really good performance with ten-men to win the game.
“But that was when they had someone in caretaker charge and they’ve got Richie there now who has had four games to get his messages across.
“It has only been about five weeks since that game but we know it’ll be a different proposition altogether on Wednesday.
“They have switched to a 4-3-3 formation and have kept two clean sheets in their last two games, so they will be tough to break down.
“Hopefully there’ll be a big crowd at Roots Hall and it’ll be a really good atmosphere to help the lads kick on and pick up the three points.”
After picking up four out of six points on the road, Penney says if Blues can beat Pompey it will be a very good return from their three festive league fixtures.
Penney added: “We’ve got four so far and while we were a little bit disappointed after Accrington Stanley, it’s a good return.
“If we can turn that into seven points from nine we’ll be pleased going into the FA Cup tie with Millwall on Saturday.”