No selection shake-up for Pompey

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler

PAUL COOK distanced himself from talk of a selection shake-up as Pompey bid to improve their home form.

The Blues are out to up their indifferent league results at Fratton Park when they face AFC Wimbledon on Sunday (2.30pm).

I’m not a manager who chops and changes

Paul Cook

Pompey have picked up just two League Two wins on their own patch this season.

It’s been a single home league loss for Cook’s side, with five draws from eight games so far.

Cook hasn’t hidden from the reality that must improve if Pompey are to remain in the promotion hunt.

The 48-year-old was angry with his team’s performance in the FA Cup win over Macclesfield last weekend.

But he isn’t planning wholesale changes as they bid to put that display – and the run of results on their own patch – right against the Dons.

Cook said: ‘Our home form is there for all to see.

‘We must work our way to better form.

‘But I’m not a manager who chops and changes and stuff like that.’

AFC Wimbledon come into the game in good league form, winning their last three games and scoring nine goals in the same period.

There was a blip, however, when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Forest Green last weekend.

Neal Ardley’s side have operated with two strikers this campaign and Cook is intrigued to see if that continues.

Pompey have seen most sides operate with a lone striker at Fratton Park so far this season.

Cook said: ‘If you look at majority of teams playing at Fratton Park, they’ve all had success playing one up front.

‘The last team to play two was Dagenham & Redbridge on the first day of the season.

‘But it’s about players not formations.’