Awford rules out Bury experimentation

Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey will not be experimenting with their line-up for tomorrow’s trip to Bury.

That is the pledge from Andy Awford, despite the Blues now being safe from League Two relegation.

The caretaker boss could be forgiven for blooding a few youngsters or giving fringe players an opportunity with Football League status secured.

Yet it’s a notion Awford has swiftly dismissed as he eyes a potential top-10 finish.

Trevor Carson has been given permission by the Shakers to face them, despite effectively being on loan from them to Pompey.

Ben Chorley is also back in contention after his wife gave birth last weekend, although Rhys McCabe has been recalled by Sheffield Wednesday.

There were eight changes in the win over Northampton Town on Monday, following a second game in three days.

But Awford insists he will be fielding his strongest side possible at Gigg Lane.

He said: ‘This will be the best team I feel to get a result.

‘It won’t be “let’s have a look at him” and bring a couple of kids in.

‘If the kids are good enough and I think they are the best selection to play in that team then they will play.

‘If they are not then they won’t and that’s the same as the pros.

‘This game won’t be any different.

‘It will be the XI and subs we think are the best to get a result.

‘We have now got to finish as high up the league as we can and get two more wins, so we will be going all-out.

‘The squad is no different as we were for Northampton, although we have Ben back in after being unavailable.

‘It’s a lovely problem to have, they have all done really well.’

Ryan Taylor and Jack Whatmough are also back in contention.