Sidelined players will get chance

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler

POMPEY’S sidelined players have been promised: Your chance will come.

Leam Richardson told those squad members who missed out at Plymouth they will have their time to impress.

They might be involved against Crawley.

Leam Richardson

Paul Cook went with an unchanged 18 on Saturday from the side who beat Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 on the opening day of the League Two season.

That meant there were a number of disappointed players who were left out after impressing in the 2-1 Capital One Cup success over Derby last Wednesday.

Seven of the team who shone in the victory over the Rams missed out on being in the starting 11 on Saturday.

Waterlooville left-back Brandon Haunstrup, Fratton midfielder Ben Close and striker Jayden Stockley were among those players.

The excellent Adam Webster, Paul Jones, Adam McGurk and Danny Hollands were the others to miss out.

Richardson acknowledged those squad members could feel hard done by after helping their team to a fine cup win over the Championship side.

He highlighted the coaching staff’s job in picking those men up as Pompey go to Crawley tonight.

And the assistant manager told them they will get their minutes on the pitch to show what they can do.

Richardson said: ‘Eleven players never win leagues. It’s squads.

‘It’s up to the staff to pick the players up who haven’t been involved.

‘They might be involved against Crawley.

‘You can go through the full hit last Wednesday against Derby who weren’t there.

‘There are people competing for places. It’s healthy. They will get their chances.’

Cook has some more tricky calls to make tonight at the Broadfield Stadium.

Richardson stated the roles of the team are likely to remain the same but the personnel might change.

Richardson said: ‘It’s always tough. It’s a good problem for the manager.

‘It’s about players being ready to do the job which is asked of them, whoever they are. There are roles to fill but the players can change.

‘We’re trying to build a good squad and spirit here with a good work ethic.

‘We’re trying to build a dressing room which is a good place to be.

‘There is a promising set of players here. If they keep showing that they will get their chances. Now all of our focus turns to Crawley.’