‘Nobody is safe’ – that’s the message Pompey assistant Joe Gallen has fired to the first team squad as they look to continue their good form away at Lincoln City this evening, as reported by the Portsmouth News.
Portsmouth have won six games on the bounce in all competitions, including a fine 4-2 win against Barnsley in the FA Cup, but no player is safe from being dropped in what is one of the strongest squads in the division.
Assistant boss Joe Gallen faced the press yesterday and sent a clear warning out to the players as they prepare for their first trip to Sincil Bank in 37 years.
“I don’t think anything is set in stone, it is all open and up for grabs position-wise,” Pompey’s assistant manager said.
“There is a lot of competition – and the manager won’t hesitate to drop someone. I don’t think anyone really should feel that their position is nailed on. I don’t think so!”
He went on to add any players feeling they are ‘comfy’ needed to have a long, hard look at themselves.
“He (Jackett) does what he feels is right for the team, I don’t think anyone should get too comfy, and they don’t either. But if they are, the way things are panning out at the moment they need to think again.”
Pompey could finish the night as high as fourth, but defeat would see the Imps move to within one point of them in a tightly packed League One table.
This is a crucial game for Portsmouth tonight. A win will put some clear space between them and the middle of the table, but defeat will only serve to condense the fighting teams even more.
They’ve not done well on the road this season, but are buoyed by having only lost twice in 21 games. They visit a Lincoln side who have only been beaten twice at home and are looking to make an unexpected surge towards the top six.