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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Portsmouth boss could rip up new formation for Carlisle clash

Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham could rip up his new formation over fears Carlisle United will pile on the misery today.

Pompey switched to a new system in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw Hartlepool with Whittingham playing a three-pronged attack. But the caretaker boss might tinker with his side again to deal with the threat of Carlisle, who defeated them 4-2 earlier this season.

He said: “Carlisle beat us at their place at the start of the season, so we know it will be a decent side coming down to play at Fratton Park. We’ll certainly have to be at our best if we want to pick up three points.

“We played with three men in attack at Hartlepool on Tuesday and looked to be more solid. That obviously paid dividends.

“But that won’t necessarily be the system we use against Carlisle. We look at every side we play closely and adapt our tactics accordingly.

“The draw at Hartlepool during the week gave us something to build on. Now we want to remain competitive and pick up a victory against Carlisle.”

Portsmouth are mired in the League One relegation zone, and a court hearing this week to clear the way for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to take over the club was postponed for another week.

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