Portsmouth v Southend preview

Team news for Tuesday's League Two clash between Portsmouth and Southend United at Fratton Park.

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Patrick Agyemang: Unlikely to return

Patrick Agyemang: Unlikely to return

Managerless Pompey will be hoping they can put an end to a run of three consecutive league defeats when they host the in-form Shrimpers after boss Guy Whittingham was sacked on Monday.

Caretaker-manager Andy Awford will have no fresh concerns and could call upon the same XI that lost to Scunthorpe in Whittingham's final match in charge, which would mean a second start for West Ham loanee Dan Potts.

Ryan Bird recovered from injury in time to make the bench at the weekend and will be hoping for a recall following a five-minute cameo but Patrick Agyemang is unlikely to be considered as he continues to struggle with a thigh problem.

Tom Craddock put in a goal-scoring performance on his return to the side last time out and should keep his place in the Pompey attack.

Kevan Hurst will miss Southend's trip to Portsmouth due to suspension.

The winger, having put the Essex club ahead in Saturday's home clash against York, saw red for a second bookable offence just before the hour mark and now serves a one-match ban at Fratton Park.

Manager Phil Brown is also monitoring a couple of unnamed players who are doubts having picked up niggles from the dramatic 2-1 victory over the Minstermen at the weekend. Long-term absentee Julian Bennett (knee) remains on the sidelines.

But midfielder Conor Clifford does return to the fold having completed his three-match suspension.

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League Two Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld
Exeter v Torquay
Fleetwood v Wycombe
Hartlepool v Morecambe
Mansfield v Cheltenham
Newport v Burton Alb
Northamptn v Portsmouth
Plymouth v AFC W'don
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 43 8 71
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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