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Boss Looking To Build Momentum

7 October 2013

Whittingham wants Johnstone's Paint Trophy progress

Pompey take a break from league action when they travel to Oxford in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

And Guy Whittingham wants his side to build some momentum at the Kassam Stadium.

The Blues bounced back from successive defeats to see off Rochdale at the weekend.

Oxford, meanwhile, lost at home to Southend on Saturday and have only won once on their own patch all season.

They were comfortable victors at Fratton Park in August, however, and Whittingham is keen to make amends.

The Blues boss said: “We won at the weekend and we want to make it back-to-back victories, while their home form hasn’t been the best and they’ll want to put that right.

“It’s a bit of a local derby and we’ll be looking to put right what happened on the opening day of the season.

“I want us to progress as far as we can in the competition – and I know the players feel the same.

“There’s a trip to Wembley at the end and that’s not something you get to experience very often.”

Whittingham will not make wholesale changes to his side, despite a hectic run of League Two fixtures on the horizon.

He said: “We have to look at our squad and work out who can play again and who might need a rest, but there won’t be many.

“Once you get that winning feeling then if players are fit and ready to go, you play them again straight away.

“We want to put out the side we think are best capable of winning the game and getting us through to the next round.”

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