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Guy: No Wholesale Changes

2 September 2013

Boss wants to progress in Johnstone's Paint Trophy

Guy Whittingham will not be ringing the changes at Torquay.

Pompey open their second ever Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign with a trip to Plainmoor on Tuesday night.

They reached the second round last term, beating Bournemouth on penalties before losing at home to Wycombe.

And Whittingham has pledged to field a strong line-up against the Gulls.

The Blues boss said: “It’s an important match for us and we’ll be putting out the best side that we can.

“I don’t know how many changes there will be – we’ll have to see how everyone is after Saturday’s game.

“But we want to put out a strong side because it’s a competition that we want to do well in.”

The regional set-up of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy means most sides are guaranteed a local tie, but it has provided Pompey with a daunting 300-mile round-trip.

Whittingham said: “The draw hasn’t done us any favours – giving us a long away journey in midweek.

“But we’ll make sure we prepare properly and we’ll know who’s ready for the game.

“You want a few games early in the season, especially when you’ve got a lot of new players to work with and I think it’s probably a good time for us to play.”

Pompey will be without David Connolly at Torquay, with the striker starting a three-match ban following his red card against Chesterfield at the weekend.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, Tuesday’s match will go straight to penalties.

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