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Will Pompey even draw on Saturday?
Colchester United are the next team for Portsmouth to try and beat if they are to end what can now be described as a nightmare run of form.
Having brought no new faces in on transfer deadline day, Guy Whittingham will have to make do with his current squad for the time being although he has no new injury worries after Tuesday's defeat to Notts County.
Josh Thompson will play against the team he made a few appearances for last year but Jack Compton is likely to start on the bench after a disappointing spell at Fratton Park. Dominic Samuel has returned to Reading after his loan spell with the U's.
What more can be said about Pompey's season? A disaster on the pitch and a disaster off it. There are no signs that the misery is going to end.
It is now 15 games without a win in the league now after Tuesday's defeat and that is currently the longest winless run in the country. The last six of those games have all been lost too.
Next up are The U's from Essex who had lost their last nine league games until their last game when they beat Walsall 2-0 to end that miserable run just in time for their trip to Fratton Park.
It wouldn't be surprising to see the same team as Tuesday's line up after what some describe as an "encouraging" performance. It was unfortunate that Millwall winger Theirry Macon couldn't be brought to Pompey before yesterday's deadline as the team need more width.
Given how bad Joe Dunne's men have been there is a fair chance that Pompey may finally end the winless run but unless there is a marked improvement in the defending which has cost Pompey so many sloppy goals then only another defeat awaits.
Predicted Starting Line-Ups
GK: Simon Eastwood
RB: Yassin MOUTAOUAKIL
CB: Ricardo ROCHA
CB: Gabor GYEPES
LB: Dan BUTLER
RM: Ashley HARRIS
CM: Johnny ERTL
CM: Shaun COOPER
LM: Jed WALLACE
CF: David CONNOLLY
CF: James KEENE
GK: Sam WALKER
RB: Brian WILSON
CB: Tom EASTMAN
CB: Josh THOMPSON
LB: John WHITE
CM: Marcus BEAN
CM: David WRIGHT
CM: Billy CLIFFORD
RWF: Gavin MASSEY
LWF: Freddie SEARS
CF: Jabo IBEHERE
Last Time: Portsmouth 1 Colchester United 2 (League Cup First Round - 21/08/2001)
Lower league Colchester caused an upset thanks to goals from Micky Stockwell and Kemal Izzet. Peter Crouch had equalised with a header from Courtney Pitt's cross but this was not a debut for Robert Prosinecki to remember.
Another miserable afternoon for all Pompey fans due to a mistake at the back and no cutting edge up front.
Portsmouth 0 Colchester United 1
Source: Fratton Faithful
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