Mentality key to Pompey ensuring TV cameras won’t witness Cup upset

POMPEY make the long trip to North Yorkshire on Monday aiming not to join the long list of FA Cup giant-killing victims.

Southend, Macclesfield and Orient all went out to non-league opposition on Sunday, and the players and supporters of Harrogate Town will be hoping to put one over the 2008 winners of the competition.

The game was clearly earmarked as a potential win for the National League side – BT Sport switching the game for live coverage.

Striker Ellis Harrison is likely to lead the line and he insists that all the Portsmouth players will go into the game with the right mentality.

“I’ve played against against good teams from the Conference when I was there with Bristol Rovers and also in the FA Cup,” said Harrison. “You need to keep the same mentality that you’d have for any other game and look to get the right results.

“We can’t take anything for granted because that’s when you do get upsets. I’m sure they’ll be up for it, but so will we.”

An added problem for Kenny Jackett’s men will be the artificial pitch that Harrogate play on, with Portsmouth training on a similar surface over the past few days.

But Harrison has no fears over playing at the CNG Stadium, with his priority to show why he should be the first-choice striker in Jackett’s side.

The former Ipswich man has struggled to nail down a regular first team spot since his summer move despite being the club’s leading scorer with seven goals in all competitions, including a brace in the 4-1 win over Southend. Regular striker John Marquis was played behind Harrison against the Shrimpers in a system that Harrison can see working well.

“It was enjoyable playing with John (Marquis),” added Harrison. “He was always probing and it was the first time we’d played together in that system, but we linked up well.”

• Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray is an injury doubt for the trip to Harrogate with Alex Bass expected to start on Monday. Pompey’s next game after the FA Cup clash will be at Rochdale on Saturday November 23 after their game at Fleetwood was postponed by the home side due to international call-ups.