Rangers loan star issues warning on Pompey's away day blues

ROSS McCRORIE has told his Portsmouth teammates their form away from Fratton Park is in danger of wrecking their promotion hopes.

Pompey are unbeaten on the south coast this season in the league but on their travels they have lost eight, picking up just 18 points compared to 41 at home.

On Saturday they go to promotion rivals Peterborough and the loan signing from Rangers insists it’s time they took their Fratton form with them.

“We’ve got plenty of confidence when we play at Fratton Park and the fans have been absolutely amazing. I don’t know why we haven’t been as strong away, but it’s something we do need to sort if we want to win promotion,” said McCrorie, who has seen Pompey lose their last two away games against promotion rivals Coventry and Fleetwood.

“It’s a huge game for both sides this weekend – Peterborough need to win to stay in the race and we want to build a gap to the teams behind us.

“They’ve got a fantastic forward line who have scored plenty of goals and so it’s going to be a real test for us.”

McCrorie has become manager Kenny Jackett’s utility man this season, filling in at right back as well as in a defensive midfield role.

With Christian Burgess starting a two-game ban after reaching ten bookings for the season, McCrorie’s versatility may see James Bolton move inside from right back to partner Sean Raggett in central defence.

“You always know that injuries and suspensions are going to happen somewhere along the line,” said Jackett, who could bring Jack Whatmough in for his first league start in more than a year.

“Christian’s out for two games and he will be missed, but we have enough to be able to cope with that.

“We do have options there and could keep it the same as against Arsenal because James Bolton did fine (in central defence). But we also know what a good player Jack Whatmough is, Paul Downing has a lot of experience and Tom Naylor can also drop back there.”

• Portsmouth’s community work has received national recognition with the club winning the inaugural League One Community Project of the Year prize. Pompey’s ‘ReFit’ project allows vulnerable adults in the city to improve their lives, skills and qualifications, offering free daily activities to more than 600 vulnerable adults in Portsmouth.

Pompey received their award at the House of Commons this week, while the overall winner of the 2020 Community Project of the Year will be announced at the EFL Awards on Sunday, April 19. They are up against schemes running at Charlton Athletic and Cambridge United.