Seddon straight into the mix for Pompey debut in Cup clash

PORTSMOUTH’S newest addition is expected to make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Fleetwood Town as Pompey take a break from League One duties.

It took Kenny Jackett less than two days to make his first addition to the ranks in the January transfer window with Birmingham’s Steve Seddon arriving on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old left-back has made five appearances for the Blues this term, but his last was back in August. He has, however, extensive experience of League One with a spell on loan at AFC Wimbledon last season.

Pompey have seen their left-sided defensive options effectively decimated with injuries to both Lee Brown and Brandon Haunstrup, and Jackett has been forced to turn to right-back Anton Walkes to fill in over recent games.

Jackett said: “He (Seddon) strengthens our left-sided options, which is an area we’ve been lacking. Steve is a good attacking player who will give us balance in that part of the pitch.”

Seddon showed last season that he offers both an attacking threat to add to his defensive qualities with three goals in 18 appearances. He also managed to pick up six yellow cards in that time.

Pompey have picked up seven points from a possible 12 over Christmas, their home form impressing while their form away from Fratton Park continues to frustrate.

Seddon is likely to be among several changes for the late kick off at Fleetwood on Saturday, and Alex Bass is expected to continue in goal after his surprise call up in place of the dropped Craig MacGillivray.

Seddon said: “I was keen to get out on loan because I’ve been lacking game-time and Pompey got in touch. I believe that I can bring a lot of energy and a decent delivery. I enjoy my defending, but I also enjoy getting forward.

“It was challenging moving up to League One midway through last season, but we (AFC Wimbledon) had a great run towards the end. The long-term ambition for me is to keep working my way up and play at as high a level as I possibly can.

“But right now I’m looking to help get Pompey promoted, and I’m excited about the challenge.”