Football - Pompey hoping to stop the rot

Managerless Portsmouth will be hoping they can put an end to a run of three consecutive league defeats when they host in-form Southend after boss Guy Whittingham was sacked on Monday.

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Caretaker-manager Andy Awford will have no fresh concerns and could call upon the same XI that lost to Scunthorpe in Whittingham's final match in charge, which would mean a second start for West Ham loanee Dan Potts.

Ryan Bird recovered from injury in time to make the bench at the weekend and will be hoping for a recall following a five-minute cameo but Patrick Agyemang is unlikely to be considered as he continues to struggle with a thigh problem.

Tom Craddock put in a goal-scoring performance on his return to the side last time out and should keep his place in the Pompey attack.

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