The Opposition View: Accrington Stanley

Last updated : 07 March 2016 By Jim Bonner

How surprised have you been at Accrington's success this season and would you now be disappointed if you didn't go on to get promoted?

Compared to the last few seasons, which have mostly been a battle to avoid relegation, it has been a pleasant surprise. However, for anyone who saw us in pre-season, it wouldn't be a shock to see how we are playing, the league position is just a result of attacking, pressing football. It would be a disappointment to miss out from our current position!

What kind of receptions are Paul Cook and Kal Naismith likely to get when the return to Accrington on Tuesday?

Quite a few fans were angry in the manner in which Cook left the club, so I imagine the reception will be a little bit 'frosty'. Kal was a good servant to the club, he had a tough few months both on and off the pitch, but always gave his all for the team. Can't imagine anyone holds any grudges against him for moving on and he should expect a warm welcome.

Rommy Boco failed to make an impact at Pompey but how has performed for Stanley?

For many fans he is a favourite. Has looked relatively sharp despite recent lack of match fitness.

What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of your team?

Our biggest strength is our style of fast paced, one/two touch football played on the floor. Somehow, maybe because of our reputation of have a poor pitch (which has actually been superb when not under 4 inches of water) we seem to have the reputation of playing direct hoofball and our style seems to catch other teams on the back foot.

As for our weakness; our corner routines rarely result in anything. Some have been a bit comical!

Josh Windass seems to be the star player of your team but who else should Pompey fans be wary of on Tuesday night?

Seamus Conneely seems to be completely underestimated by other teams, who perhaps focus more on our 'big name' players in Windass and Crooks. Rarely makes a misplaced pass, is always available for our defence to relieve pressure, and scores a few too. Invaluable.

Piero Mingoia is deceptively quick, must be up to around 15 assists for the season and a tireless team player. We have found that opposition have to put two markers on him to have any chance of keeping him quiet.

The previous two matches between the two clubs this season have been tight affairs. Can we expect something similar at the Crown Ground?

After we were robbed by the referee at the weekend for the 'goal that never was', I expect the team to be up for this match. At our best, we probably play some of the most effective attacking football in our league. If we get on the front foot early, Portsmouth should expect a tough, tight game.

Predict the outcome of the game.

2-1 Stanley - Mingoia and Kee.